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Re: Donor Advised Funds

The main differences I found when I opened my account in February were: Fidelity Charitable: minimum initial contribution $5k, subsequent grant $1K, minimum grant $50 I recently opened a Fidelity DAF, and my understanding is that there is no minimum on subsequent contributions. The only minimum tha...
by Timoneer
Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donor Advised Funds
Replies: 56
Views: 2052

Re: H&R Block instead of 2013 TurboTax

I notice that you switched from TT online to HRB desktop. Note that the TT desktop version supports all forms; it's only the online versions that require upgrading to do what you needed to do. Kevin Yes, I realize that it is an apples and oranges comparison, in part because TT created a confusing d...
by Timoneer
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2013 TurboTax: Which Product? New Rules?
Replies: 302
Views: 28941

Re: 2013 TurboTax: Which Product? New Rules?

HRB did have the M-2210 form, but it told me that I also had to fill out the supporting worksheet M-2210A which it did not support. I was directed to the state website to download it and fill it out manually. This proved to be a perverse form, created by a devious sadistic mind. Dozens of numbers t...
by Timoneer
Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2013 TurboTax: Which Product? New Rules?
Replies: 302
Views: 28941

H&R Block instead of 2013 TurboTax

I am one of those former TurboTax users who has been annoyed by TT's marketing decisions regarding this year's software. For years I have been content using the Deluxe on-line version. This year, I find that I must upgrade from Deluxe to Premier just to report Schedule D. Because I have simple Sched...
by Timoneer
Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2013 TurboTax: Which Product? New Rules?
Replies: 302
Views: 28941

Re: Meeting with Fidelity

You can save a lot of money by just following the Boglehead passive investing approach. Of course active management is very valuable... but for the providers, not the clients. Note: I have accounts at Fidelity and am pleased overall with their customer service. But I don't take any advice from them...
by Timoneer
Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Meeting with Fidelity [Financial Advisor]
Replies: 42
Views: 3961

Turbotax and Schedule C

I have previously used TT Deluxe for many years, and it has been perfectly adequate for handling investments and some simple Schedule C income. Because there is some depreciation of computer equipment involved, I must file a Form 4562 and cannot use the simpler Sched C/EZ. Now I have read the length...
by Timoneer
Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbotax and Schedule C
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: TIAA Real Estate and asset allocation -- REIT? Bond?

OK, I am ready to cash out and roll this TREA money over to an IRA....! You need to call TIAA-CREF to remove money from the TREA, all or in part (but only one withdrawal per quarter is allowed, regardless of amount). This can NOT be done "online". Then put it in your TIAA/CREF money marke...
by Timoneer
Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIAA Real Estate and asset allocation -- REIT? Bond?
Replies: 64
Views: 2802

Re: "Own the haystack"

The CPT demonstrates the futility of trying to time the market. It also demonstrates the benefit of investing in the total market. Last year, I went to a seminar conducted by a major investment institution (there was a free dinner involved). One of the first slides put up at the beginning of the pr...
by Timoneer
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Callan Periodic Table updated for 2012
Replies: 42
Views: 5756

Re: Qualified vs Non-qualified Dividends

Thanks Geologist and others who have opined. I think you're right that Fidelity will eventually reclassify non-qualified dividends as qualified for those hold >61 days and initially plays it safely by listing dividends as non-qualified. I prefer the Vanguard method of disclosure but will be patient...
by Timoneer
Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Qualified vs Non-qualified Dividends
Replies: 22
Views: 2135

Re: pension--lump sum or annuity?

I apologize for not responding earlier. I am the OP. let me answer your questions first. 1. My firm is a major international Pharma company. 2. My pension is not inflation adjusted 3. My SS is $1750/mo and my wife's is $650/mo. 4. My savings are indexed fund invested at close to 50% equity/50% fixe...
by Timoneer
Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension---lump sum or annuity?
Replies: 46
Views: 2884

Re: Penison--lump sum or annuity?

How would the lump sum option be taxed?
by Timoneer
Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension---lump sum or annuity?
Replies: 46
Views: 2884

Re: Year-end update: What are TREA Market Timers thinking?

Are any of you TREA market timers thinking about making some trades? Thanks! I am a lazy timer. I have no interest or confidence in my ability to predict when the peak may occur. I do have confidence that I will have many weeks to act after the inevitable decline begins, with the consequence of onl...
by Timoneer
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Real Estate Account, bond-like or Madoff-like?
Replies: 79
Views: 5801

Re: iPad Air info please

Thinking of buying an iPad Air this weekend. Not interested in any other tablet so would appreciate keeping the focus on the iPad. We have wireless at home and we have iPhones with cellular plan thru ATT and not changing carrier. For the iPad I keep debating: storage space 16GB or 32? WiFi only or ...
by Timoneer
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Air info please
Replies: 35
Views: 1959

Re: Qualified vs Non-qualified Dividends

Thanks, Geist and Sydney. I'm glad to hear taxation of dividends remains unchanged in 2013 relative to 2012, and I think the status on these dividends from an equity index mutual fund offered from Fidelity will end up being qualified rather than non-qualified, despite the current misleading descrip...
by Timoneer
Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Qualified vs Non-qualified Dividends
Replies: 22
Views: 2135

Re: New ibond rates for nov 2013

If you setup an order for 10/31 do you get that date or does it take a day or two to clear? I had set up an order in advance for today (10/29). The funds were withdrawn from my bank this morning, and checking my Treasury Direct acct, I see that the new Ibond is already registered, with an effective...
by Timoneer
Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New ibond rates for nov 2013
Replies: 45
Views: 7952

Re: DCA on Down Days?

There are threads on here which talk about why dollar cost averaging is *not* better (on average) than just investing it all in one step, at least, when you remove emotion. For emotional reasons, people might feel better with DCA, but research shows it does not give better results. Search for these...
by Timoneer
Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: DCA on Down Days?
Replies: 27
Views: 1803

Re: [Poll] Math question for Bogleheads

What is the value of X?

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by Timoneer
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] Math question for Bogleheads
Replies: 39
Views: 1573

Re: Speaker Jumper Cables

I decided to puzzle over the gold vs. silver and just used some decent speaker wire I had around. The sound is much better, They didn't come with the jumper, and whatever I had done shook loose during a recent move. The speakers are a wonder: http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/silverline_sonatina.h...
by Timoneer
Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speaker Jumper Cables
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Central Air Sizing Question - Buying a Condo

During the walkthrough today, cooling performance was very poor in my (amateur) opinion. The outdoor temperature was about 82, and the thermostat had been set to 80. I set the thermostat to 70 and it took 25 minutes to cool 1 degree. It took about 3 hours running constantly to cool 6 degrees to 74....
by Timoneer
Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Central Air Sizing Question - Buying a Condo
Replies: 17
Views: 1220

Re: Wrist Watches

Not too many decades ago, the selling point of expensive watch brands was their precision. A cheap watch was a lousy timekeeper. You had to spend a lot to get a watch that kept very accurate time. Now, almost every watch keeps fantastic time. The cheap $10.88 ones at Walmart are every bit as good ti...
by Timoneer
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wrist Watches
Replies: 81
Views: 5767

Re: Choosing a Fidelity account executive

Thanks for all your responses. I should clarify that I am not looking to my acct exec to manage my investments. I get my investment advice from Bogleheads, and I am happily set up with low ER Spartan index funds. But since Fidelity will provide me with an acct exec for free, I might as well take adv...
by Timoneer
Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:07 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Choosing a Fidelity account executive
Replies: 13
Views: 884

Choosing a Fidelity account executive

My account executive at Fidelity has left the firm, and I am wondering how I should go about choosing a successor. The fellow the branch office chose for me initially is a 20-something barely out of school. I'd like to know what other Bogleheads would choose as a filtering criteria. I would also app...
by Timoneer
Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Choosing a Fidelity account executive
Replies: 13
Views: 884

Re: Of moons and memes

A "supermoon" happens every fourteen months . I've never heard it called that before, and I don't believe I've noticed big mainstream news items about before. "Supermoon" is a great meme and it's been spreading like wildfire. Its popular use in mainstream media is only two years...
by Timoneer
Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Of moons and memes
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Questions about TIAA-CREF

Retirement What happens at retirement with a 403b at TIAA-CREF? How is it different than taking distributions from a rollover IRA? This raises a slightly related point that I have wondered about. Does a 403b account have somewhat stronger protection against creditors than if the funds had been roll...
by Timoneer
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions about TIAA-CREF
Replies: 37
Views: 2973

Re: Venting a Cape?

