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Carravagio16: Half of your mother's portfolio ($600,000) is in a brokerage account. In my opinion, this is almost certainly a big mistake. This is what Bill Bernstein, author of many investment books wrote in "If You Can": To be avoided at all cost are: any stock broker or "full-servi...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Create a Portfolio Generating 2,500 a month on 600K
Replies: 22
Views: 3416

Re: My Anniversary

chaz wrote:I recently received a nice "Happy Anniversary" card from Bill McNabb for being a Vanguard investor for 25 years. I've enjoyed every year and look forward to more years invested there.

chaz:

Congratulations and best wishes!

Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Anniversary [as Vanguard investor]
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Three fund allocation per Vanguard Flagship CFP?

Bustoff wrote:Taylor -- Wake up!

Bustoff:

I'm awake. However, there is no need for me to add anything when our Bogleheads and Flagship CFP are giving CaringInvestor good advice.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Three fund allocation per Vanguard Flagship CFP?
Replies: 45
Views: 4563

Bond funds the experts recommend.

Bogleheads: When I am uncertain what to do, I listen to expert recommendations: William Bernstein -- Total Bond Market Jack Bogle -- Total Bond Market with Corporate Bonds Harry Browne -- Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond Rick Ferri -- Total Bond Market Harry Markowitz -- Total Bond Market Allan Ro...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TBM too much treasury?
Replies: 62
Views: 3296

The important things.

I have learned that any good low cost, diversified, intermediate term bond fund will provide safety and income to a portfolio. Abuss: That is also my conclusion. When experts disagree it is often because there is little (if any) foreseeable difference. Knowledgeable investors concentrate on the imp...
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TBM too much treasury?
Replies: 62
Views: 3296

Does Total Bond Market have too much Treasury?

I've come across a few articles ( one quoting Jack Bogle ) suggesting that the Total Bond Index Fund is too heavy in government bonds and investors should consider adding Intermediate corporate bonds to achieve a better diversification . Any opinions on this? Mikle: Bonds are primarily for safety. ...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TBM too much treasury?
Replies: 62
Views: 3296

"The best response to market volatility"

Bogleheads: Vanguard has posted an article about the current volatility in the stock market. Some excerpts (underline mine): "In a series of wild trading sessions, stock prices have tumbled as concerns about global economic growth reverberate through the markets. The best response? Stay cool.&q...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The best response to market volatility"
Replies: 27
Views: 3164

A starter home.

DJB:

Upon returning to the States after World War II, we purchased a small house with a G.I. mortgage. As prices rose and our equity increased we upgraded from our small house to larger and larger homes from that original purchase.

Probably the best investment we ever made.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaning towards buying a 1-BR condo in Bay Area
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

The mortgage ?

DJB:

Can you provide information about your intended mortgage? We might be able to offer suggestions.

Thank you and best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaning towards buying a 1-BR condo in Bay Area
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

Safe Withdrawal Rates (SWR)

Browser: Thank you for sharing the thoughts of Nobel Laureate, Wm Sharpe. I retired 33 years ago so I have some experience about safe withdrawal rates. This earlier post explains my own simple plan: Bogleheads: One of the great mysteries to me are the Great Debates over Safe Withdrawal Rates (SWR). ...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bill Sharpe on the 4% SWR rule (he thinks it's silly)
Replies: 51
Views: 4578

Need more information

N52570:

It is difficult to give you sound advice without more information. Please answer the questions and use the posting format in this link:

ASKING PORTFOLIO QUESTIONS

Thank you and best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dry Powder, When to Start Value Averaging In?
Replies: 23
Views: 2191

A Default Provision.

asc1982: I am sorry to learn that the sale of your house will not go through. This is the "Default" provision in the State of Florida standard Realtor sales contract: "Buyer Default: If buyer fails, neglects or refuses to perform Buyer's obligations under this Contract, including paym...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of house-closing tomorrow, buyer is backing out
Replies: 60
Views: 5030

S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) 2014 Mid-Year Fund Report

Bogleheads: The S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) Reports are the most accurate reports comparing Active vs. Index Fund performances. The latest 2014 Mid-Year Report concludes:  The U.S. domestic equity markets finished the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014, on a positive note. The S&P 5...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:13 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) 2014 Mid-Year Fund Report
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Re: SERVER GOING OFFLINE FOR MAINTENANCE TONIGHT - 7:45 PM E

Mingstar:

Nice job! Your marvelous forum was off-line for just a few minutes.

