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Re: how to deal with it [regret over past investing choices]

Perhaps think about volunteering in a soup kitchen.
I'm serious.
It might take your mind off what you DON'T have and refocus you on what you DO have.

2b2
by 2b2
Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how to deal with it [regret over past investing choices]
Replies: 74
Views: 5665

Re: Did you learn anything from 2008?

There will be a time when the market crashes and doesn't recover. I would caution against the "I knew all along it would come right back" line of thinking. No one knew at the time anything of the sort. While I agree that no one can know that a market will come right back, is it not also t...
by 2b2
Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you learn anything from 2008?
Replies: 105
Views: 8430

Re: One Level or Two Level House

My apologies if this has already been noted.
http://www.livescience.com/36074-5-expe ... -home.html

2b2
by 2b2
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Level or Two Level House
Replies: 68
Views: 5803

Re: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Very valuable advice.
Thank you!

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Replies: 51
Views: 7811

Re: Dip? What Dip? Did you catch it?

The only double dip that interests me is the one George Costanza performed.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dip? What Dip? Did you catch it?
Replies: 134
Views: 12316

Re: Bonds, REITs, Utilities, Commodities and Stocks down - W

OP,

You say "Market timing questions aside", but your entire post is based on market timing.

Develop a plan and stick to your plan. Allow the market to do what it does.

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:07 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds, REITs, Utilities, Commodities and Stocks down - Wow
Replies: 66
Views: 4499

Re: What does a $1M portfolio look like?

OP,

Save, read, and invest.
Before you know it, you can tell us what your $1M portfolio looks like.

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What does a $1M portfolio look like?
Replies: 64
Views: 10459

Re: Taylor Larimore Honored

Congratulations, Taylor.
A gentleman and a sailor.
by 2b2
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:07 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor Larimore Honored
Replies: 59
Views: 5405

Re: How do I learn to like sushi?

Does anyone apply the "Sushi Therapy Technique" to books?
What I mean is, if you start reading a book and discover that you don't really like it do you keep reading it until you DO like it?

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I learn to like sushi?
Replies: 80
Views: 5162

Re: Ethics of an advisor "handing you off" to a colleague

As has already been noted, you may be paying more than expense ratios on the funds your FA has you in, so don't just compare er numbers. In fact, ask your adviser how much you paid him in fees (not expense ratios) last year. Might be interesting....and if he is reluctant to give you that information...
by 2b2
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethics of an advisor "handing you off" to a colleague
Replies: 38
Views: 3051

Re: Dazed, Confused and Upset

I would let Vanguard do the transfer into the funds of your choosing.
Afterward, you can write a nice letter to the EJ advisor and tell him exactly why you left him.

2b2
by 2b2
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dazed, Confused and Upset
Replies: 63
Views: 6433

Re: Rollover of Defined Contribution Pension Fund

I was able to roll my defined benefit, defined contribution, and my 401(k) accounts into a single Roll Over IRA account at Vanguard.

2b2
by 2b2
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rollover of Defined Contribution Pension Fund
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Re: Just left meeting with my advisor....

Welcome to the forum.
You can most certainly manage your portfolio on your own. Read some of the suggested books, familiarize yourself with the wiki, and listen to the advice of some of the wonderful folks here.
2b2
by 2b2
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just left meeting with my advisor....
Replies: 57
Views: 7988

Re: Snow blower maintenance and repair

Just be careful out there!

I have a general surgeon friend who won't own a snow blower.
Says he's worked on too many hands that have been caught in one.

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow blower maintenance and repair
Replies: 26
Views: 2528

Re: Retiree Poll:What is your current AA?

Retired 6.5 years ago.
Age 65
IPS says 65stock/35bonds with 5% rebalance bands.
Currently at 60/40.

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retiree Poll:What is your current AA?
Replies: 85
Views: 7150

Re: Edward Jones rep trying to pull me away from lazy 3 fund

<<snip>> "there are index funds that consistently beat the market that I'm riding." Not sure what "market" this guy is referring to, but on its face this statement is patently absurd. True index funds ARE the market -- therefore they cannot "beat" the market
by 2b2
Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: delete [Edward Jones rep trying to pull me away from lazy 3]
Replies: 37
Views: 4236

Re: Who Paid for the wedding?

I don't believe it matters what is customary.
I don't believe it matters what the poll says.

I believe what matters is what the interested parties agree to.
by 2b2
Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Paid for the wedding?
Replies: 94
Views: 6866

Re: "Where to Invest in 2015"

Another piece of evidence indicating the enormous good Mr. Bogle has done for all of us who take heed.
Thank you, Taylor.

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Where to Invest in 2015"
Replies: 19
Views: 2980

Re: A week in Tuscany: April 2015. Suggestions?

