Lucky or Smart
Investing

Better Lucky Than Smart

To kick off today’s post, let me tell you a little story. The story is about a good friend of mine from the MBA days. To preserve confidentiality, we can call him Mike. Today, however, I will call him the Frustrated Consultant. With that […]

Infinite returns
Real Estate

Infinite Returns

The other day, I had a call from my relationship banker across the pond. Now, I have no idea why I have a relationship banker. I’m far, far away from meeting the definition of an ultra-high-net-worth individual, for whom such niceties are usually reserved. […]

FIRE not fair
Financial Independence

Why FIRE Isn’t Fair

If you want to embark on a thankless affair, look no further than the pursuit of financial independence. There are a million constantly moving pieces being debated in the personal finance community. Persistent calls to “index and chill”. Heated discussions about safe withdrawal rates. […]

Show me the money
Careers

Show Me The Money (Lessons From Bonus Time)

Over the past few weeks, a strangely coordinated affair played out across investment banks around the world. At the surface, it manifested itself in short, ten-minute conversations – all revolving around a single number. A number that is, at least theoretically, supposed to reflect […]

No need to panic
Financial Independence

Preparing For A Stock Market Crash

It’s going to happen. It could happen tomorrow – or many years from now. Perhaps it’s a sharp drawdown – or a painfully long journey that resembles death by a thousand cuts. It could end quickly, like the March 2020 or the October 1987 […]

Offset low market returns
Investing

Four Strategies To Offset Low Market Returns

A lot has been said about the tremendous run-up in the stock market since the global financial crisis. Historically, the S&P 500 returned about 10% a year (nominal, with dividends included). Over the past decade, however, the returns are well into double digits: So […]

Is your FIRE number wrong?
Financial Independence

Why Your FIRE Number Is All Wrong

At first glance, it seems easy enough. Figure out your spending needs. Divide by the safe withdrawal rate (SWR). Done – your FIRE number is staring you in the face. But is it? Inspired by a couple of reader comments on this post, let’s […]

Greatest Hits
Financial Independence

Greatest Hits: Volume 3 (Home Stretch)

And just like that, we are two weeks into 2021. I think we can all agree that so far, it hasn’t really felt any different from 2020. New mutations popping up across the world – and spreading faster than anyone could expect. Cases (and […]

Stock market questions
Stock Market

How High Will The Stock Market Go?

On August 5th, 2011, representatives of the S&P rating agency announced their decision to downgrade their credit rating of the US Federal Government. To be fair, the S&P had clearly flagged their thinking earlier on, announcing a negative outlook back in April of the […]

2021 money moves
Investing

My Top Money Moves For 2021

And so, as it usually does every year, the Christmas fiesta has come to an end. If anything, the unexpected lockdown here in London was a blessing in disguise. Yes, not being able to see friends and family was a bummer. On the flip […]

Greatest Hits
Financial Independence

Greatest Hits: Volume 2 (Hello 2021)

Well, here we are. 2020 firmly (and thankfully) behind us. The clock has now begun its relentless countdown on 2021. At the outset, a year seems like a very long time. Objectively speaking, it is indeed a chunky stretch. But days have this pesky […]

Best of 2020
Financial Independence

It’s A Wrap: The Best Of 2020

Well, here we go. By the time this post goes up, we’ll be just hours away from ushering in the new year. These days, there seems to be a certain rhyme and rhythm to the vast majority of the “year in review” posts. Following […]

Snowball effect
Personal Development

The Beauty (And Danger) Of Compounding

You will have noticed that over the past few weeks, I have really dialed back on the number of “quantitative” posts. Gone are the rates of return, expected probabilities, and asset class comparisons. There’s plenty of time for those topics throughout the year. Instead, […]

Finding happiness
Financial Independence

Finding Happiness

As my workload finally eased up over the past few weeks, I have been able to spend a fair bit of time catching up with friends and family members. Many people in my social circle also have young kids and demanding jobs. Between all […]

Money identity
Financial Independence

The Money Identity

Nothing in life is easy. But it’s fair to say that building wealth has got to be one of the most challenging tasks you can set for yourself. A big underlying issue here is incentives. Think about losing weight or learning a new language. […]

Portfolio review
Investing

The Banker On FIRE Portfolio

One of the fundamental truths of being a personal finance blogger is that it invariably involves telling readers what you think. The internet, however, is a funny, opaque place. Things are not always what they seem. And for all you know, I could be […]