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Brokerage option for 401k question

I have a new 401k which offers a brokerage option through Fidelity. Anyone know if fund minimums apply for the Spartan funds? Seems like it would take me a while to get enough money to build a 3 funder this way. Vanguard funds are 75 dollars a transaction and ETFs have trading fees. There are severa...
by am
Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Brokerage option for 401k question
Replies: 1
Views: 248

Re: What is your opinion about "tilting?"

While tilting probably will lead to higher returns, I am still a 3 funder. I like the simplicty, tax efficiency, low expenses, lack of tracking regret, and knowledge that my heirs will likely be able to carry on. I also like that my 3 funder (with TBM in IRA and int. muni in taxable) can be allocate...
by am
Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your opinion about "tilting?"
Replies: 116
Views: 8761

Re: Tax loss harvesting total int. etf (vxus)

Do you know what the % are for veu and vss?
by am
Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax loss harvesting total int. etf (vxus)
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Tax loss harvesting total int. etf (vxus)

I have a tax loss harvest opportunity with vxus. What funds would be good to exchange at VAnguard and maintain a similar allocation?

Also, with the 3k I can harvest, at the 33% bracket this is like getting 1k assuming no gains?
by am
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax loss harvesting total int. etf (vxus)
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Should 529s be counted part of our net worth?

No, I do not use 529 in asset allocation. Networth yes. Perhaps one of my kids will not go to college for whatever reason or we get an inheritance or they get a scholarship, etc. 529 assets will then be used for retirement minus small penalties for gains. One more thing. You can use 529 money in eme...
by am
Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should 529s be counted part of our net worth?
Replies: 34
Views: 2553

Re: Should 529s be counted part of our net worth?

Calculating networth is a great way to see where you are In terms of accumulating wealth. Paid off house and 529s account for a big chunk of my assets. I can use house equity and 529s for retirement albeit with penalties and interest. It is used in my networth calculations.
by am
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should 529s be counted part of our net worth?
Replies: 34
Views: 2553

Re: Get up to $30 back per Amex card (Small Business Sat, 11

I registered my AMEX blue card and Fidelity AMEX. Hope it works for both. Does this mean I can do two 10 dollar transactions (one for each AMEX) at 3 separate businesses and get a free 60 dollars?
by am
Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Get up to $30 back per Amex card (Small Business Sat, 11/29)
Replies: 76
Views: 7212

Re: Safe Withdrawal Rates - Is the 4% rule still good?

Typical educated affleunt Boglehead retiree can always cut back on discretionary items or get a part time job if need be. The 4% rule is close enough.
by am
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Safe Withdrawal Rates - Is the 4% rule still good?
Replies: 84
Views: 7965

Re: Best 529 Plan

Illinois has low cost <.2 ER index based options with Vanguard funds. Illinois residents get to deduct up to 20k from state taxes worth 1k.
by am
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best 529 Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

Early 40s. So far, more of a realization that time is finite and gaining more of it for personal use is becoming more important. This is especially true since so many bad things can happen to us especially as we get older. Thankfully, I found the Bogleheads in 2007 and with the great market we have ...
by am
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 103
Views: 17339

Re: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?

It's all about balance and being frugal. There is always the risk that you will not enjoy savings as above poster states due to early death. There is also the risk that it will not be as good as you think when you get to financial freedom and/or retirement. Better to maximize current enjoyment as th...
by am
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?
Replies: 270
Views: 33449

401k self directed brokerage option

This will be an option in my Fidelity 401K next year but no details have been put forth yet. Does this option allow one to invest in Vanguard Mutual funds or ETFs? If so, are there usually extra fees involved for using this option. The fund options in my 401k are not good except for Spartan 500 index.
by am
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k self directed brokerage option
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?

Exciting time, very early accumulator with high income. 2012 650k house paid off in full :happy But a bit too early.
by am
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?
Replies: 79
Views: 6273

Re: Safe Withdrawal Rates - Is the 4% rule still good?

It will work because most of us will not live 30 years in retirement, and if we do than we will make do with what we have like millions of non sophisticated/Boglehead retirees.
by am
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Safe Withdrawal Rates - Is the 4% rule still good?
Replies: 84
Views: 7965

Re: Shiller CAPE 10 — Why So High These Days?

