Weekend reading: Tell us your FIRE-side stories

What caught my eye this week.

One of the most popular posts we’ve ever run on Monevator was my co-blogger The Accumulator’s origin story.

In it we learned how the high priest of passive investing pursued financial freedom to retire early from the daily slog of slaving for a big corporation, for a life of slogging away writing for Monevator and me instead.

(Don’t worry, it’s summer and he’ll be too busy chasing cows to read this.)

Plenty of you shared your own stories in the comments to that article. Which highlighted both the multitude of ways it’s possible to achieve FIRE1 and also the breadth of our community.

So I got to thinking perhaps it could be a regular feature?

This is your life

I’d like to try running a case study focused on a Monevator reader every month or two, revealing the secrets of your financial success.

Don’t worry, you won’t need to wax as lyrical as @TA to be featured.

Rather we’ll follow an interview format. I’ll email you a set of questions, you’ll reply in as much depth as you can, and then I’ll run the edited copy past you before publication.

I imagine all the case studies will be anonymous – except for the Internet handles you use in our comments, of course – and I’m hoping people will feel comfortable sharing quite a bit of detail.

I know we’re (mostly) British and that talking about money still isn’t really the done thing.

But by opening up about the ways and challenges of getting wealthy, we can inspire others to do the same.

Also, it doesn’t matter how you did it.

Index funds, active trading, hardcore frugalism, crypto, fat company pensions, a win on the lottery or an inheritance from a long-lost uncle – all routes are relevant and will add to our archives.

How to get involved

I’m really hoping some of the Monevator regulars will step forward to get the series rolling, but consider this call for entrants open to all.

So if you’d like to get involved, either leave a comment below (with a valid address in the email field so I can contact you) or else let me know via the Contact form (top-right).

Or if you’re reading this after subscribing to get Monevator as an email, you can just hit Reply.

I can’t wait to hear how many of you made it – and your tips for others who’d like to do the same.

Have a great weekend!

From Monevator

ETFs vs index funds: What are the key differences? – Monevator

Reality bites for private company funding – Monevator

From the archive-ator: Sticking to your goals when the funk comes to visit – Monevator


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Inflation hits 40-year high of 10.1% as food and energy prices surge – CNBC

Food sales rose in July, but we’re spending more to get less – ONS

UK debt interest payments balloon to £120bn – ThisIsMoney

Two-thirds of families could be in fuel poverty by January, research finds – Guardian

Consumer confidence hits rock bottom as prices soar – Yahoo Finance

Blame Brexit: UK hospitality industry loses 200,000 overseas workers [Search result]FT

WeWork founder Adam Neumann’s residential startup Flow already valued at $1 billion – Protocol

Student made $110mn trading meme stock fav Bed Bath & Beyond [Search result]FT

Wealth managers warn retail investors over rising inflation [Search result]FT

Products and services

Interest rate rises make the cash ISA tax shield attractive again – ThisIsMoney

Are student bank account perks any good? – Which

Open an account with InvestEngine via our affiliate link and get £25 when you invest at least £100 (new customers only, T&Cs apply) – InvestEngine

How much could the state pension rise by next year? – Which

The people ditching credit cards due to the cost-of-living crisis – Guardian

Is a payment plan for that new jacket a good idea? – Vox

Open a SIPP with Interactive Investor and pay no SIPP fee for six months. Terms apply – Interactive Investor

Older homes for sale, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

Retirement income as water management – Portfolio Charts

Read the fine print before consolidating pension pots [Search result]FT

Panorama: The billion pound savings scandal [Video, iPlayer]BBC

Sequence-of-inflation risk – Humble Dollar

Show us your portfolio, with passive guru Rick Ferri [podcast, US but relevant]Excess Returns

Why do advisors recommend complex portfolios? – Oblivious Investor

Larry Swedroe: no, indexing is not worse than Marxism – Advisor Perspectives

When data fails – Of Dollars and Data

What bond investors need to know in a rising rate environment – Vanguard

Four common sense rules of investing – A Wealth of Common Sense

How portfolio rebalancing reduces risk but can also reduce reward – Morningstar

Consistency is overrated – Klement on Investing

Work on your terms mini-special

“The best thing I’ve done”: over-50s on quitting work for good – Guardian

Life is not a game – Get Rich Slowly

The joys and challenges of switching to a four-day week – Guardian

Small US towns are paying as much as $20,000 to remote workers who relocate – Fortune

How one early retiree made his $1million the old-fashioned way – CNBC

Naughty corner: Active antics

A thoughtful review of a long-term dividend portfolio – UK Dividend Stocks

Taming investing regret – Humble Dollar

Inside long-short equity investing [Podcast]Capital Allocators

Are growth stocks now cheap? – Validea

Outperformance ain’t alpha – Factor Research

Quest for a perfect hedge fund benchmark demonstrates [to me] their aggregate mediocrity – MPI

Emerging market cycles – Verdad

Kindle book bargains

Why We Get The Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman – £1.19 on Kindle

The Ride of a Lifetime by [long-time Disney CEO] Bob Iger – £0.99 on Kindle

Anthro-Vision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life by Gillian Tett – £0.99 on Kindle

Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing by Jacob Goldstein – £1.19 on Kindle

Environmental factors

Can eating fish ever be sustainable? – BBC

Water firms in England and Wales lost 1tn litres via leaky pipes in 2021 – Guardian

How future generations will remember us – The Atlantic via MSN

Off our beat

Lewis Hamilton never quits – Vanity Fair

The Brexit exodus of EU workers has left a ‘cost of Leaving’ crisis – iNews

Five lessons from history – Morgan Housel

Why you should embrace boredom – Inside Hook

The rise and fall of Ashford International – Londonist

And finally…

“All new markets are inefficient at first.”
– Sebastian Mallaby, More Money Than God

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