Hack Your Wealth

By Andrew Chen

As a lawyer / engineer / MBA, how can you achieve FIRE (financial independence, retire early) rapidly to quit the rat race, pursue your passions, and live life on your own terms? Andrew Chen – founder of the Hack Your Wealth Blog and lawyer, financial expert (CFA graduate), and tech industry veteran – shows you strategies and tactics to (1) earn, (2) save, (3) invest, and (4) protect as a high earner so that you can build massive wealth and create a portfolio that’s a FIRE machine. Through solo lessons, expert interviews, and side hustle profiles, you’ll learn about tax strategies, retirement account optimization, asset allocation & rebalancing, passive income (real estate investing, side hustling, online business, digital nomading), family finances (e.g., strategizing college education costs), travel hacking, estate planning, and career transitions. Andrew podcasts about the big picture concepts, then adds step-by-step implementation guides downloadable from the Hack Your Wealth website to help you FIRE strategically, methodically, and rapidly.

  1. 1.
    Marriage and money: why spouses fight about money, how to fight with empathy, and how to convince your spouse to FIRE
    50:55
  2. 2.
    How to talk about money when you’re dating
    48:44
  3. 3.
    Asset location for non-traditional assets + considerations for early retirees
    35:40
  4. 4.
    What assets should you hold in each account to minimize taxes?
    37:00
  5. 5.
    FIRE goal setting for the new year
    12:57
  6. 6.
    How to FIRE with confidence, step by step
    1:04:10
  7. 7.
    How to pick the best index fund
    1:04:45
  8. 8.
    How to set your target asset allocation and rebalance your portfolio efficiently
    36:30
  1. 9.
    Why writing an investment policy statement will make you a better investor
    17:37
  2. 10.
    Section 199A: how small business owners can skip 20% of their taxes
    1:17:18
  3. 11.
    Election day special: potential tax law changes coming?
    20:31
  4. 12.
    How a self-directed 401k can help you beef up retirement investing, with Dmitriy Fomichenko
    1:08:08
  5. 13.
    College financial aid tips and strategies, with Ann Garcia
    1:20:14
  6. 14.
    How to get into the best colleges in America, with Shirag Shemmassian
    53:11
  7. 15.
    Estate planning basics: wills, trusts, power of attorney, and probate
    1:33:28
  8. 16.
    Social Security: How it works and optimal claiming strategies
    59:18
  9. 17.
    How to use HSAs to avoid taxes and take charge of your healthcare, with the guy who implemented the HSA law, Roy Ramthun (aka “Mr. HSA”)
    1:12:41
  10. 18.
    How Medicare works: eligibility, enrollment, cost, and coverage options, with Danielle Roberts
    1:17:49
  11. 19.
    11 Essential Categories of Financial Info For Family Emergency Binders
    24:40
  12. 20.
    How to use whole life insurance to avoid taxes and grow wealth, with Eric Brotman
    1:04:19
  13. 21.
    How to retire early with kids (and not go broke), with Michael Quan
    1:05:28
  14. 22.
    How personal tragedy motivated this engineer to achieve FI and retire early, with Adam Fortuna
    38:08
  15. 23.
    What a lifetime of travel taught these early retirees over 3 decades, with Billy & Akaisha Kaderli
    1:09:32
  16. 24.
    How 2 engineers quit their jobs to retire early and travel full-time, with Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung
    1:13:07
  17. 25.
    Quitting the law: one lawyer’s unique path to financial independence, with Kevin Ha
    51:16
  18. 26.
    How an unhappy lawyer retired at 33 to travel the world…and why she’s no longer doing it, with Anita Dhake
    40:23
  19. 27.
    How to attend any college for free, with Shirag Shemmassian, PhD
    1:09:19
  20. 28.
    How to financially prepare for starting a family with Kevin Mahoney
    52:58
  21. 29.
    6 budget items that soar when you start a family & how to save on them
    34:54
  22. 30.
    The shockingly un-simple math behind retirement safe withdrawal rates, with Karsten Jeske, PhD (Part 2)
    54:17
  23. 31.
    The shockingly un-simple math behind retirement safe withdrawal rates, with Karsten Jeske, PhD (Part 1)
    53:42
  24. 32.
    Mobile home park investing crash course with Andrew Keel
    55:59
  25. 33.
    How the Home Sale Capital Gains Tax Exclusion Works
    27:55
  26. 34.
    Real estate investing through house auctions and hard money lending with Ethan Gao
    1:01:44
  27. 35.
    How to find, manage, and keep great tenants for your rental properties with Mark Ainley
    57:28
  28. 36.
    How to buy, rehab, and flip real estate remotely from out of state with Erin Helle
    1:11:47
  29. 37.
    Multifamily real estate investing: how to build a $175M portfolio in 7 years with Andrew Campbell
    57:38
  30. 38.
    7 Powerful Ways to Invest in Real Estate
    49:55
  31. 39.
    9 Crucial Money Lessons Your Kids Must Learn to Succeed as Adults
    43:23
  32. 40.
    529 college savings plans: rules, tax benefits, & qualified expenses
    1:09:55
  33. 41.
    College financial aid strategies to optimize your assets, income & EFC
    51:57
  34. 42.
    Foreign earned income exclusion & expat taxes with Grace Taylor
    55:45
  35. 43.
    Opportunity zones explained: how they work & how to invest
    39:14
  36. 44.
    Tax Loss Harvesting: Rules and Strategies with Bob Dockendorff
    50:19
  37. 45.
    How to earn 6 figures and legally pay zero taxes (updated for 2020)
    18:58
  38. 46.
    CPT codes & ICD 10 codes: How medical billing & insurance claims work
    25:00
  39. 47.
    Growing an education blog for teachers with Paul Stevens-Fulbrook
    37:12
  40. 48.
    17 essential questions to discuss with your partner about finances if you want to stay married
    18:39
  41. 49.
    How to maximize point redemptions for free flights with Sarah Maxwell
    57:33
  42. 50.
    Credit card application tips for earning big sign up bonuses and rewards (what’s working in 2020) with Dave Grossman
    1:17:48

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