The Top Biglaw Investor Posts for 2017

Check out some of the most viewed Biglaw posts of the past year and get ready for an exciting 2018!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

The time between Christmas and New Year’s is often a down week with ample time for reflection and rest. Not for the Biglaw Investor! For some unknown reason, the year end push is particularly busy this year, so I’m in the office handling client requests. During the downtime, I sneak away to read about the tax bill and the implications for lawyers. Look for a future post on that subject.

Meanwhile, it was a productive year at the blog and I’m sure you weren’t able to read every article. Below are some of the most popular posts by traffic, some of which were written in 2017 and a few from 2016 that remain popular. My goal is to help lawyers reach their financial goals. Let’s do it together.

Most popular posts from 2017


Secrets of a $100,000,000 Roth IRA. I took a deep dive into Mitt Romney’s Roth IRA and tried to draw some lessons for us common folk who might like to build up a $10M Roth IRA some day.

Backdoor Roth IRA: A How-To Guide. If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions on how to complete a Backdoor Roth IRA, look no further. Several thousand of you did so this year. Good for you! If only half the people who read the page actually executed a Backdoor Roth IRA, then we collectively put $11,000,000(!) into tax protected space this year. If you haven’t done it, why not?

The Asset Allocation of Index Funds. We took a deeper dive into index funds to understand how they work and what they’re actually indexing.

Harvard Lost Billions. Would You? Thanks to riding the active investing train, Harvard lost billions of dollars according to their latest annual report. As soon as my article published Harvard fired half its investment staff. I like to think those two events are connected.

11 Financial Mistakes Lawyers Make. This remains a truly popular article and an entry point into the site.


How Much Did I Pay? 2017 Tax Report. In April I realized my 2017 tax report which took a look at the amount of taxes I paid in 2016 and what I hoped to accomplish with my 2017 taxes.

Dividend Investing: Enemy of High-Income Professional. I never understood why someone with a high marginal tax rate would be interested in creating such a tax inefficient drag by investing in dividend stocks.

How to Manage Tax Diversification Like A Boss. This one is from 2016 but had a big resurgence in 2017. I guess people want to boss around taxes.

Student loans

Will PSLF Go Away? All the uncertainty of the new administration and the subsequent tax “reform” left many people wondering whether PSLF will survive for 10 years so that you can qualify. This year marked the first time ever that loans are actually eligible for forgiveness. While we know that several people applied, we have yet to find someone who had their loans forgiven.

Am I Saving Enough? With the massive student loan debt hanging over your head, how do you know if you’re making enough progress fast enough?

The Three Years and Out Plan. We all know of the lawyers that plan on working at their current job for three years before they switch to something more manageable. If that’s you, here’s what you need to do if you want to be on that plan.

Sample Budget: 1st Year Associate. People love this article (to the tune of 10,000 of you). I should probably write more articles with sample budgets based on the response I’ve received from this one.

Financial independence

Lawyer Salaries Are Weird. In fact, they are VERY strange. But you probably still have an above-average salary based on the national average. Take advantage of it!

Adding via Subtraction (Crazy Math). A lot of you were interested in the concept of spending money to reduce negatives rather than trying to add positives.

Your Bonus Isn’t Taxed Higher. Google got ahold of this one at the end of the year and it took off like a rocket. I wrote it because I have a conversation with an associate every year who thinks that bonuses are taxed at a higher rate than your normal salary.

How to Retire in 5 Years. Yep, you can do that.

Getting ready for the future!

I’m proud of the quantity and quality of posts from 2017. I got a much better handle on this whole blogging thing in 2017, which means I will have more time to focus on content in 2018. I’m excited for what I have planned. When you’re excited, it’s easy to continue publishing articles and talking about money with lawyers.

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Joshua Holt is a former private equity M&A lawyer and the creator of Biglaw Investor. Josh couldn’t find a place where lawyers were talking about money, so he created it himself. He spends 10 minutes a month on Empower keeping track of his money. He’s also maxing out tax-advantaged accounts like 529 Plans to minimize his taxable income.

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    Two thoughts on The Top Biglaw Investor Posts for 2017

    1. Keep up the good work in 2018 Josh! You put out great stuff, and your blog is the first blog I tell any new lawyer to start out with.

      Been great to meet you the few times our paths have crossed. See you in 2018!

      1. Thanks Kevin! Same to you. I came back from FinCon with a desire to up my creative and writing game thanks the good work on your site.

        Hopefully we’ll see each other before Florida next year!

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