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Re: If Argentina Defaults

Remember Icarus?
by 2b2
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Argentina Defaults
Replies: 21
Views: 1853

Re: I like the investment strategy , not really the lifestyl

In my mind, this forum is about investing wisely.
I pay little attention to posters' spending habits or suggestions.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu May 08, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I like the investment strategy , not really the lifestyle
Replies: 67
Views: 6612

Re: How are you preparing for the coming bear market

Similarly, one wants to avoid a situation where the thrust required exceeds the thrust available.
by 2b2
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are you preparing for the coming bear market
Replies: 104
Views: 8612

Re: I'm feeling old today

cheese_breath,

That is the correct answer, but you will be awarded no credit due to your admission of cheating. :annoyed

A regular Lone Ranger viewer was treated to a once-a-year airing of the episode depicting the origin of the mask and other details of the story.

Great stuff!

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm feeling old today
Replies: 97
Views: 7175

Re: I'm feeling old today

Anybody remember what the Lone Ranger's mask was made from?
by 2b2
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm feeling old today
Replies: 97
Views: 7175

Re: Croatia

drewmo,

I highly recommend a side trip to Split if time allows.
Diocletian's Palace is a place you'll likely never forget.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocletian's_Palace

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Croatia
Replies: 41
Views: 2610

Re: Joined the "Two Comma Club" Today

Congratulations!
Very well done.

2b2
by 2b2
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Joined the "Two Comma Club" Today
Replies: 47
Views: 4610

Re: Trip to London

by 2b2
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trip to London
Replies: 13
Views: 717

Re: My annualized returns are better than yours. Why?

Mr Critical, Posting your return of 12% means absolutely nothing without telling us how you were invested. If you were 100% equities, you got robbed. If you were 100% fixed income, you did extraordinarily well. I am 100% in Vanguard index funds. My XIRR over the past 5 years was 12.4%...so.. I guess...
by 2b2
Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My annualized returns are WORSE than yours. Why?
Replies: 87
Views: 6729

Re: Zowie, what a day. Thanks, all!

natertots,

You did well to avoid the temptation to cut and run.
Good on ya.

2b2
by 2b2
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Zowie, what a day. Thanks, all!
Replies: 52
Views: 3948

Re: New Investor • Made Mistakes • Need Help

saintpaul,

Two more suggestions:
1- go see The Wolf of Wall Street
2- read Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis

If, after that, you still think you can trade stocks successfully; then, go in peace.

2b2
by 2b2
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Investor • Made Mistakes • Need Help
Replies: 23
Views: 1818

Re: TAYLOR'S UPCOMING 90th BIRTHDAY

Taylor, Happy Birthday! You have reached out to so many of us and we have learned much from you. Thank you - for your wisdom as well as for your courage. Thanks to you, whenever I consider 'surrendering' to the market madness, I recall the simple response of your commanding general so many years ago...
by 2b2
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor's 90th Birthday
Replies: 272
Views: 22038

Re: Social Security scenario

Thanks to Carl53, sscritic, and Peter Foley for the additional info on my OP. Matter of fact, the husband's restricted application claiming strategy proposed by Carl53 was actually the one I had been focusing on. I had thought I might have been out in left field with that idea until Carl53 brought i...
by 2b2
Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security scenario
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Re: Social Security scenario

Thanks to all for the reasoned and patient responses.
...and for the link to the Prudential info.

Much appreciated!

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security scenario
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Social Security scenario

I have spent a lot of time trying to determine the most prudent claiming strategy for a couple in the following situation. Seems each time I think I have it solved, I read something else which makes me think my solution wouldn't work. Husband - FRA is 66 current age - 68 still working - has not file...
by 2b2
Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security scenario
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Re: Comfort food

Campbell's tomato soup with a side of Nabisco saltines spread liberally with Philadelphia cream cheese.
The trifecta of comfort food.

2b2
by 2b2
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfort food
Replies: 68
Views: 3951

Re: Change in password rules for log in to Vanguard

I missed it, too!
Thank you.

