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Old 07-21-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Hello everyone in the Early Retirement community.

I am a writer for The Motley Fool. (We are a multimedia and investment company)

I am looking to write an article about an inspiring retirement story. Maybe someone who is right on track to an early retirement or has already reached it. Also someone who may be a late starter and is now on their way to a bright retirement or someone who encountered some unexpected hurdles and is now past them. I would love to talk to someone who has had to make a drastic change like cutting costs or moving somewhere else.

We like to write stories that are inspiring and leave a message that our readers can benefit from.

If you are interested or want to get more information about the article feel free to contact me at mzayed@fool.com or 352-226-1968.

Thank you,

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Old 07-22-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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Hello everyone in the Early Retirement community.

I am a writer for The Motley Fool. (We are a multimedia and investment company)

I am looking to write an article about an inspiring retirement story.
This board was created and initially populated by a group who left The Motley Fool when the two Fools began charging for membership. Now you want to mine the resources here to write a story for The Motley Fool - and do so without paying the owner of this forum for doing so?

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We like to write stories that are inspiring and leave a message that our readers can benefit from.
Ironic - and pretty darned cheeky of you.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:01 AM   #3
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Hello everyone in the Early Retirement community.

I am a writer for The Motley Fool. (We are a multimedia and investment company)

I am looking to write an article about an inspiring retirement story. Maybe someone who is right on track to an early retirement or has already reached it. Also someone who may be a late starter and is now on their way to a bright retirement or someone who encountered some unexpected hurdles and is now past them. I would love to talk to someone who has had to make a drastic change like cutting costs or moving somewhere else.

We like to write stories that are inspiring and leave a message that our readers can benefit from.
I had been contributing to a 401K plan for years, when I ran across The Motley Fool (back at AOL) and read the early version of the Fool School that covered basic investing strategies and long term planning. That got me started in investing more, using index funds, and generally got me to take a more active role in saving for retirement.

And then things started to change. Discussions of strategies started disappearing behind subscription newsletters. Articles about Rule Breakers and Rule Makers became pitches for newsletters. The great discussions turned into subscription courses. Oh, I tried some of these. "Find the next Rule Breaker! Only $150!". Paying money to get feedback from equally clueless other students, and get vague strokes from TMFyaddayadda didn't work for me. I bailed and didn't look back, except for clicking "unsubscribe" in the e-mails that have kept up all these years.

I found that a a do-it-yourself investor that I got better, more consistent, and more fact-based advice and feedback from folks at http://www.bogleheads.org/ and at no charge! So... I went the Bogleheads way, and managed to invest, successfully retire, and survive the biggest bear in the past half century, with no problems.

Let's see you leave your readers THAT message... ;-)
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:09 AM   #4
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This board was created and initially populated by a group who left The Motley Fool when the two Fools began charging for membership. Now you want to mine the resources here to write a story for The Motley Fool - and do so without paying the owner of this forum for doing so?
Ironic - and pretty darned cheeky of you.
Not that we're holding a grudge or anything... and I wonder how many of today's TMF staff were there in the 1990s. I mean besides the top two fools.

The Kaderlis have been interviewed by TMF a number of times.
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Not that we're holding a grudge or anything... and I wonder how many of today's TMF staff were there in the 1990s. I mean besides the top two fools.
True. But I don't see any reason to feed the hand that bites you...
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I was in a j*b I hated. I hated the boss. I hated the co-workers. I hated the company.

But then, A very nice insurance salesman gave me a very in-depth presentation on the "world of variable annuities and whole life insurance"

And now I have hope.

My new inancial advisor then told me I needed to cut my expenses so that I could retire early.

I sold my large house in the Hampton's to enable my early retirement.

That insurance man saved my life !

Who wants to work for the man forever !
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:30 AM   #7
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I have a warmer regard to TMFools. It was how I kicked into high gear to prepare for RE. I LBYM too much to pay for what I can pick up for free, so I have subscribed only to free services. I kind of enjoy the teasers that hint at the "secret information", but won't give the real scoop unless I pay. It gives me incentives to research on my own.

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I found that a a do-it-yourself investor that I got better, more consistent, and more fact-based advice and feedback from folks at Bogleheads Investing Advice and Info and at no charge! So... I went the Bogleheads way, and managed to invest, successfully retire, and survive the biggest bear in the past half century, with no problems.

Let's see you leave your readers THAT message... ;-)
I can't improve on that!

I have to say MasterBlaster, I find your flaunting your excessive housing wealth both ostentatious and in poor taste.
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I have to say MasterBlaster, I find your flaunting your excessive housing wealth both ostentatious and in poor taste.
Perhaps it didn't come across so well, but my post was supposed to be humorous. My sick-and-twisted sense of humor in no way represents my real-life situation. My real life situation can only be described as either one of being sick or of being twisted but not both.
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Perhaps it didn't come across so well, but my post was supposed to be humorous. My sick-and-twisted sense of humor in no way represents my real-life situation. My real life situation can only be described as either one of being sick or of being twisted but not both.
Oh he got your joke. You didn't get his.
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And to summarize, welcome Michelle to our joyful community!

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Oh he got your joke. You didn't get his.
Yeah, I knew they both were kidding and I laughed at both of the posts!
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I also have a soft spot for TMF. The retire early board was quite an eye opener for me back in 1999. The basic Fool philosophy of DIY was also quite empowering especially when talking to financial adviser who want to charge me 1% to manage my money.

I was comped membership for a year, than paid for it for a year. I found that by the time they made it free again they had lost most of the interesting members and this place was a much better home.

However, if you ever want to a case study in a company starting out with the right intentions and ending up doing evil than the Motley Fool is your company. How they went from preaching index funds, and individual investing to selling over priced newsletters and high expense mutual funds is just too depressing for me to help out.


Sorry Michele no help from me. I am pretty sure there are still a few early retirees posting on the TMF boards at least I hope so.
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I would like to see a blog/article about finance writers. I would like it revealed what they invest in and where they are in their financial lives. If a writer is invested in beaver cheese futures, then why should I even bother to read anything they write? Same thing goes if they are trying to sell me something. Or if they have maxed out credit cards or end up paying overdraft charges on their checking account.

In essence, if they don't have their own act together, what's the point?
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So the board becomes "fodder" for some person to write a column and get's paid for it?

No thanks....
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