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Financial Independence, Retire Early - Mad Max FIRE


Max Ramos, MSA - Financial Coach

I received my Master's degree in accounting in 2017 and have worked in financial services and accounting for the past 8 years in NYC and Chicago. My goal as a financial coach is to help you get out of debt, build wealth, and create a legacy of abundance. 

Personal finance coaching topics:


Credit card debt

Student loans

Medical debt

Mortgages (FHA, ARM, re-finance)

Retirement - 401k vs Roth IRA

Backdoor Roth IRA conversions



529 college savings plans

Health savings - HSA vs FSA

Index funds

Real estate investing

Cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum)

Wild Nature


As a young boy, I became fascinated with math and numbers. I couldn't read until 3rd grade, but math came easy to me. I would lend money to classmates and charge interest, like a small loan shark. I dreamt of working on Wall Street, wearing a suit, and holding a briefcase.

At 24 years old (2014), I got a contract job working for a large bank on Wall Street. A higher-up was fired, and in order to prevent jealousy in the office, they moved me into the corner office as a placeholder. I felt like an absolute boss. I had achieved my childhood dream a little more than a year out of college. A couple traders gave me the nickname "Fast Track Max."

I had accumulated $9,700 of credit card debt and had $31,000 of student loans. I was also in grad school online, accumulating another $41,000 of student loans. I paid off my credit card at $1,600 per month for the next 6 months. Then, I moved to Delaware in 2015 for a job and bought a house that I rented out rooms in. On average, I was paying down my student loans at $2,000 to $2,500 per month.

I moved to Chicago in 2017 and finally became debt free in March, 2018. It took me a little less than 5 years after graduating to pay off $81,700 of debt. With the weight off my shoulders, I immediately bought a flight to Thailand and Vietnam, which I had been dreaming of doing for 4 years. 

My next goal is to achieve FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early). I want to help you get there too! Sign-up for monthly coaching with me or read my blog for tips and strategies on how to get out of debt and build wealth.

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