The Sunday Best (6/9/2019)
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!
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I was honored to be included in an article by Janna Herron featured in the USA TODAY, covering a very important topic for every would-be early retiree. Do you plan to retire by 50? Great, but can you cover your health care?
Our plan is to pay for health care out of pocket; it helps to set aside plenty of money to cover it. Kristy & Bryce of Millennial Revolution saved a good amount of money before leaving their jobs and writing their book, Quit Like a Millionaire (preorder here). JL Collins wrote a powerful foreword, and he shared it on his site. Quit Like a Millionaire.
I’ve half-jokingly referred to FIRE as my mid-life crisis. I guess I’m not the only one who sees it this way. The two-physician couple who are spending the summer in Medellin, Colombia feel similarly. From B.C. Krygowski, FIRE: Our Mid-Life Crisis.
The best and worst part about financial independence is that you can more or less do whatever you want with the rest of your life. Your options are limitless! And that can be maddening! Full Time Finance details The Paradox of Choice.
You only live once. #YOLO. Some use the acronym as a reason not to pursue financial independence, an attitude I’ve found to be, well… paradoxical. The Chief Mom Officer sees things the way I do. Why FI? Because YOLO.
Being up at night is tough, and Morgan Housel of Collaborative Fund is about to be up at night a lot more; he and his wife had a baby girl! He offers some sage advice in Financial Advice for My New Daughter.
Those stocks did make a lot of people millionaires. ESI Money continues to interview millionaires, recently sharing The Top Eight Areas Where Millionaires Make Money Mistakes. Take a few minutes to check out another five millionaires got wealthy:
- Millionaire Interview #126
- Millionaire Interview #127
- Millionaire Interview #128
- Millionaire Interview #129
- Millionaire Interview #130
Early retirement isn’t just one long stretch of time. There are distinct periods of time, or epochs, where you’ll rely on different money streams to fund your remaining life. The Epochs of Early Retirement.
I see physicians make plenty of mistakes when it comes to disability insurance, and a few more missteps were added in the comments section. Pattern Life made a list of The Top 5 Mistakes Doctors Make With Disability Insurance.
The most important part of your financial plan once you reach a certain age? How soon you retire. The White Coat Investor shared Six Reasons Nothing Matters More Than Your Retirement Date After Age 50
Nominate Your Favorite Blogs and Podcasts!
The Oscars of financial blogging, The Plutus Awards, are now open for nominations. This is a great way to recognize the time and effort your favorite content creators have been putting in to bring you insightful info throughout the year(s).
Please don’t nominate this site for “Best Investing Blog” because a) there are better blogs focusing more on investing (The White Coat Investor would be an obvious choice), and b) I sponsored the category and have no place being a nominee there.
The winners will be announced at an entertaining ceremony at FinCon in Washington D.C. in September. It seems far off, but summer is here and summer always goes by fast!
Summer is Here!
After a rather cool and really wet spring, it finally feels like summer. After wrapping another weekend of call Monday morning, I headed east to join my family at our lake cabin. In under a week, I’ve done the following summery things:
- Gone for a run of the rails to trails path (three of them, actually) with my boys.
- Biked to get ice cream.
- Landscaping (laid down some sod to fill in a low spot after the lawn was dug up elsewhere).
- Put my toes in the sand.
- Put my toes in the water (COLD!).
- Charged the boat’s battery. Considered launching boat, but it was too wavy.
- Enjoyed a beer around a campfire (and at two breweries, and on the deck, and…).
- Went shopping for a bigger lake home.
- Figured maybe we could make this place work, after all.
- Donated blood to the mosquito population (unintentionally).
- Found the hydrocortisone cream. A summer must-have.
- Grilled hot dogs. And chicken. Steaks next week!
- Took the kayak out.
- Played frisbee
And we’re just getting started. I’ve got two more weeks off, then two busy weeks of work that includes 120 hours of call over the long 4th of July Weekend. After that, I’m off for four weeks and I go back for an encore week of work as I wrap things up on the job after the second weekend in August.
I hope your summer is off to a splendid start!
Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE