Financial Independence Podcast

Financial Independence Podcast
Financial Independence Podcast

On the Financial Independence Podcast, I dissect the brains of some of the most well-respected fientists in the field to discover their techniques and strategies for achieving financial independence.

Join me for interesting and informative discussions on money, investing, and all things related to early retirement and financial independence!

#01Mr. Money MustacheEarly Retirement Made Easy
#02JL Collins NHThe Importance of F-You Money
#03Street Smart FinanceThe Real American Dream
#04Afford AnythingDive Into Real Estate Investing
#05Lacking AmbitionThree Months After FI
#06Retire Early LifestylePerpetual Travel
#07Radical Personal FinancePart One
#08Radical Personal FinancePart Two
#09Go Curry CrackerTen Years and a Day
#10Forever JoblessInternet Business Investing
#11JD RothGet Rich Slowly
#12Empire FlippersBuying and Selling Websites
#13Millionaire EducatorFinancial Independence on Teachers’ Salaries
#141500 DaysPulling the Early Retirement Trigger
#15Financial MentorHedge Funds, Happiness, & Over 15 Years of Early Retirement
#16FrugalwoodsMaking Frugality Fun
#17Budgets are SexyChallenge Everything
#18Travel Miles 101Travel Hacking and Financial Independence
#19Side Hustle NationInvest in Yourself
#20Mike and LaurenMedical Tourism, RVs, and Why You Should Question Everything
#21JL CollinsThe Simple Path to Wealth
#22Root of GoodA Million Dollars in 10 Years
#23Bigger PocketsReal Estate, Entrepreneurship, and How to Build an Online Empire
#24Camp MustacheQ&A with Mr. Money Mustache, Afford Anything, & Military Guide
#25The Military GuideAngel Investing, Market Crashes, & 14 Years of Early Retirement
#26Mad Fientist1500 Days Podcast Takeover
#27Adventuring AlongFrom $0 to Retired in 5 Years
#28PopUp Business SchoolThe Right Way to Start a Business
#29Millennial RevolutionDenouncing the Cult of Homeownership
#30Sane FientistMy Wife’s Thoughts on Financial Independence
#31Fiery Millennials and Millennial BossA Millennial’s Guide to FI
#32Coach CarsonThe Simple Way to Retire Early with Real Estate
#33Our Next LifeRetiring to a Life in the Mountains
#34Your Money or Your LifeAn Interview with Author Vicki Robin
#35Think Save RetireSelling Everything and Retiring to an RV
#36The Happy PhilosopherSemiretirement and Finding Happiness
#37Michael KitcesThe 4% Rule and Financial Planning for Early Retirement
#38Physician on FIREGeographic Arbitrage, Sunk Costs, and Gangsta Rap
#39Chris HutchinsWhy You Should “Retire” Before You Hit Your Number
#40My BrotherUsing the Power of Money to Pursue Your Passion
#41Elizabeth Willard ThamesMeet the Frugalwoods
#42Money TalksLive from the UK Chautauqua with Vicki Robin
#43Marla TanerStriving for Happiness After Early Retirement
#44Scott TrenchSet for Life
#45Mad FientistValuable Lessons from My Second Year of Freedom
#46Chad CarsonRetire Early with Real Estate
#47Travis ShakespearePlaying with FIRE
#48James ClearAtomic Habits and Building a New Identity After Retirement
#49Monumental StrengthHow to Get Fit (and Actually Enjoy It)
#50TonyGoing Back to Work After Early Retirement
#51Millennial MoneyFrom Broke to Millionaire in 5 Years
#52Cal NewportDeep Work, Digital Minimalism, and the Key to a Happy Retirement
#53Ramit SethiI Will Teach You to be Rich
#54Mad FientistValuable Lessons from My Third Year of Freedom
#55Scott YoungUltralearning
#56Coronavirus Market CrashIs This Time Different?
#57Mad FientistValuable Lessons from My Fourth Year of Freedom
#58Morgan HouselThe Psychology of Money
#59Mad Fientist8 Key Lessons from the Ultralearning Experiment
#60Early Retirement ExtremeA Systems Approach to Lifestyle Design
#61Mad FientistFifth (and Final) Annual Update
#62BogleheadsLife After FIRE
#63The Escape ArtistFIRE in the UK

111 comments for “Financial Independence Podcast

  1. JC Webber III
    March 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Why no recent podcasts?

    • The Mad Fientist
      March 23, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Hey JC, I actually have two really exciting interviews lined up for today so look out for a new episode at the beginning of April!

