Hey look, we're halfway through 2018 already! Time to look back on the first half and a little more... Portfolio Pops The S&P 500 was flat for the first half of 2018, but my portfolio is up $87,269. About $20,000 of this is due to 401k contributions! (Thanks blog income and Mrs. 1500's job!) Another $16,000 is from real estate investments including private loans and … [Read more...] about 2018 Midpoint: Portfolio Pops, Fitness Flops And FI Thoughts
Last week was the one year anniversary of leaving my job. It's been an interesting and mostly good year, but it took me longer than I thought to find my groove. And who am I kidding? While I'm much better adjusted now than I was one year ago, I'm still finding my way... If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. -Bruce Lee The … [Read more...] about I Set FIRE To My Life One Year Ago. Here’s How It’s Going.
I have a problem and it is Facebook. No, I don't check it 500 times per day. The problem is that the stock is eating my portfolio: On The Hook With Facebook In May of 2012, I bought 1,000 shares of Facebook when it went public at about $41. And then it dropped, so I bought more. And then it continued to drop, so I continued to add to my position. When the dust had … [Read more...] about How To Pay Zero Capital Gains
FIRE stands for Financial Independence/Early Retirement. I love the first part: Financial Independence I hate the second: Early Retirement It took me a while to figure out why, but I understand now. Before I get into that, let's talk about a fundamental problem with the FIRE movement. The Problem With FIRE You're not going to get to a place of financial … [Read more...] about The Problem With FIRE
Ask the Readers takes a break this week. Instead, I'll review my first six months of financial independence. The other night, I had a bizarre nightmare. I was with my co-workers at my old work site, begging to get my job back. I felt terrible for quitting. The nightmare disturbed me so much that I woke up. I eventually went back to sleep, but couldn't stop thinking … [Read more...] about Six Months of Financial Independence: The Good, The Rad and The Ugly