The Sunday Best (12/16/2018)
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
Do you realize that South America is not only south of the United States, but almost entirely east of it, as well? Or that most of Africa is in the northern hemisphere? Zach from Four Pillar Freedom wonders if you know money any better than geography. Using Data to Debunk Common Misconceptions People Have About Money.
The Simple Dollar revisits a 1995 speech from Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger at Harvard University. Understanding our failings can make us better, more impartial investors. Are you familiar with the Lollapalooza tendency? The Psychology of Human Misjudgment.
White Coat Investor did a great job of breaking down this confusing strategy being touted lately. Investing in Conservation Easements.
Why would people game a system designed to conserve nature and turn it into a tax avoidance scheme? Dr. Networth may be on to something. Quoting studies on the tendencies of the wealthy and their children, he says Wealthy People are Selfish.
Nomads with a Vision aren’t selfish people. They look at the role of the Donor Advised Fund and how it pairs nicely with Tax Loss Harvesting (here’s how I TLH with Vanguard). The Tax Loss Harvesting Charitable Giving Tango.
Fly to FI discovered FI in college and it makes the daily grind tougher to tolerate. Is Financial Independence a Blessing or a Curse?
Doc Green from DiverseFI has reached FI, but he keeps plenty busy, despite having cut back significantly in his doctor job(s). Coach Carson interviews the good doctor in From Full-Time Physician to Half-Retirement at 45-Years-Old.
I hope you caught Miss Bonnie MD’s Christopher Guest Post the other day. She’s got a great interview series of her own, which I’ve featured in the past, and it’s time to get caught up on a handful that she’s published in the interim.
- Interviews with Real Women Physicians – Cecilia – Anesthesiologist
- Interviews with Real Women Physicians – Hatton1 – OBGYN
- Interviews with Real Women Physicians – Leah – Forensic Pathologist
- Interviews with Real Women Physicians – Sharon – Pediatric Subspecialist
- Interviews with Real Women Physicians – Teddi – Emergency Medicine
A Sit-Down with a Retirement Specialist
I don’t have an exact departure date yet, but I plan to leave my job late next summer. I had a few questions about how to set up my 457(b) withdrawals, whether I’d get a true-up on any remaining 401(k) match, and whether I’d be eligible for the 2018 profit sharing paid out in early 2020.
I made an appointment with the rep for our retirement plan who comes to town once a month or so. I was looking for some concrete answers to those particular questions and I was also curious to hear what she would think of my early retirement plans.
The cheerful rep was quite impressed with both the net worth I had achieved, particularly at the tender age of 43, and also at the depth of knowledge I seemed to have attained.
She asked if I would continue to work in some capacity or if I would truly be done.
I explained that I may consider locum tenens work and would maintain an active license for at least a couple years. I also mentioned that I also had a website that was beginning to generate enough income to cover our living expenses.
Boy, did her eyes light up with that!
She talks physicians about money every day, is married to a physician, and apparently recommends WCI and PoF to physicians about five times daily. In particular, she mentioned my step by step Vanguard backdoor Roth post as one she references constantly.
That was really fun to hear, as was the utterance of the word “celebrity” a couple times, which I outwardly dismissed but internally celebrated. I would never want to be famous like an actual celebrity, but I’ll take a sliver of internet fame any day.
I did my best to relay this conversation in 288 characters and the Tweet quickly became my most popular Tweet to date in nearly three years of @physicianonfire
I did get answers to my questions, too. Yes, I will receive a true-up for the missed match money but I will not receive the profit sharing in 2020. I will elect how my 457(b) will be paid out before I leave, and I can change that once in the future if I have a good reason (a change in my income or some other event deemed worthy).
Are You In with the InCrowd?
I delete most of the survey opportunity emails I receive. I’m not going to spend my valuable time answering screener questions only to be told 8 questions later that I don’t qualify. I also won’t bother responding to a survey for a chance to win some token gift card promised to a few lucky responders.
I do, however, always answer the quick microsurveys from InCrowd answers. In my experience, they can be completed in a few minutes or less on your phone or computer and pay at least a dollar per question. You’re even paid $1 if you don’t qualify after 1 question.
If you’re like me and don’t have the patience for the typical online survey, but have a few spare minutes here and there, I encourage you to sign up with InCrowd. You’ll get the occasional opportunity to share your medical opinion and your time and value will be respected.
If you are a healthcare professional, check out InCrowd today.
I know those bell ringers can be kind of annoying, but when it’s my own kids, I think they’re downright adorable.
This year marks the fourth consecutive year we’ve braved the cold together to ring the bell at our local Walgreen’s for a couple of hours.
I always see people I work with or kids my boys go to school with, and it seems people are more willing to open up their wallets and purses when they see a little kid bundled up to ring the bell. In the past, we’ve seen a number of 20s dropped and even a $100 dollar bill one time.
We didn’t see the big bucks, but we did manage to raise just over a dollar a minute for our efforts. Most importantly, my boys were reminded that there are people in our communities who don’t have enough food to eat or a proper place to sleep and a couple hours outdoors on a Friday evening is a small sacrifice compared to what many others go through on a daily basis.
Ringers are still needed and you can register to ring here.
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Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE