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Re: Foreign film night recommendations.

I watch a lot of BBC productions, and my roommate when I was going to undergraduate school was a diligent watcher of the The Dukes of Hazzard.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Foreign film night recommendations.
Replies: 124
Views: 6003

Re: Is Vanguard understaffed?

Popularity brings overload.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Vanguard understaffed?
Replies: 29
Views: 2015

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading Montana by Gwen Florio. This is a crime novel about a woman journalist embedded in Afghanistan. She returns home to find out her newspaper is eliminating its foreign bureau and will rely on wire services for its foreign coverage. More or less out of a job, she travels to Montana to reun...
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just finished watching Beautiful Girls on Netflix. Nice little 1996 film, with a breakout and delightful Natalie Portman performance.
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 561
Views: 68455

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Yes, you are correct about the no. of pages. My bad. :oops: Funny how the memory can play tricks years later. Oooops. Guess I devoured "From the Terrace" so quickly it didn't seem like a "long" novel at the time. "Ten North Frederick" was a veritable slim book compared...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer (72min, Israel, 2014), a remarkable documentary about Singer's translators. Singer, a 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, composed all his work in Yiddish. After he immigrated to the U.S., Saul Bellow has translated one of his works, and did it so well that Sin...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 127
Views: 14840

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm still reading Atlas Shrugged , by Ayn Rand. It's over 1,000 pages long and is on the List of longest novels . I'm past the half-way point and it's still interesting. I'm surprised From the Terrace is not on that list Not understanding that comment about From the Terrace. ? I have read all of Jo...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer (72min, Israel, 2014), a remarkable documentary about Singer's translators. Singer, a 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, composed all his work in Yiddish. After he immigrated to the U.S., Saul Bellow has translated one of his works, and did it so well that Sin...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 127
Views: 14840

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

LadyGeek wrote:I'm still reading Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. It's over 1,000 pages long and is on the List of longest novels.

I'm past the half-way point and it's still interesting.


I'm surprised From the Terrace is not on that list
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

As readers of this thread probably are aware, I have been reading the books of Paul Watkins, both the books he writes under his own name and the Inspector Pekkala series he writes under the Sam Eastland nom de plume. Right now, I am reading Night Over Day Over Night , written under his own name. Thi...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: Accurate home blood pressure monitor?

I'm using the LifeSource Model UA-767 Plus monitor that I got through the VA.
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accurate home blood pressure monitor?
Replies: 42
Views: 6308

Re: Music / Song Help

lawman3966 wrote:"The Spirit of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie

"Victoria" by the Kinks.

"Banana Republics" by Jimmy Buffett (who usually gets lower billing than the other Buffett on this forum).


I think you mean City of New Orleans, and it should be attributed to Steve Goodman.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music / Song Help
Replies: 52
Views: 2236

Re: What language do EU partners use to communicate?

It once was said that French was the language of diplomats. I don't know if that still is the case.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What language do EU partners use to communicate?
Replies: 12
Views: 1031

Re: electric toothbrush

I guess I must be an outlier, but I still brush the old fashion way.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric toothbrush
Replies: 38
Views: 2096

"Delaying IRA contributions until April can cost you."

If you're like many of us, making your IRA contribution is likely near the bottom of your to-do list. After all, you have until April 15 to do so for the 2014 tax year, right? The answer from a tax perspective is yes. But from the perspective of maximizing how you save for retirement, the answer ma...
by gkaplan
Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Delaying IRA contributions until April can cost you."
Replies: 4
Views: 886

"Don't Be Dogmatic About Retirement-Portfolio Withdrawals."

Required minimum distributions first. Taxable accounts next, followed by Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s. Roth IRAs and 401(k)s last. That's the standard sequence for tax-efficient portfolio drawdown during retirement. The overarching thesis is to be sure to tap those accounts where you'll face a tax ...
by gkaplan
Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Don't Be Dogmatic About Retirement-Portfolio Withdrawals."
Replies: 10
Views: 1420

Re: Music / Song Help

bhsince87 wrote:
Hayden wrote:Well, I hate it, but some people like MacArthur Park
Tangled up in blue


MacArthur Park is a good one! But I've been trying to understand that song for 30 years. I still have no clue.