Events can occur to cause a stock market to drop significantly during high and low PE 10 or stay sideways. Not sure a PE 10 on its own means anything, just when High PE 10, bad unexpected events will have a greater impact.
by am
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Shiller CAPE 10 — Why So High These Days?
Replies: 38
Views: 2955

Re: Update on the ascent of CAPE

The PE 10 May not be as high as it seems. I think Larry has commented on this before. Not to mention that it is not actionable and has low correlation with future returns. Stay the course.
by am
Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Update on the ascent of CAPE
Replies: 19
Views: 1556

Re: Boglehead family vacations

8 and 10 years old.
by am
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead family vacations
Replies: 44
Views: 4184

Boglehead family vacations

Any recommendations for a planned spring break vacation for 5-7 days with 2 kids? We looked at club med in Florida and Disney cruise and they are real expensive 8-10k (with airfare).
by am
Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead family vacations
Replies: 44
Views: 4184

Re: International Stock Index Potential

Total international has better expected return than total US. There are countries in there with PEs in the single digits. If conditions in foreign lands is better than expected (not great), than strong returns should follow. I am in low 40% for international and would go higher if I could,
by am
Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Stock Index Potential
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Job advice - academic physician career move?

In some specialties, going from academics to private practice or from a popular congested area to an undesirable area can lead to a doubling or more of salary.
by am
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job advice - academic physician career move?
Replies: 35
Views: 3357

Re: Job advice - academic physician career move?

Not sure why you would move? Your post makes it seem like there are few upsides. If you are a rad, than you are lucky to have options given the state of the field currently. You also know that you will likely be trading one set of negatives for another (perhaps worse).
by am
Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job advice - academic physician career move?
Replies: 35
Views: 3357

Re: What's worrying Vanguard's CEO

I respect his opinion but I am not sure why we place any weight on predictions being bogleheads? We have all seen how wrong these can be even from prize winning economists.
by am
Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's worrying Vanguard's CEO
Replies: 14
Views: 2795

Re: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX)

Why not etf GREK if you are itching to be a contrarian? With a country PE of 3, how could you go wrong? :wink:
by am
Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX)
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund

If you rebalanced and had nerves of steel and tons of patience, you would do better. Not sure why someone would want to complicate things for negligible portfolio benefit however?
by am
Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund
Replies: 47
Views: 3614

Re: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund

Sure would be nice to have one of those crazy run ups. Did the last one coincide with rising gold prices?
by am
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund
Replies: 47
Views: 3614

Re: Job Satisfaction and Risk Tolerance

Job satisfaction is low and I am fairly early in accumulation with no debt. My risk tolerance is high at 70% stocks which for me is the sweet spot right now. I need another 10-15 years of current savings rate and decent market returns to get to a basic level of financial independence. I think that a...
by am
Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Satisfaction and Risk Tolerance
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: Shiller CAPE Ratio

Interesting chart. Seems like increasing foreign exposure for long term investors would be wise. Is there a Greek etf? Seems like a good place to place some speculative money at such a low PE.
by am
Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Shiller CAPE Ratio
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Re: Any contrarians for commodity futures?

Poor returns for a while, funds at all time lows, oil dropping, few to no threads on here regarding adding CCFs. Seems to me like a strong buy signal. Maybe one of the few cheap assets? Would be a good time to buy if this makes sense for your portfolio.
by am
Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any contrarians for commodity futures?
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Any contrarians for commodity futures?

Anyone investing with funds like Pimco commodity futures fund being near all time lows? Maybe with the 5% of portfolio used for speculation?
by am
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any contrarians for commodity futures?
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: Career Advice for an Unhappy Young Doctor?

There are few easily attainable non clinical options that pay well for your average doctor without major connections. This is based on personal experience as a doctor who has explored this. As far as happiness, most other professional fields have a lot of dissatisfaction. There have been discussions...
by am
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice for an Unhappy Young Doctor?
Replies: 116
Views: 13607

Re: Do you dream about retirement?

