The Sunday Best (1/28/2018)

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 had a great chat with Gwen & J on the FIRE Drill Podcast. Listen in as we discuss curling, craft beer, travel and all things FIRE.


Gwen & J are just two of dozens of women in the Financial Independence creative space. Tread Lightly Retire Early would like you to Meet the Women of the Financial Independence Movement.


We just discussed new health insurance options in 2019 which will impact the self-employed and early retirees. Mr. Firestation has had to buy his family’s insurance on the open market since leaving Megacorp, seeing 33% and 48% increases the last two years. Health Insurance – Biggest Concern for Early Retirees.


With pensions becoming a thing of the past and employment less secure, Mr. Tako believes The FIRE Movement was Inevitable.


The FIRE is dead. Long live the FIRE! For one person named Bob, the FIRE is dead. From Tawcan, FIRE. RIP. 2014 – 2018.


Case studies are always fun, and this couple’s plans aren’t so different from ours. Millennial Revolution dives into a Friday Reader Case: Retire in our 40s with 3 Kids to Travel the World?


This dual physician couple is taking a break after military careers to travel the world with their two kids. They discuss the logistics of this incredible gap year, as well as their future plans with Dr. Tarang Patel on the Doctor Money MattersEpisode 18. Drs. Bepko — Military medicine to world travelers.


Another physician has hopped on the buy-nothing train (destination minimalism). From Dr. McFrugal, Challenge Accepted: Buy Nothing For 1 Year.


Call me weak, but I’ve parked my Electrified Fortified Bike for the winter. I’m excited to bring it out of hibernation in a couple short months, though. Is this your year to pick up an e-bike? Pour Not Poor has the details: Electric Bike Basics: What are They and Should You Consider Getting One?


Have you invested in real estate notes? The Brokest MBA in America has, and he’s sharing his hints and tips. Notes on Notes. I’ll let you decide whether or not to accept advice from a man who uses that moniker.

Small Woodland Animals


If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed a few silly posts from me regarding small woodland animals. I don’t know why exactly, but The White Coat Investor seems to have a fascination with the creatures. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard him bring them up in podcast before, too, or maybe that’s just my imagination.


small woodland animal

a small woodland animal in costa rica


Among the dozens of quiz questions in the pre-tests and post-tests in his latest Opus, the Fire Your Financial Advisor course, is this curious question (which I nailed, by the way).


Since he covers topics that I don’t spend a lot of time discussing (i.e. mortgage lenders and real estate agents, I felt it would be smart to diversify into areas that Dr. Dahle doesn’t touch. Like small woodland animals, for example.


The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card


The Chase Sapphire Preferred is my top pick for your first rewards card. It offers a welcome bonus worth at least $750 when used to book travel (after a $4,000 spend in 3 mo) and other great perks you can learn about here.


The course has been available for a couple weeks now, and while $499 isn’t cheap, that’s about how much many retired physicians are spending every week on financial advice (and they probably don’t even know it). This couple was pretty close) to that $500 a week figure.

If you care to check it out, you’ll learn a ton, and you can get all $499 back, no questions asked, if you don’t find it worthwhile. Please note that the introductory price of $399 has come and gone, but if you buy through any link (like this one) on this site, I will see a commission, and you will be supporting my charitable mission to donate half my profits.




Blind Tiger Meetup Tomorrow in New York, New York


Switching gears from small woodland animals to large, blind jungle ones, I’ll be in New York City for a few days this week, and you’re welcome to join me for a beverage this Monday evening.

The Biglaw Investor and I plan to check out the Blind Tiger Ale House around 7:30 or 8:00 tomorrow Monday, 1/29. Yes, that’s p.m. — Josh still works full-time.

I’ll be the only guy in the joint wearing a maroon and gold headband with the Minnesota “M” on it. I’ll probably be the only guy in the joint wearing any kind of headband, because who wears a headband?

Hope to see you there.



Have a super week!

-Physician on FIRE


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