      • Rutlandish
        March 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

        Looking forward to it! Your podcast was the 1st FI podcast I ever subscribed to, and I blazed through all 9 episodes in 3 days.
        You content is steller. Thanks a ton. Keep ’em coming…

        • The Mad Fientist
          March 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

          Comments like yours really motivate me to produce more episodes so thanks very much for the kind words!

          • Ginger
            July 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

            Please post more, I do love listening to them while I work.

          • The Mad Fientist
            July 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

            I have an interview scheduled for Wednesday so hopefully I’ll get another episode out in early August!

  2. C40
    April 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Great to hear you’re still making more podcasts. I’d assumed you must have stopped. I enjoy the podcast a lot. I’ve went back and listened to many of them 2nd or 3rd times. Please keep making more!

    • The Mad Fientist
      April 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

      That’s very nice to hear, C40, so thanks a lot!

      I should hopefully have another episode out within the next week so stay tuned :)

      • Late Bloomers
        July 21, 2021 at 10:51 am

        Do you have any advice for someone who just started saving and investing at age 49? I am 36 and my fiance just turned 50, and neither of us have more than a year of savings in retirement. I would love any recommendations on finance books or if you have already created a podcast on getting into the game late.

  3. Phoebe M
    April 10, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Just listened to the first one and I can tell this will definitely be one of my favorites! Keep up the great content and I can’t wait to watch your journey unfold!!

    • The Mad Fientist
      April 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Phoebe! I’m looking forward to spending some time on your blog reading about your European motorcycling adventures :)

  4. Chris
    May 15, 2014 at 5:42 am


    I’m glad to see you put out more podcasts. I found your original podcasts a few months ago and they have turned me on to your blog as well as JL Collins and MMM. You have actually inspired me to start my own blog about my journey to early retirement (about 2 years away) and one of my first posts is a review of your site and a few others I’ve found on my own that have been very helpful. I also plan on writing about using your strategies, particularly relating to taxes in future posts.

    I’m including a link if you’d have an interest in checking it out.

    Thanks for all of the effort you put into your blog and podcasts!


    • The Mad Fientist
      May 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Hey Chris, that’s cool to hear I introduced you to MMM and JLC because usually it’s the other way around!

      Congratulations on starting your own blog. I just went over and checked it out and it looks good. I look forward to seeing what you do with it in the months to come!

  5. Jose
    May 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    A good friend of mine told me about this podcast and what can I say, I am so glad he did. I already listen to the first 5 episodes in half a day.
    So much quality content, its fantastic!!
    Please keep at it.
    Thank you so much for your excellent work.

    • The Mad Fientist
      May 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

      I’m glad he did too, Jose!

      I’m happy to hear you’ve been enjoying the podcast. I plan to increase the posting frequency in the coming months so stay tuned!

  6. Ross
    May 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm


    Thanks for the great content, I have been working my way through your podcasts and articles over the last couple of weeks. A few times you mentioned that you have a savings rate of over 70%. I have been trying to calculate my savings rate, but its a little more complicated that I originally thought (e.g. factoring in 401k, mortgage principal, employee stock purchase program, etc). Do you have a formula or any recommendations on how to calculate savings rate?

    • The Mad Fientist
      May 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Hey Ross, glad you’ve been enjoying everything!

      I just add up all of my investments (including employer 401(k) contributions) and then divide that by my income minus taxes. I don’t tend to factor in mortgage principal but that’s only because I’m too lazy to log in to see how much of my monthly payments are going towards principal vs. interest.

  7. Ginger
    June 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I love these podcasts. Sometime you just don’t have time to sit and read but are doing boring work like cleaning. I always try to turn these on, I can’t wait for more!

    • The Mad Fientist
      July 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks, Ginger! Does this mean I can take a small amount of credit for the cleanliness of your house :)

  8. Robert
    July 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    These podcasts are so enjoyable that it has given me some problems. My hobby is keeping my 14 year old diesel Jetta alive by repairing it myself. During two weekends of repairs I played these podcasts back to back and realized that I was so enthralled listening to them that I couldn’t get any work done. Then I took the advice offered in podcast #2 and started reading “How I found freedom in an unfree world”. Now I can’t get anything else done. That book feels like it was written for me!
    Thank you Mad Fientist for your effort. These podcasts are amazing.

