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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
Chris Mamula of Can I Retire Yet made the transition to his early retirement about the same time that his parents retired, giving him some unique insight into two types of retirement planning. A Tale of Two Retirements: FIRE and Traditional.
The Waffles on Wednesday duo is toying with early retirement, as well. As part of that plan, they’ve dialed back their aggressive asset allocation. They’re also planning to spend the dividends from their tax-advantaged accounts. How does that work? Some clever retirement planning in Some Financial Changes Around Here.
I share an update on my investment portfolio along with four years worth of blog stats and an explanation of why I continue to do this “work” of blogging after retiring from medicine. Four Years of Physician on FIRE: Fellowship, Fun, and Philanthropy.
The White Coat Investor followed suit with his annual update detailing the state of the growing WCI Empire. I continue to be in awe of all he does. You will be, too, if you read the State of the Blog 2020.
Our WCI Network partner, The Physician Philosopher is putting those ongoing book royalties to work. From Frugal to Fancy to Buying a Peloton. The question is, though, will his wife make a video of her Peleton progress?
If you’ve got the means and a desire to spend more than you do, how can you fight the frugal tendencies that helped you attain wealth? A first world problem, yes, but a genuine one. Ask me how I know. Jonathan Clements of the Humble Dollar shares some tips for Opening the Spigot.
I never liked paying a few hundred dollars a month for disability insurance, but I did so every month for about 10 years, knowing it would be a mistake to do anything else. How so? I’ll let Dustin Karas of Pattern answer that question. Why is Disability Insurance Important for Doctors?
This past decade, inflation has been pretty low. Do real estate investors worry much about inflation impacting their holdings? Passive Income MD has the answer. Are Real Estate Investments Resistant to Inflation?
The other day, we had a juicy guest post from Donovan Sanchez, who dished on his short-lived time with a financial advisory firm. His conscience got the best of him, as he explains in Confessions of an Ex-AUM Financial Advisor.
Big ERN of Early Retirement Now doesn’t need a financial advisor; he’s got a Ph.D. in economics from the esteemed University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!). I was eager to hear his opinion on the “small value premium” purported to exist for stocks. My thoughts on Small-Cap and Value Stocks.
Do other millionaires tilt their portfolios to small cap and value funds? You can learn the habits of hundreds of millionaires on ESI Money‘s site. Here’s another five.
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New and Expiring Credit Card Welcome Bonuses
With these two cards from Capital One, if you put at least $100,000 on a business credit card each year, you could earn $3,000 or 6% back on the first $50,000 spent within six months of opening the card. The Spark Miles card offers transferrable miles with an equivalent value to the Spark Cash card.
You can learn more about the cards’ details and perks in my post on the Best Small Business Credit Cards.
Travel Rewards fans will appreciate the newly increased welcome bonuses on a couple of popular hotel and airline credit cards.
First, The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is offering 100,000 points as a welcome bonus to new cardholders spending $5,000 in the first three months. The card also comes with a free night in one of their many hotel brands each year on your cardmember anniversary. That benefit alone can be worth way more than the $95 annual fee.
Also, the three Southwest Airlines cards from Chase have increased their welcome bonuses. I like the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card, as it gives you the most bang for your buck if you regularly fly Southwest. The card is now offering 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months plus another 35,000 points with an additional $5,000 spend in the first 6 months, for a total of 75,000 Southwest points.
Those 75,000 points combined with a welcome bonus of 60,000 points (after spending $3,000 in 3 months) on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card will give you more than enough miles to earn a coveted Southwest companion pass for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021!
If you don’t want to be limited to one hotel chain or airline with your rewards card, flexible reward cards like the Capital One® Venture® and Chase Sapphire Preferred (which did not increase its annual fee like its big brother Reserve) are always great options for your go-to credit card.
This Run Goes to Eleven
A week and a half in, we are loving Spain!
Most places we go, we end up thinking “I could live here.” Not forever, but for a long while. I don’t think two months will be enough in Spain, and I’m sure we’ll be back again and again.
When we visit a city for a slow travel experience like this, there are a few criteria that make us happy. I think the top three are walkability, weather, and affordability. This place has it all, plus great public transportation and a beautiful beach to boot!
We took the metro (most of the way) to the beach in Valencia the other day. The beach is massive.
My younger son loves to play in the sand, and he wasn’t going to let the 60-something degree weather stop him from properly enjoying the beach. This is the same kid that would be wearing a tee-shirt on the playground in the dead of winter when we picked him up from school in northern Minnesota. In January.
I wasn’t so brave as to strip down at the beach, but I did run back to that beach yesterday, an 11 mile round trip. Hence, the title of this heading.
Half-marathon training is going much better than I expected. The last time I ran this well, I was in my mid-thirties, and similarly barely working as I had taken a job at a new hospital that had yet to open. Time is on my side, and it shows.
The weather is not scheduled to cooperate so well this week, but I’m very pleased with the 26 miles I got in this last week. That’s almost a marathon’s worth of jogging.
I’m probably running harder than I should, and I’ll admit that I push myself because I want to post good numbers in these updates. That makes each and every one of you may accountability partners. Thank you for your efforts!
Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE
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