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Re: Favorite Narrators for Fictional Audiobooks

I greatly enjoy hearing Will Patton read. He has received numerous awards for his audio book work, and he brings a wonderful depth and empathy to his reading. I first heard him reading James Lee Burke's books, and especially enjoyed all of the "Holland" character stories. Patton may be eve...
by cinghiale
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Narrators for Fictional Audiobooks
Replies: 24
Views: 1138

Re: Vanguard Wish List

I would like to have Vanguard combine the Total International Fund with the FTSE All-World Ex-US Fund (adding the latter to the former).

There's just no reason to have both of these funds in the Vanguard family.
by cinghiale
Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Wish List
Replies: 44
Views: 2986

Re: Update: 6 years into Buffett's Bet With Hedge Funds

Boglegrappler wrote,
I suppose its possible if overall returns are very low and you take the 2% fees into account.

This...

I think you answered your own question.
by cinghiale
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Update: 6 years into Buffett's Bet With Hedge Funds
Replies: 24
Views: 2723

Update: 6 years into Buffett's Bet With Hedge Funds

This from marketwatch.com: See full article at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/warren-buffett-on-track-to-win-hedge-fund-bet-2014-12-04 There's just four years left in the 10-year bet between billionaire Warren Buffett and a New York hedge fund firm, and it seems clear that Buffett will win handil...
by cinghiale
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Update: 6 years into Buffett's Bet With Hedge Funds
Replies: 24
Views: 2723

Re: Random life events

jstrazzere wrote:
And I happened to be born at a wonderful time, in a terrific country, where professional and financial growth was possible.


That one. It makes the outcomes and consequences of so many of the random events recounted in this thread possible.
by cinghiale
Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Random life events
Replies: 34
Views: 2941

Re: Random life events

Finding this forum. I might use the word "serendipitous" instead of random to describe the way in which I bumped into this forum, but getting here, paying attention to the questions and replies, and then taking action accordingly have had the biggest impact. As an aside, it took until I wa...
by cinghiale
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Random life events
Replies: 34
Views: 2941

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

I would second all of Victoria 's authors and books, and would add the following to that genre: The Drunkard's Walk Leonard Mlodinow How We Know What Isn't So Thomas Gilovich Mistakes Were Made ( But Not By Me) Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson And, for other disciplines and areas of inquiry: Consilie...
by cinghiale
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 9685

Re: Should I bite the bullet and sell my mining stocks?

grabiner wrote: The stock should be fairly priced now to reflect the possibility of a vote going up or down, so if you keep a large position in the stock while waiting for the vote, you are taking an extra risk with no benefit. David, Am I missing something here? How can a stock be "fairly pri...
by cinghiale
Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I bite the bullet and sell my mining stocks?
Replies: 23
Views: 2280

Re: RBD for Gold Miners

Since people have been mentioning "stay the course..." My only participation in metals is through Central Fund of Canada (CEF). I have held it for a very long time, the amount held is modest, and I consider it to be part investment, part insurance (the latter motivated mainly by my view th...
by cinghiale
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: RBD for Gold Miners
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

Re: RBD for Gold Miners

RBD....?

Really Bad Day?
by cinghiale
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: RBD for Gold Miners
Replies: 12
Views: 1589

Re: Anyone here use Personal Capital?

Adding to what I just posted, I noticed this question posed by user RBDan on a thread entitled "New graph on Personal Capital Dashboard" a few months ago: All of my accounts have online fraud insurance as long as I do NOT share my password with anyone. My concern is that if Personal Capita...
by cinghiale
Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here use Personal Capital?
Replies: 56
Views: 7286

Re: Anyone here use Personal Capital?

SuperGrafx wrote: I was also a bit concerned about an external website having access to all my accounts. I'm late to the conversation, but just read through all the posts and noticed that the quote above was the only mention of security concerns. Anyone else using or considering using Personal Capi...
by cinghiale
Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here use Personal Capital?
Replies: 56
Views: 7286

Do Wellesley's Equities Outperform?

I have been a long term holder of Wellesley Income fund. Its one of the few actively managed funds I have. There have been a number of good threads about this fund over the past few years, and Wellesley seems to command the loyalty of a number of forum members. The Wellesley-related conversations in...
by cinghiale
Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Wellesley's Equities Outperform?
Replies: 41
Views: 5115

Re: Who are the BogleHeads.org heavyweights?

