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White Coat Investor Podcast

Host, Dr. James Dahle, is a practicing emergency physician and founder of the White Coat Investor Blog. Like the blog, the White Coat Investor Podcast, is dedicated to educating medical students, residents, physicians, dentists, and similar high-income professionals about personal finance and building wealth, so they can ultimately be their own financial advisor—or, at least know enough to not get ripped off by a financial advisor! We tackle the hard topics like the best ways to pay off student loans, how to create your own personal financial plan, retirement planning, how to save money, investing in real estate, side hustles, and how everyone can be a millionaire by living WCI principles. Learn more at http://whitecoatinvestor.com/
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Jul 2, 2020

Direct primary care has been described as revolutionizing primary care in medicine. Our guest in this episode is Dr. Aimee Ostick, a direct primary care physicianhttps://healthandhealingdpc.com/dr-ostick, who describes DPC as the impossible made simple. We talk about what direct primary care medicine is, how to transition a typical primary care practice into a direct primary care practice, and she shares her experience starting and running a DPC practice. I don't know if DPC is quite a revolution yet, but it certainly is the way I would be running my practice if I were a primary care doctor. We discuss the advantages of this model both for the physician and the patient as well as the potential challenges of starting and continuing a DPC practice. I think this model can work for many specialties and would love to see medicine transition to this more transparent way of practicing.

COVID has sent your finances into a tailspin. However there is a silver lining to the pandemic. It’s an amazing opportunity to take advantage of the change in your income or to start that new practice through PROACTIVE tax planning. As the spouse of a physician, Alexis Gallati has over 18 years of experience using the tax code to her advantage to keep more of what you earn. She began Cerebral http://www.cerebraltaxadvisors.com to help docs have a clear path to success through tax efficiency while eliminating surprises.  Her services are flat rate and she will show you the return on investment before you invest in Cerebral’s services.  If you’d like to find out more, visit Cerebral Tax Advisors or check out Alexis’ new book: Advanced Tax Planning for Medical Professionals on Amazon.

Jun 25, 2020

Maxing out your retirement accounts will make estate planning easier, give you better asset protection, you'll pay less in taxes, all while your investments grow. A tax protected retirement account provides all this for you, whether it is a tax deferred accounts like a 401(k)s or tax free accounts like Roth 401(k)s and Roth IRAs. Whichever one you choose to use, you are almost always better off than investing in a taxable account. We cover the downsides in this episode but they are not very big in comparison to the upsides of maxing out retirement accounts. These accounts are protected in case of bankruptcy. A 401(k) contribution gives you a tax break up front. You can rebalance within the account without a cost for buying and selling or a tax consequence.  And you will almost surely take that money out of the account at a lower tax rate than you put it in. It is important to understand that a tax deferred retirement account is your biggest tax break. I discuss the different types of retirement accounts in this episode as well as the contributions you can make to each of them. I cannot stress the importance of maxing out your retirement accounts enough.

I also answer listener questions about tax benefits of private real estate funds, why I recommended an independent agent for disability insurance, collecting on both individual and group disability policies,  how long you should continue your disability insurance policy, what to do with your money in residency, asset allocation, and adding small caps to your three fund portfolio.

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Jun 18, 2020

If you are not financial independent you need to have a disability insurance policy in place. About one out of every five doctors over the course of their career uses a long-term disability policy. If you don't protect your income, what really is protected? It is really foundational to your financial plan. You need to have a policy in place that will replace a large portion of your income if you get disabled so you can continue moving forward with your plan. If you get disabled and you can't actually earn your income, then all of that effort you put into your financial plan goes out the window. I have been collecting disability questions from you for several weeks. I brought Matt Wiggins from Pattern Insurance www.whitecoatinvestor.com/pattern on this episode to help answer questions and give some additional information as an insurance agent. In this episode we talk about the three D's of disability insurance - definitions, discounts, and deadlines, pregnancy and disability insurance, the top insurance companies, how agents are paid, getting out of a bad policy, graded vs level premiums, and what riders may or may not be worth adding to your policy. If you don't have disability insurance you need to listen to this episode. If you aren't sure your policy is adequate, you need to listen. If you have a great policy in place, pass this episode on to a colleague, you probably know someone that needs the push to get this in place.

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Jun 11, 2020

Do doctors need a side gig? No. But it certainly can ease the stress that comes from changes in your physician income beyond your control, like with this pandemic. But living like a resident, saving and investing appropriately can also do that. I think each of us needs to find a balance and realize that if you will carve out a chunk of your income and invest it in some reasonable way, you'll be okay. Doctors make enough money that if they will just manage the money well, they don't need a side income. But it never hurts to have a little bit of side income if that is something that interests you.  Besides discussing the necessity of side gigs in this episode I also answer listener questions about where to put your PSLF side fund, what asset allocation to have in your 457 account, whether my opinion on the use of bonds has changed given recent market events, and should you be interested in a side gig, how to pay yourself from that money. 

