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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 25, 2019

I received a couple of questions about cars in the Facebook group https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/facebookgroup and thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast them. The first one was from a soon to be resident who wanted to know if he should ship his car across the country because he wasn't sure it would survive the cross country drive. It is worth $2000 but needs some repairs to survive residency. There comes a time when you have to admit that a car is "totaled." If it costs more to repair than it is worth, it is totaled. It is time to get rid of it, getting whatever you can out of it. The second question came from someone who is expecting a baby and wants a car with a third row. But he has a lease on a car until February and wanted to know if he should buy the new car anyway and just pay out the lease. Stop leasing cars first off. If you don't have the cash to buy the car, buy a less expensive car. If you don't have the cash to buy a less expensive car, and you have to borrow for it, it ought to be a $5,000 car or less. We get more into the details of these car questions in this episode and hopefully help you make that decision on when to fix the old car or buy a new one. See the show notes for more information at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/

This podcast is sponsored by Sofi https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/Sofi a long time White Coat Investor partner. Hundreds of white coat investors have refinanced with SoFi over the years. If you apply via this link you'll get paid $300. SoFi also lends to medical and dental residents with $100 monthly payments, so it is a great option if you're not getting any sort of a REPAYE subsidy. Sofi has a number of other products as well. They have a personal loan product https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/sofiloan . They have a mortgage product. It's not technically a doctor mortgage, but you can avoid PMI with less than 20 percent down, with it. There is also SoFi Money https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/sofimoney, which is basically a high yield checking account that I've been happy with. Check out these SoFi products today, especially for student loan refinancing, which is what most of white coat investors listeners and readers have used them for. Knocking a couple of percentage points off your interest rate can save you thousands and help you get out of debt months sooner.

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