I would add those experts who are often referenced in threads, but who either don't post here or do not post often.

Three people who deserve mention are Jim Otar, John Norstad, and Wade Pfau.
by cinghiale
Fri May 30, 2014 7:22 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Who are the Bogleheads.org heavyweights?
Replies: 127
Views: 9795

Re: Should I move Cref assets to Vanguard?

Big, big "second" to what sscritic wrote. I'm in TIAA-CREF at work, and will very likely stay with them after retirement to keep my holdings in the Traditional fund and the Real Estate fund. Those are my only investments with TIAA-CREF. To repeat what has already been said: You would be ha...
by cinghiale
Fri May 23, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I move Cref assets to Vanguard?
Replies: 19
Views: 1145

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2014!

Mitchell777 asked, Did you use the Trinity Study (4% for 30 years/3% for 40 years), Wade Pfau's much lower withdrawl rate, Firecalc, Otar calculator, pension so significant that investment income is almost unneccesary, waiting to be closer to SS age, buying annuity, etc I'm not "there" ye...
by cinghiale
Fri May 23, 2014 2:02 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2014!
Replies: 257
Views: 25141

Re: Article about 401k Fees

Agree with jasc15 on this. The article was short, simply- and well-stated, and included a memorable graphic showing just how much is forfeited over an entire career of earning when a hypothetical 1.33% (rather than the 0.08% ER of an index fund) is skimmed off the top. Someone with no interest in or...
by cinghiale
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Article about 401k Fees
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: How did people work out in the past?

Add to the conversation Joe Weider and the mainstreaming of weight lifting. Back in the 1960s, lots of us had simple, but versatile weight sets, with a basic bench, straight bar, two dumbbell bars, and those clanky red collars to hold on the plates. I still prefer free weights to the machines. With ...
by cinghiale
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did people work out in the past?
Replies: 36
Views: 2592

Re: Great Finance History Book

Pacific wrote: Ron Chernow's "The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance" Don't let the title put you off I could not put this book down (and it is a long book!) But... but... but... the Kindle for that one costs $9.99 !!! I'm anchored to $1.00 now.
by cinghiale
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Great Finance History Book
Replies: 33
Views: 4308

Re: MPT, Markowitz, Efficient Frontier and Vanguard, NOT!

Clever_Username asked: How about just a link to where your research paper was published; or, at least, a journal name. If you wrote a research paper, you must have submitted it for peer review and publication, right? Wrong. The linked paper looks like an amalgam of lots of familiar graphs and chart...
by cinghiale
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MPT, Markowitz, Efficient Frontier and Vanguard, NOT!
Replies: 66
Views: 4802

Re: Great Finance History Book

Many thanks, Bill. Just downloaded it.

Now if I could just find that wonderful garlic salami for you as a proper way of saying "thanks."
by cinghiale
Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Great Finance History Book
Replies: 33
Views: 4308

Re: Boglehead quotes

While not directly from a Boglehead poster, I have included this quote from Upton Sinclair in a number of threads. Nothing encapsulates the communication problem between financial advisor/stockbroker and client better than this: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his sa...
by cinghiale
Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [favorite] Boglehead quotes
Replies: 28
Views: 2735

Re: POLL: Is someone in your family a member of this Forum?

I find a direct (inverse) relationship between the freedom I have in this forum and my very adverse reaction to the thought of someone (family, friends, work colleagues) knowing who I am. Anonymity allows me to explore ideas and reveal personal data that I would never think of expressing to most any...
by cinghiale
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Is someone in your family a member of this Forum?
Replies: 36
Views: 2196

Re: The Power of Zero (0% tax bracket in retirement) book

CyberBob wrote: I haven't read it either, but I found that he's got a website where you can preview chapter 1 of the book. Then, frugaltype wrote: The amazon reviews I read sound like sales pitches, and they're written by people with a total of 1 or 2 reviews only. Go to the book's website, and tak...
by cinghiale
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Power of Zero (0% tax bracket in retirement) book
Replies: 22
Views: 4067

Re: Do you have a personal devils advocate.

Victoria wrote: I am not saying that I can make unbiased decisions. I can't, nobody can. Not even Popper, Taleb and Kahneman. Agreed. In fact, the latter two will be the first to admit that certain biases need constant attention and that one is never fully and finally purged of them. (I'm not sure ...
by cinghiale
Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you have a personal devils advocate.
Replies: 17
Views: 1823

Re: Do you have a personal devils advocate.

