What does Financial Independence means for us?

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What matters

At the core, we look for freedom, the freedom to arrange our life the way we want, to focus on what matters.  To be free from any limitation, imposed by a job, mortgage or the norm. We could then decide to work on projects in line with our values, travel the world or do nothing. That is the goal. The journey is long. So, we also make the journey as fun as possible.It took some time. We now know it is not about the money alone.

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How to become Financially Independent?

You are financially independent when your investments generate enough income to cover your spending. According to the Trinity study, you become financially independent as soon as your assets are 25 times your spending. Imagine you need 40 000€ per year to live, then you would need 1 000 000€ (40 000€ * 25). Alternatives are rental income or dividend income that generate more cash than you spend.

That is a lot of money. How do you get there?

Life below your means: spend less than you earn and invest the rest. I do realise this is not possible for everybody, especially those living on a minimal income. For others, when you make some intentional choices, it should be possible.

How we budget

Sample budget approach

Start to invest

Once you know your budget, have an emergency fund, decide where and how you should invest. Historical data suggests that investing is the best way to accumulate and preserve wealth. Nobody has a crystal ball, it is sure that saving in 2017 yields less than inflation.

Diversify your portfolio

Our portfolio

Define your own journey

Personal finance is personal…! It means you need to find out what is important to you, what is it that you value most. And do not look to much at others for that.

6 thoughts on “What does Financial Independence means for us?

  1. Great wrap-up. A reason study showed that wealth, fame, success or money can´t compete against good relationships. That is the main difference if your live is good or not. Period. So, even though FI is good, one should focus on keeping and maintaining good relationships. Even if it means you reach FI later? Yes. The cost of losing friends is much higher than what a FI live could give you.
    Study:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness
    See you ATL!

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  2. Hi abt,
    Love the summary and links on where to go to find more info! You have a great philosophy and attitude towards FI and money and the time-value of life.

    I would reference the Trinity study 4% rate with a little caution – it was based on US data; the withdrawal rates were lower for other countries and early retirement could mean a lot longer period than 30 years. A useful summary is at https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Trinity_study_update showing different rates per country and asset allocation.

    On the positive side, if you have pension / social security income later than the investment income only needs to fill whatever’s left, and you’ve already covered the ability to work part time as another solution.

    Keep up the great work and posts!

    Best wishes,
    -DL

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  3. Love the thought behind money not being the end goal.
    Some people just chase after a specific number, then once they get there they’re disappointed because nothing changed. The financial independence is just a tool to get the ultimate goal, happiness.

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  4. I think you nailed it on the head with “Define your own journey”. It’s really easy to get caught up with what everyone around you is doing or what everyone around you is writing. My first year seeking FI I was making myself crazy with everything I was trying to do to cut expenses and try to fit a certain mold. Looking back I can only laugh. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m so much more aware of that now. 🙂

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