This blog – Why and what (FIRE UK)


Because… it’s fun. If you’re reading this now, in a time of lockdown and scary economic downturn, now – more so than ever – we should be thinking about our personal finances and retirement. As the movement of personal finance and FIRE UK grows, too.

Before I knew I wanted to a) write a blog, b) pursue a career in the financial services or c) invest in stuff, I found myself reading multiple blogs and news sites that contained elements of all the above. I was absolutely captivated by the difference between the financial teachings of school and, to some extent, university, with what I encountered in my first few years of work.

Truly understanding the economy, financial markets and property will help your personal finance. But without good discipline in the latter, there is little point in researching the former.

I don’t claim to be an expert in anything, but here goes a blog in trying to share and question the knowledge I do have.

The main motivation to blog is to learn. Learn about the field I’m writing about, learn about the people I’m writing to, learn about blogging / sharing information / marketing and all the other things that I don’t even know I don’t know yet.

About me

I work in a financial services job in the UK. I went to a decent school and then went on to university (yes, this is not the last you will hear about this) and then a graduate scheme at a large and scary bank.

I have little savings but I’m in my mid 20s and have the (ever so slight) advantage of working in the financial industry – when it comes to understanding my personal finances and investing.

About my blog

I’m not sure how I would describe my writing style. I haven’t really written before (science, not humanities student), but I got an A in my year 9 Religious Education GCSE exam for my comparisons of Christianity and Islam, so…

Without taking myself too serious, I certainly want to provide technical and valuable information that would provide some use. I don’t even know if I have valuable information!

After a genuine interest in financial services (and the derivatives of this which I’ll be blogging about thereafter), another main motivation is to retire early.

There is a growing community known as FIRE (Financial Independent Retire Early) which I’d like to hear get value out of this blog. For those who haven’t heard about the FIRE community, I’ll call this FIRE UK.

Other communities I hope to help:

  • Student aspiring to work in finance
  • Current workers looking for a more rounded picture, or maybe recently pondering personal finance or redundancy due to Coronavirus
  • Blue collar workers with poor saving appetite
  • White collar workers with poor savings appetite

As with anything, this is a learning process and I’d love feedback along the way. I hope to strike a perfect balance between writing about what I enjoy and writing what you enjoy to read.

I really hope you enjoy this blog as much as I will 😊

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Alex

    Very intriguing! I look forward to hearing more!

  2. Welcome to blogging! Your blog looks pretty good already, keep it up and looking forward to reading more 🙂

    1. J

      Thank you for your support! I look forward to reading yours too and learning from the best!

  3. Lane Beck

    J, congrats on the blog and for your discovery of FI. the simple fact that you are still young and you have discovered FI, puts you in an excellent position. Let me know if I can help in any way.

    1. J

      Hi Lane,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment.
      I’ll be sure to reach out. Thanks again and look forward to learning from you !

  4. I love reading about FIRE journeys. I can’t wait to see that % grow as you get closer to your goal!

    — TDD

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