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Does It Ever Make Sense to take the 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty?

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FIRECracker

FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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Last Monday’s Reader Case sparked some discussion over whether it makes sense to take the 10% early withdrawal penalty that comes from making a 401(k)/Traditional IRA withdrawal before the age of 59.5 instead of doing the Roth Conversion Ladder. Why? Well, the counter argument referred to this very thorough and informative post from the MadFientist, who did a comparison of 5 ways of accessing your retirement funds. In that post, he claimed that in certain situations, deliberately taking the 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty actually beats the Roth Conversion Ladder strategy, which seems completely bonkers and counter-intuitive to me. So I […]

Is there a Recession Coming?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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The last few months have been spent in book promotion mode and as a result, we’ve been blissfully unaware of what’s been going on in the news, especially in the stock market. But just because I wasn’t paying attention doesn’t mean nothing was happening, because apparently… Global markets took a left hook to the chin on Wednesday, with the TSX Index shedding nearly 2% over the inverted yield curve. ~Danger, How to Invest After Wednesday’s Yield Curve Inversion, Yahoo Finance   Stocks and oil prices plummeted Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial tumbling 800 points — the fourth largest daily point […]

Quit Like a Millionaire is Available for Pre-Order!

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FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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After almost 2 years in the writing trenches, we are beyond excited to announce that our book, Quit Like a Millionaire is ready for pre-orders! If you’re ready to get a copy and want the freebies that come with it, click here. Otherwise, read on.   Buy from Amazon   It’s being published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and will be coming to a bookstore near you on July 9, 2019! (As of right now, if you pre-order from Amazon and you’ll get a 31% discount!) Now, I know I don’t get emotional often on this blog […]

The US China Trade War

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have noticed that the US and China have been getting…a little testy with each other. Dow Dives as Markets React to Trade War with China –CNN, May 13, 2019 Boston Fed President: Tarriffs Have The Potential To Slow Down Economy –CNN Business, May 22, 2019 Dow in Freefall as Terrifying 15 Year US China Trade War Looms Large –CCN, May 23, 2019 Yikes. OK so what’s going on here? Why are the US and China in a trade war? What does it mean for our investments? And what changes (if any) […]

FUD, FOMO and Bitcoin

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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After last week’s rather amusing debate about crypto-currencies, I thought it’d be interesting to keep the conversation going by examining two rather interesting reactions that came out of that in the comments: FUD and FOMO. What are FUD and FOMO? FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainity, and Doubt. I first heard this term from salespeople in the high tech sector, who used the strategy of spreading rumours about rival companies (“I heard their chips catch fire all the time”) in order to make their companies’ products look better by comparison, but it also applies in the investment world too. Basically, when […]

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