8 Financial Mistakes that New Optometrists Make

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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The Optometrist’s Guide to Writing a Business Plan

When it comes to building a great business, a business plan is a vital piece of the puzzle. A business plan explicitly explains how a business seeks to go after its mission and how it will utilize its operations to become profitable. Components of your business plan will help you think through problems and arrive at solutions. Alongside this, a well written and convincing business plan will help you obtain funding, bring in additional partners (if applicable) and even get investors.

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Annual Report: 2020

Hello ODs on Finance Family, Well 2020 has surely been a year!  Let’s be honest, we all went into the year 2020 with big expectations – but the so-called Year of the Optometrist had some nasty surprises up its sleeve.  Despite the trials and tribulations that 2020 brought, it also brought important lessons, and the…

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8 New Year’s Financial Resolutions

KEY POINTS: (1) Max out Your Roth IRA Early (2) Automate Your Savings (3) Make Sure You Have an Adequate 3-6 months Emergency Fund (4) Create a Budget…or a Spending Plan (5) Set an End of the Year Net Worth Goal (6) Re-evaluate Your Insurances (7) Plan for Expenses, and Fun! (8) Get Professional Help…

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10 Practical Tips on How to Pay Off $221K+ Optometry Student Loans in 5 years

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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2020-2021 Comparison Retirement & IRS Limits

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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8 Financial Lessons that I Learned during COVID-19

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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The New Normal – Should Optometry School Tuition be Reduced in Light of Virtual Classes and Reduced Clinic Time?

The coronavirus pandemic has turned our world upside down. Face coverings and hand sanitizer, once foreign objects only wielded by the most righteous germaphobes, have now become a reality and requirement for nearly everyone. In the SF Bay Area, where ODs on Finance’s physical headquarters are located, many large tech companies have adopted a permanent work from home policy – which has lightened morning traffic, allowed many workers to move out of the area into more affordable areas and has undoubtedly reduced overhead cost for these large companies in terms of commercial real estate needs.

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8 Reasons Why Every Optometrist should Invest in Index Funds

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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