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Re: What "actively" manged funds do you own?

I own a PIMCO bond fund because my 401k doesn't offer any bond index funds.
by RobInCT
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What "actively" managed funds do you own?
Replies: 53
Views: 2027

Re: Investing 100K for the next 3-5 years? Where?

I have my house downpayment, about the same time frame as yours, in 1/3 Total Stock Market, 1/3 Tax-exempt intermediate bond fund, 1/3 high-interest savings. Somewhat more aggressive than some here would recommend, but I'm prepared to delay buying a house by a few years if the market crashes. Unless...
by RobInCT
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:58 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing 100K for the next 3-5 years? Where?
Replies: 13
Views: 2074

Re: On average, how often do you check your investment balan

I don't really know how to respond. I use mint.com, which updates all my balances (checking, credit, investments) whenever I log in. I log in once a day, but mainly for the purpose of keeping an eye on my checking and credit accounts and to make sure all my bills and charges are being categorized pr...
by RobInCT
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On average, how often do you check your investment balances?
Replies: 53
Views: 3293

Re: Navient / Sallie Mae misallocating my loan payments...ag

Doc , there have been a ton of posts on this subject , it might be worthwhile to do a search and some reading ; it's not an absolute that you save interest by steering an overpayment totally to the highest interest loan rather than pro-rating the overpayment across the loans - that can be quickly d...
by RobInCT
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Navient / Sallie Mae misallocating my loan payments...again.
Replies: 13
Views: 1421

Re: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]

I think forum members regularly counsel people, both men and women, to spend less on things like watches, houses or cars. None of those threads ever seem to elicit accusations that people are being judgmental. How is this different? To be fair, I've never seen a thread on this forum where someone s...
by RobInCT
Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]
Replies: 192
Views: 8801

Re: Unfrugal Enjoyments

Food. Nicer restaurants (ones that take reservations), organic meat and cheeses, better-quality vegetables, etc. I also belong to a fancy gym that costs twice as much as the cheap gym down the street that also has all the equipment that I'd realistically use. The fancy gym has warm towels, machines ...
by RobInCT
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 234
Views: 20760

Re: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]

As I mentioned, I'm not married, but I'm in a long-term relationship, and last year for our anniversary my partner got me two rather expensive tickets for me and my childhood best friend to go to an event that was meaningful to us but that that I'm sure she thought was silly and ridiculous. I got he...
by RobInCT
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]
Replies: 192
Views: 8801

Re: Dealing with unauthorized (lawyer) bill

As others have mentioned, return the letter to him with a polite note saying you assume it was received in error. If he tries to pursue it any further (unlikely), tell him you'll file a complaint with the local bar. No lawyer wants to deal with the bar over a few hundred dollars. Best case scenario,...
by RobInCT
Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with unauthorized (lawyer) bill
Replies: 61
Views: 6938

Re: Am I being cheap?

Wow, lots of judging going on in this thread. OP, are you and your girlfriend generally on the same page with respect to finances? Have you discussed shared goals, and do you generally agree about how you will make big decisions about money? If so, buy the ring. If not, then don't it ring. Not becau...
by RobInCT
Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]
Replies: 192
Views: 8801

Re: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room

I travel a lot for work, always take a laptop with me. The laptop belongs to my employer, so while I obviously exercise reasonable diligence in safeguarding it, it's not my personal loss if it gets stolen. I leave my laptop sitting on the hotel desk with a password on it. I would estimate conservati...
by RobInCT
Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room
Replies: 65
Views: 7764

Re: Navient / Sallie Mae misallocating my loan payments...ag

Yes, before I paid my student loans off last year, I routinely and regularly had the problem with Sallie Mae and with two of my three other servicers regarding misapplied payments, failure to follow clear instructions, failure to apply extra payments to principal rather than interest, etc. I got use...
by RobInCT
Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Navient / Sallie Mae misallocating my loan payments...again.
Replies: 13
Views: 1421

Re: Honor Societies (any point?)

As others have said, Phi Beta Kappa is worth it. Skip the rest.
by RobInCT
Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honor Societies (any point?)
Replies: 35
Views: 2298

Re: When do you feel comfortable financially to have kids?