    • The Mad Fientist
      July 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Haha, sorry to make you less productive. That’s a great compliment though so thanks very much!

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. As I mentioned in my interview with JD Roth, that book changed the way I approach life the same way reading Early Retirement Extreme all those years ago changed the way I approached my finances. Great stuff!

  9. Chris
    August 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Hey MF,

    I just wrote a post about what I consider the 4 best podcasts for learning about FI/ER and included yours. It was featured today on Rockstar Finance. Hopefully we’ll send you some traffic and new listeners.


    P.S.–Any new episodes in the pipeline? My only criticism of your podcast is a lack of episodes!

    • The Mad Fientist
      August 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Hey, thanks a lot Chris and congratulations on getting picked up on Rockstar Finance!

      Haha, I am definitely the laziest podcaster ever. I actually do have an interview ready to go (surprisingly) so look out for it within the next week or two.

      Are you heading to FinCon this year? If so, it’d be great to meet up at some point.

      Thanks again!

  10. Jay
    September 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Man, you have my favorite podcast and I’ve listened to the interviews you’ve done several times. Can we get a new upload soon? I know your busy with the transition but hook a brutha up! :)

    • The Mad Fientist
      September 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Haha, I apologize for being the laziest podcaster ever. I have an interview recorded and edited so I’m going to try to publish it within the next week or two. Stay tuned!

  11. Drew
    October 14, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Still waiting for the new podcast episode!
    I check every morning. Update soon!

    • The Mad Fientist
      October 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

      I know, I’m sorry! I’m finally settled in Scotland now so I plan to release an episode early next week!

  12. Daniel
    December 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hopefully this podcast isn’t dead. I found it and blazed through all the episodes in a week. I really love the content and hope you will release more episodes and more frequently. I have learned some life changing stuff, no lie. Thanks!

    • The Mad Fientist
      December 4, 2014 at 5:24 am

      Not dead, just slow :(

      Glad you’ve been enjoying it! Comments like yours motivate me to put out more shows so thanks for the message!

  13. Adam
    March 3, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for a great podcast! Hoping for more episodes to come.

    • The Mad Fientist
      April 22, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Trying to arrange two interviews now so hopefully there’ll be another episode soon!

  14. Maria
    April 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Really enjoyed your shows. It was like a “Who’s Who” of the personal finance world, and I got to hear the real life voices of a couple of favorites, as well as learn about some new blogs, books, and sites to check out.

    I’ll add my comment to those who are sad that you have so few shows, but if it’s because you are living out your plan, then more power to you!! I’ve been strictly audio so far; at least I have all of your blog posts and lab stuff to get through when I have the time.


    • The Mad Fientist
      April 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Glad you enjoyed the episodes, Maria!

      I’m lining up two interviews now so I’ll hopefully get more podcasts out soon.

      Let me know what you think of the blog posts and FI Lab after you check them out!

      • Jeremy E.
        April 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Yay more podcasts soon! Maybe the Under the Microscope series could be in both Podcast and Blog form?

        • The Mad Fientist
          April 28, 2015 at 9:39 am

          Possibly! I need to get through all the other interviews I have planned first though.

    • Maria
      April 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      So I’m subscribed to your emails, but it had been a while since I clicked a link and actually came to the site. But today, I saw the post about your new website and moseyed on over. I remembered that I had previously commented, so I scrolled on down and ‘Lo and Behold: I commented exactly 2 years ago!!

      I’m happy to say I’ll be catching up on everything from the past 2 years, and then I’ll be sad again… but maybe I’ll wait another 2 years so I can binge again :)

      Love the new site design!

  15. Amber Tree
    May 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    This is a great way to get another view on different people. I love the series and use it in teh car when commuting. I hope to see more of these.

    Thx for making the effort

  16. FI Monkey
    June 9, 2015 at 3:07 am


    I know no one else has bothered you about this on this page and this may come as a surprise, but … I’m almost done getting through your podcast. When they’re gone, who will entertain me while simultaneously educating me about my beautiful future without a job?

    – FM

    • The Mad Fientist
      June 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

      New episode is up now :)

      • FI Monkey
        June 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

        Nice! Thank you!

