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Join the Mad Fientist as he interviews personal-finance icons like Mr. Money Mustache and Vicki Robin to discover the strategies they used to achieve financial independence and retire early! Learn about investing, tax avoidance, entrepreneurship, travel hacking, real estate, and all things related to financial independence and early retirement!

Financial Independence Podcast The Mad Fientist

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Join the Mad Fientist as he interviews personal-finance icons like Mr. Money Mustache and Vicki Robin to discover the strategies they used to achieve financial independence and retire early! Learn about investing, tax avoidance, entrepreneurship, travel hacking, real estate, and all things related to financial independence and early retirement!

    Aime to Invest – From Bankruptcy to FI in 8 Years

    Aime to Invest – From Bankruptcy to FI in 8 Years

    On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I speak to Patrick Aime from Aime to Invest!
    Patrick’s journey to FI is an incredible one. He…
    Moved from his home in Rwanda to attend high school in Europe and college in America Stayed in America after college and started working in the feast-or-famine world of sales Started his own company and grew it to $5 million in revenue in four years Used his success in business to invest in rental properties and live a lavish lifestyle Lost everything during the 2008 global financial crisis and had to declare bankruptcy Found FIRE and drastically reduced his expenses and started saving for the long term Rebuilt a smaller business and started investing in short-term rental properties in Mexico Utilized geographic arbitrage to lower his expenses even further Hit FI 8 years after declaring bankruptcy and became a millionaire 2 years after FI Patrick shares everything he learned during his rollercoaster financial journey so hope you enjoy the interview!

    • 37 min
    Podcast Takeover: Mile High FI - Early Retirement Failures & Successes

    Podcast Takeover: Mile High FI - Early Retirement Failures & Successes

    I'm excited to share with you the first Podcast Takeover episode of the Financial Independence Podcast!
    Carl and Doug from the Mile High FI podcast take over the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about their early retirement successes and failures.
    Enjoy!
    Highlights
    Test drive early retirement by going part-time or taking a sabbatical Why finding a community is even more important for early retirees How to give yourself permission to slow down and be inefficient/unoptimized Why you can (and should!) reinvent yourself after you leave your job How to stop worrying about running out of money Why meaningful work is still the key to happiness after FI Show Links
    Mile High FI - https://milehighfi.com My interview on the Mile High FI podcast - https://milehighfi.com/podcast/048-mad-fientist/

    • 38 min
    The Escape Artist - FIRE in the UK

    The Escape Artist - FIRE in the UK

    I have some big news…
    I am now a British citizen!
    In honor of finally getting my UK passport, and therefore completing this long journey to citizenship, I am releasing my UK FIRE episode.
    Barney, from The Escape Artist, joined me in my Edinburgh apartment (before the pandemic) to discuss all things related to financial independence and early retirement in the UK.
    Hope you enjoy it!
    Highlights
    The cultural differences between US/UK that affect pursuing FI How to escape from the prison we create for ourselves Translating US investing terminology to the UK (e.g. 401k→pension, IRA→ISA, etc.) Is it easier to reach FI in the US or UK Class structure in UK and how pursuing FI forces you to traverse all classes Why FIRE isn’t bigger in the UK Difference between the different types of ISAs Is tax hacking possible in the UK Real-estate investing in the United Kingdom and the fantastic Rent-a-Room scheme How to use geographic arbitrage to reach FI sooner

    • 53 min
    Bogleheads - Life After FIRE

    Bogleheads - Life After FIRE

    Last year, I published an interview with one of my favorite financial writers, Morgan Housel.
    You may remember that the interview was recorded as part of a Bogleheads meeting and the interview was actually conducted by my buddy, Gouri.
    Well, Gouri recently invited me to join the Bogleheads to talk about life after FIRE and today’s podcast episode is a recording of that discussion!
    Big thanks to Gouri and the Bogleheads for making this happen and hope you enjoy it!
    Highlights
    How your views on spending change after you retire Why you should treat FI as a spectrum rather than a finish line How to plan for all aspects of post-FI life The unexpected benefits and challenges of early retirement

    • 44 min
    Fifth (and Final) Annual Update

    Fifth (and Final) Annual Update

    If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I’ve released an annual update every year since I quit my job.
    It’s now been five years since I stopped working so this is my fifth (and final) annual update.
    Why is it my final one?
    I explain in today’s short episode.
    Highlights
    How the pandemic highlighted the power of having savings Why FI is the ultimate shock absorber and cheat code The reasons this annual update will be my last What to do when money is no longer a source of motivation Why “Lean FIRE” may be a bad idea Warren Buffet’s plan for leaving money to his kids (and why it may change your FI target)

    • 15 min
    Early Retirement Extreme - A Systems Approach to Lifestyle Design

    Early Retirement Extreme - A Systems Approach to Lifestyle Design

    On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I finally got to interview the person who introduced me to the concept of financial independence and early retirement in the first place…
    Jacob Lund Fisker from Early Retirement Extreme!
    To my mind, Jacob is the founder of the modern-day “FIRE movement” so hope you enjoy the interview!
    Highlights
    What Jacob has been up to since stepping away from ERE His experience being a financial quant and how it impacted his personal investing The problem with set-it-and-forget-it index investing The importance of staying flexible with your investing strategy Predictions for the next decade and the post-COVID world A systems approach to lifestyle design and why it’s beneficial Jacob’s thoughts on early retirement how they’ve changed since publishing Early Retirement Extreme His current projects and his plans for the future

    • 53 min

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