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Stock Trading Basics – The Framework

There are three things that are crucial to financial independence and early retirement: making money, saving money, and managing investments.  Yet if there is one method of making money that is scorned and rarely talked about in the FIRE community it is stock trading.  Many…

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Monthly Update

It’s been another great month at the FIRE household.  First, a stock that I have a great deal of money in went up another 52% from the 30% it increased last month, growing the position value from $57.8k to $121k. I don’t foresee such great…

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A Financially Sound Country

According to a study done by Bankrate.com, barely 6 in 10 Americans can afford to write a check for $500 and barely 56% of people have more than $1000 in their checking and savings account combined [1]  Another survey found that 1/4 retirees has zero…

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Adventures in Life Style Design (pt. 1)

Lately I have been reading Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week (of which I will write more later in a book review) and was inspired by his rendition of the  Pareto Law and Parkinson’s Law. The former states that 80% of results come from 20%…

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Monthly Update

This has been a very exciting month for me financially.  First, a stock that I have a great deal of money in went up 30%, increasing the position value from $44.5k to $57.8k and bringing me closer to my debt payment and home mortgage goals.…

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Get Rich with Toastmasters

People often say that money doesn’t grow on trees. What’s less often said is that you can create money with your mouth. Strong communication skills are closely tied to personal success and earning potential.  If you’re someone who can speak clearly, succinctly, and memorably, then…

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Financial Independence through Temp Work

Financial independence through temp work – a statement that makes people question your sanity! How in the world can taking a short-term job with low pay and crappy healthcare help you get ahead? No matter what the wage is, it’s only half of what the…

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What Makes This Blog Different

I love books. This is ironic since one of my earliest childhood memories is my Mom teaching me to read – and I absolutely despised it. Whenever she’d bust out yet another pack of flashcards with words to memorize I’d desperately want to flip the…

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