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Re: Most/Least Boglehead 2014 Activity?

Most Bogleheadish: I harvested a tax loss on a bond fund and invested the proceeds in a fund that was similar but not substantially identical. Least Bogleheadish: My stocks have drifted above my target level, but I decided not to rebalance. My reason: I don't like paying capital gains taxes, even if...
by John151
Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most/Least Boglehead 2014 Activity?
Replies: 76
Views: 6755

Re: TIPS Mutual Funds

I have about twenty percent of my bond allocation in a TIPS fund. I have an additional thirty percent in I-Bonds, so about half of my bond allocation is in Treasury securities indexed to inflation. I'm comfortable with that, and I don't plan to make any changes in it.
by John151
Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Mutual Funds
Replies: 42
Views: 2876

Re: Is it worth purchasing Ibonds on the verge retirement?

TomatoTomahto wrote:
pascalwager wrote:I'm 72 and still buying I Bonds. Were it possible, I Bonds would be my only bond investment.

+1

I really wish they weren't limited to a small allocation. You'd think that eventually they would inflation adjust the $10k limit :)


I agree!
by John151
Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it worth purchasing Ibonds on the verge retirement?
Replies: 25
Views: 2448

Re: Is it worth purchasing Ibonds on the verge retirement?

I'm still buying I-Bonds, and I've been retired for over twelve years. I-Bonds are a good place to stash cash that you won't need for at least a year, and they're very competitive with other fixed income investments.
by John151
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it worth purchasing Ibonds on the verge retirement?
Replies: 25
Views: 2448

Re: From Tax-Managed International to Developed Markets Inde

livesoft wrote: Thank goodness the fund is down for the year, so that one can tax-loss harvest before the dividend is paid and get ZERO non-qualified dividends for those shares. I can't harvest a tax loss, because my shares, bought several years ago, have all appreciated. I don't know whether to be...
by John151
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: From Tax-Managed International to Developed Markets Index
Replies: 4
Views: 313

From Tax-Managed International to Developed Markets Index

Earlier this year, Vanguard merged its Tax-Managed International Fund into its Developed Markets Index Fund. Virtually all of the dividends on Tax-Managed International were qualified, but Vanguard estimates that only 77% of the dividends on Developed Markets will be qualified this year. Vanguard me...
by John151
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: From Tax-Managed International to Developed Markets Index
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D

I'm wondering the same thing. Does anyone have a copy of last year's prices? It would be interesting to see how they compare to this year's.
by John151
Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D
Replies: 140
Views: 16747

Re: Vanguard Turbo Tax prices anounced

Leesbro63 wrote: I am a Flagship client who must file Schedule D. Which version do I need? As I understand it, you can use TurboTax Deluxe to prepare Schedule D, but only if you're willing to print a paper copy of your return and send it through the mail. If you want to e-file, you'll have to use T...
by John151
Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Turbo Tax prices anounced
Replies: 57
Views: 7763

Re: Vanguard Turbo Tax prices anounced

If you use the online version of TaxAct, you can e-file your federal return for free. If you want to e-file your state return as well, the charge is $17.99. I've used TurboTax for many years, but its prices are no longer competitive.

https://www.taxact.com/index.asp?sc=140 ... d=41141771
by John151
Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Turbo Tax prices anounced
Replies: 57
Views: 7763

Re: [Poll] What's Your Tax Prep Strategy?

I've used TurboTax for many years because the discounted prices I've received from Vanguard have been less than what I would have paid if I had used TaxAct or H&R Block. If that changes, I'll probably switch to TaxAct.
by John151
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Poll] What's Your Tax Prep Strategy?
Replies: 64
Views: 3551

Re: Will Vanguard ever offer a passbook savings account?

Sorry, I should have said an "online" savings account, like the ones offered by online banks.
by John151
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Will Vanguard ever offer a passbook savings account?
Replies: 36
Views: 2361

Will Vanguard ever offer a passbook savings account?

Do you think Vanguard will ever offer a passbook savings account? Or would that run afoul of federal and state regulations?
by John151
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Will Vanguard ever offer a passbook savings account?
Replies: 36
Views: 2361

Re: Vanguard offers login security code

Many thanks, Ken and tfb. I'll check this out.
by John151
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard offers login security code
Replies: 96
Views: 14257

Re: Vanguard offers login security code

I wish that Vanguard would accommodate those of us who don't have cell phones or Google Voice by sending security codes to us via email. Granted, it wouldn't be as secure as two-factor authentication, but it would be more secure than having no security codes at all.
by John151
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard offers login security code
Replies: 96
Views: 14257

Re: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D

I wonder if Vanguard could negotiate a better deal with TaxAct than it has with TurboTax. TaxAct is currently offering federal e-filing for free. If you want to e-file a state return as well, the charge is $17.99.
by John151
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D
Replies: 140
Views: 16747

Re: Vanguard web site changes

Jeff, you could try this: Make a note of the entries you want in your list. Then delete your current list completely, and start a brand new list with the entries you've noted. That's what I did, and it worked for me.
by John151
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard web site changes
Replies: 51
Views: 7290

Re: Vanguard web site changes

It takes awhile to find it. Here's what worked for me:

Vanguard Home Page>Funds, Stocks & ETFS>Vanguard funds>See all online tools>My Watch List.

