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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The Sunday Best
Some people just don’t know when to quit. Seriously. Take Cubert from Abandoned Cubicle, for example. He was supposed to be be done by now and hanging out at breweries with me at the Tip o’ the Mitt where he’s got a vacation rental. Instead, he remains a cubicle fugitive. Why? Early Retirement Countdown Reset (Again).
Amy from Life Zemplified didn’t waffle on her decision. And, yes, she does hang out with me at northern Michigan breweries. We were at this one just yesterday with our spouses and the Adcocks, in fact. How’s life since retirement? After The Cubicle: Life Is Good, Just Not Quite Zemplified.
Did somebody say waffles?!? The Waffles on Wednesday published their first blog post in nearly two months. What took so long? They were busy downsizing, packing up, and preparing for a sabbatical of indefinite duration. They’re not calling it FIRE but not saying it’s not in Turning the Page.
The WoWs must be Bob Seger fans with a title like that. Or maybe Metallica? Both? One thing I do know is that there are a lot of Seger fans in Michigan. I get that he’s from here and all, but do you really have to play him every hour on the hour? I can scan through the dial and hear Turn the Page, Against the Wind, and Old Time Rock’n’Roll on three different stations in this place. I don’t dislike the guy or his Coors Light band, but I miss being back in Minnesota where we overplayed Bob Dylan and Prince.
The physician known as The Happy Philosopher (not to be confused with the happy Physician Philosopher) also posts sparingly these days, but when he does come up for air, he has something important to say. In this post, the part-time radiologist explains Why a Physician Should Work Full Time.
What if you don’t want to work full-time? Is it better to work part-time now or later? I worked out the math in this post, and Passive Income MD worked through the psychological and social considerations in Work Less Now or Work Less Later, What’s Better?
Did somebody say Physician Philosopher? Oh, yeah… that was me. He’s also talking about now or later (not to be confused with the candy that’s like really hard Starburst they call Now & Later). Live Now or Save for Later: The Now or Later Fallacy.
Retire now with $1 Million and you could have $150 Million later. That’s what Michael Kitces of Nerd’s Eye View came up with as a best-case scenario in The Problem With FIREing At 4% And The Need For Flexible Spending Rules.
Everyone is talking about FIRE these days. When DaveRamsey.com published a piece from Chris Hogan, I had to read. The article is misleading (we’re all extremely frugal), promotes his book (Everyday Millionaires), and doesn’t actually refer or link to anyone in the FIRE Movement, but it does make some valid observations. What Is the F.I.R.E. Movement?
The FIRE Movement is here to stay. People like to say it’s all because of this amazing bull run we’ve had, but nothing we’ve seen in this millennium has even cracked the top 10 in annual returns. Ben Carson gleans some wisdom from those even better days in Lessons from the 10 Best Years in Stock Market History.
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On Thursday, we had a somber reminder that cancer attacks from many angles. The Financial Burden of a Rare Cancer
Which Assets Should You Spend First in Retirement? The White Coat Investor asks a good question and gives great answers.