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Re: Favorite nonfiction books

+1 for The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker +1 for Latitude Also, Ged, you mentioned Daniel Dennett, I was reminded of another compelling book of his: Darwin's Dangerous Idea . I will take a look at Intuition Pumps ... That sounds interesting, thanks! +11 for John McP...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 41
Views: 1460

Re: Making money/career in Trading

I've worked in the financial trading space trading space for 10+ years. Poker is similar because: - You have to keep your emotions in check and not let them get in the way of making good decisions. - You have to understand risk/reward well. - You often times have to make complex decisions quickly a...
by Fallible
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making money/career in Trading
Replies: 25
Views: 2292

Re: What percent "Boglehead" are you?

Setting aside any form of measurement, I believe I can consider myself 100 percent Boglehead because I’m frugal, manage to practice common sense in most things money, and invest in a core of low-cost index funds (key word, “core”). I'm no less Boglehead because, for example, I also have TIPS. Point ...
by Fallible
Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percent "Boglehead" are you?
Replies: 119
Views: 5773

Re: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?

I think the best advice so far has been from those who have said to observe your dog for signs the food is not sitting well with the dog. Weight changes, vomiting, stool changes, fur changes, etc. are all more important to watch out for than the price tag. Just like there's no one "best" ...
by Fallible
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?
Replies: 56
Views: 3198

Re: article in todays WSJ--stocks are risky even for millenn

Thought this article might be of interest. Michael Kitces and Dr. Bernstein are mentioned in the article. In addition, the article says Dr Bernstein's booklet "If you can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly" is available for Kindle free from Amazon through Tuesday. Enjoy! http://online.w...
by Fallible
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: article in todays WSJ--stocks are risky even for millennials
Replies: 20
Views: 3389

Re: Making money/career in Trading

I've worked in the financial trading space trading space for 10+ years. Poker is similar because: - You have to keep your emotions in check and not let them get in the way of making good decisions. - You have to understand risk/reward well. - You often times have to make complex decisions quickly a...
by Fallible
Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making money/career in Trading
Replies: 25
Views: 2292

Re: Making money/career in Trading

I've worked in the financial trading space trading space for 10+ years. Poker is similar because: - You have to keep your emotions in check and not let them get in the way of making good decisions. - You have to understand risk/reward well. - You often times have to make complex decisions quickly a...
by Fallible
Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making money/career in Trading
Replies: 25
Views: 2292

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Night Train to Munich , English, 1940, with Rex Harrison & Margaret Lockwood, directed by Carol Reed. Cloak and dagger plot set in Germany and England during the time of the invasion of Poland. Recommended. I've watched it a few times, liking Rex Harrison's performance more each time. Also, if ...
by Fallible
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 222
Views: 18061

Re: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?

Went down recently from the usual Petsmart stuff (Science Diet) to Walmart stuff (Pedigree) for the dry kibbles. It's about one third the price, but I'm feeling some guilt and wondering if I'm doing any harm to this 2 y.o. family member (he seems to like the cheaper stuff better). I don't know anyt...
by Fallible
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?
Replies: 56
Views: 3198

Re: Making money/career in Trading

BogleInvestorLondon wrote:Hi all
I have never been into trading and have a gut instinct that it is super tough. ...


What is a "super tough" gut instinct?
by Fallible
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making money/career in Trading
Replies: 25
Views: 2292

Re: What would be the investing strategy for a coming crash?

A train is coming and we will be hit, that we know. When or how hard it will hit or for how long we don’t know. Whether we can survive a hit, we can’t be entirely certain until we’re hit. If we invest wisely based on our goals and financial and emotional risk tolerance, we know we have a very good c...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What would be the investing strategy for a coming crash?
Replies: 81
Views: 6283

Re: "Are You an Irrational Investor? Here’s How to Tell"

Good article, but I kind of disagree with the statement that with stocks at an all-time high, it's not rational for more money to flow into them. Stocks may or may not be overvalued, but this is independent of whether they're at an all-time high. During the time period 1982-1999, stocks reached a n...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Are You an Irrational Investor? Here’s How to Tell"
Replies: 13
Views: 1805