Once you bookmark it, you can go to it directly.
by John151
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard web site changes
Replies: 51
Views: 7290

Re: Vanguard web site changes

No word as yet on whether single-use security codes will be available via email for those of us who don't have cell phones.
by John151
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard web site changes
Replies: 51
Views: 7290

Re: Condominium Board of Trustees

I insisted that my association's insurance policy provide liability coverage for board members before I would agree to join the board. You should probably do the same.
by John151
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Condominium Board of Trustees
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Vanguard web site changes

I phoned Vanguard to ask if the single-use security code could be sent to my computer's email address, since I don't own a cell phone. The Vanguard rep said that this was the first he'd heard about this new security feature, and that he'd ask around and return my call when he knew more.
by John151
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard web site changes
Replies: 51
Views: 7290

Re: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?

Think of it as a learning experience. If you're unnerved by a two percent drop in the stock market, you probably have too much invested in stocks.
by John151
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?
Replies: 464
Views: 36401

Re: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?

I live in a second-floor condo in a two-story building. I'm a fairly quiet individual, and my downstairs neighbor hasn't complained about any noise. But my second-floor neighbor recently installed hardwood floors throughout her unit, and now the unit owner below her can hear every step she takes. He...
by John151
Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?
Replies: 50
Views: 5597

Re: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like

"Easy Rider." Man, it's like really, really boring, you know?
by John151
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like
Replies: 150
Views: 13870

Re: What will you do during the next crash?

I rebalanced during the last crash but don't plan to rebalance during the next one. My reasons: I'm six years older, deeper into retirement, and becoming a more conservative investor. My bonds are enough to see me through, and I'd like to keep it that way.
by John151
Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What will you do during the next crash?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Treasury Direct Security Certificate

I telephoned Treasury Direct this morning at 304-480-7711 and spoke with a phone rep. She said that Treasury Direct is aware of the problem, that its security certificates need updating, and that Treasury Direct hopes to have it fixed in a few days. She also said that Treasury Direct's website is st...
by John151
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treasury Direct Security Certificate
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: Disappointed in Vanguard customer service

Perhaps I've lived a charmed existence, but I've been investing with Vanguard for over thirty years, and I've never had a problem with Vanguard's customer service. Not even once. I've opened accounts, closed accounts, transferred accounts, and exchanged from one fund into another many times, and eve...
by John151
Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Disappointed in Vanguard customer service
Replies: 38
Views: 4492

Re: Tour travelling by bus

i think it depends in part on how many hours you're on the bus and how many days there are in your tour, regardless of which country you're traveling in. Several years ago, I went on a two-week bus tour of Italy, and I thought the schedule was hectic: wake-up call at six in the morning, have your ba...
by John151
Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour travelling by bus
Replies: 36
Views: 2173

Re: How old are you?

"No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating . . . London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five...
by John151
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:26 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 82
Views: 8537

Re: Why do so many think their home is a foolproof investmen

I bought a moderately nice condo in a middle-sized Midwestern city in 1984. Adjusting for inflation and using current market values, my home has dropped in value by about 20%. Am I disappointed? Do I think that my home has been a bad investment? No, because I've enjoyed living here for the last thir...
by John151
Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do so many think their home is a foolproof investment?
Replies: 125
Views: 6657

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

Well said, Nisiprius! Moby Dick was a required reading when I was in college, and I hated the book so much that I threw it across the room. in fact, I threw it so forcefully that it left a dent in the wall.
by John151
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 229
Views: 12182

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

Anything by Virginia Woolf. She was broadcasting on a frequency that's off my dial.
by John151
Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 229
Views: 12182

Re: Vanguard is finally getting Two Factor Auth (2FA)

I don't own a cell phone. Can the passcode be sent to my home computer by email?
by John151
Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard is finally getting Two Factor Auth (2FA)
Replies: 28
Views: 5431

Re: How old are you?

I'm a baby boomer. When we were in our twenties, we weren't supposed to trust anyone over thirty. Now that I'm in my sixties, I don't trust myself.
by John151
Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 82
Views: 8537

Re: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):

"Pick up that phone call from Rachel at Credit Card Services."
by John151
Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):
Replies: 144
Views: 16762

Re: POLL: Are You Re-Balancing?

