Right then, I realized I had made a big mistake by not taking a stand on this one, and not even realizing I should have… I deserved what was coming… my resident read me the riot act. “You know that not having your professional identity recognized is one of the biggest causes of burnout, right…”
He was planning to retire early at age 40 and didn’t want to have to deal with the tax implications of getting money out of a 401K/403B prior to age 59.5 years old (10% penalty!). Let’s discuss the options on how to access 401K before age 59 for those considering early retirement, and how to avoid the 10% penalty.
The most common question that I get (in real life and online) is the following: “So, I am finished (or about to finish) training. How do I invest my paycheck?” I recognize that for many readers this question may be too basic, but I don’t want to skip it for those that are about to start their life as an attending. Hopefully, even for those that have it all figured out, they’ll find useful information in answering the question.