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Re: Favorite guitarist...

That's easy: Ry Cooder, Leo Kotke, John Fahey!

And, of course, Deep Gap, NC's own: Doc Watson.
by FabLab
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 187
Views: 18882

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Currently re-reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Something I like to return to over time.
by FabLab
Tue May 06, 2014 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Should I include my pension in my portfolio?

Didn't read a great deal into the thread. But if you have a pension, then the answer to your question IMHO is NO. It becomes, sometime in the future, an income stream. However, if you leave the employer and receive a lump sum distribution with the intention of plowing into your portfolio (AA, etc.),...
by FabLab
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I include my pension in my portfolio?
Replies: 16
Views: 1654

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am dropping my other reading for Vassily Aksyonov's The Island of Crimea (1979). It's an alternative history based on an assumption that Crimea is an island rather than a peninsula. This premise would have enabled the retreating White Army to defend Crimea against the Reds in the 1920s, and turn ...
by FabLab
Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Rebalancing, AA, and Bonds

BillyG, Let's say I want a balanced portfolio of 50/50 stocks/bonds. (I do and I have.) Well, once I know where I'm going, I'm a big fan of getting there. My total stock market indexes had run up big, and things were out of whack. Not a bad position to be in, of course. So, in the past week or so, I...
by FabLab
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rebalancing, AA, and Bonds
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Currently reading Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis.
by FabLab
Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Estimating the True Cost of Retirement

EternalOptimist wrote: If I don't spend I don't need money.


This came to me when I was twelve. Then I realized that if I didn't spend another penny, I had all the money I would ever need.
by FabLab
Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Estimating the True Cost of Retirement
Replies: 39
Views: 3607

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford. It's the last of the Bascombe trilogy. Ford is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary American novelists.

Also have out of the library Pynchon's Bleeding Edge, which I'll get to next.
by FabLab
Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Recommend a good pair of slippers!

The Gokeys are excellent. Currently, I wear these from LL Bean and have grown to like them: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/47870?feat=511927-GN3&page=men-s-double-sole-slippers-bison-leather-lined&attrValue_0=Raisin&productId=825456 I would not, however, wear either canoeing. As someone ...
by FabLab
Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a good pair of slippers!
Replies: 47
Views: 4953

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Currently reading Canada by Richard Ford.
by FabLab
Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Modern Portfolio Theory

Staythecourse, Analysis in finance is done on past data because there's no alternative. The important thing is not to take it too seriously, due to the lack of sufficient data and uncertainty whether the data we have is applicable to the future. We only have about three independent data points if w...
by FabLab
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Modern Portfolio Theory
Replies: 89
Views: 6946

Re: Modern Portfolio Theory

Markowitz on how to apply MPT: Dr. Markowitz first got to choose how to divide his assets between a stock fund and a bond fund not long after publishing his pioneering article "Portfolio Selection" in the prestigious Journal of Finance. Following his own breakthroughs, he should have made...
by FabLab
Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Modern Portfolio Theory
Replies: 89
Views: 6946

Re: Paid off mortgage today

Excellent! Many congrats.
by FabLab
Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paid off mortgage today
Replies: 73
Views: 5994

Re: Sell in May and Go Away

Rhyming expressions always provide the soundest investing advice.
by FabLab
Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sell in May and Go Away
Replies: 17
Views: 1544

Re: The Boglehead Car -- What is It?

On average, Bogleheads are extremely wealthy because of reasonable investing decisions they have made over the course of their lives. A car is not an investment, so The Boglehead Car is something like a Lexus, Porsche, Mercedes, Acura, or Tesla. Exactly! Buy what you can afford and enjoy it. Outsid...
by FabLab
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Boglehead Car -- What is It?
Replies: 150
Views: 11366

Re: Has anyone ever heard of the Hindenburg Omen?

Thought astrology was off limits on the forum.
by FabLab
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of the Hindenburg Omen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3184

Re: glide path vs. fixed asset allocation [POLL]

Mid-sixties couple and maintain a 50/50 fixed allocation. Been that way for years, and we have no plans to change it.

When I know where I'm going, I like to get there. So, glide paths don't much interest me.
by FabLab
Thu May 23, 2013 8:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: glide path vs. fixed asset allocation [POLL]
Replies: 35
Views: 1747

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.
by FabLab
Thu May 23, 2013 8:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Using full name for email - bad or good idea?

Using a name that has certain inferences and connotations can be harmful is several ways. "DrunkByNoon@gmail.com", for example, does not present a professional image. By noon? Sounds ambitious. I remember Bum Phillips being asked what he'd do in retirement after years of NFL head coaching...
by FabLab
Thu May 16, 2013 8:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using full name for email - bad or good idea?
Replies: 20
Views: 2020

Re: New editions of 2 Investing Classics

I also see that this summer a new edition of Charles Ellis' Winning The Loser's Game is due out. Each time I read this book I want to stick with a high equity allocation for the long run. These are two excellent books that I think are required reading after the books more commonly discussed here. I...
by FabLab
Sun May 12, 2013 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New editions of 2 Investing Classics
Replies: 4
Views: 818

Re: Method of Selecting: What Book are you reading now?