 

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Jun 4, 2020

What is it like to train and practice medicine in Venezuela? Dr. Postalian emailed me a while ago saying, “if you are interested in learning about medicine in a completely crazy and destroyed economy like Venezuela, let me know." See the full show notes here https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/ We have talked about medicine and finance in other countries, but they're usually very developed countries. I thought it would be interesting to talk a little bit about growing up and training for medicine and particularly finances in a mixed economy like Venezuela. Besides discussing what it is like to train and practice medicine in Venezuela we talk about hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is devastating to live through, but academically very interesting. Most of us have never lived in a country that experienced any sort of hyperinflation. We discuss how that affected his physician parents, their incomes and savings. How does that experience affect his investing strategy now? Venezuela was doing great, best economy in Latin America, bright future and everything, but it fell apart. Dr. Postalian reminds us not to take anything for granted.

This podcast is sponsored by ERE Healthcare Real Estate Advisors http://ereadv.com/white-coat-investor/. Collin Hart, CEO of ERE, has been a guest on my show and specializes in representing leading physician groups in structuring sale and leaseback transactions on their clinical and surgical center real estate. ERE is a real estate brokerage, but takes an advisory approach, expertly positioning their clients for a real estate sale as part of succession planning surrounding their practice real estate investment.  If you're contemplating a partnership with a hospital, health system, or private equity, understanding certain real estate principles can help ensure that you maximize the value and security of your real estate.  You can learn more about ERE on their website or you can reach Collin directly at collin.hart@ereadv.com or call him at (702) 839-8737.

May 28, 2020

Which states are best for real estate investing? This is like asking which investment is best. You can really only know in retrospect and it'll depend on how things perform over the next 10-30 years. But there are a few things to know that would probably help. I discuss those in this episode as well as list the states that typically make the top of that list. But personally, if I was going to buy a rental property, I think the best place is down the street. It is easy to check on and you can fix the small things yourself without hiring a professional. If you want to invest in real estate outside of your state I think the best way to do that is through syndications or private real estate funds.

I also answer many listener questions in this episode about investing in a Roth or a tax deferred 401(k), what to do if you income goes up, mortgage forbearance, tax loss harvesting, multiple 401 (k) rules, small practice retirement plans, paye vs repaye, mega backdoor Roth contributions, keogh plans, and more. Lots of listener questions answered in this episode. See the full show notes at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/

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This podcast is sponsored by Bob Bhayani at drdisabilityquotes.com. He is an independent provider of disability insurance planning solutions to the medical community in every state and a long-time white coat investor sponsor. He specializes in working with residents and fellows early in their careers to set up sound financial and insurance strategies. He is very responsive to me and to readers having any sort of an issue, so it is no surprise that I get great feedback about him from our readers and listeners. If you need to review your disability insurance coverage to make sure it meets your needs or if you just haven’t gotten around to getting this critical insurance in place, contact Bob at drdisabilityquotes.com today by email info@drdisabilityquotes.com or by calling (973) 771-9100. Just get it done!

May 21, 2020

Financial infidelity can mean many things. I have talked for a long time about the important of being on the same page financially with your spouse. It is so important to be open with each other as far as your finances go. If you are not doing this together, you are almost surely not going to be successful. For this show I have a guest that shares her story of financial infidelity, a spouse who was hiding a gambling addiction. See the full show notes here https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/. She wanted to come on the show to share her experience so that others in similar situation would not feel so isolated. A lack of support when faced with a spouse with an addiction can be a big obstacle to getting help. She shares her story along with resources where you can turn for help if you are dealing with addiction in your family. We also discussed what she did to protect herself financially, and in her recovery, so that she can thrive after a worst-case financial scenario like she experienced. I would hope that no other listeners and readers are going through something as difficult as this, but as we discussed in this episode, it is unfortunately more common than we think. Hopefully this show can reach those who could benefit from hearing this doctor's experience.

This podcast is sponsored by Bob Bhayani at drdisabilityquotes.com. He is an independent provider of disability insurance planning solutions to the medical community in every state and a long-time white coat investor sponsor. He specializes in working with residents and fellows early in their careers to set up sound financial and insurance strategies. He is very responsive to me and to readers having any sort of an issue, so it is no surprise that I get great feedback about him from our readers and listeners. If you need to review your disability insurance coverage to make sure it meets your needs or if you just haven’t gotten around to getting this critical insurance in place, contact Bob at drdisabilityquotes.com today by email info@drdisabilityquotes.com or by calling (973) 771-9100. Just get it done!

May 14, 2020

If you want to retire early, which specialty would be best to go into? Let's get one thing straight from the beginning, medicine is not a great option for FIRE in the first place. With the long years in training, you won't even start making significant money until your mid thirties with $300-400K in student loan debt. Traditional FIRE at 30 or 35 like all these FIRE blogs talk about is not possible in that situation. So if your goal is to retire early, medicine is probably not the right place for you. Not to mention if you are a medical student with this question, there is probably an issue with the career you chose. Maybe you should be thinking about getting out of medicine into a career you’ll be happier in long term. But I do answer this question in this episode even so. Shorter residencies do get you to attending income sooner but those also tend to be on the lower end of salaries for physicians. It may not make sense to choose a specialty with a shorter residency if you will be paid significantly less each year afterwards. In this show I share which specialty I think is best for retiring early and why. I also answer listener questions about buying a home while in the military, timing the market, being over leveraged in your real estate investments, disability insurance for military doctors, tax loss harvesting, and more. I also bring on a guest for a few minutes, Ryan Inman from Financial Residency Podcast and Physician Wealth Services to answer a couple of listener questions about rebalancing and investing on the fixed income side. Lots of your questions answered in this episode!

This podcast is sponsored by Bob Bhayani at drdisabilityquotes.com. He is an independent provider of disability insurance planning solutions to the medical community in every state and a long-time white coat investor sponsor. He specializes in working with residents and fellows early in their careers to set up sound financial and insurance strategies. He is very responsive to me and to readers having any sort of an issue, so it is no surprise that I get great feedback about him from our readers and listeners. If you need to review your disability insurance coverage to make sure it meets your needs or if you just haven’t gotten around to getting this critical insurance in place, contact Bob at drdisabilityquotes.com today by email info@drdisabilityquotes.com or by calling (973) 771-9100. Just get it done!

May 7, 2020

What should a physician or dentist who wishes to sell their practice know about the process? What mistakes do doctors make in this transaction? What strategies can doctors use at the time of sale? These are the questions we answer during this interview with Kyle Rudduck, CFA, CFP of Constellation Wealth Management. Kyle spent the early years of his career working with consulting firms that focused on the healthcare sector with buyers and sellers of medical practices.  He describes the practice valuation process in this episode and we discuss the range of multiples on EBITDA for a practice, how to minimize the tax cut when you sell, as well as what can be done in the years prior to the sale to increase the value of a practice. He talks about how a sale typically affects employees, and how a sale is different than a merger. We discuss how often doctors regret selling their practice to a hospital, private equity group, or other entity. This can be a huge transaction that you will probably only do once in your lifetime. You want it to go as successfully as possible. This episode will help you navigate the process.

This episode's sponsor, ERE Healthcare Real Estate Advisors, can also help in this transaction, if there is real estate involved. Collin Hart, CEO of ERE, has been a guest on The White Coat Investor show, and specializes in representing leading physician groups in structuring sale and leaseback transactions on their clinical and surgical center real estate. ERE is a real estate brokerage, but takes an advisory approach, expertly positioning their clients for a real estate sale as part of succession planning surrounding their practice real estate investment.  If you're contemplating a partnership with a hospital, health system, or private equity, understanding certain real estate principles can help ensure that you maximize the value and security of your real estate.  You can learn more about ERE on their website, or you can reach Collin directly at collin.hart@ereadv.com or call him at (702) 839-8737.

Apr 30, 2020

During this pandemic many physicians have seen their income dramatically lowered. What can you do when you are faced with a severe pay cut? We have a guest on this show who is dealing with that right now, having lost 50% of his income. I walk him through what can be done in this situation. Getting on a budget and cutting out any discretionary spending is the place to start. Putting your private loans on forbearance may be necessary. Stop investing. You really need the cash at this point especially if you don't have an emergency fund. The less you spend the longer you can go. Start looking around for other work. Whether you realize it or not, you're in a negotiation right now with your employer. They are trying to decide how little can they pay you and not have you leave but also without them going out of business. Now is the time to be the team player so you are the last guy cut and the first guy hired back. If this is you situation, we get into more details in this episode. so give it a listen and hopefully it will help. We also answer listener questions about investing in real estate during the pandemic, mortgage forbearance, backdoor Roth IRAs, tax loss harvesting, and more. This episode is all about the questions you and your colleagues need answered right now.

