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Is the Correction Over?
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Starter Homes
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Redecorating: Beware!
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NASDAQ Closes at Record High
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A 40% Chance
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Several Things
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Human Capital, Education and Wealth
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Another Stock Market Update
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Some Thoughts on Savings
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A Stock Market Upfate
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Who Can You Trust? Part II of II
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The Christmas Decoration Pre-worn Jeans Hustle
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2018 Outlook for Financial Markets
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Who Can You Trust? Part I of II
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Life Insurance Settlements
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Commodities and Buying the Breakout
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Buffett Wins His Bet
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Practice Real Estate and Free Agency
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Outlook for 2018: Part III: Stocks and Bonds
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My Outlook for 2018: Part Ii: Precious Metals
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Outlook for 2018: Hard Assets: Part I of III
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More Thoughts on Bitcoin
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Fees and Good Relations with Bankers
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Salvator Mundi
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Should You Rent or Own a Home?
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A Gift Subscription
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When Good Enough is Fine
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Stocks vs Real Estate: Asset Allocation. Part I of II
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The Saudi Arrests and the Perils of Foreign Investing
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Gambling and Las Vegas
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Some Tips on Auto Insurance
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Bitcoin and the Digital (Crypto) Currencies
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The Coming Bear Market: Part II How to Prepare
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Some Observations on Cemeteries
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The Market makes New Highs
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The Importance of a New High
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A Little Insurance: Wealth, War and Wisdom
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How to be Successful in Your Career
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How NOT to Buy a Home
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This Week in the Market
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Is the “Trump Bump” Running Out of Gas?
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Gold is on the Move
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The Importance of Estimation
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Buying Art and Collecting: Part II of II
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Buying Art and Collecting in General, Part I of II
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Physicians need to be More Forceful: Follow-up
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Physicians need to be More Forceful
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Your First “Real” Investment
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Leasing a Watch: Don’t
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The Importance of Your Children having a Job
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The Problem with Medical Student Debt is—the Med Schools
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Critters and Varmints in your Home and Yard
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Leveraged ETFs
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Leasing a Vehicle: Don’t!
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Buying Jewelry: Gold, Diamonds and Pearls
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Thomas Sowell: Part III of III
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Thomas Sowell: Pat II of III
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Live Close to Where You Work
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Medtronic in Hospital Management
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Thomas Sowell: Part I of II
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A Political Contribution a an Investment: Part II of II
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A Political Contribution as an Investment: Part I of II
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Buffett Selling Vacation Home
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Advanced Placement (AP) ourses
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The Importance of a Credit History
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The Electronic Health Reord
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Platinum and Palladium
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Economic Outlook for 2017: Part II of II
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Economic Outlook for 2017: Part I of II
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A Story From Vegas
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Land Donation Deals and the IRS
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The Theory of Gambler’s Ruin
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Student Loans: But Wait, There’s More!
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A Second Home
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The Consumer Confidence Index
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Social Security
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My Outlook for 2017: Part II of II
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My Outlook for 2017: The Market
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Medicine in 20 Years
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Higher Interest Rates
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Trump and the Markets: The Bad and Ugly
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Trump and the Markets: The Good
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Negative Trends: The Suits aren’t Makin’ Steel
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The New DOJ Fiduciary Rule
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Barron’s Conference, Part IV of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part III of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part II of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part I of IV
Issue #440, October 20, 2016


By Robert M. Doroghazi, M.D., F.A.C.C.

What is Your Spare Time Worth?

