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Re: Which ETFS are most similar to...

Thank you for your responses!
by Petrocelli
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which ETFS are most similar to...
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Which ETFS are most similar to...

Which ETFs are the most similar to Vangaurd Small Cap Index (NAESX) and Vanguard Small Cap Value Index (VISVX)

Thanks.
by Petrocelli
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which ETFS are most similar to...
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: Best albums from 2014?

For classical music, the bargain of the year is a "complete" set of Haydn string quartets, recorded by the Festetics Quartet, the equivalent of 19 CDs as high-quality MP3 downloads for $9.99: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=9400582&style=classical&setpref=mp3 I put &...
by Petrocelli
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums from 2014?
Replies: 63
Views: 5579

Re: PRIMECAP and Contrafund

I would select Primecap because its expense ratio is lower.
by Petrocelli
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: PRIMECAP and Contrafund
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched "Nowhere Boy", which is a biopic about John Lennon. It's a very solid movie, and a must see if you are a Beatles fan. It's about the relationship between John andhis aunt (who raised him) and his mother. It also touches on the formation of the Beatles.
by Petrocelli
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 573
Views: 70502

Re: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?

I never had a dog, but got one because my kids wanted one. I was dead set against it, but went along with it.

Now, we are on our second dog. I will have a dog for the rest of my life.

Get one from a reputable breeder is my best advice.
by Petrocelli
Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?
Replies: 83
Views: 5937

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

On a related note, can I post pictures to this site?
by Petrocelli
Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

Does it really matter if a watch is accurate to the second?
by Petrocelli
Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

by Petrocelli
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

abuss368 wrote:Did any Bogleheads ever see a picture of Petrocelli's watch?


I am wearing it in the picture in the Boglehead fitbit group. Why?
by Petrocelli
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: SIGN PETITION FOR Jack Bogle's Presidential Medal of Fre

Signed. Only 696 signatures? I can probably get 10 from my pension committee alone.

Let's go Bogleheads!
by Petrocelli
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: SIGN PETITION FOR Jack Bogle's Presidential Medal of Freedom
Replies: 168
Views: 9449

Re: Best artificial plants?

I ended up buying this plant. It looks great, and no one can figure out it's not real. I got it at Overstock.com for about $160 with shipping. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LLHMKA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2XKNKBJIYSVYH&coliid=I2GDDWG4IUUIIU This one is coming on Wednesday,...
by Petrocelli
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Best artificial plants?

gkaplan wrote:$5,000 watch but plastic plants?


My watch cost $6,700, and the plants will be silk.
by Petrocelli
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Best artificial plants?

Thanks for your replies. Next question is there a noticeable difference in the quality of silk plants as you spend more. For example, I can get this for $99 from the house of silk flowers: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NT1V4Y/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2XKNKBJIYSVYH&coliid=...
by Petrocelli
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Best artificial plants?

I am redecorating my office.

I am considering replacing my plants with artificial plants. I did this with my Christmas tree two years ago, and it was a good move.

Does anyone know a reliable seller of quality artificial plants? (I'd like to spend about $100- $200 a plant.)
by Petrocelli
Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 13
Views: 1022

Re: Joining the free dinner circuit? Promises, promises.

HIinvestor wrote:How does one get invited to a vanguard meal? Have never heard of them.


They hold them for 401(k) sponsors. I am the person at my company responsible for the 401(k) plan. And, needless to say, as soon as I got in charge, I moved the plan to Vanguard.
by Petrocelli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Joining the free dinner circuit? Promises, promises.
Replies: 100
Views: 8177

Re: Joining the free dinner circuit? Promises, promises.

I get a free breakfast and lunch once a year from Vanguard. Vanguard usually has a program at a nice local hotel and provides breakfast and lunch. The speakers have included Brennan and Sauter.
by Petrocelli
Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Joining the free dinner circuit? Promises, promises.
Replies: 100
Views: 8177

Re: Boston Must See Sites and Bites

If you like to walk, take a walk up Newbury Street starting at the Commons. It has a lot of trendy shops. Turn around when you get to the Prudential Center and walk back towards the commons on Boyolston Street.
by Petrocelli
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston Must See Sites and Bites
Replies: 51
Views: 2398

Re: Boston Must See Sites and Bites

Pizza Regina and a cannoli from Mike's Pastries in little italy (the north end) -- be prepared to wait in line at both. There's also a great little place in china town, but I can never remember the name -- we always just look for the crowded place that looks like it's full of locals. Big thumbs up ...
by Petrocelli
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston Must See Sites and Bites
Replies: 51
Views: 2398

Re: Boston Must See Sites and Bites

I would recommend Legal Seafood and, of course, a tour of Fenway Park if you are a baseball fan.
by Petrocelli
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston Must See Sites and Bites
Replies: 51
Views: 2398

Re: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day

A Rolex always works.
by Petrocelli
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to buy sweetie for Valentine's Day
Replies: 97
Views: 5743

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Selma this weekend. A truly great movie on every level. Highly recommended.
by Petrocelli
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 573
Views: 70502

Re: Are there skilled investors and managers?

Some managers are smarter than others, as in any profession.

The best managers charge the lowest expense ratios.

Those managers usually work for Vanguard.
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there skilled investors and managers?
Replies: 25
Views: 1435

Re: What is the best free stock screener?

Petro, Do you still use the low beta approach for individual stocks? if I recall from years ago you use a mix of Vanguard active funds and a portfolio of low beta stocks. I also vaguely recall something about a tactical strategy or fund....FundX?? in the early 2000s. Were you dabbling with momentum...
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the best free stock screener?
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Any other investors with 70/30 portfolio?