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Apr 23, 2020

My risk for an above policy limit malpractice judgment is one in 20,000. A listener asked me how I came up with that number as he is in a different specialty and wanted to figure out what his risk is. In this episode I share where to find the numbers to figure out your risk for being sued above the policy limits. But the truth is the vast majority of above policy limit judgments are reduced on appeal to policy limits. If you are worried about an above policy limit judgment realize that it is possible but the chances are pretty low. If this is something you worry about, listening to this episode will help calm that fear. If this isn't something that worries you, we also cover other listener questions in this episode. I address whether to investor or pay off debt during this bear market, shopping for disability insurance, what to do with a 457 from an old employer, starting a side gig, variable withdrawal rates, HSAs, and my experience owning single stocks. If you have questions you want answered on the podcast you can record them at https://www.speakpipe.com/whitecoatinvestor

This podcast is sponsored by Bob Bhayani at drdisabilityquotes.com. They are an independent provider of disability insurance planning solutions to the medical community in every state and a long-time white coat investor sponsor. They specialize in working with residents and fellows early in their careers to set up sound financial and insurance strategies. He is very responsive to me and to readers having any sort of an issue, so it is no surprise that I get great feedback about him from our readers and listeners. If you need to review your disability insurance coverage to make sure it meets your needs or if you just haven’t gotten around to getting this critical insurance in place, contact Bob at drdisabilityquotes.com today by email info@drdisabilityquotes.com or by calling (973) 771-9100. Just get it done!

Apr 16, 2020

You are going to face many bear markets in your investing career. Having an action plan to survive a bear market is critical. I go over an important list of things to do in a bear market and things to not do in a bear market in this episode. Things like don't sell at the lows, stay the course, following your investing plan, and have a cash reserve on hand. You want to be a long term stock market investor. You don't need this money next month, next year, or even in the next decade. Don't act like you do.  All bear markets come to an end and stocks recover eventually. In some respects, this one is a little bit different from other bear markets in that it involves a pandemic. I have a little bit of advice for you specific to this bear market as well in this episode. Your mortality may be a little higher, your income a little lower, and you have more time on your hands. I address what to do for all of those things as well. I think this show will be helpful to you right now. Soon we will be out of this. Maybe it is next month, maybe it is three years from now. I don't know, but this too shall pass.

You’ve built a career on providing quality patient care where it’s needed most, and locum tenens can connect you with opportunities to help the nation’s hospitals through this crisis. Not sure where to start? Locumstory.com is the place where you can get real, unbiased answers. From basic questions like, “What is locum tenens?” to more complex questions about pay ranges, taxes, various specialties, and how locum tenens works for PAs and NPs. Go to locumstory.com and get the answers.

Apr 9, 2020

Tax loss harvesting is an important topic, especially right now. If you have been hemorrhaging money in the markets, like most of us have, you may want to do some tax loss harvesting.
This a great way in which you can get Uncle Sam to share the pain of your losses in a taxable or a non-qualified or brokerage accounts. Why is tax loss harvesting useful? You can take up to $3,000 per year in capital losses and offset your ordinary income with that loss. So it lowers your tax bill. Any other losses are placed against your capital gains so you can use them in any limit, not just $3,000 a year, but hundreds of thousands of dollars a year if you want, toward any capital gains taxes you owe. If you don't use all of the losses in one year, you get to carry them forward and you can carry them forward for years and years. Thanks to the recent bear market I now have hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax losses. In this episode I talk about what I can do with those loses. In a lot of ways you are just deferring taxes when you do tax loss harvesting. But there are times when that is really helpful and we get into that in this episode. I also answer a listener question about tax loss harvesting ETFs vs. mutual funds.  If you have a taxable account, this will be a useful episode for you to listen to. Even if you don't I answer other listener questions about growth stock mutual funds, Roth conversions, PSLF, backdoor Roth IRAs, investing in bonds vs stocks, charitable contributions, your asset allocation in a bear market, glide paths, and bond tents.

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This episode is sponsored by Bob Bhayani at drdisabilityquotes.com. Bob is a truly independent provider of disability insurance planning solutions to the medical community nationwide and a longtime WCI sponsor. He specializes in working with residents and fellows early in their careers to set up sound financial and insurance strategies. He has been extraordinarily responsive to me anytime any reader has any sort of an issue, so it was no surprise to get this feedback about him recently from a reader.

"Bob was generous enough to come speak to us in our residency last week. Bob was knowledgeable, straightforward, and answered all of our questions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone and his place on your recommended page is well deserved."

If you need to review your disability insurance coverage to make sure it meets your needs or if you just haven't gotten around to getting this critical insurance in place, contact Bob Bhayani at drdisabilityquotes.com today by email, at info@drdisabilityquotes.com, or by calling (973) 771-9100.

Apr 2, 2020

With medical school classes now having slightly more women than men, more physicians are or will be juggling the challenge of being a professional and a mother. Figuring out the work-life balance can be difficult. Fortunately women physicians have some great role models to look to. One of those is Dr. Barbara Hamilton, also known as Tired Superheroine https://tiredsuperheroine.com/  our guest in this episode. We discuss her experience in the field of interventional radiology as a female physician, a field where women still make up a small percentage. Dr. Hamilton is trying to change that by educating early career doctors on the benefits of choosing specialties currently dominated by male physicians. In this episode we discuss her mentoring work, what it is like to be in a male dominated specialty, negotiating your salary in that environment, finding life balance as a professional and mother, dealing with childcare, and financial empowerment. 6 years out of training she has crossed over into the millionaire status. I am in awe of everything she has accomplished and I think you will be as well after listening to this interview. If you need inspiration that you can do it, this episode will help! 

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This podcast is sponsored by ERE Healthcare Real Estate Advisors.  http://ereadv.com/white-coat-investor/ Collin Hart, CEO of ERE, has been a guest on The White Coat Investor show, and specializes in representing leading physician groups, and structuring sale and leaseback transactions on their clinical and surgical center real estate. ERE is a real estate brokerage but takes an advisory approach, expertly positioning their clients for a real estate sale as part of succession planning surrounding their practice real estate investment. If you own your practice or ASC real estate and are interested in maximizing its value, or are considering partnering with private equity, retaining expert guidance on lease structuring may be a prudent financial move. You can learn more about ERE on their website or you can reach Collin directly at collin.hart@ereadv.com or call him at (702) 839-8737.

Mar 26, 2020

Choosing which charities to give to is important. It takes just as much effort to give well as it does to earn, save, invest and spend well. We all know that some charities are better than others so how do you choose a charity to give to? What should you look for in that charity? For me, the most important thing is to to begin with choosing a cause that you want to support. Once you know the cause you want to to support, there are resources to identify the best charities for that cause. See the show notes at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/ for links to the resources.  In this episode we discuss how to pick a charity to donate your money to as well as using a donor advised fund and donating shares to charity. Besides charitable giving, we answer listener questions about getting disability and life insurance outside of the United States, asset location, how to balance Roth conversions against ACA subsidies, PLLC vs LLC, resources to use for budgeting, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Laurel Road https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/laurelroad has helped thousands of medical professionals across the country refinance federal and private school loans. In addition to offering a $300 bonus for WCI readers and listeners who refinance student loans with Laurel Road, Laurel Road also offers those in residency or fellowship the ability to make reduced payments throughout their training and up to six months after. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and to submit an application, simply visit Laurel Roadhttps://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/laurelroad

Mar 19, 2020

Medical school classes now have slightly more women than men. In today's episode we talk a little bit about what that means, both for male and female doctors, for employers, and for patients. We cover some controversial topics that typically I only talk about with this week's guest privately, but Dr. Nisha Mehta of Physician Side Gigs and I delve into the demographic changes that we are seeing in medicine and the issues women physicians are facing. Whether you are a male or female physician you will finish this episode with the confidence to be an advocate for yourself and your family. You can have a life in medicine that works for you. Nothing is impossible. We talk about how to make that happen in this episode.

Have you ever considered a different way of practicing medicine? Whether you are burned out, need a change of pace, or want to see the world, locum tenens might be that option for you. Not sure where to start? Locumstory.com is the place where you can get real, unbiased answers to your questions. They answer basic questions like, “What is locum tenens?”, to more complex questions about pay ranges, taxes, various specialties, and how locum tenens works for PAs and NPs. Go to Locumstory.com and get the answers.

Mar 12, 2020

Should you try to time the market? No! Why? Because it is very hard to do well over the long term and it introduces significant transaction costs to the equation. Beginner investors have trouble staying the course in market downturns but I've noticed that what I call intermediate investors, people who have learned a thing or two about investing, become fearful at market highs and want to sell when the market is at new highs. What they don't realize is that the market is usually at new highs because it is usually going up. You are much better off setting a static asset allocation of a reasonable mix of stocks, bonds and or real estate and rebalancing back to it each year. That way you hold your risk constant, and when the inevitable downturn comes, because it's going to come, you can simply rebalance back to your percentages. That forces you to sell high and buy low because you're selling what did well in the recent past and buying what did poorly in the recent past to get back to your plan percentages, your planned asset allocation.  If you look back at market history, you will see that on average, we see a market correction, a drop of 10% or more in the stock market about once a year. So if you're investing career is 60 years, 30 years while you're working, 30 years in retirement, you're going to see about 60 10% drops in the market. So this is not something that's unusual or something that's rare. This is something you should be planning for. 