I like the idea behind this thread. Do we look to falsify rather than confirm our thinking in complex or contested areas? This is good scientific method and sound critical thinking. It is at the heart of Karl Popper's thought, and comes through quite often in Nassim Taleb's and Daniel Kahneman's wri...
by cinghiale
Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you have a personal devils advocate.
Replies: 17
Views: 1823

Re: I'm feeling old today

Some of this has the ring of "older than thou."

So, in the spirit of "going one better than the last guy:"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo

:wink:
by cinghiale
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm feeling old today
Replies: 97
Views: 7296

Re: Croatia

With only 3-4 nights it is hard to recommend lots of other destinations. You do not want to spend too much of your time in transit. I am assuming that you are beginning from Geneva, so jet lag will not be an issue. Might you take a boat to Hvar from Dubrovnik after two nights there? We discovered Hv...
by cinghiale
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Croatia
Replies: 41
Views: 2991

Re: "How Vanguard Funds Stacked Up"

The Vindication of Simplicity!
by cinghiale
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "How Vanguard Funds Stacked Up"
Replies: 16
Views: 2533

Re: Entire Retirement Portfolio in One Stock

Past threads/discussions have brought up the strategy of investing equal amounts in Target Retirement (per Taylor's recommendation) and Wellesley Income. If your MIL is enamored with dividends, Wellesley is concentrated in only 50-60 proven dividend players. Target Retirement holds a much broader ba...
by cinghiale
Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Entire Retirement Portfolio in One Stock
Replies: 32
Views: 2953

Re: NY Times:For Some, Retirement Is Out of Reach. For Other

This caught my eye: The findings are consistent with what financial experts have been warning: that baby boomers, who are often caring for ailing parents and supporting their fiscally challenged children while trying to navigate their own lives, are in over their heads. Medical problems, mortgages, ...
by cinghiale
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:33 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Times:For Some, Retirement Is Out of Reach. For Others, B
Replies: 17
Views: 3620

Re: "The Incredible January Barometer"

I'm stuck on the fact that this bit of wisdom is based on an n of 63. That sure ain't much to work with.
by cinghiale
Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Incredible January Barometer"
Replies: 17
Views: 2630

Outstanding Steve Forbes Interview with Daniel Kahneman

A recent Forbes interview with Daniel Kahneman has the Nobel Laureate sounding quite "Bogleheadish." http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2013/01/24/nobel-prize-winner-daniel-kahneman-lessons-from-hitlers-ss-and-the-danger-in-trusting-your-gut/ A few choice moments in the exchange: On i...
by cinghiale
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Outstanding Steve Forbes Interview with Daniel Kahneman
Replies: 3
Views: 704

Re: NY Times: In Fund Expenses, Tenths of a Point Mean a Lot

Novine quoted: "The average total expense ratio, which encompasses management fees and operating expenses but not brokerage commissions and other trading costs, is 1.33 percent of assets a year for domestic stock funds and 0.97 percent for domestic bond funds, according to Morningstar I find t...
by cinghiale
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Times: In Fund Expenses, Tenths of a Point Mean a Lot
Replies: 20
Views: 2255

Re: "A Thanksgiving Day with Jack Bogle"

Greetings to all on the forum from Italy. Here, this Thursday is just another day. But, as Americans, La Bella Signora and I are marking the day and are mindful of our immense blessings. I cannot even begin to calculate how much the Bogleheads have contributed to our knowledge, investment savvy, and...
by cinghiale
Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: "A Thanksgiving Day with Jack Bogle"
Replies: 13
Views: 1493

Re: Buy High Dividend Stocks and Ignore The Noise

Here's my dividend strategy: Wellesley Income Fund.
by cinghiale
Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buy High Dividend Stocks and Ignore The Noise
Replies: 71
Views: 6616

Re: Why do you work?

Per Victoria's first post on this thread, not only is there "status quo bias" but there is also Status Anxiety . Anyone thinking over retirement but cognizant of the work-identity link owes him/herself a careful reading of Alain de Botton's splendid book by the same title. It provides grea...
by cinghiale
Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do you work?
Replies: 73
Views: 6403

Mebane Faber's "Shareholder Yield Fund" (SYLD): Thoughts?

