Earning a six-figure salary can make building wealth easier, but it’s not a magic solution for your financial woes. Earning a high income is only one part of the equation. If you want to be financially secure, you need to make your money work for you. This post originally appeared on The Money Mix.
It takes a big pot of money to retire early. And if you want to have a nice lifestyle as well, it takes millions to safely retire early. But, if you are smart about your taxes, you can reduce those numbers significantly. Here's the smartest ways to keep your income taxes low for FIRE.
With a volatile market, even experienced investors can find themselves wondering “what if I sold everything and got back in when the market was more stable?” Although it’s tempting, in almost every circumstance it is much better to buy and hold. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some data!
As many of you know, I am a marketer at a startup. That’s one of many reasons why I write about startups and equity compensation all the time. Like, maybe too much, but I digress. Although I love my job, someday I’d like to leave the startup world to be an entrepreneur. My problem is that I don’t have any genius ideas for a business. I am just into entrepreneurship, finance, and finding efficiencies. So where does that leave me? Enter the search fund.
The Bitcoin bubble of 2017 has popped and the crypto market is undoubtedly in the middle of another brutal bear market with no end in sight. Bitcoin has seen this situation before and many supporters will argue that this is all part of a predictable pattern. But that’s hardly enough to solace investors who are currently experiencing an 85% drawdown from all-time-high prices.
As the stock market has been wildly gyrating over the past several months, I’ve come to a realization. Everyone is way too obsessed, and spends way too much time worrying about investment gains and losses.
Happy Holidays! Now, a short break from our regularly scheduled programming. RFG is officially over 70 posts old! It’s time for me to thank my readers, and ask the most important question of all: where do I go now?
Everyone wants a low risk, high reward investment. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing in the public markets, but there are ways that I can increase my chances of making a profitable investment, and decrease the risk at the same time. It’s not low risk, high reward, but it’s definitely close!
It seems like every day that passes, there’s a new variant of the acronym: fatFIRE, leanFIRE, seaFIRE… even baristaFIRE! Today, I am going to dissect each of the different variants of FIRE, starting with FIRE itself!
It’s easy to get discouraged by investing. With interest rates hovering at 3-5%, even modest retirement budgets require well over a million dollars in investments to work properly (e.g., $1,000,000 x 3% = $30,000). Many people get discouraged because they don’t have much saved now, but the truth is that the most important thing in any retirement plan is making repetitive, reliable recurring investments.
A search fund is similar to a private equity fund. Investors sponsor the search for and potential purchase of a small to medium sized business, to eventually be run by those who are searching for the business.
With the current expansion nearing its tenth year, it's actually possible that someone could have already worked a third of their professional career knowing nothing but expansion. I figured it might be interesting to describe the experience of a recession for all of those that have never known one, and provide some tips to soften the blows.
I’ve repeatedly seen two narratives told over and over again. First of all, debt is bad. Second, although debt is bad, having a mortgage is alright because it acts like a forced savings plan, slowly enabling borrowers to build wealth. But can't the “forced savings plan” idea can be extended beyond simply mortgage debt, if executed intelligently with low interest, short term debt?
The more that I learn, the more I think about investing and how I can be more effective with my portfolio. As the stock market has begun to falter, this has come to the forefront of my mind. Every day I find myself wondering how I can be more diversified and therefore more insulated from the everyday ups and downs of each market.
Life is expensive, and that can make it really hard to save. With rent, cell phones, cars, healthcare, food, childcare, vacations and thousands of other little costs, it’s not unusual for someone to have 80-90% of their income disappear into the ether. Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways I can try to turn at least some of those recurring payments into recurring investments, or at least mitigate them so I don’t lose so much of my income to recurring expenses each month.
Forgive the alliteration. There's been an awful lot of hyperbole written about the markets over the past week. I thought it might be nice to take a deep breath and look at some raw figures that might help to put things into context. I don't have any real point here... take from it what you will.
Without an investment adviser, I've had to go and create my own portfolio. It's a little scary, for sure, but here's the thing: all it takes is effort. With enough research, patience, self-control and fortitude... I feel I can be just as successful as if I worked with an adviser. What's more, after seeing "how the sausage is made" working at a large wealth management firm, I would say the benefits outweigh the risks.
Portfolio Visualizer is a comprehensive suite of investment analysis tools that you used to have to pay thousands of dollars for, but thanks to the interwebs, is now free. Here’s what you can do with it.
As I am sure many of you have read over the years, real estate can be an exceptional investment if held over the long term. At one time my family was in real estate, so I've been hearing that since I was a kid. When I was 14, my Dad put a copy of "How I Turned $1000 into Five Million in Real Estate in My Spare Time" in my room, and I was immediately enthralled with the relative simplicity of real estate investment, it's tangibility, and the access to leverage it enabled.