Thank you and best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: SERVER GOING OFFLINE FOR MAINTENANCE TONIGHT - 7:45 PM ET
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Charles Ellis

Garlandwhizzer:

Charles Ellis has an impressive biography. He knows what he is talking about. When Mr. Ellis speaks or writes -- I listen.

Thank you and best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise and Fall of Performance Investing
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Vanguard Target Retirement Funds for Roth IRA

JH88: Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum! I am a single, 25 year old who has only recently started investing. Last year, I opened a Roth IRA with Vanguard and maxed out the contribution with their 500 Index (VFINX). As I further educated myself, I now realize that this fund, including only domestic sto...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Target Retirement Funds for Roth IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: When the roof needs replacement.

flyingaway wrote:Hi, Taylor:

Is this monthly maintenance fee the same as HOA fee, or is it a fee collected monthly in addition to HOA?


I pay a "Monthly Condominium Association Fee." We have no additional HOA (Homeowner Association) fee.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?
Replies: 50
Views: 4913

When the roof needs replacement.

In a multi-floor condo, if the roof needs to be replaced, who will pay for that? Flyingaway: Our condominium roof is currently being replaced. The cost will be paid from our monthly maintenance fee which is shared by all residents. I think this is true of all condominiums, although sometimes a spec...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?
Replies: 50
Views: 4913

Re: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?

Bogleheads: When we moved into our 35th floor condo 25 years ago, I knocked on the door of the unit on the floor below and asked them to please let us know if they heard noise from us. I told them we would lay carpet over our tile floors if our noise penetrated their ceiling. Our lovely neighbors ne...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?
Replies: 50
Views: 4913

The search for higher yield ?

LMR1229:

Focusing on "yield" can be a mistake. It is "total return" that matters.

"More money has been lost by investors seeking higher yield than has been lost at the point of a gun."

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Income Fund vs. Total Bond Market
Replies: 32
Views: 2131

Inflation and Total Bond Market Index

Bogleheads: There is a general misconception that when inflation increases, bonds must decline. Listed below are the historical U.S. inflation rates (CPI-U) and total returns for the Aggregate Bond Index since the Index inception: YEAR----INFLATION----BOND INDEX 1976-------4.9%--------15.6% 1977----...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Income Fund vs. Total Bond Market
Replies: 32
Views: 2131

Chase rewards.

Why am I not getting these offers? :annoyed +1 If someone knows of a promo code I could use, I'd love it! knswamp and lululu: I suggest that you simply walk into the nearest Chase branch and ask for their latest promotion. They should be happy to offer it to you to get your account. Best wishes. Ta...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400 reward to open Chase accounts
Replies: 35
Views: 7920

Re: Stable Income Fund vs. Total Bond Market

My question is: Is it better to be totally in cash earning 1.72 percent at the moment, or am I better off in the Total Bond Market? Or maybe a combination of both? LMR1229: Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum! No one knows which security will outperform in the future. Cash offers virtually no risk but ...
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Income Fund vs. Total Bond Market
Replies: 32
Views: 2131

William Bernstein recommends The Three Fund Portfolio

Bogleheads: William Bernstein is a very respected physician, adviser and author of six highly praised investment books. His seventh, and latest book, If You Can. How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly begins with this question: Would you believe me if I told you that there's an investment strategy that...
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Three Fund Portfolio
Replies: 906
Views: 365179

The ultimate benefit at Chase.

I get frequent offers in the mail, to be paid a bonus to open accounts at Chase. The latest pays me $200 to open a checking account, which has no fees if I keep a $1500 balance. It also offers me another $200 to open a savings account and keep $15,000 in it. You have to keep the accounts for 6 mont...
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400 reward to open Chase accounts
Replies: 35
Views: 7920

Vanguard's recommended plan?

joyandjerry: Your professional, no-commission, Vanguard adviser has recommended The Three Fund Portfolio divided among your various accounts. Assuming the overall stock/bond allocation is suitable (your most important decision), I would accept Vanguard's recommendation. Total Bond Market gives you e...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we diversify our bond holdings?
Replies: 13
Views: 895

Jack Bogle answers your question.

"Why wouldn't you tilt to small Value?"

Mr. Bogle answers:

The Telltale Chart

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:25 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Wouldn't You Tilt To Small Value?
Replies: 52
Views: 2895

The Three Fund Portfolio

You could use 3 funds and even if you never (well, almost never) changed anything, you would be miles ahead of giving your money to an adviser. (Total stock market admiral, total international stock market admiral, and fixed income (perhaps tax-exempt bonds) Vanguard will help you set it up. dliu: ...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Large Inheritance - Need Advice
Replies: 28
Views: 3473

Cap Weighted Total Stock Market is Efficient

I am not able to convince myself that market-cap weighting is optimal.


This article by John Norstad will help:

Three Proofs that the Total Stock Market is Efficient

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Wouldn't You Tilt To Small Value?
Replies: 52
Views: 2895

Keep investing simple.

Hello, Just doing a quick survey as to what was your annualized rate of return over those 10 to 30 past years you were saving in your retirement funds? I was looking at some studies in the market and looks like the consensus is 7.5% (CalPERS uses that as an expected rate of return) ahmadcpa: Past p...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees only, what was you average investment return?
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

A very good fund

I checked with Fidelity today - they said its large cap only Michael: According to Morningstar, Fidelity Spartan Total Market Index Advantage Fund (FSTVX) contains 72% large-cap stocks; 19% mid-cap stocks and 9% small-cap stocks. This is an excellent fund which (I believe) has never had below avera...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mid and small cap exposure?
Replies: 23
Views: 2243

Re: Dollar averaging or single market entry

Nielsva: Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum! I would like to start with investing for the long term according to the bogglehead principles (I am 26 years old). My idea would be to save up money first and invest this once or twice a year at a fixed date in order to keep transaction costs low. At the mom...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dollar averaging or single market entry (in Switzerland)
Replies: 18
Views: 1159

Higher yield = Higher risk.

And what is your fixed investment? I'm earning about 1% per annum on deposits with the Irish government and Irish banks, could be doing better I guess. alwaysonit: My primary fixed income investment is diversified Total Bond Market Index Fund which is now yielding 2.14% and up 5.02% year-to-date. I...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much is your fixed income investment earning?
Replies: 27
Views: 1762

"Nobody knows nothing"

Larry:

Your article confirms that Mr. Bogle is correct about financial forecasts: "Nobody knows nothing."

Bogleheads ignore the media and stay-the-course.

Thank you and best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Third quarter review of 2014 sure things
Replies: 7
Views: 919

The Three Fund Portfolio

rdilipk:

Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum!
I have been looking into putting some of money into a trio of Vanguard funds.

Consider this trio of Vanguard funds recommended by many investing experts:

The Three Fund Portfolio

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Feedback on Vanguard funds
Replies: 8
Views: 715

Definition of "fixed income."

SEC Yield is currently 2.15% on the Vanguard Total Bond Fund. My 401k has essentially the same fund but by a different name. That is my only fixed income investment. I don't think that qualifies as a "Fixed Income Investment". The Share Price could drop in any given time period, leaving y...
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much is your fixed income investment earning?
Replies: 27
Views: 1762

Annual returns for Total Bond, GNMA, Inflation and TIPS

Fat Tail: You may find this data helpful: YEAR.....TBM....GNMA..INFLATION ..TIPS (VIPSX) 1996......3.6%....5.2%.......3.3% 1997......9.4%....9.5%.......1.7% 1998......8.6%....7.1%.......1.6% 1999.....-0.8%....0.8%.......2.7% 2000.....11.4%...11.2%......3.4% 2001......8.4%....7.9%.......2.8%......7.7...
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Correlation Data for Total Bond, TIPS, & Total INTL Bond ?
Replies: 13
Views: 976

The road to financial success. . .

