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One other thought

is to use private insurance. there are many insurance brokers that provide this service. They get their money from the insurance companies. We refer our employees to Strategic Growth Insurance Associates, Inc.(SGIA) to explore private insurance as a third avenue.
by Marmot
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ACA exchange or Cobra?
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Re: AA across taxable and retirement

Put all of your bonds in the tax deferred vehicle.
by Marmot
Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA across taxable and retirement
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work

I also think it's interesting that several people feel like extortion is somehow less bad based on salary amount. It's not extortion. I think the idea of quitting is extreme, but if you honestly feel you're being extorted and if this results in so much resentment that, as you say, it's "eating...
by Marmot
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 167
Views: 9198

Re: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?

And there in lies the problem workinghard, My wonderful husband scrimp, saved and sacrificed and then died at 55 without ever enjoying a dime of it. :annoyed So now I'm off the obsessive drive for more money, more money, more money. Lately I've been researching stuff because I'm retiring in 4 years...
by Marmot
Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?
Replies: 259
Views: 26250

Do you like what you do?

Are you challenged and learning? If so, I would go to the boss and talk about your issue. If you have a different (longer learning curve) than others, that is not necessarily a negative. I would suggest that you talk to the boss about what you want to write. We have used self appraisal's for eons. I...
by Marmot
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Not qualified for my job - what to do?
Replies: 42
Views: 4742

Do you have a "no soliciatation" policy at work.

If you do, that is a possible answer.
by Marmot
Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 167
Views: 9198

One thought that comes to mind is will boomers downsize

If the collective of the boomers starts downsizing, how will that affect the housing market? I have always thought we were "Joe average public" and we have discussed downsizing at some time in the future (I am 57). If we are then I assume more people are (or will) having the same discussio...
by Marmot
Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Will the baby boomer selling effect come to fruition?
Replies: 14
Views: 2021

Good question

I looked in the referenced wiki page, looks like there are some decent options there. I had not really thought of transferring an HSA.
by Marmot
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where should I rollover my HSA?
Replies: 5
Views: 643

I can't say we are "uber" bogelheads

We removed all debt, maxed out all retirement vehicles since 1989. It just seemed to grow. We are DINC's, wife (attorney) has always been smart about jobs, that helped...me, I have been in the non-profit sector for 25+ years and we still managed it. Funny though, never looked at getting a number, we...
by Marmot
Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?
Replies: 259
Views: 26250

When I had this problem

I took it to my garage guys and they just got a new key made. Worked perfectly. We have a 2000 4 runner. When they looked at the car they said it was "too young" to have this kind of problem. For a couple of buck you might try it. Get a dealership made key.
by Marmot
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ignition key won't turn - more complicated than expected
Replies: 24
Views: 1864

Re: COBRA Questions

I am not an expert by any means. If you follow the link it will provide you answers. "During the open enrollment period you can drop your COBRA coverage and get a plan through the Marketplace instead. This is true even if COBRA coverage hasn't run out". The "lose your job" questi...
by Marmot
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COBRA Questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1513

Quick note

I have not read each reply in depth, only scanned. One alternative are the healthcare exchanges. If you accept COBRA, you cannot go to the exchange until COBRA runs out. Like many other companies we have been involved in downsizing. We are cautioning employees who separate to consider whether they c...
by Marmot
Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COBRA Questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1513

Re: Vanguard's Voice Recognition

Ditto what everyone else said. it is a nice feature.
by Marmot
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard's Voice Recognition
Replies: 18
Views: 1262

Re: Should I bite the bullet and sell my mining stocks?

I don't have a view on this (although my wife works for a major mining company :happy ). I would read up on the "Swiss Gold Initiative", the national vote is November 30th. Luzi Stamm has brought this forward, anyway worth looking at. Make your own decision , but it might be a good idea no...
by Marmot
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I bite the bullet and sell my mining stocks?
Replies: 23
Views: 2245

heading there tomorrow

for the Jimmy Buffet concert. I like the strip as opposed to downtown. If it is your first time I think just walking and discovering will be enough to keep you busy.
by Marmot
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas Vacation!
Replies: 50
Views: 3948

At what age can you take the pension with

no penalty. Look in your Summary Benefit plan document. You should be able to see it on your retirement site, if not ask HR for a copy. I agree with the Wizards comment above. For example, our retirement program at work is managed by Transamerica, one of the benefits we have is they will help with c...
by Marmot
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement pension options -- CONFUSED!
Replies: 15
Views: 1337

