Blog Update

From time to time, I’ve been asked by readers about starting up a paid newsletter subscription… Back then, it was probably to discuss Real Estate Investing (REI), but I’m guessing these days, the bulk of the readers who still follow this site want more information on mining stocks…

Quite frankly, it’s very flattering everytime I get asked that because deep down I feel like I really don’t know jack shit about anything… and I am a bit perplexed why someone would consider paying $$$ for my research/thoughts? Haha, if you haven’t figured it out by now, self-confidence is something that I don’t have much of… Never been into self-promotion and don’t understand it, really…

But with that said, I have to say that I really appreciate the support! 🙂

In fact, I’ve gotten comments like the following as well…

It’s taken me awhile to get around to it, but most recently I did setup a PayPal donation button on the side bar of this blog…

You can find a link here as well.

In truth, I really don’t earn much from ad revenue on this blog, and as readers probably know by now, this website is more a labor of love than anything else… My focus has been almost entirely on content creation as opposed to monetization, which is good I suppose in the sense that the work I’m putting out isn’t encumbered with an “agenda” if you will… Bad in the sense that if this was an actual real business, I would have been fired a long time ago for not knowing the first thing about running a business… which is to you know, actually make money for all the time and effort I’m putting in!

I try and keep things “raw and direct” to the best of my abilities… Yes, sometimes there’s excessive profanity found in my writing… but you know what? Investing is a damn emotional game! I have never met anyone who made/lost huge sums of money and treated it like it wasn’t a big deal… It absolutely is a MONSTER TRUCK sized deal!!! These wins/losses add up to a lot and have a profound impact on our journey to early FI… So, I apologize if I offend anyone with my writing, but I don’t feel the need to tone things down and treat things all “cool and casual” when that couldn’t be farther from the truth… and reality.

After all, what I hear in real life (i.e. private conversations) is exactly that… raw and direct fucking emotions…

Why sugarcoat things?

Let’s keep it real!

And other times, I know, I know, the day-to-day bland monotony (ummm I mean “progress”) isn’t always all that glamorous or exciting… But in any case, my experiences, transactions, mistakes, etc. are all authentic and time capsuled here for you… Hopefully, some of the content that I’ve published throughout the years has been helpful for readers. If you’ve benefited from some trade ideas and made some big profits, that’s even more awesome! I always love hearing success stories from readers!

With that said, as the saying goes, “time is money”… and I do feel like I put in a lot of effort into producing quality content for readers… It’s not always easy….

I am somewhat on the fence about going the route of offering a paid subscription service, though, because quite honestly I feel like the quality of my work would degrade if I felt like I was operating under a “time pressure” and felt the stress involved with having to meet regular deadlines… You know, like working a JOB… that thing I left behind when I finally decided to give early FI a try! And that wouldn’t be fair to subscribers either… You shouldn’t be paying for sub-par content that is more or less forced material being put out just for the sake of meeting a quota… With this blog, I more or less come and go as I please… and produce content randomly at my own leisure…

I guess I would consider it if there’s really enough interest… but the above, that’s my current stance on paid subscription services…

So, yeah, I’m sort of a loose cannon… which is why I think a donate button would work better (for now)… Readers who appreciate any recent blog posts, content, etc., can feel free to contribute as they see fit…

I mean, anything helps and as always I appreciate all the support that I get. 🙂


In the future, though, yes, I would like to sell some ebooks.


Hopefully, there’s good interest for that type of content!





The cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and all that new stuff out there that is making a guy like me feel his age are starting to take over the world! Not one to want to be left behind in the dust of antiquity, I thought oh what the hey, I might as well [click to continue…]


Broken Laptop (March 3, 2017)

by FI Fighter on March 2, 2017

in Blog Update

Hey everyone, I’m writing to you all from my tablet. Unfortunately, I dropped my laptop on the ground and busted the screen so posting will be light until I can head back to the states to get it fixed. I will be heading back to HK on Sunday and then will spend a week there.

Because I want to see some friends again…

And indulge in a few more bowls of Ichiran ramen (which you can only get in: Japan, HK, and NYC).

