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Re: How much is reasonable to spend on vacation?

I'm like previous responses and am frugal in many areas, but when I travel I go all out. When I travel I don't like to be inconvenienced. It's my vacation time, and I want it to be as stress-free as possible. I won't stay in cheap hotels. If the flight is a long international one, I'll use miles to ...
by corner559
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much is reasonable to spend on vacation?
Replies: 30
Views: 2832

Re: What do you splurge on?

I splurge on luxury travel and eating out. But because of where I live, I rent a tiny apartment for dirt cheap, no longer own a car (public transportation is excellent where I am), and when I'm not eating at nice restaurants I have no problems going to pick up fast food for a quick bite.
by corner559
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 231
Views: 19398

Re: TIPS Mutual Funds

My fixed income assets are evenly divided between VG's Total Bond and VG's TIP fund.
by corner559
Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Mutual Funds
Replies: 42
Views: 2867

Re: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room

I don't usually travel with a laptop, but I have a friend who does. He always leaves his on the desk or table with it open and a post-it pointed to the webcam camera that says, "Smile! You're on camera!"

He's never had his stolen once.
by corner559
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room
Replies: 65
Views: 7198

Re: Low Price Nikon Camera

I shoot professionally as a side gig. I think that these days the newest phones rival many point and shoot cameras. If that's all you're looking to spend on a camera, I think you're better off putting that money towards a new phone with decent camera. When I don't feel like lugging my big DSLR aroun...
by corner559
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low Price Nikon Camera
Replies: 31
Views: 1754

VG Total Stock Market Index Fund

[Thread merged, see below. --admin LadyGeek] This was just published on Marketwatch. Would be curious to hear reactions about this article that says that the Total Stock Market Index fund isn't all it's cracked up to be. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-vanguard-total-stock-market-isnt-the-best...
by corner559
Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:15 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 10 Reasons why Merriman dislikes Total Stock Mkt
Replies: 155
Views: 17244

Re: Live in Japan with no plans of coming home. Should I do

I also live overseas and have had a lot of talks with people on this issue. This is what I've found to be true for my case. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. Anything I earn under the foreign earned income exclusion is not subject to US taxes but still most reported to the IRS. All income inco...
by corner559
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Live in Japan with no plans of coming home. Should I do IRA
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

Re: Conservative portfolio results?

Look and see what that same $250,000 would've earned you in VG's Total Stock Market Index Fund (net of fees, of course), and see how it compares. I think you'll find the answer is pretty clear.
by corner559
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Conservative portfolio results?
Replies: 41
Views: 3580

Re: Favorite TED Talks


The Gladwell talk is one of my favorites of all time.
by corner559
Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite TED Talks
Replies: 26
Views: 3501

Japan-like market returns

There's another thread about how you handled the 2008 bear market. I answered (maybe too smugly) that I didn't change anything and wouldn't again when we have a repeat, and I still stand by that answer. However, I do wonder how I would fare if the US markets experienced a protracted bear market span...
by corner559
Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Japan-like market returns
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

Re: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?

- How did you handle the 2008 bear market ? No differently than any other time. The only thing that might have been different is that I rebalanced twice in the same year. Normally I only rebalance once a year. - Did you stay the course ? If so, how ? (stop looking at your net worth etc) Yes. How cou...
by corner559
Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:06 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?
Replies: 79
Views: 6235

Re: A Good Trip Overseas

I've done a bit of traveling, and these are places that I think are must-see tourist destinations in no particular order...

