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Re: If Argentina Defaults

ducksauce9 wrote:Would it be a good time to buy Argentine stocks?

No
ducksauce9 wrote:Would it be a good time to convert some dollars into Argentine pesos?

No
by billjohnson
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:15 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Argentina Defaults
Replies: 21
Views: 2068

Re: Memory foam mattresses - any insight?

Best mattress forum on the web. Phoenix is the man...

http://themattressunderground.com/mattress-forum.html
by billjohnson
Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Memory foam mattresses - any insight?
Replies: 64
Views: 5384

Re: How Would Mr. Bogle Calculate Expected REIT Returns?

Well, despite all the calculations to the contrary, the REIT train is still rolling. Vanguard REIT Index up 17.90% YTD.
by billjohnson
Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Would Mr. Bogle Calculate Expected REIT Returns?
Replies: 119
Views: 15073

Re: Fed up with ATT

Crimsontide wrote:Cut the cord.

+1
by billjohnson
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fed up with ATT
Replies: 53
Views: 4893

Re: 2010 Amended Return Help (8606 issue)

Thanks for your help.
by billjohnson
Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2010 Amended Return Help (8606 issue)
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Recommend a 1 month trip abroad.

New Zealand (although I'd rather go in warmer months Nov-March). Agreed. I concur! New Zealand is my favorite place on earth I would spend an entire month touring the South Island of New Zealand. BEAUTIFUL! NZealand is awesome (south island), but I would definitely check the weather if considering ...
by billjohnson
Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a 1 month trip abroad.
Replies: 37
Views: 3456

Re: Geico? No, thank you...

Geico does have pretty strict underwriting. Would you expect anything less from Uncle Warren? It does make for a pool of good drivers, and hence, better rates for those who are deemed low risk. Good luck with commerce though. You may need it... http://www.yelp.com/biz/commerce-insurance-company-webs...
by billjohnson
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Geico? No, thank you...
Replies: 49
Views: 5514

Re: Engagement Ring - Diamond Help

e5116 wrote:I personally would not get a non-GIA or AGS diamond UNLESS I was able to bring it to a trusted independent gemologist to evaluate.

This. And get an ASET.

http://www.americangemsociety.org/aset- ... f-diamonds
by billjohnson
Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring - Diamond Help
Replies: 61
Views: 4424

Re: Engagement Ring - Diamond Help

I am planning on popping the question. There's some bad advice on this thread. Do yourself a favor. Copy your original post and head over to pricescope. Will get much better advice there. As I'm sure Gypsy and some of the ladies will post links to actual cushion stones for your viewing. Keep in min...
by billjohnson
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring - Diamond Help
Replies: 61
Views: 4424

Re: Should I buy the most expensive house in the neighborhoo

Asking price is 600k. The current owners bought the house for 380k two years ago and have not made any major additions. The house has a old and small kitchen and some dated bathrooms. We estimate that we will need to spend 50k to 80k to fix these. The house is not in the nicest neighborhood. Houses...
by billjohnson
Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy the most expensive house in the neighborhood?
Replies: 39
Views: 4352

Re: Austin, TX Things To Do?

Luke Duke wrote:Eat some BBQ.

Coming down to Texas....gotta have some brisket!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmTzdMHu5KU
by billjohnson
Tue May 27, 2014 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Austin, TX Things To Do?
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Good scotch recommendations, where to buy

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Macallan 18
by billjohnson
Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good scotch recommendations, where to buy
Replies: 55
Views: 9599

Re: Looking To Park $250K Short Term In Savings Account

We use CapOne 360 (formerly ING Orange). Very good web interface. Think the checking account is currently offering .80% with a $50 sign on bonus.
by billjohnson
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Looking To Park $250K Short Term In Savings Account
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: Rick Ferri's estimated future returns

This forecast always attempts to err on the conservative side. I think Rick is VERY optimistic on US common equity. This isn't the end all by any means, but to give a different perspective, check out this article...in particular, the chart on page 3. [As a reference, the current Shiller PE is 25.47...
by billjohnson
Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri's estimated future returns
Replies: 8
Views: 2282

Re: Recommended Brand/Model for a Heart Rate Monitor?

Garmin for me. I still have an older version....best heart rate monitor ever invented in my opinion. This thing is now 7ish years old...same batteries, etc...and runs like brand new. Unfortunately, this one has been discontinued, but there are new versions available for purchase. https://static.garm...
by billjohnson
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended Brand/Model for a Heart Rate Monitor?
Replies: 13
Views: 889

Re: Random Walk Down Wall Street

llessac15 wrote:'A Random Walk Down Wall Street'

Great Book!! I usually re-read it every two or three years...
by billjohnson
Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Random Walk Down Wall Street
Replies: 27
Views: 2439

A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior

Interested in behavioral economics? Then you should know a very fun course started today on Coursera. Dan Ariely (from Duke University) is the online instructor. This course is one of the most popular online courses in the entire coursera catalog. So if you have some free time, I highly recommend it...
by billjohnson
Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:24 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior
Replies: 1
Views: 544

Re: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffe

While I have the greatest respect for Saint Jack, the fact that he says it cannot work (as opposed to it might not work), is as wrong as his statements about value not outperforming growth and his statement about you don't need international diversification. FWIW, the smartest people I know in fina...
by billjohnson
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffett
Replies: 48
Views: 7483

Re: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffe

It's all about FACTOR investing... Larry, would you kindly respond to Mr Bogle's thoughts on factor investing. Thanks. It (smart beta) is a marketing gimmick. When you think it through, it can not work, it will not work. There will be winners and losers, but the winner, ultimately, is wall street&q...
by billjohnson
Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffett
Replies: 48
Views: 7483

