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Re: Vanguard Web Site [How do I research funds by category?]

It should stay buried, as that site doesn't work on Firefox. Here's your link, which is to the Personal Investor website: Vanguard mutual funds - It just doesn't work in Firefox (Win 7), I get zero results on anything I select. Chrome and Internet Explorer work. - The fund performance can only be a...
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Web Site [How do I research funds by category?]
Replies: 10
Views: 594

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading (slogging through) Triumph and Turmoil: a Personal History of Our Time , a memoir by Edgar Ansel Mowrer. Mowrer wrote this book in 1968, towards the end of his life. (He was born in 1892.) Mowrer reminisces about his Midwest childhood; his student days at the University at Michig...
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 572
Views: 79192

Re: Recurring bills - How do you pay?

Duckie wrote:
Watty wrote:Other, the bank where my checking account is at has online bill paying that I use to manually pay my bills each month.

Same for me.


And I.
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recurring utility bills - How do you pay?
Replies: 39
Views: 2427

Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF

Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF (VSS) is one of the most diversified small-cap international equity funds. It tracks the market-cap-weighted FTSE Global Small-Cap ex-US Index, which includes 3,300 small-cap companies from both developed and emerging markets. With an annual expense ratio...
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: Restaurant tipping

I have a good friend who is deaf. When we were undergraduates, she worked as a server in a fairly upscale restaurant. She was a very competent server and made a lot of tips, even though she couldn't serve liquor because she wasn't of age. One Monday night (Monday Night Football night), she was servi...
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant tipping
Replies: 196
Views: 10960

Re: Improving English Language Proficiency- Please suggest B

As we are on the topic of the English language, I am curious what's behind using they/them/their when the gender of a person is known from the context. I frequently see statements such as, for example, "I've met this girl and I liked their smile." This phrasing is common among recent grad...
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving English Language Proficiency- Please suggest Books
Replies: 41
Views: 2471

Re: Can you really know your AA until you've hit a bear mark

Here are two posts I found very helpful about handling a down market. After reading them, I evaluated my AA more carefully. "A time to EVALUATE your jitters" by nisiprius - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=79939 (Aug. 7, 2011) "Today was a Really Bad Day" by livesoft - viewtopic.php?f=1&...
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can you really know your AA until you've hit a bear market?
Replies: 70
Views: 4709

Vanguard Expense Ratio Changes

In recent weeks, a number of Vanguard funds issued revised prospectuses. Typically, when this occurs, some funds' expense ratios—essentially, operating costs that are passed on to investors—go up or down, while others report no changes. The funds that issued revised prospectuses in March are listed...
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Expense Ratio Changes
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Differences in costs of funds

Uncle Pennybags wrote:
Duke wrote:Vanguard High Yield Corp Bnd VWEHX .23% $48,765
Just an observation; you could have saved ten bases points a year by adding $1,235 to the fund.


I believe OP said this was part of his profit sharing plan, so I'm not sure he can get Admiral Shares.
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Differences in costs of funds
Replies: 10
Views: 614

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched The Other Woman last night on Netflix, starring Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen, Charlie Tahan, and Lisa Kudrow. This a 2009 film that Don Roos wrote and directed. It is based on a novel by Ayelet Waldman entitled Love and Other Pursuits . A woman (Portman) tries to mend her relationship with...
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 655
Views: 86344

Re: How important is an international allocation?

lmpmd wrote:I don't know if anyone mentioned it above but I got a letter from VG this week saying that they're increasing the international allocation in stocks and bonds in their TR funds. They say this is wise and research supports it.


We have several threads on this.
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How important is an international allocation?
Replies: 66
Views: 4534

Re: How important is an international allocation?

It's surprising that we don't have this discussion more often on this forum.
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How important is an international allocation?
Replies: 66
Views: 4534

Re: Restaurant tipping

cheese_breath wrote:
Louis Winthorpe III wrote:
lcs wrote:I'm only 24, and I remember when 10% was considered standard.


