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by fidelio
Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What to buy
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: What to buy

i'm no investment guru but retired w/ more $$ than i can spend (no such thing, right??) about four years ago, having accumulated various ira's, 401k's, etc. i have a cat, not a kitten, but mature like me. cost me $400 (a bengal) -- best investment i ever made. anyway, the reason i am posting a respo...
by fidelio
Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Spending from separate retirement buckets
Replies: 46
Views: 4337

Re: Spending from separate retirement buckets

retired three yrs., do have a "bucket" system of sorts. due to having various segegated ira's and a large 401k after 22 yrs. at a big co., it's easiest to just spend down each account in order (taxable, ira, 401k, roth), and i've set up the investments accordingly. spending taxable first, ...
by fidelio
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-Bogleheads approach to changing cars?
Replies: 44
Views: 5134

Re: Non-Bogleheads approach to changing cars?

well, having had 42 cars in 63 yrs., by my count, i make no claims to having a sensible car history. my first was a '54 v-dub, 2d a '58 ford bought at a junkyard for $35. i had ten when i was 19, all for under $100, including matched rambler wagons (a $5 and a 10), one supposed to be for parts .... ...
by fidelio
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wellington & Wellesley
Replies: 60
Views: 9257

Re: Wellington & Wellesley

as partially pointed out above, they are not truly active funds, but consistently follow a formula -- as articulated in the fund literature, if one is interested. the fund managers do not go around buying random stocks, but stick to their formulae, which involve specific types of equities, divedend ...
by fidelio
Tue May 05, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Car
Replies: 86
Views: 7900

Re: Luxury Car

audi a7 diesel.
by fidelio
Fri May 01, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Karate for kids—Thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 3085

Re: Karate for kids—Thoughts?

my son started kempo karate at a young age. in his case, it was a good thing as he stayed with it and after all the belt tests eventually acheived a jr. black belt in his teens, which gave him a big feeling of accomplishment. he had a formidible teacher, for whom he he developed respect, and i think...
by fidelio
Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MB vs Volvo vs. Other?
Replies: 48
Views: 4287

Re: MB vs Volvo vs. Other?

volvo.
by fidelio
Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you Bogleheads really follow the 3-4% SWR rule?
Replies: 48
Views: 5405

Re: Do you Bogleheads really follow the 3-4% SWR rule?

retired three years, started out w/ various swr schemes. i've found 2.5% does it for me, at least for the time being. that number is not really accurate, as i've spent some dollars on home improvement this year.
by fidelio
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has anyone changed their asset allocation
Replies: 58
Views: 3932

Re: Has anyone changed their asset allocation

been retired three years, sold my stock that i held in taxable as i'll need to spend it during this decade, purchased cd's -- liqudating taxable first, ira next, etc. so, not exactly a market timing action, even though it did affect the stock / bond ratio slightly, but "retirement spending timi...
by fidelio
Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Take mortgage on primary residence to buy rental property?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: Take mortgage on primary residence to buy rental propert

i did something like that in executing my retirement plan, which included a rental property. i purchased a condo from a bank, in terrible shape, but in a high end building, and paid cash, obtaining the needed cash in part from implementing one of the options discussed by the op, mortgaging my almost...
by fidelio
Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in So Cal
Replies: 52
Views: 5048

Re: Beach vacation in So Cal

l.a. native says laguna beach. hotels in all price ranges, some decent restaurants, nice orange co. setting away from the madding crowd.
by fidelio
Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Keynes’s Investment Principles
Replies: 23
Views: 4241

Re: Keynes’s Investment Principles

interesting to note that john bogle wrote the foreword to wasik's book on keynes' investing history.
by fidelio
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Just retired...any reason to move 401K to IRA?
Replies: 50
Views: 6539

Re: Just retired...any reason to move 401K to IRA?

i retired about two yrs ago from a mega-corp. fido manages the employer's 401k, and i had planned to roll everything over to a vanguard ira. however, on careful examination of the fees for their index funds (comparable to vanguard's), etc., but mostly bcs. of the existence of a svf, i stayed in the ...
by fidelio
Sun May 18, 2014 3:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: stable value stable?
Replies: 6
Views: 789

stable value stable?

there has been a lot of discussion on the dangers of owning bond funds. what about stable value funds? there must be scenarios in which these vehicles lose (such as everybody cashing out at once for some black swan reason).
by fidelio
Sun May 18, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Social Security at 62? Let’s Run the Numbers
Replies: 101
Views: 9028

Re: Social Security at 62? Let’s Run the Numbers

taking it at 62 = mistake at 81. call me a fool, but i kinduv like the idea that it's a bet i'd like to lose ....
by fidelio
Fri May 16, 2014 3:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Books for someone who is not that interested
Replies: 48
Views: 4393

Re: Books for someone who is not that interested

thanx cyberbob, i emailed the forbes art. to my son (26) -- short and to the point (invest in a 3-fund port.!). i gave him bogle's common sense book but i don't think he ever read it. maybe now that he's making a little money ....
by fidelio
Fri May 16, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wealth/asset insurance? Is this a thing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1027

Re: Wealth/asset insurance? Is this a thing?

you'll find that it is not a generally available type of policy unless you place all your ins. at the same carrier. it is also not an "absolute" protection -- in other words, like any ins. contract, it will only cover some assets under some fact circumstances. speak to an ins. person you t...
by fidelio
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buy VS Rent as a factor in Asset Allocation
Replies: 26
Views: 1606

Re: Buy VS Rent as a factor in Asset Allocation

david,

do you somehow factor in the property equity, which presumably increases over time, and the tax benefit, which presumably is also of value?

artie
by fidelio
Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?
Replies: 112
Views: 7981

Re: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?

iphone but i have a kindle. not a google fan ....
by fidelio
Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sci-Fi Short Story Recs
Replies: 60
Views: 3841

Re: Sci-Fi Short Story Recs

many great stories have been mentioned, but i can't believe no one has yet offered philip k. dick, who wrote dozens of great sci fi shorts. also, the granppappy of sci fi (although some would classify him as horror), h. p. lovecraft.
by fidelio
Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mini Cooper or Fiat 500?
Replies: 49
Views: 4559

Re: Mini Cooper or Fiat 500?

i've got a mini s and it's a great little car, fast -- but a bit of a toy. i think you have to be careful about the engines. has the bmw-sourced 3-cyl come out yet? that may be the one to go for. not too confident abt. the french engines, the chryslers were ok but that's getting vintage. anyway, a g...
by fidelio
Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Laptop Computer???
Replies: 41
Views: 3618

Re: Recommendations for a Laptop Computer???

i guess i'm hard on computers, as i just had the hd on my 17" dell inspiron laptop replaced at 3 yrs. they were good about it even though it was out of warranty. i had two apple laptops, an ibook and macbook pro. they both fell apart, literally -- the hinges on the screens crapped out, eventual...
by fidelio
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you "rent" movies?
Replies: 87
Views: 6539

Re: How do you "rent" movies?

+1 netflix. using the blu-ray option is a bit of a luxury, but i have an extreme home theater rig and really enjoy the pic. and sound qual.
by fidelio
Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone have VG's Managed Payout funds in their INV Portfolio
Replies: 19
Views: 1486

Re: Anyone have VG's Managed Payout funds in their INV Portf

there is some cheerful promotional language on vanguard's site on these funds, but i have found no one here who will admit to owning them. it may be worth noting that during a conversation w/ one of vanguard's own c.f.p.'s, although he did not disparage them, he steered me away from the idea. after ...
by fidelio
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Boglehead Car -- What is It?
Replies: 150
Views: 12423

Re: The Boglehead Car -- What is It?

hhmm .... i've had over 30 cars over the decades, a few new, but mostly beaters. is a beater a "boglehead" car? not really. i would say a boglehead car would be a 1980s benz diesel. there are many with several hundred thousand miles on them. i've had a few -- none ever completely died whil...
by fidelio
Thu May 30, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Include Social Security in Asset Allocation?
Replies: 25
Views: 1831

Re: Include Social Security in Asset Allocation?

well, this has been discussed many times; search for threads if interested.

fwiw, i calculated my asset allocation both counting and not counting s.s. i found identifying it as f.i. in these calculations resulted in a level of equity ownership with which i would not be comfortable in retirement.
by fidelio
Mon May 27, 2013 3:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total bond or Stable Asset?
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: Total bond or Stable Asset?

dave, fwiw i retired a year ago and have left my 401k at the employer's fidelity acct., and i have my whole f.i. allocation in a stable value fund there (not generally an option outside of 401k accts.). the numbers are like the one you posted. in my view, it's a great option. i suggest you research ...
by fidelio
Fri May 24, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Liability For 19 yr Old Son Driver
Replies: 5
Views: 733

Re: Liability For 19 yr Old Son Driver

+1 to overthehills submission. depends on the state, but your agent knows, or at least someone at his company. i was involved in casualty claims investigations for 32 years. i am therefore ridiculously over-insured. insurance is a sort of modern curse, but if it's not there when you need it, well ....
by fidelio
Fri May 24, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for access to www.nytimes.com ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2802

Re: Do you pay for access to www.nytimes.com ?

it can be gotten around, but i pay, for the reasons stated by the OP. plus the wife of one of my best friends is an editor there, so it would be unseemly to poach. i've taken it at different times as paper, in l.a. it's a little pricey, but the real problem is i want to read every article, and it re...
by fidelio
Fri May 24, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Vinegar kill weeds?
Replies: 31
Views: 3260

Re: Does Vinegar kill weeds?

to hell w/ roundup and the horse it rode in on. horrible poison. as it's beds: pull all weeds, dig up roots; vinegar solution (not salt, unless we're talking a driveway or something never to be planted again), but some use a little soap added in, can apply w/ old school watering can if area not too ...
by fidelio
Fri May 17, 2013 5:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Carmax Question
Replies: 4
Views: 959

Re: New Carmax Question

i believe many of their cars are lease returns, usually well-maintained, as stated by the previous poster. it's the "telltale" mileage -- 30,000, for example. everybody makes money in the car game (except for the retail buyer, of course -- he or she gets to lay rubber and burn fuel, for a ...
by fidelio
Fri May 17, 2013 5:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone with experience with Carmax?
Replies: 50
Views: 9828

Re: Anyone with experience with Carmax?

i bought a vehicle there last year. no problems at all. as other posters have stated, they will sell you a car for about market price, and buy yours for the wholesale price. i think the difference is that they have employees who are real mechanics who inspect and recondition all their product, and t...
by fidelio
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1320585

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

just finished "prague fatale," p. kerr. diff. title in european ed. i believe. have degree in european hist., love both kerr and alan furst. if you're not familiar w/ kerr's protagonist bernie gunther, and you like chandler, you can't miss. he's a detective w/ berlin's criminal police and ...
by fidelio
Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Total Bond Market or Stable Value (3.25%)
Replies: 23
Views: 2997

Re: Total Bond Market or Stable Value (3.25%)

"Yep, at least half of fixed income in the SV fund, if not all."
+1
by fidelio
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REITs vs. rental property
Replies: 7
Views: 2121

Re: REITs vs. rental property

i own both (a little reit in a roth and an income property), and i think it's obvious that the two are vastly different. it's like owning a car vs. owning gm stock, to present a clunky simile. as far as reits diversifying a portfolio, my understanding / experience is that they can twist a little dif...
by fidelio
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Charles Ellis says stay out of bonds
Replies: 122
Views: 11367

Re: Charles Ellis says stay out of bonds

what happened to short term bond funds?
by fidelio
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 30 year bond prices up 2-3% today!!
Replies: 39
Views: 4080

Re: 30 year bond prices up 2-3% today!!

i guess the "Federal Thrift Savings Plan G Fund" is like a stable value fund run by the fed. employee retirement system?
by fidelio
Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My thoughts on REITs
Replies: 20
Views: 3629

Re: My thoughts on REITs

i have a rental property and a little bit of a roth in a reit index. it's a long-haul thing ....
by fidelio
Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Core Four
Replies: 286
Views: 155340

Re: The Core Four

i have something pretty close in a roth at fido: - spartan s/t treas bd fid advantage class (fsbax) 15% - spartan extended mkt index fid adv class (fsevx) 10 - spartan real estate index fid adv class (fsrvx) 10 - sprtn total mkt indx fid advantage class (fstvx) 40 - fidelity inter bond (fthrx) 25
by fidelio
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bernstein: Make Peace With T-Bills
Replies: 50
Views: 4884

Re: Bernstein: Make Peace With T-Bills

i believe bernstein's main point is that f.i. will "revert to the mean" eventually, and those in junk or longer bonds will take a haircut, while those who stayed short will be able to re-invest at the new higher rates. my question is, hasn't benanke announced that the fed will do its utmos...
by fidelio
Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What investment does well as interest rates rise?
Replies: 29
Views: 4750

Re: What investment does well as interest rates rise?

grokster,

+1. those funds or bonds look great until the issuers are stressed; probably lots of defaults then.

have to be grateful uncle sam is trying to help john q public deal w/ such issues (ibonds, tips, now the floating rate treasuries this year).
by fidelio
Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wellesley Vs. Target Retirement Income
Replies: 46
Views: 5479

Re: Wellesley Vs. Target Retirement Income

i think wellesley's philosophy is solid, old school formula. i owned it for many years but don't now, as i've shortened my bond durations and don't have a place for it in my no-tax side. i hope to own it again after the fed gets out of their interest rate expedition.
by fidelio
Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Five Really Dumb Money Moves You've Got to Avoid
Replies: 24
Views: 4730

Re: Five Really Dumb Money Moves You've Got to Avoid

i've done 3 our of 5 (fancy b.f.a., oh well, part of being a dad, and even the kids w/ j.d.'s can't get jobs; and, stock options). these things aren't really "dumb," just moves which can breed regret on hindsight. i've got other real worries. as far as #5, wish i'd put everything into l.t....
by fidelio
Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What investment does well as interest rates rise?
Replies: 29
Views: 4750

Re: What investment does well as interest rates rise?

agree w/ keith that "diversification" is best policy. equities are gonna go up + down, nothing to be done. however , if one is concerned w/ bond prices dropping as interest rates rise, the only mutual funds i know about that supposedly follow rates up are money market and floating rate bon...
by fidelio
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Convertible securities
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Convertible securities

fwiw, i had the convertible fund at fidelity for some years, based on the supposed "downside protection." long story short, in my view overall, the fund underperformed / was disappointing (nor enough upside?). also fwiw, i'm a big fan of real basic index funds now. my view is that all the ...
by fidelio
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Stable Value Fund fee increase!
Replies: 20
Views: 3782

Re: Vanguard Stable Value Fund fee increase!

my s.v.f. at fido has an expense ratio of .29, has since end of 2011. i'll watch for any change. funny how those two things are "backwards" between the two outfits. the main reason i have stayed in the fido 401k in retirement is the very low e.r.'s in my co. funds w/ fido -- .02% for total...
by fidelio
Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: cpa costs
Replies: 5
Views: 741

cpa costs

long story short, i acquired a rental property a couple of years ago and the tax returns are over my head. i retained a high-end cpa firm on the rec. of a friend who is a real estate investor, and have had two returns done. i'm definitely not wealthy, just ok, and just retired, doing a little consul...
by fidelio
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bonds and interest rates
Replies: 18
Views: 1733

Re: Bonds and interest rates

i think the important issue is: when will you need to spend the bond fund monies? if the fund has a duration of 5 yrs. (as, say, vanguard's int. term calif. muni. fund), then you can ask yourself, if interest rates do rise, and the principal sinks, can you avoid spending the money in that account fo...
by fidelio
Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What asset classes to put in a Roth?
Replies: 61
Views: 4819

Re: What asset classes to put in a Roth?

i can see that there is no consensus here -- for asset class, some say bonds, reits, others have microcaps in their roths; and, it seems taxes, while always relevant, should not be the driving force in roth choices. i guess anything goes ,,,,,
by fidelio
Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why an Annuity vs Wellesley
Replies: 49
Views: 3788

Re: Why an Annuity vs Wellesley

Just to throw some gasoline on this fire, why Wellesley rather than Managed Payout Growth & Distribution? :) wow! now we're talkin' .... but not everybody at vanguard is a m.p.f. fan. as the poster stated somewhere that the money had to last, and a legacy was not a concern, it has to be a spia,...

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