I understand that there are other factors besides financial factors that are components. But surely the decision to have kids isn't made completely independent of finances. If you're $500k in debt, unemployed, and have no marketable skills, you're probably not planning on having kids. If you're mak...
by RobInCT
Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you feel comfortable financially to have kids?
Replies: 59
Views: 4338

Re: Should we tip the caregiver

Thanks to everyone for their comments. My wife is definitely going to give something, not sure at this point what the amount will be. Whatever she does, I will support her decision. That is the right answer. It's your wife's mom. Death is hard. Unless your wife is planning to do something totally o...
by RobInCT
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we tip the caregiver
Replies: 26
Views: 1896

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

I don't understand the problem here. Is it possible that it's just OP's first time working in a highly compensated job, so OP is unfamiliar with general business culture? I've worked in business/finance my whole career. I have never had a job at which the highly compensated employees, of which I am...
by RobInCT
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 167
Views: 10854

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

I don't understand the problem here. Is it possible that it's just OP's first time working in a highly compensated job, so OP is unfamiliar with general business culture? I've worked in business/finance my whole career. I have never had a job at which the highly compensated employees, of which I am...
by RobInCT
Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 167
Views: 10854

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

I don't understand the problem here. Is it possible that it's just OP's first time working in a highly compensated job, so OP is unfamiliar with general business culture? I've worked in business/finance my whole career. I have never had a job at which the highly compensated employees, of which I am ...
by RobInCT
Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 167
Views: 10854

Re: Attorney Hourly Rates?

As others have noted, years of experience is an important component to an attorney's hourly rate. Years of experience has a more dramatic impact at the beginning of a career, e.g. going from 2 years of experience to 6 years, than it does at the end of the career, e.g. going from 20 years to 24 years...
by RobInCT
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attorney Hourly Rates?
Replies: 41
Views: 3158

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

Going to Dallas next week for work. It hadn't occurred to me to be concerned. I'd like to say that as a result of ebola I'll be more careful about not touching the blood, vomit, sweat or other bodily discharge of any strangers, but frankly, I'm already pretty careful about that, so no worries here. ...
by RobInCT
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6486

Re: Your personal risk level: Got your flu shot yet?

I'm one of those unreasonably healthy people who never gets sick, and I didn't get the flu shot for years until I had a friend who had a specific medical condition that meant he couldn't get various vaccines. To top it all off, this medical condition left his immune system compromised so he was MORE...
by RobInCT
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your personal risk level: Got your flu shot yet?
Replies: 93
Views: 3251

Re: Possible Uninsured Motorist accident - UPDATE

I'd have texted, too. All you needed was the info, which you got from the text. Lots of crazy people out there. No need to engage in social contact with someone with whom you have an adversarial relationship, even if you were the who who "started it" by accidentally hitting someone else's ...
by RobInCT
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Uninsured Motorist accident - UPDATE
Replies: 47
Views: 3721

Re: Private Student Loan attacks after 7 years

It's definitely my debt. There's no question there. Not necessarily. It's only "your" debt if they properly purchased it from the original owner, if the transfer was legally operative, if the purchaser acquired and can produce to you a copy of the original note you signed. I admire you fo...
by RobInCT
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Private Student Loan attacks after 7 years
Replies: 34
Views: 2471

Re: 0% Furniture Credit

Get a 2% cash back credit card and use it to pay for the furniture. At today's interest rates, the 2% cash back won't be much, if anything, less than you'd earn in interest by taking the financing offer.
by RobInCT
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 0% Furniture Credit
Replies: 29
Views: 1353

Re: I am surely doing something wrong (FireCalc question)

This. $1500 in 1994 is about $2300 in today's dollars. So $2300 in "real" dollars has nearly tripled in 20 years, but that's a reason to distrust the stock market? Does not compute. What has the real estate market done in the last 20 years? [emphasis mine] Seeing it phrased this way resul...
by RobInCT
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I am surely doing something wrong (FireCalc question)
Replies: 45
Views: 4443

Re: I am surely doing something wrong (FireCalc question)

I think so far the most impactful learning from this exercise for me, is what a ginormous difference taxes make. And how sad I am, that apparently we cannot put any in a Roth because of income limits (I just googled that, so please let me know if I'm wrong). I have one, from nearly 20 years ago, bu...
by RobInCT
Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I am surely doing something wrong (FireCalc question)
Replies: 45
Views: 4443

Re: Annual savings to taxes ratio?