I'm quite a bit older than you are, and 10% was never standard.

Maybe I'm older that you Louis because I remember when 10% was standard.


I'm probably about your age, and I always remember fifteen percent being the standard.
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant tipping
Replies: 196
Views: 10960

Re: Restaurant tipping

I don't think the individual server should be penalized if the service is slow because of a shortage of servers or because the kitchen is slow.
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant tipping
Replies: 196
Views: 10960

Re: TRP Health Sciences up only 0.19% today

Did the fund have a distribution?
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TRP Health Sciences up only 0.19% today
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Vanguard on portfolio inflation protection.

Have you wondered if the current low-inflation environment warrants a change in the way investors plan for potential future inflation? Roger Aliaga-Díaz, senior economist with Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, and Gemma Wright-Casparius, senior portfolio manager for Vanguard Inflation-Protected S...
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard on portfolio inflation protection.
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I rented Brothers from my library and watched it last night. This is a Jim Sheridan film starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and a luminescent Natalie Portman.
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 655
Views: 86344

Re: Is this Investing or Speculating?

....I am rather puzzled as to how an individual retail investor could possibly "value" a portfolio of five hundred stocks from seventeen different countries and make a judgement of them as being a better or worse investment than five hundred stocks from the United States. Personally I can...
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is this Investing or Speculating?
Replies: 24
Views: 2006

Re: Vanguard - The New Bond King - WSJ

Levett wrote:I love a guy who doesn't feel compelled to mug for the camera.

Even better, he went to Ohio Northern (quick now: what town is it in?) and Lehigh.

Lev


Ada (Great crossword puzzle clue.)
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard - The New Bond King - WSJ
Replies: 27
Views: 4291

Re: Anyone concerned about their bond holdings?

You're the first one to ask this question in at least twelve hours.
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone concerned about their bond holdings?
Replies: 58
Views: 5642

Re: Vanguard - The New Bond King - WSJ

The link will work for the individual who Googles it, but it won't work when someone posts the Googled link in a thread.
by gkaplan
Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard - The New Bond King - WSJ
Replies: 27
Views: 4291

Re: Vanguard - The New Bond King - WSJ

corner559 wrote:Unless you are a WSJ subscriber you can't read the article.


Just Google the title to bypass the WSJ paywall.
by gkaplan
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard - The New Bond King - WSJ
Replies: 27
Views: 4291

Re: Financial Advice by Demographics

Stirlingsean2 wrote:Why I need to register to read the story?


Just Google the title of the article.
by gkaplan
Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Advice by Demographics
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Re: John Bogle's Don't Peek Challenge

As most diligent savers and investors, I look at my investments way too often. Who would like to take the "Don't Peek Challenge with me.'' His extreme version is not to look at it until you are ready for retirement and be ready to have a cardiologist nearby because you may need one when you se...
by gkaplan
Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle's Don't Peek Challenge
Replies: 103
Views: 8673

Re: How much international is too much?

I totally agree. I don't understand why people fail to see the logic in that.
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international is too much?
Replies: 113
Views: 9107

Re: DFA funds?

abuss368 wrote:
gkaplan wrote:Try this for starters.

DFA versus Vanguard


Gordon,

Do you still invest with DFA?


I don't know where you come up with these suppositions. I never have invested in DFA funds.
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: DFA funds?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: 2015 Annual Conference Bogleheads Vegans & Vegetarians

VictoriaF wrote:An old joke:
I am not a vegetarian because I love animals. I am a vegetarian because I hate vegetables.

Cheers,
Victoria


Victoria, I must be slow, but I don't get it. Maybe because I am a vegetarian?
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2015 Annual Conference Bogleheads Vegans & Vegetarians
Replies: 10
Views: 956

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched two movies on Netflix tonight. The first was Maidentrip , a documentary about a fourteen year-old Dutch girl, who sets out, camera in hand, in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Her quest sparked a year-long battle with Dutch authorities. Ex...
by gkaplan
Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 655
Views: 86344

Re: DFA funds?

