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The Sunday Best (2/25/2018)

The Sunday Best

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:


“How do you measure yourself with other golfers?” “By height.” How do you measure your financial performance with other physicians? Dr. Networth shares 8 Ways to Grade How Well You are Doing Financially as a Physician.


You may improve your performance if you understand the connection between Mental Health and Personal Finance. The Fit Physician makes that connection and shares his Investing Manifesto, a version of an IPS.


Dave teaches people to eliminate debt with the debt snowball. J.D. Roth @ Get Rich Slowly helps you take the next step. Building a Wealth Snowball.


When building your snowball, Should You Invest in High-Dividend Stocks or Index Funds? The Wall Street Physician shares his thoughts. Regular readers know mine.


These five folks have rolled their snowballs to millionaire status and beyond! From ESI Money:


You’re not a millionaire (or on track to become one)? The White Coat Investor says you’ve got No Excuse. Everyone Should Be a Millionaire.


Some people, like Coach Carson, use Real Estate to make their millions. Where should you start? The Baby Steps to Your First Rental, Flip, or Wholesale Property (6 Case Studies)


How do investors monitor their millions, the asset allocation, investment fees, and more? I use Empower. Is it safe to use? Jim Wang of Wallet Hacks explains why it’s probably safer than logging in directly to your bank or brokerage. Is Empower Safe? Empower Security Explained.


Are you climbing uphill on a mountain of student loan debt with no hope of becoming a millionaire? Travis from Student Loan Planner has some thoughts on that. Is Financial Independence With Student Loans (Even Six-Figures of Debt) Possible?


What if you could have six-figures in student loan debt forgiven? It’s happening! The Biglaw Investor shares An Interview with a Person Who Received PSLF Forgiveness.


Real Estate Investing


Today, I had the pleasure of meeting some Hawaiian real estate investors at a Bigger Pockets meetup in Oahu organized by my new friend / surf instructor Doug Nordman from The Military Guide and fellow Minnesotan Brandon Turner of Bigger Pockets.

I’ve had some luck with real estate (see our $15,000 second home), but most of my experience has been less than stellar, having been an accidental landlord on a couple properties when we weren’t ready to sell for some odd (and kinda dumb) reason or another.

But I do see the value of real estate investing, and it was fun to mingle with people who are gobbling up rental properties, house hacking, house flipping, or earning money in other ways with real estate.

I also met an entrepreneur from St. Paul who’s got a device designed to reduce the transmission of infectious disease (and stop your kids from picking their noses). Speaking of kids, Ty from Get Rich Quick’ish showed up with his wife and four kids. I didn’t see any of them pick their noses (except Ty, of course).

Personally, although we own three properties, the only assets I would consider real estate investments I have are in Vanguard’s REIT index fund, and a handful of crowdfunded RE deals I’ve made to get my feet wet in the space.

In the not too distant future, we plan to build a home on our lakefront property, and part of that structure will be a separate apartment that can be used as a short-term or long-term rental.

We are frequent Airbnb guests, and we think we’d make great Airbnb hosts. We’ve been staying in short-term rentals for the last three weeks in Hawaii and most of our recent family getaways, and we’ve been taking notes.


See You in Park City?


Later this week, I’ll be trading one set of mountains for another, arriving on Thursday for The White Coat Investor’s Financial Literacy and Physician Wellness Conference.

I’m excited to finally meet in person a number of people that I’ve only known as online codenames and avatars before. If you’re among the 300 or so who reserved a spot, be sure to say Hello. I’ll be the guy looking too tan for winter with sun-bleached eyebrows. I look forward to meeting you!



Have a fantastic week!

-Physician on FIRE

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13 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (2/25/2018)”

  1. Great Sunday best as always PoF! There’s some really good articles!

    I’m excited to see the posts about you building a house on that lakefront property. Will you be doing it yourself or hiring the building?

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  3. Thanks for the share, PoF! Unfortunately, I will not be in Park City this week, but I hope you can get in a curling game with some of the docs there.


  4. PoF,

    Great collection as always. Particularly enjoyed Jim’s explanation of the safeguards on Personal Capital and Chad’s case studies of newbie real estate investments.

    You and the boys keep enjoying the surfing in Hawaii, it’s part of a diabolical master plan to hook you on coastal living and lure you away from the snow…

  5. Thanks for the nod in “The Sunday Best” and for your “editing” of my post, Pof! Appreciate it! Hope Hawaii is treating you and your family well. 🙂

    • I don’t wanna leave! But Park City promises to be an excellent time, as well.

      Your post has proven to be popular today. Nice work!

  6. Thanks for including me PoF! You had real estate investors all around you this week. The Hawaii meetup and surfing with Nords sounded like a blast. We are going to have to make that pilgrimage some day.

    • I highly recommend it! Nords will tell you he’ll have you riding a wave within an hour, and it’s no lie. For a fit guy like you, it might only take 15 minutes.

      Hang ten!

  7. I saw the PSLF guy in the studentloans subreddit and am glad that the “mainstream” people can read about it now on the BigLaw Investor’s website! It’s always great to discover another way to get rid of student loans for those who choose the public sector.

  8. Great finds, POF. Particularly the PSLF forgiveness interview. I know a lot of us have been waiting to see that for a while. A lot of people were starting to think that was a pipe dream as no one was willing to speak up to say it worked for them. Glad to finally see some real evidence.

    Also, great read on personal capital. I’ve always wondered that question myself and have friends who have doubted the security issue. I’ll have to send this along to them.


    • I know a lot of us have been waiting to see PSLF actually work out for someone. Good to know the government is following through on that promise, even if they have made it difficult to remain qualified.


  9. Another great list. I particularly liked the fit physicians offering about money and mental health.

    It amazes me how productive you are always able to be. Even in Hawaii you are building you empire!

  10. I’m so glad to read WalletHack’s analysis of Personal Capital’s security. Thanks for adding that in. My husband noted PC was more secure than he thought previous because they had mandatory 2 factor authentication and other stuff. Compare that to big institutions (Chase for example) where we had countless security issues in the past.


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