Don’t Buy Things You Can’t Afford

How to afford something

Despite it being a simple premise, Americans buy things that they cannot afford all of the time.  Not only does this post include a link to a hilarious (yet true) video on the idea of waiting til you can afford something to buy it, but it is also filled with practical advice on how to spend less.  This will then allow you to save more.   Tag along as we discuss a simple, yet effective truth.

How Do Financial Advisors Get Paid? A Financial Planner’s Perspective

Financial Conflicts of Interest

When someone asks “How does my financial advisor get paid” it should be a relatively easy question to answer and understand.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case much of the time.  Fortunately, this post will not only answer that, but provide you an awesome chart to see exactly where conflicts of interest exist in all of the most common financial advisory models!

4 Reasons Doctors Don’t Save Enough Money

save enough money

Whenever I tell people outside of medicine how bad doctors are with money, they are always shocked.  Almost universally they wonder why we don’t save enough money.  They understand that – in order to become a doctor – you must be hard working, intelligent, and dedicated to the cause.  These are the same attributes – when they are applied correctly – that result in financial success.  How in the world can doctors be bad with money, then? 

Teaching FIRE to Your Kids

teaching kids about money

I thought about naming this post “Children on FIRE” or “Teachings Kids to Play with FIRE”… but none of those sounded right.  Since I didn’t write this post originally, which was first published over at Physician on FIRE, I decided to tame down the title…. never the less, this is a really important topic that all parents should spend some time thinking about.

What is a Safe Withdrawal Rate? A Case Study on The 4% Rule

If you have ever wondered about how much you can take out in retirement or if you will be able to withstand a down market right when you retire, this post is for you. It is a case study with graphs and charts that will help you better understand the dilemma, and whether you have “enough” to be financially independent. It is a must read.