Big ERN from Early Retirement Now joins the show to talk about the current market climate: How is it impacting investors, who could benefit, and what markers he uses to evaluate its actual condition?
We also share a voicemail from Abby, who provides a few more helpful hints for teaching abroad.
Topics from the show:
- Brad maxed out his HSA for 2019, and talks about how he’s prioritizing fitness.
- Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.
- Preview of who will be at the coming CampFI that Brad plans to attend.
- Review of Monday’s episode about teaching abroad, and the wide variety of opportunities available.
- A voicemail from Abby H., who is currently teaching in China and has experience in several other countries as well.
- Abby tried teaching in Kuwait, but found that despite a high salary the cost of living was also extremely high.
- Suggestions from Abby:
- Don’t just look for jobs in the Middle East, or other “high salary” locations.
- Try negotiating your salary/benefits offer.
- Look for options that don’t require purchasing a car.
- How did Rob and Scott, from Monday’s episode, replace fear with flexibility in each of their lives?
- Big ERN joins the show to talk about the current market situation:
- What is “sequence of returns” risk, and why does it matter?
- Under the assumption that the great recession or the dot-com bust will not repeat, Big ERN thinks it’s too early to worry about the current market climate.
- The 4% rule should be considered a rule of thumb. Market conditions should always be considered and flexibility is key.
- If someone’s portfolio decreased this year, should they work a few more years to rebuild it, or count on the market recovering?
- If someone is still many years away from retirement, they shouldn’t worry too much about the market, and might actually be benefit from low stock prices.
- If you have a 50% or higher savings rate, you are going succeed financially, regardless of this drop in the market.
- The U.S. economy is still strong, so the value of the market isn’t necessarily going down – the price is just down.
- If someone has a sum of money ready to invest, should they invest it all at once, or employ “dollar-cost averaging”?
- Who should be concerned about the market and what should they be looking for?
- Look at the fundamentals of the U.S. economy to evaluate the conditions of the market.
- Big ERN just retired. His family is just settling in to a new house in Washington.
- ChooseFI Local Groups are helping to build on-the-ground community.