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Re: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies

sscritic wrote:Anything done by Chuck Jones was tops in my book.


Agreed. What're your favorites?
by Fallible
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies
Replies: 29
Views: 1580

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Read Michael Lewis’s book, Flash Boys , about high-high-high speed frequency trading and front-running and market-rigging and it’s a great read. He writes well of Brad Katsuyama who discovers the front-running and assembles a crackerjack team to first understand what’s going on (once again, as with ...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2620
Views: 595128

Re: making your own will or trust

Has anyone had experience making your own will or living revocable trust, without using a lawyer. I've got Nolo press's and other books on how to do it yourself, but would appreciate the experiences of those on this forum who have done the same. Also any opinions the merits of a will or a trust for...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: making your own will or trust
Replies: 29
Views: 1511

Re: A "Boglehead" seen in the daylight!

Indeed, From what Gail reports, it appears Bogleheads numbers are increasing and we are beginning to see them coming out of their caves and moving about in the daylight. Shawcroft (just kidding, folks!) I think of Bogleheads emerging into the daylight more like this great cover on Rick Ferri's book...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: I saw a "Boglehead" on my flight yesterday!
Replies: 65
Views: 7437

Re: Alternative to a car

... The reason we are asking is because my mom was recently involved in a serious accident where she totaled the car. ... The serious accident plus earlier minor ones probably do mean it's time for her to stop driving and accept public transportation. But since her opposition to the latter is no do...
by Fallible
Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to a car
Replies: 30
Views: 1821

Re: What % of stock market "drive" is gambling?

... The question I'm curious about is: is there any way to go past pure personal opinion and get some kind of objective measure of the degree to which various activities are driven by gambling , versus investment in the sense Bogle uses it? The only way I would know to answer this, if there is an (...
by Fallible
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What % of stock market "drive" is gambling?
Replies: 29
Views: 2983

Re: Blog: Vanguard Personal Advisor Services

Vanguard has gone public with this. Although it's still not linked from the website navigation, they were featured and quoted in the New York Times article Financial Advice for People Who Aren’t Rich . There's also a new, much more elaborate landing page that rivals one produced by the startups. Th...
by Fallible
Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Blog: Vanguard Personal Advisor Services
Replies: 23
Views: 3928

Re: squirrel question

Thanks to all for the input. Have also posed question to local game warden (haven't heard back yet) but don't expect his response to be nearly as helpful. . . . I was just about to mention that it's might be illegal to relocate squirrels. And, this site argues that it's not as humane and you might ...
by Fallible
Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: squirrel question
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: squirrel question

Catch the squirrels, Label them with names of various investments. Bring them to next Boglehead Reunion and auction them off to lucky winners. When those winners go home, they release the squirrels. Then see if they show up back in your attic. ole meph Catch, choose investment, label, transport to,...
by Fallible
Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: squirrel question
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: squirrel question

Need to know how far to relocate nuisance squirrels to keep them from coming back??? (They're trying to know into attic. Have been successful with live trap. Don't want to harm them so using the trap but don't know what their "homing" abilities are.) My first thought is, considering they ...
by Fallible
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: squirrel question
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Hopalong-Freud and Other Modern Literary Characters by Ira Wallach. A '50s collection of parodies with the most hilarious saved for last, "Hopalong-Freud," a comedy of manners billed as a "play in three acts and one intermission" and a note that "All the action in this play...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2620
Views: 595128

Re: "Why do investors make bad choices?"

Agree with Nisiprius, but also have a couple more questions that I think go deeper than Sunstein's explanations for his behavior: _Why didn't he apply what he wrote ( Nudge ) to himself? _Why did he also fail to heed the warnings of his co-author? _Why did Thaler know and Sunstein didn't? _What mig...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why do investors make bad choices?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: Alternative to a car

This is a difficult situation. Almost any other vehicle (van, bus, etc.) other than a low-to-the-ground car is going to be more difficult, dangerous (less crash protection), or both. What specifically makes you think that she shouldn't be driving? It's one mile across the street, presumably with ve...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to a car
Replies: 30
Views: 1821

Re: "Why do investors make bad choices?"

Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:[...I don't think there's a setting. You can, however, pay attention to nothing but the number of shares. Personally, I use white-out on my screen. :happy ...

...:happy
by Fallible
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why do investors make bad choices?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: "Why do investors make bad choices?"

Sunstein really, really, emotionally, viscerally ached to sell. He asked for advice hoping for confirmation, but instead was told not to in a shorthand way he, as he writes, understood perfectly well. In response, he sought and created a reason not to follow the advice so he could go ahead and do t...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why do investors make bad choices?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: "Why do investors make bad choices?"

Let's face it. Articles by the pros showing they are fallible make them like-able and they get linked and quoted in the blogosphere. OTOH, articles by folks who show how they avoided loss aversion by doing tax-loss harvesting or bought on dips border on the obnoxious and folks do not feel any affin...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why do investors make bad choices?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: "Choose an AA appropriate for your personal risk toleran

This is a common idea around here, and central to the buy - hold - re-balance investment philosophy. The follow-up question is: How do I determine my personal risk tolerance? Is this just an emotional decision? How well can I stomach a loss? I'm not simply asking what my risk tolerance should be. R...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:21 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: "Choose an AA appropriate for your personal risk tolerance"
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: "Why do investors make bad choices?"

Agree with Nisiprius, but also have a couple more questions that I think go deeper than Sunstein's explanations for his behavior: _Why didn't he apply what he wrote ( Nudge ) to himself? _Why did he also fail to heed the warnings of his co-author? _Why did Thaler know and Sunstein didn't? _What migh...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why do investors make bad choices?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: What is risk tolerance?

Our emotional risk tolerance is very much who we are, so it means knowing ourselves. This is why it's difficult to determine, and it does change. The trick is to know it as best we can so that the asset allocation we create is one we can stay with through market downturns and crashes. Here are two g...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is risk tolerance?
Replies: 12
Views: 515

Re: "Why do investors make bad choices?"

In addition to pkcrafter's good reply here, also see his most recent BH Blog on this subject: http://www.bogleheads.org/blog/perspectives-on-investing-behavioral-pitfalls-are-the-no-1-reason-for-return-slippage/ Also, besides the Behavioral Pitfalls in our wiki, there is an excellent reading list th...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why do investors make bad choices?"
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: Alternative to a car

Are there decent replacement for cars for short trips to the grocery store? We are getting to a point where we feel that our mom should stop driving, but she indicated that the bus are a pain to go grocery shopping. She only need it to go about a mile and across the street from the retirement commu...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to a car
Replies: 30
Views: 1821

Re: Brown bagging in a more formal office

Congratulations on the new job and on bringing your own lunch to work. You already have great suggestions here, so I'll just mention that a friend of mine who's an attorney working in a small but quite formal office, business suits always, carries his lunch, work papers, laptop, and other stuff in a...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brown bagging in a more formal office
Replies: 43
Views: 2924

Re: advisor advice?

Only you can answer for yourself if the "personable advice and constant attention" of your Edward Jones advisor is worth the fees (and possibly front-end loads) you pay him. Has your advisor taken you out on his yacht lately? :P The question is whether HE has taken his advisor out on HIS ...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: advisor advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: Stay the course.

... When I see it go down, I think 3 things Aw man, I lost money Well it's bound to come back up eventually, I'll wait Hey look, it's on sale Instead, think these three things: 1) LONG-term (not the short-term, meaningless daily ups and downs that waste your valuable time) 2) Emotions are in everyt...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market falling emotions
Replies: 31
Views: 2084

Re: Slomo

[quote="4nursebee"] I bet this guy is a BH! ... Yes, we do see many, many stories similar to this one on the forum. It's possible that if this physician now called "Slomo" didn't skate for long periods on one leg that he'd just blend right in with the rest of us, or at least the ...
by Fallible
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Slomo (PHYSICIAN)
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Re: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff

If you haven't already, do check out the link that Victoria provided earlier on this thread to a wonderful discussion on morality among three of the top minds in psychology, philosophy, and ethics. They played off each other quite well. Link also here: https://plus.google.com/events/caf8l1aqqvhsaah...
by Fallible
Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 4973

