The 8 Most Popular Posts of 2015

Since the launch of The Retirement Manifesto in April 2015, I’ve seen steady growth in my readership, and thank each of you for your loyalty.  A year ago, there was no such thing as “The Retirement Manifesto”.  Today, I’m pleased to report that the most popular article in 2015 has received over 2,500 views!

This blog could not be where it is today without you, my loyal reader.  To that, I say a heartfelt “Thank You”!  I’m proud to report that my only compensation from this blog in 2015 was the pleasure of knowing that my content is providing value to you.  At this stage in my life, that’s compensation enough.  If you like what you’ve been reading, please encourage your family and friends to have a look when you’re together over the holidays.  I appreciate you helping me to continue to grow my readership.  Together, we can all “Achieve A Great Retirement” by applying the lessons we’re learning through this site.

To close out the year, I’m publishing a summary of my Top 8 Posts for 2015.  Here then, in descending order based on the number of visits per article, are the top articles for 2015.

Click on the pictures to read the full articles.


Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments Of Personal Finance

“Strive to achieve as many of these commandments as you can, and you’ll be well on your way toward financial independence.  Break them, and suffer the consequences.”

#1 For The Year is “The Ten Commandments”, hitting a note with readers as the clear winner of “most viewed” article, with over 2,500 views.



Semi Retirement
Work Part Time

Almost 20 years ago, I met an amazing engineer when we worked together at our largest plant. We became friends, and have remained close.  He did well in his career, and “retired” several years ago in his 50’s.  His reputation is well known in my industry, and he’s been in high demand as a consultant since his “retirement”.  Several months ago I asked him if he’d be willing to share his thoughts with you, the reader.  Today, he gives us all some valuable advice from his experience.  



Top 5 Regrets
Top 5 Regrets People Have On Their Deathbeds

We’re all going to die.

Morbid subject, right?  Since we’re all going to end up there, isn’t it worth spending some time thinking about it, especially when we still have time to make changes?  Isn’t there value in learning from those who have gone before, to avoid making the same mistakes?




Once the dream of the lofty 1%, it’s now a figure everyone should realistically target as a minimum prior to retirement.  This article focuses on this once significant milestone, and explain the realities of achieving it for yourself.



Reduce Worry

Hopefully, this post has given you food for thought on how you can better approach the current market volatility, while still sleeping well at night.  



5 percent

In today’s low interest environment, is it really possible to earn a 5% annual interest rate on a safe savings account??  The answer, surprisingly, is YES.  I know.  I just did it. This article will tell you how to do the same.



Are you busy

This week, I made a difference in the life of a family who’s digging their way out, and heading in an exciting new direction.  Find a way to make a difference in someone else’s life. Trust me, you’ll be made rich in the effort.



Biggest enemy of retirement

Thinking of “enemies” as elements fighting against our goal of achieving a great retirement is an interesting way to change your perspective.  So, what is the biggest enemy of your retirement?  You may be surprised by the answer.



I’ll be taking the balance of the year off to enjoy some precious holiday time with my family.  I look forward to continuing our journey in the New Year.  Best wishes to each of you this holiday season.  During this special season, I encourage you all to:



Reflect on the season.

Reflect on life.

Enjoy A Merry Christmas!


Fritz Gilbert – The Retirement Manifesto