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Re: POLL: Emerging Markets Tilt

I tilt to emerging and small. 50% total market, 25% emerging, 25% small cap.
by bigb
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: POLL: Emerging Markets Tilt
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: San Juan Islands

I prefer Lopez... much quieter than San Juan or even Orcas but has all services, decent restaurants, and some lovely beaches and hikes. Orcas would be my #2 choice... #1 if you want the hippie vibe (go to Doe Bay and soak in the hot springs). Biking is easier on Lopez though (much flatter). We've b...
by bigb
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: San Juan Islands
Replies: 18
Views: 2241

Re: NY Yankees seats - best value?

I think the bleachers are a ton of fun. Last time I went I only spent 15 or 20 buying on stubhub. Obviously you can't see the game as well out there, but you obviously don't feel as obligated to stay in them all game either.
by bigb
Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NY Yankees seats - best value?
Replies: 12
Views: 930

Re: Washington state retirees?

Anacortes is great. It's about 90 minutes to Seattle and has a ton of hiking and biking as well in the city's Forrest lands. There is also quite a few wineries and farms/farmers markets within 20-30 minutes. In addition, the weather up here is generally quite a bit sunnier and less rain than down so...
by bigb
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washington state retirees?
Replies: 29
Views: 1811

Re: Love our Audi A3

davebarnes wrote:Over your price range.
Audi A3.
Love it.


+1
You may be able to find one at the upper limit if your range though. They also have some in as TDIs that will get great mileage.

Chase
by bigb
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving back to the U.S. - Any ideas on a hatchback car?
Replies: 33
Views: 2020

Re: New to Forum with Questions, Eager to Learn

What state do you work/live in? And where are you from? You should be able to get out of paying state taxes by becoming a resident of a state that doesn't have them. It's as easy as asking your admin for the form and filling it out.

Chase
by bigb
Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:52 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New to Forum with Questions, Eager to Learn
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Army First Lieutenant unwilling to open TSP account

habbot wrote:Make sure she understands that:
1. If she contributes 5% of her pay, the plan with contribute an additional 4% to her account.
Henry


Not for military.
by bigb
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Army First Lieutenant unwilling to open TSP account
Replies: 71
Views: 5205

Re: Another "what to do/see" - Salt Lake City

You could also consider the Utah Museum of Natural History. Just recently opened and it is next to Red Butte Garden. If you want to hike, my favorite hike in the area is to Lake Blanche, might be chilly at that time, but will be worth it. Also second the suggestion for Mt Olympus if you want a more ...
by bigb
Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another "what to do/see" - Salt Lake City
Replies: 28
Views: 2034

International Fund Yields

Im just curious why all of the Vanguard international fund SEC Yields show up as "null" despite distributing regular dividends?

Chase
by bigb
Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Fund Yields
Replies: 0
Views: 168

Re: What was your worst investment?

Bought a bunch of stocks a few years ago before I found this site last year. After learning tons here I decided to sell all my stocks and move the money to Vanguard which I do not regret one bit, I was about even on all of it. However, one of the stocks I had was FNMA. I bought about $2000 worth at ...
by bigb
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:33 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What was your worst investment?
Replies: 100
Views: 7625

Re: mad money

Just buy aapl if you are looking for a high risk investment with your money. Its down 30% from three months ago. Maybe you can get that 30% back in your timeframe. Conversely, maybe you'll lose 30%.

Chase
by bigb
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:13 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: mad money
Replies: 22
Views: 2202

Re: Young Active Military Seeking Investment Advice

I'll let some others commet on everything as a whole, but my recommendation would be to put as much as you can into the Roth TSP rather than putting money aside for a separate Roth IRA since the TSP is so much cheaper than any option you will have for the IRA. Once you are able to max out the TSP th...
by bigb
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young Active Military Seeking Investment Advice
Replies: 23
Views: 1446

Re: Financing medical school. Age 34, some savings.

Have you considered the military? You would likely get paid full time while in school and get to keep all of your savings. Its a great option for some people and maybe not as much for others. If you havent thought about it before, I'd at least look into it as a possibility and maybe set up a meeting...
by bigb
Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financing medical school. Age 34, some savings.
Replies: 63
Views: 5713

Re: Gift card (or similar) gift

You can buy discounted gift cards on this website. They are all for specific places so you may or may not be interested. Check it out, one might work out well for you. https://www.plasticjungle.com/buy-gift-cards Chase Thanks, bigb. So if I followed correctly there's no fee and I could buy, say, an...
by bigb
Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift card (or similar) gift
Replies: 31
Views: 1760

Re: Gift card (or similar) gift

You can buy discounted gift cards on this website. They are all for specific places so you may or may not be interested. Check it out, one might work out well for you.

https://www.plasticjungle.com/buy-gift-cards

Chase
by bigb
Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift card (or similar) gift
Replies: 31
Views: 1760

Missing 2 cents

Yesterday I transferred $10,500 into the Vanguard 500 Admiral Index(VFIAX). The share price was $134.46 giving me 78.090 shares. This equates to $10,499.9814. Today the balance shows $10499.98 with $10,500 transferred into the account and a loss of $0.02. I'm just curious what Vanguard does with thi...
by bigb
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Missing 2 cents
Replies: 12
Views: 802

Re: 2013 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION

1585.01
by bigb
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2013 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 481
Views: 15468

Re: Investing book trading?

You should check out paperbackswap.com. You can list all your old unwanted books for others and make a list of the books you want. Anytime one your listed books is claimed you pay the shipping to send it to somebody and get a credit for somebody to send you a book.

Chase
by bigb
Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:48 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing book trading?
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: Prepaid card with 2% rewards if balance >$5,000 - good d

if you want to tie up $5000 monthly, why not use the mango prepaid card that pays 6% on the $5000? it only has a $5 monthly fee which gives it a 4.8% effective yield on the money you have deposited, not what you spend.

Chase
by bigb
Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prepaid card with 2% rewards if balance >$5,000 - good deal?
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: [Military] Deploying in a week - seeking investing advic

Two no brainers as far as I can tell: 1) Put $10K (the maximum) in the Savings Deposit Program as quickly as you can once you deploy. Guaranteed 10% return. 2) Maximize contributions to TSP while deployed. It's pre-tax money going in, the TSP funds are excellent, and all funds contributed while dep...
by bigb
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Military] Deploying in a week - seeking investing advice
Replies: 38
Views: 1890

[Military] Service Members Civil Relief Act

I've read most of the threads on here pertaining to the military and hadn't noticed any mention to the SCRA so I just wanted to put this out there for the fellow Bogleheads in the military. The SCRA caps interest rates on all debts you have while on active duty at 6%. Can be applied to all types of ...
by bigb
Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Military] Service Members Civil Relief Act
Replies: 0
Views: 239

Re: Advice on How to Start a Refinance

You should look into a VA rate reduction(streamline). They can be done without an appraisal and usually with very little or no closing costs out of pocket. You should be able to get down to around 3.25% for the VA 30 year and your costs would be quite a bit less than if you went with an entirely new...
by bigb
Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on How to Start a Refinance
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Vanguard REIT Fund

I've been looking at the Vanguard REIT Funds holdings and was just wondering in anyone knows why they don't have companies with the really large dividends (10-15%) such as American Capital (AGNC) or Annaly (NLY) in the fund. I know REITs are quite volatile, but it seems like most of the holdings in ...
by bigb
Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard REIT Fund
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: Been a while.... Student Loans/Individual Stock Question

The best place I ever found to buy individual stocks from was Sogotrade. I have used their site for the last couple years, although not using it much anymore since I decided to get out of the individual stocks. They only charge $3 per trade and no annual fees or anything. I did quite a bit of lookin...
by bigb
Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Been a while.... Student Loans/Individual Stock Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Consolidating at Vanguard, request AA advice

Hello All, I've been reading on this site for the past month or so and recently decided/begun moving all my assets to Vanguard. I had always been quite frustrated that I had to pay 1.35% expense ratio on my money and had no idea there were places like Vanguard where I could the same product for 10% ...
by bigb
Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Consolidating at Vanguard, request AA advice
Replies: 5
Views: 486

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