Only thirty years? The song is over forty years old.
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music / Song Help
Replies: 52
Views: 2236

Vanguard tops Barron's/Lipper Fund Family Ranking for 2014.

"Vanguard earned the top spot on the Barron's/Lipper "Best Fund Families of 2014" list, fueled by the strength of its index funds and the outperformance of nearly half of its active funds—a notable feat considering only 20% of all U.S. actively managed stock funds were able to do the ...
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard tops Barron's/Lipper Fund Family Ranking for 2014.
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Music / Song Help

Rock Island Line
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music / Song Help
Replies: 52
Views: 2236

Re: Over the long-run, are there any poor-performing sectors

I think REITs are known to perform poorly long-term. 1972-2014 REITS CAGR 12.05% StdDev 18.17 US Market CAGR 10.4 StdDev 18.05 now we are missing like 10 years of REIT returns (they were established in the early 60s). Feel free to post them if you have them. Given the OP, I think Jebediah's post wa...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Over the long-run, are there any poor-performing sectors?
Replies: 13
Views: 951

Re: A Special Message From Social Security--NOT!

I too received the email.
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Special Message From Social Security
Replies: 68
Views: 6154

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I currently am reading The Great Depression: a Diary by Benjamin Roth. I believe nisiprius recommended this book several months ago. The book was published in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession, and the similarities between these two eras is eerie. The diary covers the period between June 5, ...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Morningstar: "3 Ways to Bring Fund Fees Into the Light"

Fees and expenses are often hidden and complicated. It's time to show investors what they're paying for....



http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=684678
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar: "3 Ways to Bring Fund Fees Into the Light"
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Morningstar: "20 IRA Mistakes to Avoid"

From contributions to conversions to distributions, don't fall into these traps....



http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/ ... =1#cpage=0
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Morningstar: "20 IRA Mistakes to Avoid"
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: Grexit !!

What's Grexit?
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grexit ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1738

Re: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's

I bit late to this party, but I'll second the recommendations of "Notting Hill" and "Somewhere in Time". But this Valentine's day, we watched one of my faves: The (IMHO) criminally-underrated 1989 film " Cousins ". You should take a look at Cousin, Cousine , the French...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's day
Replies: 87
Views: 4440

Re: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's

Hurry up. Valentine's Day is almost over. Well, maybe I'll turn Valentine's Day into Valentine's Month and hit them during the month of February! I will have gained so much insight into love and turn into a relationship expert by the time February is over. I thought I was late to post in this threa...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's day
Replies: 87
Views: 4440

Re: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's

Hurry up. Valentine's Day is almost over. Well, maybe I'll turn Valentine's Day into Valentine's Month and hit them during the month of February! I will have gained so much insight into love and turn into a relationship expert by the time February is over. I thought I was late to post in this threa...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's day
Replies: 87
Views: 4440

Re: Vanguard or Fidelity

bowtie wrote:53,
What is a Medallion signature guarantee?
Thanks.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medallion_signature_guarantee
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard or Fidelity
Replies: 30
Views: 3168

Re: Mental games

tludwig23 wrote:NYTimes crossword puzzles, done every day. In ink.


I do the daily Los Angeles Times puzzle online. Two online Sunday puzzles.
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mental games
Replies: 32
Views: 2487

Re: Switch American Funds to Vanguard?

