The Sunday Best (2/3/2019)
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
As we’ve done before, The White Coat Investor, Passive Income MD, and I got together to answer a slew of readers’ questions. We had a great time recording An Interview with Physician on Fire and Passive Income MD – Podcast #90, and I hope you enjoy listening!
We’ll stick with WCI for the first blog post, as it’s a common situation among physicians who find out about sites like ours when they’re mid-career. It’s not too late to right the ship, though! What To Do If You Forgot to Live Like a Resident.
He had 16 actionable steps in that post, and here’s a 17th — rack up some credit card points and miles for free travel and more. Mr. Apathy Ends knows how simple it can be. The Easiest Money I Ever Made.
The guy who owned a couple car washes in a town I used to live in drove a pretty nice car and a very nice boat. Looks can be deceiving (all hat, no cattle) but there might be something to owning a car wash. From Equity Multiple, Our Latest Asset Class — Car Wash.
Ownership in a car wash and other cash-flowing real estate is one way to diversify. Ben Carlson of A Wealth of Common Sense is big on diversifying a portfolio — but here he’s talking about US Stocks and Bonds. Diversification is (Almost) Undefeated.
Paying down your student loans in an optimal way can get complicated when there are 17… SEVENTEEN types of federal loans. It’s no wonder people like Travis Hornsby of Student Loan Planner have turned student loan advice into their profession. Student Loan Consolidation Guide for All 17 Types of Federal Student Loans.
Many female physicians seem to do it all at work and at home, and they’re often not compensated the same as their male counterparts. Nisha Mehta MD explores this discrepancy in Gender Gaps in Physician Pay: Why?
Some say we’ve reached or even surpassed “peak FIRE.” I argue that The FIRE Movement is Here to Stay.
FIRE allows us to spend more time doing the things we love, rather than what we need to do for the money. Mrs. Waffles on Wednesday exemplifies this in her guest post from the other day. Working Worldwide with the WoWs — Financial Independence and Volunteering.
In yesterday’s Saturday Selection, The White Coat Investor Dr. Jim Dahle, a father of four, explains How The White Coat Investor’s Children Will Pay for Their College.
What’s Your Asset Allocation?
I keep track of the big categories to the best of my abilities with my portfolio tracking spreadsheet, but if I want to get a good, granular, and accurate look at what I actually own in my portfolio today, I turn to Personal Capital.
For example, this is a snapshot of what I own from just the other day.
I can expand on any of the rectangles to get a more detailed look at what I own within each of these larger categories. When I click on U.S. Stocks, I get a nine style box breakdown with boxes sized in proportion to my holdings.
I can go one step further by clicking on any of those nine boxes to see which individual fund is contributing to the asset class and in what percentage. Clicking on the middle box, “Mid Cap Core,” I see the following breakdown.
This serves as a good reminder that the Vanguard Small Cap and Small Cap Value funds I own (VSCIX & VSIAX) actually hold a significant Mid Cap allocation. When I next simplify my portfolio, I may just eliminate the mid cap funds, consolidating into small cap and large cap only.
**note that dollar amounts are also displayed, but I edited them out for this post
It’s Like a Heat Wave!
We’re expecting a high of 30° today, a 72° warmup from the negative 42° air temperature I woke up to on the last day in January.
When I rolled over and looked at my phone, I was honestly excited. Psyched, even. I’d never experienced cold like that. I rolled right out of bed, bundled up in layers, and set out to walk four loops around our hilly, quarter-mile neighborhood loop.
It was a repeat of the day before, but eight degrees colder. I had walked a mile on the 30th at -34 F, and my legs got awfully cold with just a thin base layer and blue jeans. I added an outer shell to my getup, which also included a 650 fill goose down Marmot jacket.
When you dress for the weather and keep moving, your body has an amazing ability to maintain warmth. Sure, if you’ve got nose hair as I do, they’ll freeze to one another, and exposed skin can develop frostbite pretty quickly, but I had the moist warmth of my breath heating up the few inches of face I had partially exposed.
That moisture found a new home on my eyelashes and brows, which made for a great couple of pictures. The picture on the right was from the first day. On the coldest morning, I lost the coat and hat just long enough to take a few pictures and headed inside to warm up!
Cheers to this heat wave!
-Physician on FIRE