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Where’s Waldo? Jason’s Recent Guest Posts

Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story’ says he wants a Red Ryder BB Gun 28 times during the film. Originally Jack Nicholson wanted to play the role of the father but he wanted too much money.
You’ll shoot your eye out!

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

As some of you may know, I recently became a contributor to U.S. News and World Report. My first article appeared, and in my mind, I replayed the scene in the movie A Christmas Story (#aff)> where Ralphie’s theme on the Red Ryder bb gun is so well-written that the entire class celebrates and parades him around the classroom. If only I had added the bit about “this thing which tells the time” to the article, I’d have won a Pulitzer Prize.

I wasn’t showered with accolades by the Nobel Prize committee. Alas. Perhaps next month.

Where Else Can You Read What I’ve Written?

U.S. News & World Report: President Obama Could Manage His Personal Finances Better

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Jason Hull, CFP®, was the co-founder of Broadtree Partners, a firm that acquires $1-5MM EBITDA companies. He also was the co-founder of open source search consultancy OpenSource Connections, a premier Solr and ElasticSearch firm. He and his wife FIREd (financial independence retire early) at 46 and 45, respectively. He has a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

You can read more about him in the About Page.

2 replies on “Where’s Waldo? Jason’s Recent Guest Posts”

I retired 3 years ago at age 56 and often read articles on retirement like the one you wrote. While I agree with 2 of your 3 retirement mistakes in your article, “Don’t Make These 3 Retirement Mistakes”, your first point, not to include your house as an asset, should be explained differently. Basic accounting says that your house is an asset. Net worth by definition is the difference between your assets and liabilities. To quote your article, “I often hear people describe their net worth in a conversation like this: “I have a $200,000 house and $800,000 in investments, so I have a net worth of a million dollars.” Assuming this person has no liabilities, this is a correct statement. The easiest fix, but not the best, is to say liquid assets rather than net worth.

Hi, Michael–

First, congratulations on your retirement! You’re way ahead of the curve! Do you take part in the forums at I imagine you would find a bunch of like-minded people over there – the ones who answer the question “so, what do you do all day when you’re retired?”

I did a follow up article at U.S. News & World report which further explained my thinking, inspired by you and a couple of people who e-mailed me (as well as hordes of commenters on Yahoo Finance when it was picked up there). Take a look and see what you think.

Here’s the article:

Thanks for taking part in the discussion!

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