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Advice For Buying A House From A Big-Box Builder

Hi, My wife and I are about to build a house with a big-box builder. The builder is building literally one minute driving away from her work, and about three minutes away from my work, which is why we wanted to go with them. It's literally just across the street from her work, and down the road from...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice For Buying A House From A Big-Box Builder
Replies: 11
Views: 1501

Re: Getting married-do I really need a will?

The estate planning attorney that did our most recent wills, etc. gives an actual case of why almost everyone needs a will. This is a case of a recently married couple - with no will. Dm200, I'm sure that there are situations like the one you discussed where having a lawyer draft a will for you wou...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting married-do I really need a will?
Replies: 26
Views: 2028

Re: Maximize HSA or ESPP? Cash Flow Issues

It seems pretty obvious to at least get the company match from the hsa. I would also prioritize hsa above Roth ira. Can you talk about your espp plan a little more?
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Maximize HSA or ESPP? Cash Flow Issues
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations

I started looking at this today. I recently did a rollover of after-tax funds from this 401k to a Roth IRA in my wife's name. Would this disqualify us from rolling a taxable IRA into this same 401k since we already did it in that calendar year? Can I then later within 365 days rollover more after-ta...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:01 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations

I was editing my post while you responded. If your wife's 401k plan has low cost investment options and accepts inbound rollovers from IRA, she could rollover all of her Traditional IRA assets into the 401k and invisible to IRS form 8606. This would clean things up and allow her to use the backdoor...
by davidlukewilcox
Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations

Are you and your wife contributing to Traditional 401k, 403b, or 457b? These traditional contributions will reduce your AGI and MAGI for Roth IRA purposes to help you stay under the MAGI limits for direct Roth IRA contributions. Roth 401k/403b/457b contributions do not reduce AGI/MAGI. Yes. We are ...
by davidlukewilcox
Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations

For 2015, I expect my AGI to be right at about 180k. It could be higher or lower by as much as 10k-15k. This is the cutoff for roth ira contributions. I like to contribute as early as I can, but am realizing I may need to make my contributions through the back door. Is the best option here to just w...
by davidlukewilcox
Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth IRA Considerations
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Implementing Mega-Backdoor Roth IRA

Hi, My wife has access to after-tax 401k contributions of up to 10% of her salary. As well, she's allowed to make one in-service withdrawal of after-tax funds per 12-month cycle. I'm about at the point where I want to roll her after-tax funds everything over to a Vanguard Roth IRA I'm filling out th...
by davidlukewilcox
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Implementing Mega-Backdoor Roth IRA
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: Merrill Edge Screws Up My Roth IRA And Won't Fix It

The deadline for a rollover is 60 days. However, the IRS has discretion to waive the 60-day deadline. See this from the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Retirement-Plans-FAQs-relating-to-Waivers-of-the-60-Day-Rollover-Requirement. We've obtained a number of private letter rulings wa...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Edge Screws Up My Roth IRA And Won't Fix It
Replies: 9
Views: 1012

Re: Merrill Edge Screws Up My Roth IRA And Won't Fix It

I would ask for the dispute resolution dept. I would tell them what I was told, ask them if there is a record of the conversation, and ask how disputes are handled. In fact, you may ask if there is a record of the initial conversation where you were told to just transfer the money over. I have a ph...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Edge Screws Up My Roth IRA And Won't Fix It
Replies: 9
Views: 1012

Merrill Edge Screws Up My Roth IRA And Won't Fix It

Last November, at the beckoning of the finance buff in the article here (http://thefinancebuff.com/merrill-edge-commission-free-etf-no-atm-fee.html), I wanted to sign up for a Merrill Edge account. I moved $100k over to that account. Part of that was about $35k in a Roth IRA from Vanguard. The perso...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Edge Screws Up My Roth IRA And Won't Fix It
Replies: 9
Views: 1012

Re: Cutting the cable cord using media center

I have a similar setup. Except I installed some automatic commercial skipping software for wmc. I love the automatic commercial skipping.
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cable cord using media center
Replies: 27
Views: 3091

529 Early Withdrawal

Hi, I have a question about 529 early withdrawals. It seems like you can withdraw principal without any penalty and that the penalty only applies to interest. I live in a state with a tax deduction for my 529 (Utah). What happens if I take the deduction then very soon afterward remove the money from...
by davidlukewilcox
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 Early Withdrawal
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Moving--Rent or Sell Current Home

I'm moving soon. I was going to ask if I should rent or sell my current home. But, I decided to spend a couple of hours and make a spreadsheet for it. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H_9AdijsJYiBOrFvcyYc3lBstnoK_i-xGbcpNjv2r0U/edit?usp=sharing I assume a 8% discount rate (predicted stock mar...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving--Rent or Sell Current Home
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: Mortgage Options For Home

Another way to look at it is, do you feel it is more advantageous to have more cash flow (and flexibility) or build equity in the house? Or why not take the 30 yr fixed and pay down extra towards principle? You'd have to be disciplined enough to do that though but it gives you a little more flexibi...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Options For Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1176

Re: Mortgage Options For Home

I just talked to my lender. Regarding the 15-year loan. He says that it would be at 2.75% with a monthly payment of $1810 or so.
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Options For Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1176

Re: Mortgage Options For Home

Watty, Thanks so much for the response. You also didn’t mention if using any of the $185K in assets would cause you to pay things like capital gains taxes. If so that would favor a smaller down payment. Good point. I can make a 20% downpayment by only selling securities at a loss basically. I've alr...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Options For Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1176

Mortgage Options For Home

Hi, My wife and I are going to buy a home soon. I need to figure out what mortgage option I want to do. Home costs $335k. I have First, no matter what else, I negotiated with my buyer's agent that he keeps $2k of his 3% commission. I keep the rest and can apply it to closing costs. Not counting 401k...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Options For Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1176

Re: American Express Blue preferred vs Sallie Mae Mastercard

I have a Sallie Mae Mastercard. I use it on Amazon all the time. I've gotten 5% cash back on almost every purchase. There is a $750 per month limit. I say almost because i seem to remember one weird purchase where i didn't. But in general all amazon and marketplace purchases are included. Another pr...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: American Express Blue preferred vs Sallie Mae Mastercard
Replies: 45
Views: 7843

Re: Should I get an HSA?

IcedTea, I plan on doing that exact same plan when I get an HSA. The money is not taxed at any point as long as you save receipts and take it out in retirement for health needs. Even in retirement, though, after age 65 or so, it's treated just like an IRA (no penalties, but taxes for withdrawals for...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I get an HSA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: ESPP

It seems like you already know the answer. Just to do the math... Assume you sell twice a year as soon as you get the stock. Assume that the stock makes no major fluctuations during those two days. How much do you need to put into the plan each period in order to break even? X=X/.85-$50 X=1.18*X-$50...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ESPP [Employee Stock Purchase Plan]
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Upcoming changes to my 401K - Please help me adjust my A

Sorry, either your post is confusing to me, or I'm tired from a brand new baby. I'll try my best to help you out where I can. Regarding #1, if you need the money in two years or so, it seems like the best you should do is some type of short-term CD or if you're OK with losing a little bit of princip...
by davidlukewilcox
Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Upcoming changes to my 401K - Please help me adjust my AA
Replies: 6
Views: 779

Re: Purchasing Food at Work

I'll come out of my lurker corner for this one. I'm normally scoffed at at work for what I do. My wife bought me a rice cooker awhile ago. Then I buy bulk brown rice for about $0.55 per pound and keep a large bag with me. Then I find canned beans on sale for $0.45 per can. Overall, I spend about $0....
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Food at Work
Replies: 41
Views: 4409

Re: Advice for a private mortgage

You should think about reporting this gift to the irs.
by davidlukewilcox
Sun May 18, 2014 3:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for a private mortgage
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: First Mortgage Payment

My payment is due on the 1st. I have a late penalty after the 15th. I called the mortgage company to set up automatic payments. They said that the only date that they will deduct money is the 5th. I asked if I could pay before the 5th using automatic payments. They said "No." I have had no...
by davidlukewilcox
Sat May 17, 2014 8:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Mortgage Payment
Replies: 18
Views: 976

Which Medical Plan Should I Switch To?

