The elusive definition of financial independence

Posted by via Brent Woyat of Canaccord Genuity

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Has Wikipedia nailed it or do we need a better, more all-encompassing definition?

This Financial Independence column at MoneySense (online and in the physical magazine) has been running a few years now. Since it also spawned November’s launch of the Financial Independence Hub, I thought it would be appropriate to look at the formal definitions of financial independence (which of course I like to shorten to Findependence).

Usually, I just point readers to the Wikipedia definition, since it’s at the top of the Google search engine when you enter the phrase. The key part is “the state of having sufficient personal wealth to live, without having to work actively for basic necessities.” I’ve written about this before and you can go to the above link for the full definition, but for this particular blog, I wanted to explore other definitions.

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