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As someone who drank the Kool Aid, I saved religiously, invested periodically into index funds and lived frugally. I ticked every box of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence and Retire Early), but like the majority on an average salary, I realized the dream of early retirement was just a fantasy. High hopes turned to disillusionment and this prompted me to look into some of the most prominent FIRE bloggers and promoters. I discovered that they continuously spread half-truths and myths, while concealing their true sources of income — which is you. …

Christopher O'Leary

UK based private investor and blogger.

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