Hi, My wife and I are going to have a baby in July. My question is whether or not I should switch insurance plans when this happens. The two plans are: 1) Healthfund. I have a healthfund with $4000 in it. Someone else owns this $4000, not me, but it will be used for medical expenses before I pay any...
by davidlukewilcox
Sat May 03, 2014 8:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Medical Plan Should I Switch To?
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Re: Rank These 401(k) Providers

I have Vanguard and my wife has had Transamerica at her previous job and Principal now. My brother-in-law has John Hancock. Out of all four, I like principal the best, mainly because they have a few cheap stock index funds to keep me happy (.1% ER) and they allow after-tax 401k contributions. To me...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rank These 401(k) Providers
Replies: 33
Views: 2997

Re: Rank These 401(k) Providers

I have Vanguard and my wife has had Transamerica at her previous job and Principal now. My brother-in-law has John Hancock. Out of all four, I like principal the best, mainly because they have a few cheap stock index funds to keep me happy (.1% ER) and they allow after-tax 401k contributions. To me,...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rank These 401(k) Providers
Replies: 33
Views: 2997

Re: Financial Status Review

Do you remember what happened to the Enron employees who owned a large portion of company stock? Poof, all gone! Enough said. The Boglehead philosophy: Do not take on too much. or too little, risk. Also, Warren Buffet never makes a sell decision based on tax consequences. You should be happy you ha...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial Status Review
Replies: 8
Views: 925

Re: Financial Status Review

The stock purchase plan seems scary, only a 15% discount and you have to hold for two years. Kind of sucks. Seems like what executives get, not regular employees. I'd try to reduce the risk here, pay the taxes if you must but reduce the exposure. I think you misunderstood how it works. I lock in a ...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial Status Review
Replies: 8
Views: 925

Financial Status Review

Hey, I think I've had enough life changes that I should get my financial status reviewed by the kind people here. I did a previous one about a year and a half ago here: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=105836 Emergency funds: None Debt: $161,000 30-year mortgage @3.25% Tax Fil...
by davidlukewilcox
Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial Status Review
Replies: 8
Views: 925

Re: Can Vanguard Become Too Big?

Yes. Vanguard can become too big.

All of the math that says that chasing alpha doesn't matter and you shouldn't do it depends on other people chasing alpha. If no one else is chasing alpha, then indexing becomes the wrong thing to do, and stock picking is the way to achieve maximum return.
by davidlukewilcox
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can Vanguard Become Too Big?
Replies: 24
Views: 3865

Help Reporting RSUs on Taxes

Hi, I have a question on what I'm supposed to do with RSUs on my taxes. In 2012, I sold some RSUs. When I did my taxes, ETrade had nothing in the "Cost Basis" column. That made me think, "Oh. These shares were *given* to me, so the cost is zero." So, I put that as my cost basis. ...
by davidlukewilcox
Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help Reporting RSUs on Taxes
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: 401k Overcontribution

I believe you can only add after-tax contributions after you reach the $17500 limit. In your case, you have to wait until 2014. As previously mentioned, rolling over the old 401k has limited your options. I'm confused about this. If I'm allowed to contribute after-tax contributions after the $17,50...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Overcontribution
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: 401k Overcontribution

Just to be clear, these after tax contributions are not roth? And they do not count toward the 17,500 limit? Does anyone have any IRS pages where I can read more about these? Does the employer match count toward the 17,500 limit?
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Overcontribution
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

401k Overcontribution

My wife got laid off shortly ago. Her 401k did not match at all. Nonetheless, we had already contributed the legal maximum for the year. She has contributed 17,500 into that 401k this year. After she got laid off, we rolled this 401k over to Vanguard almost immediately. She's found a new job, and th...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Overcontribution
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: Grok Tip 15 You're doing it wrong: Figuring stock/bond s

Grok, It seems like to be fair, if we're going to start calculating things like living expenses (mortgage) as part of our asset allocation (which I agree it should be to be realistic), we should also estimate other expenses like groceries, etc as part of this negative bond. If I spend $100 per month...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok Tip 15 You're doing it wrong: Figuring stock/bond split
Replies: 156
Views: 15093

Re: Software engineering jobs not paying that much?

I agree with curmudgeon. Glassdoor categorizes by job title, not career. They have a separate categorization for "Senior Software Engineer". They seem to get paid much more.
by davidlukewilcox
Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Software engineering jobs not paying that much?
Replies: 25
Views: 3425

Re: Best site for purchasing bonds

I don't know of any site to buy individual bonds. That said, Why do you want to invest in individual bonds? It seems irrational to me. Individual bonds have problems that are solved by bond funds: 1) Lack of liquidity of principal. 2) Undiversified in one organization. By investing in individual bon...
by davidlukewilcox
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best site for purchasing bonds
Replies: 9
Views: 1026

Re: Cutting Term Life Insurance Duration Short

Are you factoring in child care costs appropriately? Seems like $9k/kid/year is very low when I know childcare can easily cost $1000/month per child. I guess if my wife puts the kids in a day care, that means that she has a job. In that case, I assume that she would only take the job if it was more...
by davidlukewilcox
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Cutting Term Life Insurance Duration Short
Replies: 16
Views: 859

Cutting Term Life Insurance Duration Short

Hi, I was wanting some help on term life insurance duration. I'm 27. My wife is 24. We don't have kids yet, but probably will in the future. When we do, I need to buy life insurance. I played around with quotes on term4sale and noticed that going from a 20 year duration and it quoted me about $19.50...
by davidlukewilcox
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Cutting Term Life Insurance Duration Short
Replies: 16
Views: 859

Re: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick sto

Honestly, your dad seems a heck of a lot like mine. My dad used to be a petroleum engineer. For the past five to ten years or so, he has taken up active management of some sort, mostly commodity investing. He keeps most of his money in cash at the credit union though. At one point, when my mortgage ...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick sto

I think you're right, at a basic level. Problem is, there are two additional issues: 1 - In order to service this strategy, my dad has a huge portion of his portfolio in uninvested cash, waiting for buying opportunities. This cash isn't earning any return. 2 - He sells calls and puts rather than ou...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick sto

Someone's not likely to spend a whole portfolio on a vacation though. Davidlukewilcox said that this is "most of his [dad's] portfolio." I assert that the dad is not taking on much more risk than he otherwise would've in a TSM fund (the opportunity cost here). Given that the dad has a por...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick sto

Can anyone recommend a good introductory article to the value of diversification, or about diversifiable vs systematic risk? Just as an example, consider that you are in the business of insuring cargo ships. Consider that in any one year, you always collect $1,000,000 in insurance premiums. You als...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick sto

First, it's easy to show mathematically that diversification does not increase or decrease average return. It merely lowers risk. This may allow you to invest in riskier assets and this increase return risk adjusted. That said, I'm not sure what your dad is doing is a huge deal. 1. It sounds like he...
by davidlukewilcox
Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:40 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Diversifiable vs Systematic risk - dad likes to pick stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Donating Shares To Charity Is An Option?

afan, I do not want to do this myself since I'm a regular Joe Shmoe. Like I said, it's not economical for people like me myself to do this, just as a regular Joe Shmoe does not index by himself. He buys a fund. MNFinance, I don't want to do this myself. Like both you and I pointed out, it's not econ...
by davidlukewilcox
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Donating Shares To Charity Is An Option?
Replies: 6
Views: 600

Donating Shares To Charity Is An Option?

Hi, I give quite a bit to charity each year. I have realized that I can give appreciated securities to charity. When I do so, I get the full deduction for the market value of the securities, but nobody pays taxes on that market value. I do this when the shares rise. When shares fall in price, I can ...
by davidlukewilcox
Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Donating Shares To Charity Is An Option?
Replies: 6
Views: 600

Re: Need opinions about my broker's strategy

The options selling strategy is awful! It dramatically increases your exposure to risk. Worse, brokers are incentivized to do this risky approach instead of an approach that yields exactly the same amount, but is less risky. First, I will discuss how this approach is risky. What your broker is doing...
by davidlukewilcox
Thu May 23, 2013 7:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need opinions about my broker's strategy
Replies: 45
Views: 2476

Re: Treat your mortgage as a "negative exposure" to bonds?

My post will probably be glossed over, but I feel that it provides a new insight into the discussion. If we're going to include our mortgages as a negative bond (which I agree with since it is a fixed payment out every month), then we should also include our jobs as a positive bond (since it is a fi...
by davidlukewilcox
Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Treat your mortgage as a "negative exposure" to bonds?
Replies: 188
Views: 8882
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