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Re: Outperforming vs Underperforming Investors in 2014

Regarding Perception vs Reality, I would like to see this data

% of investors who THINK they did as well or outperformed in 2014
% of investors who ACTUALLY did as well or outperformed in 2014

Even with the performance data readily available to investors, I think the results would be outstanding.
by Skerrick
Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Outperforming vs Underperforming Investors in 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: Forum Design - Hard to refer people

While I agree that the main page is intimidating, it is my preferred method for "browsing" the forum. I really like seeing the active threads across the entire forum. Move it if you must, but please do not get rid of it.
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Design - Hard to refer people
Replies: 31
Views: 3678

Re: Long Distance Walking

I don't have time to carefully read through this thread right now but I am very glad this thread was resurrected. It will be bookmarked and studied.

I have never been drawn to travel, but the experiences described in this thread really intrigue me.

THANKS!
by Skerrick
Thu May 23, 2013 7:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Walking
Replies: 143
Views: 15964

Re: Updated! Denver Meetup Sat. Feb. 9 @ 3PM at Starbucks RE

I will be able to attend. I look forward to it.
by Skerrick
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:17 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Updated! Denver Meetup Sat. Feb. 9 @ 3PM at Starbucks REI
Replies: 21
Views: 2625

Re: Denver Bogleheads Meetup - Saturday February 9th

I would like to attend, but I wont know until the 5th or 6th if I will be able to make it...
by Skerrick
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:31 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Updated! Denver Meetup Sat. Feb. 9 @ 3PM at Starbucks REI
Replies: 21
Views: 2625

Re: Good movies to stream on Netflix

I have nothing to contribute but thanks to all that have...

I will be referencing this thread next time I log on Netflix.
by Skerrick
Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good movies to stream on Netflix
Replies: 37
Views: 3774

Re: Book Recommendations: Day Trading and Market Timing?

One of the issues is that he looks at day trading and market timing as ways to reduce risk.
by Skerrick
Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Book Recommendations: Day Trading and Market Timing?
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Book Recommendations: Day Trading and Market Timing?

A close family member is becoming bored as he nears retirement and is convinced that he should start trading. I know I want no part of it, but he is relentless... What would be a good book to dissuade him? We have had many discussions on the topic, but I am not getting through. Personal finance, bud...
by Skerrick
Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Book Recommendations: Day Trading and Market Timing?
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Paying down debt vs Emergency Reserves?

Hello everyone... I am finally able to crawl out of the hole that I dug for myself! Unfortunately, at my current level of income, paying down my high interest debt and building my ER will be a multi-year proposition. I am looking for higher income, but until then... I would like to hear your thought...
by Skerrick
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying down debt vs Emergency Reserves?
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: Good threads from 2008???

Thanks for all of the links. They will provide some great reading.
by Skerrick
Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Good threads from 2008???
Replies: 13
Views: 1668

Good threads from 2008???

I was wanting to do some reading of the advice, attitude, and thoughts of this board during 2008 and early 2009. What are some favorite threads from the last time the world was going to end?
by Skerrick
Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Good threads from 2008???
Replies: 13
Views: 1668

Re: Can we get away with less emergency fund than average?

I just chimed in to say that your estimation of 6 months of livings expenses as the average is a bit off... :wink: I think LESS than the 'average' emergency fund would be very scary. I am sure someone has researched what the "average" person has for emergencies and I would be shocked if it...
by Skerrick
Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we get away with less emergency fund than average?
Replies: 40
Views: 3226

Re: How do you back test?

Thanks for all of the info.

It is exactly what I was after when I posted this topic!
by Skerrick
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do you back test?
Replies: 26
Views: 1963

How do you back test?

What resources do you turn to to gather historical returns of asset classes? Do you do all the calculations in excel?

I would love some info on the subject of data mining backtesting...
by Skerrick
Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do you back test?
Replies: 26
Views: 1963

Re: Pfau: Building a Retirement Inc. Port. w/ Low Cost Vangu

Something isn't making sense to me... Perhaps not the right thread to ask, but I had never noticed before seeing the table in the blog...

Aren't the LifeStrategy funds a combo of TSM, TBM, and TISM? How can the yield on the LS funds be higher then any of the components?
by Skerrick
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pfau: Building a Retirement Inc. Port. w/ Low Cost Vanguard
Replies: 14
Views: 2007

How Should I Split My Fixed Income?

Hello everyone... I am very much a Slice and Dicer and have planned out my equity allocations within my 401k. I would love to hear opinions of the best splits for my fixed income allocation. I am very young and will be maintaining a 15% FI allocation for the next 10yrs. The attractive funds within m...
by Skerrick
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Should I Split My Fixed Income?
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Diversification question....

