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Re: Filed your 2014 Federal Taxes yet?

HIinvestor, I thought I heard something a while back that some federal agencies were not mailing documents and they had to retrieved online. This is only a gut feeling I have right now and am trying to confirm it somewhere. Maybe someone else will provide thoughts. The TSP mailed me a 1099 for the ...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filed your 2014 Federal Taxes yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1329

Re: Filed your 2014 Federal Taxes yet?

No. Direct import forms not yet available and won't be until mid-February for most of my providers. While I have hard copy of the necessary forms, I'm too lazy to do a lot of typing. Additionally, the import eliminates any possibility of missing/mis-keying input. - Ron Why is that so? I tried to im...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filed your 2014 Federal Taxes yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1329

Re: Filed your 2014 Federal Taxes yet?

I'm still waiting on my 1099 for my FERS annuity. It may be on the OPM website, but I am not sure. Otherwise, I am good to go.

I'm curious about the 1098 I received for the mortgage on the condo I purchased last year. It doesn't look like a form like my W-2 or a 1099, which is what I had expected.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filed your 2014 Federal Taxes yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1329

Re: Microsoft Excel vs. Apple Numbers

I learned spreadsheets on Lotus 123. I still think it is, or it least it was, better than Excel, even though I now use Excel, well Apache Open Office, actually.
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Excel vs. Apple Numbers
Replies: 14
Views: 843

Re: What is your BMI?

My BMI is 19.3.
by gkaplan
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: What is your BMI?
Replies: 28
Views: 1878

Re: What age did you move out?

I moved out, at seventeen, two days after I graduated from high school to enlist.
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What age did you move out?
Replies: 117
Views: 4841

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I went to see Zero Motivation at my local theater, an Israeli film about female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base biding their time until they can return to civilian life. IDF misfits deal with military bureaucracy, as IDF officers try to deal with IDF misfits. It's a funny, absurd, and irrev...
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 477
Views: 56406

Re: Where do you think the stock market heading this year?

I'm up for the month. Some portfolios will be up. Some portfolios will be down. I expect those portfolios that are up are not up that much, and I expect those portfolios that are down are not down that much. We're only three weeks into the year.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where do you think the stock market heading this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1565

Re: Vanguard's Process for Closing Funds

Vanguard posts the closing on its website. Morningstar generally posts a notice, as well.
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's Process for Closing Funds
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.

Set in London, this is the second crime novel in the Robert Galbraith (AKA J. K. Rowling) Cormoran Strike series. His (Her) first in this series interested me just enough to continue reading this series. So far, it's pretty good.
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57424

Re: Intuit Turbo Tax Refund

According to this, Bob Meighan still is with TurboTax:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-meighan/
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Intuit Turbo Tax Refund
Replies: 23
Views: 2137

Re: TIPs, what do they really add

Isn't it TIPS, not TIPs? Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities?
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPs, what do they really add
Replies: 33
Views: 2842

Fairmark: Free Tax Filing

Fairmark reviews free tax filing options.

http://fairmark.com/general-taxation/free-tax-filing/
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fairmark: Free Tax Filing
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading Helga's Diary: a Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss. This book will invite inevitable comparisons with Anne Frank, particularly since they were born in the same year (1929). The difference is that Helga Weiss, a Prague native, survived the war...
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57424

Re: What would you do in this scenario?

sgl wrote:What is EF?

Invest all? I was leaning towards paying off heloc and investing the rest...based upon other suggestions.



EF=Emergency Fund
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What would you do in this scenario?
Replies: 11
Views: 967

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just finished watching The Debt on Netflix. I saw if twice when it first was released several years ago and really liked it. How can you go wrong with Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain as the co-stars.
by gkaplan
Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 477
Views: 56406

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Elaine Stritch: Shoot me, a documentary on the life and the career of the indomitable Elaine Stritch, who still was performing well into her eighties.
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 477
Views: 56406

Re: Need a good place to store my cash

Why feed the troll?
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need a good place to store my cash
Replies: 20
Views: 1321

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Get Shorty on Netflix last night. I was underwhelmed. I thought it was a waste of the talents of some fine actors.
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 477
Views: 56406

Re: $7 gas - what would you do?

Teetlebaum wrote:I'll wait till we get there to decide.


You do realize that you reopened a thread whose most recent post was six and half years prior, do you not?
by gkaplan
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 gas - what would you do?
Replies: 125
Views: 18690

Re: Any art "investors" here?

I think "art index funds" would be a great thing. The average Joe investor who appreciates art and the idea of supporting artists could invest broadly in all artists' work, or work of, say, American female expressionists, emerging Newyorican portrait photographers, or whatever. You could ...
by gkaplan
Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any art "investors" here?
Replies: 69
Views: 5826

Re: Poll: What Percent of TIPS in Taxable Account

I own TIPS in my Vanguard Roth. I don't want the hassle of opening up a brokerage account to own individual TIPS.

Right now, my portfolio primarily consists of my Vanguard Roth and my TSP. Down the road, I'll probably start a CD ladder.
by gkaplan
Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: What Percent of TIPS in Taxable Account
Replies: 27
Views: 1672

Re: What is highest paying cash credit card

I think it depends on how you will be using it. In my case, I don't have a car, so I either walk or use public transit; consequently, gas rebates don't matter to me. I also rarely fly, once, perhaps twice a year at the most; therefore, frequent flyer rebates don't matter to me.
by gkaplan
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is highest paying cash credit card
Replies: 24
Views: 2565

Re: Necessary to diversify among fund families?

As am I. I do have about one-third of my portfolio in my TSP G Fund because of the uniqueness of that fund and because of the low TSP expenses. I would not hesitate to transfer my TSP to Vanguard, however.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Necessary to diversify among fund families?
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Poll: Your Max. REIT Allocation

I voted "0", since I don't hold a dedicated REITS fund. I do, however, hold the Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index Fund, and that does have REITS in it.


Gordon
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Your Max. REIT Allocation
Replies: 54
Views: 4050

Re: Why invest in International funds? It's a mystery

markmow wrote:I have thought the same. The international market has been in negative territory for the last 6 months or so.



Six months? On that you're basing your investing decisions?
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why invest in International funds? It's a mystery
Replies: 121
Views: 10521

Re: How Long Do You Keep Tax Records?

Take a look at the Wiki entry:

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Record_retention

In addition, take a look at the IRS Publication 17, specifically page 17:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf
by gkaplan
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Long Do You Keep Tax Records?
Replies: 28
Views: 2417

Re: Reporter doing story on Turbo Tax Fracas

To all the people in this thread who have commented that they don't do interviews, how do you expect to exert pressure on TurboTax and to publicize your unhappiness with the TurboTax business model, if you restrict your complaints and comments to this thread and to this forum?
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reporter doing story on Turbo Tax Fracas
Replies: 52
Views: 7133

Re: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office

I have tried that. There is no "exit" option.
by gkaplan
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Doing my taxes by hand

In effect, using Free File Fillable is doing your taxes by hand.
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doing my taxes by hand
Replies: 64
Views: 4735

Re: We miss Larry Swedroe

I notice that Rick hasn't been around, as well.
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: We miss Larry Swedroe
Replies: 28
Views: 7438

Re: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office

I have a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. I just noticed that the "q" key does not indicate "exit" when combined with the Control key, unlike some of the other Control key options, such as Ctrl A, Ctrl C, Ctrl V, and so on.
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office

Mudpuppy wrote:
gkaplan wrote:I just tried Control + Q, and nothing happens.

What OS and what version of OpenOffice?


Windows 7 & Apache Open Office 4.0.1
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office

I just tried Control + Q, and nothing happens.
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermomet

It looks like the EatSmart Digital is the digital scale to get, based on the link that livesoft provided, based on Amazon reviews, and based on the recommendation that Dave gave in this thread.
by gkaplan
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermometer.
Replies: 11
Views: 843

Re: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermomet

Thanks for the responses so far.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermometer.
Replies: 11
Views: 843

Re: cat water fountain

What's wrong with just a water bowl? (If your cat has urinary issues, it's best to feed him or her wet food and not dry food.)
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cat water fountain
Replies: 75
Views: 4673

Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermometer.

Can anyone recommend a digital bathroom scale and a digital oral thermometer? Looking on Amazon, I see numerous scales and numerous thermometers that are relatively inexpensive and that have four star reviews. It's difficult to make a decision.

Thanks.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermometer.
Replies: 11
Views: 843

Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office

I have numerous open spreadsheets in Apache Open Office. In many cases, I originally created these spreadsheets in Excel 2000. I know how to close individual spreadsheet windows in Apache Open Office; however, I cannot figure out to close all of them together. In Excel, I could have just clicked on ...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spreadsheets in Apache Open Office
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss. Someone in this thread mentioned the book, and I thought I would give it a try. A Conspiracy of Paper is an historical crime novel, the setting of which is eighteenth century London. It's kind of slow going so far (about fifteen percent through), bec...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57424

Re: What is the international portion of your portfolio and

My target international (equities, only) is sixty percent of equities, thirty-six percent overall in a 60/40 equity/fixed income portfolio. My specific target international allocation breakdown is one-third large, one-third small, and one-third emerging market. My specific fund breakdown is as follo...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the international portion of your portfolio and why?
Replies: 132
Views: 10056

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Zero Dark Thirty Wednesday night on a DVD I borrowed from my library. I saw it twice when it first came out several years ago but wanted to see it again.
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 477
Views: 56406

16 Vanguard funds on the "Money 50" list

Money magazine selected 16 Vanguard mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), including our Target Retirement Fund series, for its "Money 50" list of recommended funds, published in the magazine's January/February 2015 Investor's Guide. Once again, Vanguard has more funds on the list...
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 16 Vanguard funds on the "Money 50" list
Replies: 5
Views: 1122

Re: Any art "investors" here?

Years ago, I vacationed in Montego Bay. A gift shop was selling a seascape for twenty-five dollars. I liked the picture, so I bought it. I had no idea if the picture was worth twenty-five dollars then, and I have no idea if the picture is worth twenty-five dollars now. (I still like the picture.)
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any art "investors" here?
Replies: 69
Views: 5826

Re: Poll: Favorite Coping Strategies for Volatility

I voted "other," because I didn't like all the cutesy other choices.

(Edited for clarity.)
by gkaplan
Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Favorite Coping Strategies for Volatility
Replies: 41
Views: 2653

Re: 2015 Predictions: Most Popular Topics

I'm not a market timer, but ....
by gkaplan
Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2015 Predictions: Most Popular Topics
Replies: 38
Views: 2409
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