Try this for starters.

DFA versus Vanguard
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: DFA funds?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: I bought some USO a couple months ago by mistake

For the uninitiated, what is USO? I take it is not the United Services Organization. Or is it?
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I bought [United States Oil ETF (USO) by mistake]
Replies: 13
Views: 1676

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Is it a movie or a miniseries or what? We're about halfway through the series, "Bosch," an Amazon Prime original. It's based on Michael Connelly's novels about a detective in the LAPD. I won't say your life isn't complete without it, but we are really enjoying it. Very well done. I think ...
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 655
Views: 86344

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched What Maisie Knew on Netflix last night. It starred Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, and Alexander Skarsgård. The move is an adaption of a Henry James novel about a young girl caught in the middle of her parents' divorce. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play the...
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 655
Views: 86344

Re: Post removed or moved?

Why not PM a moderator to find out what's up?
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Post removed or moved?
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: How much international is too much?

I did not read the other replies yet, but according to John Bogle international is not necessary so if you feel the need to do it, no more than 20%. He has never held it and for the last 20 years neither have I. Warren Buffett also agrees on this. I think I'm in good company. In other words, don't ...
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international is too much?
Replies: 113
Views: 9107

Re: Portland transportation

I moved from Ventura in Southern California to Portland early last year. I drove up in my 2008 Honda Fit. Once I settled in and bought a condo in Goose Hollow (right next door to the Pearl District) and moved in, I donated my car and haven't looked back. I walk everywhere: to my credit union; to the...
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portland transportation
Replies: 20
Views: 1776

Re: Best Classical Music Box Sets?

I don't know if it's in some sort of a boxed set, but Antal Dorati recorded all 104 Haydn symphonies.

I have a Colin Davis boxed set of the seven Sibelius symphonies and a George Szell boxed set of the four Schumann symphonies.
by gkaplan
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Classical Music Box Sets?
Replies: 29
Views: 1994

Re: Following one's spouse in a relocation: Advice or commen

It would seem that there would be a demand for high school science teachers.
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Following one's spouse in a relocation: Advice or comments?
Replies: 21
Views: 1509

Re: Vanguard Intl Stock - VGTSX - country percentages

It's an index fund. It's tracking its index.
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Intl Stock - VGTSX - country percentages
Replies: 8
Views: 586

"Social Security: How to decide when it's time."

It's a question every American faces sooner or later: "When should I start taking Social Security?" There's a lot riding on the answer. Collecting your Social Security benefits before the program's "full retirement age" (65 for those born before 1938, rising gradually to 66 for ...
by gkaplan
Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Social Security: How to decide when it's time."
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Investment Catnip

Too often, trendy new investing ideas turn out to be catnip for investors—a distraction that's pleasing on the surface and difficult to ignore but offering little long-term benefit. Why are investors led astray by such ideas? When assessing new strategies and opportunities, investors can often jump...
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investment Catnip
Replies: 0
Views: 297

Re: How much international is too much?

100%, I should think.
by gkaplan
Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international is too much?
Replies: 113
Views: 9107

Vanguard Quarterly Dividends in March

The table below lists Vanguard mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that will distribute quarterly income dividends in March 2015. Each fund's per-share dividend rate will be posted on the vanguard.com distributions page on the fund's declaration date. Once the distribution amount is poste...
by gkaplan
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Quarterly Dividends in March
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Re: IRS Direct Pay vs Mailed Check

What is IRS Direct Pay? How does it differ from EFTPS?
by gkaplan
Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS Direct Pay vs Mailed Check
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Re: Vanguard et al disintermediated?

According to my American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (fifth edition), there is no such word as "disintermediated." (Even my spell check rejects it.) Disintermediation, yes. Disintermediated, no.
by gkaplan
Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard et al disintermediated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2692
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