Hi all, Thanks for the welcomes and breaking down some of the flaws in this article as well as my own math. I will certainly check out the Getting Started section. I also am reading The Smart Investor by Benjamin Graham and plan to read A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. If anyone ha...
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Flaws in This Reasoning About Retiring Off Dividends
Replies: 15
Views: 2547

"Getting started"

I'm brand new to the world of investing, but have been reading about it lately. JapanFan: Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum! "Retiring off dividends is a controversial subject which is far down on the list of what's important. I humbly suggest that you link to this article on our wiki: GETTING S...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Flaws in This Reasoning About Retiring Off Dividends
Replies: 15
Views: 2547

Warren Buffett: "Put my estate in index funds."

Personally, once you have your conceivable needs for your conceivable lifetime covered by SS and other pension plans, or annuities, why wouldn't you be 100% in equities? You are no longer investing for yourself but for generations to come. Sagenick: A good example is Warren Buffett's will which ear...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Stock Exposure: Grow or Shrink Throughout Retirement?"
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Re: "lame solution"

No "explanation" but they did say they would cancel the application as if nothing happened if requested within one week from the erroneous transaction. Why would you let them off the hook with that lame bit of "solution"? Two reasons: 1. The market was down after the contributio...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 72
Views: 7993

"lame solution"

No "explanation" but they did say they would cancel the application as if nothing happened if requested within one week from the erroneous transaction. Why would you let them off the hook with that lame bit of "solution"? Two reasons: 1. The market was down after the contributio...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 72
Views: 7993

Byzantine Retirement Plans

Did they provide any explanation why they withdrew $4000 instead of $2000? Asif: No "explanation" but they did say they would cancel the application as if nothing happened if requested within one week from the erroneous transaction. A problem is that the $4,000 was put into a Roth IRA, an...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 72
Views: 7993

"Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?

Bogleheads: Last week I tried to help a friend open a $2,000 Target Fund in a Roth IRA. The convoluted Application talked about " Brokerage " and " Money Market Accounts " -- both of which we did not want. Upon receiving the friend's web-application, Vanguard withdrew $4,000 from...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 72
Views: 7993

House or condo?

Chald:

I live in a condominium next door to the house I lived in before. I prefer the condominium.

I would not consider a first-floor condominium in an unguarded or ungated community. One of the biggest advantages of a condo can be its security.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a condo on the GROUND FLOOR?
Replies: 50
Views: 4913

"Stock Exposure: Grow or Shrink Throughout Retirement?"

Bogleheads: In recent years, we have seen studies suggesting that investors should increase their stock allocation as they get older--the opposite of Target and Life-Cycle "glide paths." To help solve this controversy, Morningstar's, David Blanchett, head of retirement research for Morning...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Stock Exposure: Grow or Shrink Throughout Retirement?"
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Small Cap Value or Growth Index ?

Hello all, This has been bothering me for a while, I own Vanguard Small Cap Value Index Investor shares in my retirement with expenses of 0.44%. Vanguard Growth Index Fund is offered in instituational shares with expenses of only 0.08%. I really prefer to tilting to value over growth, but this diff...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Growth Index Fund Inst
Replies: 18
Views: 1448

Small cap and large cap stock returns ?

The short answer is that the small caps are leading the large caps, which is normal.

Actual Year-To-Date performance:

Vanguard Large Cap Index (VLCAX) total return is 7.90%
Vanguard Small Cap Index VSMAX) total return is 0.52%

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 941
Views: 156281

Re: The Three Fund Portfolio [Portfolio help]

Does it matter where I keep bonds in my tax advantaged accounts i.e. if I should keep them in Roth or 401b? kkhanmd: This is a relatively unimportant decision. Nevertheless, if you have a good low-cost, good quality, diversified bond fund like Total Bond Market in your 401k --use it. If not, put yo...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: The Three Fund Portfolio [Portfolio help]
Replies: 27
Views: 3572

2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- Third quarter report

Bogleheads: The S&P 500 Index had a 0.6% gain during the third quarter of 2014. The S&P 500 Index is up 8.0% so-far this year. Our Top-10 contest leaders are: 1 qw3rty 2 Brian2d 3 auntie 4 derbogle 5 unclebuck 6 Draak 7 paco sabio 8 gotherelate 9 happyisland 10 LynnC CONGRATULATIONS !! 2014 ...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- Third quarter report
Replies: 4
Views: 535
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