1) Paris
2) Istanbul
3) Bali
4) Serengeti Plain in Tanzania
5) India
6) Cambodia
7) Prague
8) Peru
9) Egypt (yes, I think it's safe to visit now for tourists)
10) China
by corner559
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Good Trip Overseas
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Re: Vacation in France

Live life to its fullest. That does not mean you have to be irresponsible and fritter away your entire nest egg. But it should mean not having to be a miser. You've obviously done well the last decade, so why not reward yourself and enjoy some of the spoils now while you can? I left my corporate job...
by corner559
Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation in France
Replies: 96
Views: 6640

Re: Is it ever a good idea to co-own real estate with parent

Not such a good idea. Also make sure that all parties involved clearly outline who gets what in the event there's a question of inheritance of the property and that you keep it out of probate. Knock on wood it won't ever come to that, but you need to cover your bases.
by corner559
Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever a good idea to co-own real estate with parents?
Replies: 20
Views: 1347

Re: Questions about flying with a toddler

Unbelievable. Can you elaborate on that? FWIW, I tortured myself about that same decision. Read lots of articles and saw interviews with FAs who recommended a separate seat and told horror stories. At the end of the day, isn't that risk similar to the risk when carrying an infant or worse getting t...
by corner559
Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about flying with a toddler
Replies: 35
Views: 2335

Re: Questions about flying with a toddler

Unbelievable. Can you elaborate on that? FWIW, I tortured myself about that same decision. Read lots of articles and saw interviews with FAs who recommended a separate seat and told horror stories. At the end of the day, isn't that risk similar to the risk when carrying an infant or worse getting t...
by corner559
Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about flying with a toddler
Replies: 35
Views: 2335

Re: Questions about flying with a toddler

An unsecured child in an adult's lap in an aircraft will be a projectile in the event of severe turbulence or crash. So if you think aircraft seat belts are a reasonable precaution for you, you should be giving your child the same precaution. And, for that matter, the other passengers around you wh...
by corner559
Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about flying with a toddler
Replies: 35
Views: 2335

Re: Questions about flying with a toddler

Babies in the lap are EXTREMELY unsafe during severe turbulence and efforts are underway to get the FAA to ban the practice of allowing toddlers to ride for free. Anyone who's seen stories about last year's turbulent UA flight from Denver to Idaho knows that it's nearly impossible to keep an infant ...
by corner559
Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about flying with a toddler
Replies: 35
Views: 2335

Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX)

I have a small amount of money I use for purely speculation. Does anyone else think that the price of this fund is starting to look make it look attractive based on its history? Or would I just be gambling my money away?
by corner559
Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX)
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Should I use 50k Delta miles for a $600 flight?

I usually use UA or one of their partners. I've found that I get much more bang for my miles if I upgrade from economy to business, especially for international flights. I always use my miles only for upgrades.
by corner559
Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I use 50k Delta miles for a $600 flight?
Replies: 73
Views: 4730

Re: New to Investing, Based in Hong Kong

You may also want to check out Charles Schwab. They allow expats abroad open brokerage accounts through which you could purchase ETF's.
by corner559
Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New to Investing, Based in Hong Kong
Replies: 54
Views: 3228

Re: New to Investing, Based in Hong Kong

Check this out...

https://global.vanguard.com/portal/site/home

Here's a link to the HK site...

https://www.vanguard.com.hk/portal/home.htm

I know the offerings are limited, but might be worth a look.
by corner559
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New to Investing, Based in Hong Kong
Replies: 54
Views: 3228

Re: How do you wash your car?

I get mine washed and vacuumed. I don't have the time or desire to do it myself. Ditto for housework. I have my placed cleaned a 2-3 times a month.
by corner559
Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you wash your car?
Replies: 143
Views: 7394

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

Seriously? I'm amazed that as educated as people are on this board, we still get questions like this.
by corner559
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6482

Re: Are Vanguard's target-retirement funds too aggressive?

Absolutely not. The allocations are just fine where they are and were too conservative when they first rolled out. The notion of bond=age is far too conservative IMHO. I'm currently 90% in equities which is 25-30% off where I should be if I were to follow the age rule. For those under 30, I think 10...
by corner559
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Vanguard's target-retirement funds too aggressive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1822

Re: Schwab or Vanguard for account when living abroad?

