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/
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Unlike our typical shows where we answer questions people have pre-recorded, this episode will be a bit of a back and forth with a listener who had a lot of questions. She is missing one key element that could answer many of the questions she asks in this episode. It is a written investing plan. 95% of people out there are in the same boat. They come to me with a question of, "Should I buy this fund or this fund?" I'm like, "For what? What's the plan? What's the goal?" Without the plan it is hard to get your finances organized and on track for your goals. We talk about how you can create a written investing plan in this episode. We discuss how to set reasonable goals and what should be your next level in personal finance. Whether you are just starting out in your journey to understanding your finances or you have listened to all 114 podcast episodes before this, I think you will find something valuable you can apply to your financial life in this episode. See the show notes at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/
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Should you start a retirement plan for your office? When is it worth starting? What things should you consider? A practice retirement plan can help with recruitment and retention of employees. But if your employees don't value that it may not be worth starting. Running a group practice retirement plan can be expensive for employers. But once you have employees it is no longer a do it yourself project. It is time to get a pro involved and help run the numbers and decide what plan is right for you. There are half a dozen ways you can structure a retirement plan for a practice. Sometimes the best thing to do is not have a plan and just invest in taxable. We discuss when starting a group practice retirement plan might be right thing for you in this episode and answer other listener questions about buying homes, investing vs paying off the mortgage, how to figure out what expense ratio you are actually paying on your investment fund, and more. Remember if you have questions you would like answered on the podcast, record them at https://www.speakpipe.com/whitecoatinvestor. See this episode's show notes at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/
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Check out our updated Reddit page at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/reddit We received little bit of help recently from a redditor who has made our reddit page a lot more useful. There is the Wiki there now and additional links that are helpful. We have put a lot more color and organization on the page so be sure to check out the reddit page if you haven't check it out in awhile.
We have also updated our recommended financial advisor page at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/financial-advisors/ It is a lot more standardized and useful. Every one of the advisors on that page have been vetted by me and I highly recommend any of them to you. I think you'll enjoy the update page, either for yourself if you need a financial advisor, or if you just need some place where you can send your colleagues, friends, and family members and know that they are going to get good advice at a fair price.
"Always ask yourself, where can your portfolio go wrong? And if you can't come up with lots of different reasons, you probably are too overconfident on it. I want everyone to have an exciting, fun, and thrilling life, I just don't want you to get it from your investments. If you're getting entertainment from your investing you're probably doing something very, very wrong. Your investing should be very, very boring." Allan Roth shares lots of wisdom like this in this episode. Read the show notes at https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/
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