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 expect to see those biases in the selected articles.
For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!
The Sunday Best
Shaun Mosley from Successful While Parenting and I were planning to talk about early retirement and related topics, but somehow the conversation kept going back to the same place. His wife is a pregnant OB/Gyn in metro Atlanta, and I feel for them as she continues to care for patients while growing her family during this pandemic. Physician on FIRE Talks COVID-19.
I haven’t seen the inside of an operating room in 8 months. Gomerblog has a theory that I was forced out rather than leaving of my own volition. Physician on FIRE not allowed in OR, deemed too much of a fire risk.
The market rebound over the last couple of weeks has been impressive, if not confusing. The Banker on FIRE removes emotion and takes an objective look at bear markets of the past and how they played out. Making Money In Times Of Crisis – Lessons From Past Bear Markets.
Nadine Evans takes a look at failed med school applications of the past and the lessons aspiring doctors can learn from them. Top 5 Reasons Most Medical School Applicants Get Rejected (And How to Avoid Them).
If they get in, most of them can count on multiple six-figure loan balances when all is said and done. LendKey shares some advice for those who have already built up those balances. Managing Student Loan Debt During COVID-19. If your federal loans qualify for 6 months of interest-free forbearance, don’t change a thing!
- If you don’t qualify for that gift, plug your numbers in to LendKey’s Refinancing Calculator to see how much you could save.
Lots of lessons in The Sunday Best today. This one’s from The Physician Philosopher, an anesthesiologist who’s back to work after a period of self-isolation in his basement. What COVID Taught Me About Money.
If you were planning on rental income to fully fund your retirement, April Fool’s Day may have been a particularly cruel joke, as nearly 1/3 of our nation’s renters failed to pay rent. The Darwinian Doctor has second thoughts about adding to his stable of rental units. Rental empire under siege: Anno Darwinii 0.75.
Have you been checking on your portfolio balances regularly? Hourly? Some say you should avoid it as much as possible, but I learned the hard way not to ignore mine. The Danger of Not Checking Your Portfolio (I’ve Made a Huge Mistake).
This whole not-leaving-the-house thing has made us pretty frugal, although we have been ordering in more than normal to help keep local restaurants afloat. The Frugal Physician describes her family’s Frugal Living During the CoronaBear.
What can you do to stay entertained while stuck at home and living frugally? Your Money Geek shows us how to Watch Free Movies Online: 9 Best Free Movie Streaming Services. Did somebody say free?
I was happy to see Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich make this pledge: We’re donating $25,000 to help people during coronavirus. My original goal was a total of $50,000 in COVID-19 relief, but at this point, I’ll be quite pleased if we can match Ramit’s effort. Remember that all of my online profits this month will be directed there, and that you can help (and choose where $5,000 of it goes).
He loved science. He got excellent grades. Eventually, he ended up with a great job and a strong salary, putting his skills to good use.
Over the years, he lived well but relatively frugally, and he learned how to invest on his own. He realized that financial independence was well within reach long before most people would consider retiring. With two boys at home who loved to explore the great outdoors in the northern U.S., he made a plan to leave a lucrative career behind and join his family to live a more adventurous life.
He realized that the “secrets” he had discovered were too good not to share, and he started a blog to help others find financial freedom themselves while documenting his own journey. Not long ago, he left his job, and he and his family had this newfound freedom to enjoy!
If this sounds like someone you know, then you know my story fairly well. But this isn’t me; it’s about David.
David and I had a lot in common, but our post-FIRE paths diverged.
After he and his wife Emily retired in 2018, they had a great summer with their boys, who I believe were the same age as mine are now. Looking forward to the ski season in New Hampshire, David started experiencing some odd difficulties with basic functions like memory, typing, and balance.
A seizure sent David to the Emergency Room. Four months after retiring early at about age 50, he received the diagnosis.
Seven months ago, just a month after my own retirement from medicine, Emily shared the news with us via Twitter. You can read it in detail here. He underwent surgery, 6 weeks of daily radiation, and was taking oral chemotherapy at the time.
Yesterday, she was back on the Twitter account of their former blog, Plan Invest Escape.
I am glad to have had the opportunity to clink pint glasses with David in person when he had his health. He was a gregarious Scotsman full of great stories and cheer.
It’s been two and a half years since we toured the Harpoon Brewery in Boston together and shared a pint or three afterward. He should have had decades ahead of him, but sadly, I can only now drink in his honor the next time I visit the northeast, but not with him. 🍻 Tonight, I’ll raise a glass with a heavy heart in a toast to Emily and their sons.
Times are tough for many right now. Please take a minute to take stock of what you do have. A lot has been taken away from us, but there is still much to be thankful for. I am grateful for my health, my family, and the prospect of a bright future when the pandemic has passed. And I am grateful for David’s friendship, even if 99% of our interactions were online.
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