Early Retirement Doesn’t Have to Suck

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Allow me to introduce you to an early retiree with 13 years of early retirement experience. For perspective on that timeline, this Dude has been retired longer than I’ve been an anesthesiologist. And the Dude’s not even 50 years old. I could carry on with the introduction, but I don’t have nearly as broad a vocabulary or as keen a sense of wit, so I’ll let the author of today’s guest post complete the introduction. From the monkey-loving man with […]

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Beyond Life Insurance: The Importance of a Legacy Binder

If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? For I must be traveling on now… My guess is yes, you will remember me, at least for a little while, but will you remember how I manage our money? Will you still remember why we do the backdoor Roth in January and know how best to take distributions from my 457(b)? How to accesss our joint taxable account or how the bills get paid every month? Will you know […]

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How Many Rental Properties Do You Need to Retire Early?


What a great question, Passive Income MD. How many doors should one have in a rental property portfolio in order to have enough passive (or somewhat passive depending on how you do it) to provide for all of your retirement needs? Now that I have enough money to call myself financially independent and then some, I’ve thought more about diversification. It would be nice to have some income-producing assets that don’t rely on the stock market to further “smooth the […]

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Social Security & Early Retirement 2018: Know Your Bend Points!

Today’s post is a major update to a previously published post. The figures have been updated for 2018, and the spreadsheet has been improved and updated with all new indexing factors. In fact, I updated all of the spreadsheet calculators I’ve made for the site. The color scheme is consistent and the spreadsheets should be easier to read and use. E-mail subscribers got a link to download these in their inbox. Subscribe and you’ll get the same!     Social […]

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Retiring Early in Healthcare Without a Physician’s Income

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I hope you caught my guest post over on Can I Retire Yet last week. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Leaving a Prestigious High-Paying Career in Your Early 40’s. When you’re done, please come back — I’ve got another great guest post for you to read. Today, Chris Mamula, one member of the tandem that also includes Darrow Kirkpatrick from Can I Retire Yet, is returning the favor. I met Chris briefly at Fincon last fall […]

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A Retirement Checklist

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If you’re starting to think about either early or traditional retirement in the coming years, there are a number of issues to consider before pulling that trigger. Today’s Saturday Selection addresses a number of financial and emotional aspects that ought to be addressed prior to making that big leap to the next phase in life. From debt to spending to insurance to how you’ll spend your days, there’s a lot to think about. This post originally appeared on The White […]

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43 Things to do with 86 Weekends in 2018

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Today we have a fun post from an old friend, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Our friend Vagabond MD has contributed a number of insightful guest posts including: Ten Reasons to Delay Your Early Retirement by Five to Ten Years Kids are Dynamite for Your Early Retirement Plans Top 5 Reasons This Physician Holds $500,000 in Cash The radiologist, who is about 52 years young, has decided to work less and enjoy life more. I’ve fantasized […]

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Smart Career Alternatives and Retirement for Physicians

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It’s no secret that many physicians are looking to do something different with their careers and their lives. Burnout, resilience, and wellness are a growing focus as we realize that the status quo is untenable for many of today’s practicing physicians. Larger employers and institutions are appointing Chief Wellness Officers. The Physician Side Gigs Facebook group has over 13,000 verified physician members; my new Physicians on FIRE group has seen over 1,000 physicians join in its first week. Ideally, we’d […]

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Cracking The Nest Egg – Decumulation Strategies in Retirement

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today, we’re going to learn about The Spending o’ the Green in retirement. This is a topic that I’ve covered in a post about my approach to a drawdown strategy, and that post led to about 20 physician and other bloggers writing on the same subject, all of which are linked at the end of the post. If you’d like to accumulate a large nest egg to draw from in retirement, The White Coat Investor’s course, […]

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How Much Money Does a Doctor Need to Retire?

