The Doctor’s Bill: Pediatrician Wants A New Crib To Call Home
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Welcome to this episode of The Doctor’s Bill (Can You Afford It?).
Wonder if you should buy that big ticket item or not?
Well here’s your chance to have a wealth management expert, Johanna Fox Turner, of Fox & Company Wealth Management analyze your overall finances and make a final verdict on whether or not you can indeed swing for the fences and splurge on yourself or whether you should just walk away.
[Johanna and I have no current financial relationship]
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a substitute for paid professional advice but only meant to serve as a suggestion/guideline.
The following are the details from our submission form:
Buy a home.
How do you plan on paying for this item/experience?
On A Happiness Scale of 1-10 (10 Being Happiest), rate what this item/experience will do for you A) Short Term and B) Long Term:
A) 8 B) 8
Pediatrician (Finishing up residency)
Any Children (If so please provide ages)?
4 year old, 5 month old, and 3rd one on the way.
How Many Years Till Planned Retirement?
What is your total household income?
What is your % Annual Savings Rate? (savings/gross income)
Estimated Annual Living Expenses (Current):
Estimated/Desired Annual Living Expenses (In Retirement):
Market Value of Primary Home [For Renter =$ 0]
Additional Real Estate Holdings Equity (Market Value-Debt):
Current Liquid Asset Value (Savings, Checking, Etc.):
Retirement Assets (401k/IRA/HSA):
Brokerage Account (Taxable):
Miscellaneous Asset Value (Please elaborate):
Student Loan Balance:
Unfunded Future College Costs & Years Left Till Needed:
Not sure. Plan to fund for children but for in state colleges only.
Other Unfunded Goals and Years Remaining (Today’s Dollars):
Any other pertinent information not addressed?
I am still a resident and will be starting first job in 6 months requiring me to move out of state to Pennsylvania (with no local family there).
I will be a salaried (W-2) employee with no possibility of partnership and no significant increase in salary expected.
Retirement benefits are that the employer will match 25% on the first 8% of compensation elected as 401(k) contribution and an additional 3% of annual compensation as a safe harbor contribution.
After reviewing the above financials what are your thoughts?
Does a new crib for this pediatrician become a place of sanctuary or will he instead find himself trapped financially inside those walls?
Click on the Doctor’s Bill Image and find out the verdict:
After you see the verdict please come back to this page and comment whether you agree or not with the decision (and no cheating by looking at comments first!)
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