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Master Thread - Greenville Metro Bogleheads

Welcome to the Greenville Metro Bogleheads Master Thread. Greenville Metro covers Upstate & Central South Carolina, Western North Carolina and even some of Eastern Georgia. All Bogleheads (new and mature) are welcome so feel free to bring along with you your spouse/friend/coworker. GMBH is a rel...
by Snow Boarder
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Master Thread - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 0
Views: 12

Re: Which is King: Income Stream or $ Invested

$4mil in CDs. I don't trust income stream things - insurance companies go bellyup, pensions get reduced. You realize that banks go out of business right? You keep your money in non-FDIC insured banks? We're talking about $4 Million, were you planning to use 16 separate banks? Fidelity has a pretty ...
by Snow Boarder
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which is King: Income Stream or $ Invested
Replies: 52
Views: 4572

Re: Do Bogleheads Feel Wealthier?

I try not to compare, as this is the root of both envy and pride. +1. Money does not make you happy. Money gives you options and options make you happy. Wealth is measured in more ways then $. Your health, your family and things you have been fortunate enough to experience in life (the birth of a c...
by Snow Boarder
Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do Bogleheads Feel Wealthier?
Replies: 57
Views: 4638

Re: Anyone use Fido as your bank?

I love my Cash Management Account at Fidelity. I was hesitant to transition to it from a brick & mortar bank but I have no regrets.
by Snow Boarder
Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone use Fido as your bank?
Replies: 11
Views: 1503

Re: 2nd Greenville Metro Bogleheads Meeting - July 26th

Reminder: The 2nd GMBH meeting is tomorrow. It will be in the Simpsonville Library, same as last time, but in a different room - the bigger conference room. About 10 feet after you enter the library (you are in the library foyer) turn right and enter the conference room. It is adjacent to the restro...
by Snow Boarder
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Re: 2nd Greenville Metro Bogleheads Meeting - July 26th

Hello Bogleheads,

This is a 4 day reminder of the 2nd GMBH meeting. See above for meeting details.

It was supposed to be a 1 week reminder but I forgot to send it out. Sort of ironic isn't it.
by Snow Boarder
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Re: 2nd Greenville Metro Bogleheads Meeting - July 26th

Hello GMBH, Here is your 2 week reminder for our 2nd Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) meeting on July 26, 2014. Place: Simpsonville Public Library Date: Saturday July 26th, 2014 Time: 9:30am - 11am (90 minutes). Phone: (864) 963-9031 Agenda. 9:30 - 9:35 Introductions (Names, Vocations etc). 9:35 -...
by Snow Boarder
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:39 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Re: Suggestions for teaching new MDs about finance?

Send me an email and I will send you the Total Financial Planning powerpoint file that I made when I was the Detroit Metro Bogleheads chapter coordinator.
by Snow Boarder
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Suggestions for teaching new MDs about finance?
Replies: 39
Views: 2715

Re: 2nd Greenville Metro Bogleheads Meeting - July 26th

Good News. This week 2 more Bogleheads asked to be added to the GMBH email list. To get on our distribution list send me an email at greenvillebogleheads@gmail.com. A special thanks goes out to rakornacki1, gillisjp, loudoungent for your feedback on our 1st meeting. We have big plans for our 2nd one...
by Snow Boarder
Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 10
Views: 847

An Accurate Finance Article on Yahoo

A good article posted on Yahoo about the negative impact that fees and the positive impact low cost index funds have on your portfolio. Most bogleheads could have written the article themselves so the content is not the impressive part. The most impressive part about the article is that they posted ...
by Snow Boarder
Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An Accurate Finance Article on Yahoo
Replies: 2
Views: 515

2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads

8 people attended the 1st GMBH Chapter meeting at the Simpsonville Public Library this weekend. We had such a good turn-out that we maxed out the conference room I reserved. Since new people are contacting me each week wanting to join GMBH I reserved a much larger room for our 2nd meeting. Thanks t...
by Snow Boarder
Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Re: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June

Hi Bogleheads,

Just a 3-day reminder that the 1st Greenville Metro Bogleheads meeting is this Saturday at the Simpsonville Public Library at 10:30 am.

