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The Sunday Best (11/12/2023)

PoF: Sunday Best

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.

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


Sunday Best


TIPS and I Bonds are inflation-adjusted IOUs issued by the U.S. Treasury. So, how are they different? In this post, we break down the key differences between I bonds and TIPS so you can decide which is a better investment for you:  TIPS vs I Bond: Which Inflation-Adjusted Bond Is Better?


Are gifts made to loved ones earlier in life more impactful than large inheritances left later? Christine Benz chronicles why this has been her experience and why big inheritances can be a sign of underconsumption and suboptimal planning: From Morningstar, We Need to Talk About Your Retirement ‘Spending’


Six lessons from William Berstein’s “The Four Pillars of Investing”: From A Humble Dollar, A Profitable Read


Learn how to better manage your student loan debt, and explore refinancing to a lower rate with cash back offers up to $1,000! Student Loan Resource Page


One to two-thirds of physicians do not feel they get paid what they should. Here are more insights from Medscape’s latest report on how physicians are doing financially. From Financial Success M.D, Are Physician’s Overpaid?


Buying a rental with a conventional 8% mortgage is a recipe for negative cash flow. In this podcast episode, Coach Carson shares four powerful strategies to make deals work in today’s high-interest market: How to Make Rentals Cash Flow With 8% Mortgages


Penny-pinching isn’t that effective. Art of Manliness explains why you should focus on big financial wins instead: Look for Financial Big Wins.



Previously, we’ve shared the upside of investing in an HSA. Now read the downsides of HSA and why it’s The Financial Buff’s least favorite retirement account: Downsides of HSA: When It’s Not Worth It to Contribute.


Dave Ramsey has helped a lot of people get out of debt. When we get into investing, that may not be the case. From Wallet Hacks, Why Dave Ramsey’s Investing Advice is Extremely Dangerous



Earlier is better is good advice when it comes to retirement planning. Here are other 16 important lessons Ken Begley learned from taking care of his elderly parents: From Humble Dollar, Taught by My Parents




His and Her Money Guide shares how she and her husband deal with the biggest change that came with their retirement: having the freedom to spend their time however they choose. How much of an adjustment will retirement life really be?


Are you looking to invest in an S&P-indexed exchange-traded fund? VOO and SPY are two key ETFs offered today: VOO vs SPY: Which Is the Better S&P Indexed ETF?


Nearly 6 in 10 U.S. hospitals are nonprofit. If you’re one of the many workers who work for nonprofit institutions and government entities, you may have access to a 403(b) plan. But which is better for you: Roth 403(b) or Roth IRA?


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