Been living in a Cape Cod house for many years and while I have individual ac units upstairs in the bedroom, I dislike a/c air and use it only when I have too. Would much prefer on non-humid days to vent the air outside.....I was told this can't happen in a Cape (no attic space)...true? Anyone else...
by Timoneer
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Venting a Cape?
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Re: Recommendation for Wireless Home Monitoring System

The apartment complex we live in had a couple of break ins recently. Want to install something simple so I can monitor at work. Any recommendation for someone who is not that familiar with IT installation? I was checking amazon.com and found Foscam. Anyone familiar with this? Many Thanks I just ins...
by Timoneer
Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Wireless Home Monitoring System
Replies: 6
Views: 766

Re: flushing hot water heater

It is my impression that the purpose of flushing is to remove any sediment that might build up in the bottom of the tank. It is only necessary to drain a gallon or two into a bucket. I don't see any reason to drain the entire tank. You are flushing the contents every time you fill the bathtub, run t...
by Timoneer
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: flushing hot water heater
Replies: 18
Views: 1368

Re: phone calls where no one is there

Whenever I get one of these calls, I just put my phone in front of the TV and have them "talk" to each other. It doesn't take too long for them to figure it out and hang up. I'm sure it has no effect on them, but I get a chuckle out of it. :-) 1210 I usually hang up immediately, but once ...
by Timoneer
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone calls where no one is there
Replies: 26
Views: 3175

Re: Plumbing question

HK- That telescoping basin wrench you talk about I have rented from Home Depot in the past. Working that tool is like holding chop sticks from the far end. Surfer-thanks for the reply. No soldering, just the fitting. It's the long reach that's frustratingly difficult with the tub right-side-up. Yea...
by Timoneer
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plumbing question
Replies: 5
Views: 858

Re: Social Security: Can both spouses collect spousal benefi

Do I have it right? Yes, I think that is correct. Better still, I think she is eligible for 6 months of retroactive spouse benefits. In other words, don't wait. The withdrawal itself can take months from what I have read. Be careful, there is a potential bureaucratic catch-22. If you file for spous...
by Timoneer
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security: Can both spouses collect spousal benefits?
Replies: 65
Views: 3070

Re: Social Security: Can both spouses collect spousal benefi

This discussion has been useful to me in revealing a misunderstanding I had about claiming spousal benefits after FRA, and may be helpful in a current family situation. I would appreciate confirmation that the following interpretation is correct. A relative had been married for more than ten years, ...
by Timoneer
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security: Can both spouses collect spousal benefits?
Replies: 65
Views: 3070

Re: Free Turbotax Premier Online for Fidelity users

Bad news folks. Seems it was a mistake and Fidelity/Turbotax disabled it. My account was showing a charge of $49.99 just now whereas yesterday it showed $0. The good news is I chatted with Turbotax support online and they gave me a single-use code to still get premier for free. If you still want it...
by Timoneer
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Free Turbotax Premier Online for Fidelity users
Replies: 12
Views: 2243

Re: Turbotax Online vs Turbotax in the box

I have been using the online version of Turbotax for several years for both federal and state. This year's pricing structure favors buying the box version through Amazon. I hesitate because I value the TT feature that automatically imports previous year's data, such as carryover of long term capital...
by Timoneer
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbotax Online vs Turbotax in the box
Replies: 31
Views: 3819

Re: Theoretical question about energy efficiency & savings

However, was wondering just theoretically - assuming good home insulation in cool weather climates, is there any energy advantage for running fluorescents vs incandescents, or any other energy-efficient appliance vs non-energy efficient appliance for that matter, if you are also using central air t...
by Timoneer
Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theoretical question about energy efficiency & savings
Replies: 22
Views: 1370

Re: SS - suspending and switching to spousal

Yes, as long as she is eligible for the spousal benefits as an ex-wife. It's no different from what a married person could do. § 404.331. Who is entitled to wife's or husband's benefits as a divorced spouse. [keep reading] http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-0331.htm Thank you. A fo...
by Timoneer
Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SS - suspending and switching to spousal
Replies: 8
Views: 535

SS - suspending and switching to spousal

Five months ago, at the age of 66, a relative started collecting SS on her own account. She is divorced and still working. Can she still suspend her own benefits, collect her spousal benefits, and then at 70 return to her own account, increased by 8% for each year of deferral?
by Timoneer
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SS - suspending and switching to spousal
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Looking for a Good Historical Fiction Series

Flashman is the series for true bogleheads. Fraser gave Flashman a lifespan from 1822 to 1915 and a birth-date of 5 May. Flashman's first and middle names were created for the character as Flashman's first name is not given in Hughes's novel. Fraser uses them to make an ironic allusion to Henry Pag...
by Timoneer
Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a Good Historical Fiction Series
Replies: 48
Views: 4226

Re: Looking for a Good Historical Fiction Series

CS Forrester also wrote 'The Gun' and 'Death to the French' 2 linked novels set in the Peninsular War in Spain (ie Napoleon).\\ 'Death to the French' is usually found in the US as 'Rifleman Dodd', and is likely the model for Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe. In fact, Cornwell cleverly included private Dod...
by Timoneer
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a Good Historical Fiction Series
Replies: 48
Views: 4226

Re: The Millennium Bridge effect

Recently a poster asked the question "what would happen if all investors became passive index investors?" Several thoughtful responses pointed out the negative effects. Recently, Fidelity put out an article entitled, The Millennium Bridge effect https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints/market-...
by Timoneer
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Millennium Bridge effect
Replies: 22
Views: 1893

Re: Boston trip - suggestions?