We have a conference room reserved. As you walk in it is on the right side just past the book check-out counter.

See you there,
Snow Boarder
by Snow Boarder
Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June 21st
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June

The 1st GMBH chapter meeting is just 1 week away and everyone is welcome. We are meeting on Saturday June 21 between 10:30 A.M. - 12 Noon (90 minutes) in the Simpsonville Public Library . For this meeting you can expect: - Introductions - Explain planned meeting format - Exchange level of experience...
by Snow Boarder
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June 21st
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June

Here is your 2 week reminder for the 1st Greenville Metro Bogleheads meeting. Remember everyone is welcome but please make a post here saying you're coming. If you would like to be on the email notification list please send an email to greenvillebogleheads@gmail.com. Place: Simpsonville Public Libra...
by Snow Boarder
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June 21st
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: Gutter Strainer - Is this worth it?

...make the investment on a good system and you will not regret it. +1 I made the investment in the ice breaker version of this for the ice dams in the MI winters. The product name is gutter glove. I am very satisfied. Look at http://www.gutterglove.com/ Pricier then the Costco style but worth it.
by Snow Boarder
Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutter Strainer - Is this worth it?
Replies: 14
Views: 1485

Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June 21st

Mark your calendars... The first meeting the Greenville Metro Bogleheads will be in 6 weeks on Saturday, June 21st in the Simpsonville Public Library . Already 10 people have contacted me about GMBH since the post announcing the new chapter. Whether you contacted me or not, all are welcome to join u...
by Snow Boarder
Wed May 07, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June 21st
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: Greenville Metro Bogleheads Chapter Established

I have had a lot of positive feedback already both by pm and email. If you want to be on our email list send a note to greenvillebogleheads@gmail.com.

I can see it already that GMBH will develop into a strong local chapter.
by Snow Boarder
Sun May 04, 2014 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads Chapter Established
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Greenville Metro Bogleheads Chapter Established

Good News Everyone! The Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) chapter has been established. This will be in Greenville, South Carolina - not to be confused with the 31 other Greenvilles in the USA. Mel Lindauer has added us to google maps and we are officially known as chapter #56. GMBH will support th...
by Snow Boarder
Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads Chapter Established
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: How fast to contribute 403b

Steady wrote:they said they did this so after it was maxxed they were done contributing and that made their take home pay more.


Technically it does but it also puts constraints on your cashflow for current operating expenses like food. Save for the future but don't kill the present.
by Snow Boarder
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How fast to contribute 403b
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: young doctor, taking over my own investments...

jimkinny wrote:You might be interested in the linked site. The White coat Investor is a doc who goes by emergdoc (or close) on this site and started his own blog and recently has had a book published.

http://whitecoatinvestor.com/



+1
by Snow Boarder
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young doctor, taking over my own investments...
Replies: 24
Views: 2970

Re: How fast to contribute 403b

How stable is your job? If you risk losing the 403b pack it fast. Other wise slow and steady is just fine.
by Snow Boarder
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How fast to contribute 403b
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Buying a House without a Real Estate Agent

I bought my 1st house in 1999 FSBO. I knew very little about how real estate agent fees worked and thought I was doing the right thing and would prevail financially. I just bought my 2nd home 6 months ago and I used a realtor. When buying I would use a realtor. In SC, the seller pays both the buyers...
by Snow Boarder
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House without a Real Estate Agent
Replies: 29
Views: 2444

Re: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!

Hello Flip Flop Living. Thank you for your response. Hello Snowboarder: Good luck helping your friend. All of us have friends that we would like to to help out a bit... Which is precisely why I wanted to have independent BH opinions rather then just express my own, which could be potentially looked ...
by Snow Boarder
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1894

Re: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!

I will make this the summary post and then edit it as new suggestions come in. Rainyday1. Make getting Term Life insurance a priority. Generous Life/Disability policy due to monthly expenses of $20k. Have ample emergency fund. Set up guardians for the children. 3 Fund Portfolio with Total Bond in t...
by Snow Boarder
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1894

Re: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!

Hi Rainyday1. Thank you for your response. I think you're saying he has no estate planning, no insurance, no college plans etc? That is what I wanted people to assume. Although he does have some insurance / estate planning etc it does not work well together. We can allow him to undo his current plan...
by Snow Boarder
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1894

Re: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!