I'm 68/32 in my 401(k). I track the bond allocation of Target 2025. It's a mindless way to set a bond allocation, which is good.
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any other investors with 70/30 portfolio?
Replies: 40
Views: 3372

Re: What is the best free stock screener?

Tycoon wrote:http://finviz.com/screener.ashx


That's an amazing screener. Thanks Tycoon!
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the best free stock screener?
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: What is the best free stock screener?

DSInvestor wrote:I like the one I use (bogleheads.org) which tells me not to buy any individual stocks.


Thanks for your help.
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the best free stock screener?
Replies: 7
Views: 651

What is the best free stock screener?

I have been using Schwab's, which is pretty good because it incorporates M*'s "moat" rating, but it doesn't screen by Beta. Do you have a favorite?

Thanks!
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the best free stock screener?
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

I have a pedometer built in to my cell phone - LG G3 . I don't think it's increased my physical activity much. It's a bit scary to look at the data actually. Most days I average only about 3000 to 4000 steps. Sometimes as few as 1500. Best not to look at it ;) You probably want to mix in a walk or ...
by Petrocelli
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:37 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

Our 40 Boglehead members have walked 3,795 miles in January so far. Wow!
by Petrocelli
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:34 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

So it is basically marketing hype from the company that sells the devices. Yes. However, based on personal observation, I believe it to be true. You can ask my dog. She is walking about a mile more a day so I can get my Fitbit stats up. Also, I walk around the office every 30 minutes. (The perimete...
by Petrocelli
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

What is your BMI?

Following up on my Fitbit thread, I'm curious about the physical fitness of the average Boglehead. Do we take as good care of our bodies as we do of our portfolios? The poll is anonymous, so feel free to answer. Here's a link to a BMI calculator. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/ No cheating!
by Petrocelli
Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: What is your BMI?
Replies: 28
Views: 2078

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

Sidney wrote:
tludwig23 wrote:You'd think the technology would be built into your Rolex! :wink:

for $5,000 it should do the walking for you.


It cost $6,700 and I walk for it, not vice-versa, However, it is better looking than I am.
by Petrocelli
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:13 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

supposedly walk 43% more 43% more than what? Steps. I myself have notices this phenomena. Last week, I had to run errands, at three stores, three blocks apart. As a southern Californian, I would normally drive to each, and repark. However, I walked to all three, and back to my car. I probably picke...
by Petrocelli
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:12 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

My Fitbit was broken for about a week. I called the customer service and they sent me a new one no questions asked.

People who have one, on average, supposedly walk 43% more. Now that I have one, I believe it.

I am on the site as "Robert C."
by Petrocelli
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

Boglehead Fitbit group

Someone (not me) started this group. Please join if you are a Fitbit user!

https://www.fitbit.com/group/223MYC
by Petrocelli
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:17 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 2826

Re: Do you respond to recruiters contacting you?

Never. At 55, I am too old too change jobs.
by Petrocelli
Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you respond to recruiters contacting you?
Replies: 27
Views: 2051

Re: Help Analyze a 3 Fund Portolfio for friend

Does anybody find it ironic that when I post on the 3 fund portfolio I get 4 responses, but my watch threads get dozens per hour?
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Analyze a 3 Fund Portolfio for friend
Replies: 7
Views: 724

Re: What Experts Say about $5,000 watches

kksmom wrote:The fact that his wife brought it for him, expressing her appreciation makes it worth any price they can afford. And the pleasure he will have in passing it on to his son, makes it priceless.


Bingo! Thanks.
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

I'm trying to figure out why you started another thread on this. You already posted this video in the previous thread. And you keep announcing that yours was $6000 and not $5000. For the record, the watch retails for $6,700. My wife got a 10% discount, but sales tax brought it back up to around $6,...
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What Experts Say about $5,000 watches

FYI, this is Warren Buffet's watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PssIf2hTgKw
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

I'm reminded of Rita Davenport, a successful and humorous speaker. She wears two watches on the same arm: an inexpensive Timex and a very expensive Rolex. Pointing first to the Timex and then to the Rolex, Rita tells the audience, "The first one is for me to see and the second one is for you t...
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

jstrazzere wrote:But trying to justify those decisions financially is a different matter.


Once again, I did not make a decision to buy a watch. My wife made that decision. She bought the money with her separate property.
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

And has anyone actually watched the videos?
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

But even with resale, don't even try to pass it off as some 'wise financial decision' for resale or inheritance. Agree on the first point, but I disagree on the second. I don't think you should hold a Rolex for resale. However, I do know my wife's watch sells for more than I paid for it. Yet, adjus...
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

I have a Rolex. It was an inheritance. It's a pain. It's gorgeous. I hate that I had to put 400 dollars into it to be serviced. But, it was my father's. And I'm glad I wasn't willed some gold toned flex band digital Timex. Bingo! The main reason I like this watch is exactly that. I will leave it to...
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

HomerJ wrote:
Admit that it's jewelry, and I'll stay out of this thread... but quit talking about how awesome the insides are.



It is jewelry, but it will last for decades. My wife's Rolex is 25 years old, and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between that and a new one.
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

Thank you for posting this, it was quite informative. So would Mr. Bogle buy the $500 Hamilton or the $5,000 Rolex? I don't think he would buy either. However, like Jack, I didn't buy a Rolex. My wife gave it to me for Christmas. I asked for a Fitbit. She got me a $7,000 watch. Now if Jack's wife g...
by Petrocelli
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180010
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