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This episode is brought to you by 37th Parallel Properties https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/37parallel There is a substantial body of evidence supporting commercial real estate investing. Through the years, as I gained a deeper understanding of the asset class, I added more and more to my portfolio. But, unless you want to manage it yourself, the real trick is to find a trusted investment sponsor. As one of the good guys in the industry, 37th Parallel Properties is a partner I trust. They’ve been around for more than ten years and still maintain a 100% profitable track record with clear reporting, and excellent educational content. Many of my readers have invested with 37th Parallel, and so have I. I’ve been happy with my investment and they now have a diversified multifamily fund available. So if you’d like to check them out, hop on over to 37th Parallel Properties.

Mar 5, 2020

Life balance is an important topic as we address physician wellness in the medical community. Why is it so hard for high-income professionals to find balance in their lives? Most of us are striving to do so as we juggle busy careers, family responsibilities, and personal pursuits but it is challenging. Our guest this episode is Dr. Dawn Baker who blogs at PracticeBalance https://practicebalance.com/ . She became interested in writing about wellness when she experienced a major health crisis during residency training. In this episode we discuss what doctors, that feel their lives are unbalanced, can do to change that. Many of us want to do it all but will we be happy trying to do it all or would it be better if we figured out what is most important to us? After interviewing Dr. Baker I feel like I want to hire her as my life coach! Dawn will be a speaker at the WCI Conference next week speaking about how self-knowledge is the key to managing physical and financial health. If you'll be at the conference you don't want to miss her talk. If you are not attending, you will be able to buy the video version of the conference in the next couple of weeks. Her blog name, Practice Balance, is a good reminder that finding balance is a continuous practice that everyone can be engaged in to live a healthy, happy life. You'll find lots of helpful suggestions for practicing balance in your life listening to this episode. 

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This episode is sponsored by Set for Life Insurancehttps://www.setforlifeinsurance.com/ Set for Life Insurance was founded by President, Jamie K. Fleischner, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF in 1993 which she started while attending Washington University in St. Louis. They specialize in individual term life, disability and long term care insurance. They work on the client’s behalf to shop around to find the most suitable products at the most cost-effective rate. Set for Life is first and foremost a client-centric company. They listen carefully to the needs of clients. Because of the volume and exceptional reputation of Set for Life Insurance, as well as the relationships they have developed over the years, Set for Life clients have access to special services not available elsewhere in the industry. This includes special discounts, gender-neutral policies (saving women significantly), priority underwriting handling and, on some occasions, exceptions in the underwriting process. Contact Jamie at Set for Life Insurance today.

Feb 27, 2020

All of us can become a finance buffs if we are willing to put in the time to learn. Our guest in this episode is proof of that and is a bit of an of an idol of mine. Harry Sit has been blogging at The Finance Buff https://thefinancebuff.com/ for 13 years. When I was considering getting into blogging, I decided to reach out to the only two people I knew who had financial blogs, Mike Piper, who blogs at The Oblivious Investor and Harry Sit. I asked them what they thought about me getting into blogging as a business in the niche of reaching doctors. They were both very encouraging and gave me a couple of quick tips that really got me off the ground and running which I am very grateful. 

Harry Sit and his wife are immigrants who came to the US in their 20s with just a few hundred dollars in their pockets. Now they are financially independent in their 40s. When they first came they didn't know how the financial system worked in this country and had to learn everything from how a checking account worked to doing a tax return. His first job after graduate school was in an employee benefits department for a large company. Part of his job was to present the company benefits to the new hires. He had to learn how a pension worked, how 401(k) worked, how the mutual funds in the 401(k) worked, and even what are mutual funds. Since that time he has developed an uncommonly in-depth understanding of the tax code and particularly retirement accounts. His message is really that all of us can become a finance buffs if we are willing to put in the time to learn.  He will be a key note speaker at the WCI Conference in a couple of weeks, speaking about how to legally lower your taxes. If you aren't attending the conference you will be able to buy the videos and watch that talk. In this episode we discuss retirement accounts, getting financial advice, mistakes investors make, and more.

 

Laurel Road  https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/a/laurelroad has helped thousands of medical professionals across the country refinance federal and private school loans. In addition to offering a $300 bonus for WCI readers and listeners who refinance student loans with Laurel Road, Laurel Road also offers those in residency or fellowship the ability to make reduced payments throughout their training and up to six months after. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and to submit an application, simply visit Laurel Road.

