fincon-16 conference recap

#FinCon16: What Really Happened!

In case you missed my first coverage of #FinCon16, I’m not actually in San Diego. Like any good reporter, I stayed in my bathrobe in Anchorage and devoured all Twitter coverage. So I can confidently say my coverage is very thorough.

As a follow up on the banking baked goods, Ally bank diversified into fortune cookies:


There was plenty of wisdom gained (inside and outside of fortune cookies). Here is a sampling… granted, some lessons learned are better than others:

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Also at FinCon, personal finance got personal – maybe TOO personal:

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And as the conference progressed, things started to derail. It all started with chess:


And a boozy night by the fire with some FIRE bloggers (can you spot Mr. 1500’s dinosaurs?).


But the constant party atmosphere started to have an impact…


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And, with a few final declarations, #FinCon16 came to an end:



You can take the people out of FinCon, but you can’t take the FinCon out of the people. The money nerds were unleashed on the world and began recruiting!

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And next year’s location was announced with tickets now on sale:

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I just bought my tickets and I really am excited to experience FinCon outside of Twitter next year. Will I see you there?


#FinCon16: The Real Story


Many Paths, One View


  1. Since it’s driveable and we’ve been around for 2 years now, yes, I’ll be there. There are a lot of people it would be good to connect with IRL and not just comment sections of their blogs. 🙂

    Plus, the swag alone sounds like it’s worth it. Haha! I guess we’ll ahve to figure out a good hotel hack or try to use some points or something. That could be a good post idea – anyone, anyone, anyone? Bueller? Bueller???

    Can’t wait to meet you there!

  2. fierymillennials

    Aww I didn’t make the cut 🙁 I mean, I am in the FIRE photo with the dinosaurs, so I guess I’ll make that count. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person next year! #fincon17orbust

    • MaggieBanks

      Awww. Don’t take it personally! (Like I said, I honestly didn’t even look at who was tweeting the things… just the things!) Can’t wait to hang out next year!

  3. Maggie, you’re SO creative! Work kept me from attending Fincon, but I feel like I was there with your wonderful Twitter summary! I think we need a new #, something like #Fincon16virtualattendee. Hope to make Dallas, love the network that exists amongst us financial bloggers!

    • MaggieBanks

      I really look forward to insanely devouring all the tweets to put this post together every year… I think I may actually miss being a #Finconvirtualattendee next year!

  4. Maybe I’ll be able to attend next years! Fingers crossed 🙂

  5. I might have to go next year! When I started blogging 6 months ago, I thought, “well maybe in a year or two.” Not realizing how many people I would want to meet in person just a few months later. To bridge the gap, I am hosting skype meet and greet cocktail hours. I’m excited to be able to connect and get to know folks better outside of the once a year experiences.

    • MaggieBanks

      I know! And those skype parties sound awesome. What I good idea! I hope you’re there next year!

  6. Haven’t brought my ticket yet but really hope I can attend.

  7. Thanks for your entertaining collection of FinCon tweets! I would love to go next year, but it’s too soon to know if that will be possible. I will just have to channel some of my desire to attend towards our debt payoff hustling 🙂

  8. You’re going to have to designate a qualified successor to report these tweets for next year, this is a fun collection 🙂

  9. FinCon16 was so much fun! I posted a day by day and expense break down on my blog. I’m excited it’s in Dallas next year! My home state. I won’t have to buy am expensive flight ticket.

    • MaggieBanks

      That’s certainly helpful. I don’t anticipate it being anywhere conveniently driveable from Anchorage anytime soon. 🙂

  10. Andrew - Family Money Plan

    This was an awesome post Maggie. I’ve already started to look into my tickets for next year. Looks like there’s a lot of fun to be had. Hilarious post. Definitely the best thing I’ve read all day.

  11. Awww, what a great post! It’s really made me smile! No FinCon for me, bit far from the UK but looks like loads of fun!

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