What’s the state of your financial health? To make this determination, it can help to check – and track – one or more of the five “vital signs for financial independence” outlined in today’s article. For these five financial vital signs, how to calculate each of them, and why each is an important indicator of your financial health, CLICK HERE.
Does building a portfolio worth $1 million – and capable of generating at least $30,000 in annual dividend income – sound like a goal that’s completely out of reach, or like an achievable goal worth pursuing? The author of today’s article argues that the difference between those who respond negatively to this idea and those who respond positively to it is that individuals in the latter group “understand the simple mechanics behind achieving financial independence, and [are] using the tools within their disposal to get there.” What are these “simple wealth-building tools” within everyone’s disposal? CLICK HERE.
There’s a consensus that Americans are not saving enough for retirement. But what are the obstacles – including the mental obstacles – that are preventing them from doing so? What can they do to save more for retirement (including those who are close to retirement but haven’t saved enough)? What’s the “wrong picture” many may have of the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement? And are lattes really a threat to Americans’ retirement savings? In today’s article, personal finance guru Jean Chatzky tackles these issues and more. For more, CLICK HERE.
The FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) movement ignites feelings of skepticism in many. And “skepticism” might be putting it mildly. As the author of today’s article observes, “it seems that some just can’t help hating on FIRE. They claim few can save the amounts of money needed to retire on time, let alone early. They complain about the return assumptions used in early retirement calculations. And they proclaim that a FIRE lifestyle is just plain boring.” For FIRE skeptics and critics, he proceeds to identify – and attempts to dispel – some of the most pernicious myths surrounding the movement. For more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to retirement versus financial independence, the author of today’s article sees “both as interchangeable, because in essence, in both cases folks are having the financial flexibility to live life to their own terms, not being chained to a desk or a job they may dislike. In both situations, you have the option to leave one endeavor and focus on another one.” He proceeds to outline the three “main ingredients that allow you to reach financial independence” and the specific investing technique he has chosen to employ in his pursuit of financial independence: dividend growth investing. For more, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article calls it “the nastiest hardest problem in finance”: retirement spending strategies. And unfortunately, despite the complexity inherent in retirement spending strategizing, it is often subject to simplistic rules of thumb, most notably the 4% rule. The author outlines the dangers associated with the 4% rule, how it “can go very badly”, and the implications of this for the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) movement. For more, CLICK HERE.
If you want to arrive safely at your destination, you need to check your blind spots along the way – and this remains true even when the “destination” in question is financial independence. In today’s article, the author outlines several common “financial blind spots” he has observed which can, if not checked, have significant repercussions for your journey to financial independence. For more – including a potential “double blind spot” that can impact retirement – CLICK HERE.
In regards to the FIRE (financial independence/retire early) movement, the author of today’s article notes that while “there are lots of moving parts…one crucial step toward achieving that coveted status is as easy to understand as it is difficult to execute” – and that crucial step is depicted in chart form in the article. For what this step is – and what the chart indicates about your ability to achieve FIRE – CLICK HERE.
The FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement has been gaining traction – but, as today’s article seeks to make clear, as wonderful as the prospect may seem, extra-early retirement isn’t for everyone. Specifically, the author outlines some of the financial and emotional consequences of early retirement – as well as some questions to ask yourself if you are still considering leaping into the FIRE. For more, CLICK HERE.
He became determined at an early age to achieve financial independence by age 37 – and now, at age 26 and with a net worth of approximately $150,000, he is on track to do just that. In today’s article, the so-called Money Wizard shares his savings strategy that he expects will result in $750,000 by the time he is 37, even if he never gets another raise at work! What is the Money Wizard’s primary investment goal each year? Why doesn’t he have an emergency fund? What does he call “the smartest investment I ever made”? CLICK HERE to find out.