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Re: Setting up a spreadsheet?

What exactly are you looking to do? I'd be happy to whip up a template and email it over if it's just a simple return projection on various accounts/funds and totaling them up. Thank you Matt, very kind offer, but I need to learn this. I was able to lable it like #Cruncher. I didn't realize you had...
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Setting up a spreadsheet?
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: Setting up a spreadsheet?

Bustoff, you need to get a beginners book on Excel or look up a tutorial on the internet. In the meantime here is a skeleton view of what it sounds like you're trying to do. row col A col B col C col D 1 Account Equity Bonds Total 2 Schwab 30,000 10,000 40,000 3 Fidelity 20,000 15,000 35,000 4 Tota...
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Setting up a spreadsheet?
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: Setting up a spreadsheet?

Maybe you could post the formulas you're using that are giving unexpected results. Excel has a decent help feature, but only if you know which functions you should be using. For simple arithmetic, fractions, percentages, and things like that you should be able to pick it up pretty quickly once you'...
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Setting up a spreadsheet?
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: Setting up a spreadsheet?

Dutch wrote:Can you post a screenshot? That would help to understand your problem.

No, I can't copy it.
Probably a bad idea asking about this on the forum when I can't articulate what I'm trying to do.
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Setting up a spreadsheet?
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Setting up a spreadsheet?

I tried setting up a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. I have no experience with spreadsheets or Excel and it's kind of intimidating. Anyway, I have a feeling I did not set it up correctly. In the vertical column are all my account totals. When I change an amount it automatically changes the total at ...
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Setting up a spreadsheet?
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: A Low-Return Future? Are We Prepared?

Do you guys think the "returns" reflected in the Vanguard portfolio allocation models are realistic? What seems to be the consensus regarding the return for a 50/50 portfolio? The Vanguard portfolio models you linked to are just showing historical returns, 1926-2013. As best I know, Vangu...
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Low-Return Future? Are We Prepared?
Replies: 179
Views: 10593

Re: Determining who makes it past age 90?

CBS provided the transcript along with the video, but I would suggest watching ... the video is pretty entertaining.
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Determining who makes it past age 90?
Replies: 32
Views: 1686

Re: Municipal bonds 1y returns - exuberance and caution

SGM wrote:I strictly used muni bonds for current income since my recent retirement and have no great interest in gains as I do not plan on selling.


Do you use individual muni's or muni funds?
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Municipal bonds 1y returns - exuberance and caution
Replies: 49
Views: 4363

Re: Why is The Suze Orman Show showing repeats?

Our local PBS station was in Pledge mode last week. Seemed like every other time I switched to PBS, there was Orman.
I watched a little bit and heard a couple of good questions from the audience however Orman's responses were incomplete to the point of misleading.
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is The Suze Orman Show showing repeats?
Replies: 20
Views: 1875

Re: A Low-Return Future? Are We Prepared?

Do you guys think the "returns" reflected in the Vanguard portfolio allocation models are realistic?

What seems to be the consensus regarding the return for a 50/50 portfolio?
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Low-Return Future? Are We Prepared?
Replies: 179
Views: 10593

Re: What Movie Have You [Recently] Watched?

American Hustle
... for me, one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It also has a great sound track.
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 66
Views: 2425

Determining who makes it past age 90?

Fascinating 60 Minutes TV segment about a groundbreaking research study known as "90+". Some findings from the study: * People who exercised definitely lived longer than people who didn't exercise. As little as 15 minutes a day on average made a difference. 45 minutes was the best. Even th...
by Bustoff
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Determining who makes it past age 90?
Replies: 32
Views: 1686

Re: How to become a millionaire retiree -- then and now

Reminds me of an old old joke. How do you get a million dollars in the stock market? Start with 2 million.

Nothing has changed. Save for a long time and live below your means.
by Bustoff
Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to become a millionaire retiree -- then and now
Replies: 62
Views: 7347

Re: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?

fishnskiguy wrote:Costco vanilla ice cream is the best on earth, and Costco is the only place left to still be selling full half gallons. I go through one full gallon every summer.
Chris


Wow ... you have remarkable self control !

I go through a half-gallon in a week.
by Bustoff
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 112
Views: 6850

Re: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?

This I think has been the pattern in Buffalo, too. Prices have not matched inflation over the last 30-40 years, but the houses out in the county have done a lot better than the ones downtown. I hear some tales of a revival (the historic architecture is certainly there, Buffalo once had more million...
by Bustoff
Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?
Replies: 46
Views: 4860

Re: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?

Just got back from Costco. Signed up for the executive membership and the AMEX card. We bought some cold water lobster tails. I never see cold water tails anywhere around here. Had to have some La Brea rosemary olive oil bread to go with the tails. Also got some prime rib eyes for the grill this wee...
by Bustoff
Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 112
Views: 6850

Re: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?

