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Re: Why I will fund retirement with TIPs ladder no matter wh

Haven't heard anything from Bodie in months. No new posts on his website. Is he OK?
by Browser
Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I will fund retirement with TIPs ladder no matter what
Replies: 42
Views: 1910

Re: Why I will fund retirement with TIPs ladder no matter wh

Isn't this pretty much the old liability-matching vs. total return debate? What's new? Don't plan to follow the hashout of the usual samo samo pro vs. con arguments in this thread since it is really boooooring!
by Browser
Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I will fund retirement with TIPs ladder no matter what
Replies: 42
Views: 1910

Re: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean pro

Far as I know, statistical estimates are dependent on assumption of the underlying or "true" distribution of the events we are trying to estimate. As Sharpe points out, we don't know what those distributions are, and we don't even know if they remain constant (which is unlikely). Applying ...
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Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:08 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean problem
Replies: 58
Views: 4884

Tell me about FitBit - is it worth having?

Thinking about FitBit as a gift. Has anybody used this, and what do you think? Who is it appropriate for - mostly hardcore exercise types or can regular folks interested in their health get something out of using one? What can you do with it? What's the downside of having and using one?
by Browser
Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about FitBit - is it worth having?
Replies: 15
Views: 1462

The mathematics of recouping loss

Thought this graphic was an interesting depiction of the escalating impact of portfolio losses.

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Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The mathematics of recouping loss
Replies: 11
Views: 1140

Update on the ascent of CAPE

The Shiller PE10 valuation measure just keeps trucking along. Since my last report, CAPE (Shiller PE/10) has now breached 27 on it's upward trajectory. This value has been exceeded by 84 of 1607 month-end values in the PE/10 database, or 5.2%. 60 of those monthly values, or 71.4%, occurred between J...
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Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Update on the ascent of CAPE
Replies: 1
Views: 375

Re: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean pro

It's really all guesswork in the end, isn't it? Despite all the research based on dredging through the past, nobody has a clue about what will happen going forward. Try landing your portfolio on a comet with the kind of information we have in finance and see what happens. :oops:
by Browser
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean problem
Replies: 58
Views: 4884

Re: smartphone over wifi - still possible?

I've tried several AT&T MVNOs and ended up with Consumer Cellular. The monthly price point to compare is $30/month with MVNOs like AirVoice and H2O, which give you unlimited talk/text and 500 Mb data for that amount. As long as your talk is under 600 minutes and data under 100 Mb per month, you ...
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Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: smartphone over wifi - still possible?
Replies: 29
Views: 1865

Re: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt

Well, you know. Piling on Merriman because he "disses" VTI just adds fuel to the critics who accuse BH of being a "cult." Sometimes I wonder myself. :confused
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Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt
Replies: 81
Views: 7114

Re: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean pro

I recommend reading Dr. Sharpe's comments regarding "statistical significance" of backtested data. He illustrates by describing an experiment in which he instructs his students to generate a series of 1000 random 50-year annual runs of returns from a known distribution of stock returns set...
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Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean problem
Replies: 58
Views: 4884

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

Here's a question for Larry. If an investor adds QSPIX (or anything for that matter), how does he go about determining if it was beneficial or not? I suppose that after a year or so, we could compare returns and volatility to what it would have been with the original portfolio; e.g., if I replaced 5...
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 67
Views: 4110

Re: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean pro

Not to mention the startling research findings regarding the deleterious effects of consuming pickles. Obviously this is a bigger problem than jelly beans: 1. Nearly all sick people have eaten pickles. The effects are obviously cumulative. 2. 99.9% of all people who die from cancer have eaten pickle...
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean problem
Replies: 58
Views: 4884

Re: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean pro

Add the problem that it is only the studies that find positive results that get published. The other 100 that didn't never get submitted for review.
by Browser
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why finance research is often wrong - the jelly bean problem
Replies: 58
Views: 4884

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

Browser That's a very personal question with no one right answer. I would say this, with a higher equity allocation I would suggest taking from the equity side. With a very low one already and given current real bond yields, I think it's fine to take a small allocation from the bond side. And of co...
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 67
Views: 4110

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

Nisiprius It was for me anyway until the fund became available and it was way for me to diversify the sources of returns in the portfolio which IMO is a very good idea in general. In my case I used it lowering my bond allocation a bit, given the extremely low expected real returns---but not wanting...
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 67
Views: 4110

Re: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt

The only solution is for Taylor to challenge Merriman to a dual at sunrise, somewhere near the OK Corral. :annoyed
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt
Replies: 81
Views: 7114

Re: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt

Why anybody thinks that owning a piece of virtually every stock in the investment universe eludes me. This is not a strategy -- it is the total absence of a strategy. Forgive me JB.
by Browser
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt
Replies: 81
Views: 7114

Re: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset alloca

Glidepath (target date investing) is a triumph of marketing over substance. What are the purported benefits of this strategy and do any data exist in the universe to document those benefits? Never have so many people invested so much money in a strategy concept with no demonstrable value. Please dir...
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Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset allocation
Replies: 20
Views: 2734

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

I just now successfully placed an order for $2500 of QSPIX in a taxable account at Fidelity. There was a warning about the 49.95 fee and other that required I read and sign a special notice indicating that I am a sophisticated investor, understand the risks, etc. Thanks. Good to know the minimum is...
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Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 67
Views: 4110

Re: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt

I don't read it as just a pitch for DFA, as much as an argument for slice and dice. He makes some good points about that I think. If you want to do that, maybe Vanguard isn't the best place to look for advice.
by Browser
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt
Replies: 81
Views: 7114

Re: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt

He doesn't much like target date funds either, which I heartily agree with. For example, he points out that the 2060 TDF has 10% bonds, which he thinks is useless. It won't provide much protection in a bear market, but it will reduce the long term returns for young investors. Correct and correct.
by Browser
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt
Replies: 81
Views: 7114

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

Following the rule to not invest in anything you don't understand would exclude this investment for virtually all of us. The behavioral risk you are taking on is your response if (when) this thing blows up. If a good old stock index fund blows up, at least you understand that and should have known t...
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Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:01 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 67
Views: 4110

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

I was wondering what I'd do with that $100K I had lying around. :wink:
by Browser
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:57 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 67
Views: 4110

Re: Got a new chip & signature cc from USbank: what's the di

If you use a merchant that has a chip reader you will likely be required to use it and not be able swipe it. Doesn't really offer any increased security does it? What's the difference whether I swipe it or use a chip reader? This seems like a nothing-burger to me. - Communication between the chip a...
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Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got a new chip & signature cc from USbank: what's the diff?
Replies: 11
Views: 1085

Re: Ray Dalio's All-Weather Portfolio

Hi, Thought I’d share this with you guys as I look forward to Tony Robbin’s new financial book and interview with Bogle. Just read the below article and was surprised to see Dalio recommend 65% Fixed Income allocation in his All Weather Portfolio and the article claims an annual net 10% return over...
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ray Dalio's All-Weather Portfolio
Replies: 14
Views: 2295

Re: Got a new chip & signature cc from USbank: what's the di

placeholder wrote:If you use a merchant that has a chip reader you will likely be required to use it and not be able swipe it.

Doesn't really offer any increased security does it? What's the difference whether I swipe it or use a chip reader? This seems like a nothing-burger to me.
by Browser
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got a new chip & signature cc from USbank: what's the diff?
Replies: 11
Views: 1085

Got a new chip & signature cc from USbank: what's the diff?

Just had my visa card from USBank replaced with one that has a chip, and also a magnetic strip. Nothing has changed. I still use it with the magnetic strip readers at merchants just like the previous card. Is this just a cosmetic change? What the heck is different about this card -- looks like the t...
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got a new chip & signature cc from USbank: what's the diff?
Replies: 11
Views: 1085

Re: Jack Bogle: expect 7% annualized for the foreseeable fut

Since nobody can predict where the yields on cash (T-bills) are going from here, and since the historical range of the 20-year average of real T-bill yields has bounced around between -1% and 2%, there's quite a range of possibilities for stock returns going forward. To put it in perspective, if equ...
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle: expect 7% annualized for the foreseeable future
Replies: 42
Views: 5984

Re: Consider freezing your credit

I'm concerned about fraud ramping up during the Holiday season, and the frequent credit card breaches that have been occuring to me, so finally motivated to take this step. As has been pointed out freezing credit does nothing about security breaches or protect existing cards or accounts in any fash...
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider freezing your credit
Replies: 45
Views: 3551

Re: Jack Bogle: expect 7% annualized for the foreseeable fut

Let's check back in 10 years. Pays to remember that "nobody knows nothing." Jack's predictions aren't worth any more than anybody else's and nobody is ever right predicting stock market returns. More investment porn...
by Browser
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:57 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle: expect 7% annualized for the foreseeable future
Replies: 42
Views: 5984

Re: Consider freezing your credit

My state is Arizona - $5 each to activate the credit freeze. No big woop to do that at all, so why mess around with a "fraud alert." I'd rather prevent the fraud rather than be alerted after-the-fact.
by Browser
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider freezing your credit
Replies: 45
Views: 3551

Re: Consider freezing your credit

Just put a freeze on the three credit reporting agencies online. Took 30-45 minutes and not difficult to do. I'm concerned about fraud ramping up during the Holiday season, and the frequent credit card breaches that have been occuring to me, so finally motivated to take this step. Feeling better alr...
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider freezing your credit
Replies: 45
Views: 3551

Re: Additional Betas: Defining and implementing

I like this quote: Indeed, our current view around here is that there’s no magic in Smart Beta or equal-weighted indices. You’re simply taking on more risk for hopefully more reward, and in most cases you’ll also face a headwind of higher costs for doing so http://monevator.com/video-market-cap-trac...
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Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Additional Betas: Defining and implementing
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: IRA Beneficiary Designation

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Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRA Beneficiary Designation
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset alloca

The "equity-like/bond-like" human capital stuff is, in my opinion, a garbage concept that muddies thought instead of clarifying it. OK, then. I guess I'll just disregard what Bill Bernstein, Paul Samuelson, and Robert Merton have to say on the subject since I now know it's garbage. Thanks...
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Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset allocation
Replies: 20
Views: 2734

Re: Can active funds reliably beat the index? Actually, Yes

The "best skills" that active fund mangers apply are their best skills at keeping their jobs and making more money in salary and bonuses for themselves. As Swensen argues, their interests are not aligned with investor interests, and that creates a real problem for investors. Why is it that...
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Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:07 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can active funds reliably beat the index? Actually, Yes.
Replies: 37
Views: 4631

Re: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset alloca

What I found interesting is the author's take on "human capital." The advice often given is that human capital needs to be taken into consideration along with financial capital, the two comprising one's "total wealth." Young investors have a lot of human capital (potential future...
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Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset allocation
Replies: 20
Views: 2734

Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset allocation

Article discussing target date funds (TDFs) argues that they distort asset allocation by overallocating to stocks at the beginning and underallocating nearer to retirement. TDFs impose a glide path that already exists naturally, thereby promoting portfolios that harm the young and ill-serve the old ...
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Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Glidepath (target date) investments distort asset allocation
Replies: 20
Views: 2734

Re: a look at gold and its hedging value

One characteristic of most "risk parity", or all-weather, type portfolios - be it Ray Dalio or Larry Swedroe - is a rather high bond or even leveraged bond allocation. That makes them rather sensitive to interest rate/inflation risk. The argument for the PP is that gold can offset the infl...
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Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: a look at gold and its hedging value
Replies: 48
Views: 3196

Re: a look at gold and its hedging value

The idea of hedges in a portfolio to reduce volatility have always interested me. I have toyed mentally with the idea of owning things like gold, precious metals funds, and commodities to hedge my portfolio against certain risks. I view this as portfolio insurance and so far have elected to ride ou...
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Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: a look at gold and its hedging value
Replies: 48
Views: 3196

Can active funds reliably beat the index? Actually, Yes.

How can you screen for superior actively managed funds? The questions: • Does the fund have expenses lower than 75 percent of other funds? • Do the funds managers have significant ownership of fund shares? They screened a total universe of 2,466 domestic equity funds. In it, they found 509 funds wi...
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can active funds reliably beat the index? Actually, Yes.
Replies: 37
Views: 4631

Re: a look at gold and its hedging value

Here's what I meant The price of gold would not have been say $35 in 1971 if it was freely convertible for the prior 40 years or so. It would have been much higher. How much higher I don't know. And that's the problem. You are looking at an artificially low price as the starting point. Clearly gold...
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: a look at gold and its hedging value
Replies: 48
Views: 3196

Re: Reliable mid size car

You don't say, but imply, that your Accord has been unreliable - assuming "thrilled" refers to reliability and not driving experience. Exactly what experiences have left you so dissatisfied with your (2012? 2013?) Accord that you're ready to send it to the crusher after two years? A knock...
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable mid size car
Replies: 23
Views: 2527

Re: a look at gold and its hedging value

FWIW IMO using the 70s is not useful because gold was held at same price for basically 40 years, so you had a one time jump that should have occurred over the 40 years. Larry I don't understand your reasoning. During the 1970s there was an unexpected inflation shock , while at the same time gold bu...
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: a look at gold and its hedging value
Replies: 48
Views: 3196

Re: Chip and Pin: busted by hackers before it's even here

The ABC News piece appeared to be a different hack, in which all the info is lifted from the chip. No mention that it involved the contactless chip in any way.
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chip and Pin: busted by hackers before it's even here
Replies: 17
Views: 1464

Re: a look at gold and its hedging value

Larry - one period that is often mentioned is the 1970s when there was high inflation and gold soared in price. Did the authors include this period in their research, and what did they have to say about the apparent link between rising high inflation and gold during that time?
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: a look at gold and its hedging value
Replies: 48
Views: 3196

Re: Chip and Pin: busted by hackers before it's even here

“With just a mobile phone we created a POS terminal that could read a card through a wallet,” Martin Emms, lead researcher of the project that uncovered the flaw, noted in a statement about the findings. “All the checks are carried out on the card rather than the terminal so at the point of transac...
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Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chip and Pin: busted by hackers before it's even here
Replies: 17
Views: 1464

Chip and Pin: busted by hackers before it's even here

Just saw a piece on ABC News about how easy it is for hackers to steal the supposedly "secure" information from the chip on the new smart chip credit cards. Seems all they have to do is get close enough to your card to use a digital reader to lift all the info on it, including your credit ...
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Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chip and Pin: busted by hackers before it's even here
Replies: 17
Views: 1464

Re: Blog: Harry Browne's Permanent Portfolio

I am obviously the odd bird here, but I think that the biggest benefit of PP is the fact that you can use margin debt to leverage your portfolio with significantly less risk compared to leveraging an all-stock, or even a 25/75 portfolio. I don't use PP, but if I did, I am pretty sure I could sleep ...
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Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Blog: Harry Browne's Permanent Portfolio
Replies: 79
Views: 7987
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