    • FI-odcast Listener
      July 12, 2015 at 2:27 am

      Hi FI Monkey-

      Like you, I also had a great experience listening to all of the FIentist’s podcast, but also like you my rate-of-listening quickly overtook his rate-of-posting. So I’m currently checking out the podast Radical Personal Finance (actually the guy who was in episodes 7 and 8 here) – he has a podcast that he updates a few times a week. I’m not sure how much of it is geared to FI as opposed to general PF topics, but with an output like that, there must be some good nuggets in there.

      I’ll keep the FIentist in my RSS feed, but his posting history has shown him to be more focused on “quality” than “quantity”, so I wouldn’t keep holding your breath.

  17. Peter G
    September 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Wanted to say I’ve really been enjoying the podcast, keep it up!

    • The Mad Fientist
      September 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks, Peter! More episodes coming soon!

  18. Scott
    October 25, 2015 at 1:23 am

    I also listened and studied from the JD Roth and Mr. Money Mustache, look forward to the rest.

  19. B
    December 11, 2015 at 7:50 pm


    Thanks for the podcasts. I’ve been listening to a lot of them lately as I have a newborn and pretty much bounce her for 2 hours every night so that my wife can get a head start on sleep. I particularly liked your discussion with Mike from Lacking Ambition. If you need any other ideas, I think it’d be great if you could get Doom from Living a FI or BNL from … Brave New Life.

  20. Ron
    December 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the great podcasts! Inspirational, motivating, and informational! Keep them coming!

  21. Sara
    March 7, 2016 at 1:38 am


    Just found your podcast today and then checked out your blog. Thanks for doing this for people like us. I am 29/F and would love to retire by the time I am 40. My friends think I am psycho.

    I look forward to following you and using the tools you have provided … then, proving everyone wrong.

  22. Clara
    April 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    More! More! I have already listened to all of them at work over the last 2 weeks. Love it.

  23. Katsiki
    June 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Is there a way to add your ‘catalog’? I’m not sure what is required but I am thinking of something like an RSS feed that could be added to a podcast app.

  24. HPhillip
    August 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I am trying to subscribe to your podcasts on I-tunes to make it easier to find your podcasts and to of course know when a new podcast is posted. I can’t seem to subscribe as the “subscribe” button on your podcast link isn’t working in i-tunes. I don’t have that issue with any other podcast I’m trying to subscribe to.
    Any thoughts?
    Thank you.

  25. DMoney
    September 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hey, Mad Fientist, I loved the recent Q&A podcast. Yours is my favorite podcast. Happy about the recent increase two 2x/month! Keep up the good work,

  26. M
    December 13, 2016 at 1:50 am

    I love your podcasts. They are awesome! Please continue!!

  27. The Vigilante
    December 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve been a long time fan – for years, really – but I only started listening to your podcasts yesterday. I’m already on Radical Personal Finance #1. It’s addicting! Keep it up!

  28. Jeff
    December 24, 2016 at 8:47 am

    is there an .rss feed url for the podcast ? My windows phone podcast app can not find it

  29. Leo Pargas
    December 30, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hello, Mad Fientist,
    Just wanted to drop by and say a big THANKS for the AMAZING job that you’re doing. I just recently discovered your blog about two weeks ago and until then I had no idea what I was doing with my financial life. You’ve given me the necessary tools to secure a bright financial future. A million thanks again to you and all the smart people you have on your podcasts.

    And congratulations for the article about you and your wife on the Business Insider. Here’s a link to it…

  30. Dividends 4 Future
    January 30, 2017 at 7:23 pm


    Thank you for all the work you do with all the boring stuff and with the podcast, not sure if you did one for high earners without access to 401k plans, how to best grow that egg on tax-sheltered accounts.

    Thank you.

  31. Ruben
    February 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks to your pod case I look forward to road trips now, I load the episodes on my flash drive and hit the road. Lots of good stuff on each one. I have my favorite but I enjoy them call.

    Keep them coming. I think I should take a drive to California i’m in South Florida.

  32. Stacey
    February 27, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I have just binge listened to all 32 podcasts in last two weeks. Awesome interviews and content. I’m 53 and when I do the math, I could stop working. More importantly, I’m passing on my enthusiasm for your podcasts and blog links to other FI’ers you’ve interviewed to my college-aged daughters so they can start their post college lives on an FI path. Keep up the great work Brandon.

