The Zen of Diversity: Asset Classes, Epochs, and the Efficient Frontier

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After reading a number of insightful comments from “Gasem” that were almost as long and complete as some of the posts I write, I asked if would be interested in sharing some of his thoughts on investing in a more formal manner. The result is today’s post that spans a wide range of topics, including those mentioned in the title: asset classes, epochs, and the Efficient Frontier. The author suggested a couple titles to me. The first was “crazed ex-commodities trader, fills out matchbook cover, goes to med school and is led to seek the zen of diversity” Too long, […]

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What is Passive Income?

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Today’s Saturday Selection is the first from our newest addition to the network, Passive Income MD. In case you missed it, he was introduced on Monday, although he’s been actively blogging on passive income and related topics for at least a year and a half. So what is passive income? It can be tricky to pin down exactly what qualifies as “passive,” so I’ll let someone more qualified than me give you a working definition. This post originally appeared on Passive Income MD. So, PIMD, what exactly is passive income?   Definitions of Passive Income   The term “passive income” […]

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What To Do With A Windfall

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Our Saturday Selection for today is another Q & A from nearly five years ago, but the answer hasn’t changed. Dr. Jim Dahle fields a question from a reader anticipating a large windfall. It’s a common question, and the answer often depends on your current financial situation. Obviously, you will have different needs if you are in intern with $300,000 in debt versus a financially independent physician with $3,000,000 to your name. Questions like this are often posed on the WCI forum. For example, Student question about a “windfall” How to best spend a windfall/inheritance? What to do with retired […]

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2017 Q3 PoF Portfolio, Spending, and Blog Performance Update

It’s time for a quarterly update on our investment portfolio, our family’s spending, and blog stats. Another quarter has come and gone, and the overnight freeze warning notification on my new phone is one of many indications that fall has clearly arrived. I’ve been looking forward to this time of year. The part time portion of my career began last week, but I’m putting my time in this week, getting all my monthly hours in over the next eight days. Free time will be limited, so let’s get right to those updates.   2017 Q3 PoF Portfolio Update   Below […]

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The Dark Side of Physician Finance: Why You Have a Target On Your Back

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Today’s guest post comes from Ryan Inman, a fee-only financial planner who specializes in helping physicians and their families build a solid financial future through his firm, Physician Wealth Services. As the husband of a pediatric pulmonologist, Ryan has a unique insight into what it’s like to be a part of a physician family and thoroughly enjoys helping his clients.     Additionally, Mr. Inman has recently launched the Financial Residency podcast. Our conversation has been recorded and will be shared in an upcoming Sunday Best, but you can see his intro and listen to the first few episodes here. […]

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Selling Shares Beats Collecting Dividends

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When I described my drawdown strategy in early retirement, I stated we will “sell from the taxable account first.” I also plan to collect quarterly dividends from my index funds, but if Vanguard were Burger King and I could have it my way, I’d hold the dividends and take bites out of my account only as needed. When I discuss the downsides of dividends, note that I am only referring to receiving dividends in a plain old brokerage account, a.k.a a taxable account. Anything that happens in a tax advantaged account like a traditional or Roth IRA, 401(k) or similar […]

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Cash Balance Plans: Another Retirement Plan for Professionals

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Today’s Saturday Selection from the White Coat Investor is an oldie but goodie discussing defined benefit pension plans, also known as cash balance plans. While the plans aren’t available to W-2 employees, they can be an option for those whose income is earned as a 1099, i.e. the self-employed and practice partners. The higher your marginal tax rate, the more benefit you’ll see from a cash balance plan. Read on to learn more of the pros and cons. As always, this classic article first appeared on The White Coat Investor.   The single best tax break available to you is maximizing your […]

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Why This Index Fund Investor Purchased an Individual Stock

I hopped out of the shower and into my Fruit of the Looms. After a quick electric shave, powered by Duracell, I put on my favorite Original Penguin shirt from Munsingwear and a pair of jeans and strapped on my Tony Lama boots. I looked pretty sharp. Not as cute as my son in his Garanimals or as dashing as my wife and her Helzberg Diamond ring and white gold necklace from Ben Bridge Jeweler. After perusing the Buffalo News and enjoying a hearty brunch prepared with our Pampered Chef cookware, I headed out for an important meeting, but not before […]

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SPIA: The Good Annuity

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Today’s Saturday Selection from the White Coat Investor comes from way back in 2012. I don’t spend a lot of time discussing annuities here, because in general, I’m not a big fan. There is one type of annuity I would potentially consider someday, however, and that is the Single Premium Immediate Annuity. If you take good care of yourself, have a family history of longevity, and are willing to bet on yourself, you might just come out ahead buying a SPIA at the right time. I’ll let the good Dr. Dahle explain in more detail, but by purchasing a SPIA, […]

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2017 Q2 PoF Portfolio, Spending, and Blog Performance Update

With the third quarter nearly halfway over, I may be a bit overdue with this one, but better late than never, right? One advantage to getting this out late is the ability to include some sites’ quarterly reviews which don’t come out until a few weeks into the subsequent quarter. I will share those with you, along with updates on our family’s spending, and a look at some blog statistics from its sixth quarter in existence. 2017 Q2 PoF Portfolio Update   I’ve described my portfolio and some rationale for what I own previously. The image below is a snapshot […]

