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Re: If Dell goes private what happens to stock held by inves

Hi all, It looks like Dell will de-list and cease being a publicly-traded company. What will happen to the investors who hold Dell stocks? MT They sell their shares for cash. How does this work for the individual investor having a brokerage account? Shares are automatically sold and the cash goes i...
by MekongTrader
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Dell goes private what happens to stock held by investors
Replies: 23
Views: 4190

If Dell goes private what happens to stock held by investors

Hi all,

It looks like Dell will de-list and cease being a publicly-traded company.

What will happen to the investors who hold Dell stocks?

MT
by MekongTrader
Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:28 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Dell goes private what happens to stock held by investors
Replies: 23
Views: 4190

Re: How have Jim Cramer's stock picks performed?

In today's WSJ there is an article called

2012 Was Good for Stocks, Bad for Stock Pundits

It's online.

They mention JC.

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How have Jim Cramer's stock picks performed?
Replies: 28
Views: 3663

Excellent paper about bonds and the 30-year Bond Bull Market

Hello Bogleheads, This is an excellent paper from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=2965 It explains bonds and the 30-year bond bull market. How this bull market came about, implications for bond holders if rates do rise and in...
by MekongTrader
Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Excellent paper about bonds and the 30-year Bond Bull Market
Replies: 10
Views: 1676

First Time Selling ETF - how to do?

Hi all, I presently hold VEU (FTSE all World Ex US) and VSS (FTSE all World Small cap Ex US) for my int'l stock exposure. I want to simplify and go all into VXUS (Total int'l), one fund for int'l exposure only. My question: I have always bought ETFs over the years but never sold. How exactly should ...
by MekongTrader
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:33 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First Time Selling ETF - how to do?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Vanguard Total World (VT) not fully replicates its benchmark

Hello, I consider buying some VT because of its diversification. In Dec 2011 Vanguard had announced that they will include small-caps and the new benchmark would be FTSE Global All Cap Index. The benchmark index contains over 7'200 stocks but VT so far only 3'800 stocks (as per VG website). My quest...
by MekongTrader
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:13 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Total World (VT) not fully replicates its benchmark
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Bonds!!??

I haven't posted for ages (but lurking daily) because I don't have much to contribute and once my portfolio was set-up boglehead-style there is just no need to tinker with it anymore and ask questions. You guys are all unbelievable and I've learnt so much from you. Nisiprius is the personification o...
by MekongTrader
Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds!!??
Replies: 56
Views: 11100

Basic Question about Facebook IPO

Hello Bogleheads, Facebook share price at IPO will be $38 and they issue 484.4mio shares which means they will $18.4b. So far so good. Their market value at IPO is supposedly $104b. How do they calculate that? The above numbers are from WSJ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527023034484045774...
by MekongTrader
Thu May 17, 2012 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Basic Question about Facebook IPO
Replies: 2
Views: 556

Re: Forum Upgrade Successful

I find the new format a bit difficult to view. Posts and signatures and then again the next post somehow overlap. But I guess it's just that I need to get used to the new format. As usual change is difficult.

Anyway, thanks to the administrators of this forum. Best place on the internet.

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:34 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Upgrade Successful
Replies: 136
Views: 8365

Thanks for your input to this forum Rick. Your post titled 'Tips on answering the question - What should I do' dated 10/24/2008 is an alltime-classic and it deservedly became a sticky. It may be of interest to you that I saw one of your books here in a bookshop in downtown Saigon not too long ago! I...
by MekongTrader
Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rick Ferri Hits the 5,000 Mark
Replies: 12
Views: 2044

Thanks for posting this video. Always good to hear from the man himself. Investing boglehead-style in itself is like watching paint dry. Really, what Mr. Bogle said here has been said many many times before, by himself. Actually they could just run a tape of what he said the previous time because it...
by MekongTrader
Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle on CNBC 9.30.11
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

I had my kitchen built over a year ago and was given bad advise. I ended up with a soft material, I think sandstone. Not suitable since it absorbs water. I now have redwine and water stains on it.

Will be taking it out shortly. Replace it with granite.

MT
by MekongTrader
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen counter brand/materials?
Replies: 11
Views: 1180

'That used to be us' from Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

MT
by MekongTrader
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 346644

Earlier in the year I asked for advise in this forum. It was about my bonus which came in and had to be invested. According to my AA (50/50) it should have gone into TBM but I held onto it. I asked here 'with everybody predicting that stock markets will go up and interest rates go up (and bond funds...
by MekongTrader
Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A crisis is a terrible thing to waste
Replies: 23
Views: 3146

Vietnam doesn't have Visa on arrival, opposed to Thailand or Cambodia. As such the airlines will not even let you board your flight if they don't see the visa sticker in your passport. Lately they have relaxed visas for certain countries, eg. Japan and others. I think this has to do with 'rewarding'...
by MekongTrader
Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visa for Viet Nam
Replies: 18
Views: 1216

