Beware of the Disability Disconnect

Posted on: June 7, 2017 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

When it comes to the risk of disability, Americans are woefully underinsured. Disability vastly outpaces the death of a breadwinner among those under age 50 as a leading cause of economic hardship for families. The fact is, most people vastly underestimate their chances of becoming disabled: According to information from the Social Security Administration, about one […]

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Young Doctors Need To Step Up Savings and Financial Planning Efforts

Posted on: May 24, 2017 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

The American Medical Association has just released its 2017 Report on Resident Physicians’ Financial Preparedness, and things aren’t looking great. Researchers surveyed over 50,000 residents and got 1,573 responses from residents in a variety of medical specialties from across the country. Nearly two-thirds of residents report being ‘behind’ when it comes to preparing for retirement, […]

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Doctors: When to Review Your Disability Insurance Coverage

Posted on: March 21, 2017 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

Disability insurance is like a good car: It will work when you need it – but you need to do a little maintenance from time to time to get the most out of it. For disability insurance policyholders, maintaining your policy means doing a periodic review of the policy with your insurance professional and ensuring […]

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New Years Resolutions for Doctors

Posted on: January 12, 2017 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

The New Year is traditionally a time to act on plans for self-improvement. Millions of Americans will be working to lose weight, to achieve success at work, improve their 2 mile run time, or to achieve a variety of financial and personal goals. Here are some great New Year’s resolutions for doctors to consider: Go […]

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6 Investing Mistakes Doctors Make Too Often

Posted on: December 27, 2016 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

For a bunch of smart people, doctors are notorious for being bad investors. But bad investment decisions are preventable. Understanding the common mistakes physicians make when it comes to investing their money can pay big dividends in the future. Failure to start early. Yes, physicians enter their careers with a lot of debt to pay […]

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Residents – What They Earn and What They Owe, Nationwide

Posted on: September 27, 2016 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

The average salary for residents for 2016 was essentially unchanged compared to the prior year, at $56,500, according to the recently-released Medscape Residents Salary  & Debt Report 2016. That represents an increase of $100 per year, which is well within the margin of error. Naturally, some specialties out-earned others, and just about everybody out-earned emergency […]

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Young Doctors: Run – Don’t Walk – To Fund A Roth IRA

Posted on: September 7, 2016 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

Young physicians – especially those about to enter residency or still in residency, have a unique tax planning opportunity that’s almost unmatched by any other profession: The opportunity to contribute to a Roth IRA (or Roth 401(k)) while earning an income far, far below their likely income brackets in retirement. And that’s why the Roth […]

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The New Doctors’ Financial Planning Checklist

Posted on: July 26, 2016 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

Congratulations on becoming a physician! You’re going to help a lot of people, potentially save a lot of lives, and in the process, make a good deal of money. The total lifetime earnings of a physician easily amounts to upwards of $7 to $10 million and sometimes more, over the course of a successful career […]

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Is Your Medical Specialty Among the Top Earners?

Posted on: June 14, 2016 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

Want to know what your fellow docs are getting paid? The 2016 Medscape Physician Compensation Report is out. Here are some of the key findings: The five specialties that are among the top earners are as follows: Orthopedics: $443,000 Cardiology: $410,000 Dermatology: $381,000 Gastroenterology: $380,000 Radiology: $375,000 … And here are the lowest-earning specialties, in […]

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7 Student Loan Management Tips For Young Doctors

Posted on: April 19, 2016 by Chuck Krugh, CFP

Medical school pays off big for the vast majority of doctors who stay in medicine for their entire careers. But that doesn’t mean that medical school debt and student loan balances are fun. According to the New American Education Policy Program, the average medical school graduate begins his or her career with college debt in […]

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