The Sunday Best (3/25/2018)

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:


I took part in a recent written interview with EquityMultiple in which I share my investing strategy, thoughts on asset allocation in retirement (an increasing equities glidepath), and thoughts on REIT versus crowdfunded RE. An Interview With Physician on FIRE.


We haven’t heard much from A Good Life MD lately. Why? He’s preparing for a big move. Also, he was struck by a truck. Getting Hit by a Truck: Gratitude in the Face of Adversity.


I’d much rather be hit by an e-bike. You may have read about my Electrified Fortified Commuting Machine. Our friends at Kiwi & Keweenaw have built something similar.


Bikes are ubiquitous on college campuses. The lawyer and dog walker Financial Panther lives near my alma mater. He recently explained Neighborhood Arbitrage — The Advantages of Living in a College Neighborhood. [besides cheap beer]


Plenty of people retire, some of them early, and live well on 4% or more of their nest eggs. But those who spread the FIRE are doing some sort of work to share the message. Perhaps it’s time to look at FIRE from a different perspective, especially for those of us who blog about it. Two timely articles with comments worth checking out:


Healthcare coverage is a huge concern among the self-employed, newly retired, and aspiring retirees. Health sharing ministries are looking better and better with stable costs of about $500 a month for a family. Michael Kitces of Nerd’s Eye View commissions a thorough guest post discussing the four most popular plans. How Healthcare Sharing Programs Compare To Traditional Health Insurance.


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I do my best to recommend services I can stand behind. You may notice I’ve never recommended roboadvisors. Wealthfront has made a move that reaffirms my stance. Cullen the Pragmatic Capitalist explains why WealthFront’s Risk Parity Fund is a Raw Deal.


I’m a firm believer that travel can enhance your life. But can travel save your life? From The Dragons on FIRE, Travel Saved My Life — My CML Diagnosis.


We’ll close with a couple of podcasts featuring physician friends of mine. Put them on your playlists.


Student Loan Case Studies with DMFA


I am pleased to announce a partnership with Dr. David Anderson, a physician some of you may recognize from the WCI Forum as DMFA. If you’re curious, as I was, the M.F. stands for his two given middle names, the first of which happens to be the same as my only middle name.

I reached out to DMFA, a final-year pulmonology / critical care fellow, after seeing him selflessly offer thorough, sound financial advice on the forum (with over 1,500 posts to date) and on Facebook, where he’s now part of the rapidly growing Physicians on FIRE Facebook group.

I could see that he had expertise in optimal student loan management and also had a generous willingness to help others. Together, we are launching a case study series in which he will analyze a person’s student loan picture as part of their larger financial situation and make recommendations as to how he recommends you proceed.

Select case studies will be worked up and published as a post on the site and archived on the Student Loan Resource Page. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address all questionnaires, but we may be able to help you find someone who can. If we do select you for a case study, your personal details will remain private and you’ll have the opportunity to review the post before it is published.



Have an outstanding week!

-Physician on FIRE


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