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Re: Euros for a regular retail client

One other thing to keep in mind: When paying with a credit card (almost anywhere outside the US now), the vendor will often ask whether you want the charge in US dollars or local currency. My experience has been that you always want to choose 'local currency' and let your credit card handle the conv...
by TheExMexican
Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Euros for a regular retail client
Replies: 20
Views: 1712

Re: To form an(other) LLC or not

Regarding the franchise tax in Texas, it all depends on how much you gross in a year. The first $1M in revenue does not pay tax, and if you have revenues under $10M, the tax is 0.575%. Also notice that you get taxed on revenue , not on net profits. Regards, TheExMex *** ...but yes, check with an acc...
by TheExMexican
Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To form an(other) LLC or not
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: New vs. Used Honda CRV

We bought a new CR-V in May of 2000. We had a leaky radiator that had to be replaced 10 years later for something like $250. We also replaced the timing belt and water pump somewhere around the 10 year mark, too...about $800-$1k. Other than that, just oil changes, brakes and tires :) We have come to...
by TheExMexican
Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vs. Used Honda CRV
Replies: 43
Views: 2799

Re: Best way to exchange USD for vacation?

Agree with everyone regarding using an ATM with your no-fee debit card. Changing paper money gets you the worst deal, especially at airports. I have been to the UK a several times for work over the last three years. The last few times I managed to survive an entire week without any cash or a chip-an...
by TheExMexican
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to exchange USD for vacation?
Replies: 18
Views: 978

Re: Have 5 years to repay 20k. Where should I put it?

You already got your answer as far as where to put the money. As many others have said, this is your parents - so why not make it a win-win for everyone? For example, let's say you need a car loan and the best rate you can get is 5%. If you family offers to make you a loan, why not make it a formal ...
by TheExMexican
Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Have 5 years to repay 20k. Where should I put it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1427

Re: Need tIps for moving portfolio from Ameriprise to Vangua

I did this earlier in the summer. Here a few other things to keep in mind: * The $100 transfer fee is *per account*. This is their "don't let the door hit you on your way out" fee. If you are in any kind of 'wrap account' where you pay a percentage of your assets as a commission, the savin...
by TheExMexican
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need tIps for moving portfolio from Ameriprise to Vanguard
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: Medallion Signature Guarantee

I just went through this about three months ago. Here is how I did it: I went to my credit union, and although they could do the Medallion signature guarantee, their limit was very low. While I was in the branch manager's office, she called around to other banks to see who would do it for us. Most b...
by TheExMexican
Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Medallion Signature Guarantee
Replies: 28
Views: 2220

Re: Extreme Early Retirement

'What if' you needed an operation in the future but that procedure was phased out by your government insurance? what if there became a two tier system of medicine where you can accept government offered coverage or if you had more means you could pay for private coverage or pay out of pocket for a ...
by TheExMexican
Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Extreme Early Retirement
Replies: 104
Views: 11770

Re: Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performa

I wanted to revive this thread with an update for anyone considering moving from Ameriprise to Vanguard. After a lot of work-related travel, we finally decided to call it quits with Ameriprise and move to Vanguard. I used a lot of that travel time to read the "Boglehead's Guide" and "...
by TheExMexican
Thu May 09, 2013 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performance]
Replies: 27
Views: 3079

Re: Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performa

Thanks to everyone who responded. I spent a lot of time on the Vanguard site today, and was happy to see that almost everything we have at Ameriprise can be transferred 'in-kind', so we can leave Ameriprise sooner rather than later, and then take our time deciding how best to handle the 'stinky' fun...
by TheExMexican
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performance]
Replies: 27
Views: 3079

Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performance]

Hello fellow Bogleheads. I am mostly a lurker, but once again I need some help, so I am turning to y'all: My wife and I had been working with an 'independent' Ameriprise financial advisor for the last 10 years or so. We were actually quite satisfied with the advice and the performance of our investm...
by TheExMexican
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Yet another Ameriprise customer... [Wrap acc't, performance]
Replies: 27
Views: 3079

Saving for college with a twist - Foreign beneficiary

Hi Everyone! After lurking here for a while, I figured it is time to ask for advice from wiser folks: My wife and I have decided to open a college savings account for our best friend's 3-year-old daughter. She is not a US citizen (and does not live in the US) so we can't use a 529 plan. At this poin...
by TheExMexican
Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Saving for college with a twist - Foreign beneficiary
Replies: 0
Views: 95

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