I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Category: Investing (page 1 of 2)

We *gulp* bought our first rental property

Have you ever heard the saying, “You make your own luck”? My wife set out to prove it true, and at the end of that maxim’s rainbow we found ourselves the happy owners of our dream rental property that was never even on the market.

There are a lot of ins and outs to how this happened, but I think there are lessons for many of my readers all along the way, which is why this seemed like the perfect post to bring me out of my long blog hibernation. Continue reading

9 things I wish I’d done differently in my financial past

Many of us have made financial mistakes. I’m certainly no exception.

Mistakes are the currency of experience, and experience is the fertile ground in which better future decisions are based. So while I won’t say it’s all bad … I could have done these things better.

I wish I would have: Continue reading

Update: I finally listened to that advice y’all gave me

Remember  when I asked for your help deciding whether I should cut my losses on some ETFs in my Roth IRA or hang on and wait for a turnaround? Well I finally listened. Continue reading

Don’t pretend your house is an investment

Homeownership has been a key component of The American Dream for generations. Long considered something you’re “supposed to do” when you become an adult, buying a home has an almost mythical allure for millions of people in the U.S.

But is it as brilliant a pure investment — a surefire way to wealth — as many people believe? Continue reading

Is an employee stock purchase plan a good deal?

My wife works for a Silicon Valley mega corp. Recently, her boss was talking up the incredible benefit of the company employee stock purchase plan. He couldn’t understand why people would pass up the chance to buy company stock at a discount.

I had seen The Friendly Russian’s write-up about his company’s killer ESPP, and my wife and I talked about whether that was something we wanted to take advantage of when the enrollment period for her company’s plan came around.

Recently, she got an email outlining the plan and announcing the next open enrollment period. So, I did what any good investor does: math. Continue reading

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