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by bottomfisher
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tablet recommendations?
Replies: 17
Views: 1716

Re: Tablet recommendations?

Had similar interest recently. Was using borrowed 1st generation IPad for streaming children's songs, cartoons. I was not happy with it. Wanted more reliable, easier to use tablet. Was looking for 12 in, but didn't find any for good price; but didn't search extensively. Didn't want to spend a lot du...
by bottomfisher
Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacing exterior door ease?
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Replacing exterior door ease?

Thank you for the input. Appears no consensus thus far. A little further background in light of above comments. My guess is if your door frame is pretty square it should not be a problem. House was built early 80's. But was custom built for prior family/owner and solid/square construction around thi...
by bottomfisher
Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacing exterior door ease?
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Replacing exterior door ease?

Question: anyone's opinion on is it easier to replace an exterior wood door via placing new door against old hinges, outlining hinge, and routing new door hinges and hang or purchasing entire new door + frame/casing replacing old frame/casing without regard to needing to preserve old door frame/casi...
by bottomfisher
Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm not a bad Boglehead [buying Powerball ticket]
Replies: 101
Views: 6672

Re: I'm not a bad Boglehead [buying Powerball ticket]

"There’s A 67 Percent Chance Someone Will Win The Powerball Jackpot Tonight" http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/powerball-lottery-jackpot-february-11/ A $500 million advertised Powerball jackpot typically means about 191.7 million tickets will be sold, based on a polynomial regression. Giv...
by bottomfisher
Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using LLC to pay off student loans
Replies: 4
Views: 767

Re: Using LLC to pay off student loans

I was wondering if there are any tax benefits to using a personal LLC to pay off student loans? I have an LLC for tax (and additional) benefits since I am a 1099 contractor. Could my company get any tax breaks for paying the student loans for my employee, AKA myself? There are likely no benefits fr...
by bottomfisher
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedged International Equity
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Hedged International Equity

Due to this does it make sense to only invest in international equities that are hedged back to the USD? My opinion - no. This statement from the paper sums up my thoughts "A reasonable forward-looking assumption is for an unhedged and a hedged investment to produce similar gross returns over ...
by bottomfisher
Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you have an EF & Taxable Account?
Replies: 20
Views: 1618

Re: Do you have an EF & Taxable Account?

I'm with livesoft on the variable need for having access to cash during a disaster. A good friend spent 6 months helping document the devastation, but that doesn't mean that each person impacted needed a 6 month emergency fund. For many it was a great idea. For others perhaps not needed. I think hi...
by bottomfisher
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you have an EF & Taxable Account?
Replies: 20
Views: 1618

Re: Do you have an EF & Taxable Account?

Edit to add: I lived in Manhattan during 9/11, in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina and more recent BP oil spill. I recognize the economic devastation of catastrophes and the absolute importance of back up plans and emergency funds. I have lived through several natural disasters including Hurricane...
by bottomfisher
Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you have an EF & Taxable Account?
Replies: 20
Views: 1618

Re: Do you have an EF & Taxable Account?

I maintain primary emergency fund as savings acct linked to checking acct. Its got about 1 - 2 mo of expenses. Then have separate taxable account earmarked for retirement, but secondarily intended for emergency-emergency account. Its got quite a few months of expenses if needed. Withdrawals would re...
by bottomfisher
Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm thinking about making very large 529 contributions ASAP
Replies: 76
Views: 6510

Re: I'm thinking about making very large 529 contributions A

529s are stupid Postby davebarnes » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:18 pm 529s are a horrible "investment". You are better off buying gold bars and stashing them in a safe place. States have different 529 programs. I am not aware of the drawbacks of your state's 529, but ours appears appealing with fe...
by bottomfisher
Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your commodities stocks/indexes allocation?
Replies: 20
Views: 1126

Re: What is your commodities stocks/indexes allocation?

Currently - 0%. Previously invested Vg Energy fund and Vg Precious Metals & Mining fund. But have since exchanged them for TSM/TISM in effort to simplify portfolio. Occasional temptation to tinker into such allocations again, but so far have resisted...
by bottomfisher
Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: good time to invest in a Reit Index fund?
Replies: 40
Views: 4889

Re: good time to invest in a Reit Index fund?

