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Re: Laddering Term Life Insurance

Have you considered SS for children to ~age 18 and coverage for low-income mom until youngest child is 16? You probably have high SS coverage and so this could be quite a large number.

I am thinking that option 3 might be enough with you planned savings.
by BL
Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laddering Term Life Insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Employer AND IRA retirement accounts

There are income limits to deductible IRAs. They get deducted when you do your income tax, not when you purchase the funds. The income limits on Roth IRA contributions are higher, then there is the Backdoor Roth (if you don't have a tIRA.) Deductible tIRA (and 401k) helps your current taxes, Roth IR...
by BL
Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Employer AND IRA retirement accounts
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: New investor: Help with inheritance

I like the Life Strategy moderate in both IRAs. Set it and forget it. Some would say don't mix balanced with individual funds. One good and simple choice in taxable might be Vanguard Tax-Managed Balanced Fund Admiral Shares (VTMFX), which is about 1/2 stocks/1/2 tax-exempt bonds. (Or you could put t...
by BL
Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New investor: Help with inheritance
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Personal Investment Decision

http://www.etf.com/docs/IfYouCan.pdf is a short book written just for you. If You Can: How Millennials can get rich slowly by a Boglehead contributor, William Bernstein. 55% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund or ETF 25% Vanguard Total International stock market index Fund or ETF 20% Vanguard To...
by BL
Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:06 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Personal Investment Decision
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: Benefits to a larger than necessary house (as children g

Is one mile away the same as 1 minute of driving time? I hope you find a solution that is satisfying to both of you. It sounds like maid service would be needed even if you don't have one now. Also a fence to contain the little kids. Do you love yard work? What are taxes like? It sounds like maybe y...
by BL
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Benefits to a larger than necessary house (as children grow)
Replies: 28
Views: 2728

Re: Youngish Investor Advice?

If interest rates are similar to today's rates, it might make sense to get a mortgage and invest some of it instead. You could probably buy 55% SBP. Thank you for the suggestions. I should look more into what the 55% SBP would cost. To be honest I still don't completely understand the pension syste...
by BL
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Youngish Investor Advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: new accounts - getting ready to retire

If you want a money market separate account, consider using a bank savings/CD IRA which is slightly higher yield than MM funds.
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: new accounts - getting ready to retire
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Youngish Investor Advice?

Our current retirement portfolio is in the mid 5 figures. Our non-retirement portfolio is in the high 5 figures. Our current goals for our money are (in order of priority): 1. For my husband to be able to retire at 42 with an annual income of $65,000 after taxes and in today’s dollars. His pension s...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Youngish Investor Advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trust

The only thing worse that can be said is: "...this adviser is a member of our church." If there is a single investment plan for the three trusts, why not "park" the money in the Vanguard Tax Managed Balanced Fund? You'll have about 50% blue chip USA stocks (these companies have ...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trusts
Replies: 80
Views: 4486

Re: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trust

"Never do business with friends or relatives."
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trusts
Replies: 80
Views: 4486

Re: Harebrained idea: FSA reimbursement to IRA contribution

Ok, you got this money untaxed to reimburse you for the dependent care you already paid for with money you already paid taxes upon.
This money is burning a hole in your pocket. So you decide to invest in a Roth IRA for which you are eligible because you work.
Fine!
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harebrained idea: FSA reimbursement to IRA contribution
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: New Here- Retirement Portfolio Review

Check with Vanguard about moving the Roths as is and doing your fund selling at Vanguard. It may be cheaper (not sure). Vanguard funds are free to buy or sell once you get there. No account closing either, which you may have to pay to leave where you are. It is worth it, IMO.
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Here- Retirement Portfolio Review
Replies: 15
Views: 1039

Re: Harebrained idea: FSA reimbursement to IRA contribution

No, it doesn't make sense. It is use (for health care only) or lose. Get your eyes, teeth, or other approved costs taken care of and try to use it up. If you are in the 25% bracket, you have already gotten at least that much back anyway, so if you don't quite use it up, you are still ahead. ...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harebrained idea: FSA reimbursement to IRA contribution
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: What to do with Mom's IRA

Don't know how much she has or what other investments, but she could do worse than pick a single balanced fund at Vanguard such as Life Strategy Income, Conservative, moderate, or target Retirement Income. Some like Wellesley, a non-index fund. Just figure out what percent fixed income she needs and...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with Mom's IRA
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trust

Do consider the Vanguard tax-managed balanced fund VTMFX if you want just one fund: https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0103&FundIntExt=INT You could add some Total International to make it a 3-fund portfolio in 2 parts if you so choose. FAs can be very nice people. I have one...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trusts
Replies: 80
Views: 4486

Re: Gifting planning for upper 60s widowed.

Here are a couple links I found: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Tax-Planning-and-Checklists/The-Gift-Tax-Made-Simple/INF12127.html http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2014/04/09/gift-tax-returns-what-you-need-to-know/ irs.gov also has the original info. Basically, you need to ...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gifting planning for upper 60s widowed.
Replies: 30
Views: 2305

Re: Gifting planning for upper 60s widowed.

A one-time (or occasional) gift should be no problem, but doing it on a regular basis is not the best idea. She has quite a bit, but widows often feel that this large amount of money needs to be spent, donated, etc., without really considering what may be needed in the future. She needs to work out ...
by BL
Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gifting planning for upper 60s widowed.
Replies: 30
Views: 2305

Re: reorganzing parents finances including annuities

Googling found this definition of Inforce: Definition of "Inforce Ledger" A computer generated illustration of the current, projected and guaranteed values of an existing cash value life insurance policy. Generally the illustration begins with the current year and shows the values over the...
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: reorganzing parents finances including annuities
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trust

I think there are many advantages of starting with the 3-fund portfolio, probably using tax-managed bonds to avoid some taxable income. Perhaps you could find out what it would cost for Vanguard to set it up. It might even be free. At least it wouldn't cost anything to sell (or buy) the Vanguard fun...
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First investment strategy meeting with new FA, $6M trusts
Replies: 80
Views: 4486

Re: Time Out of Market During Rollover

How bad are the costs where she is? If not too bad, she could do it whenever she chooses to do the rollover. If they are all expensive, then do whatever you need to do. I would contact Vanguard to arrange it and set it up, but that may not really speed it up. If her new job has good choices, she cou...
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Time Out of Market During Rollover
Replies: 16
Views: 966

Re: problem when sign up Vanguard roth IRA for my sister

I am sorry you and your sister are having this trouble. If you both get on the line, perhaps you can explain what happened and that the money has already been withdrawn by Vanguard so you need to open the account immediately.
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: problem when sign up Vanguard roth IRA for my sister
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: -11.33% YTD, asking for some guidance

Start a traditional deductible IRA at Vanguard if your income permits it (up to 60k single or $96k married). If above the limits you can still invest in a Roth IRA. You could buy a Target Retirement fund until you have several years worth of money in there and then either keep the TR or split it up ...
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: -11.33% YTD, asking for some guidance
Replies: 57
Views: 3372

Re: portfolio review - noobie

It is time to learn how to use a tax program such as TurboTax. You can use it to estimate the effects of what will happen when you increase your 401k or sell something in taxable with capital gains. I will guess that you as a single person are in the 25% tax bracket. Reits kick out too much taxable ...
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: portfolio review - noobie
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Max out Roth IRA oIr pay student loans faster?

It would be worth a lot to attack those student loans. Are they in several lots? What is the total owed for each loan, + interest rate, fixed or variable? The Dave Ramsey snowball approach would be to pay off the smallest one first, then add that full amount to what you are paying the next smallest,...
by BL
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Max out Roth IRA or pay student loans faster?
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Please help with asset allocation and investments.

