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Re: 401k Plan AUM fees

I think I would LOVE to trade plans with you! I have to pay a 1.25% AUM AND I get all of these wonderfully expensive funds to invest in. Last year is was 1.46%, but lowered because there is more money in the plan. 100% of my 401k money is in PTRAX (.71%), but I'm right at where I want to be for bond...
by 4th and Inches
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:01 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Plan AUM fees
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Experience saving a big down payment? ($200k+)

I'm kind of in the same place. I keep thinking about taking 20% of our downpayment money and putting it in Total Stock Market. I think it is nuts to put 100% of that money in equity's, but 20% seems a sensible compromise and upgrade from CDs only for a purchase about 3 years away.
by 4th and Inches
Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experience saving a big down payment? ($200k+)
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Problem With New VCR Tapes

Try some 2014 technology solutions? I know that wasn't helpful, but that is what I suggest.
by 4th and Inches
Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problem With New VCR Tapes
Replies: 22
Views: 1714

Re: Help: do Ameriprise suggestions seem correct?

Good to hear you are getting out of Ameriprise! Their own employees sued them for having their in-house funds as their 401k choices, which it sounds like they have offered to you. That should tell you that you should get out of there!

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by 4th and Inches
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:03 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help: do Ameriprise suggestions seem correct?
Replies: 27
Views: 2497

Re: Don’t Bother With That High Cost 401(k)

Bob's not my name wrote:
tfb wrote:Rule of thumb is 30 divided by the number of years. The expense has to be 5% if you are out in 6 years.


I imagine that is assuming no company match. Correct?
by 4th and Inches
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:25 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Don’t Bother With That High Cost 401(k)
Replies: 28
Views: 2975

Re: Don’t Bother With That High Cost 401(k)

The cheapest fund in my 401k other than money market is PTRAX with an expense ratio of .71% and an administrative fee of 1.25% tacked on for a grand total of 1.96%. The 1.25% administrative fee applies to all funds in the plan. PTRAX is where I have nearly all of my portfolio's bond holdings. My com...
by 4th and Inches
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Don’t Bother With That High Cost 401(k)
Replies: 28
Views: 2975

Re: When did/do you want stocks to start rising?

I'm 34. Should I be disappointed that my portfolio grew by like 23% last year?

I would like to know what others think about this because I have no idea if that is good or bad. I know that I felt good about it.
by 4th and Inches
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When did/do you want stocks to start rising?
Replies: 58
Views: 3185

Re: Emerging Markets: Boom, Bust, Repeat, Yawn

Are there many people out there who tilt EM in a manner similar to what is frequently done with domestic small value? For instance, rather than have 100% of your foreign allocation be total international you split it so that 75% is total international and 25% is EM.
by 4th and Inches
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emerging Markets: Boom, Bust, Repeat, Yawn
Replies: 58
Views: 5177

Re: Buying a ski condominium

All good points. Thanks for sharing. Someday I would like a place in ski country. I'm just not sure about buying vs renting. Anyway, the actual decision time is years away.
by 4th and Inches
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a ski condominium
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: TAYLOR'S UPCOMING 90th BIRTHDAY

Happy birthday Taylor! You have really helped my family to be on track for financial security!
by 4th and Inches
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:38 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor's 90th Birthday
Replies: 272
Views: 12484

Re: HSA Bank to ElfCU for free?

Thanks for sharing. I'll have to look into this.
by 4th and Inches
Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: HSA Bank to ElfCU for free?
Replies: 17
Views: 1337

Re: How to get back into Market having missed this year's ra

Others more knowledgeable than me can chime in, but make sure you put the buy and hold strategy doesn't work approach to rest ASAP. The wiki and previous threads offer a wealth of information on how market timing does not work. Welcome to the board!
by 4th and Inches
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to get back into Market having missed this year's rally
Replies: 8
Views: 1951

Re: Trampolines and HO Insurance

Glad to hear you are not getting one. It was a bad idea.
by 4th and Inches
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trampolines and HO Insurance
Replies: 30
Views: 1588

Re: When do you stop worrying about saving?

I wouldn't say that I worry about saving, but I am aware of it and plan accordingly. I still have a ways to go, but feel I'm moving in the right direction.
by 4th and Inches
Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When do you stop worrying about saving?
Replies: 52
Views: 4817

Re: Pimco Total Return vs an Index Fund with .5% ER

I assume you are talking about PTRAX with the .71% expense ratio. What is the symbol for this other fund with the .5% ratio? That will let people see the all parts of the funds and help compare. Ptrax may take more risk that has worked out for it to explain the higher returns, so far. In my 401k ptr...
by 4th and Inches
Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pimco Total Return vs an Index Fund with .5% ER
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Allan Roth compares PIMCO TBR to Van TBM

Thanks for sharing this. PIMCO TBR is my principle bond option in my 401k.
by 4th and Inches
Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Allan Roth compares PIMCO TBR to Van TBM
Replies: 18
Views: 1545

Re: Past performance can be a good guarantee

OP you should do this and then in 20 years when you have so much more money than us rub it in our face. :wink:
by 4th and Inches
Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Past performance can be a good guarantee
Replies: 15
Views: 983

