JL Collins (Jim) enjoyed his FIRE meet-up Amsterdam on the 20th July 2019 so much that he wanted to do another one. Woohooh!
Here’s the recording for you te enjoy: (I don’t have professional equipment and unfortunately there was a lot of background noise this time. Sorry about that, folks!)
My questions were the same as last week, plus one funny (at least, I like to think so) extra question in the end. Even if you already listened to the first recording of the FIRE meet-up Amsterdam, I think you’ll still find some nuggets in the second one even though the questions are the same. The questions that I asked Jim:
<01:15> Which personal decision you made has had the biggest impact on your path to FIRE?
<05:55> Which questions should somebody aspiring FIRE ask themselves at the start of and throughout their journey?
<08:40> You advised your daughter to keep putting her money in the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund VTSAX. This is the fund she already owns and she should just keep adding to it. In which cases or trends would you advise her differently or change course? What signals should she look out for and what would you advise her to be a cross over point to something else? I know we can’t prepare for Black Swan events and flexibility is key.
<13:40> Recently Vanguard has indicated that they expect returns for the stock market over the next decade to be lower compared to the past couple of decades, about 5 percent annualized return instead of 8. What is your view on this statement and would you adjust your investment strategy if the stock market returns would drop considerably?
<17:00> The Dutch have to deal with a different kind of income and wealth tax system compared to Americans. What course of action would you advise the Dutch on their way to FIRE while dealing with things like capital gains tax and wealth tax?
<20:50> What lessons about money did your parents teach you?
<25:00> How do you and Jane talk about money and investing? And what kind of money and investment talk strategy would you advise couples who have just discovered the FIRE movement?
<31:45> Do you expect global trends like climate change to affect the stock market? Should an investor anticipate on these trends and if yes, how?
<34:45> Which topics are a waste of time to think about when pursuing FIRE?
<44:00>You mention Mike Tyson in your book? Has he ever gotten back to you?
From the audience (summarized by me):
<48:05> How do I invest wisely when I don’t like to think about investing all the time? Is it possible to reach FIRE without investing?
<54:30> What is your view on diversifying your investments between stocks, cash and real estate?*
* For the Dutchies around here I refered to the website geenbaanmeer.nl for more information on rental property investing in The Netherlands. You might want to go to one of his workshops.
<1:06:15> How does one meander in an ever evolving world as an early retiree? (Sorry about the blender in the background)**
In this part I mention Kristy Shen’s book, which is a must read: Quit Like a Millionaire
<1:14:45> How do you balance enjoying your money now and invest for your future self?
<1:19:40> How do you deal with the volatility of stocks compared to real estate?
In this part we mention Paula Pant’s blog Afford Anything.
<1:27:15> When and how do you add bonds to your portfolio when thinking about volatility?
<1:34:50> As a self-employed worker I have to keep money aside for taxes and it’s just sitting there earning next to nothing. What should I do?
<1:41:00> When do you know when enough is enough?
<1:46:45> How do you figure out what to retire towards?