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 expect to see those biases in the selected articles.
For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!
Recovering from injury and contemplating surgery, Adam from MinaFI sets his sights on the next decade of his post-FI life. I’m 40 Today. Here’s What I Want From My Next 10 Years To Look Like.
Awesome is not good enough for this post-FI couple who, if you do the math, appear to have an 8-figure nest egg. Post FI Notes 017: Couple in Mid-Sixties Seeking Nirvana.
Joe Udo made the intelligent choice to retire from Intel 10 years ago, and life has been pretty awesome ever since. How the Retire by 40 blogger has become healthier, happier, and wealthier in 10 Years After Early Retirement.
Passive Income MD has himself a short-term rental, and wow, is that place nice! It’s no wonder he can command $943 a night. Seven Lessons I’ve Learned From Buying My Short-Term Rental.
With stocks struggling and bonds taking a beating, this has not been a great year for The Boomer Portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds. Ben Carlson from A Wealth of Common Sense looks at the worst 1-year, 5-year, 10-year, and 20-year timeframes for the mix. The Worst Years Ever For a 60/40 Portfolio.
Dr. Una isn’t looking at bad years; she’s helping docs have great ones, as she explains to The Physician Philosopher. TPP 82: How a Doctor Can Make Seven Figures with Dr. Una.
I took my children to Italy, where you can enter some of the most impressive buildings in the world for free. Channeling the B-52s, Family FIRE Travels: Rome, If You Want To, a travel recap with more than a few photos. Have you ever seen St. Peter’s Basilica or The Vatican Museums nearly empty? I have!
FU, MD. Sorry… make that MDFU!
When I was a student, Fairview Health partnered with the University of Minnesota to create Fairview University Medical Center, or FUMC. They actually used that name for a short while before realizing their folly and changing the name from FUMC to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
I thought that The Physician Philosopher had made a similar gaffe with Medical Degree Financial University, or MDFU.
However, it turns out that the idea behind the soon-to-be-released membership community is that it offers a path to help young MDs obtain “FU money,” so it actually makes good sense.
To introduce the program, Dr. James Turner is offering some free education this week, and it comes with a free downloadable companion Financial Freedom Workbook.
The teaching will take place on June 14th and June 16th. (Don’t worry, if you cannot make one of the days, we will provide a recording to those who sign up).
What you’ll learn:
- How to Create Positive Cash Flow.
- The Two Golden Rules that helped Dr. Turner pay off $300,000 in student loan debt and increase his family’s net worth by $500,000 in 30 months after he finished training!
- The physician specific process (10 steps) for when to pay down debt versus invest.
- Resources doctors have to learn more about personal finance.
- The psychology of money (and why this matters more than knowing how to invest)
[Half] Marathon Training
In the past, I’ve stated my intention to run a marathon, only to have foot and knee issues and most races canceled due to the pandemic. I’m happy to say I’m back in the game, at least for now.
My wife signed us up for a half marathon in August, and we’re in week three of Peloton’s 26.2 Mile training program, which consists of 4 runs and 2 30-minute strength training sessions each week.
I hope my legs hold up well enough to continue training through the summer for a possible early fall full marathon. In the meantime, just a few weeks in, I can see the impact of sustained cardiovascular work on my body as my resting heart rate has plummeted to the mid-forties, a solid 10 beats per minute below where it’s been for most of the last year.
I love my Garmin Instinct watch and the companion Garmin Connect app that gives me all sorts of data on my sleep, steps, heart rate that I didn’t have until I picked up the watch a year and a half ago. It’s also a great GPS watch for runners, displaying my distance, pace, mileage, and heart rate all at once.
If anyone has a recommendation for a September or October marathon in the midwest, let me know in the comments!
46% Annual Return. After Fees.
2021 was an outstanding year for investors in site sponsor DLP’s Housing Fund, and 2022 is off to a strong start!
The fund’s valuation was updated to a 22.25% positive NAV adjustment, representing a 2021 net return to investors to 45.57% for the calendar year 2021. That’s just one of a handful of funds they have to offer the accredited investor.
DLP Capital also puts on some outstanding events, a couple of which my wife and I have attended. You can join them at the next one in a couple weeks, either in-person or virtually, to learn more about the funds, their performance history, and the latest earnings reports.
If you’d like to learn more DLP’s purpose-driven path and their five private real estate funds , join them online or in person for the complimentary DLP Capital Dinner which will be held at the new DLP Plaza in Allentown, PA on June 23rd. To register, click here.
Our House Sold for $1.1 Million
Our “forever home” that we had built in 2007-2008 for a total cost of $670,000 just sold. And it sold for $1.1 Million!
The bad news is that is was no longer ours. We parted with it in 2015 for $450,000. When it comes to housing, I am the worst market timer.
To be fair, the second owners of the home did put on an addition to the garage and upstairs, remodeled the kitchen, improved the shoreline, and added an outbuilding. I’m guessing they put several hundred thousand dollars into the property. Still, I imagine they came out ahead. I’m glad somebody made money on this place; it really is a beautiful waterfront home.
Inexplicably, we’ve decided to build on the water again and we’re doing it when the cost per square foot has roughly tripled since our first custom home, pictured above, was built 15 years ago.
This time, our ability to stay in the home cannot be thwarted by a hospital going bankrupt, leaving me jobless with no local prospects. This time, we can stay as long as we please. A huge benefit of financial independence is location independence and the complete lack of salary dependence.
A Recommended Financial Advisor
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Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE