It’s time for Reese to take the hot seat as we switch things up a bit for this episode of Dentist Money™. Dr. Russell Kirk takes the lead and interviews Reese for The Business of Dentistry podcast. Enjoy a different point-of-view as Dr. Kirk asks the questions and Reese offers his advice. And Reese has plenty to share with ideas on how a well-planned financial strategy can make a huge difference to both your practice and your preparation for retirement.
Do you remember completing a risk assessment the last time you set up an investment account? Did it really set your savings plan on the right trajectory, or did it simply cover your advisor’s butt in case you weren’t happy with the eventual returns? In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese & Ryan talk about an Element called Equity Rate from our periodic table of financial indicators. They explain why traditional risk assessment tools fall short of measuring your investment needs, and how they miss the mark when it comes to creating the right balance of stocks and bonds in your portfolio.
Do wealthy people offer the best financial advice? What benefits should I offer my employees? Remodel my home or buy a new one – what’s the right choice? Reese and Ryan tackle these three questions on this Q&A episode of Dentist Money™. You’ll hear Ryan list four types of people Forbes says you should avoid taking advice from — it might surprise you. And you’ll find out what other group practices do when it comes to employee benefits. Plus, Reese has a lot to say about buying or remodeling as he recently went through that decision himself.
What path should you take to practice ownership – start-up or acquisition? For the past decade Jayme Amos has coached numerous dentists on how to achieve greater satisfaction from practicing dentistry. On this episode of the Dentist Money™ Show, Jayme shares with Reese how personality traits should be factored into business decisions. And he discusses the important differences between starting a practice from scratch, or purchasing an existing practice. As an expert on work/life integration, Jayme also has some suggestions on how you can build a practice that reflects your personal values.
By ignoring your office retirement plan, are you making a seven-figure mistake? On this Dentist Money™ Show, Reese and Ryan talk about qualified retirement plans and why a yearly review makes such a huge difference. You’ll hear why the cheapest 401(k) provider may not really be the least expensive. And, you’ll find out how to avoid getting surprised by employee plan fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities from falling on you, which occurs more often than you think.
It’s one of the biggest problems that keeps struggling practices from succeeding. On this episode of the Dentist Money™ Show, Patty Ricard, dental practice manager, consultant and life coach, addresses a common issue in office management, and shares her keys for your practice to reach peak performance. She talks with Reese about what methods you can use to build better patient and team loyalty – and why instituting just a few changes can lead to more profitability.
How will you create cash flow that requires minimal effort? On this Dentist Money™ Show, Reese and Ryan discuss something people love to daydream about – passive income. You’ll hear how real estate measures up to other passive income options and learn about the two main components of passive income. And you’ll find out what it means to harvest your assets correctly in order to make them last longer.
How did this dentist go from associate to a 28-operatory multi-speciality practice? In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese interviews Dr. David Bender who shares how he expanded his services and built such a large scale operation. Dr. Bender talks about the financing decisions he faced, DSO versus private practice considerations, partnership agreements, and how personality plays into business decisions.
Is there a “right way” to pay your family members through your business? When is it the right time to hire a financial advisor? Should I start a private practice? All three of these questions have something in common. They’re the topics discussed on this Q&A episode of Dentist Money™. Reese and Ryan give their advice on what tax saving vehicles to use when paying kids; they discuss the right timing for hiring a financial advisor; plus they share their reasons why opening a private practice isn’t necessarily the right choice for every dentist.
What do guinea worms, selfies, and sharks have to with behavioral finance? You’ll be surprised how they fit together in this fascinating episode of Dentist Money™. Reese Harper, CFP® welcomes Dr. Daniel Crosby, psychologist, behavioral finance expert, and New York Times best-selling author of The Laws of Wealth. Their discussion covers a variety of behaviors that affect the way people invest. Find out how your investment decisions might be distorted by your own emotions.
How does practice equity fit into your overall asset mix? As you build your net worth, do you consider how much your practice will contribute to your retirement? In this Dentist Money™ Show, Reese and Ryan explain how to prioritize your practice in relation to other assets like real estate, investments, and retirement accounts. They also explain how growth of one asset type can lead to growth of another.
It could be the #1 question on dentist’s minds: “How will the growth of DSOs affect my practice?” In this Dentist Money™ interview from the Dental Success Summit, Reese Harper, CFP® welcomes attorney Brian Colao, Director of Dykema’s Dental Service Organizations Industry Group. Brian represents several DSO venture capitalists and shares his view on the DSO business model compared to solo, multi-location, and group practices. He explains when it makes sense to transition to a DSO, how ownership structure differs from traditional practices, and the implications of selling to a DSO buyer versus a private practitioner.
What would happen if health issues prevented you from practicing dentistry? Would your current disability policy keep you afloat? In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese & Ryan discuss a financial indicator from the Elements® table called Insurance Rate, and the performance benchmarks calculated during a recent analysis for Dentist Advisors clients. They touch on a few considerations for life insurance coverage, and dive deep into the features and definitions within disability policies that can have a major impact on a dentist’s financial security.
