Why knowledge of investing is critical for financial independence

I cover a lot on investing here on SaveInvestBecomeFREE (IBFREE).  There is a reason for this.  Savings is the only way to build your wealth but once you have quite a bit saved and plan on using that money to fund your lifestyle for a long time (maybe 50 years for a very early retiree!), good investing becomes the main factor between financial success and failure.

Your post-job, lifetime financial success depends on how you manage the money you saved.

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Stress and the Role of Money

The American Psychological Association has ranked money as the top stressor for Americans every year since they started their survey in 2007.  64% rated money as a somewhat to significant stressor in their lives.  Studies on relationships also rank money as a top reason for stress in relationships and a leading cause for divorce. Continue reading “Stress and the Role of Money”

The Future – Why Optimism is more Rational than Pessimism

I’m a recovering pessimist.  I used to joke that I am not a pessimist, I’m a realist.  And the only reason I sound negative is because so much in the world is negative.  There is some truth to this of course.  There are a lot of problems.  But there are also a lot of wonderful things in this world and those are the parts that I am recognizing and appreciating more and more as I get older (or maybe now that money isn’t a big stress?). Continue reading “The Future – Why Optimism is more Rational than Pessimism”

Golden Handcuffs and Early Retirement – The Mental Challenge of Choosing Freedom when Slavery is Lucrative

 

Many of us pursuing financial freedom early in life struggle with making the decision to stop our current jobs and make the huge transition into the unknown.  This is a big life decision and it understandably makes everyone nervous.  And a lot about the struggle is about the numbers. Continue reading “Golden Handcuffs and Early Retirement – The Mental Challenge of Choosing Freedom when Slavery is Lucrative”

Gamify Your Journey to Financial Independence

Financial independence, especially early in life, is a very ambitious goal. The most reliable way to achieve this goal is through saving a lot of your income and investing it well. But this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a reliable get-rich-slowly approach that takes many years of consistent savings. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t really enjoy running and I certainly don’t want to run a full marathon (i.e retire after 40 years of work). How can we turn our journey into a half-marathon instead? After all, doesn’t 20 years (or less!) working sound much better than 40?

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Mind vs Money – Anchoring

Anchoring is a psychological term used to describe the tendency we humans have to anchor our thoughts to a reference point, even though that reference point often doesn’t have any meaning and shouldn’t be used to guide decisions.  This is an important topic to understand in investing, particularly in volatile assets like stocks or real estate.  It’s another area where knowledge of how our mind works helps us fight our natural but irrational instincts.  It will help make you a better investor.

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Buying Expensive Clothes Can Be Frugal

I thought it was time for a more light-hearted article.  We’ve been covering a lot of investing topics lately so I felt like a change of pace.

This article highlights the difference between frugal and cheap with regards to clothes purchases.  Many people mistakenly think frugal and cheap are the same thing but they are not.  Cheap is looking for the lowest cost with little consideration for anything else.  Frugal is concerned with getting the best value.  In fact, many people, including myself broaden this even more and think of being frugal as trying to get the maximum happiness for our spending.

This difference between cheap and frugal leads to some interesting contrasts.   Continue reading “Buying Expensive Clothes Can Be Frugal”