1. The Harbor Islands have been turned into a National Park. I used to land a sailboat at the dock on Gallops and we would take a picnic and roam around the island - it was a pretty good view. Getting back off the island was sometimes a challenge without an engine. Which islands are accessible now?...
by Timoneer
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston trip - suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 1626

Re: Boston trip - suggestions?

Looking forward to seeing the redeveloped waterfront. When the artery was elevated, it was always an experience making the dash from one part of the city over to Lewis Wharf to go sailing. If you still have an interest in sailing, the redeveloped waterfront has many opportunities for getting out on...
by Timoneer
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston trip - suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 1626

Re: Home Repair Question

[quote="SimonJester"]Ive seen the folk on This Old House fix rotting columns like that with an epoxy compound. The epoxy can be painted white after it cures and will not continue to rot like other wood products. You can buy wood repair epoxies at the various hardware stores. Bondo, an epox...
by Timoneer
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Repair Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2466

Re: How to get Customer Service from TIAA-CREF?

Thanks to all for your responses. I would be appreciative if someone who does have access to the Morningstar forum could submit my original post on my behalf. When I've done transfers in the past, I go to my new company (Vanguard) and let them "pull" the $$$ from the IRA in the other insti...
by Timoneer
Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to get Customer Service from TIAA-CREF?
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: How to get Customer Service from TIAA-CREF?

I would suggest you ask your question at the morningstar T/C forum. Some of them read here, but not all. http://socialize.morningstar.com/NewSocialize/forums/100000044.aspx Thank you for the suggestion, but registration for the Morningstar forum is proving to be as daunting as dealing with T/C. Why...
by Timoneer
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to get Customer Service from TIAA-CREF?
Replies: 7
Views: 534

How to get Customer Service from TIAA-CREF?

I have recently made the transition from someone who pays into TIAA-CREF to someone who wishes to withdraw retirement funds, and it has not been a happy experience. With every transaction, TC drags its feet, insisting upon snail-mailing forms, rather than email or downloading. They delay for days or...
by Timoneer
Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:33 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to get Customer Service from TIAA-CREF?
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: Tell me about I-Pad 3

Can you transfer photos and videos to a dvd and how do you do it. I am not sure if you mean a data dvd or a video dvd. If the latter, there is a video output cable for the iPad. http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD098ZM/A You can connect this to a dvd recorder and copy any thing that appears on the...
by Timoneer
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about I-Pad 3
Replies: 16
Views: 1662

Estimated taxes payment schedule

This is my first year filing estimated taxes. I almost overlooked the second quarter payment of June 15, having assumed that the second quarter would be due on July 15. I am mystified as to why the IRS defines the quarters of the year as being 3 months, 2 months, 3 months, and 4 months. Any one know...
by Timoneer
Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estimated taxes payment schedule
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: 2 months from retirement - what to do?

Hello Bogleheads, I am about to retire and have been interviewing financial advisors and researching the web for retirement advise, which is how I discovered you. I am not very confident about investing on my own and I am concerned about how much it will cost me in expenses if I go with a professio...
by Timoneer
Wed May 09, 2012 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2 months from retirement - what to do?
Replies: 34
Views: 2348

Re: Troubleshooting Plumbing - Water Smells of Sulfur

I didn't notice whether anyone has suggested what should be the first step: unscrew the end of the faucet. Most bathroom faucets have an aerator/filter attachment, including a small screen. Over time, this screen will fill up with various deposits and gunk that could explain the situation with both ...
by Timoneer
Wed May 09, 2012 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Troubleshooting Plumbing - Water Smells of Sulfur
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: iPad choice?

The primary reason that I chose the 3G option for the iPad 2 was for the GPS locating ability (the WiFi only does not have GPS). GPS is extremely valuable when doing any sort of travelling, making many apps much more useful. The 3G data option I have used for a month at a time on only two or three ...
by Timoneer
Sun May 06, 2012 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad choice?
Replies: 24
Views: 2244
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