This is a blog about personal investing.
I am interested specifically in financial independence; as I am well below the traditional retirement age, this technically means ‘retiring early’. I am proud to belong to the finance blog community dedicated to FIRE (Financial Independence / Retiring Early).
However, I am not typical of the FIRE community. I have already amassed significant wealth. And for me retirement does not mean to stop work. I want to ensure my wealth goes as far as possible; I want to enjoy my lifestyle without compromising (so-called fatFIRE, by some), and I want to have as much freedom as possible – for as much work or play as I want, where I want, when I went, with whom I want.
I am also a proud Londoner. I did not grow up in London but have made it my home for over twenty years. London is famously an expensive place to live, or certainly to live well, but in my view this is the price of quality.
One of the most common ways to achieve FIRE is through frugal spending. Yet one of the hardest ways to achieve frugal spending is living in an expensive city like London. I want to ‘have my cake and eat it’, as the English say – which involves balancing this tradeoff – frugal FIRE vs London’s lavish lifestyle. Hence the name of the blog.
The objectives of this blog are:
- To explore the issues around enjoying financial independence from the perspective of a wealthy Londoner.
- To seek wisdom and comment, but not judgement or advice;
- To share my experiences and opinions, but not provide answers or personal advice. I hope to be able to track my slow progress to my financial goals.
- To assist people fortunate enough to have ‘enough’ to make the most of what they have. Entrepreneurs, inheritors, divorcees, bankers, retirees in particular.
There is no advice on this website. If I find any comments providing personal advice I will remove them.
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