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Rock Star Finance is a collection of articles in finance with heavy emphasis on early retirement, but also other more general topics
Go Curry Cracker! This couple retired in their 30s to travel the world. Very nicely written travel blog, great life story and a great sense of humor. Useful analysis on tax reduction.
Mr. Money Mustache offers tons of money-saving hacks and inspiration for the living-below-your-means (LBYM) community
jlcollinsnh Stock Series has everything you always wanted to know about equity investing
Money is the Root of Good for this retiree at age 33. Good retirement and general money saving tips
Budgets are sexy is the blog of the Rock Star Finance creator J. Money
Mr.FireStation just accomplished what we envision in early 2018: Early Retirement. Nice reading through his pre-retirement preparations and experience
Gen Y Finance Guy Tracking the progress of an aspiring millionaire who wants to reach a $10 million net worth by 2035
J.D. Roth runs MoneyBoss, even wrote a whole book on financial freedom. Interesting life story; pulled himself out of debt and achieved financial independence in 10 years
Smelling Freedom Early retirement and financial planning advice from a successful entrepreneur who recently sold her business to retire early
Plan Invest Escape Mrs. & Mrs. PIE are planning an early retirement in 2018 (just like us!!!) with a passion for the outdoors, like hiking and skiing (just like us!!!)
Our Next Life Young couple planning an early exit from the job market
Fifth Wheel Physical Therapist is a medical professional who goes on 3-month gigs, travels with a trailer, saves on housing to achieve an impressive savings rate in the 80-90% range. Impressive!
Physician on FIRE Has achieved FI already but delays the RE part. Great discussion on all personal finance issues. Also, some MD related material
Retire by 40‘s Joe actually beat his target by a few years and is a stay-at-home dad. Very active blog with good advice on anything personal finance and early retirement
Slowly Sipping Coffee is a pair of geologists from Texas who plan their retirement around the same time as ours
Amber Tree Leaves lives in Belgium and is using options trading as a source of passive income
Northern Expenditure A couple living with their three kids in Alaska and working towards FIRE. Frequent and very informative posts and active discussions!
Tawcan resides in Canada and is one of the dividend wizards. Good posts on many other finance topics and an active discussion in the comments section!
Debt Discipline has one of the longest running and most extensive interview series with other bloggers. Also lots of cool posts on debt reduction and personal finance in general. Active discussions!
Investment Hunting shares our interest in options trading. Good coverage on dividend strategies and an interesting interview series.
The Green Swan became a millionaire by age 30. Good insights on everything financial and great discussions.
The Practical Saver: The name says it all, good tips for paying off debt, saving/investing, and everything frugal.
(10!) Ten Factorial Rocks: Up and coming blog about investing well, avoiding financial pitfalls and achieving a net worth of $10!=$1x2x3x…x10=$3,628,800.
Think Save Retire: Steve is getting ready to retire in late 2016 and offers great insights and inspiration on everything FIRE related. This blog is a true classic and has very active discussions!
FinanciaLibre: In-depth analysis, and number-crunching with a great sense of humor. FL debunks and crushes bad economics and personal finance Nacho Libre style!
The Retirement Manifesto is a fellow options trader and runs a blog with active discussions and great analysis and inspiration!
Other finance links
Using options to generate passive income, through Gen Y Finance Guy
Quandl Tons of financial and economic data (most of it free of charge), with easy data download tools for Excel and other programs (R, Python)
DQYDJ Equity Return Calculator Simulate historic equity returns, customize initial investment, periodic investments
FX Street: Mr. ERN (who’s a real economics and finance wonk) likes to follow this because it has all the economic data releases (e.g. payroll employment, GDP, PMI surveys etc.) for that day all in one place. This includes not just the absolute number but also a comparison to what was the consensus forecast (to see if the number was a positive or negative surprise). U.S and international!
cFireSim Simulation tool for historical withdrawal rate calculations. How would your withdrawal rate have performed in the past?
A Random Walk Down Wall Street is Burton Malkiel’s masterpiece that teaches you everything you need to know for successful investing
The Millionaire Next Door is the classic from the 1990s. Millionaires are often self-made rich, down to earth people, living below their means and accumulating large fortunes without feeling the urge of conspicuous consumption like their bankrupt neighbors
Your Money or Your Life is the classic on extreme LBYM living, long before there were blogs. The early version (1990s) had some pretty whacky advice on bond investing, but I believe that has been fixed now
Other Important Resources
Vanguard Low cost Index Mutual Funds and ETFs
Fidelity Low cost Index Mutual Funds and ETFs
Interactive Brokers is a brokerage platform. You can trade equities, futures and options on futures with very low transaction costs
Wealthfront is the only automated (Robo) Advisor we would recommend (as opposed to Betterment), and even then only with qualifications, see our post here about some of the false advertising of the Robo-advisers.
Personal Capital is a pretty cool site to track all your financial accounts (brokerage, retirement accounts, credit cards, real estate values through Zillow). Also has a crude retirement planning tool