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Re: Quicken 2014 and Vanguard Direct Connect issue

JamesSFO, I agree that discrepencies of a few thousands of a share are no problem.

LadyGeek, that is a good suggestion. If it's behavior that I can reproduce consistently (in an empty Quicken file vs. my populated file, etc), then I might be able to file a bug against Vanguard or Quicken 2014.
by eengstro
Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken 2014 and Vanguard Direct Connect issue
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Quicken 2014 and Vanguard Direct Connect issue

The upshot is that Quicken was downloading bad data from Vanguard. The placeholder entries were, in retrospect, a symptom of that bad data, i.e. Quicken automagically compensating for transactions that didn't add up to the expected total. Edited to add: I don't think the bad data issue can be fixed....
by eengstro
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken 2014 and Vanguard Direct Connect issue
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Quicken 2014 and Vanguard Direct Connect issue

My company recently transitioned its 401(k) program from Mass Mutual, which never supported Quicken, to Vanguard. I recently installed Quicken 2014, and decided that it would be cool to track my new Vanguard investments in my new version of Quicken. After downloading (via Direct Connect) from Vangua...
by eengstro
Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken 2014 and Vanguard Direct Connect issue
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Vehicle suggestions for Big & Tall?

I'm 6'5" and 230lbs, and have always found the BMW 3 Series to be quite comfortable.
by eengstro
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle suggestions for Big & Tall?
Replies: 64
Views: 8259

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

stemikger wrote:In other words, dieting is very much like investing. The real deal is not sexy or exciting, but over the long term that is what works.


YES. I hadn't thought of it exactly like that, but that's exactly right.
by eengstro
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 109
Views: 6571

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

I will second (third?) the recommendation of MyFitnessPal. I easily lost about 40 lbs doing nothing but calorie counting with MyFitnessPal, targeting 0.5 lbs lost a week. Here's a few points that I've learned along the way: ⋅ This isn't about dieting , i.e. something that you do for a whil...
by eengstro
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 109
Views: 6571

Re: Looking for Uninterrupted Power Source for Computer

For computer use, look for a UPS that puts out a pure sine wave when on battery power. Modern computer power supplies (i.e. active PFC) hate square waves, which is what cheaper UPS units put out. (They hate square waves so much that they might cut out when the UPS is on battery power, thus defeating...
by eengstro
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Uninterrupted Power Source for Computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1857

Re: Bond fund choices in 401(k)

I have been kicking around the idea of opening a Roth IRA with Vanguard for some time. I could certainly hold a combination of Total Bond Market and Total International Bond Market there as the bond portion of my overall portfolio. (I could also roll over the American Funds account to Vanguard for t...
by eengstro
Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond fund choices in 401(k)
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Bond fund choices in 401(k)

My employer has recently moved our 401(k) to Vanguard. :happy I'm basically taking the lazy portfolio approach, with 65% in the classic three stock funds (Total Stock Idx, Total Intl Stock Idx, REIT Idx) and 35% in bond funds. However, we don't have the full range of Vanguard bond funds available. W...
by eengstro
Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond fund choices in 401(k)
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: What are the stupidest things you wasted your $ on

Getting married, then getting divorced. :evil:
by eengstro
Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the stupidest things you wasted your $ on
Replies: 75
Views: 5756

Thanks for the replies so far. Unfortunately, rolling the account over to Vanguard is not an option at this time, although it is something I may do in the future.
by eengstro
Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best American Funds bond fund?
Replies: 7
Views: 2474

Best American Funds bond fund?

Hello Bogleheads, new (almost) poster, longtime reader here. I have a SIMPLE IRA through American Funds. I currently have about 2.2% allocated to the Bond Fund of America (ABNDX); the rest of the account is split between five different stock funds. I'm thinking I should have 20 or 30% of the account...
by eengstro
Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best American Funds bond fund?
Replies: 7
Views: 2474

I definitely agree that carrying a balance is undesirable. Unfortunately, things like marriage, divorce, and spousal support have a way of hosing one's finances, but I'll spare everyone that rant for now. :lol: I hope to be debt-free by the end of next year, while containing the damage in the meanti...
by eengstro
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: More credit card shenanigans
Replies: 14
Views: 2513

More credit card shenanigans

Recently, I was one day late with a payment to my Citi Mastercard, due to a dumb goof on my part. :oops: What did Citi do? They immediately raised the card to the default rate of 25.99% and wouldn't budge. So, I canceled them and transferred the balance to my credit union. A few weeks before that, I...
by eengstro
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: More credit card shenanigans
Replies: 14
Views: 2513

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