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by gkaplan
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 994
Views: 159586

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I have watched the following two movies on Netflix in recent days: My Italian Secret: the Forgotten Heroes : This is a 2014 documentary narrated by Isabella Rossellini and written and directed by Oren Jacoby. It tells the story of the rescue of thousands of Italian Jews during World War II by ordina...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Penny Stocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1627

Re: Penny Stocks

Munchkin Man, is that you?
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: will baby boomer withdrawals effect future market performance
Replies: 5
Views: 855

Re: will baby boomer withdrawals effect future market performance

I just did a cursory search and came up with the following threads on this topic. You might find more if you wish to investigate this further. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=163847&p=2459618&hilit=boomer*#p2459618 https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Edelman -- best days, worst days
Replies: 26
Views: 1962

Re: Edleman -- best days, worst days

Not only are the best days and the worst days close together in time, but they tend to occur when the market is already downtrending. That's because the market tends to be more volatile when it's going down than when it's going up. If fact, a large proportion of the best and worst days have occurre...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?

In the words of that great philosopher, Roseanne Roseannadanna, "It's always something," or to state in another way, my own way, "This is one more thing for me to ignore."

(Edited for clarity.)
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 994
Views: 159586

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

In the past week I have watched the following movies on Netflix: The Long Way Home : This 1997 documentary depicts the plight of Jewish refugees after World War II that contributed to the creation of the State of Israel. The film's emphasis is on the pitiful conditions for Jewish refugees in Europe ...
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 881
Views: 158060

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading Midnight in Siberia: a Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Greene. As an NPR host and correspondent, Greene has shared stories and political situations from all over the world. Here, in this Library Journal star-rated book, he narrates his experiences traveling across...
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Are Things Slowing Down Again?
Replies: 10
Views: 1428

Re: Are Things Slowing Down Again?

Same here.
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asking for separate checks?
Replies: 75
Views: 5410

Re: Asking for separate checks?

One person pays the whole tab. The others pay him or her their share of the tab.

(Edited once to correct spelling.)
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Index Funds May Work a Little Too Well
Replies: 19
Views: 3644

Re: Index Funds May Work a Little Too Well

adamthesmythe wrote:"not that they're not actually illegal"

Made my brain hurt.


Mine, as well.
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greatest money lesson movie
Replies: 63
Views: 5568

Re: Greatest money lesson movie

Hombre
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The recent equity market volatility in China: A Q and A with Vanguard experts."
Replies: 0
Views: 199

"The recent equity market volatility in China: A Q and A with Vanguard experts."

To understand why the Chinese stock market has been so volatile, what effects that could have on the Chinese economy, and where that leaves investors, we spoke with Vanguard senior economists Roger Aliaga-Díaz, Ph.D., in the United States, and Qian Wang, Ph.D., in Vanguard's Hong Kong office. Addit...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 881
Views: 158060

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading The Lady from Zagreb: a Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr. Bernie Gunther is a former homicide detective totally unsympathetic to the Nazi regime but now an officer in the SD and forced to run errands for Joseph Goebbels. Amid the killing fields of Ustashe-controlled Croatia, ...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When did you start investing in the Market?
Replies: 60
Views: 3315

Re: When did you start investing in the Market?

I think when I finished undergraduate school in 1981 and got a real job and was able to open an IRA, which was about the same time when The Economic Recovery Tax Act (ERTA) of 1981 allowed for the IRA to become universally available as a savings incentive to all workers under age 70 1/2.
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Duration Considerations of the TSP G Fund
Replies: 26
Views: 2483

Re: Duration Considerations of the TSP G Fund

This article details the outstanding aspects of investment in the G Fund, and particularly how bond portfolio performance, considering the effects of duration, volatility, and return, can be significantly improved when the G Fund is part of a bond portfolio. This is a great article. Thanks for prov...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 4 percent annuity fixed account as part of bond allocation?
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: 4 percent annuity fixed account as part of bond allocation?

Is this not analogous to whether one should include Social Security as part of one's bond allocation? It seems to me the majority here feel that one should not include Social Security as part of one's bond allocation; therefore, it seems to me that one should not include his or her annuity as part o...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 881
Views: 158060

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading The Lady from Zagreb: a Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr. Bernie Gunther is a former homicide detective totally unsympathetic to the Nazi regime but now an officer in the SD and forced to run errands for Joseph Goebbels. Amid the killing fields of Ustashe-controlled Croatia, B...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 994
Views: 159586

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Friday night, on Netflix, I watched Chef, starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Emjay Anthony, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, and Dustin Hoffman. Very good.

Saturday night, on Netflix, I watched Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina. Meh.
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Behind Vanguard's Surprising China Decision"
Replies: 22
Views: 4100

Re: "Behind Vanguard's Surprising China Decision"

"I think they are catering to their ETF clientele. ETF investors typically want to speculate. Vanguard knows that, and Vanguard almost encourages it. [They are basically saying,] "If you want to speculate, please use our ETFs--not our mutual funds." "Typically"?? That is an...
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Question About Vanguard Notices
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Questions About Recent Vanguard Logon Procedure Change Notice

For some reason, nothing happens when I try to log in using the login in the lower left hand corner. I can log in by clicking the login button in the upper right hand corner.
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Does anyone else have to continually login?
Replies: 33
Views: 1962

Re: Does anyone else have to continually login?