Portfolio Returns Portfolio performance statistics Are in order of listing here , I could not paste it any other way: Initial Balance,Final Balance,CAGR, StdDev, Best Year, Worst Year, Max. Drawdown Sharpe Ratio, Sortino Ratio, U.S. Mkt Correlation, Intl Mkt Correlation 1 $264,000 $654,660 5.84% 13...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicaid eligibility and cap gains
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Medicaid eligibility and cap gains

The stock, dividends, and/or capital gains may be considered a "resource" to Medicaid. There are resource limitations to be eligible. The eligibility requirements are complicated depending on personal circumstances and state you reside in. But hopefully, the local office can provide you wi...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm thinking about making very large 529 contributions ASAP
Replies: 76
Views: 6510

Re: I'm thinking about making very large 529 contributions A

No. Have 12 mo. old twin daughters. So I only recently got started with 529 plans for them. Currently have too many other financial obligations - recent 15 year mortgage refinance, retirement, student loans, home remodel, wife wants to stop working, etc. So we'll just continue as such and cross that...
by bottomfisher
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birthday gift ideas for a 7 year old chess player
Replies: 19
Views: 1594

Re: Birthday gift ideas for a 7 year old chess player

I saw this unique 3D chess board on Popular Mechanics website (and other unique designs in slide show):

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technol ... -4#slide-5
by bottomfisher
Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did the Swiss stock market really lose 9%?
Replies: 15
Views: 2283

Re: Did the Swiss stock market really lose 9%?

However, Swiss stocks fell by more than 10 percent at one point on the news, and the Swiss franc gained up to 30 percent against the euro. "(Swiss) companies will find that their exports suddenly become much more expensive, with the resultant hit to margins that will entail, while broader Euro...
by bottomfisher
Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: good time to invest in a Reit Index fund?
Replies: 40
Views: 4889

Re: good time to invest in a Reit Index fund?

Man, I wish I invested in the Vanguard Reit Fund Admiral last year! It's has been on fire! As , Nedsaid has told me, it is very high now , and overvalued, so now is not the best time to invest. I see it continuing to go up and up and looked at this past year. I really wanted to add it to my boring ...
by bottomfisher
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Today was a Really Bad Day in Shanghai
Replies: 27
Views: 4096

Re: Today was a Really Bad Day in Shanghai

FYI for Vg Total Int'l Stock Mkt fund investors - Chinese stocks encompass 4.0% of the funds net assets and Hong Kong 2.6%.
by bottomfisher
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Let's Celebrate! Which funds are you buying in 2015?
Replies: 48
Views: 3902

Re: Let's Celebrate! Which funds are you buying in 2015?

Will very likely be starting a new job soon. Currently have a personal investment account, Roth IRA, SIMPLE IRA, and traditional IRA. Then new employer will provide Thrift Savings Plan. In effort to simplify investments, plan to exchange entirety of Total Stock Market in SIMPLE IRA position for Tota...
by bottomfisher
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Return of the Stockpickers
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Return of the Stockpickers

Investing and/or trading in stocks is a zero sum game. Some will inevitably do well and some will inevitably do poorly. Knowing who will do well and who won't is the question? The zero-sum game is a theoretical concept underpinning why indexing can serve as an attractive investment strategy. The con...
by bottomfisher
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Efficient markets: luck v. skill
Replies: 37
Views: 2745

Re: Efficient markets: luck v. skill

So, who has the statistics on FUND-picking skill? https://pressroom.vanguard.com/content/nonindexed/Updated_The_Case_for_Index_Fund_Investing_4.9.2014.pdf Can investors consistently pick winning funds? Two critical questions for investors, therefore, are: “Do I have the ability to pick a winning fu...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free (or REALLY cheap) image hosting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1520

Re: Free (or REALLY cheap) image hosting?

packet wrote:
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by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri looking to internationalize his portfolio
Replies: 357
Views: 49687

Re: Rick Ferri looking to internationalize his portfolio

Like I said, I go with actively managed mutual funds. I've owned OAKIX, DODFX, and others. All the ones I owned over the last 19 years outperformed VXUS/VGTSX significantly. The Ex-US index funds underperformed actively managed funds over long periods of times and throughout multiple cycles. I don'...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How would you put a value on a pension?
Replies: 11
Views: 1402

Re: How would you put a value on a pension?