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How to Think About Illiquid Investments

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Today’s post was written by the chartered financial analyst, Dave Denniston. The industrious husband and father is also a blogger and financial advisor. Today, he is writing about illiquid investments, a common type of investment among physicians. The screen is yours, Dave. How to Think About Illiquid Investments   By Dave Denniston, CFA In a recent presentation to the Osteopathic Society of Minnesota, I had the honor of discussing the ‘7 Deadly Sins of Physicians Finances’. Today, we are focusing on one of them. In this guest post on PhysicianOnFire, we’re going to be tackling deadly sin number six- investing in […]

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From Hubris to Humility – Dr. Segan’s Top 17 Investing Mistakes

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PoF: You may recall Dr. Segan from his previous guest post on “failing” early retirement. Today, he details additional failures by sharing his top investing mistakes. Douglas Segan, MD JD (yes, he is a doctor and a lawyer) is an expert on insurance and asset protection, having written on the topics in numerous guest posts at The White Coat Investor.  Tell us where you went wrong, Dr. Segan. We’ll try not to repeat the same mistakes! From Hubris to Humility – My Top Investing Mistakes   Both physicians and investors have a challenging time admitting and discussing their mistakes with others. It […]

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Holy Stealth Wealth Part II: Developing an Investor Policy Statement

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To recap, in Part I, we met Dr. SW, decided on a simple three fund portfolio for his investments, and toyed with the idea of a donor advised fund. Today, we will expand upon that last idea, make a plan for his kids’ future, touch on insurance and asset protection, and last but not least, develop an investor policy statement. Please keep in mind that I am not a financial advisor and the only letters behind my name are M.D. I am relying on the knowledge I’ve gained from a healthy dose of reading and personal experience, and on the […]

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Pay Yourself First? No, Pay Yourself Last.

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Today’s insightful guest post comes to you courtesy of a financially independent physician who has had a blog longer than WCI and I combined. Dating back to 2007, has been sharing wisdom in numerous areas including investments, financial planning, careers, and he has written a number of pertinent book reviews for the FIRE minded physician. Check out his counterintuitive advice below, check out his site, and look for him on Twitter with the handle @Wealthy_Doc.   Pay Yourself First? No, Pay Yourself Last.   If you have been reading about personal finance at all you likely came across the phrase, “Pay yourself […]

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He Earns $1,800,000 a year. He spends $70,000. Holy Stealth Wealth!

I was browsing the Bogleheads forum a few weeks ago, the way I often do. One particular thread title caught my attention. “High Income Earner Humbly Seeks Advice” I write for high income professionals, and the humble ones are my favorites. I decided to take a peek to see if I could offer any advice. After reading through the post and mostly excellent responses, I didn’t necessarily have a lot to add — we Bogleheads know our stuff — but the sheer volume of information pouring in was a bit overwhelming, sometimes conflicting, and a whole lot to take in for […]

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Retirement Planning for Doctors: Why It’s Tough and How to Get It Right

Today’s post is a guest post from Rick Pendykoski, the owner of Self Directed Retirement Plans LLC, a firm that specializes in the type accounts discussed in a recent post on real estate in a self-directed IRA. Mr. Pendykoski and I have no financial relationship.   Viewed from the outside, the medical profession looks highly lucrative, and most people think that doctors don’t have to worry about loan repayment, budgeting and retirement planning. The reality is not quite so rosy, though. Despite earning well, many doctors find themselves unable to max out their retirement plans and save enough for the […]

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Using Your IRA for Real Estate & Crowdfunding Investments

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Today’s guest post was written at my request by Chad Chubb, CFP of Wealthkeel. I am intrigued by the substantial returns being offered in the crowdfunded real estate space, but less enthused about the tax treatment of those returns, particularly while occupying the top tax brackets. Knowing that real estate can be owned in a self-directed IRA, I figured why not crowdfunded real estate investments? What follows is the result of my inquiry. I want to thank Mr. Chubb for the time he took to research the topic and write this informative article. His company, Wealthkeel, is an advertiser on […]

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8 Reasons Why You Should Invest With Mutual Funds Instead Of A Variable Annuity

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Today’s Saturday Selection is a classic post from The White Coat Investor. In the post, he outlines the numerous ways investing in plain old mutual funds beats a variable annuity. I obviously agree with the good doctor. Half of my investments are in passive index funds in a taxable account. Zero percent of my nest egg is tied up in a variable annuity, or any type of life insurance product for that matter. As per usual, this post originally appeared at the WCI network partner site The White Coat Investor. Variable annuities (VA) are an insurance product that is best […]

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The Story of Dr. Moneybags

Today’s post is a guest post rom Tom @ High Income Parents. A fellow anesthesiologist and father of five, he has burst onto the blogging scene in the last few months with some wonderful and relevant posts for high income families.     A number of his articles have landed on the pages of The Sunday Best, and his writing was featured yesterday in a guest post @ The White Coat Investor. I encourage you to check him out! Now, please tell us a story, Dr. Tom.   The following is a dramatization. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents […]

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