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The Sunday Best (12/31/2023)

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 I expect to see those biases in the selected articles.

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


The Sunday Best (12/31/2023)

Greg Davis retired from teaching full-time at the University of Illinois at age 61. But then the wall hit him – what does he do in retirement to fill his time purposefully? In this post, he shares five ways to remain useful during our retirement years: 5 Ways to Stay Useful in Retirement.


Is having a small allocation to Bitcoin safer than ignoring it? Advisor Perspective weighs in: Bitcoin Is Earning Its Place in a Balanced Portfolio.


Modern Fimily shares a Google Document she’s written in 2013 where she came up with a game plan on how to reach FI. This insightful piece proves that while things don’t always go according to plan, it pays to think ahead regarding your finances: A Look Inside My 2013 Brain.


With 2023 drawing to a close and the U.S. stocks up over 20% year-to-date, Will 2024 Be an Up Year for the Stock Market? Of Dollars and Data discuss whether this year’s market momentum will continue into next year. 



If you’re considering relocating to a different state when you retire, you might want to consider how your income will be taxed in the state you plan to move to. From Wallet Hacks, here are 9 States That Don’t Charge Income Tax


Rogers Planning lists reasons why you should check how much you should be receiving in Social Security when our time comes and how: Check Your Social Security Right Now.


Thomas Koplan explains why even the wealthiest feel behind financially: The Truth, Most People Feel Behind Financially.


Morningstar looks at specific asset classes that might need some adjustments if your last portfolio overhaul took place either one, three, or five years ago: You Probably Need to Rebalance


This tongue-in-cheek guide explores how to sabotage your financial health expertly: From Wealthy Doc, How to Ruin Your Financial Life


A list of 20 best cities in the U.S. for physicians to retire, which includes criteria such as access to quality healthcare, low state income taxes, and outdoor recreation: 20 Best Cities in the U.S. for Physicians to Retire

I've got my 2 acres of non-leveraged, crop-producing, cashflowing farmland via AcreTrader. Get yours.


Financial Independence: A DIY New Year

We are about to enter a New Year!

I think we all know what this means…

You’re going to get bombarded with emails, and articles about Resolutions, Diets, Challenges, and new Fads.

I look at my email today and I am already getting blasted with them.

Somehow, I find time and look at my piece of paper where I wrote last year’s New Year’s Resolutions. Out of 10 I only accomplished 4 of them. Sandwiched between #3 and #5 was “Read more about credit cards and travel points.” (Check out our credit card reviews). I am happy that is one crossed off.

So what will be your financial New Year’s Resolutions?

Pay off those loans, develop a house budget, be more frugal, do some more side gigs for some extra cash, and cut out those high-interest credit cards. The list can seem endless.

So while you are navigating all of those upcoming emails POF is working hard behind the scenes (or behind this mobile screen) to get you the best financial content to help you reach your financial New Year’s resolutions.

So let’s begin the countdown to a fantastic 2024!

-Jorge Sanchez, MD, and the PoF Team



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