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Podcast – Playing With FIRE London Premiere

Podcast – Playing With FIRE London Premiere

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Summary

In today’s episode, I’m speaking with two other Aussie’s (Tom and Ricky) who were with me at the premiere of the FIRE documentary ‘Playing with FIRE’ which follows 35 year old Scott Rickens, his wife Taylor, and their toddler Jovi as they embark on a year-long odyssey to understand the rules of this sub-culture and test their willingness to reject the standard narrative of adult life.

I want to congratulate Travis and the whole team who was involved in the creation of Playing with FIRE. The film is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone as it’s a super interesting documentary starring so many of our favourite FIRE bloggers and was surprisingly very funny as well.

Some of the topics we cover today include:

  • The events that lead up to the Premiere
  • Our initial thoughts after watching the film
  • Things we liked and things we wanted to see more of in the documentary
  • Talked about how hard it must have been to fit an entire concept like FIRE within 90 minutes
  • The Q&A session after the film

And pretty much everything else we ended up talking about!

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Podcast – The Escape Artist

Podcast – The Escape Artist

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Summary

Today I’m speaking to one of the most popular FIRE bloggers in the UK, Barney from The Escape Artist.

Barney is a super interesting guy who is married with three kids, worked in Finance and managed to reach FI at the tender age of just 43. He could have done it much sooner too if he had discovered FIRE earlier in the piece which we get into in the pod.

Since I’m now living in the UK, I was particularly interested in what the FIRE community is like here and if there are any major differences in approach. We also have chat about the film that could be a game changer for the entire FIRE community worldwide, that is, of course, the documentary ‘Playing with Fire’ which is premiering in London on the 12th of June! And yes I will be attending the premiere and would love to see some Aussie help me rep the FIRE community if you’re in the area.

Some of the topics we cover today include:

  • Barney’s journey towards financial independence in the UK
  • What made him start The Escape Artist
  • How boredom can be the secret to creativity
  • Why FIRE seems to be more prevalent in the United States vs most other places in the world
  • The London premiere of Playing with Fire’ which hopes to be a game changer for the FIRE community

And much more!

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Podcast – Matched Betting – Bonus Bank

Podcast – Matched Betting – Bonus Bank

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Summary

My guest today is Nico who managed to create an online income stream through a technique called matched betting.

But don’t let the name fool you! Matched betting is not gambling but it takes advantage of the big signup bonuses amongst other things that the betting agencies used to lure people in.

The closest thing I can compare it to is signing up for credit card point to use on flights but matched betting is a lot more lucrative and easier IMO.

Nico runs Bonus Bank which is a website that helps Aussies with matched betting by finding the best opportunities out there. Make sure you stick around for the second half of the pod as Nico’s story about what life matched betting has enabled him to live is pretty cool and well worth a listen.

Some of the topics we cover today include:

  • What is matched betting and how it works
  • How Nico can make $300 tax-free dollars in 30 minutes
  • Geoarbitrage with matched betting
  • What is Bonus Bank and how they can help
  • Infamous Betfair signup bonus story about winning a couple of grand in one night
  • How Nico managed to replace the majority of his income through matched betting

So let’s jump into the world of matched betting.

 

Show Notes

 

If you do decide to sign up for a paid membership, the guys at Bonus Bank sorted out an exclusive deal only for Aussie Firebug Members where you will get 50% off your first premium monthly subscription if you  use the coupon code FIREBUG* this code has changed to a 3-day free trial instead (as mentioned in the podcast)

*Full disclosure. If you use this code, I will receive a commission through an affiliate program. Thank you in advance for helping me run and maintain this site 🙂

 

 

Update: The laws are apparently changing at the end of May 2019 and the Consumer Framework for Online Gambling has made a recommendation to remove of signup bonuses along with various steps to try and deal with problem gambling in Australia. We don’t know what this means exactly as I personally received the bonus even though I was registered in Victoria which was already a state that wasn’t meant to have them. From what I’m reading, if you signup and email them asking for the bonus, more often then not they are allowed to give it to you because it’s technically not a signup bonus but an incentive for an already established member. We will see how this plays out in the coming weeks.

Podcast – My Mate Jimmy

Podcast – My Mate Jimmy

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Summary

Aussie Firebug has been discovered!

Late last year I woke up to a message from someone who lived in the same town as me saying they knew I was the Aussie Firebug and that my secret was safe with them…

I immediately jumped to the worse conclusion thinking maybe my boss had figured it all out 😱.

But it ended up being my mate from high school who as it turned out, was just as crazy about all things personal finance and investing as I am! It was my mate, Jimmy!

We’ve had countless chats at the pub multiple times about a whole bunch of stuff since that faithful message.

Today’s episode is two mates who went to high school together having a good old yarn about financial independence, investing, ETFs/LICs and much more.

Some of the topics we cover today include:

  • How Jimmy discovered my alter ego ‘Aussie Firebug’
  • Jimmy’s story about financial independence
  • Real estate investing
  • How Peter Thornhill ‘cleared the fog’ for investing in shares
  • Jimmy’s strategy that looks at the number of units of a fund as opposed to what the fund is worth when setting the target
  • ETFs/LICs

And much more!

 

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Podcast – Nathan Birch

Podcast – Nathan Birch

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Summary

Are you ready to exit the matrix?

Investing in his first property at 18, and starting his first business shortly after, Nathan Birch was able to ‘retire’ at just 24. He has appeared on such programs as 7 news, Sunday Night and Triple J’s Hack and his story is so incredible it’s hard to believe!

We delve into so much more than just investing today, Nathan has in his own words, some alternative views about the entire systems that we are born into and some really thought-provoking commentary in regards to money.

Some of the topics we cover today include:

– Property Investing
– Is Australian property heading for a crash?
– How to finance more than 6 properties
– BitCoin
– Cryptocurrencies
– Hyperinflation

And much more!

It’s a big one today so maybe grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy.

 

PS. 

Nathan talks about the Financial Claims Scheme (government guarantee of $250,000) being removed last year, but this is not the case. The FCS is still in place FYI

 

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Podcast – Peter Thornhill

Podcast – Peter Thornhill

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Summary

Huge Pod to start 2019!

I have the man, the myth, the legend, Peter Thornhill himself. Author of bestseller Motivated Money, Peter is famous in the FIRE community for his teachings on dividend investing and why it’s the best strategy for Australians to retire comfortably. And for someone who is currently receiving over $400K a year in passive income via dividends… when he talks, we should listen!

In today’s episode we chat about:

– Peter’s background in investing
– ETFs vs LICs
– How Peter invests
– Capital gains vs Dividends
– International diversification
– Labor removing the franking credit refund
– Why Peter uses a financial advisor
– Debt recycling

and much more

 

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