Stop Ironing Shirts

Achieving Financial Independence Through Corporate Employment

Month: October 2019

Stop Ironing Shirts: Two Year Anniversary

October 9th marked the two year anniversary of Stop Ironing Shirts. This site was founded after I lurked in the financial community for years, posting on the Clark Howard message boards for years then eventually finding my way over to the MMM forums. In early 2017 I started discovering the number and diversity of financial independence blogs out there - This plus a little help from early interviews on the ChooseFI podcast sent me diving into content consumption. Health circumstances…

Investing in Early Retirement: Q3 2019 Update

The third quarter was an eventful past three months for the Shirts retirement portfolio. I was able to extract my old 401k into Fidelity and slowly deploy the funds over the duration of the quarter. This allowed me to purchase a number of individual stocks, get our cash/bond target allocation right, and learn all about investing in US Treasury Bonds. We have been following the Equity Glide Path for our stock/bond allocation to reduce sequence of return risk and ended…

Can You Give Me Investing Advice?

A question I received a number of times over the last year has been "Can you give me advice with my investments?" Leaving my job at thirty six exposed me to friends as someone who knew what they were doing with money. I've been talking to more people about FIRE in person and I also enjoy writing about advanced investing topics. However, the answer on investment advice is....NO. I'm not an investment adviser, have no desire to be paid to…

September Round-Up

Yes, you read the title correctly. I decided to become *yet another* curation site. Okay, not really. Instead of being a dedicated curation site or running weekly round-ups, I wanted to post the best articles I've read and podcasts I listened to during the month. September included FinCon 2019 allowing me to meet many of these people in person. Politics in Personal Finance Speaking of Fincon, there was a trash fire of an article not even worthy of linking demanding…

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