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Wiki Links

Hi- Just wanted to let you know the links to the simba spreadsheet and Norbert's link to index universe in the Wiki need to be updated.
Regards,
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:59 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Wiki Links
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Re: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?

I use ESET Smart Security.
by gatorman
Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?
Replies: 12
Views: 915

Re: Carrara Marble - Large Orange Stain

Perhaps a marble/granite supplier could take a few thousandths off the top and remove the stain. I'd call around to see if that is feasible.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carrara Marble - Large Orange Stain
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: Shiller on Lofty Market Elevations

Erhan wrote:Below data is till April 2014. The markets have just reverted to mean...

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Erhan- Could you give us some explanation of the vertical scale of the graph you posted?
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Shiller on Lofty Market Elevations
Replies: 55
Views: 4518

Re: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.

I actively invest a small portion of my portfolio and split between indexing and individual dividend growth stocks for the rest. The portion I actively invest always causes me a small degree of stress because I have to be constantly watching it to see if it is time to sell. If I didn't do so well at...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:58 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2318

Re: When did you downsize?

Crimsontide wrote:
gatorman wrote:We had both moms living with us.


You are a saint :happy


I'm not a saint, they however were a blessing.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3222

Re: How to value house with unwanted tennis court

The thickness of the slab will play a large factor (thicker = more labor to remove and more disposal costs) in the price of removal. I can't imagine it costing over 10K, as demo labor (even under license/insured person) is relatively cheap compared with construction. You're underestimating the size...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to value house with unwanted tennis court
Replies: 24
Views: 2099

Re: When did you downsize?

We had both moms living with us. They've both passed now and the kids are grown and on their own and so we are in the process of downsizing. I estimate savings of ~$3500 per month as a result. I was surprised when I ran the numbers to see how much we could cut our housing cost by moving to a townhom...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3222

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. Also, The Birdcage.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 14606

Re: Pressure Cookers?

We had one when I was a kid. My mom made many dishes I haven't had for years, chicken and dumplings, pot roast (I've had pot roast, but not her recipe) and stuffed cabbage are a few I remember. Thanks for posting, you brought back a lot of memories! I may buy one yet!
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure Cookers?
Replies: 41
Views: 2669

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

1562, off 22%.
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 536
Views: 13695

Re: Best Short Joke

This is pretty old-

"I want to die like my grandfather died, peacefully, in his sleep- not screaming and swearing like all those passengers in his car."
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Short Joke
Replies: 12
Views: 989

Re: Best Short Joke

I saw this earlier today on another investing forum in an OT discussion of numerology:

Why is 6 afraid of 7?



Because 7 8 9.
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Short Joke
Replies: 12
Views: 989

Best Short Joke

I collect them, and I haven't heard many good ones lately, but my daughter did post this on Facebook the other day- "If I make you breakfast in bed, just say 'Thank you!' Don't be pestering me with silly questions like, 'How did I get in your house?'" Got any good ones I can add to my coll...
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Short Joke
Replies: 12
Views: 989

Re: Indirect grilling (now a total fan)

Sam's Club has the Vision grille (direct competitor to Big Green egg) on end of season sale right now for about $400. That's a great buy. Check your local store for availability This ^^^^^^ I bought one at the beginning of the season to replace my ancient Big Green Egg. It does a great job and is q...
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indirect grilling (now a total fan)
Replies: 13
Views: 1914

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2207

Re: Robin Williams

He was a comic genius, no, strike that, not just a comic genius, his performances in Patch Adams and Good Will Hunting prove he was a genius in all aspects of acting. It is tragic he didn't find help when he needed it. I am praying for his family.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robin Williams
Replies: 42
Views: 4612

Re: Better Luck on that Tri-Tip

Yes, friends and neighbors, all those suggestions (see my prior thread) paid off. A more-aggressive searing, a tad less on the time over in-direct grill, less-aggressive tenting, all paid off. As the wife noted, "yummy". Glad to hear it. if you can cook tri-tip and get it right, you can p...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better Luck on that Tri-Tip
Replies: 1
Views: 514