Valuable info

thanks everyone. We are in Phoenix also and want to "Snow Bird" it. We have a place in Oregon. Did you all just call the 1.800 number and talk to someone?
by Marmot
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Only paying for DirecTV part of the year
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Fladstaff is a poor man's version]

of Bend IMO. We live in Phoenix, Flag always seemed old and tired to me. We visited Bend on a whim and loved it, own a place there now.
by Marmot
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 97
Views: 10067

We recieved an inheritance with no strings

attached. We will do the same.
by Marmot
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: When I gift/will shares to my relatives, I expect ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1720

I assume you were not eligible for any early retirement opti

For example, if you had 25 years service with the company you could get the full 100% at age 62?
by Marmot
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension buyout offer
Replies: 26
Views: 2939

So after all of this?

What state ? I am curious:)
by Marmot
Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation Home
Replies: 27
Views: 2603

My approach

Smart people look at the percentages first, I don't necessarily because the attraction of totally removing one and taking that money and rolling into the next smallest bill is what we did before. I would think if the time frame was years to pay off a loan, then the % would really be important. If th...
by Marmot
Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which debt to tackle first?
Replies: 21
Views: 1254

Re: Just my opinion

We rent our vacation property out and have a property manager do all of that work. Tax wise we don't get any deductions because we stay there more than 14 days a year. You might take a look at the IRS tax topics: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc415.html Staying more than 14 days limits the deduction...
by Marmot
Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation Home
Replies: 27
Views: 2603

I agree with JJaster7 100%

Re: Should I get an Estate Planner? by jjaster7 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:42 pm You should use an attorney for estate planning, look for one with elder law and tax specialization. A financial advisor will be familiar with the issues but not an expert. It is an odd process to go through, but something yo...
by Marmot
Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I get an Estate Planner?
Replies: 9
Views: 808

Just my opinion

We have the vacation home thing going just as you describe (since 2008). We love the area and intend to "snowbird" there 5 months a year starting 2015. Our main home is in Phoenix, so you can guess we want to go north May to October. We rent our vacation property out and have a property ma...
by Marmot
Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation Home
Replies: 27
Views: 2603

Re: Quit/retire - should I do this?

@Marmot, so are you saying that a retiree (a person who quits) will not get any extras for quitting? That is, no 2 weeks pay per year of service? How about accrued vacation time? In some sense, it then becomes a slow grind of attrition of who can then last the longest: the employee doing less and l...
by Marmot
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quit/retire - should I do this?
Replies: 41
Views: 3866

Re: Quit/retire - should I do this?

Hi Jim - just spent 10 minutes typing a reply and it didn't show up when I hit post, so I'll try this again. The reason I asked how your company has approached this in the past is that it is a great predictor of organization culture and philosophy. My company has recently participated in Reduction i...
by Marmot
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quit/retire - should I do this?
Replies: 41
Views: 3866

Re: Quit/retire - should I do this?

Jim - has your organization ever done a reduction in force (RIF) or offered early retirement packages. I am an HR Director, I have some perspective.
by Marmot
Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quit/retire - should I do this?
Replies: 41
Views: 3866

We were spun off at the end of 2012

Everything is fine. Same CEO, same VP's, same amount of locations across the country. I am in HR so have a bit of insight of how hard we tried to make everything "the same"...401k's, medical and so on. I read the dire warning before my post, I am sure it happens, but not in my case. As muc...
by Marmot
Tue May 27, 2014 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Company Ever Been "Spun-Off"? Any Stories/Suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1929

No

I agree with the person who replied earlier, no one asked.
by Marmot
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 158
Views: 12888

Bend Oregon

Two words. I haven't read all of the posts, I am confident you have received excellent feedback.
by Marmot
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tell Me I'm Stupid To Consider Quitting My Job and Moving
Replies: 123
Views: 28563

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

I don't like to be tracked.
by Marmot
Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 243
Views: 14226

precious metal

Copper is hardly a precious metal. There are so many differing views on Dr. Copper. Clear enough to say if you want a long term position, this may it. It is a limited resource, many of the mines are/ have eaten through their high grade ore stores. What may come in the future is a lot more effort for...
by Marmot
Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: gold , silver, copper and uranium only
Replies: 46
Views: 3347

Decently written article on retirement

As always it contains interesting data, nothing suprising to this group. Pretty decent, not alarmist, just good fact finding on the status of retirement planning.


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/danger-zone ... king-down/
by Marmot
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Decently written article on retirement
Replies: 22
Views: 3394

Re: Changing 403b provider, leave job with pension?

