My FIRE is Sputtering

This is not the post I was planning on writing for you today. According to my calendar, I should be delighting you with the simplicity of asset allocation. Instead, I find myself tired and lacking motivation. The path to financial independence is sloooooow. We are looking at 15 years if: We (continue to) work at it The sharemarket gods remain benevolent, or at least continue to provide the historical average return We don’t do anything stupid when markets drop, as they will at some point. We are still in Year 1 of those 15 years. Besides being slow, working towards financial independence involves making lots of little daily decisions. Day ... Show Me More!

A Tale of Two Retirements – My Perfect Retirement

Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) usually has a focus on the financial aspect. After all, it’s unlikely you can retire early if you don’t have your finances under control. However, there is a subset of the movement that highlights the emotional aspect of retirement; ensuring you have a plan for your days when those days are no longer controlled by someone else. I recently came cross two examples of retirement that crystallised what I do, and don’t, want. I’m formulating my perfect retirement. The Retirement I Want To Avoid This came from a totally unexpected source. Mr. ETT and I were both browsing the web in front of the TV (yes, we ... Show Me More!

Begin to Invest 1 – What Are Our Goals?

In 2015, I happened across the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement. I wasn’t actively looking for direction in our financial life, but I had been living with a vague discomfort that we could be doing more. FIRE galvanised me to once again take control of our money. In 2016 we tracked spending, and saved an emergency fund. The next step was beginning to invest – but how? The idea of investing was scary. There are so many options, traps and pitfalls for the unwary that I wanted to be fully prepared before we started. This series of posts is about the resources we used, and the steps we took ... Show Me More!

There’s Not Enough Time To… Retire Early

My dad turned 70 this year, and the hard fact of that number induced a sudden fearful realisation; my dad is going to die one day. Of course it is inevitable, but as humans we have the ability to ignore the obvious. We just brush it aside and carry on. This day, however, made me take a mental step back and actually look at my dad, through the eyes of someone who has just met him – and he looks old. Yes, he devotes time to maintaining his mental and physical fitness. Being long retired, Dad is under no obligation to get out of bed by a certain time each day, ... Show Me More!