2b2
by 2b2
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Change in password rules for log in to Vanguard
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Why am I way more happy winning $500 gambling than $1000

Ah, but the greasy money is more likely to slip through your fingers.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why am I way more happy winning $500 gambling than $1000 inv
Replies: 18
Views: 1500

Re: Just hit the million mark net worth today

Very well done!
Congratulations on many, many levels.

-2b2
by 2b2
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just hit the million mark net worth today
Replies: 98
Views: 9413

Re: Photos of my bike tour from Missoula, MT to Japser, AB

Very enjoyable!
Thanks, Raybo.

2b2
by 2b2
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photos of my bike tour from Missoula, MT to Japser, AB
Replies: 46
Views: 3067

Re: [Sad news - Pat Larimore]

Taylor,

I extend my sympathy on the passing of your wife, Pat.

Tom
by 2b2
Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Sad news - Pat Larimore]
Replies: 225
Views: 15823

Re: Just Sold Out. What do you think?

OP - It seems to me that you have (perhaps inadvertently) followed J.P. Morgan's purported advice to a nervous equities investor years ago: "Sell down to the sleeping point" . That, in my opinion, is not a bad or wrong thing to do. Now you are left to examine how you got into that uncomfor...
by 2b2
Tue May 14, 2013 8:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just Sold Out. What do you think?
Replies: 95
Views: 7618

Re: NYT: Hedge Fund Impresario Plays Host in Las Vegas

Well, they'd better get those "fighter jets" out of the hangar.
by 2b2
Thu May 09, 2013 9:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NYT: Hedge Fund Impresario Plays Host in Las Vegas
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: The Economics of a Second Home

My two cents:

Not being able to totally justify a decision on a solely financial basis does not necessarily make it a bad decision.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Economics of a Second Home
Replies: 33
Views: 3509

Re: Happy Valentine's Day

Thank you, Kathleen.
The very same to you.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Valentine's Day
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Re: Can a Frugal Boglehead date and marry a non Boglehead?

Also, don't forget the most important consideration in a boglehead/non-boglehead mixed marriage :

How will the children be raised ?

2b2
by 2b2
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can a Frugal Boglehead date and marry a non Boglehead?
Replies: 34
Views: 4163

Re: Happy Birthday Taylor

Taylor,
Thank you for all the service you have performed - both at home and overseas.
Happy Birthday !
2b2
by 2b2
Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:41 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Birthday Taylor
Replies: 81
Views: 3829

Re: Use of Risk Parity to Juice Returns in Pension Funds

Leveraged derivatives - what a splendid idea !
What could go wrong ???
by 2b2
Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Use of Risk Parity to Juice Returns in Pension Funds
Replies: 29
Views: 1887

Re: withdrawing from our IRAS'

I am retired and have been withdrawing from my Vanguard IRA for 4.5 years. I do it the way livesoft describes. Automatic monthly transfer directly into my checking account. Easy as pie. Also, I do not 'sequester' any amount of living expenses outside of the IRA into a MM fund or anywhere else. I sta...
by 2b2
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: withdrawing from our IRAS'
Replies: 9
Views: 968

Re: A Moderator's Dream ...

What's all this talk about Eisenhower ?
I thought Dewey beat him.
by 2b2
Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Moderator's Dream ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Insuring Safe Deposit Box at Bank?

wastenot,
Your coop's managing agent (if applicable) should be able to replace your stock certificate if it is lost, stolen, or destroyed.
2b2
by 2b2
Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insuring Safe Deposit Box at Bank?
Replies: 6
Views: 751

Re: Valuethinker pledges another $50 to the site-- if you do

Valuethinker,
I offer condolences on the loss of your father.
2b2
by 2b2
Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: [merged donation threads] Dear Bogleheads - time to pony up
Replies: 277
Views: 15184

Re: Piper's "Social Security Made Simple" Free Until Friday

Thanks very much, Mike.
I downloaded a copy and sent the link to a friend (non-Boglehead) who is mapping out his claiming strategy.
Very helpful !

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mike Piper's "Social Security Made Simple"
Replies: 51
Views: 5573

Re: Yearly Soc Sec maximum ?

Many thanks to both of you.
Much good info.

--2b2
by 2b2
Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yearly Soc Sec maximum ?
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Yearly Soc Sec maximum ?

Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a yearly maximum Social Secutity benefit for both spouses receiving a benefit ?

Thanks,
2b2
by 2b2
Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yearly Soc Sec maximum ?
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Re: Single tax withholding vs. estimated tax payments?

I have used this procedure for a number of years since retirement.
No penalties, no problems.
by 2b2
Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Single tax withholding vs. estimated tax payments?
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: Impending Fiscal Cliff and Investments

Since you are concerned that 50/50 is too aggressive, then 50/50 is probably too aggressive - for you.
by 2b2
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Impending Fiscal Cliff and Investments
Replies: 26
Views: 2259

Re: how often do you check your portfolio?

Every day.
Roughly four years ago, I checked and saw a 5 figure omission in my Vanguard account.
One of the funds I own was shown, but with a zero balance. I immediately called the rep and they got it strightened out.
Not sayin' they wouldn't have caught it on their own, but......
...yep...
Every day.
by 2b2
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: how often do you check your portfolio?
Replies: 94
Views: 7412

Re: Should I do free oil change every six months?

Thanks to those who answered my question regarding synthetic oil.

2b2
by 2b2
Mon May 28, 2012 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I do free oil change every six months?
Replies: 56
Views: 4152

Re: Should I do free oil change every six months?

Slightly off-topic, so forgive me.
Does anyone know, with a reasonable degree of certainty, if synthetic oil breaks down over time?
Remove mileage considerations - can one leave synthetic oil unchanged indefinitely?
Thanks.
by 2b2
Sat May 26, 2012 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I do free oil change every six months?
Replies: 56
Views: 4152

Re: I'm a BASKET CASE...

I find that holding mutual funds rather than individual stocks or ETFs reduces the urge to trade in and out of the markets.
by 2b2
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I'm a Basket Case...
Replies: 54
Views: 3698

Re: Finance discussion at parties.

When you own index funds, someone brags about his stock picks, and you nod and say "Yeah, I've got some of that..." ...and if you own Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund exclusively for your US equity exposure, you can truthfully say : "AAPL is my second largest US stock holding&q...
by 2b2
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finance discussion at parties.
Replies: 40
Views: 2156

Re: Poll: Synthetic vs Regular Motor Oil

I use synthetic oil in my 2003 Porsche. I only drive that car about 2-3,000 miles a year.
I am under the impression that synhetic oil does not break down over time (only due to mileage), I wonder if anyone can comment on this ?
-Thanks

2b2
by 2b2
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Synthetic vs Regular Motor Oil
Replies: 42
Views: 2435

Spike79,

Thanks for your service and welcome to the forum.

2b2
by 2b2
Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100% equity - No bond funds?
Replies: 53
Views: 5880

Slide rules ??!!! DANG !!... you people had it easy !!
I used an abacus. One room schoolhouse with outdoor plumbing.
I had to walk 12 miles each way.

2b2
:wink:
by 2b2
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anybody remember slide rules?
Replies: 54
Views: 3340

This thread is a good reminder to me that 'bad' news is so much more impactful than 'good' news is. Do we remember about 2 months ago (?) that the S&P 500 actually rose roughly 4.5 % in a two week period ?. If there was a thread devoted to how much individual portfolios had gained for that perio...
by 2b2
Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Percent has your Portfoilo lost over the last 2 weeks.?
Replies: 94
Views: 9690

Re: Pizza Math -- beware, this is dorky

rylemdr wrote:
pkcrafter wrote:Verrry Bogleheadish. :wink:

Be sure you diversify toppings, or just buy total pizza. 8-)


Paul


I literally LOL'd. :lol:



I've seen no discussion of the Sliced and Diced Pizza. Also, if considering the delivery option, think about adding some TIPS.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pizza Math -- beware, this is dorky
Replies: 50
Views: 5158

Welcome, Mike !
by 2b2
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle Memo to Vanguard Principals and Veterans
Replies: 15
Views: 1739

After taking early benefits, if I live past the break-even age I will count each additional day as a blessing and a benefit in and of itself - regardless of the size of my social security check.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Social Security Delay: the Rallying Cry
Replies: 101
Views: 10678
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