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Acorns Goes Green – Farewell, Exxon, and Thanks for all the Dead Fish

They say that the best time to start investing is yesterday (or even better, when you are a wee sproglet, earning your first pocket-money). The second best time is now. Yet, you don’t want to go throwing your money at something you don’t understand. In 2016, we were at the beginning of discovering the world of Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE). I was reading as many blogs as I could get my eyeballs on. I learned that the best way to reach FIRE was by investing, either in property or shares. We couldn’t just jump right in, though. While we were lucky that we didn’t have any debt, we did … Show Me More!

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Begin To Invest 3 – Your Risk Profile

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!

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Begin to Invest 2 – Risk, Volatility and Timescale

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!

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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!

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Are You an Investor, or Just Investing?

Since I discovered Financial Independence blogs, I have begun to seriously consider and research how I can put our money to work for our future. All I wanted to do is get to the point where I could start investing. We finally have an emergency fund, along with three months of living expenses fully funded, so it’s time. However, late in 2016, I read a post by Kayla Sloan detailing ways you can start investing with a small amount of money, and that gave me pause. Am I already an investor? Having recorded where our money goes since January 2016, then performed an end-of-year analysis, I realised we were already participating in some of Kayla’s suggestions. So why … Show Me More!