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The Sunday Best (03/24/2024)

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated from the furthest reaches of the internet for your reading pleasure.

Every week, I scan hundreds of headlines, read dozens of posts, and bring you the best of the best to save you time and mental energy.

Financial Independence (FI) is a primary focus, but it’s an awfully broad topic. I tend to approach FI and early retirement from a fatFIRE perspective and through the lens of a physician, so I expect to see those biases in the selected articles.

Related topics that have become recurrent themes include early retirement, selective frugalitytax issuestravelphysician issues, and investing.

For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!

Jorge Sanchez, MD, curated this week’s articles.


The Sunday Best (03/24/2024)


A brief overview of the backdoor Roth and precise step-by-step instructions on how to do this yourself at Vanguard: Backdoor Roth IRA 2024: A Step-by-Step Guide with Vanguard.


Five questions to ask to make better choices and lead a more thoughtful financial life: From Humble Dollar, Asking Myself

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is my top pick for your first rewards card. Welcome bonus of 80,000 points worth at least $1,000 when used to book travel (after a $4,000 spend in 3 mo) and other great perks you can learn about here.


The White Coat Investor covers the four categories on how to avoid the Sequence of Returns Risk: 4 Methods of Reducing Sequence of Returns Risk.


A good short-term strategy that you can stick to is preferable to the perfect long-term strategy that you can’t stick with. Here are other reasons why you shouldn’t take on more risk than you can handle: From Tony Isola, Investing Is A Multiple Of Your View Of Tomorrow


The only failure is not trying. Mark Manson shares 40 lessons he knows now at 40 that I wish I knew at 20: 40 Life Lessons I Know at 40 (That I Wish I Knew at 20)


Why this cryptocurrency rally is different than the prior ones: From Of Dollars and Data, More People Buy, Number Go Up


Lewis & Clark led an amazing expedition of discovery. In the process, they provided a roadmap for how to live a great retirement. The Retirement Manifesto lists lessons we can benefit from as we navigate our retirement expeditions:  Retirement Lessons From Lewis & Clark.


How to balance retirement savings with college savings: From The College Financial Lady, How Much Should You Save for College?


Give with a warm heart, not a cold hand: From Humble Dollar, Give While You Live.


Benefits of opening a Roth IRA for your child: From Flow Financial Planning, Did Your Child Earn Money Last Year? You Can Open a Roth IRA for Them.


Why slowing down to reach FI/RE to love the life you want now could be a superior choice than hurrying to get there: From Money with Kate, Forged in the FI/RE

In this article, we compare VOO and VTI, and you will understand the differences in diversification, expense ratios, performance, and the implications of investing internationally: VT vs VTI: Which total market exchange-traded fund is better?

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