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Welcome to The Retirement Manifesto, a canvas for “Helping People Achieve A Great Retirement”!  I focus on practical Financial Independence and Retirement Planning issues for folks within ten years of retirement.

My wife and I are on a journey toward early retirement in 2018 at the age of 55, and are sharing the lessons we’re learning along the way. We recently sold our primary home, and moved into a cabin in the North Georgia mountains as part of our downsizing strategy for retirement (read about our downsizing strategy here):

Retirement In The Blue Ridge Mountains

I’m pleased with the recognition this blog has received, as it indicates there are folks walking a journey similar to mine, and able to learn from my experiences. This reality keeps me motivated to do what I do, which is to write content to help each of you Achieve A Great Retirement:

My goal is to educate, challenge and encourage each of you to take the steps necessary to achieve success and financial independence on your journey toward retirement.  In other words, this is my “Manifesto”:

Manifesto:  noun; man·i·fes·to: a written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group. 

If you’re new to the site, start with my Most Popular Posts , or click HERE to view a summary of everything I’ve written to date.  If you’d rather listen to my perspectives, click here for my interview on the Radical Personal Finance podcast. I also have a Resource page which offers some free tools and links to other helpful sites.

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My background: I’m a 55-year-old corporate commodity trading hamster by day, an aspiring philosopher by night, and a lifelong financial “hobbyist” working who is retiring in June 2018. I’ve had the same great wife for 30 years and a wonderful 23-year-old daughter who I walked down the aisle at her wedding in July 2017.  I’ve learned a bit along the way, and hope you can benefit from some of my experiences.

My articles which have received Rockstar Finance Awards are below:

In addition to this site, I have been published or profiled on:

I have also been interviewed on the following podcasts:

I invite you to join me on the path to a great retirement!  Together, we can achieve the goal of:

Helping People Achieve A Great Retirement!

Fritz Gilbert

Fritz Gilbert – Founder, The Retirement Manifesto

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“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  1 Peter 4:10


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