Then I’m going going back back to Cali Cali…

Anyway, just a few quick thoughts:

  • Alona Beach in Panglao is breathtakingly beautiful. The water is remarkably clear and turquoise… Or whatever green/blue is called.
  • Mining stocks got smashed to bits and I fear the worst is yet to come since a Fed rate hike seems very likely in March now. I have been buying a bunch of Alexco Resource (AXU) and Fortuna Silver (FSM). If the sell off continues I will back up the truck. Volatility in these stocks is perfectly normal so I have no fear. Buy low and sell high… I will try my best to ease my way in and buy in tranches so I don’t use up all my funds all at once. These firesales are the opportunities we all live for as early financial independence fighters.
  • The Philippines is an amazing destination for anyone who loves beaches and sunshine. If that’s your cup of tea, they’ve got it in spades here… Not to mention excellent BBQ, fresh fruits (coconuts, pineapples, mangos, bananas, etc.), friendly locals, and extremely affordable prices… If you are into the rat race and 9-5 grind and stressing out all the time, stay away… Only come here if you want to chill! smile! and enjoy life.

That is all for now…


Back to the beach!


Fight On!


Introducing the Start Here Section!

by FI Fighter on September 25, 2016

in Blog Update

Welcome to FI Fighter! My name is Jay, and I’m so glad that you decided to stop by!


This blog started in 2012, and over the years I’ve written many posts… Unfortunately, for anyone new to the site, it can feel kind of like a scavenger hunt trying to look for and pinpoint some of the more useful articles…

So, let’s try and save you some time!

Here you will find a collection of what I feel are the most important posts that I’ve published on this blog.


*Highlighted in BOLD are the articles that I would highly recommend you start with, or focus on the most…

Start Here






To be continued here


Taking Time to Recharge (April 13, 2016)

by FI Fighter on April 13, 2016

in Blog Update

It’s been a pretty crazy last few weeks! Although updates on this blog have been slow to come in this week, I just wanted to provide a quick update to readers with what’s going on with me.

For starters, I’m still trying to get my situation squared away so that I can leave for Hong Kong sometime this summer, hopefully in June. This means getting my taxes filed away, renewing my passport, meeting up with good buddies to hang out with, and cleaning (which is something I keep pushing aside, unfortunately). Anyway, I remain as excited as one could possibly be with this future move… For me, it’s going to mark the “Next Chapter” of my life, and a transition to a post-FI type of lifestyle. I really have no expectations, so far, and will most likely just go with the flow. But it’s just around the corner, which is so hard for me to grasp, still.

Moving along, I know that I’ve been focusing a lot on gold mining stocks lately, but kind of for good reason — Gold stocks are just super HOT right now! Many friends, family, readers of this blog, etc. have made a pretty penny so far already (some are up north of $100,000 since we bottomed out on January 19), and as you guys all know, I’m just gonna do my part to help anyone out that I can. I’ve never been the type to “keep secrets” to myself, and I more than freely give away my best ideas… That’s just the way I am… And with all the progress that I’ve made towards early FI over the last 4 years, honestly, I don’t really give a sh!t what anyone else thinks… Unlike a lot of assholes out there, I actually enjoy watching other people do well and succeed, both in life and with investing. So, I’ve been spending a lot of time teaching some new investors the ropes when it comes to investing in gold stocks. And when it comes to my close inner circle, most everyone is hustling everyday, working 9-5, so no one really has the time to deep dive into things like I do… I’m the guy with far too much time on my hands who is e-mailing and calling management of these companies to learn more… I’m not always gonna make the right moves or have all the answers, but I’m always going to do my best to take care of those that I care about. That includes readers of this blog.

But, I do realize that first and foremost this blog is about early financial independence… So, at some point I will need to refocus on that underlying theme because ultimately, early FI is what it’s all about. This is not a dividend growth investing blog. This is not an index investing blog. This is not a real estate blog. This is not a gold mining stock blog. As I’ve stated on too many occasions, I do not swear allegiance to any single asset class… Early FI has ALWAYS been what it’s all about; I will utilize any (and all) investment vehicles to help me get to and sustain FI.

Indeed, Early FI is very possible to achieve at a young age, so don’t let anyone else try to convince you otherwise.

Moving on, I’ve got a few more podcasts recorded, so I’m really looking forward to releasing those in the near future… Man, I’ve been talking to some pretty inspirational and amazing people… It’s been so much fun and a most humbling experience, so I really hope that readers have been enjoying these segments. I’ve got more down the pipe!