My "method" is scattershot. There's so much I want to read. Insufficient time to do it all. I guess I do have an ongoing mental list of next books, then someone on bogleheads goes and asks whether there are any major changes in Rick Ferri's latest version of All About Asset Allocation ... ...
by FabLab
Fri May 10, 2013 9:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Method of Selecting: What Book are you reading now?
Replies: 32
Views: 2772

Re: A good day to take some money off the table

greg24 wrote:Rebalancing when the AFC wins the Super Bowl is also good. Or maybe its the NFC.


My IPS clearly states, here on page 75, to "take some money off the table" when the Eagles win the Super Bowl. Yours doesn't?
by FabLab
Fri May 03, 2013 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A good day to take some money off the table
Replies: 96
Views: 7975

Re: Bank mailed me letter, $5 fee starts in June, criminal.

I do think a lot of American consumers grossly over-value their own patronage, and not just as bank depositors. Bingo. All that "the customer is always right" attitude. :sharebeer if you still consider yourself in the right (?). Don't know so much about that, but a sense of perspective on...
by FabLab
Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank mailed me letter, $5 fee starts in June
Replies: 122
Views: 7122

Re: Bank mailed me letter, $5 fee starts in June, criminal.

Seems like a lot of hand wringing for naught.
by FabLab
Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank mailed me letter, $5 fee starts in June
Replies: 122
Views: 7122

Re: Allan Roth: Fixing [The] Obama's Finances"

If we're correcting the thread title, "the Obama's" is singular. Are we only fixing one Obama's finances, or the whole family's? We could go round and round on this one. My take: the story is based one one tax return that was filed jointly, so that's singular. Also, it's about the family'...
by FabLab
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allan Roth: Fixing [The] Obama's Finances"
Replies: 22
Views: 2512

Re: Anyone selling these days?

But, given the current high levels of the equity markets, and the belief by some that it is over bought ...is there any selling or planned selling occuring out there? I am in the planning stage myself, primarily in my retirement (tax deferred) accounts. The problem is...where does one place their m...
by FabLab
Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone selling these days?
Replies: 33
Views: 2698

Re: Do we have enough to retire?

One of the nuttiest threads I've read on bogleheads. Methinks, somehow, someway, other couples have managed to retire with $3M - $3.5M net worth. A $300K house for this couple amounts to chicken feed. Also, I don't consider annual expenses of $100K - $120K to be a big deal (it's what we run in retir...
by FabLab
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do we have enough to retire?
Replies: 106
Views: 12568

Re: What is your current Asset Allocation Policy and why?

Clearly_Irrational wrote:
Reasoning:

4) I try to maximize for a high Sortino ratio and a low max drawdown.


Me, I prefer a Maglie* shaving backed up by the Lombardi** schnozz :D

* (Sal the Barber)
** (Ernie, that is)
by FabLab
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your current Asset Allocation Policy and why?
Replies: 83
Views: 8826

Re: Treat Social Security and Primary Residence like TIPS?

Better yet, treat Social Security like Social Security and a primary residence ... kinda like a house.
by FabLab
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Treat Social Security and Primary Residence like TIPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 2186

Re: Rollover 401k to Vanguard IRA via wire transfer?

MrBrainwash,

Take a careful look at this link, as I think it should answer your questions:

https://personal.vanguard.com/us/whatweoffer/rollover

I know you referenced this too, but it points you to the Concierge Services folk, etc. They are usually quite helpful.

Cheers
by FabLab
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rollover 401k to Vanguard IRA via wire transfer?
Replies: 15
Views: 1885

Re: Speeding ticket out of state

As Juno might ask: "Can't we just kick it old school?" What's wrong with saying: "I screwed up by exceeding the speed limit. I got caught doing it. So I'll just pay the darn fine." Talk of whitewashing records, paying fees to traffic attorneys (there are such people?), etc., is s...
by FabLab
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speeding ticket out of state
Replies: 59
Views: 4847

Re: Getting a Certified Financial Planner with Vanguard?

I had them do a plan a year before I retired. From some of the comments on previous posts, I wasn't sure of the quality and customization of the CFPs, but came away from the process impressed. I laid down certain markers when I started the process - AA, index funds only. I gave them my current port...
by FabLab
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting a Certified Financial Planner with Vanguard?
Replies: 23
Views: 2731

Re: Grok's Tip #13: But Vanguard will tell you that...

grok,
Excellent post! One of my favorites of yours, and there are many. Thanks much.

Cheers
FabLab
by FabLab
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:10 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok's Tip #13: But Vanguard will tell you that...
Replies: 71
Views: 8688

Re: How To Position Yourself For a Meltdown

STC wrote:
Leesbro63 wrote:Describe the "riskless assets" please


It has a flaky puff pastry exterior, browned to perfection. Followed by Foie Gras and Truffle pate, with a center of prime beef tenderloin cooked medium rare. Served with an aged Bordeaux.


