If You Don't Know Whether a "Target Date" Mutual Fund is for You, It Is!
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
Nothing is Simpler During our lectures and workshops, we often explain that while financial planning can sometimes be difficult, investing itself is typically straightforward. Choosing investments is much easier now that there are “Target Retirement” type investment choices readily available. These investments have various other names, such as “Target Date” or “Lifecycle” funds, but the general idea is the same. You can choose ONE investment, in all of your accounts, and never have to do anything different, ever. Almost sounds too good to be true, right?  What’s the Catch? There is no cat ..read more
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Moonlighting and Side Jobs: Updates to our Tax Guide
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
Side Income? You’re in the Right Place. Did you have a side job in 2020? Are you considering one for 2021? If so, you’ll learn a ton in a very short time by reading our guide to Moonlighting and Self-Employment Income. Many physicians, particularly trainees, often look for side jobs or moonlighting opportunities to help with student loans and low trainee salaries. If you simply take extra shifts with your employer, that income will be added to your pay, taxes withheld, and eventually reported on a W2 But if you do some extra work for an unrelated employer (regardless of the type of job) you ma ..read more
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Ten critical financial items that new 2021 Physicians need to handle...Right Now
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
Congratulations! [This is a refresh of our FIFTH annual “medical school graduation” post. Same irreverent tone, same lame jokes, but otherwise the similar yet updated awesome information for 2021.] Congrats! You’ve just matched and internship is around the corner. Enjoy this time (you’ve earned it!) but don’t get too comfortable. There are several key financial tasks you need to address so that you can start your professional life off on the right foot. Or as the ophthalmologists like to say “PD” (pedis dexter, "right foot" get it?). Some of these financial items need to be done BEFORE you sta ..read more
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PSA: The "Loan Simulator" at Studentaid.gov is not accurate during this current no-interest forbearance period
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
Making Repayment Decisions? Studentaid.gov has a loan repayment tool, which can be very helpful in calculating monthly payments and exploring repayment options. You can manually enter you own loan data OR you can log in and it will automatically import your actual loan data.  Make Sure to Heed the Warning Several loan payments amounts for various payment plans (e.g. IBR, PAYE, and ICR) depend not only on loan balance, but also on the loan interest rate. Currently, interest rates on all federal loans have been set to zero percent by the CARES act. Thus, if you are logged in while using the ..read more
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Don't Choose A Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan Until You Watch This Short Video
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
PAYE or REPAYE? There are almost a dozen federal student loan repayment plans, five which qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. But newer borrowers (i.e. no loans over 13 years old) only need to consider two of those: Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE).  One Video, All the Info The video below walks you through all the key features to consider when making a PAYE/REPAYE decision in consideration of PSLF. There are no convoluted tables and there is minimal text. There is also a catchy soundtrack recorded by the Doctored Money studio band. We believe this is t ..read more
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Ten critical financial items that new 2020 Physicians need to handle Right Now
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
Congratulations! [This is a refresh of our FOURTH annual “medical school graduation” post. My my, where has the time gone?] Congrats! You’ve just matched and internship is around the corner. Enjoy this time (you’ve earned it!) but don’t get too comfortable. There are several key financial tasks you need to address so that you can start your professional life off on the right foot. Or as the ophthalmologists like to say “PD” (pedis dexter, "right foot" get it?). Some of these financial items need to be done BEFORE you start internship, while other considerations represent long-term mentalities ..read more
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The Presidents New Budget Proposal -- PSLF is safe for current borrowers
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by Dalton Haslam
1y ago
No change to PSLF for existing borrowers We know we are going to get lots of email about this, so we’ll just come right out with a quick post. The scary headlines concerning the elimination of Public Service Loan Forgiveness in President Trump’s new budget proposal does not apply to current borrowers.  Here’s what’s written in the proposal “This package would simplify repayment for all new undergraduate borrowers regardless of occupation and create a pathway for expedited debt forgiveness after 15 years of payments instead of after 20 years under current law”. The keyword here is “new ..read more
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Individualized Student Loan Analysis
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by Dalton Haslam
1y ago
Update We are suspending this feature for now. COVID related activities have disrupted our ability to provide timely responses. We are devoting more of our time to patient care, and any remaining free time is preferentially going to our families. Be safe. We have an new venture to share with you! Doctored Money has been striving to educate physician borrowers on debt management and PSLF for over 5 years, both in-person and online. It is a labor of love and we volunteer our own time and money to answer questions for all who reach out. We are happy to report that demand for this help continues ..read more
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2019 Taxes for Interns, A Walkthrough
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
2019 Taxes? Intern? We can help. We’ve updated our tax pages to include taxes information for 2019. We have a walkthrough of taxes for interns, with a sample “1040” for a non-married intern. We can’t help with the mechanics of entering the information in to tax-prep software, but we can ensure your output looks reasonable. In addition, even if you use a paid tax preparer, you still need to ensure the taxes are done correctly. And of course, you need to be educated about how taxes work despite your choice to outsource the preparation.  Tax Pages Go to our main Tax page to see the list of t ..read more
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How will my loan payment change if I have a baby (or another baby)? A mini blog post for those considering creating a new mini human.
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by Doctored Money
1y ago
Punchline In 2020, each increase in your family size will decrease your payment by exactly $55.25 per month if your payment plan is either REPAYE or PAYE and $82.88 if on IBR, assuming no change to your AGI.  The Math Annual payments for PAYE and REPAYE are calculated based on 10% of discretionary income. Discretionary income is defined as your adjusted gross income (AGI) minus 150% of the federal poverty level for your family size. The 2020 poverty level increases by exactly $4420 for each additional family member. Let’s take an AGI of $100,000 and a family size of 2 as an example. The p ..read more
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