Vanguard let me keep my MF's but wouldn't allow me to open a brokerage account.
by corner559
Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:17 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab or Vanguard for account when living abroad?
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Dollar averaging or single market entry

I would like to start with investing for the long term according to the bogglehead principles (I am 26 years old). My idea would be to save up money first and invest this once or twice a year at a fixed date in order to keep transaction costs low. At the moment I have saved up around $40,000 which ...
by corner559
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dollar averaging or single market entry (in Switzerland)
Replies: 18
Views: 1358

Re: Hamilton watches, worth the money?

Here's where Hamilton ranks in relation to the other brands that Swatch owns, at least according to Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swatch_Group

And another perspective...

http://www.chronocentric.com/watches/brands.shtml
by corner559
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hamilton watches, worth the money?
Replies: 262
Views: 14804

Re: Couch Surfing

I've never tried it myself but know many people who've both hosted and stayed at places through the site, and no one I know has ever had a problem. The site is very good at vetting participants through reviews, so it tends to weed out the bad apples pretty quickly. If I had the space, I'd probably h...
by corner559
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Couch Surfing
Replies: 90
Views: 6036

Re: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?

Browser wrote:DOW on rollercoaster last few days, looks like it's straight down today. Might be headed for a 300 point loss or more unless the dip buyers show up. :shock: :shock:

Who cares? If you're in it for the long haul one day or even a few months of down days shouldn't matter.
by corner559
Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?
Replies: 464
Views: 36385

Re: Splurge vacation recovery--Hawaii or?

I agree on Cabo. Also, Scottsdale has some nice resorts as does Palm Springs.
by corner559
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Splurge vacation recovery--Hawaii or?
Replies: 30
Views: 2998

Re: Why not 100% Stocks?

galeno wrote:100% equities is a roller coaster ride that's too intense. I like our roller coaster to be tempered vy 40% bonds.


If your time horizon is very long and retirement is decades away who cares about the roller coaster. There's absolutely no reason NOT to be invested 100% in equities.
by corner559
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why not 100% Stocks?
Replies: 274
Views: 21873

Re: Will you invest in Bill Gross's new bond fund?

abuss368 wrote:No chance!

We will stay the course with Total Bond Index!

+1
by corner559
Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Will you invest in Bill Gross's new bond fund?
Replies: 51
Views: 3046

Re: Will you invest in Bill Gross's new bond fund?

You need an option for those who were never invested with Pimco to begin with.
by corner559
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Will you invest in Bill Gross's new bond fund?
Replies: 51
Views: 3046

Re: 'Play Money' - why 5%?

I chose 5% because it's a nice round number, and if things did go wrong (and they have sometimes), it's not the end of the world. I do it, not because it's rational, but because it satiates my appetite for risk. With all my other money I'm very conservative and adhere to the Boglehead rules pretty s...
by corner559
Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 'Play Money' - why 5%?
Replies: 42
Views: 1687

Re: Anybody manage a rental property long distance?

I'm overseas and used to rent out my property back in the States. I had a local management company take care of everything. All I had to do was approve repairs and minor requests of the renters. They made it painless and easy though I did have a couple renters who broke their lease, and it took long...
by corner559
Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anybody manage a rental property long distance?
Replies: 13
Views: 899

Re: What's your one big takeaway from the Crash of 2008?

Biggest lesson is to stay the course and stick to your asset allocation. I did that, and 6 years later I've done VERY well for myself. I used to own a small number of stocks in my "casino" account and the other thing I learned is that there is no stock too big to fail. I saw huge "saf...
by corner559
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's your one big takeaway from the Crash of 2008?
Replies: 310
Views: 45524

Re: inherited 500k, still a college student, how to invest??

My advice is to not tell ANYBODY about this windfall except very close friends or family members. Do not drastically change your lifestyle or expenses. Do not shell out money just because you can. Live like you don't have this money at all, and you will become very wealthy in the future. I also sec...
by corner559
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: inherited 500k, still a college student, how to invest???
Replies: 55
Views: 6044

Re: inherited 500k, still a college student, how to invest??