I liked everything but the foie gras. :D
by FabLab
Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How To Position Yourself For a Meltdown
Replies: 85
Views: 7493

Re: Your philosophy on buying big ticket items...

Interesting thread, indeed! Can't say that I've ever had a Christmas fund, toy fund, car fund, and the like. More or less, I have been guided by my father's (he would be 106 if alive today, so the Depression was formative) overarching principle: if you can't afford it, then you don't need it. Afford...
by FabLab
Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your philosophy on buying big ticket items...
Replies: 40
Views: 3039

Re: Prudential Variable Annuity

Jerilynn wrote:
ramos wrote:
By the way, my CPA made full disclosure and he is a Prudential representative.


To quote Vinny LaGuardia Gambini.... "Well, there's a fricken surprise."

Warning, R rated movie clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiIPS_kF4J4


Nice clip, though your quote wasn't entirely accurate. :D
by FabLab
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Prudential Variable Annuity
Replies: 13
Views: 1337

Re: How To Position Yourself For a Meltdown

Leesbro63 wrote:I'm really not a whacko, guys! :|


Oh, I think we knew that already just from the thread title. :D

Though what really clinched it was your reference to the Doomster, Marc Faber.
by FabLab
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How To Position Yourself For a Meltdown
Replies: 85
Views: 7493

Re: Any Value Line Subscribers

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:Besides, I index so no need to subscribe to them.


Certainly that. But, if access were required for some reason, it can often be obtained via one's public library system. Without charge.
by FabLab
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any Value Line Subscribers
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I just finished The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene, Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow, The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins. Now reading Last Lion by Peter Canellos. Ah, Wallace Stegner. One of my idols, not just for his literary contributions, which ...
by FabLab
Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3098
Views: 995013

Re: Made my first investment with Vanguard today.

Hello, I saw that VTI and VXUS were down about ~2% this afternoon so I decided to take the plunge and invest my first 10k. It's my first investment so I'm excited to see how things will go. My asset allocation copies the TR 2045 fund: VTI - 63% VXUS - 27% BND - 10% Thanks for all the help and guida...
by FabLab
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Made my first investment with Vanguard today.
Replies: 19
Views: 1797

Re: Fess up, Bogleheads - what is your portfolio?

50/50 stocks/bonds; 4-fund (the 3 usual suspects plus national intermediate-term muni).

Any slicing and dicing is confined to our kitchen activities :D
by FabLab
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fess up, Bogleheads - what is your portfolio?
Replies: 78
Views: 7005

Re: Investment newsletters are dangerous

I'd have better luck with a Fabian Plan designed by this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_strategy Although my portfolio getting raided by elephants crossing the alps would count as some sort of Black Swan, I think. I liked this Fabian guy: he was a teen idol and a Philly kid. Well, at leas...
by FabLab
Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investment newsletters are dangerous
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: How to best pay back a $200k loan from the parents

I would like to see if anyone has any insights into paying back an "off-the books" 200k loan from my parents that they gave us several years ago to cover downpayment on our house. My parents are in good health with no major medical issues and are enjoying their retirement. They also have ...
by FabLab
Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to best pay back a $200k loan from the parents
Replies: 87
Views: 3979

Re: Foreign film night recommendations.

A delightful Italian fare, Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di ferragosto).
by FabLab
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Foreign film night recommendations.
Replies: 111
Views: 5176

Re: Bogle: Most Difficult Investment Conditions I've Ever Se

greg24 wrote:This just re-emphasizes to me that I need to focus on increasing contributions (something I can control) rather than returns (something I cannot control).


Never a truer word spoken.

:sharebeer
by FabLab
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Most Difficult Investment Conditions I've Ever Seen
Replies: 53
Views: 7094

Re: A Few BH 11 Photos

Neat pictures of BH11*, Kathleen. Thank you much!



* I decided to bring back the avatar of my chocolate lab since at BH11 LadyGeek told me she liked it. :D
by FabLab
Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Few BH 11 Photos
Replies: 8
Views: 1301

Re: Cardinals win signals good times ahead?

This thread should be locked!

Full disclosure: OK, on cold nights I do wear Phillies red logo pajamas ... but, I'm sure that doesn't suggest any lack of impartiality, now does it? :sharebeer
by FabLab
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cardinals win signals good times ahead?
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: *Sorry for asking* Is this forum biased?

I reckon there may be a few folks around here who have done philosophy and possibly recognize the name of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Anyway, here's a taste: 3.1 The Positivity of ‘Prejudice’ One might respond to Gadamer's emphasis on our prior hermeneutic involvement, whether in the experience of art or e...
by FabLab
Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: *Sorry for asking* Is this forum biased?
Replies: 100
Views: 8232

Re: *Sorry for asking* Is this forum biased?

Not much in life that isn't biased, at least broadly defined. So, for me the question is irrelevant. Will you find solid, actionable information and advice that can help you develop and grow a portfolio of assets that can sustain you in retirement? Well, there my friend, the answer would be a resoun...
by FabLab
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:56 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: *Sorry for asking* Is this forum biased?
Replies: 100
Views: 8232
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