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Re: Green day

I thought this was going to be a thread on the punk rock band and was about to notify the moderators to relocate the thread.
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Green day
Replies: 8
Views: 759

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just finished watching Upstairs Downstairs last night. This is the 2012-2013 BBC production that continues (somewhat) the seventies series. I thought it was really interesting, even in comparison to the excellent seventies series. Unfortunately, the BBC canceled the series after Series Two. Jean M...
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 259
Views: 27917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished chapter one of False Scent by Ngaio Marsh.
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30322

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

At its November 2014 meeting, the FRTIB approved a mutual fund window ("MFW") concept for the TSP. Here are links to: (1) the FRTIB's minutes on this topic ( see item 5.b.); (2) the memo from the TSP's Executive Director recommending a MFW; and (3) his accompanying PowerPoint presentation...
by gkaplan
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 53
Views: 6749

Re: Vanguard's International Small Cap Fund -ETF vs Mutual F

I think we'll see an admiral share class pop up soon. As the fund grew they got rid of the purchase and redemption fees and I think it's only a matter of time for admiral shares. I've owned the fund since it's inception, so I obviously am biased b/c I bought it assuming the costs would go down (the...
by gkaplan
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's International Small Cap Fund -ETF vs Mutual Fund
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

Re: [POLL] What Fixed Income Assets Do You Use?

TSP G Fund and Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [POLL] What Fixed Income Assets Do You Use?
Replies: 37
Views: 1710

Re: ROTH Conversion and RMD Sequence

Yes, it does.
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ROTH Conversion and RMD Sequence
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

In the last week or so, I have watched BBC productions of Middlemarch and Little Dorrit on Amazon Instant Video and am currently watching the BBC production of David Copperfield on Amazon Instant Video. Next on my list are BBC productions of Bleak House and Daniel Deronda.
by gkaplan
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 259
Views: 27917

Re: What are your 2015 Financial Goals?

I don't have any.
by gkaplan
Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your 2015 Financial Goals?
Replies: 79
Views: 5000

Re: Federal Retiree Insurance and Medicare

I retired this past January. I am also a vet. I signed up for Medicare A when I turned sixty-five. I was planning to enroll in Medicare B after I retired; however, because I am getting all my health care at the VA, I decided not to enroll in Medicare B, and I also planning to drop my FEHB. (Edited t...
by gkaplan
Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Retiree Insurance and Medicare
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Re: Suggested tax book for beginner?

IRS Publication 17. It's free. You can download it from the IRS website, or you can have the IRS mail it to you, which may take awhile.

I checked several hours ago. The 2014 version is not out yet.

(Edited to add "17".)
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Suggested tax book for beginner?
Replies: 17
Views: 1643

Re: TIPS Mutual Funds

columbia wrote:My impression is that a fair number of TIPS holders engage in market timing.


How so?
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Mutual Funds
Replies: 42
Views: 2874

Re: TIPS Mutual Funds

jsl11 wrote:A related question: If you hold a Vanguard TIPS fund, do you hold the shorter fund, the longer fund, or some of each?
Jeff



Longer fund.
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Mutual Funds
Replies: 42
Views: 2874

Re: TIPS Mutual Funds

SpringMan wrote:No TIPs funds here. I would be curious to know for those that hold a Vanguard TIPs fund, is it short term or otherwise? Short term TIPs fund is in many target retirement funds.


Otherwise.
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Mutual Funds
Replies: 42
Views: 2874

Re: You folks think the big one is coming?

dkturner wrote:
John3754 wrote:You can't time the market.


I don't think the OP necessarily wants to time the market....


Based on his posts since he came on board, I'm not sure.
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: You folks think [a market crash] is coming?
Replies: 64
Views: 5672

Re: Vanguard Wish List

International small-cap value fund

Emerging markets small-cap value fund
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Wish List
Replies: 44
Views: 2984

Re: TIPS Mutual Funds

My target is ten percent overall, twenty-five percent of my fixed income portfolio.
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Mutual Funds
Replies: 42
Views: 2874

Re: Why don't YOU follow Buffett's advice?

I don't follow Buffett's advice, because I am my own person.
by gkaplan
Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why don't YOU follow Buffett's advice?
Replies: 114
Views: 8067

Re: Poll: Your Portfolio Tax Diversification

My portfolio is approximately 70% Roth IRA, 30% TSP Traditional, so I chose 75/25 Roth/Traditional.
by gkaplan
Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Your Portfolio Tax Diversification
Replies: 45
Views: 2441

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

If I kept all the books I read, I'd have to live in a place other than the loft I am living in.
by gkaplan
Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30322

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm reading Blood Sisters: the Women behind the War of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood. It's an interesting book. It's not an easy read, however. So many individuals flow in and out of the narrative that it is difficult to keep track of all the individuals named Anne, Edward, Richard, and so on, despit...
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30322

Re: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- November 2014

I'm in 479th place but moving up quickly.
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- November 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2093

Re: Estimated year-end distributions for Vanguard funds and

slbnoob wrote:I'd suggest you edit the post to include the last '4' in the link. Otherwise people clicking on the link wouldn't get to the intended page. In the meantime, copy/paste.



Done.
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Estimated year-end distributions for Vanguard funds and ETFs
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Estimated year-end distributions for Vanguard funds and ETFs

The tables below list estimated year-end distributions for Vanguard stock and balanced funds (Table 1), Vanguard exchange-traded funds (Table 2), and Vanguard bond funds (Table 3). Capital gains estimates are broken down by short-term, long-term, and total gains. The tables also list each fund's sh...
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Estimated year-end distributions for Vanguard funds and ETFs
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Bogle Advises Investing No More Than 20% Outside U.S.