My stocks have risen above their bands, but I've decided not to rebalance. All of my stock investments are in taxable accounts, so rebalancing by selling shares would involve paying capital gains taxes. I'm comfortable with this decision. My stock allocation is comparatively small (30%, with five pe...
by John151
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: POLL: Are You Re-Balancing?
Replies: 70
Views: 5373

Re: The Millionaire Next Door: Are You One?

I'm in the club too. I'm single, I'm retired, I drive an older car, I live in a modest condo, and I spend only one percent of my assets a year. Sometimes I think, "I really should spend more of this money. It's not doing me any good just sitting there." But then I can't figure out what to ...
by John151
Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Millionaire Next Door: Are You One?
Replies: 187
Views: 24169

Re: Is it okay to think of my stocks as bonds?

I'd like to thank all of you for your advice and suggestions. I'll never think of stocks as bonds again. I promise! And I especially appreciated retiredjg's suggestion that I think about what might be best for my heirs. As I understand it, my stocks would get a stepped-up basis at my death, so my he...
by John151
Thu May 29, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is it okay to think of my stocks as bonds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2002

Is it okay to think of my stocks as bonds?

I try to keep about 30% of my investments in stocks with five percent bands on either side. Thanks to the market's surge over the last year or two, my stocks have risen above my upper limit, and with no easy way to rebalance. I no longer have any stocks in tax-advantaged accounts, just two Vanguard ...
by John151
Wed May 28, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is it okay to think of my stocks as bonds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2002

Re: How did you get through the market crash in 08-09

i've always been a conservative investor. In the mid-1990's, when I had about 40% of my investments in stocks, I decided that I would gradually reduce my stock allocation to 35% by 2000, and then to 30% by 2010. So in early 2008, I had about 35% of my investments in stocks. Then came the crash, and ...
by John151
Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you get through the market crash in 08-09
Replies: 104
Views: 6038

Re: Real Estate - Condos and HOA fees

You mentioned that your condo is a rental unit. Condo boards sometimes resent absentee landlords, particularly the ones who expect hands-on management services without doing any of the work themselves. That's why the suggestion that you offer to help out, rather than just complain, is a good one. Ch...
by John151
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate - Condos and HOA fees
Replies: 13
Views: 1776

Re: Real Estate - Condos and HOA fees

I've lived in a condo association for almost thirty years, and I've spent some of those years as a board member. Board members are almost always well intentioned, but they're unpaid volunteers, and there's a limit to how much they're willing to do. For example, In my association, the board is requir...
by John151
Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate - Condos and HOA fees
Replies: 13
Views: 1776

Re: vanguard quality of service

Perhaps I was born under a lucky star, but I've been investing with Vanguard for almost thirty years now and have never had a problem. I've opened new funds, closed old funds, exchanged among funds, moved my IRA to Vanguard, and moved annuity assets to Vanguard, and all without a hitch. I've also co...
by John151
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: vanguard quality of service
Replies: 63
Views: 4224

Re: Your mortgage type, if any [POLL]

I lived in rental apartments for fifteen years, saved a good bit of my salary, and bought a modest condo for cash when I was thirty-eight. That was almost thirty years ago, and I've been living in the same condo quite happily and debt-free ever since.
by John151
Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your mortgage type, if any [POLL]
Replies: 63
Views: 3838

Re: Vanguard Tax Form Release Schedule (1099-R available now

Vanguard posted my 1099-B this morning. I had sold some shares at a loss in late December, and I had thought that Vanguard might wait and see if I bought them back within thirty days, incurring a wash sale, but the form was posted before the wash sale period expired.
by John151
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Tax Form Release Schedule (1099-R available now)
Replies: 23
Views: 1864

Re: Vanguard Tax Form Release Schedule (1099-R available now

Vanguard has posted my 1099-DIV but not my 1099-B. I sold some shares at a loss in late December, so maybe Vanguard is required to wait and see if I buy them back within thirty days and incur a wash sale.
by John151
Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Tax Form Release Schedule (1099-R available now)
Replies: 23
Views: 1864

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

John151 wrote:"Animal House" It reminds me of my misspent youth.


What, were you in Omega Theta Pi?


I didn't join a fraternity. That's why I say I misspent my youth.
by John151
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 15656

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

"Animal House" It reminds me of my misspent youth.
by John151
Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 15656

Re: What time does Vanguard update market values?

I think he means that he wants a list of values shown with the correct date.
by John151
Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What time does Vanguard update market values?
Replies: 60
Views: 3912

Re: What time does Vanguard update market values?

The values are correct, but the date is off by one day. It's only a minor annoyance, and that's why I haven't bothered to report it to Vanguard. But I thank cfs for calling it to Vanguard's attention.
by John151
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What time does Vanguard update market values?
Replies: 60
Views: 3912
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