I can think of 2 more accounts you could consider as a place to keep bonds other than Pimco. Roth IRA -($6500/yr) this would work great for either bonds or equities. No RMD and no tax. Can be withdrawn at any time (contributions or after 5 years for gains). Easy to set up and withdraw from at Vangua...
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please help with asset allocation and investments.
Replies: 24
Views: 1786

Re: starting 401(k) and need advice on taxable savings

also, we have an ample amount in a taxable account - about 50% of this is in Wellington and 50% in TSM (VTSAX). I know it's not great to hold Wellington in a taxable so I'd like to change this up. This money is potentially for a down payment on a home, but we wouldn't be buying for at least 5+ year...
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: starting 401(k) and need advice on taxable savings
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: need moral support (kinda)

Are you retired? If not, it sounds like you might have enough for short-term needs when you can put all excess into savings from now until you move. How firm are your moving dates? Do you know the community or would it make sense to rent a bit while you get to know the desired neighborhood. Do you o...
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: need moral support (kinda)
Replies: 33
Views: 2879

Re: Teaching A Class, What Investment Advice Do I Give?

Perhaps the 16-page book for new young investors would be suitable for older, inexperienced investors as well: If you Can: How Millennials Can get rich slowly written by Boglehead, William Bernstein: http://www.etf.com/docs/IfYouCan.pdf , it is also an e-book on Amazon.com. I am thinking that learni...
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Teaching A Class, What Investment Advice Do I Give?
Replies: 19
Views: 1565

Re: Help / advice regarding Fee based Financial Adviser in R

Ask the annuity company or companies for an "in force illustration" which AFAIK, they are required to give you. This would give information to you and to any adviser you may find who is investigating this. My own opinion is to run away from someone who sold me this type of product, since I...
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help / advice regarding Fee based Financial Adviser in RI
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Teaching A Class, What Investment Advice Do I Give?

You might give them the link to a PBS Frontline program Retirement-Gamble:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/retirement-gamble/

It may be for workers rather than retired folks, but it does emphasize cost.

I like referring them to Bogleheads and the Wiki here.
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Teaching A Class, What Investment Advice Do I Give?
Replies: 19
Views: 1565

Re: Help on Turbo Tax Long term cap gains

With 2 pensions, I can't imagine that all 85% of the SS is not already taxed before the gains are even added in. But I'm single and it does not take much of a pension to have all 85% of the SS taxed and also to end up in the 25% bracket. Some of that is likely different for MFJ. I agree. We are in ...
by BL
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help on Turbo Tax Long term cap gains
Replies: 21
Views: 1098

Re: Help on Turbo Tax Long term cap gains

The ideal way to figure it out is to do it on paper, using forms and directions from irs.gov. It really is worth doing once in a while to get a better idea of how the taxes work. I expect the suggestions you received will help you figure out what is happening: 1. taxable income includes capital gain...
by BL
Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help on Turbo Tax Long term cap gains
Replies: 21
Views: 1098

Re: Sale of house-closing tomorrow, buyer is backing out

I am not sure if the broker is at all at fault but I would check if the contract is up yet and if so decide whether to continue with same broker.
by BL
Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of house-closing tomorrow, buyer is backing out
Replies: 60
Views: 5055

Re: First time investor needs help

You didn't make a mistake. Cash is losing to inflation so that is not safe either. I-Bonds on treasurydirect.com at least keep up with inflation. No one knows what the stock market will do, except go up and down, but it seems the best way to try to build up some retirement assets. You have chosen a ...
by BL
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: First time investor needs help
Replies: 13
Views: 829

Re: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help

It might make you feel good to calculate your net worth. Then you can check it in ten years (or whatever) and see how it has increased. That would include your equity in your home.
by BL
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help)
Replies: 27
Views: 1889

Re: Paying extra on Mortgage vs Investing?

alex11 , before even considering the mortgage extra payments vs taxable for retirement I would make sure that: ⋅ There is an emergency fund of at least three-months' expenses ⋅ All tax-sheltered plans are maxed (401k, Roth IRA) ⋅ Any debt higher than 3.6% (credit cards...
by BL
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying extra on Mortgage vs Investing?
Replies: 18
Views: 2212

