When I first started financial planning, we all had one basic assumption - push taxes into the future. The general thought was our clients would be in a much lower tax bracket for taking distributions from their retirement plans. About 13 years ago, I had an "aha moment". What if that assumption was false?
Every physician needs a debt plan whether they are a younger physician with a lot of student loan debt or an attending physician with mortgages. Managing debt is often a neglected area of physicians’ finances, but fortunately there are many options to address this critical need.
One of the most common questions we get from final-year residents and fellows is how big of a home can they purchase when they start making attending income. The answer commonly surprises them—usually it is less than you think.
As a physician, your largest, most valuable asset is your ability to work and earn a good living. Out of all the risks you face as a physician that could derail your financial future, the one most likely to happen is being too sick or injured to practice medicine. That is why getting cost effective, income protection or disability insurance, while a doctor is young and healthy, is imperative.
Have you ever wondered about all the experts who help Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and even Donald Trump manage their money? They have an insurance guru to oversee the risk management, an investment team to make sure their assets are working as hard as possible, an attorney to keep them on the straight and narrow, along with a savvy accountant to help them reduce their taxes and a financial advisor to coordinate all these folks and prepare for their future. It probably costs the very wealthy thousands of dollars per hour to get this kind of experienced, coordinated advice!
All of doctors dream of the day they will be financially independent—the day where practicing medicine is optional, not required. To plan for this day, we do extensive retirement planning for all of our clients and review it at every meeting.
Our plan for building wealth for our physicians follows this proven process: