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Chris Mamula: What Young Retirees Need to Know

A leading blogger discusses some common misconceptions about the FIRE movement, as well as lifestyle and financial considerations for young retirees.

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Our guest on the podcast today is Chris Mamula. Chris blogs on the website, "Can I Retire Yet?" and he has also cowritten a book called Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence, which was published in 2019. Chris is loosely part of the FIRE, or Financial Independence Retire Early, movement, but he brings a fresh perspective to the concept. He retired from a career as a physical therapist at age 41. After poor experiences with the financial industry early in his professional life, he educated himself on investing and tax planning. Now he draws on his experience to write about wealth building, do-it-yourself investing, financial planning, early retirement, and lifestyle design.

Background

Can I Retire Yet?

Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence, by Chris Mamula, Brad Barrett, and Jonathan Mendonsa. 

FIRE Movement

FIRE Movement

"Your Questions about FIRE, Answered," by Steven Kurutz, The New York Times, Sept. 11, 2018. 

Lifestyle and Personal Considerations

 

"Nearly 2 Years into Early Retirement, Here’s All That I’ve Gotten Wrong," by Chris Mamula, marketwatch.com, Aug. 19, 2019.  

A Strong Marriage in Retirement,” by Darrow Kirkpatrick, Can I Retire Yet?, March 19, 2017. 

"Does Fire Make Life Harder?," by Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?, Dec. 10, 2018. 

A Week in the Life of a Fire Household,” by Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?, Sept. 17, 2018. 

Healthcare Coverage for Early Retirees

Navigating ACA Tax Credits to Purchase Affordable Health Insurance,” by Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?, Nov. 12, 2018.


 

 

How to Qualify for Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) Premium Subsidies,” by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor.


 

 

Are Health Care Sharing Ministries a Viable Alternative to Health Insurance for Early Retirement?” by Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?, Nov. 19, 2018.


 

 

Health care sharing ministry, Wikipedia. 

Do You Plan to Retire by 50? Great, But Can You Cover Your Health Care?” by Janna Herron, USA Today, June 4, 2019. 

Investing and Withdrawal Rates 

Bogleheads website


 

 

Jim Collins blog

"The Safe Withdrawal Rate Series: A Guide for First-Time Readers," Early Retirement Now.


 

 

Stock Series, jlcollinsnh.com


 

 

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life, by J.L. Collins.

Retirement Saving and the Empty Nest Transition,” by Michael Kitces, kitces.com, May 25, 2016. 

"The Stages of Financial Independence," by Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?, Sept. 23, 2019,

The Problem with FIREing at 4% and the Need for Flexible Spending Rules,” by Michael Kitces, Kitces.com, July 23, 2019. 

The 25X Rule to Early Retirement,” by Rob Berger, Forbes.com, Feb. 23, 2017. 

 

Human capital definition, Investopedia 

Going Back to Work,” by Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?, July 22, 2019. 

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