I think the 'secret of the success' of this forum is that it is civilized and overall polite in tone thanks to its policies (eg. no politics allowed) and the level-headed approach of its moderators. Bogleheads = No drama I think every user who tunes in regularly will make up his own mind about someo...
by MekongTrader
Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:07 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Reputation points
Replies: 27
Views: 2575

Re: Girls Soccer

I'd do just that. Unless your daughter is being bullied, singled out or physically threatened, if it were me I would not say anything to the coach or the other girl's parents. In my experience, there are usually almost always one or two kids like that on every team. Instead of trying to stop their ...
by MekongTrader
Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Girls Soccer
Replies: 36
Views: 2023

I think that the right person to talk to is the coach. If he is a good coach he should have observed by now that Miss Little Soccer Player's behavour isn't good for the team spirit and performance. Talking to her parents may be sensitive. Also, can't blame Miss Little Soccer Player. She may just be ...
by MekongTrader
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Girls Soccer
Replies: 36
Views: 2023

Wow you are in good shape! Having such a large lump sum is a bit scary. To me you are like a running back in the Super Bowl with a lead in the 4th Qtr and you have a choice of trying to get a few extra yards or run out of bounds. Don't risk a fumble. Reduce your investment risk, make sure you have ...
by MekongTrader
Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I've just made $2Million Now What?
Replies: 42
Views: 7909

Montblanc Meisterstuck for me.

Only the refills are almost $20 a piece.

But hey, some people have $5'000 watches.

MT
by MekongTrader
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any fountain pen aficionados?
Replies: 19
Views: 2322

True bogleheads don't go the dentist. They fix their teeth themselves!
:lol:

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: dental scams you've known and loved
Replies: 73
Views: 13501

Hi all,
I would like to share the following link with you which is superb for tracking tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.

http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

It shows you the expected path, category, etc...

You can zoom in to see areas affected

Stay safe!

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane thread
Replies: 120
Views: 11239

Buy a new one! No wonder the economy is in the toilet when people want to fix up their 15-year old refrigerator!

:lol:

No seriously, I think a new fridge which is more energy-efficient is the way to go.

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fix old refrigerator or buy new one?
Replies: 55
Views: 7966

Re: Computer Speaker Recommendations

I'm going to buy my parents some computer speakers so they can listen to music in their living room. What should I look for and what would your recommend? My budget is ~$35 but I could spend more if the difference is significant. I bought a set of Logitech speakers recently. $10 only but the sound ...
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Speaker Recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 449

I'll spend half day in the office on Sat morning then speed home to see my family and play with my 4-month old daughter. I'll do the grocery shopping and plan the cooking for Sunday. On Sunday, after a family breakfast and more playing time with my daughter I'll start cooking, opening up a bottle of...
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How should I spend a weekend after a week of losses?
Replies: 68
Views: 6108

Asia closed - dark red. Europe now in free fall with DAX at -4%. US stock futures already 2% off. Looks like we're in for a rough Friday. Investors are getting punched in the face. The speed and power at which all that is happening is gut-wrenching. The other day I bought equities to rebalance back ...
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:08 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 941
Views: 156874

'You've worked hard to get where you are. Now make your money work hard for you'

'You deserve better'

MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Favorite (Deceptive) Financial Advisor Slogans
Replies: 37
Views: 4688

I just tried hotelscombined.com to find a hotel in Athens, TX and compared it to the hotel's online booking process. Both rates were identical. So, what's the big deal about using these so called "best deal" sites? Holiday Inn Express in Athens was $104.99 vs several sites shown by Hotels...
by MekongTrader
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best site for finding cheap hotel rooms?
Replies: 46
Views: 5309

Re: Stocks vs Bonds???

Because of the current stock market (August 2011), I exited my blended stock/bonds mutual fund for 80% bonds + 20% Prime Fund. The has yielded 0, while the bond funds have gone up and down every day with the end result of a 0.5% gain. Why all the volitility? Why only a small gain? Do bond funds yie...
by MekongTrader
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stocks vs Bonds???
Replies: 13
Views: 2487

Ford Mustang from the 70s
MT
by MekongTrader
Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car would you own if you didn't have children?
Replies: 50
Views: 3395

WSJ Article: Which Way to Retirement?

Here is an excellent article from WSJ from today titled 'Which Way To Retirement?' http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904823804576504144023095026.html It's for subscribers only but you can access by googling 'Which Way to Retirement'. David Ziser, a 62-year-old professional photographer i...
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ Article: Which Way to Retirement?
Replies: 15
Views: 2852

Well, I guess the easiest and safest would be to get a list of superbowl winners 2012 to 2029 and place your bets accordingly.

But if you keep on winning year after year they'd get suspicious and you may end up in jail!