Re: Ameriprise + steps to transfer to Vanguard

Welcome to the board. I'll defer to others much more knowledgeable than me on specific advice, but when it comes to getting out of Ameriprise there is no doubt that it is the best thing to do overall even if there are expenses to pay to get out. It may take some time to avoid the worst of the fees, ...
by 4th and Inches
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ameriprise + steps to transfer to Vanguard
Replies: 14
Views: 1028

Re: Company 401k - Suggestions for Improvements

Administrative expenses on my 401k are a ludicrous 1.46% of assets under management. Out of the 29 funds only 1 of them has a total expense of less than 2% when you factor the administrative expense and the expense ratio. Many are above 2.5%. My company only has like 27 people. At least they match 4...
by 4th and Inches
Sat May 11, 2013 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Company 401k - Suggestions for Improvements
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Lessons from the last crash?

Lots of good insights shared. Thank you!
by 4th and Inches
Wed May 08, 2013 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lessons from the last crash?
Replies: 44
Views: 4122

Re: How Fast to Pay Student Loans (Medical)

I have $21k at 1.625%. I'm just paying the minimum of $152 a month. I got lucky! I'm down to $1300 at 6.55% from my MBA which will be paid off in the next two months. Woot!
by 4th and Inches
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Fast to Pay Student Loans (Medical)
Replies: 18
Views: 1473

Re: Frontline--The Retirement Gamble

I'm looking forward to this.
by 4th and Inches
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Frontline--The Retirement Gamble
Replies: 318
Views: 33123

Re: Yet another Ameriprise customer...

I'm a former Ameriprise customer. Trust us that you need to get out of there. Get educated by reading the wiki and the reading list. It will take time, but will be worth it.
by 4th and Inches
Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performance]
Replies: 27
Views: 2887

Re: Leaving Ameriprise..Wondering about Vanguard Asset Mgmnt

First of all congratulations on getting out of Ameriprise! That alone is a big step! 25 funds is just plain absurd and may have been a strategy used by your Ameriprise advisor to make you think investing is incredibly difficult. I bet almost all of them had ~5.75% sales fee with around a 1.4% expens...
by 4th and Inches
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Leaving Ameriprise..Wondering about Vanguard Asset Mgmnt Svc
Replies: 19
Views: 1598

Re: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?

I think all of your ideas are sounds as well. I would make some noise with your HR department about the terrible 401k choices. Those ERs are absolutely absurd. You are wise to not contribute any more other than what is required to get the company match. I have. We are a very small company and our C...
by 4th and Inches
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?

All your ideas seem very sound to me. Does your 401(k) allow for a loan? If so, then once you get enough assets in the 401(k), you may find it beneficial to take out a loan and invest the money elsewhere. This preserves tax-advantaged "space" in case you switch jobs, but saves the 2+% exp...
by 4th and Inches
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?

Bump back up to the first page. 126 views and no responses. Please let me know if anything lacks clarity in what I am describing.

Thanks!
by 4th and Inches
Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?

Greetings, Since the end of October, 2012 I have been reading and researching about personal investment and retirement planning. I have read numerous recommended Boglehead books, read the Wiki, poured over other forum posts around here and other sources of information. I have learned a substantial a...
by 4th and Inches
Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review & is My Taxable Conversion Plan Sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Loophole to Avoid Ameriprise ~$200 Termination Fee?

Thanks for the responses guys. I have not been paying an advisor fee, the advisor did graciously skim 5.75% sales fee off the top when the money was put in. Also, both funds have trailed their index by a notable amount for every period since they opened. The amount in the accounts plenty to just tak...
by 4th and Inches
Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Loophole to Avoid Ameriprise ~$200 Termination Fee?
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Loophole to Avoid Ameriprise ~$200 Termination Fee?

Hello all, I have wised up and plan to pull my money out of Ameriprise and switch to Vanguard. The two funds are money that my parents saved for me as a child. Unfortunately, it looks like I will have to pay at least $200, if not more to close out and transfer. However, I am wondering if I might hav...
by 4th and Inches
Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:17 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Loophole to Avoid Ameriprise ~$200 Termination Fee?
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?

I don't know how much they have saved (you may not either) but bump up the portfolio size to $100k, and add up what the fees would be over 10 years if they stick with the Ameriprise funds. Contract with Vangaurd (include the cost of a portfolio review at Vanguard). Do not obsess over the loads they...
by 4th and Inches
Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?

4. I think we will seek out an adviser. My parents have been self-employed for 31 years and I don't think they are a straightforward case. You first need to find out if they are willing to move. I didn't see anything in your posts that indicate they have asked for your help. If they have not asked ...
by 4th and Inches
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?

Good Evening, Developing an asset allocation for them is key. Show them the amount saved in $$$$$ and how this is a huge drag on annual preformance. How did your parents handle the past 5 years? Do they need hand holding or an advisor to help them stay the course? 1. We will figure out what their c...
by 4th and Inches
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?

Hello all, I am a first time poster to Bogleheads. I am finally getting more educated about retirement planning now that I have time and money to actually be concerned about. I have read The Bogleheads Guide to Investing, read the entire wiki here, have began to utilize Morningstar.com, reviewed my ...
by 4th and Inches
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Bad Are These Ameriprise Mutual Funds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

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