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.
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We are now in year 13 of me owning no Bitcoin and looking foolish while crypto-millionaires become crypto-multimillionaires. A short essay from Morgan Housel with Collaborative Fund referencing Ho Chi Minh and the Great Plague. When Everyone’s a Genius (A Few Thoughts on Speculation).
When investing outside of your usual channels, you may fall prey to scammers counting on your naiveté. XRAYVSN learns this lesson the hard way. Again. Oops. I Did It Again. The Latest Scam I Fell Victim To.
Stating that earning $400k a year can make you middle class sounds like the setup for some kind of scam, right? Done by Forty probes this preposterous claim with hard data. Is $400k Middle Class? Income Quintiles: 2021 Update.
With that kind of income, you can afford a few luxuries. Jesse from Best Interest and his pal Dror think your luxury spending should be based not on your income, but on a different metric. The 1% Rule for Spending on Luxury: How to Live it Up and Still Achieve FIRE.
Can too much luxury be a good thing? The Darwinian Doctor, a surgeon in SoCal, seems to think so, and he wants his sons to understand that. The world isn’t all sunshine and palm trees | Letters to my sons.
Retirement spending isn’t all sunshine and palm trees, either. The 4% Rule (of thumb) may be a good guide to how much you should save, but it’s not indicative of what you’ll actually be withdrawing in retirement, says the FI Physician. Using the Safe Withdrawal Rule in the Real World: Two Ideas for Withdrawal Plans in Retirement.
It would make you happy to work less, wouldn’t it? But do you truly know what’s most likely to bring you happiness? Study what actually works for people. Come On, Get Happy: Lessons from the World Happiness Report.
Along those lines, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to real estate. His cousins grew up in a 10,000 square foot home while his Filipino home / house hack was more modest. The Millionaire Before 50 explains Why You Probably Don’t Want to Live in a Mansion, even if you think you do.
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Whether you’re working, enjoying a long weekend, celebrating safely with family, or it’s just another Sunday to you, I hope you do get to enjoy some kind of egg-shaped sugar or chocolate creation.
I’m partial to the traditional Cadbury Egg with creme filling, but I’ll never turn down a Reese’s egg, Whopper egg, or simple brightly colored jelly bean — you can keep the black licorice ones, though, bunny. Such a cruel intrusion in my otherwise delicious childhood Easter baskets.
We’re celebrating the Florida way with another trip to the Volcano Bay waterpark after an Easter Egg hunt in the complex where we’re staying.
Tomorrow’s our last full day in the Sunshine State before heading back to our [extra]ordinary life up north. I hear things have thawed out nicely.
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