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Summer Travels: Seize the Day

It would be my last night in the Sierra for a long while. As I stared into the campfire under the star-filled sky last week, I reflected on how far I’d come: That day we had hiked nearly nine miles with full backpacks. We had climbed 1,000 feet up, past the famed Vogelsang High Sierra …

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Gone Fishin’

Are you a beach person, a lake person, a mountain person, or a mixture? For my money, there is nowhere more beautiful on earth than the high peaks in summertime. I don’t fish much, but I sure do like to camp, hike, and bike in the mountains. This summer we have a full schedule of …

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My Favorite Blogs: 2016

Blogs are different, and they’re valuable. I still get much of my news and most of my analysis from bloggers. I appreciate the individual, idiosyncratic viewpoints — not the sanitized or one-sided slop we often get from government, corporate, or special interests. So, here are some of my favorite blogs of 2016, with links to …

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My Political Travels

For its five-year existence, this blog has offered a politically-neutral view of retirement. In keeping with that tradition, I’ve avoided commenting on the recently concluded U.S. election. Even now, two weeks after voting, there is little that can be said about the results that wouldn’t be partisan or speculation, or both. In a perfect world, …

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Can I Retire Yet? — The Book

Three years in the making, my second book is available now. You can get it on Amazon, in paperback or Kindle. Can you retire yet? I’ve been studying this tricky question for a decade, and this book is my answer. It captures the best of this blog in a comprehensive, readable “how-to” format. This is …

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Book Excerpt: Buckets and Your Retirement Paycheck

My second book, Can I Retire Yet? — How to Make the Biggest Financial Decision of the Rest of Your Life, is coming soon. It should be available on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle, in just a few weeks. To celebrate, I’m publishing another excerpt here on the blog. The new book takes a comprehensive …

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Book Excerpt: Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Finally, I can talk about my second book, titled “Can I Retire Yet?” More than three years in the making, the text is in final draft. I expect it to be available on Amazon by early summer. Subtitled “How to Make the Biggest Financial Decision of the Rest of Your Life”, this will be my …

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My Favorite Personal Finance Blogs: 2014

I believe in blogs. In a world where hidden agendas and conflicts of interest abound, personal finance blogs provide some of the most unbiased information available for managing your money wisely. The bulk of my weekly reading comes from blogs, not the mainstream media. The best blogs are written by smart people with actual experience …

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Money News, Calculator Reviews and What You Might Have Missed…

It’s been a good year at CanIRetireYet.com. There are tens of thousands of visitors here every month. This blog is mentioned often in major media, and I frequently turn down opportunities for more publicity. My primary purpose is still to deliver practical, do-it-yourself commentary on the real issues in a prudent, retired lifestyle. I hope …

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Moving West – Part 2

We’ve arrived. We’ve left our empty nest, downsized, and relocated from the southeast to the southwest. For the first time in five months, we, our vehicles, and our possessions, are all in one place. It’s been a dramatic change in venue, and we’re excited to begin the next chapter of our lives in amazing new …

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Moving West – Part 1

Blogs are unique because they include personal experience, in addition to the facts. The backstory for this blog over the last six months has been our downsizing and relocation. So here is the first part of our moving story, plus a few financial lessons learned…. In June we sold our house. In July we vacationed …

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News, Views and Summer Travels

It’s been two months since the launch of my first book Retiring Sooner, which I worked on in some form for more than two years. When it was finally published, I had no idea what to expect. As most authors will tell you, after spending that much time with the same material you have no …

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Retiring Sooner – My New Book

My first book, Retiring Sooner: How to Accelerate Your Financial Independence, is available on Amazon now for Kindle and in paperback. Just click the cover image below to get your copy. If you want, you can save quite a bit by getting the electronic version. And, you don’t even need a Kindle to read it …

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Looking Ahead: Another Retirement, and a Book or Two…

It’s official. Caroline has announced her retirement. She’ll wrap up her elementary school teaching career later this year. I imagine she’ll be drawn back to working with kids in some fashion, eventually. But for now, she’s ready for some much deserved rest and relaxation. Only a teacher, or the spouse of one, can possibly understand …

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Year-End Projects

It’s been a good year for Can I Retire Yet? — growing to average daily traffic in the hundreds of visitors, with peaks in the thousands. In early October, Yahoo Finance picked up the story, and then I was invited to guest post on two of the top personal finance blogs: Mr. Money Mustache and …

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What I Learned from the World’s Best Personal Finance Bloggers

I’ve just returned from Denver and FinCon12, the annual financial blogger conference. Here’s a little of what I learned about money, business, and life from some of the best personal finance bloggers on the planet…. J.D. Roth, founder of Get Rich Slowly, and one of the most successful bloggers of all time, reminded us that …

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