Financial Independence

When I first got into precious metals in the summer of 2015, I took a lot of flak from a lot of people. For the longest time, I was this person who was pounding the table, spewing the virtues of investing for cash flow/passive income, and then all of a sudden, I took this massive detour and decided to do something altogether unrelated…

After locking down my last rental property in early 2015, soon after, I decided enough was enough…

Real estate, stocks, bonds, all that good stuff was no longer cheap, but in my eyes encroaching on and selling at nosebleed territories.

So, even though I had completed two separate cash out refis to pull out ~$200,000 in fresh funds, I was perplexed as to what to do with all that capital.

Nothing looked cheap…

I guess I’ll just hold cash?

Yeah, that thought [click to continue…]

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My Most Important Post Ever

by FI Fighter on August 1, 2017

in Podcast, Real Estate Thoughts, Thoughts

Let’s try this again… I recently wrote a post and recorded a video that I posted on Steemit and Youtube, which I feel is the most important two pieces that I’ve ever put out there on the web.

Here is a link to the article.

But as you guys know, I’m terrible with marketing and too oftentimes my best work gets lost in the mix with all my other posts…

Anyway, for anyone who is serious about getting to early FI (and I know there are a ton of people who are based on the number of emails, messages I get), please put in the time and watch this video in its full length and entirety.

I don’t pull any punches here and I’m telling it to you guys STRAIGHT UP what works and what doesn’t work.

If anyone was to ask me, “What’s the secret to early FI? How do I get there ASAP?

 

I’d say please go check out the above video.

 

Here is a link to the video, again.

Here is a link to the article, agian.

 

And in summary:

  • Owning the best Tier 1 assets (across all asset classes, don’t discriminate!) is the absolute best, most reliable, most sustainable, and fastest path to early FI. Period.

 

  • Tier 1 assets are not always on sale, that’s the dilemma here… Most people think I’m crazy but there is a very good reason why I’m so fixated on precious metals and clean energy stocks right now. Market cycles. Don’t ignore and dismiss Market Cycles; the macro always wins out in the long run. It may not seem obvious, but because I want to buy so many more tier 1 rentals, I’m concentrating 100% of my efforts elsewhere, trying to gobble up tier 1 properties (mineral deposits are properties, don’t hate) across different asset classes that are a hell of a lot more affordable than real estate is right now.

 

  • Buy low and sell high.” Everyone knows it, how many actually do it?

 

  • Day 1 cash flow is the most deceiving (misleading) metric newbies focus on when it comes to real estate investing.

 

  • Property value appreciation potential is far more important than Day 1 cash flow for long-term success (if a property has massive appreciation potential you will as a byproduct experience massive rent appreciation, which will inevitably churn out that massive cash flow you so desperately seek).

 

  • Anyone who thinks property value appreciation is overrated has never thought long and hard about exit strategy. World class tier 1 rental properties never make you feel like you’re trapped in Hotel California… Junk rentals that never go up in value do!

 

  • This ain’t rocket science! The best school districts, highest quality and most robust paying jobs environment, beautiful weather, world class amenities/infrastructure, low crime rate, etc. are the ingredients found in world class tier 1 rental properties! No wonder these investments only keep becoming more valuable over time!

 

  • Dividend Growth Investing (DGI) >>>> Turnkey Investing. DGI is 100% passive, Turnkey Investing is a pain in the ass. Again, don’t fixate on Day 1 numbers. The best DGI stocks start off at 4% yield but the growth rate will surpass turnkeys in no time so your Yield on Cost (YoC) starts to outperform only after a few years down the road. With turnkeys, properties need to be maintained and you can only defer maintenance for so long before those costs come due. Newbies never factor this into mind when doing their initial Day 1 analysis. 12% cash-on-cash return on Day 1 will NOT be 12% in Year 5 (probably)! A property will NEVER perform as well as on Day 1/Year 1! Dividend growth stocks get better with time, turnkey properties don’t! My biggest investment mistake ever was going out of state and buying turnkey properties.

 

  • The “slow and steady” approach is too much work, too many headaches, and does not provide enough “juice” to make it worth the squeeze. Focus on the “low hanging fruit” type of investments that offer a ton of upside potential at relatively low risk. Assets that don’t have the capability to significantly increase their value over the years are a waste of time.

 

  • When in doubt, stick to world class tier 1 assets and you won’t go wrong. Early FI beckons for those who are smart enough to not settle for junk.

 

  • Quality over quantity. I would rather own a single Bay Area rental property than to go out of state and buy ten properties out in the “hood”.

 

  • Speaking of early FI, when I’m out on the beach in the Philippines or the Dominican Republic, the last thing I want to have to deal with is properties and tenants! Tier 1 tenants are the best of the best and will leave you alone for the most part (they are too scared of you raising their rents again). Class A, tier 1 for the win, again and again! Class C tenants will never fear you, in fact you probably need them a lot more than they need you!

 

  • Making mistakes, having to jump through hurdles, and dealing with setbacks is all part of the process. Never forget, we are all human beings and constantly learning and evolving. Do your best to learn from the failures, pick yourself up off the ground, and continue to Fight On!

 

I am willing to share my journey and document all my progress so readers can avoid any pitfalls and learn from my fuck ups that I made along the way. Also, whatever I did that works, you can be sure I will emphasize that non-stop!

 

Tier 1. Tier 1. Tier1.

 

Please share this video, article and spread the word!

 

Cheers,

 

Jay

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The path to early FI is paved through owning as many high quality, world class Tier 1 assets as possible!

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When it comes to early financial independence, everyone is always looking for a shortcut to get there. However, in the rare occasions when the market actually does gift us a golden opportunity of a lifetime to help us turbocharge our progress towards the end game, we oftentimes insist on refusing the help and elect to continue reading at Steemit

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I quit my job and retired from engineering at the ripe old age of 31. On the journey towards that end goal, I inevitably made many mistakes along the way. In hindsight, I could have achieved early financial independence even earlier in life and I certainly could have set my future up even better had I focused on making sure I ALWAYS did the continue reading at Steemit

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One Year Ago Today

by FI Fighter on June 29, 2017

in Hong Kong, Progress

HK - 1

One year ago (6/29/16), this finally happened…

Early FI.

The culmination of a lot of: hard work, sweat, blood, tears, luck, persistence, determination, more luck, and a whole lot more…

Back in late 2011, I set a goal for myself to [click to continue…]

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Early FI – 2017 Thoughts

by FI Fighter on February 16, 2017

in Progress, Thoughts

2017 is getting off to a blistering start! Well, look no further than to the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq (which are setting record highs on the daily) to see what the trend has [click to continue…]

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As I peruse through many of the early FI blogs across the blogosphere, I am somewhat struck to see the number of sell orders that have started to pop up. In years past, most everyone was aggressively hitting the “BUY MOAR!” button, enjoying this wonderful bull market that first took flight in 2009.

Well, as fun as the ride has been, in life, as we all [click to continue…]

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The first rule of Fight Club is… Oh wait, sorry, I meant — The first rule of [click to continue…]

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blackburne

In an era of Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) and Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), it’s no wonder that everyone and their grandma is starved for yield these days… Unlike years (decades) past, saving money and putting it in the bank is just extremely unrewarding… The returns are so anemic, that unless you were depositing millions of dollars in principal to your savings account, there’s just no [click to continue…]

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