143R | Is This The Top?

Is This The Top?

A discussion of community and market volatility. NYC Playing With FIRE Premiere Brad just returned from a trip to Long Island to visit family. While he was there, he was able to attend the sold-out Playing with FIRE premiere in NYC. It was a great night full of community connections. As we always say, it’s not about us, it’s about them getting up off the couch and taking action. And … Read more

Beyond 4%: The Argument For Flexible Spending Rules In Retirement

Beyond 4%: The Argument For Flexible Spending Rules In Retirement

Michael Kitces recently conducted a study of the 4% rule to see if it holds true for longer time horizons. The William Bengen study that the 4% rule is based on didn’t test the 4% withdrawal rate on retirement periods of longer than 33 years. Yet many FIRE retirees may be in retirement for 40-50 years. Does that make the 4% rule too risky? Or, perhaps it’s too conservative?  These are the questions that Kitces’ study set out to answer. And … Read more

How Do You Know When To Sell A Rental Property?

How Do You Know When To Sell A Rental Property?

Investing in real estate has been a winning strategy to build wealth for generations. The use of leverage when purchasing real estate allows you to supersize the returns for even greater net worth increases. Beyond your primary residence, investing in rental properties is the next logical step. So many people tell you to buy real estate, but very few talk about when to sell. I’ve been looking at the returns … Read more

140R | The Real Cost Of A Financial Advisor

The Real Cost Of A Financial Advisor

Brad and Jonathan dive into the costs of a financial advisor and college hacking. Financial Advisors Jonathan recently recorded an episode with Pete Matthews from Meaningful Money. Pete mentioned that he had been at a financial planning conference where they told the audience that financial advisors need to be prepared to talk to people about reaching Financial Independence. FI is a framework on life. That’s what people are looking for. … Read more

Why Investing Conservatively Is Better

Why Investing Conservatively Is Better

When working with clients, I have several ways to determine the correct allocation they should have to stocks and bonds. More often than not, I find that clients are over-allocated to stocks. Therefore, they are taking more risk in their portfolios than needed. Today, I want to discuss why investing more conservatively is usually better at helping clients meet their financial goals. Having a lower allocation to stocks may seem … Read more

133R | Should You Invest Or Pay Off Your Mortgage?

pay off mortgage or invest

Brad and Jonathan discuss a burning question in the FI community, a new budget experiment, and an update on Playing with FIRE.  You Need A Budget Experiment Jonathan and his wife have decided to give You Need A Budget a try. Although they have no consumer debt and maintain an aggressive savings rate, the luxury of not living paycheck to paycheck means that the low-level lifestyle inflation happens. As a … Read more

Teach Your Kids About Money With The Goalsetter App

Teach Your Kids About Money With The Goalsetter App

We know that most children have a difficult time saving money. It burns a hole in their pocket whenever they get their hands on it and they MUST spend it on something. At least, that is how it happens with most of our kids. So getting them to save their money poses a difficult challenge for them. Enter the Goalsetter app! Financial Literacy In Children Teaching financial literacy to our … Read more

130R | Simplifying The Ultimate Buy And Hold Strategy With M1 Finance

Ultimate Buy And Hold Strategy With M1 Finance

Jonathan and Brad discuss Playing with FIRE updates and the ultimate buy and hold portfolio. Playing With FIRE update Brad and Jonathan just returned from the world premiere of Playing with FIRE in San Diego. Around 250 people showed up to the event and it was an eye-opening experience. You should not watch this at home on your couch in the living room. Right now, you have the opportunity and … Read more

130 | Paul Merriman Introduces The Ultimate Buy And Hold Portfolio

130 | Paul Merriman | The Ultimate Buy and Hold Portfolio

Jonathan and Brad talk to Paul Merriman. The goal is to contrast the “Simple Path to Wealth Approach” with the “Ultimate Buy and Hold Portfolio.” Paul is a proponent of the Ultimate Buy and Hold strategy and a legend in this space. The insights Paul provides about this strategy are priceless. Paul Merriman’s Story Paul started his career as a stockbroker. However, he quickly began to question the fact that … Read more