Most people believe the key to wealth is a high-paying job. Yes, it's easier to amass assets if you have more money coming in each month, but one key to increasing your net worth is to spend less than you make. Ultimately, spending habits are the reason a professional athlete making $20 million a year can quickly go bankrupt while a bus driver can retire a multi-millionaire. It can be a cliche but it is a fundamental reality of money.
Under Swedish law, every person has the right to a free and fair legal process regardless of ethnic background, wealth and religious affiliation. — Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Trump Cares About A$AP Rocky’s Sweden Arrest," 27 July 2019 Number of the day $1.8 billion That’s how much Charles Schwab agreed to pay for USAA’s brokerage arm, which will add more than 1 million accounts and $90 million in assets to the San Francisco wealth management firm. — SFChronicle.com, "Trump threatens tariff on Mac Pros; Chevron stays in Venezuela," 26 July 2019 San Antonio financial services company USAA boasts some 13 million members, yet only about 10 percent of them tap its wealth management and brokerage services. — Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Schwab execs: USAA division assets present ‘significant opportunity’," 26 July 2019 New wealth from tech IPOs has not jolted the market, and many economists and real estate veterans say any effects are likely to be small and localized. — Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home sales tumble to recession levels," 26 July 2019 These Huey Long Democrats want to govern on a share-the-wealth agenda, not a grow-the-pie agenda. — Robert D. Atkinson, National Review, "Higher Productivity Is Good for Workers," 25 July 2019 Some tech executives and economists, however, believe that growing delays and backlogs for permits for skilled workers at America’s other borders pose a more significant challenge to the U.S.’s standing as a wealth-creating start-up mecca. — Alana Semuels, Time, "Tech Companies Say it's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead," 25 July 2019 The politically-connected millionaire was denied bail, which a judge said was because of Epstein's overseas connections and extraordinary wealth. — Fox News, "Jeffrey Epstein found injured in New York City jail cell after possible suicide attempt: report," 25 July 2019 Betterment’s foray into savings products follows the launch of a similar offering in February from robo wealth-management service Wealthfront, which offers a rate of 2.57%. — John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Fintechs are competing to offer the highest interest rates for savings accounts," 23 July 2019
As for Sam’s levels, this is the reason I started to pursue more sources of passive income. I wanted to at least partially break the chain of being tied totally to a market return. I am nowhere near Sam’s league in terms of assets or passive income but it now represents a decent amount of our total income. I worry less about market returns and more about the viability of the income stream persisting. I use 3 fintech platforms for real estate which represents about 12% of my overall portfolio, a closed end fund designed for income, a high quality MLP and at this time a boatload of cash since I think bonds represent a bad value.
Hey, great to hear from you again, Jeff. I definitely agree some of the concepts in the Harry Browne book were a bit much but the book as a whole changed my mindset quite a bit. As someone who is pursuing early financial independence, I was already challenging the norms relating to work/career/money/etc. but after reading the book, I now find myself challenging everything. I don’t just do something because I’m told to anymore or because that’s the way it’s always been done. I definitely agree with you when you said it made you think and stretch your perceptions.
For those of you looking to retire early with financial freedom, think about what your bare minimum retirement would look like. Could you move to a place with a lower cost of living? Would you give up going out to dinner? Work towards a nest egg that will support this bare-bones lifestyle. You probably will decide against moving to that cabin in the woods without running water, but it might be nice to know you could. Considering your bare minimum retirement, and knowing you have enough money saved to at least cover some standard of living in your early retirement, will also influence other life choices you may make along the way.
In Step 3 I said that living beneath your means is the single most important step on this list, and that's true. But you can give yourself a major assist in that effort by making sure you steadily increase your income in the future. If you can steadily increase your income – while keeping your spending level – you will reach all of your financial goals much more quickly.

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Even though I passed the point where my savings could cover my essential expenses quite a while ago, I’ve decided to keep working and pad my balances a bit more. Since I’ll likely have plenty of buffer by the time I actually pull the plug on work, I plan to just maintain my current portfolio, which consists primarily of low-cost, stock market index funds. Since I could always work again if necessary, I’m happy to take on a bit more risk for higher potential returns.
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