Part 170

Why FIRE? I find “why” to be one of the most useful questions I can ask myself, as it can strike to the heart of the matter in ways “what” or “when” simply can’t. In Japan, Sakichi Toyoda developed the Five Whys for use within the Toyota Motor Corporation. The idea is that you canContinue reading “Part 170”

Part 169

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  A strange one this week as I’d put together a whole blog post which, on reflection, may have caused me some problems.  So, I ended up deleting a thousand or so words and tweaking what was left.  No, I will not comment on what was deleted.Continue reading “Part 169”

Part 168

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  This week I discuss the drop in property values, and the probable recession we may find ourselves in.  Also, the usual financial updates, a bit of Lego, and some good food this weekend. Weekly Update I’ve spent most of the week still recovering from my opContinue reading “Part 168”

Part 166

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  A short post to see out 2022, where I look at my goals for 2023.   Weekly Update The story that has dominated the week for me has been the fall and fall of Andrew Tate.  I find it hilarious that this supposed “alpha male” targeted aContinue reading “Part 166”

Part 165

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  A look at our plans for Christmas, and a list of my most-read posts of 2022.  Also, the usual financial updates, and some BTL developments. Weekly Update I always find this time of year a bit strange.  I used to be quite anti-Christmas, but now IContinue reading “Part 165”

Part 164

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  This week I briefly discuss the NHS and RMT strikes.  Also, a great year for investment income.  I discuss some frustrating changes in my personal life, and a look ahead to the final blog posts of 2022.   Quote of the Week “Richard, you’re just talking toContinue reading “Part 164”

Part 163

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  This week I discuss working for free, and how it creates more problems for employees.  Also, TV shows that were consistently good, and those that fell from grace.  There are the usual financial updates, and some more thoughts on 2023’s financial goals.   Quote of the WeekContinue reading “Part 163”

Part 162

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  This week I look ahead to my 2023 financial goals.  Also, thoughts on the “where are you really from?” incident.  There are yet more frustrating customer service examples, but a nice end to the week with some street food and a Christmas market.   Weekly Update WouldContinue reading “Part 162”

Part 161

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  This week’s post looks at culture, human rights, more misleading property listings, and a positive week of financial updates. Respecting Culture I’m not going to spend too much time on this because the whole tournament is farcical, but I saw a story in the news aboutContinue reading “Part 161”

Part 160

Hello and welcome back to Mortgage Advisor on FIRE.  This week I talk about tax codes, tax bandings, and how the autumn statement impacts on the tax you pay.  Also, updates from my Lego Rocinante project, and a frustrating learning experience.   Quote of the Week: “I only built it on a computer.” Those following meContinue reading “Part 160”