Issue #434, September 05, 2016

    The average physician in the US makes about $250K per year. For this discussion, let’s make the numbers easy and round that up to $280K. Many physicians who take this newsletter make significantly more. Whatever you make, adjust the numbers accordingly.
    If you work 280 days per year, you take home $1,000 per working day, $100 per hour for a 10 hour day (I worked about 70-72 hours per week). BUT: your professional time is actually worth much more. The average physician supports 5 office employees, and bills for at least $200 per hour.
    Point #1: Since you’ve already covered overhead, whatever more you bill flows directly to the bottom line. Your spare time is worth—at least—$200 per hour.
    Some physicians would like to make extra money, so they think about participating in a business venture. I recently reviewed the folly of opening a restaurant, advice which applies to any other non-medical business. You think you have an idea for the novel of the century. Line up with a million people you’ve never heard of. To make a living from writing, or for this discussion, a doctor-level living, you would have to be a Max Hastings, David McCullough quality writer.
    Point #2: I challenge you to think of a scenario where you just show up without years of training and make $200 per hour. If you do think of something, I would be interested.
    You want to be a prominent physician, and will do whatever it takes. The average physician has about 3 hours of discretionary time per weekday. That includes meals, your medical reading, playing with the kids, writing checks, looking at the TV, reading the paper, etc. Working one more hour per day cuts your weekday leisure time by 1/3.
    Point #3: What do you need to satisfy your ego? A) If you can’t live on $300K per year, I submit you’ll have just as much trouble living on $350K. B) I have never heard anyone say they wish they’d spent less time with their children. C) A doctor will never be the richest guy in town. Many will always have a lot more. The very wealthy have so much more than you that it doesn’t even make any difference where you put the decimal point. D) All you need is enough to spend in one lifetime. E) Be careful with your money, so when you’re 60 or 65 you can work because you like it, not because you must.
    One time the above discussion doesn’t apply is if you are transitioning to an activity for retirement. A local physician helped his children start a vineyard and restaurant that has been very successful and is now in its third decade.
    Although I’m retired, when someone wastes my time, I still ring my mental cash register at $200 per hour. 
    My final recommendation: there is no spare-time activity I can think of that will generate a physician-level income of $200 per hour. If you want to make more money, forget any non-medical business, just see one more consult per day.   
    What is the only animal that walks through the forest without regularly stopping to look for danger? Answer at the end of the newsletter.
    OP/ED Wall Street Journal (9/1/16): “The 5,000-Year Government Debt Bubble”.
    RMD comment: 5,000 years is of Biblical proportions, totally antediluvian (means before the flood of Gilgamesh and Noah, about 2700 BCE). The manipulation of interest rates (and secondarily, all markets) by central banks will eventually unravel and won’t end well. If you should avoid bonds because interest rates will eventually rise, where should you put your money? Getting back to the Biblical analogy, for recorded history the 3 universal forms of wealth are 1) human capital. In times past, this was slaves. At present, employers gain from the toil of their employees. An individual’s human capital is their ability to work. For practical purposes, a physician can bill only for services they directly provide. 2) Land, and 3) gold. I suggest A) well-chosen real estate: the yield (rent) is far higher than bonds, and real estate tracks inflation well. B) As outlined in recent notes, I believe we have seen the bottom in the precious metals, and the bull market has resumed.   
    In last week’s discussion about the precious metals, I forgot to mention the double-leveraged ETFs. I feel they are to be avoided: futures are a much more efficient vehicle for this type of position. There are also triple-leveraged ETFs for the miners: NUGT is triple positive and DUST is triple negative. The movement of these can be bonkers wild, easily 10-20% per day. When they go for you, you feel like a genius. When the go against you, you want to jump out the nearest window. Don’t be seduced: avoid them also.
    The European Commission has “ordered” Ireland to recover up to 13B euros (about $14.5B)—plus interest—in back taxes from Apple (AAPL). Apple CEO Tim Cook called it “political crap”.
    RMD comment: Rock on, Tim. Unelected, pointy-headed, I-know-what’s-better-for-you-than-you-know-what’s-best-for-yourself bureaucrats tell a sovereign country what to do. I hope Ireland is as forceful as Tim Cook. This is a perfect example of why the concept of the Euro is illogical and will fail. It will be interesting to see what Felix Zulauf has to say about this at the Barron’s Art of Successful Investing Conference on October 15 in Manhattan.
    Ten years ago, I made big money on POT (Potash Saskatchewan). Over the last 3-5 years, the fertilizer/agricultural stocks, along with most commodity stocks, have been hammered. POT pays a 5%+ dividend that Barron’s feels is safe. In the accompanying chart, POT looks like it has bottomed (other fertilizer stocks, such as Mosaic (MOS) and Agrium (AGU) look similar). Last week I talked to 2 people from Nebraska intimately involved in the agriculture business. They feel there may still be one more year of pain.
    RMD comment: stocks lead the economy by about 6-9 months. I’ll be watching the agricultural stocks. It will be interesting if POT breaks out.

    WW I started in 1914. 33-37% of the men born in the main belligerents—Germany, Austria-Hungary, France and Great Britain—in 1892-1895, 18-21 years of age when the war broke out, died in the Great War. 83% of the males born in Russia in 1923—18 years old when Hitler invaded in 1941—perished. It will be interesting (depressing) to see how many males born in 1995 in Syria or Iraq are alive in 2025.
    Please read Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary (Dick Morris, with Eileen McGann, Humanix Books). The book is credible because Morris was Bill Clinton’s campaign manager in 1996. For the Clintons, “not guilty is the same as innocent”.
    RMD comment: Barron’s recently said (I’m paraphrasing) “people will hold their nose and vote for Hillary”. You read this book, and you’ll hold your nose and vote for Trump—which I intend to do. More on this as the election approaches.
    I couldn’t put down the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Ten times more exciting than any vampire movie ever made. 
    The only animal that walks through the forest without regularly stopping to look for danger is——-man. I learned that from a Granite City Steel buddie in 1972.           

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