Re: Best Garden Composter

I appreciate all the responses. I'm inclined to buy a rotating composter in order to get the pile off the ground so it won't become an attractive nuisance to fire ants, which are everywhere in Florida. The author of Square Foot Gardening says that there are two varieties of microorganisms which can ...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: Best Garden Composter

I've done composting around the US. It is critical to know what part of the US you are in. Composting in the Midwest is trivial. A pile anyplace will compost. Not so in the south and west. It takes a completely different approach. I've used the tumblers, fancy bins, piles dumped in a wire cylinder ...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: Potato Barrel

vankleef wrote:Selecting the best varietal for the purpose is important. Check out this comprehensive list, it even suggests types well suited for barrels.

http://www.curzio.com/N/PotatoCatalog.htm

Thanks, that's a great resource. I've added it as a bookmark for future reference.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Best Garden Composter

I've tried several different ways and for me by far and away the fastest and easiest method was the tumbling variety. It's very efficient, takes up little space and also eliminates rodents. I have had the one from Costco ($90) for several years and it has held up nicely. The tumbling variety seems ...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

Cody wrote:gatorman, thanks. Great link.

Seems like it may be best to "stay the course" too on my philosophy of adaptable withdrawal rate, waiting as long as I can to take social security, limit risk as much as I can, and pray.

best,
cody

Ditto,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2207

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2207

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2207

Re: Potato Barrel

Many years ago our compost pile sprouted potatoes "spontaneously." They were great. Our compost is now in a closed container so I expect this won't happen again. We do plant potatoes in our vege garden, which benefits from that compost, and they are great, too. ("Spontaneously" ...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Best Garden Composter

I need a composter for my patio garden. It seems they come in two main varieties, bins and ones that spin. If you have experience with either type, and a opinion as to which works better, please let me have your thoughts. Amazon lists over 300 with 4 star ratings or better, so there does not appear ...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2207

Re: Potato Barrel

Many years ago our compost pile sprouted potatoes "spontaneously." They were great. Our compost is now in a closed container so I expect this won't happen again. We do plant potatoes in our vege garden, which benefits from that compost, and they are great, too. ("Spontaneously" ...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Potato Barrel

There's a recent sci-fi book called the Martian about an astronaut stranded on Mars. He subsists off potatoes for close to a year because they are so easy to grow! on Mars! Well actually, inside a space station... I like 'em, but I think after a year of nothing but potatoes, I'd probably be willing...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Potato Barrel

My neighbor is delighted with the results he gets from a section of corrugated black pipe, perhaps 18 inches in diameter and 30 inches in height. He sits it on the ground, uses old clay dirt in the lower section of the pipe then adds composted material above that to perhaps a foot below the end. Ti...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Potato Barrel

One of the prominent bloggers around here (Pacific Northwest) has tried many different potato techniques designed to produce huge yields an not much beats the compost pile or just planting them in the ground at a proper depth. I'd do that if I had the room, but I'm very space limited, so I was look...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Dividend Strategy Ain't For Everyone

Qualified dividends are taxed at fifteen percent max. I think this might be 20% for those in the top tax bracket. The rate could actually be as high as 23.8% as of 2014. Of course, that's still better than the 39.6% ordinary income rate in that bracket! I think the rates are as follows: Long-term g...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dividend Strategy Ain't For Everyone
Replies: 149
Views: 10414

Re: Confessions from the Peanut Gallery

We decided we didn't need our big house since our kids are all gone, so we sold it recently and bought a townhome. The savings are: mortgage $2400/mo. (5 yrs. avoided pmts., no mtg. on the new place), pool man $200/mo., yard man $175/mo., Property taxes, about $2000/yr. net (say $167/mo.), homeowner...
by gatorman
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Confessions from the Peanut Gallery
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Potato Barrel

I saw this article on Mother Earth News. Anybody tried this? If so, how did it work for you? http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/no-space-potato-barrel-ze0z11zkon.aspx#axzz36vOWcBe0 i've seen some pretty outrageous claims, yields of anywhere from 40 to 200 lbs. of potatoes from a single barrel, depen...
by gatorman
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Best Asparagus for Florida?