How does social media influence the type of patients you attract? Beyond new patients, how can social media be used to grow your business? In this interview at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Reese Harper, CFP® interviews Jack Hadley, founding partner of My Social Practice and MBA professor of social media marketing. Jack explains how social media can be used to strengthen relationships, describes some simple methods dentists can use to create effective content, and talks about leveraging your “alpha” audience to grow faster.
What’s on the minds of one Pedo and two GPs? Debt repayment, retirement plan consolidation, and equipment budgeting. And in this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese & Ryan address each of these listeners’ questions by reacting to a well-known blogger's advice about debt, explaining the right way to fund new retirement accounts, and describing how equipment should be viewed from an investment perspective.
Is your office manager irreplaceable? Or do you have systems in place to stay afloat if you had to find someone new? In this Dentist Money™ interview, Reese welcomes Kiera Dent, founder of Dental Masters and practice consultant for dentists across the country. Kiera covers issues related to embezzlement risk, office manager dependency, daily reporting, and setting budgets for staff. She also shares three simple things you can do to boost production immediately.
Have you looked into target date funds as an investment option? A lot of dentists are drawn to this seemingly safe, inexpensive, and low maintenance way to save for retirement. But there’s often a misunderstanding about why these funds exist and who should be using them. In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese & Ryan explain the intent of target date funds, the limitations they impose for dentists, and how they often get misused.
What are your options when it comes to buying or selling a practice? Will it be a gradual buyout or a clean break? In this episode of Dentist Money™ recorded at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Reese Harper, CFP® welcomes Wayne Oplinger, Transitions Analyst at Benco Dental who shares the most common mistakes dentists make when going through transitions. He talks about the current state and future outlook of the dental practice market, observations he’s made during hundreds of interactions with practice owners, choices and variables to consider when planning a transition, and the biggest regret dentists usually face after selling their practice.
How does your savings rate compare to other dentists? More importantly, how much money should YOU be putting away each month? In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese and Ryan cover Savings Rate fundamentals and recap a few insights gained from this month’s Elements® analysis for clients of Dentist Advisors. They talk about appropriate levels of saving, how Savings Rate might change throughout a dentist’s career, and why the advantages of a balanced savings plan go beyond building a financial reserve.
How would you rate your study club experiences? Do they add real value or do they seem unproductive? In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese welcomes Dr. Martin Mendelson, Executive Vice President of Client Services at Spear Education. In this interview, Dr. Mendelson shares the keys to cultivating a successful study group. He also explains the roles of coaches, consultants, and mentors in a dentist’s life and the mindset of practice owners who embrace continuous improvement.
Do you have burning questions about your personal or practice finances? In this episode of Dentist Money™, Reese & Ryan respond to three dentists who submitted questions about office retirement plans, annuities, and “backdoor Roth” accounts. Advice includes the bigger picture around retirement plan selection, questions to ask about your existing annuities, and how cash flow plays into investment account decisions.
What’s the right balance of delegation and direct involvement? As the CEO of your practice, do you have enough information to be strategic, but not so much that it bogs you down? In this episode of Dentist Money™ Reese Harper welcomes Penny Reed who explains how practice management has evolved over the past twenty-five years. Penny is a renowned speaker and author, and has coached dentists across the country to become more profitable through better delegation and accountability. In this interview, she discusses the true value of a good consultant, how your personality should play into business decisions, and common mistakes that lead to poor office cultures.
How much cash should you keep on hand? Beyond an emergency fund, what are the advantages of maintaining adequate liquidity? And at what point have you accumulated too much cash? In this episode of Dentist Money™ Reese & Ryan dive into a calculation called “Liquid Term” from the periodic table of financial Elements® and recap findings from last month’s client performance analysis. They raise common questions around cash management, highlight the lesser known advantages of having enough liquidity, and describe how a dentist should expect liquidity to grow over the course of a career.
What does it take to build a business beyond yourself? Even if you’re the only producer, how can you maintain the humanity of your practice as you grow? In this Dentist Money™ interview recorded at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Reese welcomes Peter Shallard, Founder of Commit Action, and personal coach to entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. Peter discusses the intersection of business and psychology, and explains why it’s so easy for dentists to become their own worst enemy when trying to grow a practice. He talks about the lies business owners often tell themselves, how burn out usually sets in, and the danger of an all-or-nothing thinking.
The listeners asked, and we responded. But it was mostly by email, and the people who asked the questions were the only ones who got the advice. So we had an idea: “Let’s choose the best financial questions from our loyal listeners and answer them on air.” Then we high fived each other and made this episode. You’ll hear Reese & Ryan answer a liquidity question from a graduating dental student, an entity structure question from a mid career dentist, and a retirement plan question from a practice owner in his 60’s.