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!
The Sunday Best
I joined an early-career dentist for a chat on achieving financial independence and retiring early. As the son and grandson of dentists, these are some of my favorite people. From The Golden Crown podcast, Episode #24 Physician on FIRE – FI at 39!
Jim from Route to Retire learned a lot in 2020 with his family feeling trapped in a heavily locked down Panama in his second year of early retirement! 4 Lessons Learned After Two Years of Early Retirement.
For better or worse, most of us are our own best teachers; we learn from our mistakes. Late Starter FIRE reflects on decades past with their blunders and missed opportunities. My Biggest Money Mistakes.
If you think you make too much money to contribute to a Roth IRA, you’re making a money mistake each and every year. Here’s how anyone, regardless of income, can contribute. The Backdoor Roth IRA 2021: A Step by Step Guide with Vanguard.
If you’re an Etrade user, you’ll want to follow this tutorial from Smart Money MD. How to Fund Your Backdoor Roth IRA via E-Trade – 2021 Edition.
Who wants to be a millionaire? For $30 a day, you can. And no, the Financial Panther isn’t selling a subscription plan; he’s just doing the math. Becoming A Millionaire With The $30 A Day Retirement Strategy.
This 40-something dual physician couple saved way more than $30 a day. She’s now retired early, while he’s defining what this semi-retirement will look like for him. The third installment in a 5+ year series on WCI (see Part I and Part II): Super Saving for an Early Retirement – Part III.
I spent some time sorting out how I could create yet another retirement income stream. I don’t plan on blogging forever! Creating Another Retirement Income Stream.
“You can’t believe everything you read online.” -Alexander Hamilton. So What You Should Do With All the Financial Advice on the Internet? Jim Wang of Wallet Hacks shares his thoughts.
The Physician Philosopher is talking real estate with his co-host, Ryan Inman on the Money Meets Medicine Podcast this week. MMM 51: How to Create a Real Estate Empire Actively.
Last Call for $100+ Swag Bags
The premier online CME event for doctors and dentists is coming up in 8 short weeks, but the registration deadline, if you want a pile of new financial books, a WCI shirt, and some other goodies sent to you is tomorrow, 1/11/2021!
With 16 CME credits available, you may very well be able to use a CME fund to cover the $899 registration fee. If you’re self-employed, it’s obviously a tax-deductible business expense.
Check out the extensive lineup with 50+ talks scheduled over March 4th through 6th. If you can’t see them all that weekend, fear not. Your paid registration gets you access to the Physician Wellness & Financial Literacy Virtual Conference both during and after the conference dates.
Speaking of WCI, did you know he’s written and released a 3rd book? Now on Amazon, The White Coat Investor’s Guide for Students: How Medical and Dental Students Can Secure Their Financial Future.
What a Week
I could not believe my eyes when I witnessed what was happening in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 6th. The Capitol was ransacked, lives were lost, and the images on the TV screen looked like something out of a Hollywood script portraying a dystopian future.
But this is our present, apparently.
I’m glad to see that the FBI has begun rounding up some of the thugs, deadbeats, white supremacists, and other misguided individuals who perpetrated this assault. I hope each and every one of them who had a role in this disgraceful act, regardless of the title they currently hold, is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I haven’t been this glued to the newsfeed and generally distracted since mid-March of last year when COVID-19 first hit. Meanwhile, the pandemic situation now 10 months later is as bad as it has ever been, and we haven’t seen the full extent of what I expect will be a nasty New Year’s celebration bump, not to mention the superspreader event that just took place in Washington.
I was encouraged to see a number of my physician colleagues receiving their second dose of COVID vaccine this week, at least. Phase 1B and associated mass vaccination clinics are about to begin in my neck of the woods. I hope a large percentage of those eligible will take advantage.
As Dr. Joyce Williams puts it, in case you need a reason to get the COVID vaccine, here are 12.
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Virtual Summits for Physician Writers and Women Physicians
February 11th through 13th is proving to be a popular time for online summits for doctors. And February 14th will be a good day to order takeout and eat chocolate out of heart-shaped boxes.
The WPW — that’s Women Physician Wellness — Virtual Leadership Summit is coming up 2/11 to 2/13. They’ve lined up 25 women physician speakers, and the event is good for up to 15 CME Credits. Your $350 tuition gets you access to all the talks for 30 days after the event’s conclusion.
You can see the schedule with speaker lineup, along with other details here.
Guys and gals are welcome to join in for the Physician Writer’s Summit, which
happens to be released on the same days has been rescheduled to 2/25 to 2/27, but like the WPW Summit, you’ll have access afterwards, as well.
I’ll be a part of this one as an interviewee, and I’m excited to learn from others more successful than me in this space. If you’ve got any interest in writing a book, blog, or column, I would encourage you to join me.
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Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE