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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The Sunday Best
He sold in May and went away. Consider this Exhibit A in why it’s generally unwise for mere mortals like us to attempt to time the market. Future Proof MD fails to predict the future, doing some damage to his portfolio in the process. FPMD Market Timing Experiment Update – Navigating the FOMO Market.
The Physician Philosopher has been investing consistently for three years since finishing his fellowship. He started with a decidedly negative net worth, but he and his wife have made great progress. How great? Net Worth Update #10: Three Years Later.
I estimate The Physician Philosopher would be approximately 11% wealthier if he had followed my advice for young doctors to a T. Take these 5 tips to heart to achieve wealth in rapid fashion. The Top 5 Financial Priorities for an Early Career Physician.
Let’s back it up a bit further. How do you teach sound financial concepts to a much, much younger crowd? Bob, the Taiwanese Canadian who blogs at Tawcan, talks about introducing his children to FIRE. Teaching Kids About Financial Independence Retire Early.
- Bonus: Second Generation FIRE
- Bonus: A reader has more than enough to retire, but can’t make that leap. From the WCI Forum, When to Retire?
One way I assuaged the guilt of retiring early was to earmark a handsome sum of money for charity first. Joel from Budgets Are Sexy shows us How to Include Charity in Your Budget, and Other Ways to GIVE!
I know from experience that not many people will click on that last article. There are lots of valid and not-so-valid reasons that people will use not to give, but you can’t use the junk mail excuse anymore. The Finance Buff shares this Life Hack: Donate To Charities Without Getting Junk Mail.
You probably didn’t click on that one, either. It’s understandable; most people are more interested in getting money than giving it away. Fred Leamnson of Your Money Geek shares some ideas on how to get some for yourself. 12 Passive Income Ideas for 2020 and Beyond.
You know who’s got even more passive income ideas? Passive Income MD. He shares what he keeps in the “bucket” that holds most of his current investments. Asset Allocation (Part 2): The Risk / Growth Bucket.
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Travel in the Time of COVID
We planned a life after retirement, and our plans were thrown down and stomped upon. International travel is on hold indefinitely; this is not exactly what we had in mind.
Ideally, no one goes anywhere, and the spread of this virus is minimized. A more realistic scenario is that when people do go somewhere, they travel with care, mask up, avoid unnecessary risks, and douse their hands in alcohol-based hand sanitizer liberally.
I’ve taken the latter approach recently after staying put since mid-March. We made it out of Madrid in early March without picking up the virus, and a week later, I dined in Las Vegas with several people who would test positive for the disease a mere two to four days afterwards.
Last month, I was able to get an antibody test.
I was hoping I might have had an asymptomatic case and a decent likelihood of having some immunity to COVID, but alas, that appears not to be the case.
A couple of months ago, when America seemed to be over the hump, we had some airline credit expiring. We were supposed to take our kids to Space Camp, but that didn’t happen, so we booked a new set of flights to Florida for 2021 and I had just enough credit left over to get to Colorado and back this summer, so I booked it.
I had a buddy going through some personal stuff, and I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years, so I made the trip the week before last. Masks were mandatory on the plane and in the airport. Hand sanitizer was ubiquitous, including in a trial-size container in my pocket. When I landed, I drove to a county that’s seen 24 positive cases so far in 2020 and spent the week there with my friend.
I’ve been home and symptom-free for the better part of two weeks. We live in a county that reported its first two positive cases in a month just the other day.
I keep saying that I haven’t seen my parents since Christmas, but the truth is that I haven’t been to Minnesota since Christmas. My parents spent two wonderful weeks with us in Spain in January and February. Still, until this weekend, I hadn’t seen them in six months.
I don’t love traveling in the time of COVID, but I’m willing to take some calculated risks while being as careful as one can be. My parents aren’t exactly high-risk. They’re in their early 70s and fairly healthy. I wouldn’t call them particularly low-risk, either.
I would hate to be the one to introduce this stupid virus into their home. On the other hand, I’d hate to go a year or more not seeing them, because you never know what might happen over the course of a year. After talking with them, we all decided it was time to make that 10-hour drive to pay them a visit.
It’s always good to be back in Minnesota, pandemic be damned. If you, like us, decide to travel, please take every precaution to do so as safely and sanitarily as possible. Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, keep your distance, mask up when appropriate, and dream of a day when all these precautions are unnecessary.
But please don’t go to Sturgis. That sounds like a virus-spreading disaster waiting to happen.
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Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE