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Re: New case of Ebola in U.S.: Is it the latest market headw

Cost of treating an ebola patient in the USA: --$1000 an hour or -- over half a million dollars per patient How is the government going to pay for that? Any ideas? Plus if there were an outbreak in the USA of any size, I suspect a bunch of bankruptcies to follow. The medical bills, loss of belonging...
by Gauss44
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New case of Ebola in U.S.: Is it the latest market headwind?
Replies: 13
Views: 1298

Re: Injury on MBTA: Financially worth it to hire an attorney

OP. You have not told us whether she reported this to the driver or anybody who could substantiate her statement at the time of the accident. Otherwise, how does she even know anybody including the driver will even know or agree that a pothole was hit? There's a camera in these public buses and tha...
by Gauss44
Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Injury on MBTA: Financially worth it to hire an attorney?
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Injury on MBTA: Financially worth it to hire an attorney

If she's in so little pain that she doesn't even feel the need to see a doctor, it's hard to imagine the legal system providing anything for damages. Skip the attorney - see a doctor. It's bad enough that she's limiting her walking and not exercising. She's going to see the doctor in a few days. (P...
by Gauss44
Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Injury on MBTA: Financially worth it to hire an attorney?
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Injury on MBTA: Financially worth it to hire an attorney?

Here's what happened : A physically fit female friend of mine in her 30's was taking a public transit bus (MBTA) to visit me. She said that the bus hit a very large pot hole and that jarred her back so she's in significant pain now. She hasn't seen the doctor yet but suspects the only thing that ca...
by Gauss44
Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Injury on MBTA: Financially worth it to hire an attorney?
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Ideas for thanking a doctor

I was considering gifting my doctor expensive chocolates ( $200 a box which is less than 10% of my total bill). Anyone consider that a good/bad idea? (She helped me with a sports injury, and due to her good work, I performed very well. Champagne truffles might be appropriate.) How about this? I am ...
by Gauss44
Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for thanking a doctor
Replies: 75
Views: 5109

Re: Ideas for thanking a doctor

I was considering gifting my doctor expensive chocolates ($200 a box which is less than 10% of my total bill). Anyone consider that a good/bad idea? (She helped me with a sports injury, and due to her good work, I performed very well. Champagne truffles might be appropriate.)
by Gauss44
Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for thanking a doctor
Replies: 75
Views: 5109

When to invest in China?

I'm wondering how much of your portfolio you are currently comfortable investing in businesses highly influenced/controlled by the Chinese government? And I'm wondering what you are waiting for, if you plan to increase that percentage in the future? Me: I have very little invested in China. I am con...
by Gauss44
Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When to invest in China?
Replies: 51
Views: 2992

Re: Protecting one's bank account from PayPal

How do you protect your money from PayPal? I am concerned that any web interface that allows withdrawals from a bank account for the purpose of sending payments is a security risk. I have found that having a PayPal account is not optional, and that not having the account linked to a real bank accou...
by Gauss44
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Protecting one's bank account from PayPal
Replies: 29
Views: 3196

Using a credit card to buy/sell bitcoin, Make $ volatility

I'm wondering if anyone's tried this: It looks easy to buy and sell bitcoin using a credit card on this website, see article here: https://btc-e.com/news/211 If no one else has done so yet, I might research the likelihood or unlikelihood of Uncle Sam or banks tracking down all money made by individu...
by Gauss44
Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Using a credit card to buy/sell bitcoin, Make $ volatility
Replies: 7
Views: 786

Re: IRS: Questions about getting letters/audits from IRS in

Sidney wrote:I am a bit confused.

Is your 2012 Tax Return (as filed) correct or not?


No, the IRS is partially correct. I unintentionally left out a small source of income (>700, yet still not that big). However, they have the wrong amount. I will pay them.
by Gauss44
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS: Questions about getting letters/audits from IRS in Mass
Replies: 5
Views: 305

IRS: Questions about getting letters/audits from IRS in Mass

Bare with me here... 1. I live in an apartment building in MA and EVERYONE here (in this building) got letters from the IRS within the last couple months . I'm primarily just CURIOUS to find out if the IRS, in part, chooses who to audit by address? Maybe they have a computer that randomly (or not so...
by Gauss44
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS: Questions about getting letters/audits from IRS in Mass
Replies: 5
Views: 305

[short term job that's] easy to get and pays well?

I'm getting ready to go to graduate school and want to work off some debt asap. I'm looking for ideas about where to apply or what to do to earn money fast. I'm already tutoring and filling out marketing surveys. I've applied to some moving companies as well. More ideas welcome! (FYI - I'm a young a...
by Gauss44
Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [short term job that's] easy to get and pays well?
Replies: 44
Views: 4994

Re: Tax audit poll

Boglenaut wrote:Items 1 and 2 are not mutually exclusive, yet people responding can only select one of them. What if both are true?


I would like to make it possible to select more than one answer on the poll. I will look into that.
by Gauss44
Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax audit poll
Replies: 19
Views: 1656

Tax audit poll

Tax audit poll
by Gauss44
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax audit poll
Replies: 19
Views: 1656

Re: Writing my 1st book: Financial tips please.

Currently, my goal isn't to make a living by writing books. However, I would still like to go about this in a financially intelligent manner so any actual financial tips would still be great! Just as a response to some of the previous comments, I do plan to self publish electronically. My purpose in...
by Gauss44
Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Writing my 1st book: Financial tips please.
Replies: 16
Views: 1778

Writing my 1st book: Financial tips please.

I'm in the process of writing my 1st book which I hope to publish for profit. There's clearly some expenses involved and a business element. So, I was wondering if anyone on here has done this before, and if so, if you have any advice for a 1st time author? This could be a heads up about taxes or wh...
by Gauss44
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Writing my 1st book: Financial tips please.
Replies: 16
Views: 1778

Filing revised returns from a long time ago - Good idea?

Back when I was in undergrad, I was NOT financially smart AND was on my own financially. I filled out all of my own tax returns every year and never ever took the college tuition deduction even though I paid over $35k a year in tuition (and had a job every year). That was over 5-10 years ago. Now, I...
by Gauss44
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing revised returns from a long time ago - Good idea?
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Career advice: Where an entry level finance job leads...

If you get an entry-level job at a financial company like State Street and intend to work your way up the ladder, while taking finance and MBA classes in the evenings, where is that likely to lead (position-wise and financially)? (Position-wise = the name of a position in a company.) Would you recom...
by Gauss44
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice: Where an entry level finance job leads...
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin

I'm surprised that no one has suggested Bitcoin mining using the free tier of Amazon EC2 cloud service (or, even paying for it). Your upfront costs would be zero and, if Amazon advertising is to be believed, your long term costs would be competitive or less, especially if you take into account air ...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin
Replies: 119
Views: 11147

Re: Financial 'Regrets' for 2013

As the year comes to a close, do you have any regrets be they opportunities you failed to take advantage of or mistakes you made in your financial decision making? Yes, I'm never selling bitcoin on Paypal again! Here's why : Paypal tolerates buying through their site, but as soon as you sell bitcoi...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial 'Regrets' for 2013
Replies: 60
Views: 4862

Re: How to fight work place bullying

I find Tim Field's work in workplace bullying especially helpful: http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/amibeing.htm particularly the "why me?" part on that page. There is also a yahoo group related to that site. Some of the people there became ill from being bullied in the workplace. http...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to fight work place bullying
Replies: 76
Views: 5027

Re: How to fight work place bullying

Standing up for yourself is usually good advice when it comes to male bullying. With female bullying I honestly have no idea. It sounds like changing the situation will not work, so changing jobs would be the only option. An internal transfer or a different job elsewhere. Easier said then done. In ...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to fight work place bullying
Replies: 76
Views: 5027

Re: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin

My new plan: Get either a macbook or a gaming computer with a radeon graphics card that ends in M, and join a mining pool like Bitminter. Who thinks this will work? Who thinks that my computer will break in the first month or so? Anyone know of a good litecoin mining pool? It sounds like a way to g...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin
Replies: 119
Views: 11147

Re: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin

My new plan:

Get either a macbook or a gaming computer with a radeon graphics card that ends in M, and join a mining pool like Bitminter.

Who thinks this will work? Who thinks that my computer will break in the first month or so?

Anyone know of a good litecoin mining pool?
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin
Replies: 119
Views: 11147

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

I wonder if one of these would be good for litecoin mining: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pc-gaming-hardware/gaming-laptops/pcmcat287600050003.c?id=pcmcat287600050003 ? Or if there's any substantial risk in buying one, trying it out for mining, and returning it in Best Buy's 2 week window if it didn't...
by Gauss44
Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:21 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: What's financially wrong with starting your career at ag

What's financially wrong with starting your 1st career, as a doctor, at the age of 50? ..And not saving for retirement prior to age 50? <snip> I, personally, think he might be okay if he puts aside a lot of money for 20 or 30 years (age 50 to age 70 or 80), especially if he's not paying of loans. I...
by Gauss44
Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's financially wrong with starting your career at age50?
Replies: 64
Views: 6006

Re: What's financially wrong with starting your career at ag

Your chances of getting into medical school are low. Getting into a competitive specialty or fellowship--even lower. Bottomline is that you should assume you are going to end up with the lowest-paid specialty and base your decision about medical school off of that. Then I would shadow this lowest-p...
by Gauss44
Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's financially wrong with starting your career at age50?
Replies: 64
Views: 6006

Re: What's financially wrong with starting your career at ag

A lot of people have the passing urge to be $500K/year specialists. It's a lot harder to actually make it happen, especially in middle age. OP or his friend doesn't want to make the low salaries of a PA or RN in the $80K or $50K range. Then steve mentions $500K/year specialists. I assume you are th...
by Gauss44
Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's financially wrong with starting your career at age50?
Replies: 64
Views: 6006

Re: Can someone explain why Bitcoins are allowed as a curren

Bitcoin reminded me of those tickets you get for winning games at Chuck e Cheese before it grew in value.
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can someone explain why Bitcoins are allowed as a currency?
Replies: 15
Views: 1077

Re: What's financially wrong with starting your career at ag

The lack of specifics in your post make it really hard to answer anything. How old is he right now? What is his financial situation? Current net worth, retirement accounts, etc? Mortgage paid off? What is his current living situation? Married, kids, dependents, etc? How does he know medicine is his...
by Gauss44
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's financially wrong with starting your career at age50?
Replies: 64
Views: 6006

Re: Gift Suggestions - for a 9 year old girl

You gotta tell us more about her. What are her interests? Does she have a wish list for Santa? Thanks for that. She likes things like rainbow looms, drawing etc. I still need to find her list for Santa. Drawing: Go to an art supply store and buy her drawing supplies that she wouldn't buy for hersel...
by Gauss44
Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gift Suggestions - for a 9 year old girl
Replies: 25
Views: 1596

Re: Gift Suggestions - for a 9 year old girl

You gotta tell us more about her. What are her interests? Does she have a wish list for Santa? Thanks for that. She likes things like rainbow looms, drawing etc. I still need to find her list for Santa. Drawing: Go to an art supply store and buy her drawing supplies that she wouldn't buy for hersel...
by Gauss44
Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gift Suggestions - for a 9 year old girl
Replies: 25
Views: 1596

What's financially wrong with starting your career at age50?

What's financially wrong with starting your 1st career, as a doctor, at the age of 50? ..And not saving for retirement prior to age 50? If someone is stuck on doing this because it is their "calling," what can be done to fix the financial part of this situation? I'm asking this question on...
by Gauss44
Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's financially wrong with starting your career at age50?
Replies: 64
Views: 6006

Re: Tax: Trading/Selling Bitcoin

Twins Fan wrote:What is it they say about investing in something you don't understand??? :D


That that describes every investor, because it's impossible to know everything about every investment you ever touch, especially the really new stuff. Or unless you don't invest in much.
by Gauss44
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax: Trading/Selling Bitcoin
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Tax: Trading/Selling Bitcoin

