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Savings Review 17/18

Savings Review 17/18

Since we do all of our accounting at the end of the financial year it only makes sense to see how we did in terms of savings in July. You can check out last years review here, but to sum up 16/17, we achieved a savings rate of 63%. So how did we do this year? Let's...

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Our Investing Strategy Explained

Our Investing Strategy Explained

If you follow any online FIRE blogger whether it be an Aussie or international, you might start to see a pattern that emerges more often than not. The majority of these early retirees are living off an income stream generated by returns from Index Investing.  In this...

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Vanguard Diversified Index ETFs

Vanguard Diversified Index ETFs

*Nothing written below is financial advice. Always do your own research when dealing with your finances One ETF to rule them all? The majority of the Australian FIRE community roughly subscribes to one of the three combos when it comes to ETFs:  40% Oz shares (VAS or...

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Filling Out A W-8BEN-E Form

Filling Out A W-8BEN-E Form

*Please consult a professional if you're confused or not sure about anything when filling out a W-8BEN-E form  Do you own a US domiciled ETF or share?  I own 2. VTS and VEU. If an investment derives its income from the US, it has to pay tax to Uncle Sam. But What...

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Financial Goals 2018

Financial Goals 2018

    Before I get into the 2018 goals, I want to go over my 2017 financial goals and see how I did.       2017 GOALS     Obtain a savings rate of 65% or better Achieved = No ❌ I usually do EOFY write-ups that go into details how much we spent and what we spent it on....

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Savings Review 16/17

Savings Review 16/17

It's that time of the year again.   Time to review where every single one of the precious dollars we earned last financial year went.   This is usually an eye opener, but we review our spendings monthly so it shouldn't be too much of a shock.   It will be interesting...

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Property vs Shares: The Ultimate Guide

Property vs Shares: The Ultimate Guide

Preface: When I talk about shares in this article, I really mean ETFs. I don't buy individual shares or day trade. Collingwood vs Carlton Sydney vs Melbourne Magic vs Bird   Just some of the biggest rivalries the world's ever seen. But in the investing world, there is...

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How to buy ETFs

How to buy ETFs

If you're on the path to financial independence and follow a few bloggers as they save and invest their way to freedom. You no doubt have come across an investment vehicle that just keeps on popping up everywhere you look.   Exchanged Traded Funds (ETFs)!     The holy...

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March 2017 Net Worth $305,324 (+$31,066)

March 2017 Net Worth $305,324 (+$31,066)

This month has really been the journey of the missing Super.   As I was preparing for this months net worth update.   I began happily peering over our asset column on the spreadsheet I maintain which lists all Mr. and Mrs. Firebug's assets worth, less their debt (if...

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P2P Lending

P2P Lending

  P2P lending is a topic I have been wanting to do for a long time but I never had the experience or expertise to write about it. I'm the kinda guy that actually likes to do something before I claim any knowledge on the subject. There are people out there believe it...

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