1b. If I end up leaving, what should I do with the 403b account.. It seems my choices are leave it where it is, roll into a new employers account (no idea if my future employer will even have one or have a decent one), or roll into a traditional IRA. Any advice here? I would personally roll it into ...
by Marmot
Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Changing 403b provider, leave job with pension?
Replies: 7
Views: 740

This a bit off topic

We don't have kids and are retiring early. When we set up our will, we decided to put 50% of all assets to go to an educational trust to attend college for any child in our family hierarchy . Hopefully our nieces and nephews children will benefit by having this avenue. The trust runs 500 years, mayb...
by Marmot
Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:04 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help me settle a debate -- Risk in Retirement
Replies: 61
Views: 4678

Re: What was your dumbest financial decision?

Kept money (100K) in AOL too long. Was right about a merger, never thought they would take over Time Warner. I was so sure it was going to be the other way around. Stayed in the stock even when it was going down, no discipline. Stopped playing the stock market after that and swore allegiance to the ...
by Marmot
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your dumbest financial decision?
Replies: 106
Views: 9653

Re: Considering moving to Oregon

We have a place in Bend. Oregon State has an extension there. Check out their job openings. Also - St. Charles health system is a pretty large employer. Bend has a Costco and Trader Joes - what else do you need in life?:)
by Marmot
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering moving to Oregon
Replies: 33
Views: 2946

Re: Estate Planning- Attorney fees $5.5K

We just completely redid our trust and all related documents last year for $3.5K and my brother in law did his for $2.4K. We live in the Phoenix area. Ours was pretty complicated and included spill over trusts, regular trust, living wills, regular will, POA, etc. for both wife and I. We did all the...
by Marmot
Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Planning- Attorney fees $5.5K
Replies: 34
Views: 4374

I think it can be best described as

We all swim in the same direction.
by Marmot
Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do Bogleheads invest differently?
Replies: 40
Views: 4241

401K rollover question

I rolled a 401K over to Vanguard in 2013. Fidelity sent me a 1099, how does Vanguard provide documentation that the monies were rolled into an IRA? I hope this makes sense?
by Marmot
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401K rollover question
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Anyone feed the birds?

Since moving out in the country a few years ago, my wife and I have enjoyed watching the birds coming to an outside bird feeder. Through trial and error, we found that the wild bird food which does the best job of attracting a variety of birds, including colorful woodpeckers, cardinals, jays, etc. ...
by Marmot
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feed the birds?
Replies: 84
Views: 7281

Our tax bracket has always been the highest so

We chose to defer paying the taxes. We are both ER'ing in a few months. We are planning on 7 years (in which we will Roth $ over) of little or no planned income before I begin to collect a pension at 62. We will certainly be less that the 39% we are paying now.
by Marmot
Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: What Percentage of Your Retirement Portfolio is Roth?
Replies: 42
Views: 3113

Re: Salary information - need help

We are a non profit with 4 locations around the USA- $89,610 is the base.
by Marmot
Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Salary information - need help
Replies: 10
Views: 1719

Re: Does it really make sense to max out tax-deferred?

We decided back in 1989 to max out both of our 401K's and have stuck with that until now. We have built a pretty sizable amount in tax deferred. I think I can add one persons perspective since I am now 56, so 25 years + on this strategy. We plan to early retire (ER) in May. Our investments (non-taxa...
by Marmot
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does it really make sense to max out tax-deferred?
Replies: 40
Views: 4210

Re: employee surveys

I've had managers in the past come around and ask people why they haven't taken the survey yet. And I sit there thinking "I thought it was supposed to be anonymous". Shouldn't they at least fake it and not give away what they're doing? And this is with a very large corporation that says a...
by Marmot
Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: employee surveys
Replies: 32
Views: 2214

Thanks for doing this

I really enjoy the information.
by Marmot
Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Net Worth Survey, 2014 Edition
Replies: 149
Views: 23021

I have been runnning company surveys

for at least 10 years. Ours are all confidential. We can't tell who a respondent is unless they put their name down. We use an outside, third party for our annual survey and Survey Monkey for quick, targeted surveys. Obviously there are folks who are always paranoid and think that big brother is out...
by Marmot
Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: employee surveys
Replies: 32
Views: 2214

+1

Don't over think it,Pay it Off,,keep it simple :happy Just be done with it. We just received an inheritance which allowed us to "retire" the mortgage. Did not think twice about it, still not thinking or regretting. We are mid-fifties. Had a house paid off a decade ago and then bought agai...
by Marmot
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: To payoff mortgage or not
Replies: 64
Views: 3749

20.86

What a nice year.
by Marmot
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] What was your 2013 return?
Replies: 209
Views: 9571
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