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3 Tips for Physicians to Find the Best Financial Advisor

Believe it or not, some financial advisors do not have to abide by their own version of a Hippocratic Oath. As a physician, you are a fiduciary, a professional who is obligated to put your patients’ best interest first. But, did you know that not all financial advisors are required to abide by a fiduciary standard? As a physician, you have a Hippocratic oath. It’s a smart idea to find a financial advisor that is bound to the same set of standards to serve your interests first. Here are three things you should ask in your search for a financial advisor.

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How to Maximize the Deductibility of Charitable Contributions

The tax law changes in 2018 dramatically reduced the deductibility of many expenses and increased the standard deduction dramatically.  However, these same tax reforms cleared the way for individuals and families to continue to support the causes they believe in while still potentially minimizing their taxes. However, this new approach requires planning ahead and an understanding of how “bunching” deductions work.

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5 Critical Tax Planning Strategies for Physicians

Whether you are a physician who is still in residency or have enjoyed a mature career and are nearing retirement, strategic tax planning is critical at any stage of a high-income earner’s journey. Smart planning throughout your career not only helps to alleviate tax burdens on a year to year basis, but works to maximize your income in retirement, as well.

Unfortunately, even though the average physician spends roughly a decade in graduate school and training, there is little to no education provided on personal finance or tax planning. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 tax planning strategies that can specifically benefit hard-working physicians looking to reduce their taxable income and improve their lifetime income stream.

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What’s Ruining Medicine for Physicians?

Each year, Medical Economics asks physicians about their top challenges for the new year. During the 2018 end-of-the-year polling, this leading healthcare publication posed a more provocative question: “What is ruining medicine for physicians?” An overarching theme that emerged from the 2018 poll centered on how the business side of healthcare is demanding more of physicians’ attention than any other issue – even patient care. From continuing education requirements to continued declines in reimbursement rates to hard-to-use EHR systems and payer relations, there seems to be fewer hours left in physicians’ days to do what they do best and were trained to do – diagnose illnesses and treat patients. As a Wealth Manager and the spouse of a physician, I’ve called out four of the nine “pain points” that I found most relevant to a physician’s finances:

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Asset Protection: Don’t Just Build Wealth— Defend It

Are you prepared to protect your assets in case you get sued? Hopefully this won’t happen to you, but the hard reality is that successful, financially secure individuals, especially business owners and professionals, are targets — a magnet for actions such as lawsuits and torts. For example, more than a third of physicians (34%) have had a claim filed against them at some point in their careers.1 For business owners, 36-53% of small businesses are involved in at least one litigation in any given year.2 Even if these claims or lawsuits are frivolous, they can be frustrating and potentially devastating to your financial well-being.

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Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2019

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans and various tax deduction, exclusion, exemption, and threshold amounts. Here are a few of the key adjustments for 2019.

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