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Shandon Fowler

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Name:
The Benefits of FI
Category:
General Finance
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Start Year:
2018

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Net worth:
$2,300,000.00
Location:
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
Age:
40s
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
Profession:
Benefits Technology
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Latest Blog Posts

We’ve written extensively about how much you might end up spending on your own health care in retirement and, as a result, why it’s important to build up your HSA funds so that you can have that reserve of tax-free dollars for such expenses. But, as a former co-worker of mine used to say, here’s … ...
Posted: Jul 11 2019 @ 10:52 AM
Over on his personal blog, Platform for Good, our cofounder Shawn has written an excellent post on the advice he gave his daughter as she readied to select benefits through her employer for the first time. It’s chock-full of insights from an adult life spent contemplating how to make the best choices for your present … ...
Posted: Jul 08 2019 @ 2:57 PM
Earlier this week, President Trump announced an Executive Order requiring health care companies, particularly hospitals and insurers, to make their negotiated prices for services publicly available. Trump said, with his trademark understatement: “This is a truly historic day. I don’t know if it will be covered that way by the fake news, but this is … ...
Posted: Jun 26 2019 @ 4:39 PM
In spite of being the fabled “triple-tax advantage” and therefore an ideal account for investing for your retirement, only a fraction of those with HSA’s actually invest the money. Having worked on the business side of HSAs for a good number of years, I can tell you that there are three main reasons for these … ...
Posted: Jun 24 2019 @ 3:19 PM
As we have written about several times, getting benefits through your employer is essential to your FIRE plans but can also be very, very confusing. This article from a publication focused on brokers and consultants talks about exactly how confusing and frustrating it can be for you, the employee, to pick the right benefits for … ...
Posted: Jun 13 2019 @ 10:36 AM
I was sitting down to write something and then saw this thread on Twitter and decided, to hell with it, this is a brilliant dissection of how pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s) work and why and how they’re contributing to high prices in health care. There are several ways to read this thread. Certainly PBM’s are … ...
Posted: May 16 2019 @ 10:32 AM
This stat, from the nonprofit Council for Disability Awareness, is a great reminder that it’s not only a good idea to have an emergency fund but to take a serious look at some kind of disability insurance. Maybe you’ll get your emergency fund to a point where insurance isn’t as critical. Until then, don’t forget … ...
Posted: May 14 2019 @ 11:13 AM
On my personal Twitter profile, I describe myself as a “progressive pragmatist and vice-versa.” What that means is that I tend to look at things optimistically but with a healthy does a realism. I want things to go well. I want everyone (myself included) to be prosperous and feel important. But I know, from my … ...
Posted: May 09 2019 @ 8:14 PM
If you’re in the FIRE vanguard, retiring in your late 20s to mid-30s, you’re (hopefully) living the dream healthy enough to enjoy your retirement to its fullest. If you’ve planned your housing, transportation and other common living expenses well, they will be quite manageable within your budget until it’s time to shuffle off this mortal … ...
Posted: May 06 2019 @ 3:03 PM
I’m currently attending the DIG South Conference, which was created by my friends Stan and Sunny Gray, here in Charleston. It’s a fantastic event — so important to promoting new kinds of business in a South that could use it. With those new kinds of business come new kinds of thinking about both business and … ...
Posted: Apr 25 2019 @ 6:18 PM

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