Re: Cold weather gloves

The warmest gloves I've worn in bitter cold were not gloves at all but mittens with good grip. I don't, however, know how much dexterity you need, but I would at least try out a pair of good mittens. REI has some of the best selections.
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cold weather gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 1420

Re: "Are You an Irrational Investor? Here’s How to Tell"

The better we investors understand how and why we're irrational, the better chance we'll have of breaking that cycle of fear and greed that leads to buying high and selling low. Learning about behavioral finance, especially as taught by pros like Allan, plus learning the Bogleheads' approach (from t...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Are You an Irrational Investor? Here’s How to Tell"
Replies: 13
Views: 1805

Re: Suggested retirement reading for 60 year olds

Are you sure you want to do this? OK, I obviously don't know the situation, but it almost sounds like giving someone with bad breath a bottle of mouthwash, more embarrassing than helpful. Why don't you give them something they can use and enjoy?" A valid question. I know they have money in the...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Suggested retirement reading for 60 year olds
Replies: 25
Views: 2755

Re: Should we tip the caregiver

Thanks to everyone for their comments. My wife is definitely going to give something, not sure at this point what the amount will be. Whatever she does, I will support her decision. That is the right answer. It's your wife's mom. Death is hard. Unless your wife is planning to do something totally o...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we tip the caregiver
Replies: 26
Views: 1869

Re: Retirees' Regrets

For those of you who have been retired a while--let's say 10+ years--do you have any regrets about things that you could/should have done earlier in your retirement. This could include anything--life experiences, financial decisions, etc. The Big Picture: I've had too much good luck in my life and ...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees' Regrets
Replies: 23
Views: 2845

Re: Should we tip the caregiver

If you're not legally bound to tip, it seems the only question is whether your wife should override the MIL's opinion not to do so - and yours supporting that opinion. Your wife's wishes seem to center on the caregiver's value to her mother - and four years is a relatively long time - yet the MIL th...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we tip the caregiver
Replies: 26
Views: 1869

Re: Suggested retirement reading for 60 year olds

Agree on The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning , especially for your parents the chapters on managing retirement accounts, on retirement payoff that includes withdrawal strategies and on protecting assets that include income replacement. Also agree on Mike Piper's book recommended earlier her...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Suggested retirement reading for 60 year olds
Replies: 25
Views: 2755

Re: Why I Like Index Funds

For everything there is a season. If you have 60 years of investing before you, go for individual equities. For those of us who have less than 20, index funds sure look good. I appreciate Taylor's wisdom, and discount only his perspective. May be misreading you, but what 60 years? Like 100% equitie...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I Like Index Funds
Replies: 26
Views: 3912

Re: Why I Like Index Funds

For everything there is a season. If you have 60 years of investing before you, go for individual equities. For those of us who have less than 20, index funds sure look good. I appreciate Taylor's wisdom, and discount only his perspective. May be misreading you, but what 60 years? Like 100% equitie...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I Like Index Funds
Replies: 26
Views: 3912

Re: NYMag: Meet Mr. Money Mustache

The Mustache mystique has already been debated so much on this board that the only newish aspects I saw that should be up for debate now are these: "Whether a broader culture of frugality has caught on in the postrecession era is hard to say. There is evidence that many more of us (including th...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NYMag: Meet Mr. Money Mustache
Replies: 1
Views: 944

Re: Poll: Net cost of your checking account annually?

Pay apx. $7 for checks, earn pittance for interest.
by Fallible
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Net cost of your checking account annually?
Replies: 44
Views: 2244

Re: how to make money like a billionaire

pkcrafter wrote:
how to make money like a billionaire

Step 1. Become a Billionaire.
...
Paul


Become a billionaire first. Of course! I knew there was a catch to it. :P
by Fallible
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:06 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: how to make money like a billionaire
Replies: 116
Views: 9509

Re: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?

I have been to quite a few Apple stores in several states and have always found the employees to be extremely helpful and patient. They leave you alone when you want be left alone and are available to answer questions when you need them. Consistently great experiences. Yes, they do leave you alone ...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?
Replies: 41
Views: 2903

Re: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?

I find the Apple stores to be fun. If I happen to be near one, I will even stop in if I am not buying anything. The very few times I have needed help, the problems was solved by a "Genius." My experiences exactly - fun! It's a bit harder to have as much fun at their busiest times, but onc...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?
Replies: 41
Views: 2903

Re: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?

I have used Apple products for over 20 years. Owned every product and give them high marks. Have a substantial amount of Apple stock (only individual stock). Every time I enter the store (different cities/stores) the experience is the same. The folks that work there are arrogant, aloof, and inflexi...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?
Replies: 41
Views: 2903

Re: Why I Like Index Funds

LateStarter1975 wrote:Thanks for the refreshing reminder Taylor. Once in a while we need a refresher course


Actually, some of us need those reminders more than once in a while. Glad to see them and thanks, Taylor!
by Fallible
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I Like Index Funds
Replies: 26
Views: 3912

Re: How Not to Retire

A Pulitzer winner details exactly how not to retire early:... Or a cautionary tale: how you can easily fall out of the middle class via magical thinking and a lack of planning. Always good to remind yourself why exactly you are hanging out at this forum. It is a cautionary tale, but one mainly of c...
by Fallible
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Not to Retire
Replies: 67
Views: 6909

Re: Bogleheads get to hedge fund guy

... Mr. Bogle wrote a great forward to the book " Keyne's Way To Wealth " and discusses Keynes influence on him. I found it very interesting: ...Among all of these long-term investors, I may well owe Keynes the most. For his wisdom on the source of stock market returns -enterprise and spe...
by Fallible
Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads get to hedge fund guy
Replies: 28
Views: 4370

Re: Speaking with an Aging Relative about care & money

... We are prepared for a LOT of grumbling. There has been a LOT of grumbling for as long as I have known her. Personally (and privately), I'm a bit worried about her ability to make friends, given her personality. But I'm sure she wouldn't be the first "grumbly elderly resident" to arriv...
by Fallible
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Speaking with an Aging Relative about care & money
Replies: 24
Views: 2062

Re: Winter Coat

lululu wrote:Note that LL Bean thinks all women are short.


In what way?
by Fallible
Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Coat
Replies: 51
Views: 4399

Re: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.

I'm with the "experiences" -equal-happiness crowd here, but it got me thinking about what we mean by "experiences." Googled around and came up with this interesting study (link follows), although I'm not sure how it might apply to the OP's drapes: "Contribution Statement Alt...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.
Replies: 111
Views: 6542

Re: Bogleheads get to hedge fund guy

My guess is his reference to Jack's being "too young and inexperienced" is better understood in context, i.e., the reference to '30s investing and Keynes. Here's more of it: "The trouble with Jack Bogle is that he is too young and inexperienced. If he had been investing in the 1930s ...
by Fallible
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads get to hedge fund guy
Replies: 28
Views: 4370

Re: Winter Coat

L.L.Bean and Land's End. At the latter stores, check out the "return" department. Some down parkas and coats, including reversibles, will go for $100 or more off the regular price.
by Fallible
Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Coat
Replies: 51
Views: 4399

Re: Boss: I'll get back to you and never does

It seems that your colleagues have outsourced their jobs to you and your boss has probably outsourced his job. This thread reminded me of this news report: http://www.theonion.com/video/more-american-workers-outsourcing-own-jobs-oversea,14329/ Well, it may be the OP's situation is no laughing matte...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boss: I'll get back to you and never does
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Boss: I'll get back to you and never does

I have a new boss that is extremely busy. He tells me he will get with me on work assignments and rarely-to-never does. He tells me to meet and then cancels saying "I'll get back to you." I drop off work on his desk and he says he'll review the work but doesn't. In the meantime, I do ever...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boss: I'll get back to you and never does
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Speaking with an Aging Relative about care & money

I am about to search for "assisted living facilities" nearby to move an elderly relative from across country. She has been more fortunate than most, still sharp as a tack in her mid-90's, but finally having difficulty walking. She fell recently, and instead of using her "life alert&q...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Speaking with an Aging Relative about care & money
Replies: 24
Views: 2062

Re: Bogleheads get to hedge fund guy

My guess is his reference to Jack's being "too young and inexperienced" is better understood in context, i.e., the reference to '30s investing and Keynes. Here's more of it: "The trouble with Jack Bogle is that he is too young and inexperienced. If he had been investing in the 1930s h...
by Fallible
Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads get to hedge fund guy
Replies: 28
Views: 4370

Re: Transition from Saving to Spending

Sounds like a great meeting topic - perhaps one for our local chapter. I don't have an experience to offer, but did post a topic on Allan Roth's excellent article about making the switch from saving to spending, "Richest Guy in the Graveyard," that would be pertinent. Here's a link to the...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transition from Saving to Spending
Replies: 37
Views: 3919

Re: Assisted Living

... I would recommend that you have a firm plan in place in the event of "something happens", POA for health, property etc. Take some time now and look at facilities in your area to get a feel for it. One never knows. I agree wholeheartedly with all of this except the last sentence. We re...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisted Living
Replies: 24
Views: 1947

Re: Transition from Saving to Spending

Sounds like a great meeting topic - perhaps one for our local chapter. I don't have an experience to offer, but did post a topic on Allan Roth's excellent article about making the switch from saving to spending, "Richest Guy in the Graveyard," that would be pertinent. Here's a link to the ...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transition from Saving to Spending
Replies: 37
Views: 3919

Re: Good books about Warren Buffett?

Thanks for the suggestions, I ended up placing an order for "Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist". After reading this good book about the genius of Buffett, a next one to read would be Larry Swedroe's, Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You ...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Good books about Warren Buffett?
Replies: 18
Views: 941

Re: Good books about Warren Buffett?

...Actually, Buffett addresses this issue repeatedly in his letters over the years, which, paraphrasing, basically say that its better to buy a great business at a fair(average) price than it is to buy a fair(average) business at a great price... But how is this actionable intelligence for anyone w...
by Fallible
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Good books about Warren Buffett?
Replies: 18
Views: 941

Re: Should I buy this car?

OP, why not look at other used cars? AT least you could do some important comparison shopping.
by Fallible
Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy this car?
Replies: 11
Views: 1448

Re: Good books about Warren Buffett?

On the other hand, "Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist" by Roger Lowenstein was a great, and informative, read. I highly recommend Lowenstein's book. Seconded. Lowenstein's bio is a great read. Otherwise, she should try reading an annual letter on Berkshires website (http://www...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Good books about Warren Buffett?
Replies: 18
Views: 941

Re: Food Frugality: Where do you draw the line?

stungerz wrote:Type II diabetes is expensive!


That's what I was thinking as I read about the cake, etc. - all that sugar, fat, and calories. Eating healthy is not expensive and can even be cheap. It's as simple as that, or at least it should be.
by Fallible
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food Frugality: Where do you draw the line?
Replies: 94
Views: 6527

Re: Assisted Living

I agree with Laura about the wisdom of planning for the possible need for assisted living by taking it "step by step." And I congratulate the OP for having taken those steps while still in good health.
by Fallible
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisted Living
Replies: 24
Views: 1947

Re: Product subscriptions - cancel immediately for discount?

What exactly does the fine print say regarding how you cancel? The only relevant fine print I was able to find just states that subscriptions can be cancelled by logging into my Target.com account. Doesn't say whether or not I'd be "locked in" to another automated, subsequent order... Wha...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Product subscriptions - cancel immediately for discount?
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Product subscriptions - cancel immediately for discount?

I just noticed that I can "subscribe" to receive the baby formula that we give our son for an additional 5% off from Target.com and by the looks of it, I can simply immediately cancel the subscription after ordering with no ill-effects. Does anyone else do this? Are there any catches? At ...
by Fallible
Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Product subscriptions - cancel immediately for discount?
Replies: 7
Views: 556
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