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Mad Fientist
Early Retirement
Money, Investing
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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One of the internet’s most-respected retirement researchers and financial planners, Michael Kitces, joins me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast! You may remember that my Safe Withdrawal Rate post drew heavily from the incredible research Kitces has done on the topic so it was great to talk to him directly to dive even deeper into important topics related to early retirement. During the interview, we discuss… Safe Withdrawal Rates and whether ...
Posted: Aug 31 2017 @ 5:01 AM
Finally, the post I’ve been waiting for. After starting this site back in early 2012, I dreamt of the day I would write my freedom post. I imagined it would be published the day after I left my job and would be the grand finale of my pursuit of financial independence. Well, exactly one year ago today I left my full-time job and yet I’m only now writing about it. Why? There are a few ...
Posted: Aug 01 2017 @ 11:51 AM
On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, Jeff from The Happy Philosopher joins me to discuss the unique challenges that doctors and other professionals face on the journey to early retirement. When you invest so much time, money, and energy into your career, it’s no wonder that walking away from your job is much more difficult. We discuss alternatives to early retirement, which provide a lot of the same benefits but ...
Posted: Jul 17 2017 @ 4:01 AM
Think back to the first time you found out that early retirement was possible. The idea of walking away from your job in your 50s, 40s, or even 30s may have never crossed your mind before but once you hear that other people have done it, you decide to investigate further. After doing a bit of research, you realized that early financial independence (FI) is in fact possible and may not even ...
Posted: Jun 27 2017 @ 12:28 PM
Update: This interview with Mr. Money Mustache was republished on 6/12/2017 to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of launching the Financial Independence Podcast. Click here to listen to the newly-recorded introduction that tells the story behind the interview! Introducing…The Mad Fientist’s Financial Independence Podcast! In each episode, I pick the brains of some of the most respected fientists in the field to discover their strategies for reaching financial independence. For the first installment, I had ...
Posted: Jun 12 2017 @ 1:55 PM
On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Steve from ThinkSaveRetire.com! Steve initially planned to retire at the age of 40 but after making some drastic lifestyle changes, he ended up walking away from his job at 35. One of the biggest factors that reduced his time to FI was his and his wife’s decision to sell nearly everything they owned and move into ...
Posted: May 16 2017 @ 8:58 AM
I finally did it… I figured out a way to create $100 bills out of neon green liquid! The chemical reaction was more intense than I expected though so there was a big explosion and now there are $100 bills floating everywhere. What the hell am I talking about? I redesigned my site! Check out my homepage to see for yourself. Redesign A friend of mine is a designer so we took some ridiculous pictures (with glassware ...
Posted: Apr 20 2017 @ 2:05 PM
I can’t believe it… One of the founders of the financial independence movement, Vicki Robin, joined me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast! Vicki and her partner Joe Dominguez wrote the book, Your Money or Your Life – a New York Times Best Seller that many people consider to be the bible of financial independence (the FI-ble?). Your Money or Your Life is actually what inspired me to create the FI ...
Posted: Apr 05 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Traditional IRA or Roth IRA – Which one should you contribute to? Everyone has an opinion but nobody has a definitive answer. Until now. This article shows that there is a clear winner for people who plan to retire early. And if you choose the right option, you could accumulate an extra $100,000 over the course of your lifetime! Types of Retirement Accounts Before I get into the specifics, let me first recap the two major ...
Posted: Mar 21 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Later this year, at the ages of 38 and 41, the couple behind OurNextLife.com will be quitting the stressful, time-consuming jobs that they’ve held for most of their adult lives and will be retiring to a life in the mountains. This is particularly interesting to me because one of my dreams is to live on the side of the mountain and get a part-time ski patrol job. Because really, what ...
Posted: Feb 27 2017 @ 4:28 AM


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