Short answer: It depends. Better answer: The number will vary from person to person depending on a wide variety of circumstances, but that shouldn’t stop us from coming up with an estimate for you. Truthfully, the number doesn’t actually vary based on profession alone. A doctor has no inherently different retirement needs than anyone else. At the same time, it’s hard not to ignore the fact that most doctors and other high-income individuals tend to spend more money than most, […]

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Early Retirement Bliss: Getting Your Partner on Board

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Early retirement sounds amazing, but what if it doesn’t sound amazing to your partner? That makes things a bit challenging, to say the least. Cubert, an aspiring retiree who plans to abandon the cubicle in his mid-forties, provided today’s guest post in which he discusses strategies one can use to make the FIRE life sound like a winning proposition (and how not to approach it, as he did initially). Cubert and I have a fair amount in common, living in […]

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Top 5 Expenses That Could Go Up in Retirement

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A few weeks ago, I celebrated the Top 5 Expenses That Go Down in Retirement. Every dollar you don’t spend when retired is $25 to $33 you don’t need to set aside for retirement. Drop $10,000 in expenses and your required nest egg is at least a quarter million dollars smaller. Awesome! But… there’s a not-so-awesome part. Some expenses go down, sure. Others will remain roughly the same. Some spending categories, though, can unfortunately be expected to go up. Ay, […]

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Ten Reasons to Delay Your Early Retirement by Five to Ten Years

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Prepare to be taken on a musical journey through Vagabond MD’s extended-play version of One More Year Syndrome. Today’s post borrows ideas from a wide variety of talented artists, so strap on your Beats and enjoy the ride. Our guest author is a financially independent interventional radiologist who will soon be working part-time. He is a frequent and thoughtful contributor to the White Coat Investor forum with over 1,100 posts to date. You may recall his previous guest posts, both […]

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Top 5 Expenses that Go Down in Retirement

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In order to safely plan for a successful retirement, it’s imperative to have a general idea of what your spending needs will be when retired. We cannot calculate whether or not our anticipated withdrawal rate would be considered safe (in the range of 3% to 4%) without knowing the size of the annual withdrawal. That number can be difficult to pin down, as there are many variables. It can be informative to budget (we don’t) or track spending (we do), […]

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Regret After Leaving a Medical Career Behind

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“Can I look at that book?” said the man next to me in an accent I would soon learn to be Pakistani. I had placed the book face down on the park bench intentionally. In a busy, public place, I didn’t want to broadcast that I was reading The Doctors Guide to Smart Career Alternatives and Retirement. The back cover contained enough information to pique the polite man’s interest. “Sure,” I said. I was genuinely curious as to why the […]

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Financial Implications of Leaving a Military Medicine Position

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Today’s Saturday Selection from the White Coat Investor is a nod to current and former members of the military on Veteran’s Day. From both of us, thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do to keep our nation safe and free! Dr. Jim Dahle, the author of this post, has experience as both a military and civilian physician, making him particularly qualified to explore this topic. This post originally appeared on The White Coat Investor in 2012, and […]

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Look Mortality in the Eye Without Flinching: Simple Estate Planning

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Our latest guest post comes courtesy of Mrs. BITA of Bayalis is the Answer. What is Bayalis, you say? The answer is 42 in Hindi, or the age at which Mrs. BITA plans to be financially independent. Mrs. BITA and her husband are raising a family in one of the highest cost of living areas in this great nation, and are managing to get far ahead in spite of the high rent district. They are also planning for a future […]

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Lessons Learned at a Physician’s Retirement Planning Workshop

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When I saw these words in the ASA Annual Meeting schedule, I knew I had to check it out:   Successful Retirement Planning: Accumulating and Utilizing Your Well-Earned Savings in Retirement!   It was a three-hour tour, guided by pediatric anesthesiologist Jonathan D. Griswold, MD. I didn’t sign up to learn how to plan for retirement; I’ve got a pretty good handle on how I’m doing that. Curiosity drove me to add the item to my itinerary. I had questions. […]

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An Actuary’s Take on Longevity and Early Retirement

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Today’s guest comes someone who loves numbers even more than I do. As an actuary, the guy practically bathes in numbers. He also spends a lot of time contemplating heartwarming topics like life expectancy and the factors that alter it. The Actuary on FIRE (clever name!) is not to be confused with actually on fire; but instead is an actuary with a family on the east coast and he’s revving up his game after a recent financially indolent interlude. So, […]

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The Rollercoaster Ride of Retirement: How to Survive Market Meltdowns

Today’s post is a guest post from The Wall Street Physician, a former Wall Street trader turned physician who blogs on investing topics pertinent to physicians and high-income professionals like us. Regular readers of this site should be familiar with the good doctor, as his writings have been featured a number of times in The Sunday Best. His posts have also appeared on KevinMD and The White Coat Investor, and I’m honored to share a post of his here with […]

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