Re: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help

If you continue to "save arduously" for retirement, you will be in great shape. Take a look at Vanguard's comparison of Small Business Plans, even if you decide to do it elsewhere. That will let you defer taxes on more money. Consider a 401k so that you can do a Backdoor Roth when you make...
by BL
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help)
Replies: 27
Views: 1889

Re: Portfolio Questions and more

Here is a 16-page book just for you in getting going on investing:
http://www.etf.com/docs/IfYouCan.pdf
If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly
by Boglehead, William Bernstein 


 
 




by BL
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Questions and more
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help

The commission should prepare your planner for retirement!
by BL
Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help)
Replies: 27
Views: 1889

Re: Thoughts on getting out

I would check to see if there is anything that would work at your present place: transfer to a different job, part time sabbatical consultant If no possibilities, get out (any way to get unemployment due to health?), and consider other work, any work, when you are ready. Consider down-sizing right n...
by BL
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on getting out [of job]
Replies: 35
Views: 4491

Re: Refinance ARM to 15 year fixed with 5 years left?

I see the 15 yr fixed at PenFed has non-jumbo 15-yr loans for 2.875%. Can you get the balance down to 417k? It would save 1/4% from a jumbo.
by BL
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance ARM to 15 year fixed with 5 years left?
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Making distributions to heirs.

FWIW: I figure if I give each grandchild (including step-s) an equal Christmas present, they also deserve the same if we should decide on a grandkid distribution. Granted the Vanguard secondary beneficiaries only have per stirpes and that is not quite what I prefer, especially for steps. So for coll...
by BL
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Making distributions to heirs.
Replies: 13
Views: 1378

Re: What to do after maxing out retirement fund?

skeptic88 wrote:So one can have a roth and traditional?


The total invested in Roth and traditional IRAs cannot exceed $5500/year or 1000 more if over 50.
by BL
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do after maxing out retirement fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 847

Re: What to do after maxing out retirement fund?

He should be investing in 401k next unless it doesn't have even one low-cost index fund such as S&P 500. This will lower his taxes now as the tax is deferred until he cashes it in after age 59 1/2.

He should have about 6 months of expenses in cash or similar readily available money.
by BL
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:49 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do after maxing out retirement fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 847

Re: Argh! .... TLH confusion .... Please help!

Could you just wait to sell them after 10/23 to meet the 30-day after 9/23 requirement? If you wait until Nov ?? you will need to turn off reinvestment so it doesn't happen in Dec.

I realize things may go up and down between now and then.
by BL
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Argh! .... TLH confusion .... Please help!
Replies: 19
Views: 1196

Re: Nursing School: Student loans or retirement

I assume the Roth you mention is the TSP. You can also put money into a Roth IRA. Vanguard has low-cost funds such as Life strategy, target retirement, or separate funds that are within these all-in-one funds. TSP has the lowest-cost funds but Vanguard is probably next. That would be a suitable plac...
by BL
Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Nursing School: Student loans or retirement
Replies: 28
Views: 2373

Re: Tax shielding questions

Here is a 16-page book written just for you: If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly by William Bernstein https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/29031758/If%20You%20Can.pdf Invest fully in your 401k, you will save almost half of that in taxes. It might even bring you down enough in AGI to make ...
by BL
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax shielding questions
Replies: 11
Views: 908

Re: How to add to my portfolio monthly without crazy fees

It wasn't worth paying $50 to buy the Star there (when you could have bought it for free at Vanguard) but I agree that it would be worth it to transfer even if they charge you $75 to get out (Vanguard doesn't charge you anything to get in or out!). I like mutual funds but if I really wanted ETFs som...
by BL
Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to add to my portfolio monthly without crazy fees
Replies: 39
Views: 3073

Re: Credit card with thin file

Yes, I think you have figured it out. Later you might pick this "great" one for yourself since you meet the requirements.
by BL
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card with thin file [to build credit history]
Replies: 14
Views: 1131

Re: Medicare Advantage to T Medicare plus supplement

In some states, such as Minnesota, you can easily switch to Medigap. Others may not be so easy.
by BL
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Advantage to T Medicare plus supplement
Replies: 17
Views: 789
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