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Early FI: An Alternative to the Marathon Approach

by FI Fighter on February 7, 2016

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Everyone likes to say that the path to early FI is a lot like running a marathon… You know — Long, boring, arduous, and challenging. To succeed, you’ve got to have a lot of: persistence, determination, resolve, dedication, etc. etc…

As the mainstream media likes to tell us — You can’t time [click to continue…]

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The REAL Truth…

by FI Fighter on January 23, 2016

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I’ve spent a good amount of time on this blog over the past year outlying my strategies, both short-term and medium-term. I guess up to this point in time, I have not yet gone into the details of my long-term plans…

I have hinted on occasion on some of the things that I [click to continue…]

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At this stage of the game, I still believe that it is way too early to declare that we are officially in a “bear market” (even though a sh!t ton of data would support that). Nevertheless, the continued market selloff into this week has spooked a lot of investors… And rightfully so.

I’ve always believed that what goes up must come crashing [click to continue…]

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Early financial independence is NOT easy to achieve… If it was, quite frankly, everyone would be wealthy and out playing on the beach instead of spending all day trapped inside a darkened cubicle. But in order to become financially independent, most likely you will need to [click to continue…]

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My Favorite Time of Year

by FI Fighter on December 6, 2015

in Progress, Real Estate Updates, Thoughts

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Screw cash flow… [click to continue…]

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Taking Advantage of a STRONG US DOLLAR

by FI Fighter on December 3, 2015

in Precious Metals, Thoughts

With the Fed all but certain to raise interest rates later this month (for the first time since June 29, 2006), the talk around town is all about the strengthening USD. As a holder of lots of USD, this is of course overwhelmingly good news in my eyes.

According to Janet Yellen, the U.S. economy “has recovered substantially since the great recession,” and is FINALLY ready for a rate hike and the tightening of monetary policy.

Sure, stocks and [click to continue…]

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They say that if you want something badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen. As it pertains to early FI, the question remains the same — How BADLY do you want it?

Up to this point in the blog’s history, I have spent very little time addressing the topic of personal expenses. When it comes down to how much a person spends on a given month, I feel that it is indeed 100% personal… There’s absolutely no way to generalize spending because [click to continue…]

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It has been a long time since I last mentioned Dividend Growth Investing (DGI) on this blog. But if we retrace the steps to the beginning of the journey, readers will see that when I first started my own path to early FI, DGI was my preferred vehicle of choice.

Since that time, I’ve dabbled in [click to continue…]

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When it comes to early financial independence and creating wealth for yourself, I truly believe that the best opportunities ONLY ever present themselves at the bottom of brutal bear markets.

Fortunes are made when we go against the grain, back up the truck, and acquire the very best assets at bargain basement discounts. Investors who have not been so fortunate before to buy at the bottom are quick to dismiss this investment philosophy as one that is based on [click to continue…]

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Are You Contrarian?

by FI Fighter on November 5, 2015

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Please note: This post is NOT an attack on any particular investment strategy or group of individuals who subscribe to them. I have no axe to grind. Please don’t take anything I have to say personally. But I do feel that it is always important for us to keep perspective and analyze why we are doing what we are doing… For all of us, the journey to financial freedom is all about winning back time.

Life is finite. Make the most of it!

The freedom of earning  [click to continue…]

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