Why does portfolio diversification not include a diversification of management strategies including low cost active and low cost passive funds?
by Skerrick
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Diversification question....
Replies: 3
Views: 449

If I were HR/GC my concern would be it contributes to a sexual discrimination or harassment claim (would they ask that of a man, is it a come on etc.). Obviously that doesn't seem like that was the intent but at the end of the day you don't want your people to put you in a position where it can eve...
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?
Replies: 51
Views: 3883

If the company's clientele is mainly in their mid 50's and older and the person who previously held the position was around that age and you come in and you're fresh out of school at 25, I think the company has a legitimate concern about how you expect to deal with clients that may question your am...
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?
Replies: 51
Views: 3883

It's my understanding the federal age discrimination law protects only those 40 & up. The law in your state may vary. That said, I'd have to wonder about a company that asks a question like this. SuzyC “I’m 58,” Riggleman added. “I’m too old to be disrespected.” Your understanding seems to be c...
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?
Replies: 51
Views: 3883

Haha... great questions. The issue is whether I can connect with an older clientele and I probably answered the question better than if I would have been asked in a roundabout way.
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?
Replies: 51
Views: 3883

As worded, doesn't sound particularly appropriate (not really illegal though it could support a discrimination case with other evidence). Was it an HR rep or hiring manager - my guess is HR would not be happy with that question being asked. The interview was with a regional manager. Thanks for your...
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?
Replies: 51
Views: 3883

Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?

I was asked the following question during a job interview and would like to hear some discussion on the appropriateness/legality. "You have a young look about you. How would you handle a client's concern about your age?" I didn't think anything of it but while reviewing the interview with ...
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate/Illegal interview question?
Replies: 51
Views: 3883

Buy this book (less than $5!) and have fun: http://www.amazon.com/Building-Perfect-Robert-Bruce-Thompson/dp/0596006632 (there's a new edition, but I can't imagine the changes are that important: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1449388248/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-...
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best PC for $500 - $800
Replies: 45
Views: 3279

The contact info on your blog has an error.
by Skerrick
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Performance of Spinoff Stocks
Replies: 72
Views: 2714

Just because those are the max fees doesn't mean you will be charged both.

The 3.75% is an upfront charge for an A share. Whether or not you are paying this depends on the share class you are buying.
The CDSC of 1% is probably the penalty for holding the fund less than a year.
by Skerrick
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: PIMCO Total Return Fund and Sales Charge (load) question
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Vanguard's Target Date funds match closely with the Boglehead investment philosophy.

To me, they serve as an excellent way to get started. Eventually, I will look to get a bit more selective and specific in my AA, but I need some years to accumulate first.
by Skerrick
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VFFVX - Target Retirement 2055 Fund for Roth IRA?
Replies: 15
Views: 3532

Another vote for 28 days later.

It is a zombie movie but speaks volumes about the both sides of human nature.

Do not expect much from the sequel, 28 weeks later though.
by Skerrick
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top End of the World (post-apocalyptic) Movies
Replies: 39
Views: 2779

leonard wrote:Place on curb with "free" sign.


That will never work... Instead, place it on the curb with "$50" sign. It will surely get picked up then :D
by Skerrick
Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disposing of "too small" entertainment center
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Growing up, my parents would buy a side of beef at a local charity auction every year.

Think long and hard about the cuts you want. That is the biggest trouble my parents ran into. They always had too much of some and not enough of others.
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any bogleheads buying sides of beef? or meat packages ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1319

I love Pawn Stars. I love seeing all the neat items and hearing all the interesting stories...

Didn't make it through the one episode I saw of Hardcore Pawn.

Completely different shows.
by Skerrick
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hardcore Pawn
Replies: 19
Views: 3157

I had a laptop from Google Chrome's pilot program. It was GREAT at what it did, but eventually I always wanted to run a program other than a web browser...
by Skerrick
Fri May 13, 2011 11:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is anyone thinking of getting a Google Chromebook?
Replies: 27
Views: 2930

Thanks for the fast responses... Three of the four positions are nearly identical, but with different divisions. I'll adjust it a bit more for the fourth position. Thanks again! EDIT: I'd recommend to spend the extra 30+min. and tailor cover letters for each position. It will be time well spend. Def...
by Skerrick
Mon May 09, 2011 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cover Letter in Job Application Process
Replies: 22
Views: 2418

Cover Letter in Job Application Process

Hey everybody. I am applying for four different positions at a very large business. They are all very similar but are with different divisions within the company. I am submitting an application and my resume via the Careers portion of their website and was wondering if I should submit cover letters ...
by Skerrick
Mon May 09, 2011 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cover Letter in Job Application Process
Replies: 22
Views: 2418

Inland used to guarantee its share price would never drop below $10 a share. It's salesmen would suggest that when it finally liquidated the shares would be worth quite a bit more than $10 a share. Obviously, that isn't true. If I were you, I'd take the money and run. They used to be able to say th...
by Skerrick
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:25 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Inland American REIT Share Repurchase Program
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

When a non-traded REIT re-prices, it does so arbitrarily. Some companies use firesale pricing of the underlying holdings and others use a more reasonable method. There is no standard. The re-pricing is not an offer to buy/sell. Its just an estimated valuation. There is no secondary market until the ...
by Skerrick
Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Inland American REIT Share Repurchase Program
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

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