I think about retirement and financial independence daily. It is almost an obsession. Did not think it would end up this way when I was younger and In training to be a physician. But many negative changes to my field and being tired of the constant stress and assembly line mentality has led to this....
by am
Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you dream about retirement?
Replies: 91
Views: 6890

Re: "I've had it" at work - how often

I am in medicine and good to know I am not alone. The constant pressure to do more work per unit time for less money. The loss of autonomy. The loss of job stability. The awful job market in my area leading to less career choices. I always think that all this stress, long training and long painful w...
by am
Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "I've had it" at work - how often
Replies: 151
Views: 12726

Re: illinois 529 allocation question

Do you think the age based index portfolio is reasonable?
by am
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: illinois 529 allocation question
Replies: 3
Views: 243

illinois 529 allocation question

Here is a link to their allocation options: https://www.brightstartsavings.com/doc/Bright_Start_Direct_Fee_Allocation_Worksheet.pdf I use the age based index option. My oldest child is in the 10-12 portfolio about 9 years from entering college. Seems like the allocations are too conservative? I am c...
by am
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: illinois 529 allocation question
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Unemployment insurance question

How about if you are an employee of an organization?
by am
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unemployment insurance question
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Unemployment insurance question

If my 5 year contract is not renewed, will I qualify for unemployment insurance? Do they look at assets, imterest/dividends for determining payments?
by am
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unemployment insurance question
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Simple penalty question about 401k/IRA

If you take an early withdrawal on IRAs or 401k, you pay income tax due and 10% penalty. Is the 10% penalty for the entire amount? You withdraw 50k and pay 5k + income tax on 50k?
by am
Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Simple penalty question about 401k/IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: VXUS and Muni Bonds tax efficiency

Is total world stock from Vanguard more efficient that total us or international?
by am
Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VXUS and Muni Bonds tax efficiency
Replies: 9
Views: 803

Re: Vanguard ETF and fund

For some reason, I could not upgrade to the new combined brokerage and mutual fund accounts using vanguard.com/accountupgrade. Is this only available for some the account owners?
by am
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard ETF and fund
Replies: 19
Views: 1148

Re: HSA payroll deductions not being applied to my HSA

If you are in a large company, are there rules/laws as far as how quickly money gets into the HSA? And if a problem is not solved in a timely manner, what should you do? Complain to manager of the manager or keep waiting?
by am
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA payroll deductions not being applied to my HSA
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!

No one can know for sure where the balance between consumption and savings should be since we do not know our lifespan. As Bogleheads and prodigious savers, we assume the best. A long productive life and good returns. The alternative for me at least would be worse. If I did know my lifespan and it w...
by am
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!
Replies: 64
Views: 6810

Re: Slow iPad mini with iOS 8 upgrade

Called Apple support. Said many people are calling in with similar issues. The support tech told me that after the update, the ipad is restored and it can take 4 hours per gig. While ipad is restored, the system can be slow. I will see tomorrow if this is accurate.
by am
Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slow iPad mini with iOS 8 upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 1677

Slow iPad mini with iOS 8 upgrade

Anyone else having this issue? If so are there any solutions? Perhaps even a downgrade?
by am
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slow iPad mini with iOS 8 upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 1677

International Bonds a strategy for rising rates?

Saw this article on the Vanguard site today. Is this a good enough reason to include 20% or so? After reviewing the research paper Vanguard published, I was left with more complexity for minimal benefit.
by am
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard on International Bonds
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Do I need to hold my emergency fund in cash?

Consider a short to intermed. Muni bond fund instead of cash for part of your emergency fund.
by am
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I need to hold my emergency fund in cash?
Replies: 29
Views: 3502

Re: Emergency fund question

1st month checking
2-18th months AMEX savings and Ally CD
18+ months intermed. Term muni
If need more than this have taxable stock funds

I sleep better at night with this much liquid reserves.
by am
Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emergency fund question
Replies: 6
Views: 664

House value percentiles in states and US?

There are charts for personal income. Just curious if there are similar statistics available for house values? Say you own a 600k house, where does this fall in terms of state and us percentiles? Would also be interesting to see what percent of people at varying values own their home without mortgage.
by am
Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House value percentiles in states and US?
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: So far, so good? Vanguard Total International Bond

Good returns do not justify inclusion in a portfolio. There is still no good reason for most investors to include this in their portfolio. See older discussions.
by am
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: So far, so good? Vanguard Total International Bond
Replies: 45
Views: 5921

Re: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?

I aquired some baseball card wax boxes from 1982-1985 years back mostly for nostalgic purposes. Love to see them sitting on my shelf. Brings back memories and also makes me feel kinda old. They ranged from about 50 dollars for 82 Fleer to about 200 for 84 donruss. Seems like they have appreciated a ...
by am
Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?
Replies: 79
Views: 6850
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