I actually agree with Jack on this. Today, U.S. companies conduct almost as much business overseas as they do in the U.S. Close to 50 percent of production, sales, and profits are from overseas business, and the amount paid in foreign taxes is more than that paid in U.S. taxes. +1 The two are joine...
by gkaplan
Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle Advises Investing No More Than 20% Outside U.S.
Replies: 106
Views: 11338

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

I liked most of the Michael Apted "Up" documentaries.
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 87
Views: 6921

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Templeton wrote:Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary of The Holocaust, 'Shoah'.


Along the same vein, The Sorrow and the Pity and Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie.
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 87
Views: 6921

Re: Where do you shop for groceries?

Trader Joe's

Whole Foods

World Foods

Fred Meyer
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you shop for groceries?
Replies: 82
Views: 6036

Re: "Small-Cap Performance Edge on the Wane"

baw703916 wrote:
abuss368 wrote:Reversion to the mean? Stay the course?



I'm going to stay the course with my tilted portfolio. :)


As am I.
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Small-Cap Performance Edge on the Wane"
Replies: 99
Views: 7191

Re: Hypothetical - Mutual Funds Don't Exist

They do exist, so what's the point of this exercise?
by gkaplan
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hypothetical - Mutual Funds Don't Exist
Replies: 26
Views: 1834

Re: login security questions, using false answers

Security Question #1: What hospital were you born in?

Answer: Chicago


Security Question #2: Who was your best friend growing up?

Answer: Chicago


Security Question #3: What is your mother's maiden name?

Answer: Chicago
by gkaplan
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: login security questions, using false answers
Replies: 13
Views: 1032

Re: What % of your fixed-income is TIPs?

Ask me at the end of the month when I re-balance. Right now, it's about twenty percent in a 60/40, equity/fixed income portfolio.
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What % of your fixed-income is TIPs?
Replies: 71
Views: 3500

Re: [Poll] What's Your Tax Prep Strategy?

None of the Above
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Poll] What's Your Tax Prep Strategy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3292

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm currently reading The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965 by Michael Phayer.
by gkaplan
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30322

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just started All Day and a Night: A Novel of Suspense , the latest Ellie Hatcher crime novel of Alafair Burke. I really like this series. Alafair Burke is the daughter of crime novelist James Lee Burke and school librarian Pearl Pai Chu. She went to undergraduate school at Reed College in Portland...
by gkaplan
Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30322

Re: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?

It seems like we had a similar and lengthy thread on this several weeks ago.
by gkaplan
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?
Replies: 79
Views: 6242

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

Too many to mention.
by gkaplan
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 9680

Vanguard Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund coming in early 2015.

If you'd like the potential to earn a better return than the near-zero yield of a money market fund without losing the ability to access your money as you would with a CD, Vanguard Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund may be a good option for you. The new fund, which is scheduled to launch in early 2015, wil...
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund coming in early 2015.
Replies: 39
Views: 4516

Vanguard: "Updated capital gains estimates "

The tables below list estimated year-end capital gains distributions for Vanguard mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), broken down by short-term, long-term, and total gains. The tables also list the share class and declaration date or record date for each fund. For ETFs, ex-dividend dates...
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard: "Updated capital gains estimates "
Replies: 14
Views: 2045

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. Ms. Mead was born and raised in England but has lived and worked in New York City since graduating from Oxford. She has had a lifelong love for George Eliot. She has had a particular fondness for Middlemarch ever since reading and analyzing the bo...
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30322

Re: Movie dialog, "The Social Network." Hard to hear?

Right now I use closed captions/subtitles for all my Amazon Prime and Netflix watching. I just received my first set of hearing aids from the VA. I'm still getting used to them. The hardest thing for me so far is fitting them in my ear. Once I do get accustomed to them, I think I will only need capt...
by gkaplan
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Movie dialog, "The Social Network." Hard to hear?
Replies: 15
Views: 2309

Re: POLL: Do you personally own a cell phone?

Toons wrote:Who doesn't? :happy


That would be me.
by gkaplan
Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Do you personally own a cell phone?
Replies: 52
Views: 2938

Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Note the recently published OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain and the following two reviews of it: http://www.amazon.com/OATrageous-Oatmeals-Surprising-Plant-Based-Heart-Healthy/dp/1624140742 http://www.levanacooks.com/oatrageous...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oatmeal suggestions
Replies: 147
Views: 12829

"Are your bonds doing what they're supposed to do?"

At first glance, the percentage of bonds you hold may look appropriate for your risk comfort level, time frame for investing, and financial goals. You may have taken on more risk than you realized, though, depending on the type of bonds you've included in your portfolio. Spurred by the pursuit of h...
by gkaplan
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Are your bonds doing what they're supposed to do?"
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Harry's razors

I have been using a Mach 3 razor for ages. I change blades once a year.
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry's razors
Replies: 53
Views: 5725

Re: Long Term Investing

selftalk wrote:I do not own any foreign market index fund. John Bogle`s book indicates you don`t need to as it incurs more risk such as currency risk etc. However I do understand your contrarian bent. In equity funds I only own the VTSMX.



How is owning international a contrarian bent?
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Long Term Investing
Replies: 11
Views: 1217

Re: Expenses are ??

To me, it means future expenses are more predictable than future returns.
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Expenses are ??
Replies: 11
Views: 1694
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