  33. mikey
    March 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    This is my favorite podcast. i listen every morning with my coffee. It’s so damn good that i forget to go back to work….i work from home

  34. Nico
    March 11, 2017 at 2:03 am

    These podcast are great, I started with your first one, and cannot stop listening to them. I am French, living in France. A few topic are more targeted to the US, but most of it work for all. This is all common sense, but it is very good to have refresher from time to time.
    Thanks much, Mad Fientist

  35. Vishwak
    March 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Listened to #32 with coach carson. Such an inspiring podcast. It brought lot of clarity to my thinking. Thanks for your work :)

  36. Rob
    April 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Confused, I try to live a frugal non consumerism life, but how does your last quest.
    “#34 – Your Money or Your Life – An Interview with Author Vicki Robin” reconcile living off of her investments which would most likely not be without consumerism. I like her thoughts but if all of society followed? Seems to be a little bit of a conflict. I want consumerism to support my investments to be independent. I get that a happy medium might not come across in the cast, …

  37. Lesley
    May 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Ignore my last comment about how do you stop running out of money. I’ve just read your safe withdrawal rate article and have my head around this now. Your safe withdrawal barometer is also great and lines up with the fact that the markets are at an all time high. We will keep returning to your site. Keep up the great work. Cheers

  38. Nicky
    May 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I’m listening from Australia
    I have loved all your podcasts and was excited to see a new one ready for me today.
    I am much older in my mid 40’s and am so impressed by your maturity to have this mindset at such a young age. I wish i had awakened earlier. I will be encouraging my two children to consider striving for FI in their futures. I have one very interested so far. I am encouraged by you and your guests ideas and the podcast has lead me to your many guests inspirational web pages.
    Thank you Mad Fientist.

  39. Catherine
    May 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Thank you for all this great information! I’ve always been frugal but just recently stumbled upon the idea of FI. I’m in my 50’s but better late than never!

  40. LAH
    June 5, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Can you please note the date of the podcast when you post a podcast? Thank you.

  41. Ron @ Untrained Life
    June 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I never miss an episode! Cheers to the FI life! Keep up the good work.

  42. Brent
    June 27, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Brandon – just wanted to say thanks for making these podcasts, they’ve been indispensable roadtrip / commuting listening for me over the past year. I appreciate the deep dive you do with folks, getting into the nitty gritty details of the areas in which they’re experts. A few favorites were the Vicki Robin and Doug Nordman interviews, since they had points of view and perspectives much different from the typical millenials (including myself) forged in the image of yourself and MMM. I know it’s a ton of work making these so just wanted to let you know you’re doing a badass job and we anonymous people out in the internet ether appreciate all you do.

  43. Jon
    July 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for doing these! I enjoy the varied perspectives that you bring to your podcast and the breadth of issues that you cover with excellence and ingenuity. The podcasts have really improved my desire to do yard work, as I now have a great podcast to listen an to.

  44. Free will
    July 20, 2017 at 8:59 am


    Great work! Podcasts are very interesting and also fun. I’m here listening from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Thank you for sharing your time and insight.

  45. Brendan
    September 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Loved the Michael Kitces podcast.

  46. monica
    September 5, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Listening to the Michael Kitces podcast (great!) and heard your speal about the credit card search tool on your website. My very frugal sister who has a credit rating in the 800’s is in the marked for a second credit card, so I took a look – she is looking for a cash back card only (no interest in travel miles). Wondering if you wold consider addition a cash back filter to your site?

  47. Thomas
    September 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Thank you for doing this. Your podcasts have been a major source of input for building my own investment and reaching-FI strategy. Keep up the awesome work!
    (I’m listening from Tallinn, Estonia)

  48. Bishop
    October 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Hey Mad Fientist,
    How’s life going in Scotland?
    Love your style and material! I’ve been soaking all this up and optimizing to get to FI.
    I’m hooked on the FIRE podcasts, yours being #1 on my list.
    What do we need to do to get you back on the 2 podcasts per month schedule?
    Time to get to work! :)
    Thank You for making a difference in this community!!!

  49. Carla
    November 1, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Okay, we will accept one a month! How’s that. Chomping at the bit for your next podcast!

  50. Mike
    November 7, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Hey bud, missing your podcast, somehow it seems to centre me as I go down this path. It feels like it’s been months since we’ve heard anything. Are things ok?

  51. Jane
    November 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Loved your Fincon podcast, funny as hell!
    I really can’t tell that anyone is hungover…

  52. Jan Taylor
    December 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Loved your interviews with J L Collins
    I’ll be cruising through your others now. Keep up the great work
    Wish someone had done this for me when I was in my 30s… But I figure 60s is not too late!