I am in a similiar situation. My current place of employment has been sold very recently and I am now working for a new employer and was recently offered a new employment agreement. I have also discussed other employment opportunities with a federal agency falling under FERS ( Federal Employees Reti...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creating a medical advice website-liability issues
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: Creating a medical advice website-liability issues

-Without going into too much detail, the topic would lend itself to personal "consults" specific to each patient. This would be something more lenghty and involved than a reply to a forum post. Would it be possible/wise to set this up as a paid service? This would involve reviewing medica...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sellers Won't Fix Leaking Roof; Fear of Additional Damage
Replies: 58
Views: 6171

Re: Sellers Won't Fix Leaking Roof; Fear of Additional Damag

So far the consensus has been to walk away from the deal. I agree. Its difficult to do so when you've invested so much time and emotion into the process. However, as others have noted above, it will inevitably require much more time, money, emotion to mitigate all the issues from water damage. I als...
by bottomfisher
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do REITs have higher expected return than the broad market?
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: Do REITs have higher expected return than the broad mark

There is no steadfast fundamental reason why REIT should have a higher expected return than the broad market. There are times when certain asset classes may have the appearance of better valuation compared to other asset classes. But there are too many other variables affecting returns to reliably a...
by bottomfisher
Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [favorite] Boglehead quotes
Replies: 42
Views: 3977

Re: [favorite] Boglehead quotes

"Stuffing money in a mattress is also diversification, but I wouldn't do that either."

Rick Ferri

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by bottomfisher
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why not long-term bond fund for the long haul?
Replies: 11
Views: 1506

Re: Why not long-term bond fund for the long haul?

I have a relatively low bond allocation considering I'm at least 26 years from retirement (41 y.o.). I have not yet decided when I'll increase my bond allocation in effort to lower my risk as retirement nears down the road. But I was pondering the role of long term bonds in my stock heavy portfolio....
by bottomfisher
Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with VGPMX (Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining)?
Replies: 40
Views: 4259

Re: What to do with VGPMX (Vanguard Precious Metals and Mini

^^^ Further tinkering on "EDGAR Search Results BETA" with filing type N-CSR yielded this page: http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000734383&type=N-CSR&dateb=&owner=include&start=0&count=100&output=xml Listing of shareholder reports - ...
by bottomfisher
Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with VGPMX (Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining)?
Replies: 40
Views: 4259

Re: What to do with VGPMX (Vanguard Precious Metals and Mini

A question and a metaquestion. The fund's prospectus contains this statement: The Fund may also invest up to 20% of its assets directly in gold, silver, or other precious metal bullion and coins. Currently, it has holdings of platinum bullion amounting to 0.1% of the fund's market value--2009 troy ...
by bottomfisher
Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Term Disability Denied - Runner's Knees
Replies: 21
Views: 3757

Re: Long Term Disability Denied - Runner's Knees

neurosphere wrote:The main point to this long post? --> shop around. :)


The issue for the OP is that he/she is currently applying for disability insurance through their employer. Hence, only one option through the employer route.

target2030 wrote:I applied for LTD coverage through my employer ...
by bottomfisher
Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Term Disability Denied - Runner's Knees
Replies: 21
Views: 3757

Re: Long Term Disability Denied - Runner's Knees

Liberty Mutual is a very frustrating insurance company to deal with. They are popular amongst employers because of favorable pricing. But they are able to provided competetive pricing because they deny claims more frequently. Chondromalacia patella is a degenerative change associated aging. We are a...
by bottomfisher
Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1279
Views: 249409

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

If I were in S&P's marketing department, I would seriously recommend that the S&P 500 Index be rescaled, multiplying it by a factor of ten, making it bigger than the Dow. Surely if they did that, it would only be a matter of time before newscasters started announcing it first, and soon it, ...
by bottomfisher
Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil / Energy ETFs
Replies: 58
Views: 4886

Re: Oil / Energy ETFs

Many energy and oil ETFs are down significantly. What are the arguments against buying an oil ETF now, on the premise that it's currently cheap? I have friends that trade "oil." Every now and then they discuss how much they made (or loss). I listen. I doubt they have outperformed a well b...
by bottomfisher
Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Re: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency

No. The R-value of any insulation material assumes a complete air seal against convection. For example, the R-value of 10-inch unfaced fiberglass batts is essentially zero without an air seal. With an air seal it's R-30. I would suggest you read either or both of these two books before wasting time...
by bottomfisher
Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you move/stay for better school district?
Replies: 55
Views: 5002

Re: Would you move/stay for better school district?

