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★ My Retirement Flexibility Scale for Choosing Your Safe Withdrawal Rate
By | February 19, 2018

“In recent years, I’ve been trying to “quantify” the non-numeric criteria that go into the retirement withdrawal rate decision. These are the factors that I used in making my own decision years ago, and that I recommend others take into account in […]

★ Retirement causes brain function to rapidly decline
By | February 16, 2018

“New research shows that brain function declines rapidly as soon as people stop work and put their feet up. It appears that the lack of regular stimulation takes a heavy toll on cognitive function and speeds up memory loss and dementia, researchers […]

★ Here’s How Income During Retirement Blows the 4% Rule Out of the Water
By | February 14, 2018

“How does active income during retirement impact when you can retire and how much you actually need to retire? Let’s run through the numbers…” Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping the systems running smoothly, social media accounts active […]

★ How to Face the Dark Sides of FIRE
By | February 14, 2018

“While there are many incredible benefits and advantages to FIRE, there are some dark sides to FIRE which need to be faced and navigated.” Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping the systems running smoothly, social media accounts active […]

★ Here’s How the “25 Times Expenses” Portfolio Has Performed Over the Past 89 Years
By | February 9, 2018

“It turns out that saving 25 times your annual expenses has historically provided a powerful portfolio that usually survived for decades. The only portfolios that didn’t survive in the past are the ones that experienced consecutive early years of awful returns. Specifically, […]

★ How to Know Your Target Retirement Savings Rate
By | February 6, 2018

“The basics of consistency and thoughtful spending are universal for long-term financial success. But after that, personal finance is unique to each of us and our goals. So, after years of wondering, I created a simple worksheet to help you determine your […]

★ The Three Levels Of Financial Independence: Because Money Is Only Part Of The Equation
By | February 2, 2018

Contrary to what you may think, financial independence is not all about having enough money to cover all your expenses and then some. Financial independence also means being able to overcome your psychological fears to truly live free. Steve A.Steve handles the […]

★ Ten Lessons From Ten Safe Withdrawal Rate Case Studies
By | February 2, 2018

If the money runs out at age 75 we can’t say ‘Just die a few years earlier’ and, likewise, we can’t turn back time and work some more side hustles in our 40s and 50s. So, living off your money in retirement […]

★ Our “High School Rule” for Work in Early Retirement
By | February 1, 2018

If there’s something I could do that looks like work, I’ll do it if I would have happily done it for free in high school. If not, then it’s a hard pass. Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping […]

★ You can retire early without adopting Mr. Money Mustache’s extreme frugality
By | January 31, 2018

Follow the solid underlying principles espoused by the FIRE community but without the same intensity. Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping the systems running smoothly, social media accounts active and curation buttery smooth. He also answers to the […]