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Re: Can you please convince me to get a credit card?

I've been without one for a while and somehow survived. No doubt you can survive without one but why leave money on the table. I've taken the kids to Disney with free airline tickets, free car rental, and using a free resort stay with earned points (bringing the free sony camcorder). Yes - someone ...
by Fallible
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you please convince me to get a credit card?
Replies: 97
Views: 5291

Re: Dilbert Mints

I've never been able to come up with clever wordplay like this, but it's fun to watch so I'll just enjoy what you all are coming up with. :)
by Fallible
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dilbert Mints
Replies: 17
Views: 698

Re: Can you please convince me to get a credit card?

I've been without one for a while and somehow survived. No doubt you can survive without one but why leave money on the table. I've taken the kids to Disney with free airline tickets, free car rental, and using a free resort stay with earned points (bringing the free sony camcorder). Yes - someone ...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you please convince me to get a credit card?
Replies: 97
Views: 5291

Re: Some sense of having enough

After 8.5 years of retirement and a strong bull market, I'm starting to feel confiden t about my retirement spending plan. Is there is a giddy phase early in retirement? The astonishment is gone from living without job income. How are you feeling about your retirement assets and spending? I'm susce...
by Fallible
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Some sense of having enough
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson

[... I think the self-awareness part is the most interesting. It actually applies to message boards. I admit to being a great offender in that regard. I tend to get involved in what I am talking about and am not really realizing people reading my posts are either yawning or worse yet, getting p*sse...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson
Replies: 58
Views: 5179

Re: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old

Let me echo Fallible: The JBQ book is an essential reference, like an atlas, dictionary or encyclopedia. Buy it in bulk. Give a copy to every young adult you know. Getting a credit card? Thinking of a house and a mortgage? Student loans? Buying a car? Company savings plan? It's all in there. L. It'...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

Wait you're not even going to show us which post it was? Mel, Taylor, Alex, and all, congratulations and thanks for a great and growing forum. And I agree with placeholder: show us post NO. 2,000,000. The 2 millionth post on the forum was made on Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:20 pm by Novine in the thread Mr....
by Fallible
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1580

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

placeholder wrote:Wait you're not even going to show us which post it was?


Mel, Taylor, Alex, and all, congratulations and thanks for a great and growing forum. And I agree with placeholder: show us post NO. 2,000,000.
by Fallible
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1580

Re: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic

Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the very helpful responses and suggestions and will be looking into the resources provided. My boss is in today for a short time and I am going to try to approach him about this before he goes out of town again. I don't want to make myself look "anti-team"...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic
Replies: 32
Views: 2110

Re: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic

Have you told anyone else at work about this? Especially anyone who might be able to share the duties with you, someone with experience in public speaking? For now, concentrate on getting through this first one, but try very hard to find someone to help you. If you can't, do the best you can and be...
by Fallible
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic
Replies: 32
Views: 2110

Re: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic

Have you told anyone else at work about this? Especially anyone who might be able to share the duties with you, someone with experience in public speaking? For now, concentrate on getting through this first one, but try very hard to find someone to help you. If you can't, do the best you can and be ...
by Fallible
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic
Replies: 32
Views: 2110

Re: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old

I agree with the other posters on Jane Bryant Quinn's Making the Most of Your Money . Its sheer size can be daunting, but that's what makes it so valuable: just about all the financial basics are there. It sounded interesting so I took a look at it on Amazon and it is almost 1,264 pages ! It might ...
by Fallible
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: Worthwhile news columns

gotherelate wrote:
Fallible wrote: ... I know I'm forgetting too many ...


Perhaps most notably Jack Bogle.


True. Then again, since we wouldn't be here without him, it didn't seem necessary. :happy
by Fallible
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Worthwhile news columns
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old

... I haven't personally read it but Would you consider "Making the most of your money" outdated? No, I would not consider it outdated and I think if you look it over, you'll agree. I don't know of another book that I've turned to more for just about everything financial and I still do. I...
by Fallible
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: Worthwhile news columns

Can anyone recommend newspapers, magazines, columns, writers, etc. who provide insightful coverage of financial markets and/or investing? I'm talking about something other than so-called "squawkbox" material that reacts to the market fluctuations of the day (CNBC, Yahoo! Finance, etc.). M...
by Fallible
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Worthwhile news columns
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Post Your Favorite Recipe (Or Any Recipe You Like)

Here are two great recipes for a broccoli soup and Greek stew (with calorie counts) from my "Nutrition Magazine," and if you don't like those, keep searching the "Healthy Cook" section for lots more good ones: http://www.cspinet.org/nah/healthycook/ ... ecipe.html
by Fallible
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Post Your Favorite Recipe (Or Any Recipe You Like)
Replies: 17
Views: 1028

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

In Saturday's (4/19/14) Wall Street Journal, there was an intriguing article about Dante's "Divine Comedy" as the ultimate self-help book. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303663604579503700159096702 I would be interested in hearing from those who have read the book. I ...
by Fallible
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2636
Views: 603820

Re: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson

Doesn’t Matter: Having the highest IQ in the room. Does Matter: Developing your emotional intelligence. Generally speaking, and going by dictionary or text definitions I’ve seen, IQ is basically the ability to reason, while emotional intelligence is basically the ability to properly handle or discip...
by Fallible
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson
Replies: 58
Views: 5179

Re: Post Your Favorite Recipe (Or Any Recipe You Like)

Are you looking for low-calorie health foods?
by Fallible
Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Post Your Favorite Recipe (Or Any Recipe You Like)
Replies: 17
Views: 1028

Re: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old

... I haven't personally read it but Would you consider "Making the most of your money" outdated? No, I would not consider it outdated and I think if you look it over, you'll agree. I don't know of another book that I've turned to more for just about everything financial and I still do. I...
by Fallible
Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old

I agree with the other posters on Jane Bryant Quinn's Making the Most of Your Money. Its sheer size can be daunting, but that's what makes it so valuable: just about all the financial basics are there.
by Fallible
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Graduation books gift for a 24 year old
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson

Morality, though... they have not set out any guards against morality. Their hubris has not changed. Their opponent has. This is an interesting idea, but as with all Black Swans, we won't know how it'll play out until it will have played out. Here is a recent example of your concept that (so far) h...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson
Replies: 58
Views: 5179

Re: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson

dl7848 wrote:
Ivygirl wrote:What if the market itself is subject to a Black Swan? .


The real Black Swan would be if both risky assets and flight-to-safety assets all crashed at the same time. That would mean that rebalancing wouldn't work.


Needs a bit more explanation, e.g., what couldn't be rebalanced and why?
by Fallible
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson
Replies: 58
Views: 5179

Re: *poor* Bogleheads

I have been a long time lurker and recent poster on this wonderful forum. Finding this site has certainly helped me fix my investment allocations and for that I am very appreciative. However, I have come to the conclusion that perhaps there should be another main forum category for those of us that...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: *poor* Bogleheads
Replies: 78
Views: 5343

Re: Alternative to a car

So the problem is that your mother was always a weak driver and now, with age, even weaker. Her issue seems to be that she gets confused in traffic and with making split-second decisions. In my opinion, she shouldn't be driving ANY wheeled conveyance on public streets. The problems will be the same...
by Fallible
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to a car
Replies: 34
Views: 2229

Re: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies

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


Agreed.
by Fallible
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies
Replies: 44
Views: 2748

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: 2636
Views: 603820

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: 1693

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: 7665

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: 34
Views: 2229

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: 36
Views: 3475

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: 4043

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: 1150

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: 1150

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: 1150

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: 2636
Views: 603820

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: 1631

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: 34
Views: 2229

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: 1631

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: 1631

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: 1631

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: 824

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: 1631

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: 560

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: 1631

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: 34
Views: 2229

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: 3088

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: 1555

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: 2194

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: 903
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