Re: Total Market Investors Are Not Dumb

Is so-called "Smart Beta" stealing returns from your dumb beta strategy? No. You're not losing one penny. When excess returns are earned by one active investor they must come from another active investor who loses. Bingo. As I said in another thread, funny how smart beta is always held in...
by billjohnson
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Total Market Investors Are Not Dumb
Replies: 11
Views: 2374

Re: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffe

Funny how smart beta is always held in such high esteem by the people who profit from selling it. Don't believe me, maybe you will believe this guy... http://video.autoblog.com/bogle-skeptical-of-credit-sensitive-bonds-smart-beta-517987113 It (smart beta) is a marketing gimmick. When you think it th...
by billjohnson
Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffett
Replies: 48
Views: 7483

Re: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffe

What the authors here showed is nothing more than what academics have always done. They look at outperformance and try to find the explanation for it. Exactly, just more academics TRYING to explain how someone did something that they couldn't/can't do. In my opinion, this entire line of thinking is...
by billjohnson
Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: modern financial theory has finally caught up with Buffett
Replies: 48
Views: 7483

Re: Small Cap Tilting

Small Growth 3% Small Blend 8% Small Value 87% :shock: No SC tilt, but Mid Cap tilt 3% Looks like James Montier is on to something....getting to be very crowded in the small value space. The one thing that unites everything I’ve been writing about in this paper is the golden rule of investing: no a...
by billjohnson
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small Cap Tilting
Replies: 84
Views: 8983

Re: The President's New Budget Proposal

Tommy D wrote:Does this have a real chance of being passed?

No. It's a complete joke as a budget proposal...more like a political brochure for the midterms. Not that the "other party" can/has done any better...
by billjohnson
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The President's New Budget Proposal
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: Used $35k Porsche on $64k income?

As they say, if you have to ask, ...
by billjohnson
Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used $35k Porsche on $64k income?
Replies: 95
Views: 6848

Re: Please help with my SUV purchase

livesoft wrote:My Lexus has not been in for any engine service in 2 years. That means it has not even had an oil change in that time.

:shock:
by billjohnson
Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help with my SUV purchase
Replies: 40
Views: 2805

Re: Please help with my SUV purchase

You should add a Hyundai Santa Fe to the mix. More room on the inside than you would think...

https://www.hyundaiusa.com/santa-fe/comparison.aspx

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/ca ... _Santa-Fe/
by billjohnson
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help with my SUV purchase
Replies: 40
Views: 2805

Re: Wrist Watches

tdirgins wrote:There are plenty of good quality mechanical watches at reasonable prices. I agree with amoeba's comments about Seiko. Take a gander at the Watchuseek affordable watches forum. Lots of good recommnedations there.
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/

+1
by billjohnson
Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wrist Watches
Replies: 81
Views: 7194

Re: Berkshire Tickets

Oh no, you mean it's gonna be even more crowded this year! :oops:

Not sure if this helps, but it was four last year. I would assume it's the same this year as well...
by billjohnson
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire Tickets
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: More Buffett investment advice

Calm Man wrote:Interestingly, none of this applies to any of us except the paragraph after the numbers for the most part. Nearly all of us do not select businesses for private investment, right?

I think it's very applicable to all investors.
by billjohnson
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: More Buffett investment advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Re: Acura RDX vs Volvo XC 60

My friend recently purchased a 2014 RDX awd w/tech. She loves it. Chose it over the mercedes M-class and Audi Q5. The only cons I can think of would be (1) the navigation system, (2) somewhat confusing layout of buttons on the front panel, and (3) no rear air. The rear air thing seemed more of an is...
by billjohnson
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Volvo XC 60
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Re: Took the Plunge, Bought an Accord Hybrid

I'm a car guy. In my opinion the future of high mileage cars for the foreseeable future lies in turbo charged, common rail direct injection diesels I guess if depends on one's definition of "high mileage". If your talking about 500k-1000k, then i would agree...as diesels can routinely go ...
by billjohnson
Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Took the Plunge, Bought an Accord Hybrid
Replies: 45
Views: 4408

Re: Took the Plunge, Bought an Accord Hybrid

OnFire wrote:Just wondering what everyone else thought of the car.

Honda knocked this one out of the park! Awesome choice...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2GirLWtH0M
by billjohnson
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Took the Plunge, Bought an Accord Hybrid
Replies: 45
Views: 4408

Re: Reporter doing story on Alternative Minimum Tax

manwithnoname wrote:Don't know why taxpayers [who are similar to me] should be worried about AMT?

Fixed.
by billjohnson
Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reporter doing story on Alternative Minimum Tax
Replies: 21
Views: 1623

Re: I bought the "wrong" index fund in taxable, can I fix it

I bought the "wrong" index fund in taxable, can I fix it? Yes, wait until you reach long term capital gain status, then sell. Take the 20% hit on the gains, and move on to the Fidelity Spartans... Not to sound like a Scrooge but we just got to the highest tax bracket and we have a lot of ...
by billjohnson
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I bought the "wrong" index fund in taxable, can I fix it?
Replies: 37
Views: 2357

Re: New Book - White Coat Investor

Another book sold! I have enjoyed the blog. Nice work JIm.
by billjohnson
Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:06 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Book - White Coat Investor
Replies: 19
Views: 3083

Re: Wow! Jim Cramer hates passive index investing

I don't think Cramer really hates index investing all that much. And he often makes a lot of sense. Here are a few quotes from his old book, " You Got Screwed "! I can summarize (a good portfolio) as this: a mixture of 5-10 well diversified stocks, some index funds representative of the S&...
by billjohnson
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wow! Jim Cramer hates passive index investing
Replies: 52
Views: 5782
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