From a University of Florida website: "If you love asparagus, you may be tempted to try growing it. The limitation for Florida gardeners is that asparagus plants grow best in colder climates. Without a certain dormant period, asparagus has trouble putting up stalks. Because of this, it tends t...
by gatorman
Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Asparagus for Florida?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: Best Asparagus for Florida?

Personally, I would even bother, you will be disappointed. I tried some variety for southern climates (I live in SE Texas, sorry I don't recall the variety) and it never even came up. I don't think it's worth the work. Always best to growing something that grows well in your climate. And that's why...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Asparagus for Florida?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: Best Asparagus for Florida?

I hear you, but asparagus is a long term investment, as one wouldn't expect to get a full crop for 4 years. I'm also going to plant a fall garden. I'm thinking cauliflower, brussel sprouts, lettuce, pole beans, leeks and broccoli, maybe some carrots and pink onions. gatorman So you are a long-term ...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Asparagus for Florida?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: Best Asparagus for Florida?

As a south Florida resident who has been trying for years with mixed results (some years much better than others) to grow winter vegetables best advice is to diversify and rebalance from season to season to avoid too large concentration in any species. And nothing wrong with using advisors also kno...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Asparagus for Florida?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: Best Asparagus for Florida?

LongerPrimer wrote:You must like your asparagus :beer

It's right up there with Brussel Sprouts!
by gatorman
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Asparagus for Florida?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Best Asparagus for Florida?

We bought a new house. It comes with a screened in patio and a couple of planter beds inside the screen. I'm going to tear out all the ornamental plants now growing in the planters and grow vegetables, including my favorite, asparagus. We live in N.Central Florida, a hot and muggy place for 6 months...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Asparagus for Florida?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: What is your most memorable 1 week vacation?

Steelersfan wrote:Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.


^^^^ This, most spectacular scenery I've encountered. Lots to see and do. Lots of unique geology. Animals galore.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most memorable 1 week vacation?
Replies: 85
Views: 6534

Re: 529 Plans

Thank you for the replies, you saved me a lot of time. The cost of the NY plan is significantly lower than the NV plan and has the investment options I'm looking for. I'll accept the added inconvenience to get the lower cost. UT has extensive investment options and offers DFA funds in addition to Va...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529 Plans
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: 529 Plans

The529guy wrote:Do you live in a state that offers a tax deduction for using its 529 plan?


I live in Florida, no state income tax and no deduction against any other tax as far as I know.
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529 Plans
Replies: 12
Views: 916

529 Plans

I've been looking at 529 plans for my new granddaughter. So far I'm most interested in Vanguard's 529 plan sponsored by Nevada. But I'm willing to be persuaded other plans may be better. Any thoughts as to the best way to go?
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529 Plans
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: Do any boggleheads invest in individual companies?

I'll probably get flamed for telling you this. I buy and sell individual stocks on a regular basis. I trade them using various technical indicators and do pretty well at it. The portion of my portfolio devoted to individual stocks is up over 20% ytd. But I don't think you could really call what I do...
by gatorman
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do any boggleheads invest in individual companies?
Replies: 95
Views: 5734

Re: Geneological research for unclaimed property

Hi gatorman, In most states,if he died intestate (no will), no children and and no spouse, the general rule would be that the money would be distributed first to the surviving parent or parents. Surviving parents of the property owner are deceased. I was reviewing the state's rules on what info is ...
by gatorman
Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geneological research for unclaimed property
Replies: 77
Views: 3833

Re: Geneological research for unclaimed property

In most states,if he died intestate (no will), no children and and no spouse, the general rule would be that the money would be distributed first to the surviving parent or parents. If there are none of those, in equal shares to brothers and sisters, per stirpes, i.e. the children of a deceased sibl...
by gatorman
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geneological research for unclaimed property
Replies: 77
Views: 3833

Re: Body by Science Workout

The main benefit of HIT for strength training is the time savings. I think Dr. McGuff would also claim that it is a good way to avoid overuse injuries as the number of repetitions is so limited. That said, I'll admit to reaggravating an old shoulder injury by lifting very heavy. I've since backed o...
by gatorman
Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Body by Science Workout
Replies: 239
Views: 25141
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