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Hedging Your FI Equities Portfolio

Hedging Your FI Equities Portfolio

The biggest risk of your portfolio not lasting your retirement timeline is if the stock market plunges within the 8 years that you retire, which is better known as sequence of returns risk. This is because historically, when a recession or depression happens, it means a huge market dip that doesn’t rebound fully for a few years. So, for anyone who has worked in finance, the first solution you think of is pretty simple. Why not just buy puts on…

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Tips on convincing your significant other to retire way earlier

Tips on convincing your significant other to retire way earlier

One of the most common questions online and in the Meetup groups I go to for FIRE-minded people is how to get their significant other on board. If you do not have a significant other, here are some online dating tips for men. Note that I’m a woman, so I have no clue how to give tips to women. The more you think about it though, the more the question is similar to “What should I get my significant other…

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Top 8 Posts of 2017

Top 8 Posts of 2017

Though this blog is a baby bird still in its nest, I still want to celebrate the wins this blog has had over the past year! So here’s a list of the top 8 posts of 2017 :). Enjoy! 1. Hustle In Your 20s To Be Financially Independent In Under 10 Years I did the math behind how much faster you could retire if you took up a side hustle. There’s a limit to how much you can save on…

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Favorite Books of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

Compound interest grows exponentially, so why not read, to compound your knowledge? 🙂 I like to read books in the behavioral economics, finance, and personal growth department, so my books will mainly reflect that. They’re listed below unranked — just 15 of my favorite out of the 52 books I read last year. 1. Guns Germs and Steel: Jared Diamond Have you ever wondered why Europe was building multi-level stone buildings, while developed Asian countries at the time were mostly…

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Retire 3 Years Earlier By Cutting Down Your Clothing Consumption & Why I’m Going Cold Turkey

Retire 3 Years Earlier By Cutting Down Your Clothing Consumption & Why I’m Going Cold Turkey

Inspired by Cait Flander’s new book: The Year of Less, I started thinking about my consumption habits — particularly clothes. I wondered why I needed to buy new ones every year and how many years earlier I could retire by removing clothing consumption from my lifestyle. The average American Household spends $1,600 a year on clothes. Considering the average household income is $60,000, the after-tax in NY** is $42,000. 4 percent of your average household’s yearly expenditure is on clothing….

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8 Tips for Creating Your Own Financial Luck

8 Tips for Creating Your Own Financial Luck

1. Know the Market Price There are a ton of people who go out to yard sales, thrift stores, and estate sales and buy things for incredibly cheap prices, and turn around and sell it on eBay, Amazon, etc. When most people hear their story, they say things like,”Oh, they must be incredibly lucky! That kind of thing never happens to me!” First of all, this is a defeatist attitude. Second of all, the reason they can do this is…

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Vanguard Target Retirement Funds vs. DIY Admiral shares

Vanguard Target Retirement Funds vs. DIY Admiral shares

If you’re a beginner or a passive investor, you want a diversified portfolio so you can passively invest and not have to worry about it. Don’t want to keep your eye out on the market? You probably want to be a passive investor. If you’re in a low tax bracket, it might not be worth it for you to do tax loss harvesting manually. But if you’re putting your money in Vanguard, you’d have to do your tax loss harvesting…

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FI/RE for Non-US residents: Currency Hedged SP500 Funds

FI/RE for Non-US residents: Currency Hedged SP500 Funds

The other day I was on Reddit and someone had said his advisor told him there weren’t any ways to hedge against a USD ETF. This particular person’s home currency was the Euro, which is why I was so annoyed at the advisor. This was immediately a red flag, as most advisors should be aware of such a product, or at least be able to Google it and see an answer on the first page of their search. If you want…

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i401k or SEP IRA: An extra $54,000 in tax advantaged retirement accounts a year

i401k or SEP IRA: An extra $54,000 in tax advantaged retirement accounts a year

If you’re self-employed or have a side hustle, you have the best retirement accounts available to you. Have you ever wondered if an i401k or SEP IRA was better? A normal 401k has a contribution limit of $18,000, with an additional $6,000 in catch-up contributions if you’re 50 and older for the year of 2017. For an IRA, your maximum contribution is $5,500, with an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution if you’re 50 and older. For the long-term, I’d recommend a…

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Hustle in your 20s to be financially independent in under 10 years

Hustle in your 20s to be financially independent in under 10 years

Sometimes it seems impossible to reach financial independence. That kind of thinking is wrong — you can easily do it in less than 10 years. You’re awake for 16 hours a day, 112 hours a week. What do you do with your time? Throwing around some numbers, it’s around an hour a day to eat, an hour at the gym 5 times a week to stay healthy and active, an hour a day for your commute, 8 hours a week…

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