The Sunday Best (8/28/2016)

The Sunday Bestsunday best trophy is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.

Most posts will be from recent weeks, written by physicians, and related to personal finance, but expect to find a post or two that are lacking some or all of these elements.

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Presenting, in no particular order, this week’s Sunday Best:


I thought the term “anesthesiologist” was limited to physicians who graduated from medical school and four-year residency training programs. I have been proven wrong by “dental anesthesiologists”. Why do I bring this up? Why are Kids Dying at the Dentist? from Marjorie Stiegler, MD is why.

Mr. SSC @ Slowly Sipping Coffee recently introduced me to a great new (to me) term. Icky Thump? No. Icky Guy. Yeah, Wait, no… that’s the phonetic pronunciation. Whatever… Will Your Retirement Have an Ikigai? I’ve got many.

This Emergency Medicine physician is not even two months into his first attending job, and already his brother is retiring at age 34. Dang! Sorry, Investing Doc. He sat down and chatted with his brother, and has shared some Lessons From my Brother Who Retired Early with the rest of us.

In an oldie but goodie, EP cardiologist Miles Dividend, MD reflects on a year of a dual momentum investing strategy. Did he clobber the market? Find out in Dual Momentum: A Year in Review.

Living in a smaller town that sees its share of weekenders and a summer swell, I can identify with Our Next Life. “This must be just like living in paradise, and I don’t want to go home“, says David Lee Roth. Think again, says ONL in The Mountain Town Blues // The Downsides of Paradise.

Don’t call him a sellout. Like Go Curry Cracker, Big ERN is not on the Betterment bandwagon. Neither am I. Find out some of the reasons why in We Just Saved $42,000 by Not Switching to Betterment.

It’s good to know that most FIRE bloggers are putting a lot of thought into their early retirement plans. This groovy couple @ Freedom Is Groovy have a couple months to go and are coming up with some plans to do some good works when they retire early. Read more in Financial Independence and Being a Righteous Mofo.

For better or worse, summer and it’s companion, summer vacation, are nearly over for this trip around the sun. As I write this, we’ve got one week, two weekends, and about 2200 miles in a minivan to go.


so long, summer

so long, summer


After that, we’ll say goodbye to the lakes and hello to the YMCA swimming pool.

Football season kicks off in full force this week, with the alma mater playing Thursday night, and fantasy football drafts on Friday and Saturday nights. I’m fairly certain this is what Andy Williams had in mind when he crooned “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

By the time this reaches you, we should be getting comfortable in Tennessee. I’ve only been there to interview @ Vanderbilt a couple times (med school & residency). We’ll be arriving with a blank schedule and an open mind. If you have any must-see sites for us, let me know!

I’ll leave you with some more words of wisdom from the panel van first featured last week in this post.



Have a great week!

-Physician on FIRE

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  • Good list, PoF. I will be searching for my own ikigai among these nice posts. Btw, I hope you saw my new post on bias. Would love to have the good doctor’s views on it.

  • Hard to believe that it’s already football season. It’s such a bittersweet time of the year. Sad to see summer go, but looking forward to the college football games. Thanks for the link to the InvestingDoc site – hadn’t seen that blog before and it looks interesting.

  • Thanks for the mention! I just finished my last FF draft yesterday and so far no one is injured, unlike the guy that got Romo in both leagues, hahahaha…. Poor fragile Romo.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer trip!

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    Have a fantastic time in Nashville. My top picks: sweet potato pancakes at the Pancake Pantry (during the week, too busy on weekends), hiking in Ediwn/Percy Warner Park, enjoying the lawn/flowers/Parthenon at Centennial park, cheesy biscuits and barbecue at Jim N Nick’s, live music on Broadway–at the Big Bang or any bar, restaurant, or street corner–that will knock your socks off and beat headliners anywhere else in the country, strolling through Opryland-I haven’t seen it since they rebuilt after the flood but I’m sure it only got better, and if you’re a Dave Ramsey fan or looky-loo, you can watch him produce his daily radio show.

    • Thank you for the tips, Julie! I’m not sure we’ll make it to Nashville, but if we do, we’ll have no trouble staying busy. I hear there’s a Johnny Cash museum down the street from Jack White’s record shop. Might have to find those, too!


  • It is somewhat disingenuous for ERN to say that not moving to Betterment saved you $42,000 in that not moving to (insert any new investment strategy or manager) also saved you that sum, or nearly as much.

    I have been allocating new money to Betterment for the last 18 months and have been please with the process, the investing strategy, the TLH, the interface, etc. It currently represents a very small, but growing, percent of my net worth (less than 1%). I wish that it were an option when I was younger and earlier in my investment time line, and I think it is an excellent option for young investors like my children (teenagers), when they start earning, saving and investing money.

  • Thanks the shout out, PoF! Great lineup of articles and we’re so honored to be included!!!
    Enjoy your trip to TN! I always liked the TN style BBQ. It’s more a Memphis thing but I’m sure they have the good stuff in Nashville too!

  • Thanks for the list PoF.

    Summer went by too fast this year. A mere blink of the eye. I think it went by even faster now that I’m not working.

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