I also agree that you should check out the Vanguard Lifestrategy Funds. You can choose how aggressive you want to be by what percentage of bonds you hold. If you are using 100k for school and living, you could put all of the rest into an All-in-One fund like the Lifestrategy Growth (VASGX) or Moder...
by corner559
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: inherited 500k, still a college student, how to invest???
Replies: 55
Views: 6044

Re: inherited 500k, still a college student, how to invest??

A lot of replies seem to be forgetting that this will be sitting in a taxable account. Whatever you invest in you want to be tax efficient or you'll end up with a decent sized tax bill annually. I was also in a similar situation not too long ago and ended up quartering the funds between Total Bond F...
by corner559
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: inherited 500k, still a college student, how to invest???
Replies: 55
Views: 6044

Re: Air Purifier for Allergies

I've been using Vornado HEPA air purifiers for years and really like them. (I don't like the ion ones as others have mentioned as it creates ozone from what I've heard). The HEPA filters completely remove odor and dust which I love. I just let the filter run all day and when I come home my place is ...
by corner559
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Purifier for Allergies
Replies: 29
Views: 2256

Re: Hamilton watches, worth the money?

Personally, if you can afford a Zegna suit, I'd go for a better watch with at least a little more cachet. Why not look at Tag's? I only looked at hamilton because it was on sale. is Tag's a better watch? I am not so sure.... but maybe... I am surely not willing to spend $2000 on a watch though, may...
by corner559
Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hamilton watches, worth the money?
Replies: 262
Views: 14804

Re: Hamilton watches, worth the money?

Personally, if you can afford a Zegna suit, I'd go for a better watch with at least a little more cachet. Why not look at Tag's?
by corner559
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hamilton watches, worth the money?
Replies: 262
Views: 14804

Re: Hiring your kids

My father used to run a large corporation, and he had a strict policy of not employing family. He felt that each of us should make it on our own. At the time, I felt that wasn't fair. But in hindsight, I'm glad he did it.
by corner559
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hiring your kids
Replies: 34
Views: 2137

Re: Anyone have a house with a pool?

Used to have a pool that we could use year round. We had someone come weekly to clean it and treat it with chemicals for around $50/week plus extra for supplies such as chlorine tablets and such. As others have said, if you don't take care of it, it can become a big liability, so make sure that you'...
by corner559
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a house with a pool?
Replies: 32
Views: 2575

Re: Coin Counting Machines

awval999 wrote:Using Coinstar and receiving your money in Amazon credit is as good as cash.
You can buy anything on Amazon. Batteries, toiletries, gifts, games, etc.
I personally give all coins to my wife, except pennies. I throw away pennies.

Why on earth would you throw away money???
by corner559
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coin Counting Machines
Replies: 58
Views: 4463

Re: Vanguard Lost $50k

And then it's only about 1% of your assets at Vanguard. You should be proud that it really doesn't matter in the end what happens to this $50K. Really. Net worth is irrelevant here. The bottom line is they somehow managed to misplace 50k and don't appear to be in any hurry to resolve it. OP has eve...
by corner559
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Lost $50k
Replies: 103
Views: 10930

Re: Roth Conversion From Rollover IRA

Thanks for the replies. Paying up to the 15% tax bracket makes perfect sense. Will do that each year until I've converted everything.
by corner559
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Conversion From Rollover IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: POLL: What was the first stock you ever bought?

Mine was Tiffany & Co when I was 15.
by corner559
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:36 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: POLL: What was the first stock you ever bought?
Replies: 74
Views: 3030

Roth Conversion From Rollover IRA

Because I'm overseas, I pay very little in US taxes. This upcoming year, my US-based income will be only 10-15,000 US$. Because of that, I'm thinking of converting my Rollover IRA money to a Roth and had a couple of questions. 1) Assuming a long-term annual gain of 6-7% in my retirement portfolio, i...
by corner559
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:50 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Conversion From Rollover IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 409
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