For those of you trading or buying and selling bitcoin, how are you handling the tax situation? For the professionals on here, how would you? (By "buying and selling" I mean both on currency exchanges and to and from individuals online.) Me: I figure that this is a non-issue under a certai...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax: Trading/Selling Bitcoin
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

mjb: what has been your return on your mining? Well, I have paid for my rig (and I can always sell it). I value lite coins at $4 a coin so I would say I broke even. If you treat the bubble prices as real. Of course I don't count electricity since I use my mining rig as a heater. Based on mining his...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

Bitcoin thefts soar as online criminals target easy payday after currency's value quadruples in the space of three weeks ⋅ More than $2m stolen from Danish, Polish, Czech and Australian sites ⋅ Man who makes real-life coins also halts orders amid 'regulatory issues' ⋅ ...
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:15 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin

ourbrooks wrote: People who know a bit about how currencies really work and consider the whole Bitcon idea as fundamentally flawed.


The Winkelvoss twins like it: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101190181 If their opinion counts.
by Gauss44
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin
Replies: 119
Views: 11147

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

I would be careful, if crypto really picks up, corporations will simply offer their own in a form that is more reliable and convenient. It does not seem like much of a stretch for Paypal to start using international PayCoin rather than local currency. And most would trust their currency more. I won...
by Gauss44
Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin

When I looked, the price for Bitcoin on eBay is outrageously higher than the market rate. I guess it's a good way to sell Bitcoins, if you can find a buyer. But not a very good way to buy them. I think the problem with eBay is that if people are paying with PayPal they can claim they never got the ...
by Gauss44
Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin
Replies: 119
Views: 11147

Re: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin

My plan: 1. Buy bitcoin (done) 2. Let it double in value (almost done) 3. Take out my initial investment 4. Leave the rest in with hopes it becomes a major currency 5. Maybe pick out of that fund now and then if and when I need extra money 6. I may or may not transform some of this into a paper wall...
by Gauss44
Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing (not speculating) in Bitcoin
Replies: 119
Views: 11147

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

What if you have access to empty college computer labs? And/or join a mining pool? Unauthorized use of someone else's computer labs for personal profit is often frowned upon. Mining pools generally compensate you based upon your contribution in terms of computing power. You really need specialized ...
by Gauss44
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:13 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

I've never tried it, but it sounds brilliant. Good luck!!! If you're a card shark and if it's legal where you are, there are plenty of gambling sites that use bitcoin and litecoin too. It could be a waste of time or money. It could be the best investment I've ever made, if the right cryptocurrency ...
by Gauss44
Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

First off let me state that I own some Bitcoins, Litecoins and some PPcoins. Also I am a computer technician and a junior in college working towards a computer science degree. Now if you want to own any coins you should just buy them on a exchange. I can tell from the way you stated your question t...
by Gauss44
Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?

What do you think of litecoin? Does anyone have suggestions for mining it? Ex. Which mining tools to use? Why I'm interested in litecoin : IMO, litecoin may be the next cryptocurrency to significantly rise in value. I think litecoin is trying to piggyback off of bitcoin's name recognition. So, if bi...
by Gauss44
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Litecoin Mining - Has anyone tried it?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?

If you are interested in learning more about Bitcoin and mining, go to Bitcointalk.org. As newer and more specialty hardware comes out and fewer coins are available to mine it will be a money losing proposition to mine. Also consider the volatility... If the price drops in half ( happens often), yo...
by Gauss44
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?

The days of Bitcoin mining are coming to an end. My son began mining with his graphics card in his PC in January of this year and between the mining and the radical increase in price, he made a decent little chunk of change. But as dedicated ASIC hardware came on line, the graphics card mining beca...
by Gauss44
Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?

If some of these threads I've been reading are accurate: -All you need is a crappy laptop and a mining device which can be purchased on ebay. Source: https://forums.butterflylabs.com/jalapeno-single-sc-support/3648-what-kind-computer-host-will-needed-run-these-asic-miners.html (Granted it's a bias s...
by Gauss44
Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?

An index fund that invests in established and upcoming e-currencies could be an interesting thing though. Agreed. It's probably far too late. You'd need some sort of bot network to take advantage of other people's electricity/cpu time to even come close to making minimum wage, much less earn signif...
by Gauss44
Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin Mining: Have you tried it? How to get started?
Replies: 17
Views: 2034
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