Anything much over 1:1 just means your not making enough money per year:) I don't understand the math on this. The top federal marginal rate is just under 40%, but since it's marginal, the total rate is almost always going to be under that number. And even that doesn't kick in until you make somewh...
by RobInCT
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Annual savings to taxes ratio?
Replies: 25
Views: 2753

Re: Age 30, should I buy 30 year term?

Wait until needed. Sure, it's cheaper now, but you're also paying for 5 years you don't need. I'm a few years older than you but likely on the same general timeline with respect to marriage/kids. Our plan is to each buy a 10-year and a 20-year policy on the birth of our first child. Our thinking is ...
by RobInCT
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age 30, should I buy 30 year term?
Replies: 10
Views: 956

Re: Being older/younger in class -- benefits, issues?

Youngest in my class after 3rd grade. No problem with academics, but definitely felt slow on the uptake on social matters. Probably depends on the child. This was me too, exactly, except I was the youngest in my class starting in 2nd grade. I was academically successful, and my life has turned out ...
by RobInCT
Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Being older/younger in class -- benefits, issues?
Replies: 114
Views: 9771

Re: How can someone receiving disability invest for retireme

If the person is receiving and living off of disability and expects this situation to continue indefinitely, it's unclear the benefit to the person from saving for retirement, unless there is some fear that whatever program this person is receiving benefits under will go away in the future, since fo...
by RobInCT
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can someone receiving disability invest for retirement?
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as ofte

I like work because it gives me the discipline to get my rear end out of bed in the morning. I took a 10-week break from work several years ago right before I started graduate school. I had lofty notions of all I would accomplish during this break, which represented my first substantial period of no...
by RobInCT
Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as often?
Replies: 68
Views: 4521

Re: Why not 100% CD's?

I think equating inflation risk to equity risk is a specious proposition. At least in the context of a distribution portfolio with a 2.5% WR. I'm in favor of doing whatever non-crazy thing helps you sleep at night, and I agree that it is unlikely that a portfolio with a 2.5% WR will be affected so ...
by RobInCT
Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why not 100% CD's?
Replies: 73
Views: 5482

Re: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as ofte

I voted #2, but I'm with the crowd who would have preferred a full-time, full-length career. I really like my career. It makes me feel useful and fulfilled. As I've paid off my loans and begun to accumulate more than I really "need," rather than cutting back on hours or planning to work fo...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as often?
Replies: 68
Views: 4521

Re: PBSC - Bone Marrow [Donor]

My girlfriend and I have been registered for approximately 5 years. I've never been called, she's been called 3 times. Each time she's been called they've ultimately ended up using a different donor, but the first time she was called, she got put in touch through mutual friends with someone who had ...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PBSC - Bone Marrow [Donor]
Replies: 12
Views: 967

Re: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!

Everyone has to make the choice right for them, but I realized early on that math says that dollars saved in my 20s would contribute be worth more to me in retirement than dollars saved in my 40s. I saved aggressively starting in my early 20s, when I was making with a salary of less than $30k/year. ...
by RobInCT
Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!
Replies: 64
Views: 6809

Re: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?

In our manufacturing business, we are delighted anytime we can meet with a client. We don't care if it is before or after normal work hours, or if it is over lunch. Without clients, we would not exist. Occasionally when people's schedules are very congested, someone will schedule an internal meetin...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?
Replies: 46
Views: 4054

Re: [can my family live in a] Tiny house

Wait until you're retired and out of your house to live out your non mainstream lifestyle choices. Your children may not share your passion for tiny living. They may hate each other and you for it, especially once they hit middle school. I have a good friend who grew up in a 2-bedroom apartment in N...
by RobInCT
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [can my family live in a] Tiny house
Replies: 60
Views: 4386

Re: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?