A recent thread on free e-books mentioned Mebane Faber's book(let) entitled Shareholder Yield: A Better Approach to Dividend Investing . I scooped it up during its "free phase" (though, with Amazon Prime, it still can be read for free) and finally had the opportunity to read it this week. ...
by cinghiale
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mebane Faber's "Shareholder Yield Fund" (SYLD): Thoughts?
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: One More "Don't Buy This Book" from Bill Bernstein

What a great descriptive line and bit of imagery from 70's Motown: "In a forthcoming e-book, “Deep Risk: How History Informs Portfolio Design,” Mr. Bernstein sifts through decades of financial data and global history to identify what creates deep risk. The four causes he came up with sound almo...
by cinghiale
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One More "Don't Buy This Book" from Bill Bernstein
Replies: 73
Views: 11535

Re: Hedonic treadmill in retirement

Victoria, I'm not surprised that you framed your original question with Daniel Gilbert in mind. You may have noticed that I used his construct of past/memory and present/perception while substituting goals and ambitions for "imagination" in looking at how we encounter the future. Gilbert w...
by cinghiale
Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hedonic treadmill in retirement
Replies: 107
Views: 8843

Re: Hedonic treadmill in retirement

Victoria, Fact is, you will be a different "you" at the end of 2014 and your year of planned fun activities. Sometimes such a year does not raise the bar for all future perceptions of enjoyment and fulfillment (like getting used to the luxury car you had longed for and finally purchased) a...
by cinghiale
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hedonic treadmill in retirement
Replies: 107
Views: 8843

Re: Going to Europe and Getting the Best Exchange Rate

Another vote for Charles Schwab Bank and its bank card for ATM withdrawals. Not only do they refund the ATM fees, their exchange rate is very close to the posted Euro/Dollar exchange for that day. It is about the best deal going. I use the Capital One card for ALL credit card purchases abroad. No ex...
by cinghiale
Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Going to Europe and Getting the Best Exchange Rate
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: Why should you invest in precious metals?

Might there be some connection between investing in gold and silver and being called a "Bolehead?" :wink:
by cinghiale
Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why should you invest in precious metals?
Replies: 13
Views: 1002

Re: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You

Ecco Shoes Vitamix blender An urban condominium in a marvelous location And a new one: Upgrading to Gold status via the Hilton Hotels "Surpass" card with American Express. La Bella Signora and I are traveling for the balance of this year. Thus far, we have stayed at Hilton properties in Ro...
by cinghiale
Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You
Replies: 361
Views: 41332

Re: Please advise on Gold Coin Purchase

I would be interested in knowing what 10K represents, percentage-wise, in your portfolio. If you have a half a million to a million in savings, you are dabbling with a percent or two of your assets. If you only have 30,000 in savings, you are considering a major commitment. I have held CEF, Central ...
by cinghiale
Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please advise on Gold Coin Purchase
Replies: 28
Views: 2998

Re: Anyone wish to share their play money investments?

Ed 2wrote:
deleted in response of criticism as well,sorry Victoria!!!!, ... [updated with Ed 2's apology -- admin LadyGeek]

[Response to prior comment removed by admin LadyGeek]
by cinghiale
Sun May 05, 2013 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone wish to share their play money investments?
Replies: 56
Views: 3799

Re: 6 ways money *can* buy happiness

Even if it has been posted before, it is worth seeing again.

#4... Spending money to open up time... that's it, right there.

Thanks, backofbeyond, for posting.
by cinghiale
Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 6 ways money *can* buy happiness
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

Re: How $1 fee becomes $32

nisiprius wrote: Warning: I used Excel, the same tool used by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff to make a huge mistake that has misguided public policy for several years... When your stess level goes down a bit, will you enlarge on this a bit? I'm familiar with the authors (and see them quoted by ...
by cinghiale
Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How $1 fee becomes $32
Replies: 15
Views: 2447

Best/Favorite ipad Apps

I just made the jump and bought an ipad. And, with that, comes the world of apps. I would like to poll the forum: Which apps have you found to be the most essential, useful, fun, and/or innovative? I'm looking for both financial and non-financial suggestions.
by cinghiale
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best/Favorite ipad Apps
Replies: 34
Views: 4116

Re: Things to do in Israel?

I have two questions which I hope are relevant to this discussion. I do not want to hijack the thread, but simply solicit a bit of detail on two travel and spending issues. First, our investigations thus far have brought up some concerns about car rentals. For those who have rented cars in Israel, h...
by cinghiale
Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Israel?
Replies: 30
Views: 1767
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