Not easy, is it?
MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:10 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Time Machine - Travel to Year 2030
Replies: 43
Views: 4475

Thank you all.
MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why are TIPs having such a good run lately?
Replies: 35
Views: 4264

Re: How much to invest early on

Assume someone is single, in their mid-20's with salary of 100k, debt free, and maximizes their 401k. They want to invest as much as possible in the early years and (hopefully) let compounding take care of the rest. 1. How much should they target to invest in 10 years? 2. After these 10 years, what...
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:25 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How much to invest early on
Replies: 14
Views: 1701

No. I've never considered it.

I learnt to take risks on the equity side and keep bonds 'safe'. Well, then again, what is 'safe' nowadays?

MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do You Invest In Junk Bonds?
Replies: 40
Views: 5471

6-8 cans per day.

8x365days that's almost 3'000 cans per year or 125 carton boxes (24x cans each).

We are talking serious quantities here! And serious $$$!

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diet Cokes
Replies: 101
Views: 11020

Time Machine - Travel to Year 2030

Kind of stupid but can't get it out of my head. Time Machine Assume you would be given the unique opportunity to travel to Year 2030 for 10 seconds only. Sitting at a computer which is connected to the internet in Year 2030. After 10 seconds you will travel back to today, Year 2011. During these 10 ...
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Time Machine - Travel to Year 2030
Replies: 43
Views: 4475

Recently in my office:

Me: Strange smell in here. Don't you think so?
Co-worker: I can't hear the smell

:roll:
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite malapropisms
Replies: 64
Views: 6235

Why are TIPs having such a good run lately?

TIPs are up 9% year to date. Can someone please explain to me why? Also dividends are much higher this year.

Is it because inflation is up?

30% of my fixed income is TIP (ishares).

Thanks
MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why are TIPs having such a good run lately?
Replies: 35
Views: 4264

The implicit assumption of your post is that the only way to solve your problem is through financial investing. I suggest that you broaden your search and think outside the box. Posters to this forum will point out from time to time that the best way to make money and improve your standard of livin...
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need some opinions
Replies: 40
Views: 3004

Re: Diet Cokes

Greetings To All: The Munchkin Man has now gone five (5) days in a row without drinking a single Diet Coke, or any other carbonated diet beverage. The Munchkin Man has had a major Diet Coke addiction for years and years and years. The Munchkin Man was drinking 8 to 10 cans per day. The Munchkin Man...
by MekongTrader
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diet Cokes
Replies: 101
Views: 11020

Boglenaut wrote:Mekong Trader, I see you have a new icon...what's rhe significance of it?


Boglenaut,
it's the insignia of MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam) headquartered in Saigon.
MT
by MekongTrader
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Planning to go 100% long stocks today
Replies: 52
Views: 5032

Are there any Bogleheads left on this forum? :D Indeed. :lol: Isn't it fun how we sometimes debate how to slice and dice, small-cap value, Reits or not, how much int'l and whether to overweight EM or not... we love to tinker around in up-markets. Trying to construct the perfect portfolio. Add a lit...
by MekongTrader
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:21 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Planning to go 100% long stocks today
Replies: 52
Views: 5032

Re: Have I purchased too early?

I had some cash that I've accumulated for about 6 months and decided to invest in VSS (Vanguard FTSE All Wld Ex USSml Cap) 2 weeks ago. This was a week before the deadline for the debt ceiling. I thought about holding off the purchase for a bit just in case the market plunges and I can get a bargai...
by MekongTrader
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Have I purchased too early?
Replies: 23
Views: 1938

It's all a crapshoot. I'm tired of seeing the color red. U.S. futures are bright green right now. Who knows. Hi guys, just saw this on the internet: Dow Futures sore 311 points. I think the correction is over, markets were clearly oversold and as per some analysts I saw on TV we will be seeing the ...
by MekongTrader
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:40 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If there was any doubt about Tuesday's overseas trading....
Replies: 15
Views: 1748

I'm down 11.27% total since August 1st. Small cap stocks apparently don't particularly like bad economic news, haha. In my short investing career, I have seen far more red days than green days. Not how I would have preferred to started, but it is what it is. For most young people my age, green days...
by MekongTrader
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I took a nap when I was down $2500
Replies: 19
Views: 2384

Re: Have I purchased too early?

I had some cash that I've accumulated for about 6 months and decided to invest in VSS (Vanguard FTSE All Wld Ex USSml Cap) 2 weeks ago. This was a week before the deadline for the debt ceiling. I thought about holding off the purchase for a bit just in case the market plunges and I can get a bargai...
by MekongTrader
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Have I purchased too early?
Replies: 23
Views: 1938

Morning everybody!

I took a 8-hr nap to wake up this morning and see my portfolio shrink by $10K!

Honey, I shrunk the portfolio!

I need a double espresso now.

MT

Mr. Market: Is this all you got?!

:lol:
by MekongTrader
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I took a nap when I was down $2500
Replies: 19
Views: 2384

EmergDoc wrote:Stay the course.

http://whitecoatinvestor.com/stay-the-course/


Thanks for posting this. Putting things into perspective during these times is important.

MT
by MekongTrader
Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Contrarians unite!
Replies: 16
Views: 1647
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