I'm a younger professional (30something), and we have meetings--both in house and external--at or around lunch all the time. Lunch is generally not provided unless we are hosting and it involves a client. A meeting at 12:30 just means lunch needs to be eaten before or deferred until after. I didn't ...
by RobInCT
Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?
Replies: 46
Views: 4054

Re: College-bound teens and finances

Most colleges have some sort of a deal with a bank that offers free student checking and has a no-fee ATM on campus. Most students will have an account at that bank. My parents never made me an authorized user on any of their cards. I still got one at about 18 after being rejected for a couple. I t...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College-bound teens and finances
Replies: 35
Views: 2649

Re: Where can I get a [toddler-friendly weekend] job? Update

When are you going to sleep? If you leave one job at midnight and arrive at the other at 7 a.m., what's the plan for the 7 hours in between? And hoping you can get two full-time jobs? Unless the night manager sleeps the entire shift, I don't even see how that sounds possible. Honestly, this all soun...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where can I get a [toddler-friendly weekend] job? Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3800

Re: College-bound teens and finances

Back in the day, you could not get a CC without a steady source of income, and sometimes not even then. Before we were married, my wife was turned down back in the late 70's when she had a fulltime job making 2x the minimum wage. I think this is in large part due to discriminatory practices against...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College-bound teens and finances
Replies: 35
Views: 2649

Re: Employer finding out you have a financial cushion?

I think this really depends on the organization and on quirks personal to certain supervisors. I have hiring/firing/bonus recommending power at a Megacorp, and I assure you that I do not know, nor can I imagine that it would be possible for me to find out, the 401k balances of my supervisees. I assu...
by RobInCT
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employer finding out you have a financial cushion?
Replies: 72
Views: 8570

Re: Did you reveal to your kids...your savings and salary

If my spouse refused to tell me how much she earned, I would have a big problem with that. I realize some people on this forum have spouses who have no interest and can't be made to have any interest, and that seems like a personal relationship issue about which I have no opinion. But the idea that ...
by RobInCT
Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you reveal to your kids...your savings and salary
Replies: 75
Views: 7329

Re: Pay off student debt with family inheritance "loan"?

Only do it if they can afford to lose the money completely without jeopardizing their retirement. I had a family member offer to do something similar, but I declined the offer. Federal student loans are dischargeable in the event of death or disability. If you get hit by a bus the day the after your...
by RobInCT
Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pay off student debt with family inheritance "loan"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1662

Re: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....

OP, if your husband is concerned with fairness, it might also help to point out that by marrying you he significantly improved the odds that responsibility for his later-life care will be shifted away from the children to whom he wants to leave almost all of his assets. My are both moderately afflue...
by RobInCT
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....
Replies: 258
Views: 18228

Re: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....

OP did not contribute at all to her husband's success from his former life. She is nowhere near normal retirement age and isn't working. Why should she expect to retire as a multi-millionaire at the age of 40, 45, etc.? And if her husband dies soon, she will surely remarry and enjoy sharing in her ...
by RobInCT
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....
Replies: 258
Views: 18228

Re: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....

Even if you did sign a prenup, that doesn't apply to child support. A decedent has no obligation of child support. He can disinherit the child completely. Gill Respectfully, this is not true in every state. Inheritance laws vary a lot by state, which is why it is crucial that the OP go to an attorn...
by RobInCT
Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....
Replies: 258
Views: 18228

Re: Questions for Landlords

I think some of this may vary by regional custom and/or by type of property owned. I've only ever occupied apartments in large apartment buildings managed by a management company. In these instances, it is generally expected that the landlord will perform additional cleaning/maintenance between tena...
by RobInCT
Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Questions for Landlords
Replies: 22
Views: 1647

Re: How much do you plan to save in your 529 plan?

Can someone define what a "2nd tier expensive private college" is? Names for example? Well, this is an easy way to offend large numbers of alumni, but here are some examples often considered to fall in this group: + Northwestern + Middlebury + Rice + Johns Hopkins + Emory + Tufts Those sc...
by RobInCT
Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you plan to save in your 529 plan?
Replies: 60
Views: 7179

Re: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?

Internet penetration in 1999 was something like 30%. It's now something like 90%. You were among the first to discover that an elderly relative had a dumpster's worth of "junk" that people on the internet would pay money for, and you profited from early incursion into the marketplace. Now ...
by RobInCT
Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?
Replies: 79
Views: 6849

Re: Tipping the virtual waiter/waitress?

In fairness, I doubt your server is responsible for printing those tips about how to tip on your receipt. So punishing them for it seems silly and counterproductive. Business owners--who control what gets printed on receipts--would undoubtedly like to encourage you to tip more so that they can shift...
by RobInCT
Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tipping the virtual waiter/waitress?
Replies: 18
Views: 2104
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