Feb 20, 2020

The 5-year rule for Roth IRA Conversions can be confusing because there are two 5-year rules regarding Roth IRAs. We discuss the difference between them in this episode. See the full show notes here https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/ . The first five year rule applies to Roth IRA contributions and determines whether the earnings will be tax free. The second rule applies to Roth conversions and applies to whether or not the principal that was converted will be penalty free when it comes out. In the case of conversions each conversion amount actually has its own five year time period. With multiple conversions, there may be multiple different five year periods underway at once. When withdrawals occur from the conversion amounts, they're deemed to come out on a first in first out basis, so that means that the oldest conversions, the ones most likely to have finished their five year requirement, come out first, and the most recent conversions come out last. We discuss in this episode why the rule is set up this way and how it will affect your retirement planning. We also answer listener questions about Roth vs Traditional 401(k) contributions, employers contributing to a different HSA for you, buying into a practice and losing your solo 401(k), defined benefit plans, how much cash to keep on hand, NNN properties, and why every solo 401k or SEP IRA isn't self-directed?


Have you ever considered a different way of practicing medicine? Whether you are burned out, need a change of pace, or want to see the world, locum tenens might be that option for you. Not sure where to start? Locumstory.com https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/locumstory is the place where you can get real, unbiased answers to your questions. They answer basic questions like, “What is locum tenens?”, to more complex questions about pay ranges, taxes, various specialties, and how locum tenens works for PAs and NPs. Go to Locumstory.com and get the answers.

Feb 13, 2020

In this episode we are looking at faith, family, and finances through the lens of medicine. Fahd Ahmad, also know as Rogue Dad, M.D. is our guest. See the full show notes and transcription at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/. Three years ago the concept of Rogue Dad, M.D. originated as an anonymous, creative outlet born out a desire Dr. Ahmad had to express himself when he was frustrated and dismayed by the presidential election of 2016. We don't delve into politics too much in this episode but as a Muslim son of immigrants, he felt very frustrated, worried, and upset, and wanted an outlet to talk about that. I first met Fahd at the WCI Conference in March 2018 in Park City where he was on a blogger panel. I was so impressed with his presence on stage that I thought he would make for a great keynote speakermat the next White Coat Investor conference. I'm excited about the topic he will speak on at our conference. I think it is an important one, a really significant contributor to burnout. He will be discussing second victim syndrome. We talk about second victim syndrome in this episode a bit but for those of you who are coming to the conference, make sure you catch his talk and for those of you who aren't coming to the conference, you will be able to buy the conference videos afterward and watch the talk in it's entirety.

Mortgages, college planning, owning an independent practice...financial planning is tricky. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Zoe Financial Certified Advisors http://zoefin.com/white-coat are independent, commission-free financial advisors who have been vetted and will work holistically with you. A Zoe advisor makes sure you have a financial plan that perfectly suits your unique situation. Ready to learn more? Visit Zoefin.com. One client said, "I met my wonderful wife of 10-years through an online matching service, so when I heard about, Zoe, a service that could connect me with a great independent, commission-free financial advisors in my neighborhood, with the click of a button- I was in! Zoe Financial’s due diligence and matching process helped me find an advisor with the right plan for our family’s financial future. Visit Zoefin.com to learn more.

Feb 6, 2020

The question often comes up about sending money to or receiving money from India. It turns out international gifts of money are not that complicated but there are a couple of issues to pay attention to like gift taxes, which is directly connected to estate taxes, and expatriation issues. We talk in more specifics about making international monetary gifts in this episode as well as how to invest large sums of money gifted to you. This situation won't apply to everyone I know so we answer many listener questions in this episode as well. We address questions on captive insurance, asset protection, using tax deferred 401k vs a Roth 401k, several questions on 529 accounts, buying disability insurance when also growing your family, non qualified compensation plans, backdoor Roth IRAs with an inherited traditional IRA, and a couple questions about REPAYE and being married. See the show notes and full transcription at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/

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This podcast is sponsored by ERE Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. http://ereadv.com/ . Collin Hart, CEO of ERE, has been a guest on The White Coat Investor show, and specializes in representing leading physician groups, and structuring sale and leaseback transactions on their clinical and surgical center real estate. ERE is a real estate brokerage but takes an advisory approach, expertly positioning their clients for a real estate sale as part of succession planning surrounding their practice real estate investment. If you own your practice or ASC real estate and are interested in maximizing its value, or are considering partnering with private equity, retaining expert guidance on lease structuring may be a prudent financial move. You can learn more about ERE on their website http://ereadv.com/ or you can reach Collin directly at collin.hart@ereadv.com or call him at (702) 839-8737