Wow,thanks for all the replies!
We heading down to Costco for a membership today.
The American Express card sounds like a great deal if the rebate is in addition to the 2% Executive rebate.
by Bustoff
Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 112
Views: 6850

Costco:is it worth it for just two people?

My wife and I are retired and considering joining Costco. We are not sure if the bulk advantage is worth it for just the two of us.

Would be interested in hearing your experience/comments on Costco membership for just two people.
by Bustoff
Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 112
Views: 6850

Re: If you had an extra $100,000

I would buy a ranch in Telluride and new Prevost RV.
Then I would throw a huge party for all my Boglehead friends with whatever money is leftover.
by Bustoff
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you had an extra $100,000
Replies: 58
Views: 5287

Re: A Low-Return Future? Are We Prepared?

Could we be living through a major shift in the long-term valuation of global financial assets? Many respected financial commentators, from Bill Gross to Burton Malkiel to Vanguard, continue to express their belief that today's persistently-high global asset prices will assure lower future returns ...
by Bustoff
Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Low-Return Future? Are We Prepared?
Replies: 179
Views: 10593

Re: Do Bogleheads worry about institutional risk?

In Missouri, all St. Louis County government websites were taken down for an entire week by the hacker group Anonymous. These types of incidents seem to be happening more frequently and on a larger scale. I'm worried that Vanguard, being the world's largest mutual fund company, could become a target.
by Bustoff
Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do Bogleheads worry about institutional risk?
Replies: 33
Views: 1661

Re: The Worst Investment You Can Make: Buying a Home

billyt wrote:Sell your house. Invest the money. Use the earnings to pay for rent forever.


Average real return on a 50/50 portfolio won't pay rent. Maybe it did when bonds provided a return, but not now or anytime soon.
by Bustoff
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:01 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Worst Investment You Can Make: Buying a Home
Replies: 135
Views: 15894

Re: The Worst Investment You Can Make: Buying a Home

If I sell my house and use the proceeds to pay for an equivalent rental, the money disappears after 11 years. Then what?
by Bustoff
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:50 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Worst Investment You Can Make: Buying a Home
Replies: 135
Views: 15894

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

bbrock wrote:... While originally leaning towards replacing our '09 Outback & '04 CRV w/ new vehicles (or at least one new), if I go the route of the Sequoia and Prius, I'm looking at replacing them with used ...


Some basic but good advice. Also, see the article comments
How to Buy a Used Car
by Bustoff
Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 111
Views: 9400

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

So, say I want to buy a car. I e-mail several dealers and ask them right away for the best OTD price. Does one try to counter this after they give you the offer? The dealers will generally e-mail you a quote for the vehicle at very little if any discount. Most of the time they will ask you to state...
by Bustoff
Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 89
Views: 11990

Re: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?

Tell-tale sign that a subdivision is on a downhill slide is seeing more and more vehicles parked in the driveways instead of the garage. :shock:
by Bustoff
Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?
Replies: 46
Views: 4860

Re: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?

Hey all -- got sidetracked for a day -- thanks much for your suggestions.
Wish I had an RV.
by Bustoff
Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?
Replies: 16
Views: 1036

Re: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?

It's kind of a spur of the moment trip and will be our first visit to these areas. We would appreciate your recommendations for lodging. You would get better recommendations if you give more detailed information about your plans. It's really more of a driving through each park type of trip. Our imp...
by Bustoff
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?
Replies: 16
Views: 1036

Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?

My wife and I are heading out on on a road trip to see Canyonlands and Arches and then move on to Bryce and Zion.

It's kind of a spur of the moment trip and will be our first visit to these areas.

We would appreciate your recommendations for lodging.
by Bustoff
Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?
Replies: 16
Views: 1036

Re: I need "Ultra High Net Worth" investing advice please

Hello, I have approximately $50 million in cash from the recent sale of my business. Trying to figure out what to do with this cash is extremely stressful and dizzying. I do not like the stress of making investment decisions... Thanks! Ken Ken - here is some homework for you. Working through this h...
by Bustoff
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I need "Ultra High Net Worth" investing advice please
Replies: 215
Views: 15362

Re: Transfer on Death (TOD) for Vanguard taxable accounts

Our accounts are joint ownership, but we were able to get the POD on the joint accounts before Vanguard discontinued doing it on joint accounts, so we're grandfathered. Just curious, what are the advantages of a POD on joint accounts? Wouldn't a joint account automatically go to the surviving accou...
by Bustoff
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transfer on Death (TOD) for Vanguard taxable accounts
Replies: 20
Views: 1820

Re: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits

Jeez, I try to give a lighthearted nod to Dirty Harry and I get shot down.
by Bustoff
Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits
Replies: 103
Views: 7373

Re: 60 years old and lump sum investment

If it's not eligible for a tax-deferred option, and you prefer safety, then I would open six 5-year CD's. $10,000 each.
by Bustoff
Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 60 years old and lump sum investment
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits

"Planning" to collect at age 70 is far different than actually having done so. When 62 rolls around and you take notice that many folks don't make it to 70, or are diagnosed with a life changing health issue, then you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, ...
by Bustoff
Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits
Replies: 103
Views: 7373

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

I recently bought a CPO 2011 Lexus RX350. ... the initial asking prices were exaggerated. Negotiating quickly knocked off 15% from the asking prices which were already lower than new. Thus I think 30% off of new for a 3-year-old CPO RX350 is easily possible, but at first glance it doesn't look poss...
by Bustoff
Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4485

Re: When did you downsize?

Sheepdog wrote:I never upsized....didn't need to. It was not that I didn't want to..just that I didn't need to.

+1
The older we get, the more we want to minimize and reduce clutter.
by Bustoff
Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3264

Re: Moving after retirement.

For reasons too numerous to expound upon, my advice is to RENT first.

You can rent a condo for a couple of months in Florida, or wherever your snowbird wings desire to fly much cheaper than owning. Renting also gives you the option to try different places for a few years and see what appeals to you.
by Bustoff
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving after retirement.
Replies: 43
Views: 3730

Re: Vanguard Lost My Account

Has anybody called Vanguard and asked them to disclose their protocol for compromised accounts, and/or, if that protocol is consistent with OP's experience ?
by Bustoff
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Lost My Account
Replies: 91
Views: 10401

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

Something big.
I see lots of elderly folks driving the Mercury Grand Marquis.
by Bustoff
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4485

Re: Vanguard Lost My Account

Thank you for sharing your experience.

I'm logging into Vanguard right now and switching my mailing preferences back to U.S. Mail.
by Bustoff
Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Lost My Account
Replies: 91
Views: 10401

Re: Market valuation analysis

Read "Margin of Safety" by Seth Klarman.
by Bustoff
Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market valuation analysis
Replies: 36
Views: 1708

Re: Selling House - Do We Need a Listing Broker?

We did fine without an agent. A lot depends on your circumstances.
Our biggest advantage is that we were in no rush. That put us in a position to dismiss cheesy buyers agents. We also had good visibility as there were always other homes for sale in our subdivision that brought in potential buyers.
by Bustoff
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling House - Do We Need a Listing Broker?
Replies: 61
Views: 2788

Re: Should market valuations be completely disregarded?

As the market advances, he will from time to time makes sales out of his stock holdings, putting the proceeds into bonds; as it declines he will reverse the procedure. These activities will provide some outlet for his otherwise too-pent-up energies. If he is the right kind of investor he will take ...
by Bustoff
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should market valuations be completely disregarded?
Replies: 50
Views: 3949

Re: Bond funds- your percentage of intermediate vs. short-te

Sometimes I question why I invest in the Vanguard Total Bond Fund with an SEC yield of 1.98% on average maturity of close to 8 years when you can get at least 2.25% on a 5-year CD and eliminate the risk.
by Bustoff
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:17 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond funds- your percentage of intermediate vs. short-term?
Replies: 12
Views: 1181

Re: Can it be wrong to be too risk averse?

My brother ... is very risk averse and invests only in very high rated bonds (mostly muni bonds). He knows he is leaving profits on the table, and he knows these investment choices offer higher than 0% risk. He has a good job, quite secure, and he is a decently frugal person. He points out that a l...
by Bustoff
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:05 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can it be wrong to be too risk averse?
Replies: 49
Views: 2439

Bond funds- your percentage of intermediate vs. short-term?

Hello, Are there any recommendations for the percentage of intermediate-term-bond funds vs short-term-bond funds? For instance, if one is 30/70 stock/bond, is there any guidance as to the percentage that should be in intermediate-term-bond funds vs short-term-bond funds? I'm curious because it appea...
by Bustoff
Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond funds- your percentage of intermediate vs. short-term?
Replies: 12
Views: 1181

Re: How many Bogleheads golf?

Been playing golf for years. It's a great way to spend a few hours outdoors.
by Bustoff
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Bogleheads golf?
Replies: 81
Views: 4446

Do TIPS protect against increases in Food and Energy.

Does a Liability Matching Portfolio consisting of TIPS protect against inflation from food and energy? I ask because I'm under the impression that "food and energy" are not taken into account when the government calculates inflation. As most of my basic expenses consist of food and energy,...
by Bustoff
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do TIPS protect against increases in Food and Energy.
Replies: 6
Views: 1162

Re: Retired Bogleheads want to relocate to California

Really enjoying all the viewpoints, especially the interesting suggestions for various locations and towns in CA, many of which sound pretty cool. I like the suggestions to rent as it offers a lot of flexibility. For the time being, maybe starting with some short term rentals would give us a chance ...
by Bustoff
Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Bogleheads want to relocate to California
Replies: 109
Views: 6998
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