Secretary, Multi-millionaire, Philanthropist

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Last week, I read this incredible story in the New York Times about Sylvia Bloom, a 96 year old legal secretary who lived humbly and left an eight million dollar legacy to local charities on her death. A few highlights in the life of an extraordinary woman: She worked for 67 years and retired at age 96 She was the …

Physician Finance Bloggers: 50 Of Them

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The FIRE has spread! Physician finance blogs began as a niche with a single dominant early presence (the White Coat Investor). Those days are long gone. Here are the docs in finance I follow: This list is limited to blogs written by MDs or DOs devoting significant content to physician personal finance. There are numerous physician blogs dedicated to wellness, …

You Must Be As Tall As This Sign

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As a high school student, I was curious (double entendre entirely intentional). I read to escape from my safe suburban bubble and for exposure to new ideas. When I found a concept that rocked my world and challenged my assumptions, I sought other curious souls to share my excitement with. My focus was directed just beyond my current horizon. I …

Home Schooling: Educational Independence

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[Ed: If you follow physician financial blogs or fora, you’ve undoubtedly come across the prolific comments of Gasem, a retired 60ish anesthesiologist whose unusual life trajectory cannot be done justice by a brief introduction. His writing is brutally honest, his insights are rational yet run counter to accepted dogma, and his prose is engaging and manic. Many of us pursuing …

FI-iku: Financial Independence Haiku

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Financial Independence involves striking a balance between minimalism and enough. What better medium to represent this balance in verse than through Financial Independence haiku, or FI-iku? Heart in hand and tongue in cheek, a ragtag band of personal finance bloggers convened to distill our words to their fundamental essence. Here’s what happened when geeky met artsy. After FI I Still …

What Does The Zen Master Say About Market Timing?

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Lately there’s a lot of talk among newbies on the Physicians On Fire facebook group about how they are tempted to practice market timing: hold onto their cash and strategically wait for a market downturn to invest on the dip. Given the famously poor relationship we docs have with our money, it’s evocative of the famous quote attributed to investor …

Not Your Typical Warren Buffett Article

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David Sedaris once wrote a piece about walking into a curio shop and seeing a large bowl filled with prosthetic glass eyes. He reaches into the bowl, grabs an eye and holds it up to his own. Then he sees a sign stating, “Please do not hold glass eye up to your own to pretend it is yours as the …

That’s Not A Health Plan. That’s Wishful Thinking.

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  I love that the FIRE blogging community makes our health a priority. It’s clear that taking responsibility for your finances goes hand in hand with taking responsibility for your physical well being. I take voyeuristic pleasure in reading prominent bloggers’ accounts of milestone physical achievements, and share their vulnerability when they confess their dietary indiscretions to a readership that …