All this has led to some guilt about discussing a possible better physical home as if somehow we are doing less for our child. Has anyone else been tied down for a school district? Or is this an over blown hot button raising a child? We have twin girls 11 months old. We moved 1 year ago for this re...
by bottomfisher
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV buying recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 3436

Re: TV buying recommendations

We have a variety of flat screens. I believe they're all LCD. Our recent purchases have been Vizio 1 large screen for living, and smaller screen another room. I am very happy with these purchases considering price acquired. These seem on par with other brands. But in full disclosure, I'm not a techn...
by bottomfisher
Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Re: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency

Thanks for the comments.

I realize such questions will get limited participation on a personal investment/finance forum? Does anyone have suggestions for a reputable DIY home improvement forum. I see there are many out there. Just curious others if anyone has a favorite(s)?
by bottomfisher
Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of becoming a personal fitness trainer
Replies: 36
Views: 4406

Re: Thinking of becoming a personal fitness trainer

The bottom line is that personal trainers have become a commodity. Competition among trainers is often on the basis of price, which drives down what he can charge his clients. When he posts a job for a trainer (odd hours, no benefits), he's swamped with applicants even though the pay is low. (They'...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of becoming a personal fitness trainer
Replies: 36
Views: 4406

Re: Thinking of becoming a personal fitness trainer

It is sales , period. It doesn't matter how good you are, you have to sell. I agree with this. I am not a good 'salesperson' per se. But I let my work sell me/my services. I would keep my clients moving at good pace. The majority of my clients were interested in training for health reasons, not to ...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of becoming a personal fitness trainer
Replies: 36
Views: 4406

Re: Thinking of becoming a personal fitness trainer

Prior to my current profession (physician), I was physical therapist. I did some personal training as well. My undergraduate degree was Kinesiology and my Masters in Physical Therapy provided exceptional credentials. But I don't recommend pursuing a degree to work in this line of work. I obtained ad...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Re: Attic fiberglass insulation - energy efficiency

Stop what you are doing right now and airseal the floor of the attic. Google attic airsealing, read a bunch, and avoid a painful mistake. Drywallers leave a gap between the ceiling drywall (attic floor) and the framing at the tops of walls (called top plates). Added up, this is like having 2-5 sq f...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Re: Attic fiberglass insulation - energy efficiency

LadyGeek wrote:FYI - bottomfisher had two simultaneous threads, which I merged together. This thread is in the Personal Consumer Issues forum.


This was intentional. They are 2 different questions requesting input from others on both.
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Re: Attic fiberglass insulation - energy efficiency

I would recommend blown in fiberglass insulation for the attic. I just added an additional layer to my attic this fall. Much easier than roll insulation and it creates a seamless "blanket" of insulation in your attic. Both Home Depot and Lowes give you the machine for free if you buy 10 b...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Re: Attic fiberglass insulation - energy efficiency

For perspective this how much area I considering - pics of attic area in link:

http://imgur.com/a/e4PIe#XGWACJM
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Attic fiberglass insulation - energy efficiency

[Thread merged, see below. --admin LadyGeek] I've been renovating our recently purchased rather large house originally built in the 80's. My recent projects have revolved around improving energy efficiency. Our electricity bills are high. I am interested in taking additional steps beyond usual advi...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1803

Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency

I've been renovating our recently purchased rather large house originally built in the 80's. My recent projects have revolved around improving energy efficiency. Our electricity bills are high. I am interested in taking additional steps beyond usual advice. The attic area is equally as large. QUESTI...
by bottomfisher
Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tulum, Mexico
Replies: 11
Views: 1766

Re: Tulum, Mexico

Congratulations on anniversary! Visited Tulum a long time ago - approximately 1987. Flew to Yucatan Peninsula (Merida) and drove amongst various Mayan ruins with adventurous uncle/aunt - Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba, Uxmal. My memory was that Tulum more tourist oriented and less significant Mayan site ...
by bottomfisher
Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads not found easily in Google
Replies: 30
Views: 4664

Re: Bogleheads not found easily in Google

I'm also of the opinion Google results are personalized. I frequently Google various investment/finance associated terms and topics. Bogleheads threads are always at the top of these Google searches. At first I attributed this to Google engineers being Bogleheads... then I realized they may not nece...

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