Eat The Financial Elephant

October Update // Starting the Transition to FIRE

Back On The Roller Coaster After hitting our high point for the year last month, the graph took a dip this month. On the investment side, nothing was pretty. The only asset class that we hold that went up in value was emerging markets (↑.67%), while everything else we own took a hit, most notably […]

Lessons From The Train Wreck

The dominant topic in the news is the extremely divisive presidential election. Each of the major party candidates is deeply flawed and wildly unpopular for reasons we have all heard way too many times. So instead of rehashing things that could be read a million other places around the internet, I would like to employ […]

September Update

A Good Month (In Many Ways) September was a great month! The weather is turning cooler and the days are getting shorter. While we will miss our summer pool time with little EE and extended hours of daylight after our workdays, the fall is our favorite time of the year in the northeast. There is […]

August Update

A Whole Lot of Nothing After a nice spike up last month, our investments as a multiple of annual spending dropped a bit from 16.0 to 15.4X over the past month. There is not much to report for the month. Investments were up .63%, driven mostly by our automated monthly contributions. Markets were pretty flat. […]

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 […]

July Update

Well That Looks Better After seeing our graph sputtering along for awhile, it is nice to see the big jump upward. Our assets as a multiple of our spending increased from 14.7X to 16.0X over the past month. This was a phenomenon of two things we have been writing about recently. On the spending side […]

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