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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 achieved early retirement in June 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:

Retirement In The Blue Ridge Mountains

I enjoy helping others on their own journey to retirement through my words.  This reality keeps me motivated to focus on writing great content to you Achieve A Great Retirement.

I’m appreciative of the recognition this blog has received:

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, you may want to scroll through HERE to view a summary of everything I’ve written since this blog started in April 2015. 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 worked for 33 years in Corporate America, in various roles within the aluminum industry.  An aspiring philosopher and a lifelong financial “hobbyist”, writing has become a passion of mine in retirement. 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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