The White Coat Investor: A Doctor's Guide To Personal Finance And Investing 1st Edition
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About the Author
James M. Dahle, MD, when not out skiing, mountain biking, or rock climbing with his wife and three children, practices emergency medicine in suburban Utah. As a medical resident, he grew tired of being ripped off by unscrupulous financial professionals including mutual fund salesmen, insurance agents, realtors, mortgage lenders, and stock brokers and began educating himself on the ins and outs of personal finance and investing. In 2011, he started The White Coat Investor, now the most widely read, physician-specific personal finance and investing blog in the world, with nearly 200,000 page views per month. His writing helps doctors avoid the mistakes he made and get a “fair shake” on Wall Street.
Dr. Dahle is a featured columnist for ACEP Now and Physician’s Monthly Digest. His work has also been featured in Medical Economics, Practice Link Magazine, Ophthalmology Business, American Academy of Dermatology Young Physician Focus, and The ACEP Young Physicians Section Newsletter. He also participated in writing The Bogleheads Guide to Retirement Planning.
Dr. Dahle has found the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel of medical training. Despite ever-increasing medical student debt burdens, decreasing reimbursements, and increasing regulatory hassle, he became a millionaire at age 38, just ten years after graduating from medical school. He achieved this success not with burnout-inducing levels of hard work nor long periods of financial deprivation, but rather with solid financial decision-making and a prudent financial approach to the first few years out of residency.
Now he shares his wisdom with medical students, residents, physicians, dentists and similar high income professionals so they can free themselves from debt, quit worrying about money, build wealth, live “the good life,” and get back to practicing medicine on their own terms. The principles he espouses are neither complicated nor risky, but the process of becoming wealthy as a physician is by no means automatic.
- Publisher : White Coat Investor LLC The; 1st edition (January 9, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 159 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991433106
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991433100
- Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You don't know what you don't know so either you can read a lot of Suze Orman or you can hire a smart CFA. However, be aware that a CFA is not an accountant and not a real estate, estate planing, or tax attorney. The portion on investing is perhaps too superficial. The author does cover personal finance such as disability insurance, excess liability, student loans and so on. I take issue with his advice on taxes. He suggests pushing the boundaries when paying taxes. Yes, there are some grey areas, and yes you might save a few dollars pushing those until you trip an IRS flag and are audited. Then you will pay your accountant for the audit and if you fight it, you will hire a tax attorney at $400 per hour. Assuming that you are right and that you win (and the first does not in any way guarantee the second) your expenses will be substantial, and if they are larger than your tax savings, too bad. In addition, you will likely be audited several more times. Congress writes tax laws, the IRS writes the tax code, and then there is case law; there is no one person on the planet who understands it all.
I am currently a 4th year medical student and have recently completed my MBA as well; I think this book is equally (if not more) useful than my MBA in terms of managing my money as a physician. I would consider this a "First Aid for the Personal Finances of a Physician". The book is high-yield and concise yet provides "recommended additional reading" at the end of nearly every chapter. By the time you have finished this book, you will be able to speak intelligently about many common financial topics such as investing, retirement accounts, taxes, loan repayment options, etc.
If you do not know ANYTHING at all about how to invest, what 401(k) and IRAs are, or what tax bracket you are going to fall into- this book will probably save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am not a salesman or advertisement-type-person, I sincerely believe this book can save people hundreds of thousands of dollars over their entire career.
In conclusion, every physician/future-physician should spend $17 on this short book and rest assured that they will competent in most personal finance topics.
However, the advice regarding how to budget, how to live comfortably within, or below your means, how to put all the luxuries you feel you deserve now on hold for a few years was very helpful.
In addition, the information regarding selecting a "financial advisor" and learning to do your own taxes instead of paying someone to do them just makes sense and will help me to retire sooner and happier.