The Sunday Best (1/7/2018)

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’ve seen a lot of year-end recaps, but none as beautiful as this one from the outdoorsy Chris IstaceYear in Review: A 2017 Photo Essay of Outdoor Adventures.


We saved and invested quite a bit of money in 2017, my last year of mostly full-time work. But did we save the optimal amount? From DQYDJ (Don’t Quit Your Day Job), What’s the Ideal Savings Rate for Retirement or Financial Independence?


How does one write an obituary for a surgeon, husband, and father after he kills himself and his children? I have great respect and sorrow for Rachel Dawson, the widow who wrote the powerful words featured by Pamela Wible, MD. The Most Honest Obituary.


Is FIRE even possible in a socialist society? The FIRE Viking thinks so. The Start of the FIRE Saga: Is not the least I can do making my wildest dreams come true?


J. Money at Budgets are Sexy reminds us it’s not too late to resolve to make 2018 the best year ever. Don’t Have a New Year’s Resolution? Steal One of These.


The good doctor strayed from his frugal ways. From DiverseFI, a tale of regret. Stealth Wealth Fail.


A few of my favorite writers got together in a soap shop to chat about money. From The Bigger Pockets Money Podcast, The Surprising (Scientific) Truth Behind What Makes You Successful with Mr. Money Mustache.


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I’m at least 20 years away from collecting Social Security, but it’s an interesting topic to debate. From Doctors Cory S. Fawcett and Jim Dahle of The White Coat Investor, When to Take Social Security — a Pro / Con.


Please don’t be stupid. Hormones Demystified takes a break from the hormonal talk to contemplate the Top 10 Reasons Why Smart People Are Stupid About Their Health.


Mr. Money Mustache takes dead aim at cryptocurrency. Why Bitcoin is Stupid. Also, from The Huffington Post, The Bitcoin Hoax.


Camp FI Southeast and Other Public Appearances


I’m currently enjoying a long weekend in a part of the country that’s at least a little bit warmer than home, and completely snow-free. A hard freeze isn’t what we were hoping for, but we’re making the best of it here in Gator country just around the bend from the University of Florida. It’s great. To be. A Florida Gator! Even if just for a weekend.

Later this month, I’ll be dutifully clapping on stage as the closing bell is rung at the New York Stock Exchange. Thank you to Inspire Investing for the invite, and look for me on CNBC Tuesday, January 30th! I’ll be the guy with the look on his face that says “How on earth did I get here?”

We’ll be spending pretty much all of February in Hawaii, flying out Super Bowl Sunday, which means the Vikings will probably make it to the big game at home and I’ll miss it. I haven’t figured out if I should be happy or frustrated if that happens, but my team hasn’t made it to a Super Bowl since I was a baby, so I’m still hoping they make it, and I’ll gladly pony up the $9.99 or whatever it is to get DirecTV on the plane. Aloha!

Early March, I’ll be meeting up with a bunch of new friends at the White Coat Investor’s Physician Wellness and Financial Literacy Conference. If you are going to be there, or anywhere else I’ll be this year, I look forward to meeting you. Cheers!


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Have an outrageously good week!

-Physician on FIRE



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