Thanks to Barry Barnitz for this link on the saver's credit. Don't know if it applies to this poster's situation, but it is sure worth looking at! http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Plan-Participant,-Employee/Retirement-Topics-Retirement-Savings-Contributions-Credit-(Saver’s-Credit) Sorry - I've t...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Switch American Funds to Vanguard?
Replies: 24
Views: 1636

Re: Moving to Vanguard

Toons wrote:Without a doubt give them a call to cover all the details :happy

https://investor.vanguard.com/account-transfer/


Here's a direct link.

https://investor.vanguard.com/account-transfer/how-to-transfer-money
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moving to Vanguard
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: active vs passive in response to Larry Swedroe posting

OP, I would read your post if you were to edit it so it could be read. You know, paragraphs, spacing, etcetera. ha :) Not sure what you mean based on what's on my screen but that's ok if you don't read it. I didn't read yours either. Based on this post, I believe you did read my post. What I meant ...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: active vs passive in response to Larry Swedroe posting
Replies: 30
Views: 3250

Re: active vs passive in response to Larry Swedroe posting

[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek]
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: active vs passive in response to Larry Swedroe posting
Replies: 30
Views: 3250

Re: SIGN PETITION FOR Jack Bogle's Presidential Medal of Fre

Is it possible to vote more than once? You know, stuff the ballot box? We used to do that all the time in Chicago.
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: SIGN PETITION FOR Jack Bogle's Presidential Medal of Freedom
Replies: 164
Views: 8993

Re: How to characterize a pension as a part of one's retirem

ralph124cf wrote:This is very similar to the many threads on considering Social Security as a bond. The forum has pretty much agreed to disagree on how to think about it.

Ralph



I don't know. I think the consensus is pretty much not to consider Social Security as a bond.
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to characterize a pension as a part of one's retirement?
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am currently reading The Ice Soldier by Paul Watkins. This book is almost as good as the The Forger , the last book of Watkins I read. I said almost, because The Forger set such a high bar. Watkins' voice in the books he writes under his own name seems different from the voice in the Inspector Pek...
by gkaplan
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: Poll: Is MMM a force for good?

I voted, "I don't know, and I don't care," because I don't know, and I don't care. I could have voted, "Who is MMM?, however, since I don't know who he is. Even if I did know who he is, though, I still would have voted, "I don't know, and I don't care." I guess I should have...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Is MMM a force for good?
Replies: 34
Views: 2893

Re: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?
Replies: 40
Views: 2390

Re: Best artificial plants?

$5,000 watch but plastic plants?
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: Bank Deposit - Receipt

My credit union always gives me a receipt.
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank Deposit - Receipt
Replies: 21
Views: 1414

"Vanguard funds' long-term performance remains strong."

U.S. stocks returned nearly 13% last year, posting gains for the sixth consecutive calendar year. Rising corporate earnings, the growing U.S. economy, and generally accommodative global monetary policies lifted domestic markets even as Europe and China faced economic challenges, tensions flared in ...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard funds' long-term performance remains strong."
Replies: 0
Views: 184

"What Investors Can Learn from Their 2014 Tax Returns."

The rapid uptake of tax-preparation software means that fewer and fewer taxpayers are filling out their tax returns the old-school way: with pen, paper, and a calculator. That's probably for the better: Not only are the major tax software packages easy to use, but they can help reduce errors and sa...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "What Investors Can Learn from Their 2014 Tax Returns."
Replies: 0
Views: 340

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading Hand in Glove by Ngaio Marsh. This is the seventeenth Roderick Alleyn mystery Ngaio Marsh wrote. I liked her sixteenth, False Scent , written in 1960, very much. I thought it was her best up to that point. Hand in Glove , written in 1962, is even better. (Edited to insert "Roderick...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 503
Views: 67494

Re: John Bogle on International Investing

Everytime the subject of international investing comes around which it has been a few thousand times since I have been visiting this forum, I always want to post this You Tube video but I don't have time to find it. Jack admits, most don't agree with him, but I certainly do. For those who would lik...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:10 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle on International Investing
Replies: 184
Views: 14554

Re: Does the IRS object to summarization of W2-G forms?

It seems to me that the IRS is going to try to match the dozen or so W-2s it receives against the one W-2 you report on your tax return. I think this will present problems for you.
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does the IRS object to summarization of W2-G forms?
Replies: 7
Views: 747
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