By Dave Denniston CFA
The world is changing.
The concept of retirement is changing.
Is an early retirement even possible? Heck, is retirement by 60 or 65 even possible?
As a matter of fact, I’m seeing many folks work longer and longer- some even well into their 70’s. Truly, it’s not full time for the most part, but part time to scrape some extra dough for some of the extras that make retirement enjoyable- the hobbies, the travel, and the grandkiddos.
In a previous post, I made a big leap and even suggested that Retirement is Dead.
For newly minted attending physicians with student debt burdens over $300,000 and rising, a traditional retirement is getting further and further out of reach. My feeling is that we will be seeing more and more physicians experience what I am coining “The New Retirement.”
Yes, I know that we currently have a physician shortage, but with more “cheaper” PAs and NPs gradually taking over the work for physicians in certain areas- we could see the landscape for physicians changing more and more.
In this post, discover the three components of the New Retirement and how that may fit into your future plans.
Component#1: House Debt Forces You To Work Longer
What are we taught about buying our first place? What matters more than anything else?
Location, location, and of course… location
When it comes to the new retirement, location is everything and I’ll change those 3 words to:
Home price, home price, and home price
For many of us that are labeled gen x, gen y, and millennials- I see time and time again the impact of the price of your home on retirement.
Consider a client in Southern California- they bought a fairly modest home for $900k.
In comparison, here in the good ol’ Midwest, our place of similar size was worth around $250k around the same time.
Can you imagine how much more quickly we’ll be out of mortgage debt and able to save more? Our friends on the coast are being FORCED to work much longer.
Ironically, not only are costs higher- particularly homes…. but the salaries are also lower!!!
This means that our physician friends on the coasts are likely to experience the new retirement- unless they do some creative investing or instead, force themselves to live like a resident for a big chunk of their careers.
And it’s awfully hard to live like a resident and when you’re paying a resident’s salary for your home…
Component#3: Creating (or Acquiring) A Business
Can’t find that passion for medicine again? Are you eager to try something else?
For some of us… maybe you don’t want to start from scratch and you don’t want to work ‘for the man’. Wouldn’t it be great to have a business that you can get cash from immediately?
Check out what I did by buying an existing business.
I’m not going to lie. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, BUT if you structure the acquisition right- you can protect yourself and your future while creating multiple streams of income.
As a matter of fact, I like it so much- I am planning on acquiring or starting 1 new business every year the next 2 to 3 years.
This should allow us to generate a few thousand extra dollars a month. As we develop more systems and automation, each business should be on autopilot with some course correction from time-to-time.
Doctors like you are the best and brightest that our country has to offer.
As you may explore the “New Retirement”, keep an open mind.
You have the capacity and ability to contribute so much to the world- whether you are treating patients or starting a new business.
Keep trying, keep testing, and above all else, keep pursuing the financial freedom you so richly deserve.
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About the Author
Dave Denniston, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is an author and authority for physicians providing a voice and an advocate for all of the financial issues that doctors deal with. He also has 1 wife, 2 kids, and a bunny named Black Snow (which is a lot better of a name than Yellow Snow).
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