As it pertains to this blog, traffic has been increasing steadily and we are adding new subscribers everyday! That’s totally awesome to see, and I hope we can continue to keep up the pace! I do sincerely appreciate everyone who has supported me and is tagging along on this journey… I would really like to work on growing this blog more in the future. For now, my focus has sort of been on freelance writing, as evident by the increase in Seeking Alpha articles that I’ve been writing in recent months. In two months time, we’ve gone from 0 followers to over 100 on Seeking Alpha, with a few “Editor Picks” articles, so again, it’s incremental progress, but the wins are adding up. Just like with this blog, I’m humbled that there are readers out there who are enjoying my content and see value in it.


So, let’s keep marching along! For the remainder of this week, I’ll probably takes things easy and chill out… I’ll admit I am feeling pretty burnt out right now…


Thanks again for reading and following along! I promise, I’ve got a lot more content in store for the future! 🙂


Fight On!


Taking Time Off (August 21, 2015)

by FI Fighter on August 21, 2015

in Blog Update, Health Updates

Starting today, I will be taking some time off to get away from everything… I’ll be out of town and hopefully as far as away from technology as possible.

I’m in search of inner peace… I will begin a spiritual journey to better connect myself with our Mother Earth.

It’s time to focus on some other (more important) things than just early FI and finance…

Although the journey to early FI is not yet complete, I believe that I have done everything that I possibly can to position myself for future success. It isn’t always easy, and many of the thoughts and strategies that I have implemented over the years will not resonate with others who are also on the journey.

That’s perfectly fine… If anything, it makes for some great debates and discussions. 🙂

One thing I’ve realized over the years is this — You have to stay true to yourself.

You won’t always be right… In fact, you’ll probably be wrong more times than right.

But learning doesn’t happen overnight… And in the end, you’ve got to go with your conviction and gut, even if it goes against the grain and popular sentiment.


With that said, I want to say “THANK YOU” to all the readers for your support through the last 4 years. It’s been a pretty amazing journey so far and I sincerely appreciate everything — comments, e-mails, meet ups, etc. It’s been an incredible ride…


Now, it’s time to focus on something else…


“For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I’m suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I’m not leaving… maybe I’m going home.” — Vincent Freeman, Gattaca


You’ve only got one life to live!

Be real.

Be true.

Be yourself.


I’ll be back soon. Take care everyone! Until next time…


Moving On…

by FI Fighter on May 29, 2015

in Blog Update

Although I find the topic of Fear and Greed most fascinating, I believe that it’s just about time to move on. For one, I’m tired of talking about it, and two, I’m guessing you’re even more tired reading about it! 😉

So, this post will simply be a recap of everything that I’ve published over the last few weeks…

As always, I’ve never claimed to have any of the right answers. I can’t say that I know what will happen in the future, and I certainly can’t make claims that I know what I am [click to continue…]


Feed Back Up (May 15, 2015)

by FI Fighter on May 15, 2015

in Blog Update

Looks like the blog’s database was corrupted and feed services stopped working on May 09. Hopefully, things are back up and working correctly now!

My apologizes to all the subscribers who haven’t been alerted to site updates this past week.

This site is alive and well! 🙂


Fight On!

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Thank You Everyone!!!

by FI Fighter on January 8, 2015

in Blog Update, Health


I haven’t been feeling especially well lately, and needed to take a week off from work to relax and decompress. The journey to early financial independence isn’t without [click to continue…]


Comments Section Not Working (September 05, 2014)

by FI Fighter on September 5, 2014

in Blog Update

Update: 9/05: Issue resolved! Needed to install a Thesis 1.85 patch to get the comments to show up again…

I updated to WordPress 4.0 this morning, and for whatever reason, it looks like that update caused the comments section to disappear. 🙁

I can still see the comments in my dashboard view, but they appear to be hidden on every post (both comment and reply).

Is anyone else witnessing this with 4.0? Any ideas on how to fix it? If so, please shoot me an e-mail, or leave a comment. You won’t be able to see your comment, but I will through the dashboard…

This is a bit of a nuisance, so I’m hoping it’s an easy fix. Otherwise, I’ll have to dedicate some time this weekend to fixing this… First step, disable all plugins and see if that does anything… I’ll give it a shot later tonight after work.

Sorry for the inconvenience everyone!


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