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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: 1685

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: 503

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: 250
Views: 26618

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: 4766

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: 489

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: 1612

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: 2857

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: 2857

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: 2857

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: 5658

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: 2975

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: 2857

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: 7833

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: 2421

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: 239
Views: 28682

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: 239
Views: 28682

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: 2074

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: 617

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: 617

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: 10974

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: 86
Views: 6779

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: 86
Views: 6779

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: 5817

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: 7186

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: 1810

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: 1031

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: 3494

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: 3289

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: 239
Views: 28682

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: 239
Views: 28682

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: 6157

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: 9581

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: 4497

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: 2035

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: 239
Views: 28682

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: 2275

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: 2936

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: 12814

"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: 5701

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: 1215

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: 1685

Re: Your favorite classic toys for kids

I don't consider most the toys that people have noted as being toys as such. To me, Lincoln logs and erector sets, to site two, are learning tools. Others might be considered games or sports.
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 5145

Re: TIPS Versus TSP G Fund

I am a retired fed and have the G Fund as my sole TSP holding. It, along with the TIPS fund in my Vanguard Roth IRA, are my sole fixed income holdings at the present. This won't change, other than taking my RMD from the G fund, starting this year, and constructing a five-rung CD ladder in the next t...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS Versus TSP G Fund
Replies: 22
Views: 2760

"Performance report: Vanguard funds shined versus peers."

....Vanguard funds have generated excellent returns relative to competitors over longer periods of time. As the graph below illustrates, over the past 5- and 10-year periods, 84% and 93% of our funds, respectively, have outperformed the returns of their peer-group averages. The graph also shows the...
by gkaplan
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Performance report: Vanguard funds shined versus peers."
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron. This is the fifth book in his Mike Bowditch series, and I have loved each of them. I highly recommend the series, but you should read them in the order in which they were written.

http://www.pauldoiron.com/
by gkaplan
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 239
Views: 28682

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night, I watched The Art of Violin , a documentary DVD that I borrowed from my library. The film features archival footage of performance and interview excerpts of many violinists no longer with us, such as Heifitz, Elman, Kreisler, and Menuhin, coupled with commentary from contemporary figures...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 250
Views: 26618

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm reading Prayer by Philip Kerr. Kerr is the author of the Bernie Gunther series. Prayer , however, is a stand-alone novel. The protagonist is an FBI agent working in the domestic terrorism unit. It's a pretty good read. Shortly after I posted this, I downgraded my ranking for this book from four...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 239
Views: 28682
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