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Manage Your Portfolio Like a Professional Investor

What does a professional portfolio manager have in common with an every day do-it-yourself investor? They should have a lot in common according to David Stein. Stein was a professional portfolio manager who managed billions of dollars for individual and institutional investors. In his mid-forties, he realized that wasn’t what he wanted to do with …

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How Does Home Ownership Fit Into An Investment Portfolio and Financial Plan?

A great framework for developing positions and hypotheses is what Stanford professor Paul Saffo describes as strong opinions, weakly held. Using this approach, my ideas on home ownership have evolved over the years. Like most Americans, I started out believing home ownership is a great investment. A few months after finishing graduate school, I started …

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September 2019 Best of the Web

We have a collection of great articles and exciting blog news to share this month. There is a lot of angst about market bubbles and pending recessions, so we kick things off there. We also share some great resources for those grappling with complex investment decisions. We go to a place that we usually try …

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The Stages of Financial Independence

I started reading this blog about five years ago, when I was literally asking myself the question “Can I Retire Yet?”. I desperately wanted to escape a career that dominated my time and left me feeling burnt out. Reading this and other blogs was incredibly educational. However, as I better understood the challenges and uncertainty …

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Making the Transition From Spender to Saver to Achieve Financial Freedom

Today, I have an interview with Rob Berger of Retire Before Mom & Dad. I’ve gotten to know Rob through the blogging world over the past couple years. You may be familiar with Doughroller, the popular blog and podcast he started. He is now also deputy editor at Forbes. Rob has a fascinating money story. …

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Because You Never Know

I spent the last week in Washington D.C. at FinCon, a conference for those who create digital content in the personal finance space. After long days, late nights, too much noise, and traveling cross country, I planned to take a week off from posting on the blog. Then I saw something that I felt every …

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August 2019 Best of the Web

Each month we share the best resources we’ve found to help you save more, invest better, and retire sooner. Popular topics are building wealth, DIY investing, creating retirement income, managing risk, and limiting your tax burden to enable you to use your money to build the life you want. Early retirement frees up the time …

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Playing Offense in Retirement

In a comment responding to my recent post about making better decisions in the face of uncertainty, a reader wrote: “Life is inherently risky. To try and compensate for every contingency is irrational. We can “what if” ourselves right into a straight jacket! You retired early … you won!” As a lifelong football fan, this …

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Paying It Forward — An Early Retiree Case Study

In our April Best of the Web post, I shared an interview with an early retiree who was a long time reader of Can I Retire Yet?. It was the most clicked on selection that month. This showed me the desire of those figuring out their own transition to retirement to hear the real world …

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July 2019 Best of the Web

Each month we share the best resources we’ve found to help you save more, invest better, and retire sooner. Popular topics are building wealth, DIY investing, creating retirement income, managing risk, and limiting your tax burden to enable you to use your money to build the life you want. Early retirement frees up the time …

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Going Back to Work

Can I Retire Yet? It’s a profound question that many of us struggle with. After saving and planning for years or even decades, there is no easy answer. Many people stay in jobs and careers they are not passionate about and save more money than necessary, trapped by feelings of safety and security that accompany a …

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Using Rental Properties to Create Retirement Income

A few months ago, I crossed paths with real estate investor G. Brian Davis who asked if he could write a guest post for Can I Retire Yet? Using rental real estate to create retirement income is a topic of interest for many readers, and a topic Darrow and I have little personal experience to …

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June 2019 Best of the Web

Each month we share the best resources we’ve found to help you save more, invest better, and retire sooner. Popular topics are building wealth, DIY investing, creating retirement income, managing risk, and limiting your tax burden to enable you to use your money to build the life you want. Early retirement frees up the time …

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Helping Aging Parents With Their Money

Many of us will have to care for aging parents at some point in time. For some, that will mean managing your parent’s finances as they deal with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For others, it may mean helping support your parents financially or physically. Some reading this are parents who want to make their wishes …

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3 Reasons a Child Can Help You Retire Sooner (And 1 Big Reason Why You Shouldn’t)

Are raising a family and saving for early retirement compatible? Raising children costs money. There is no disputing it. A common narrative says having kids makes achieving a secure retirement difficult. And early retirement is a pipe dream for those with children. I’m going to challenge this conventional wisdom by sharing three reasons having a …

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May 2019 Best of the Web

Each month we share the best resources we’ve found to help you save more, invest better, and retire sooner. Popular topics are building wealth, DIY investing, creating retirement income, managing risk, and limiting your tax burden to enable you to use your money to build the life you want. Early retirement frees up the time …

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3 Bad Financial Decisions That Helped Me Retire Sooner

We tend to judge our decisions by outcomes. In her book Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, Annie Duke points out the faulty logic of thinking this way. We love things to fit in neat little boxes. But life is far more nuanced. Nearly all decisions have to …

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Why Is Investing So Difficult?

We write about many topics on this blog. One consistently popular topic is investing. It’s honestly hard for me to wrap my head around why our investing posts are so popular. Darrow annually publishes a post sharing his investment portfolio. Last summer I shared my portfolio and investment policy statement. Our philosophies are similar. I …

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April 2019 Best of the Web

Spring is a time of new beginnings. If you’ve been putting off planning retirement, we’ve got a great collection of articles from around the web this month to get you back on track. This month’s articles explore the benefit of preparing for early retirement, even if you’re not sure you’ll ever want to retire early. …

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Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence

My last day of work as a physical therapist was Friday, December 1, 2017. The following Monday I sat down to begin work on a book that I’ve felt the need to write for years. For the past 17 months, I’ve been collaborating with Brad Barrett, Jonathan Mendonsa and their team behind the ChooseFI podcast …

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Staying Strong in Retirement

Retirement planning exposes some cruel ironies of life. Most young people have an abundance of time and health in their school/training years, but little money to take advantage of these non-financial assets. Most of us enter our adult years with our health as we shift our focus to careers and family during our peak earning …

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