Re: advice for 83-year-old in-law with Alzheimer's

I’m posting on behalf of my father-in-law. He is 83 years old, has Alzheimer’s, and his wife (mother-in-law) recently passed away. He has been in assisted living for the past 2.5 years. His wife was younger and was still working, paying for his assisted living out-of-pocket. She left him a substant...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: advice for 83-year-old in-law with Alzheimer's
Replies: 18
Views: 1630

Re: I accidentally discovered a coworkers salary... now what

I accidentally found my coworkers 2013 tax return in a shared folder on the company network. I... I have two questions: 1) What's the best way to approach my coworker about what I found? Her tax return does not belong on that drive and could be found by others. I would like to alert her to this pot...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I accidentally discovered a coworkers salary... now what?
Replies: 59
Views: 5424

Re: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff

In "Predictably Irrational" Dan Ariely describes experiments with different tempting items put into college-dorm refrigerators. When a bundle of Coca-Cola cans was placed in, all the cans have disappeared fairly quickly. When a plate with one-dollar bills was placed in (of equivalent valu...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 4973

Re: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff

I don't consider myself anymore honest or dishonest than most of those in Ariely's dishonesty experiments, but places where I've worked with a community fridge did not have a theft problem and I would never even have considered stealing food or pop. I found the Coke vs. dollars difference (and all o...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 4973

Re: Bulls & Bears

I like Ferdinand the bull who would rather smell the flowers (than the money?):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_Ferdinand
by Fallible
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bulls & Bears
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: Fibonacci numbers: has Cramer lost his mind?

> has Cramer lost his mind? No. The people who make him who he is have lost their minds. Cramer is actually very smartly cashing in on that insanity. Right, he hasn't lost his mind, but neither have those who make money off of making him who he is. Only those who watch, or at least for as long as t...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fibonacci numbers: has Cramer lost his mind?
Replies: 20
Views: 1805

Re: Please help identify quote: I'm richer than he because..

A very funny book by Ira Wallach, Hopalong-Freud , contains savage parodies of then-current bestsellers. One of them, "The Art of Fan-Waving," skewers Lin Yutang, and includes this passage: I am not poor in the things of my life, yet looking at the plum tree in my garden, I envy the poor ...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Please help identify quote: I'm richer than he because...
Replies: 28
Views: 2740

Re: Please help identify quote: I'm richer than he because..

I can't answer the OP's question, but just noting that "Quote Investigator" seems reliable and I always check it (and other sources) before using a quote: http://quoteinvestigator.com/
by Fallible
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Please help identify quote: I'm richer than he because...
Replies: 28
Views: 2740

Re: Death of co-worker

Thanks for the responses everyone. I don't want to sound like an insenstive dope, but I wanted to clarify that the effect of the co-worker's passing on me was more along the lines of getting me to stop and think about...everything...as opposed to feeling an emotional loss. I realize that sounds col...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Death of co-worker
Replies: 94
Views: 9259

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

(Years ago I read an early Stuart Woods. Didn't like the awkward writing style.) I just bought Flash Boys by Michael Lewis for $0.00. Ironically, last week Amazon gave me a $12.66 credit from legal settlements with publishers over the pricing of ebooks. The actual price is $9 something today. I got...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2620
Views: 595128

Re: Bogle: Tilt To Corporates For More Yield

A valuable article to again remind us of the risks in the search for higher yield. And for me it all comes down to these last grafs: Bogle : "But the miracle of indexing is the simplest miracle ever created. Think about it this way: There's a stock market out there that we all own together and ...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Tilt To Corporates For More Yield
Replies: 60
Views: 5635

Re: Foolish In Love And Money

Love and money (mainly) are both of the brain's emotions, so can foolishness be far behind?

Thanks for another good article.
by Fallible
Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Foolish In Love And Money
Replies: 11
Views: 2244

Re: Death of co-worker

Sorry for your loss. It is all a balancing act as we don't know what will happen. If we just lived for today we could be broke for our tomorrows. Describes it all in a sentence: the balancing act because of the future we can't know. OP, I'm sorry about your co-worker. Some of my former co-workers h...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Death of co-worker
Replies: 94
Views: 9259

Re: One sentence financial rules

They're good, but is the "Fool" being a bit tongue-in-cheek with this one?

"4. You're twice as biased as you think you are (four times if you disagree with that statement)."
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One sentence financial rules
Replies: 13
Views: 1692

Re: Being older/younger in class -- benefits, issues?

I'm a child psychologist, so I've dealt with this issue a lot. The simple answer is...there's no simple answer.... Your post was enlightening, but I wonder how much the roles of teachers and parents come into play for students who begin kindergarten at 4, as I did. In my earlier post here, I said I...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Being older/younger in class -- benefits, issues?
Replies: 98
Views: 4781

Re: 60 Minutes 3-30-14: Michael Lewis book "Flash Boys"

Just a heads up if not already posted and preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cPiGJVB34o Thanks, will be watching. Also, here's a related thread: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=136167&newpost=2010467 and a link to a recent article on New York Attorney General Eri...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 60 Minutes 3-30-14: Michael Lewis book "Flash Boys"
Replies: 70
Views: 2470

Re: “Status Quo” Bias in investing. Does it hurt or help?

As for there possibly being other cognitive biases responsible for wrong decisions, there are indeed many of those and some of them - and by far not all of them - are listed in our wiki under Behavioral Pitfalls. Speaking of behavioral pitfalls, check out the newest Bogleheads Blog post: http://www...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: “Status Quo” Bias in investing. Does it hurt or help?
Replies: 21
Views: 915

Re: “Status Quo” Bias in investing. Does it hurt or help?

Status quo bias is a cognitive bias (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_quo_bias) which basically states that we will tend to prefer the existing or default state of things when compared to making an active decision to change a certain plan of action. Another way to say it, is that the default pat...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: “Status Quo” Bias in investing. Does it hurt or help?
Replies: 21
Views: 915

Re: Investing Advice

Definitely check out our wiki and "Managing a Windfall" - http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Managing_a_windfall

The first and probably most important message from the article: "Do nothing rash."
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Reading room chair - what to pay and where to purchase?

... 3) Ideally, price ceiling is max of $250 for the chair. Preferably sub-$200. 4) I have chronic lower back pain, so that's a factor (*hides due to potential lecturing about cheaping out on furniture*) ... I think these will be the most important factors for you in choosing a chair. As for price,...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading room chair - what to pay and where to purchase?
Replies: 29
Views: 2357

Re: New Friends are the Anti-Bogleheads, what to do?

My spouse and I recently went on a double date with a new couple we met. They are really a nice and interesting couple. However, some of the financial decisions they are making were really unfortunate. The topic of finances never came up at all (at least I never brought it up), but being a Boglehea...
by Fallible
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Friends are the Anti-Bogleheads, what to do?
Replies: 93
Views: 8315

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Further feeding my appetite for books regarding Mark Twain, just finished William Dean Howells's "My Mark Twain", a short memoir about Howells's long literary and personal relationship with Sam Clemens. It's a nicely written book, one of the few first-hand accounts that we have of Clemens...
by Fallible
Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2620
Views: 595128

Re: Being older/younger in class -- benefits, issues?

With a very late-year birthday and starting kindergarten at 4 (no pre-school) I also was always the youngest in my class. I remember at the end of the school year, all kindergartners were tested for entry to first grade and I passed the test. I was not a great student gradewise because of struggles ...
by Fallible
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Being older/younger in class -- benefits, issues?
Replies: 98
Views: 4781

Re: Were These Investment Advisors Lying or Incompetent?

I didn't know the tickers. I wouldn't know a fund ticker if it fell on me. What I did, and what you or anyone can do, is go to morningstar.com, start typing the fund name in the quote box, and up pops a menu of choices. Once you get far enough into the name, the choices are restricted to the variou...
by Fallible
Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Were These Investment Advisors Lying or Incompetent?
Replies: 90
Views: 5880
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