Jan 30, 2020

Managing your medical school loans is one of the most important first financial steps that a medical school student or resident needs to take care of. You need to have a student loan plan of action. Our guest today, Ben White, from https://www.benwhite.com/, wrote what I consider to be THE book on student loan management, called Medical Student Loans: A Comprehensive Guide, (get it for free at https://www.benwhite.com/studentloans/. When he started thinking and writing all about medical school loans there just was not that much information out there. He understands some of the history behind medical school loans, how things have changed, and has suggestions for how to handle the changes that could come in the future. He considers student loans to be a "gateway drug for personal finance education." For a lot of students, the moment that the monopoly money becomes real is the first time they have really been forced to confront these issues. We talk all about medical school loans in this episode. If you still have loans or work with students or residents that do, this is a an episode you don't want to miss. See the full show notes at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/

This episode is brought to you by 37th Parallel Properties. https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/37parallel There is a substantial body of evidence supporting commercial real estate investing. Through the years, as I gained a deeper understanding of the asset class, I added more and more to my portfolio. But, unless you want to manage it yourself, the real trick is to find a trusted investment sponsor. As one of the good guys in the industry, 37th Parallel Properties is a partner I trust. They’ve been around for more than ten years and still maintain a 100% profitable track record with clear reporting, and excellent educational content. Many of my readers have invested with 37th Parallel, and so have I. I’ve been happy with my investment and they now have a diversified multifamily fund available. So if you’d like to check them out, hop on over to 37th Parallel Properties.

Jan 23, 2020

Should you raid your Roth IRA to pay off your student loans? No, I think raiding your Roth IRA for any reason is a bad decision. You only get so much Roth space in your life. Raiding the Roth IRA for anything except retirement is not a good idea because that money is compounding tax-free for years, and the longer you let it do that, the more valuable that benefit becomes. But the Roth IRA has other benefits too. It is great for estate planning. Even with the recent changes in the estate tax laws, you can still stretch a Roth IRA for 10 years after you die. So basically it can double in value before anyone has to take anything out of it. Plus you can name a beneficiary for it, so rather than having to wait for it to go through a will and go through probate and become public, it just goes straight to the beneficiary. It is also very good in almost every state for asset protection. Money in retirement accounts is generally not touchable in the event of an above policy limits judgment that isn't reduced on appeal. That is another great reason not to raid your Roth IRA, especially to pay off a loan that goes away when you die. We discuss this question of raiding your Roth IRA in more depth in this episode as well as discuss the state of this podcast in the last year including the best and worst episodes we've put out and a long rant on podcast guests and questions. Leave your comments about this episode at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/classic-blog/ 

This podcast is sponsored by one of my favorite partner companies, Earnest https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/earnest  You can save money on your student loans by refinancing with Earnest. The cool thing about Earnest is that you can choose custom terms to fit your budget. You can pick your exact monthly payment. You can select fixed or variable rates. You can even choose your custom term. Now, obviously, the shorter your term, the lower your interest rate. They're not going to pass you off to a third party servicer. They're not going to penalize you for making any of your payments early. Plus, your family's protected with loan forgiveness in the event of your death. Similar to the federal student loan programs, but obviously with a much better interest rate. You can refinance anything from $5,000 to $500,000 which is a much wider range than most of these companies offer. So check out earnest today at www.whitecoatinvestor.com/earnest You get 500$ cash back when you refinance.

Jan 16, 2020

This episode we discuss advantages and disadvantages of investing in private real estate access funds. What are the advantages of access funds over syndicated real estate deals? How much of your portfolio should be invested in private real estate funds? These are the types of questions that we discuss in this episode with Alan Donenfeld, founder of CityVest. https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/cityvestarixa

Regular readers and listeners will know that I have been investing more and more in real estate the last few years. I am not a big fan of owning direct real estate and all the hassle that goes with that. But real estate can be a great addition to your portfolio. Most of the private real estate funds require an initial investment of $250K+. That is not feasible for most physicians, not to mention people typically want to dip their foot into real estate funds with a smaller amount of money. The big value of access funds is they provide you an opportunity to invest in private real estate by providing access at a decreased minimum amount. For those interested in investing in real estate this can be a great oppoortunity.

If you want to hear more about these types of investments that are discussed in this podcast, make sure you are signed up for the White Coat Investor newsletter https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/free-monthly-newsletter/. You may already be part of our newsletter, but you may not be signed up for this Special Real Estate Opportunities list. It is totally free. You can opt out at any time. I'm not going to spam you. If you notice in any email I send you there is a real estate opportunities newsletter at the bottom that you can add. If you want to hear about these sorts of investments, I'll send you details as soon as I hear about them, so you can be one of the first to know.

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