We have used VRBO several times in Europe. Very pleased each time.
http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/eu ... e/florence

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Tuscany: April 2015. Suggestions?
Replies: 22
Views: 1850

Re: What would be the investing strategy for a coming crash?

what is a Boglehead to do?
op, you joined the forum almost a year ago.
I think you know the answer to your question.
by 2b2
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What would be the investing strategy for a coming crash?
Replies: 82
Views: 13129

Re: how to make money like a billionaire

From the article:
"It was the ultimate PhD in investing"

BRAVO!, Mr. Robbins.
Now, how can we get that added to his Wikipedia profile?
:shock:

2b2
by 2b2
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: how to make money like a billionaire
Replies: 116
Views: 16345

Re: Taylor Larimore, My Favorite Teacher

Once again, hats off to Taylor.

2b2
by 2b2
Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor Larimore, My Favorite Teacher
Replies: 13
Views: 2379

Re: For the next year or so, why shouldn't we be in all-cas

OP, It appears that your mind is made up. I sincerely wish you luck whichever way you decide to go. FWIW, I believe you are forming investing principles with your gut and not with your head. Look through the boards a while. You will see posts from people who have already tried what you are planning....
by 2b2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For the next year or so, why shouldn't we be in all-cash?
Replies: 54
Views: 7753

Re: Inheritance/Retirement Planning Question

You answered your question in your first sentence.
You asked your question in your second.

2b2
by 2b2
Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inheritance/Retirement Planning Question
Replies: 25
Views: 2180

Re: Part B Excess Charge

drawpoker, Thanks for the link. Interesting. I'm not sure what to think now. I am currently investigating Medicare/Medigap and I spoke to a USAA rep several days ago who provided the info about the states which prohibit Part B excess charges. It is easy to find references on the web to confirm what ...
by 2b2
Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Part B Excess Charge
Replies: 8
Views: 974

Re: Part B Excess Charge

It is my understanding that there are 8 states which do not permit Part B excess charges.
New York is one of the 8.
I recommend you check this out for yourself.

2b2
by 2b2
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Part B Excess Charge
Replies: 8
Views: 974

Re: Fleeting RBD for large-cap US and emerging markets?

Kevin M wrote:

Although I'm OK with ETFs, I get more manic with them--obsessing over bid/ask, where to set my limit order, etc. So I've resisted the urge to convert my MFs to the ETF share class equivalents.

^^This

Plus, I am not tempted to trade mutual funds as I would be with ETFs

2b2
by 2b2
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fleeting RBD for large-cap US and emerging markets?
Replies: 16
Views: 1296

Re: Retirees only, what was you average investment return?

Been retired 6+ years and I don't track it either.
I used to keep track - then I realized I had a long column of numbers (monthly performance - mostly positive, some negative) which was of absolutely no use to me.

2b2
by 2b2
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees only, what was you average investment return?
Replies: 49
Views: 3646

Re: Suggestions for Real Estate Attorney in NY/NYC?

neurosphere,
I pm'ed you with some info.
2b2
by 2b2
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suggestions for Real Estate Attorney in NY/NYC?
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: If Argentina Defaults

Remember Icarus?
by 2b2
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Argentina Defaults
Replies: 21
Views: 2199

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 8:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I like the investment strategy , not really the lifestyle
Replies: 67
Views: 6831

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 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are you preparing for the coming bear market
Replies: 104
Views: 8728

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 12:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm feeling old today
Replies: 97
Views: 7325

Re: I'm feeling old today

Anybody remember what the Lone Ranger's mask was made from?
by 2b2
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm feeling old today
Replies: 97
Views: 7325

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 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Croatia
Replies: 41
Views: 3133

Re: Joined the "Two Comma Club" Today

Congratulations!
Very well done.

2b2
by 2b2
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Joined the "Two Comma Club" Today
Replies: 47
Views: 4665

Re: Trip to London

by 2b2
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trip to London
Replies: 13
Views: 794

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 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My annualized returns are WORSE than yours. Why?
Replies: 87
Views: 7069

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 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Zowie, what a day. Thanks, all!
Replies: 52
Views: 4033

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 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Investor • Made Mistakes • Need Help
Replies: 23
Views: 1861

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 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor's 90th Birthday
Replies: 272
Views: 23759

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 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security scenario
Replies: 23
Views: 1510

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 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security scenario
Replies: 23
Views: 1510

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 9:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security scenario
Replies: 23
Views: 1510

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 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfort food
Replies: 68
Views: 4038

Re: Change in password rules for log in to Vanguard

I missed it, too!
Thank you.

2b2
by 2b2
Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Change in password rules for log in to Vanguard
Replies: 2
Views: 470

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 8:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why am I way more happy winning $500 gambling than $1000 inv
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Re: Just hit the million mark net worth today

Very well done!
Congratulations on many, many levels.

-2b2
by 2b2
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just hit the million mark net worth today
Replies: 98
Views: 9735
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