As doctors, we were never taught anything about money in medical school. We have been purposely kept in the dark, while all of the people around us are working less and becoming more wealthy.
Most doctors make a decent living, but that doesn’t mean they are wealthy. Physician salaries and income may be high, but their expenses are also high. If you stopped working today, how many months would you have, before you ran out of money?
Just because we are doctors, doesn’t mean we can’t get seriously injured or sick.
Consider this your wake-up call, your chance to take control of your own future.
Physicians today face huge challenges in a rapidly changing healthcare environment:
It’s no wonder the burnout rate is so high.
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I don’t know why, but I really thought having a 401K and investing in the stock market would let me retire wealthy. I was seriously mistaken. Blindly trusting my money to stockbrokers, promising an 8-10% return, does not actually lead to financial freedom.
As physicians, we assumed that if we simply took care of our patients, we would make more than enough money and that we would never have to worry about money. That eventually when we retired, we would retire with freedom and the resources to enjoy it.
We trusted in our financial advisers, to guide us in saving for our eventual retirement goals, but in reality, we are putting money into their pockets and they really have nothing to lose. They charge us a fee, whether they make money or not, and if we lose everything, they lose nothing.
Our hospital administrators, our governmental officials, our financial advisers, even our gas station and dry cleaner owners have more wealth and time freedom than we do.
The system is rigged against us. We get taxed at the highest levels and have nothing left to show for it.
At the end of the day, most physicians end up dying broke and broken.
That’s about 300,000 people per month.
Almost 40 million households have no retirement savings at all, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security.
Close to two-thirds of seniors cite finances as the primary reason why they remain at work, according to a recent poll by Provision Living, a provider of senior living communities.
I just happened to be making post-anesthesia rounds in the psych ward of an urban university hospital, on a trauma patient that one of my residents had managed to break a tooth on… Not the usual place I would want to find myself at 9 pm after a busy day, but the show must go on.
A patient in a wheelchair motioned me over. He seemed to know who I was, but I had no idea why this disheveled “patient” wanted to talk to me.
It turns out, he had been the head of General Surgery at that very hospital, three years previously, about a year before I had started.
In the OR’s the nurses had regaled me with battle stories about him, stories about life-saving heroics, but I hadn’t met him until that day.
For that day and the next few days when I could steal away a little time, we talked. He needed to pass on what he had learned, what had happened. What had gone right, what had gone wrong, what he wished he had done differently.
He had worked nearly a hundred hours a week for his entire adult life. He was a doctor’s doctor.
He was extremely skilled. He had sacrificed his personal goals to help his patients.
He had made all kinds of money, but he wasn’t in it for the money.
He let his stockbroker manage it. The market would have its ups and downs, but he knew that it would always recover. Because of the stock market crash of 2008, the broker had lost nearly everything. His broker had been actively trading the account as the physician was getting closer to retirement and the overall return wasn’t going to be quite high enough to retire.
Unfortunately, the stock market crash came unexpectedly about 3 months before he got diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
By the time he got through treatment and got his head above water, the market was decimated.
He ran out of disability money, he ran out of savings, and eventually, he ran out of hope.
He didn’t die from cancer, he died from desperation and fatigue.
I had met him in the last few days of his life. I had met him too late.
The vast majority of physicians realized they were running out of money… but after they had retired.
If you want to live off even half of your final salary in retirement, you need to save at least 40% of your income over the next 30 years.
This assumes a historical return of 8-10%. Unfortunately, the projected stock market return is 6% and the Fed inflation target is 2.5%, so the real rate of return is closer to 3%.
Olivia S. Mitchell, professor of insurance/risk management and business economics & public policy, and executive director of Wharton’s Pension Research Council at the University of Pennsylvania.
The reality is that although physicians make a lot of money, they also have huge bills. At the end of the day, they will run out of money just like everybody else, but faster…
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A fifty-three-year-old female physician colleague reached out to me because she needed a loan.
She had been getting bank loans because she couldn’t make ends meet, despite the fact she made a good living. She had some taxes she had to catch up on, she had college
for her kids she was paying on, she had car payments, and she had gotten behind on a mortgage.
She hadn’t been able to save anything, let alone save enough to retire. As soon as she wasn’t feeding her financial advisers with investment cash, they had stopped returning her calls.
When the bank stopped lending to her, she went to private money loans through loan brokers, who charged her a hefty fee, that she thought she could just pay off with her next few paychecks.
She had been struggling financially, and only turned to me because she had heard that I had helped another physician avoid financial catastrophe when he became disabled from a bad car accident, and I had helped him.
She assumed that I had given that physician a loan until he got back on his feet. I hadn’t given him a loan; I had given him something far more valuable.
I had given him the information and guidance to get off the paycheck treadmill, to no longer be a wage slave.
I had given him the tools to invest money passively, so whether he worked or not, he would still make money.
I gave him the tools to reduce how much tax he was paying, over 40% of his paycheck.
I had shared with him why the stock market was a veneer of truth, covering all manner of unspeakable financial rot.
I had shared with him what true wealth was, the freedom of being a physician, helping patients, and not worrying about if there was going to be enough money to pay for his daughter’s wedding.
Physicians need true financial education and specific tools to understand these complexities, so we stop getting taken advantage of.
So my fifty-three-year-old physician colleague got her financial house in order. She changed her relationship with money and managed it like you would manage a ventilator in the ICU. She had been on life support, but now that she knew how to make a change, she could wean herself off of life support.
She paid off her highest interest loans, she stopped spending as a distraction, she set up a reserve bank account for investment, and eventually rolled over her non-performing
retirement accounts into performing assets that not only generated monthly cash flow but also gained in value. Assets that didn’t fluctuate minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day. Tangible assets that would help her retire, and that her kids could eventually inherit.
Financial education is not something physicians are taught in medical school.
We sacrifice the majority of our adult lives to help patients, to help save their lives. We’ve spent so much of our brainpower caring for our patients, we ignore our own financial future.
The financial information we get is filtered through the lens of our financial advisers who tell us to invest for the long-term, in a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
This couldn’t be farther from the real truth. We are being bamboozled by paper asset managers; we have been blinded to the truth.
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I look for opportunities where I can generate an asymmetric return, a return where the benefit is far greater than the risk. When you invest in the stock market and you have special knowledge that no one else does, you are breaking the law. But when I invest in real estate assets and I have special knowledge, it’s just considered being smart.
I was once working on an interesting spinal cord implant technology that I knew would make a fortune, but because I had special secret knowledge, I couldn’t tell anybody else and I couldn’t invest in it.
In my real estate investing world, I found out about a pending zoning change that would create a huge windfall for a specific area. Before the newspapers made it public knowledge, I tied up the properties with purchase options. That special knowledge still gives me an extra $5,000 of cash flow every month.
As physicians, we never learned much about money in medical school.
Don’t let this be you. Make a decision to take your financial future in a new direction, where you can achieve true wealth, a future where you can make money even while you aren’t working.
True wealth is not having to work.
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