The Sunday Best (12/30/2018)
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
Have you listened to the What’s Up Next? podcast with Doc Green & Paul Thompson? They’ve been having roundtable discussions with some of the top personal finance bloggers. I joined them along with Brad Barrett of ChooseFI and Bill from Wealth Well Done for Episode 9: Is College Worth It?
Conversely, the IRS can “penalize” you for giving generously to friends and family, but the way this works is often misinterpreted. Miss Bonnie MD is here to set you straight: The Misunderstood Gift Tax.
I get where he’s coming from, though. Sometimes, you just don’t want or need much of anything. As Unconventional Sustainability has figured out, joy can come from Learning to Want What We Already Have.
In some cases, you may not want what you already have, like when I helped this couple move on from their financial advisor. Lance Cothern at ChooseFI wants to help others who may be in a similar situation. How to Move Money from a Financial Advisor to Vanguard.
Some people are not ready or not interested in managing their money completely on their own. The Physician Philosopher recognizes this, penning Do I Need a Financial Advisor? Four Reasons to Use a Financial Advisor.
You’ll find that my Recommended Financial Advisors share many of the traits recommended in TPP’s post.
Personally, I don’t need a financial advisor, but I will need to find healthcare coverage in 2019. CHM is a leading contender due to its lack of a lifetime benefit cap. Melissa Blevins gives a great overview of the healthcare sharing program in Christian Healthcare Ministries Review.
As more docs leave the ranks of the employed to retire early or work for themselves for a change, they’ll need coverage, too. SHM shares some news that’s sad, but true. America’s Physicians: Overworked and Burning Out.
From the Reflections of a Millennial Doctor comes a tale that explains a driving force in physician burnout. Time to Face the Truth: Healthcare Workplaces are Toxic.
On Christmas Eve, I shared our holiday newsletter along with a collage of “obviously Photoshopped” pictures of me and my family. Merry Christmas from My Family to Yours! Our Fake News Christmas Newsletter.
Christmas day, I shared a gift for Fidelity Investors everywhere. To complement by Vanguard TLH guide, I created a Tax Loss Harvesting with Fidelity: A Step by Step Guide.
On Thursday, a physician my age shared the complicated decision-making process she recently went through. I Quit Obstetrics at age 43: the “DABDA” Stages of a Major Practice Change.
Finally, yesterday’s Saturday Selection from Passive Income MD touched on a sport that we won’t be touching here in Minnesota for many months. What Happened to Doctors and Golf?
Welcome to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
My family and I spent seven busy and fun days at Disney World a few months back. With my younger son having just reached the all-important 48″ in height, we were able to ride nearly every ride.
There’s at least one ride that I went on as a kid that we did not get to enjoy this time around. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Why not? Because it was decommissioned 20 years ago.
Well, more accurately, it was remodeled. The ride was reworked (Disney would probably say “reimagined”) to feature the more popular and recognizable Winnie the Pooh and friends.* I knew to look for a somewhat hidden framed picture of Mr. Toad handing the deed over to Owl, and I found it. Disney is full of small touches like that; I love it.
Three weeks ago, I started this section off with the heading “The Market is Down. This is Not Abnormal.” I could have just as easily said “this is normal,” but somehow the double negative seemed to get the point across better. Maybe it’s not normal, but not exactly abnormal to have this market volatility.
That being said, it feels like we’ve reverted from the happy calmness that is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh back to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Of course, I plan to ride it out, tax loss harvesting and perhaps rebalancing if things get too out-of-whack.
Remember you haven’t actually lost money unless you are selling. Yes, your net worth is lower, but unless this time is different than the last 100+ years, the market will eventually recover. I don’t know if it will take three weeks, three months, or three years, but I have no doubt the most recent “top” this fall wasn’t actually “the top.”
Meanwhile, I saw about 6 years of anticipated spending disappear from our balance sheet over the course of a few months, and on the day after Christmas, we got a whole year back and then some.
The volatility doesn’t mean much to me, but I haven’t yet experienced what it’s like to be living off this portfolio; I’m still working and earning an income. I’d be interested to hear from recent retirees in the comments. How does it feel?
I Resolve To…
Follow through with my plan to retire early from medicine in 2019.
I also plan to finally print out and fill out my “In Case of Emergency” binder.
In a couple days, I’ll publish a post of 10 or 11 motivating New Year’s Resolutions you can make to improve your financial picture. I’ll see you then!
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Have an Happy New Year!
-Physician on FIRE
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