The Sunday Best (1/20/2019)

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   I talk about leaving my job to travel the world with my family. Here’s a physician who is living that dream. Big Family Small World recaps their first year in their Christmas Letter 2018. To better understand what led up to their worldly adventures, read Revisiting Retirement.   Doc […]

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The Sunday Best (1/13/2019)

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   It’s been a little over two years since I published The Sunday Worst in the wake of resident physician and blogger Dr. Amanda Liu’s unfortunate demise. Her site, Dr. Wise Money, was ahead of its time as one of about five physician finance blogs in existence when I started […]

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The Sunday Best (1/6/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   I recently went underwent a diagnostic study, courtesy of the radiologist with XRAYVSN. He played a role more consistent with that of a psychiatrist, asking all sorts of questions. The X-ray Beam: The Physician On FIRE The X-ray Beam: The Physician On FIRE (Part II)   WCI Network partner […]

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Top 10 Financial New Year’s Resolutions to Make (and Keep) in 2019

Happy New Year! Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? If you said yes, have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions yet? I usually wait until mid-to-late January to break mine, but I I’d like to give you some achievable New Year’s Resolutions that you can keep. Each of these ten items will help you improve your financial situation, and most of them are something you can do, check off the list, and move on. I’m not asking you to make any drastic changes in habits, like my good-beer-loving friend across the pond who’s giving up beer for a […]

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The Sunday Best (12/30/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Have you listened to the What’s Up Next? podcast with Doc Green & Paul Thompson? They’ve been having roundtable discussions with some of the top personal finance bloggers. I joined them along with Brad Barrett of ChooseFI and Bill from Wealth Well Done for Episode 9: Is College Worth It?   […]

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The Sunday Best (12/23/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   The Leisure Freak‘s been early retired for nine years. Nine Years! And just after the markets had plummeted in 2009. Nine years of spending didn’t quite match up with the anticipated budget. My Early Retirement Spending Miscalculation. It’s Less Than Expected.   Fritz Gilbert of The Retirement Manifesto hasn’t even been […]

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Avoiding the Hedonic Treadmill

Yacht Hedonic Treadmill

Most high-income professionals are getting a never-ending workout on this contraption they don’t even realize they’re on: the hedonic treadmill. Some are going at a manageable, comfortable pace and still managing to set aside plenty of money for their futures while slowly increasing their standard of living. Others are at a sprint, taking on additional debts to fund the lifestyle they’ve been dreaming of for years. Why not? The income will always be there, right? Right? And then there’s Ludicrous Speed. It’s incredible how much one can spend when the means are there (or seem to be). This article was […]

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The Sunday Best (12/16/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Do you realize that South America is not only south of the United States, but almost entirely east of it, as well? Or that most of Africa is in the northern hemisphere? Zach from Four Pillar Freedom wonders if you know money any better than geography. Using Data to Debunk […]

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The Sunday Best (12/9/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   I wrote about burnout for the first time in a couple years this week. Physician Sense is talking about a different kind of burn. Why You Should Set Your Money on FIRE: How Financial Independence and Retiring Early (FIRE) Can Work for Physicians   FIRE can work for physicians, but […]

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Debunking the Myths of Dividend Investing

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Regular readers know I’m not a big fan of dividend-focused investing. While I like the concept of “mailbox money” and passive income from dividend-producing stocks, I don’t like being forced to accept cash back when I don’t need it and the tax consequences that go along with those dividends. For a more complete explanation of my rationale for investing for total return and my preference for no-dividend stocks, see my previous posts on the topics: Selling Shares Beats Collecting Dividends Why This Index Fund Investor Purchased an Individual Stock   Today, I’d like to share a rebuttal from someone who […]

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The Sunday Best (12/2/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.     Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Our first feature, Fiology, is not so much one post but a well-organized collection of hundreds of authoratative posts organized into 52 FIRE subtopics. You can browse them all at your leisure or register to receive the posts on one topic per week for one year. Chick out Fiology to take […]

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7 Behaviors of the Wealthy (and How I Copy Them)

Briefcase Money

While there’s no surefire way to become something you’re not, one effective method is to study the people you want to be like and emulate their every move. If you want to be the next millionaire next door, read the brand new The Next Millionaire Next Door. It’s chock full of data on the behavior and habits of actual millionaires. Passive Income MD likes to differentiate between seemingly similar terms “rich” and “wealthy” much in the way that I see financial independence and financial freedom differently. Read on to learn how Dr. Kim defines what wealth means to him, and […]

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The Sunday Best (11/25/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   RealtyShares recently announced it would no longer be taking on new investors. I don’t expect it to be around in its current form much longer. Passive Income MD asks, Is Real Estate Crowdfunding in Trouble?   I invested with RealtyShares and the deal went full circle as planned and I […]

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The Sunday Best (11/18/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday Physician on FIIIIIIRRRRRRRE. Happy Birthday to me! Today I celebrate 43. The last year I can legitimately claim I’m in my early forties.   I celebrated with a few beers with friends — that’s a few more drinks than I […]

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The Sunday Best (11/11/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   I don’t feel burned out, but I can’t say I’ve never felt any of the primary symptoms. I talk about that and more in an interview with Molly Holbert. Burnout: Physician on FIRE’s Perspective.   Having worked nothing but locums for the first two years of my career, and having […]

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The Sunday Best (11/4/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   I recently sat down with Side Hustle Scrubs to talk about one of my side hustles. No, not the blog. The breweries. Belly up to the bar for the Side Hustle Sit Down: Physician on FIRE.   The Locum Guy has a different side hustle. Or is it his main hustle? […]

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The Sunday Best (10/28/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Our friends from ChooseFI had Dr. Jim Dahle on their award-winning podcast recently. 097 | The White Coat Investor | Origin Story Bonus MD episodes: My episode (026), Episode 086 with Dr. Allison Goddard & me, and Episode 048 with radiologist The Happy Philosopher   I love reading about other physicians’ journeys. […]

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The Sunday Best (10/21/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Fun fact: Before settling on “Physician on FIRE”, I considered “Frugal Physician” as a website possibility but realized it didn’t encompass all that I stood for. I’m happy to see that a different frugal physician has laid claim to the name and is doing great things with her site and […]

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The Sunday Best (10/14/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure. Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.   Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:   Early retirement and real estate are featured together by Katy McLaughlin in the Wall Street Journal. With shoutouts to me, Mr. Money Mustache, ChooseFI, and Financial Samurai, How to Thrive in Early Retirement. [If you’re stuck behind the WSJ paywall, try this link for a stripped-down version]   It’s important […]

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How Much Money Will You Take to Your Grave?

This is a timely post given some recent fear-mongering about mudslides, duck boats, and crazy talk about $2 Million being “nothing” in this day and age. It’s also a good reminder that, in spite of a rough patch here and there (like the 6% decline in the S&P 500 over two days earlier this week), most well-prepared retirees in the past have ended up with much larger portfolios than they started with on their retirement day. Dr. Jim Dahle believes in a four percent withdrawal rate as a great starting point, and he doesn’t see the sense in relying on […]

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