Capital Appreciation or Cash Flow

maineAs the saying goes, there are plenty of ways to skin a cat. There are also plenty of different ways to pursue about any objective, including financial independence/freedom. This post is to discuss two of the more general approaches, and some of the reasons why practitioners follow these routes. Mrs. IS and I have employed a hybrid model historically, but in 2016 have sold off many of our longer term dividend plays. Continue reading

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First Entrepreneur by Edward Lengel

Regular readers of the Income Surfer blog know that I am a voracious reader. I complete three or four books most weeks, and when I read a great book……I love to share my review. Well last week I finished a truly outstanding book. First Entrepreneur by Edward Lengel is a great read, and a timely one for our modern times. You may wonder why this history is relevant 200+ years later? I’ll get to that in a second. In essence, Mr Lengel has written a biography of George Washington’s financial life……as well as how he shaped the new republic financially. It was a very exciting read, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. Continue reading

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Flexible Independence Update

Back from our latest trip, we are finally getting in the swing of things. While I miss the open road, especially since two contributors from my Travel Site are in Maine and Scotland right now, I think it’s probably good we are cooling our jets right now. (Pictures in this post are from Maine.) The Little Man is getting adjusted to attending a few hours per week of preschool, but there were some definite tears the first few days. (As an only child, we decided to socialize him for 6 hours per week.) Mrs. IS is getting settled into her new opportunity, and in my opinion she’s doing phenomenally. Feedback has been stellar as well. I wish she was working 20 hours per week instead of 45, but her schedule is very flexible and she loves her work. She can also work from home a good chunk of that time if she wants. Really, who can ask for more than a flexible schedule and working on projects that are both inspiring and fulfilling?! Isn’t that why we chased Flexible Independence in the first place?

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