Letsgobobby, I edited the post for all but my friend's pants size. Did not feel comfortable asking that question. lol
by Snow Boarder
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1894

High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!

I was asked by my close friend for some ideas on additional tax advantaged vehicles that are out there for a small business owner. This led to full blown bogleheads type conversation. I told my friend of all the diversity on BH.org and that they would get non-biased opinions from financially minded ...
by Snow Boarder
Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1894

Re: Greenville, SC Bogleheads - Whose Interested?

Mel, thanks for the kind words. A special thanks goes out to Michelle, Brian, Warren and Jack for continuing DMBH (Detroit Metro Bogleheads) without me. They divided the coordinator role into 4 portions so it is not dependant on just one person. Detroit does have a strong chapter and it will continu...
by Snow Boarder
Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville, SC Bogleheads - Who's Interested?
Replies: 12
Views: 2429

Greenville, SC Bogleheads - Who's Interested?

Bogleheads, My name is Colum and recently (8 days ago) I moved to Greenville, SC. I am looking to start up a Greenville Metro Bogleheads chapter for those living in the Upstate SC area. I am trying to get a feel for the level of interest as it stands today. It doesn't matter if you're a diehard or a...
by Snow Boarder
Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville, SC Bogleheads - Who's Interested?
Replies: 12
Views: 2429

Re: Recently married and need 401K Advice

Lets bumb Skip up to the top of the list. Welcome to the forum.
by Snow Boarder
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recently married and need 401K Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1778

Re: I [messed] up - Now what? ($200k in student loan debt, e

Don't know much about it my self but worth looking into. The government has a program caled 'pay as you earn'.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exch ... 41665.html
by Snow Boarder
Fri May 17, 2013 9:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I [messed] up - Now what? ($200k in student loan debt, etc.)
Replies: 117
Views: 9758

Re: 24 yr old son helping mother with Investments

I am by no means an expert when it comes to annuities. They sure do come with a lot of fees though.
Your post was lost at the bottom so I thought I would bump you to the top to get some expert advice from the forum. 8-)
by Snow Boarder
Mon May 13, 2013 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 24 yr old son helping mother with Investments
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Fidelity has the best customer service I know of

I don't know what's in their secrete sauce, but I can't say enough good about Fido in meeting my needs. I am a boglehead and I use Fidelity. (Sounds like I am at an AA meeting). They have exceeded all my expectations. I have enough there to be assigned a representative to act as a sounding board. I...
by Snow Boarder
Mon May 13, 2013 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity has the best customer service I know of
Replies: 57
Views: 3666

Re: Trying to Help My Dad (Mortgage Payoff?)

I would look at refinancing before considering payoff. A no-cost refi will make it irrelevant whether he keeps the property or not. Brian Thanks Brian. Sounds like it's a no cash refinance essentially? If you have a good resource link, please send. I googled "no cost refi" and saw article...
by Snow Boarder
Sun May 12, 2013 10:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trying to Help My Dad (Mortgage Payoff?)
Replies: 9
Views: 834

Re: Savannah, Ga trip

Mrs Wilkes. A family style resturant. The locales will know it.
by Snow Boarder
Wed May 08, 2013 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savannah, Ga trip
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: Refinance small condo loan?

It is tough to find places to refi small principal loans. The minimum Amerisave.com will refi is $50,000. But I came up with a creative solution for you. If you do a cash out refi for $50,000 (taking out 5k in equity) you can get this 15 yr loan: $50,000 for 15 year @ 3.375% with APR 3.957% and ~$1,...
by Snow Boarder
Wed May 08, 2013 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance small condo loan?
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: early-career investing with two different time horizons?

Hello allna! Welcome to the forum. I bumped your post to the top. There are plenty of smart people here with opinions for you.
by Snow Boarder
Wed May 08, 2013 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: early-career investing with two different time horizons?
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: Refi or Not??

I would refi and would not look back. BUT BUT BUT BUT (was that a big enough caveat 8-) ). Don't just limit yourself to penfed. People here seem to have this love affair with penfed but they charge a 1% origination fee which is $4,000 for you. That would be a deal killer for me when there are better...
by Snow Boarder
Wed May 08, 2013 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refi or Not??
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??

If you are tight on cash, $2,000 will get you some thing very nice. Don't fall for some cookie cut 2 months salary or particular minimum carrot size etc. 1/3 of anyones annual salary is insane... I spent $3,800 on my wifes and think I spent way to much. I got caught up in the 5C's hype (cut, clarity...
by Snow Boarder
Tue May 07, 2013 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??
Replies: 289
Views: 20459

Re: Home Exterior Painting (Aluminum Siding)

For such a small bungalow I would get it resided, your choice of materials, vinyl We just did it and have NO regrets at all. I spent 2-3 times as much on mechanical improvements (furnace etc) No one has complemented me on how even the heat is throughout my home but every neighbor cas commented at h...
by Snow Boarder
Tue May 07, 2013 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Exterior Painting (Aluminum Siding)
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

As someone who has moved 24 times, please take my advice on this: It is almost never, ever, worth moving furniture if you are going more than 500 miles. You can get to the destination and typically buy *brand new* furniture cheaper than it cost to pack, move, and unpack the old stuff (which also ma...
by Snow Boarder
Fri May 03, 2013 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Re: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

As someone who has moved 24 times, please take my advice on this: It is almost never, ever, worth moving furniture if you are going more than 500 miles. You can get to the destination and typically buy *brand new* furniture cheaper than it cost to pack, move, and unpack the old stuff (which also ma...
by Snow Boarder
Fri May 03, 2013 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Re: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

From my experience, shopping around was worth it. I agree. Funny how paying thousands of dollars out-of-pocket nudges you to do your due dilligence. I went to https://www.protectyourmove.gov and learned alot. :happy I am: -Trying to get references from people who used them. Hence this post. :happy ...
by Snow Boarder
Fri May 03, 2013 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Re: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

We decided to use a direct-mover and not a broker. The 3 we are looking at are
a) Two Men and a Truck.
b) Men on the Move.
c) EZ Moving and Storage.

If you have experience with any of these three I would love to hear about it. :happy
by Snow Boarder
Thu May 02, 2013 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Re: Managed Acct + Fidelity Porfolios

Hi Soylentgreen,
Try posting in this format. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6212
I think you will get more responses.
Snow Boarder
by Snow Boarder
Thu May 02, 2013 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Managed Acct + Fidelity Porfolios
Replies: 18
Views: 1377

Re: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

Victoria, The trucks have been: 16 foot, 22 foot and 26 foot for various moves. The first time was a 22 foot--you should have seen me!...especially going thru the Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll booth!....and then going to Florida in 26 foot through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel....BUT, I succeeded!!...
by Snow Boarder
Thu May 02, 2013 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Re: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

gkaplan wrote:I think the last choice should be inter-state, not intra-state.

Thanks gkaplan. I edited the original post.
by Snow Boarder
Thu May 02, 2013 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Interstate Moving Company - Experiences

My wife and I are going to be moving from Michigan to South Carolina this summer. We are trying to decide who we should have move our possessions. This is not a corporate backed move so we are picking up the tab for the moving costs. I have found out that there are movers and brokers and am trying t...
by Snow Boarder
Thu May 02, 2013 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interstate Moving Company - Experiences
Replies: 29
Views: 1553

Re: Admiral @ Fidelity?

I use fidelity too. I had looked into this same topic way back when. The fidelity customer service group said that I needed to rephrase the question from "why doesn't fidelity offer the admiral shares on their website?" to "Why is it that Vanguard doesn't allow fidelity to sell admira...
by Snow Boarder
Thu May 02, 2013 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Admiral @ Fidelity?
Replies: 11
Views: 1405

Re: Can You Ace FINRA's Financial Literacy Quiz?

14 out of 15. I guessed common for preferred stock/common stock repayment question. I used to know the individual stock type questions but since I became a 100% indexer I lost my edge in that game. I think it was a good trade-off. :happy
by Snow Boarder
Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can You Ace FINRA's Financial Literacy Quiz?
Replies: 111
Views: 6246
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