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Retire Before Dead

Someone on Facebook with a very dry sense of humor commented:  You misspelled dead. — Facebook Reader It took me a while — then, the epiphany. After seven years of blogging, I realized my blog name is one letter away from Retire Before Dead. And wow, far more people are probably striving for that goal...

9 Alternative Investment Ideas for Asset Diversification

Diversification is said to be the only free lunch in the investment world. If your stock portfolio is heavily weighted toward one company, you can reduce your risk by purchasing shares of other companies.  The same is true for asset classes. As your stock accounts grow with regular contributions and gains, your net worth becomes...

Roofstock Review: Build Wealth Through Real Estate

This Roofstock review was updated on 08/27/2020. Roofstock is a real estate property marketplace specifically designed for investors. Real estate investors can search for, analyze, and purchase profitable single-family rentals (SFRs) from the convenience of a computer or phone.  Roofstock provides an end-to-end experience that enables investors who live in high cost of living areas...

10 Compound Interest Examples and a Free Spreadsheet

These 10 compound interest examples will take you from the basic calculations to where the magic happens.  I first learned about compound interest in my high school economics class, and it immediately clicked. Earning interest on interest seemed like an obvious path to grow wealth. Why wasn’t everybody doing this?  It’s not the math that’s...

25 Small Investment Ideas to Cultivate Wealth

There’s no shortage of small investment ideas now that financial platforms are finally catering to investor demand.  Many of the asset classes we take for granted today weren’t readily available to beginner investors a decade ago. Access to commission-free online brokers, fractional shares, and innovative exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has broadened the universe of investments available...

Financial Independence Number: Definition and How to Customize

The financial independence number is a benchmark to determine retirement preparedness. It’s also known as the FI number.  Financial independence is achieved by: building enough passive income to cover annual expenses, or amassing a lump sum of enough savings and investments to cover living expenses through withdrawals, or a combination of #1 and #2. The financial independence...
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