I always log out after each session.
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 881
Views: 158060

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph: a Biography by Jan Swafford. Swafford presents a detailed overview of the life of Beethoven, traveling from Enlightenment-era Bonn to the musical capital of Europe, Vienna, to vividly describe the composer's career, ill health, and romantic rejecti...
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rick Ferri & Foreign Bond Funds
Replies: 15
Views: 1466

Re: Rick Ferri & Foreign Bond Funds

If I remember correctly, Larry recommends unhedged foreign equity funds and hedged foreign fixed income funds.
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads -"Raybo" knows Alcatraz! Bo knows football.
Replies: 7
Views: 880

Re: Bogleheads -"Raybo" knows Alcatraz! Bo knows football.

gnosttam wrote:.... RAYBO, if you're out there, I would love to talk/email with you!


Why not just PM him?
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard: Muni bond market unlikely to feel impact of Puerto Rico woes.
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Vanguard: Muni bond market unlikely to feel impact of Puerto Rico woes.

Puerto Rico's latest efforts to deal with its weighty debt burden, including the possibility of restructuring, have raised questions about what may be ahead for its bonds and the municipal bond market. Vanguard's municipal bond chief noted that Vanguard funds have very little exposure to Puerto Ric...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 994
Views: 159586

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Sunday night, on Netflix, I watched What Happened, Miss Simone?, a biographical documentary on blues singer, civil rights activist Nina Simone.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: [Forum running slow]
Replies: 43
Views: 2588

Re: SLOW

Actually, it's very slow.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: [Forum running slow]
Replies: 43
Views: 2588

Re: SLOW

It's still very slow.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: [Forum running slow]
Replies: 43
Views: 2588

Re: SLOW

It's still pretty slow.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to confirm validity of Vanguard Research Initiative Survey 4
Replies: 0
Views: 282

How to confirm validity of Vanguard Research Initiative Survey 4

If you received an email from "eonline.e-vanguard.com" with the subject line Vanguard Research Initiative survey 4 coming next week, Vanguard Research Initiative survey 4 now available, Reminder—Vanguard Research Initiative survey 4 is available, or Reminder—Still time to help Vanguard's ...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard's recommended international allocation."
Replies: 63
Views: 6703

"Vanguard's recommended international allocation."

Research has shown that adding international stocks and bonds to your portfolio helps reduce overall volatility. Vanguard experts Andrew Patterson and Scott Donaldson explain how this works and how investors can go about determining just how much to add.... Tips for setting your international alloc...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Is a global portfolio riskier?"
Replies: 5
Views: 778

"Is a global portfolio riskier?"

Vanguard experts Andrew Patterson and Scott Donaldson discuss how the diversification benefits of having a global portfolio can actually reduce volatility....


Having a global portfolio can actually reduce volatility.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Does a strong dollar impact a global portfolio?"
Replies: 1
Views: 322

"Does a strong dollar impact a global portfolio?"

What effect do currency fluctuations have on a global portfolio? Vanguard experts Andrew Patterson and Scott Donaldson suggest long-term investors should concentrate on building a globally diversified balanced portfolio and ignore short-term currency movements.... Ignore short-term currency movemen...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Greece, global debt, and ongoing uncertainty."
Replies: 4
Views: 974

"Greece, global debt, and ongoing uncertainty."

Financial and market woes in Greece and other countries have touched off renewed volatility in the global stock markets. Understandably, some investors have concerns about the impact these events are having on the financial markets and their investments. How should investors respond to market unres...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard's Security image going away?
Replies: 71
Views: 6979

Re: Vanguard's Security image going away?

Wasn't the security image going away part of Vanguard's implementing two-factor authorization?
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obsessing towards zero balance on credit card.
Replies: 135
Views: 10871

Re: Obsessing towards zero balance on credit card.

TradingPlaces wrote:One of the worst things to do for ones [sic] credit, if one has excellent credit, is to get a mortgage....



I bought a condo unit last year, after years of being a renter. My credit score barely budged.
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (June 2015)
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: madsinger monthly report (June 2015)

As of June 30, 2015, my year-to-date return is 2.72%. My annualized quarterly, one-year, three-year, five-year, and ten-year rates of return are 2.91%, 0.75%, 8.52%, 8.54%, and 6.27%, respectively. My best performing fund year-to-date has been the Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Fund Admiral Shares, wi...
by gkaplan
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 994
Views: 159586

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night, on Netflix, I watched Donnie Brasco , directed by Mike Newell and starring Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche. I saw parts of the film years ago on television and liked what I saw, so I was eager to see it in its entirety, and I'm glad I did....
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dow futures down 200+ points
Replies: 84
Views: 9741

Re: dow futures down 200+ points

Snore.
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 194
Views: 16976

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Regarding security questions:

1. Should one periodically change a website's security question or answer to the question or both?

2. It appears that the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not have security questions. Can any TSP participant verify this?
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emerging Market Bonds as a Portfolio Proxy for EM Stocks?
Replies: 22
Views: 2044

Re: Emerging Market Bonds as a Portfolio Proxy for EM Stocks?

I did a cursory check of Vanguard's emerging markets bond fund yesterday. It seemed to me that most of the markets it invested in would be considered frontier markets, not emerging markets. I have a considerable allocation to the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Fund; however, I don't know if I have ...

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