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The Sunday Best (3/18/2018)

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:


You’ve heard about a potential bear market and poor sequence of returns threatening your retirement. But what about inflation risk? Let’s ask the Actuary of FIRE. And just like that, he responds with Inflation Risk for Early Retirees — Part 1.


Well, he’s obviously great with numbers. Maybe as good as Early Retirement Now. Well, Big ERN just so happened to continue the conversation in Inflation Risk for Early Retirees — Part 2.


Who is this mysterious Big ERN? The big man (as in 6’6″ big) steps out of the shadows of the tall trees to introduce himself. It turns out we were Golden Gophers at the same time, earning a couple degrees apiece in the late ’90s & early ’00s. Meet the ERN Family!


He felt comfortable revealing himself now that he’s given notice to retire this summer. The Happy Philosopher heard from a physician who might like to retire, too, but is struggling with the decision. Case Study: Should I Keep Working Even Though I’m Financially Independent?


If you’ve sat out this nine-year bull market, you may have missed out on a great opportunity to reach financial independence. What to do now? The Wall Street Physician tells you What to do If You Missed Out on the Bull Market.


To remain invested and continue investing in a terrible bear market requires some confidence that the market will bounce back. Mr. Money Mustache has some ideas about confidence. Money and Confidence are Interchangeable.


For those of us in relationships, money is not a single player game. From Peer Finance 101, 9 Money Questions Every Marriage Needs.


We’ve all got problems. Money may make it easier to find solutions, but Paula Pant from Afford Anything tells us a story about our friend J.D. Roth and Why Money Won’t Solve Your Problems. Or his.


Money can afford you a nice vacation, though, so you can temporarily escape from your problems. Kobe Chanel shares 10 Tips for Luxury Travel on a Budget.


Jeremy & Winnie of Go Curry Cracker know a thing or two about travel, having lived a digital nomad life for several years now. As their child has grown, so has their budget, approaching a six-figure annual spend. Reflections of 2017, Living More Bigly.


It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year


Forget what Andy Williams says about December.

Spring break. Match Day. March Madness. St. Patrick’s Day (yes, I drank green IPA). The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the maple sap is flowing. If I’m not careful, a bluebird might just land on my shoulder. What’s not to love?

I’m celebrating one more thing this weekend — the introduction of the Physicians on FIRE Facebook Group. It’s a place for medical doctors (sorry, limiting this one to MDs & DOs) to discuss the strategies, struggles, and victories on the path to financial independence.


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If you’re a physician reader with a Facebook account, join about a thousand other docs that have a common interest in financial independence and introduce yourself to the group!


Last Chance to Save Big!


The White Coat Investor’s signature course Fire Your Financial Advisor: A Step by Step Process to Creating and Implementing Your Own Financial Plan goes back up to $499 at the end of the day.

The course is temporarily marked down 15% and if you pull the trigger today, Dr. Dahle will include an autographed copy of his self-titled book, The White Coat Investor. To score this deal, click here before the day is over and enter code MATCHDAY18.

If you change your mind after clicking the buy button, you can get a full refund with seven days. You can even binge watch the course and get all your money back if you don’t think it was a good value.

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Have a marvelous week!

-Physician on FIRE

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14 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (3/18/2018)”

  1. Thanks for the share! I’ll be joining your Facebook group when I return to Facebook and Twitter on April 1st!


    • A Lenten break from social media. Not a bad idea.

      I look forward to seeing you then. And I hope that’s not just an April Fool’s Joke.


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  3. I went to look at your FB page, there is a page called Physicians On Fire out of London that looks like a group you have to join and then yours- Physician (singular) On FIRE is a page you like to follow. confusing! The first one seems to be dedicated to stress and burnout, so they may be related after all!

    • I didn’t notice the UK version initially, but I see it’s been around for 6 months. I’ve had the page for better than two years. I think people will find what they’re looking for, though.

      Thanks for the heads up!

  4. Awesome list! Thanks for including me! What an amazing coincidence that we both went to the same graduate school at the same time. I will always remember the U and the people in MN very fondly! Not to mention the U of MN Hospital where they fixed me up after a bike accident on Washington Ave!
    Have a great Sunday, everybody!
    Karsten (ERN)

  5. Another great list!

    I had no idea that Match Day was such a big deal, but my brother in law just got matched last weekend it was quite the event.

    Congrats to all those other doctors out there on their matches!

    • Thank you for your interest, but we’re limiting the group to MDs & DOs. Medical Students who are a couple months from their degree and have matched into a residency program are welcome to join, as well. In order for the group members to feel comfortable they’re among peers, we had to draw the line somewhere.

      I’ll recommend the ChooseFI group for anyone who doesn’t meet the above criteria.


  6. Big ERN has some great content out there. And I always love a reveal! There’s something exciting about finally getting to see the face and personal lives behind the story.

  7. Links to AOF and ERN in the same roundup. Now that is some number intense writing. For philosophy we have the Happy Philosopher. Another great Sunday Best.

  8. I loved actuary on fire’s inflation article! In finance, people often look at core CPI, which is CPI stripped of volatile goods (food, gas, etc). Not sure which the trinity study uses for data (CPI vs core CPI) but I’ve always thought people should be computing their own personal CPI instead of using the 3% the trinity study does, and then deciding on their retirement number with that info.

    I wonder if taking a personal CPI will make that much of a difference? Healthcare premiums seem to rise much faster than 3% for example.

    • Hi Olivia. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Were you sneaking ahead to Part 3 that dealt with precisely your point – A Personal Inflation Rate!
      Thanks for reading


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