The average new optometrist graduates at an average age of 28 year old (significantly behind non-OD peers in terms of income generation), with an average student loan debt of over $220,000+, with little or no retirement investments. Often new grad optometrists find themselves practicing in oversaturated cities and most importantly without any formal financial education. This is the perfect storm that often leaves many doctors mentally overwhelmed and prone to devastating financial mistakes. In this article, we will address 8 common financial mistakes that new OD graduates make and how you can avoid them to be financially successful.

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KEY POINTS: (1) No $10,000 Student Loan Forgiveness (2) Temporary Tax Relief for Student Loans Forgiveness until January 1, 2026 (3) Biden hasn’t extended the 0% payment and interest CARES student loan freeze, so the bill is still set to expire by the end of September 30, 2021. (4) Small Business Relief For Business Owners…

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Like many optometrists, I graduated from Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) with over $221,245 in student loans back in June 2015. It was a combination of both federal loans ($198,303) and high interest private loans ($22,942) that I took out for other living expenses during my 4th year rotations. In early October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I made my final and last student loan payment, roughly 5 years later.

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KEY POINTS: (1) Overall, 401K/Roth IRA/SIMPLE/SEP contribution limits are the same in 2021 (2) Trad IRA: For single taxpayers covered by a workplace retirement plan, the new phase-out range is $66,000 to $76,000. For married couples filing jointly, where the spouse making the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the new phase-out…

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As we approach the end of August, we have experienced the worst market down-spiral in mid-March since the 2008 housing recession, with a -20% stock market crash. Luckily, year to date (YTD), the S&P 500 index has recovered nicely to roughly baseline. While we are not out of the woods yet, I have learned some important financial lessons, both as an investor and as an individual during this once-in-a lifetime catastrophe. Here are 8 things the pandemic has taught me.

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As we approach September 30, 2020, when the temporary 0% Federal student loan and forbearance period are both expected to end, here are some important updates:

Key Points:
DeVos fires all 4 major loan servicers that handle federal student loans starting December 14, 2020.
What to expect when receiving a welcome letter from your new servicer and what to do?
10 year PSLF Borrowers: Download your payment history before End of 2020
Student Loan servicers chaos could extend student loan relief
Refi Student loans are trending lower

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KEY POINTS: (1) Better Performance (2) Lower Cost (3) Less Time consuming (4) Less Risky (5) More Tax-Efficient (6) Ease of use in Building your Portfolio (7) Wide Availability (8) Eliminate Behavioral aspect and No Feeling of missing out (FOMO) Due to the recent COVID shelter in place order, many investors (new and experienced) are…

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