  53. Rebecca
    February 2, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for all the great podcasts. I’m 32 and going to make my first spreadsheet this weekend. Hey, better late than never right? Super excited for my quest…

  54. Don D.
    February 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Hi thanks for these amazing podcasts! I love them!

    Is there a way to search the transcripts of all the podcasts? I see that we have each transcript but is there a way to search the entire database?

    Am trying to locate a quote the Mad Fientist mentioned on one of the episodes about how often the S&P 500 has broken records throughout history. Sorry I’m too lazy to search each individual transcript! :-)

  55. Sheauchiann
    May 13, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Thank you so much for doing great podcasts! I am from Taiwan, there is no ppl doing podcasts here and the money education has never been taught by my parents or schools. I listened to 5 podcasts so far and each replayed for 3-5 times. I did an excel file to take notes and all the resources mentioned. As I listened I found Americans are generally very rich when speaking of definite currency income value, there is gap in the first world countries and the rest. Anyway, you’ve broadened my visions. Thank you so much I deeply appreciate it.

  56. Casey
    July 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I want to start by saying I really enjoyed listening to your podcasts. I have a question for you. I don’t recall hearing anything about a 529 plan. What are your thoughts on using it as a means for saving for your child’s education or even furthering your own education? Is it similar to an HSA in that you can pay yourself back at any time provided the expenses are documented?

    Thanks again!

  57. Johan
    July 4, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Any chance the podcasts can be made available in other streaming services? Spotify, Google Music, Stitcher, etc.
    Keep up the great interviews!

    • Nathan
      July 30, 2018 at 10:16 am

      I listen to it through the google podcast app so it’s probably available through multiple platforms.

  58. Nick
    August 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Hey all,

    dumb question but Brandon mentioned a pdf his brother put together on the one piece of advice section from all his guests? Where do you get that from?

    Thank you!

  59. Carl
    September 21, 2018 at 4:06 pm


    Your podcast is amazing and I’ve grown to love it so quickly! I really look forward to hearing more from you soon. Thank you!

  60. Curtis
    November 5, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Listening to your podcast is my early morning is my morning meditation. Thanks so much.

  61. Angus
    November 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Hi Brandon,

    Any thoughts for doing a UK (or even European) based show. You would be well suited as UK resident as I have seen increasing articles etc in the press here. Perhaps you could interview one of the UK based people and discuss different strategies e.g. what Vanguard funds to buy, ISAs, more expensive housing costs etc


    PS love the show.

  62. Heather Bergeron-Brytowski
    February 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

    I’m wondering what you suggest I save in an easily accessible emergency fund before i begin using my savings for investment purposes like index funds?
    Thanks so much

  63. Bill
    March 26, 2019 at 7:15 am


    Here is the link to the advice that you were looking for.

  64. Jeff Underwood
    March 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Mad Fientist, your podcast is the one that I am most excited about when a new episode is released. While it’s not specifically a personal finance topic, I was wondering if you might be willing to take a look at my upcoming how-to book on the art of capturing a person’s tacit knowledge into what I call a legacy video. Maybe I could mail you out an advanced sample copy? ( I was thinking the book might be of interest to your listeners who have achieved FI and are seeking out creative new ways to infuse their life with purpose, or for the people still on the path, it could help them focus on giving the gift of their attention and capturing experiences vs. spending money on frivolous material possessions that will only postpone them reaching FI. And because I remember you saying once that you’re also an INTJ like myself, I thought the concept might resonate with you. Keep up the good work!

  65. Vlad Nikiporov
    April 8, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Mad Fientist, i can not name any other source which inspired me more. Thank you for a fresh introspective look on myself and the way i look at things surrounding me. Please keep recording them.

  66. Emily
    April 23, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Hey! How would I get in touch with a question about the podcast?

  67. NG
    June 10, 2019 at 1:07 am

    I have listened to many of your podcasts. I can’t find any that talk about depreciation recapture when working with Real Estate. Can you point me to a podcast that talks about it or can you get someone to explain pros and cons with depreciation recapture in mind when selling a homes.

  68. The Crusher
    August 2, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I really love your work and especially your podcast approach. They just come so darn infrequently. Why so infrequently?

