Category: Investing

February Update//Movin’ On Up and Random Shout Outs

Well that graph is finally looking better. Our numbers were buoyed by a combination of a big spending reduction as compared to last February and a continued run on stocks sending our asset values on a continued upward trajectory. Last month our assets increased by 3.45%. Simultaneously, our annual expenses dropped by 4.3%. Add it […]

Money Isn’t Everything!

 In our November progress update, I briefly mentioned that we made a sizable spur of the moment charitable donation. We were trying to limit our spending for the month, but thought this was a perfect opportunity to give money to a cause we couldn’t pass up. I want to share a bit more about our […]

November Update// Thoughts on Diversification

More Than Meets the Eye It doesn’t look like much has changed on the graph since last month. Our assets as a multiple of annual spending increased ever so slightly from 15.6 to 15.7X. However there was much happening behind the scenes and beyond the numbers to discuss this month. On the assets side, I […]

Why We Say No To Robo-Advisers

Last week,my dad brought the most recent issue of Consumer Reports with an article about investing to my attention (I’ve created a monster!). The article focuses on “The Rise of the Robo-Adviser”.  My dad wanted my opinion on whether a robo-adviser is better than what we are doing with Vanguard. As is their reputation, Consumer […]

Pay Back And Pay Forward Time

One of the first posts I ever wrote for this blog was a thank you note to a few bloggers who were instrumental in getting us started on our path to FIRE.  They showed us the path we wanted to take for our lives was actually possible and gave us concrete ideas on how to […]

Let’s Stop Choosing!

We’ve never been shy to share the many financial mistakes we’ve made.  Most have been related to investing and tax planning.  These topics were very confusing and so we threw our hands up in the air. Investing and Taxes Simplified The first person who really simplified investing for us was the blogger Jim (JL) Collins.  The […]

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