Vanguard Vs. Fidelity–Which Company Is The Right Choice For You?

Vanguard Vs. Fidelity

Vanguard and Fidelity are the two of the largest, and most well-known investment management companies around. But why choose one over the other? That’s exactly what I’ll be talking about today. Let’s get started. What is Vanguard? Vanguard is an investment management company that offers low-cost mutual funds and ETFs. John Bogel–the founder of Vanguard and mutual funds themselves, wanted Vanguard to be a client-owned company (which it is) in … Read more

How To Move Money From A Financial Advisor To Vanguard

How To Move Money From A Financial Advisor To Vanguard

If you’ve been educating yourself about how to achieve financial independence (FI), you’ve probably learned a lot about investing on your journey to reach your FI number. You’ve probably also learned that fees can eat up a huge portion of your investment return over time, especially as the losses–due to fees, compound. Let me give you an example of how fees will eat into your nest egg. In 2019, you … Read more

Your End Of Year Investing Checklist

The end of the year can be a hectic time for many. Between traveling to visit family for the holidays and trying to get everything wrapped up by year-end at work, it’s easy to let your finances take a back seat before the ball drops in Times Square. Sadly, many people don’t take the time to closely inspect their finances a few weeks before the end of the year to … Read more

When And Why Your Child Should Open A Roth IRA

When And Why Your Child Should Open A Roth IRA

As someone interested in financial independence (FI), you’re likely very familiar with the concept of compounding returns. The concept of compounding returns is one of the most powerful forces in the financial world. In general, the longer you leave your money invested, the more your initial investment will grow. For example, $10,000 earning a 10% return for 10 years will be worth about $27,000. Give it another 10 years of … Read more

Investing Inside Your HSA: Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret

Investing Inside Your HSA Healthcare's Best Kept Secret

Most people have some experience investing through an IRA or 401k. They may even trade stocks in their spare time. It’s easy to assume that for the most part, managing one investment is much the same as any other. But a Health Savings Account (HSA) is a different animal. While it has a host of unique benefits that make it a top-tier investment vehicle, it also has its own restrictions … Read more

How To Buy Real Estate In A Roth IRA

How To Buy Real Estate In A Roth IRA

Did you know you can actually buy real estate in a Roth IRA? And it’s completely legal too, not the least of which since you can hold just about any asset in an IRA account. Some real estate promoters seriously pitch this option. And while it is certainly possible, you need to be fully aware that it’s also a very complicated process. We’re going to do a high-altitude report on … Read more

How Substantially Equal Periodic Payments (SEPP) Can Help Your Early Retirement

Maybe you’ve heard of substantially equal periodic payments, sometimes referred to as SEPP, or maybe more commonly “72(t)” or “72(t) distributions”. Most people probably haven’t, or if they have they have only a vague idea what they are about. It’s something of a complicated topic, but rest assured it can help your early retirement plans in different circumstances. There are two fundamental dilemmas facing just about anyone who wants to … Read more

You’re Debt Free, Now What?

Debt free

You’ve worked hard for months, possibly years, to become debt free. For some of you, this may mean you’ve paid off your student loans and credit cards. And for others, it means you have tackled your mortgage as well. “Debt free” is a term that means different things to different people, but if you’ve been laser focused on a particular goal for a sizable amount of time and you’ve crossed … Read more

Are You Maxing Out Your 401(k)? Don’t Miss Out On The Employer Match!

Don't Miss Out On The Employer Match!

One super easy way to put an extra few percents toward your savings rate is earning a retirement savings match at your employer. Every additional percent of your income, or your employer’s match, that you put away puts you a few months or sometimes years closer to financial independence (FI). If your employer offers a retirement savings plan at work, such as a 401(k), 403(b), 457, Thrift Saving Plan or … Read more

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Or Invest?

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage

When it comes to optimizing your money, one hotly debated topic is whether you should use your available income to pay off your mortgage faster or invest the money for the greatest return. The future is unknown, but there are emotional and logical arguments to be made for investing or paying off the mortgage first. Planning for financial independence means you consider even more factors to find the right answers … Read more