    Again, love your work and enjoyed your role in Playing with FIRE. Just need a more rapid pace. Help a brother out! :)

  69. Carlos
    October 20, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Just wanted to let you know, your doing a great job with the podcast/blog. Keep on going strong. Everything you post and everyone you interview has so much value to convey. Great work

  70. Kathleen Hunt
    December 19, 2019 at 11:15 am


    I cannot find any recent podcasts after Scott Young – are you done podcasting?? Say it ain’t so!

  71. Late Starter
    January 14, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Hi Mad Fientist,

    Just wanted to echo some of the other comments, hope you’ll be doing more podcasts soon as I really found them inspiring. I’m really late to the whole FI scene but better late than never and your podcasts were my entry in and really helpful.

    Hope to hear more soon!

  72. John
    March 16, 2020 at 4:41 pm


    Can you please start publishing them on Google/Android too?


  73. Zoran
    June 9, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Just found your podcast a couple months ago, and just finished listening to all of them! I really hope you continue making them.. they quickly became my favorite financial podcasts.

    Enjoy your early retirement!

    • MRH
      October 7, 2021 at 3:00 am


  74. Jeffrey P. Martin
    July 20, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Just wanted to thank you for organizing all of these great guests and sharing their voice. In addition to your Blog and all the great tools you have provided, anybody can be financially successful and reach a point of FI or “F”-You $$$$$. I’m writing this as a 51 year old that spent my professional life in military service for 29 years. If I could go back and talk to my younger Gen Xer self, I would be on the path that you and many other Millennials have cracked the code on w/ FI. (Only financial advice I got growing up was to never talk about money, 1) Don’t let people know you have it, or 2) don’t let people know you don’t have it.

    I’m thankful it is NEVER to late learn :)

  75. Jeff
    July 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    I am REALLY enjoying all the PODCAST. I’m especially impressed with all the guests you have had. (I learn something new all the time.) THANK YOU !!!

  76. Lambo
    November 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Love the podast and your diversity of topics. Your message and perspective is very connectable.

    It has truly lead me to take actions in several areas of my personal life and personal finance. Most recently the suggestions around reassessment of Risk Tolerance while the market had bounced back up to near pre-Covid levels were timely and motivational.

  77. Libor Supcik
    November 28, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Hi there Libor from Czechoslovakia here. I listened 4-3 years ago and then just now so I am happy there is a great selection of new stuff. I am sort of thrifty sucker…. [I think the last time I had a 3+ months employer was in 2008.] and a thinker. [] yeah and a musicoso []
    I would like to join you happy US people in the great US index fund hands. Would not you be so kind and systematic as to elucidate ways on how an abroad one, like EU.or even not, invests. CZ index funds suck….. Thanks and keep up the happyish life.

  78. Camille
    December 30, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Hi Brandon,
    I recently discovered your podcasts and am really enjoying them – even those I think I’ll never relate to – I always take away at least one thing valuable.
    Happy New Year.

  79. Nato
    March 27, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Hello. I have some feedback about the latest podcast with ERE. Do you want it?

  80. Josh
    April 16, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Mad fientist,

    I am brand new to the journey of becoming FI and I have been listening to your podcast for advice. I noticed there is only one episode for 2021. Do you plan on continuing? I really enjoy your show and hope to hear more.

  81. Roisin Muirhead
    July 3, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Thanks so much for your podcasts they’re very inspirational and fun to listen to, especially the episode with Cal Newport. Detoxed from social media and well on the way to FI now!

  82. Ric
    August 23, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Hi Brandon,
    Yours was the first FIRE podcast I listened to when I “fired” 2+1/2 years ago, and I’ve been following your yearly updates ever since. To answer your question about fat vs lean FIRE, it’s definitely the former one in my opinion. Beyond the obvious reasons of financial security and opportunity enabler, it prevents the risk of false FIRE, which is accepting to live for the rest of life too modestly versus your potential, or having an obligation to complement your income with some sort of work, hack or remunerated activity, no matter how much you tell yourself it’s optional and you enjoy it.
    Of course, with fat FIRE comes the overwhelming responsibility of being solely responsible of what you do and whether you continue to grow or you stagnate in your comfort zone.
    I found interesting your comments about FIRE being an enabler (or even a tool) for a particular predetermined objective (in your case to publish an album), as opposed to an enabler of new unchartered future objectives, or challenges, and how to choose them among the myriad of possibilities and maintain the discipline to achieve them.
    Maybe one day we can grab a beer and further discuss the purpose of FIRE and what to do with it.

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