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by gkaplan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Aspiration
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Aspiration

In what context?
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets."
Replies: 21
Views: 2269

Re: "Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets."

Gordon, thank you for posting this. This is telling me to start putting money to work in Emerging Markets bit by bit. A couple of things that I look at when deciding where to allocate new money are valuations and money flows. Money flows are often a good contrary indicator as investors tend to sell...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 95
Views: 12805

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

I still plan on keeping my TSP. I like having the G Fund option. Since I already am retired from federal service, over seventy, drawing Social Security, and in the twenty-five percent marginal tax bracket, I probably would chose not to convert my traditional TSP to a Roth TSP anyway, although it wou...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets."
Replies: 21
Views: 2269

"Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets."

If you think investors in U.S. stocks have had it rough, consider the hapless folks who followed Wall Street's advice to buy emerging market stocks. The MSCI Emerging Market index has lost 25 percent over the past year, while the mostly widely held U.S. fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market index, ...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "China: How much does volatility matter?"
Replies: 0
Views: 104

"China: How much does volatility matter?"

Recently, Peter Westaway, Vanguard's chief European economist and regional head of [Vanguard's] Investment Strategy Group, discussed the implications of events in China with [Vanguard's] senior economist in the Asia-Pacific region, Qian Wang. This is an edited transcript of their conversation.... h...
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watching NFL Games Via Webstream
Replies: 11
Views: 1170

Re: Watching NFL Games Via Webstream

I've found that most web streaming websites require one to download a bunch of junk. I'm not willing to do that.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1049
Views: 176427

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched The Manners of Downton Abbey last night. I borrowed the DVD from the library the other day. It’s approximately one hour in length and shows the painstaking steps the producers and actors take to ensure historical accuracy of Downton Abbey.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If stocks dropped 30% next Monday, would you rebalance?
Replies: 96
Views: 5117

Re: If stocks dropped 30% next Monday, would you rebalance?

retiredjg wrote:On what planet is next Monday different from this coming Monday?

Yeah, I know. Some people do use the terms differently, but remember that the original poster lives in Texas.


That explains it.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If stocks dropped 30% next Monday, would you rebalance?
Replies: 96
Views: 5117

Re: If stocks dropped 30% next Monday, would you rebalance?

Next Monday is Labor Day, so the American markets would be closed. Perhaps you meant this coming Monday.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do "valuations" affect your asset allocation?
Replies: 52
Views: 2191

Re: Do "valuations" affect your asset allocation?

Valuations have no effect on my asset allocation. My IPS does, however.
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Jean Louise Finch – "Scout" – returns home to Maycomb to visit her father. There she struggles with personal and political issues, as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginn...
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Notifications list
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: Notifications list

I have never been able to open and read a notification on the notifications list .
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Was vanguard.com slow for anyone else this morning?
Replies: 37
Views: 2553

Re: Was vanguard.com slow for anyone else this morning?

Do you really think Vanguard is the only one experiencing this problem.

For one, the TSP posted on its website, "The ThriftLine is experiencing a high volume of calls . You may experience delays. We appreciate your patience."
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "What to do during market volatility? Perhaps nothing."
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

"What to do during market volatility? Perhaps nothing."

If you're watching the recent market correction and wondering what to do, consider learning how to cope with volatility instead of changing your financial plan. Often, the wisest thing to do during periods of extreme market volatility is to stick with the investment plan that you've already devised...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Dividend payment frequency changes for 24 funds.
Replies: 0
Views: 460

Vanguard Dividend payment frequency changes for 24 funds.

Twenty-four Vanguard equity index funds are now distributing dividends quarterly instead of annually. We're making the change in order to meet investors' expectations for dividend income more effectively, as well as allow the funds to achieve operational efficiencies. In addition, distributing divi...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1961
Views: 377855

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

You've been posting this for the past 3 years... Pretty much every thread you have posted has been doom and gloom. But I'm glad you're happy that you're right for once. Still doesn't make you an expert predictor, and it still doesn't make it easy to predict "downdrafts" :thumbsup :thumbsu...
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass Users' Feedback
Replies: 14
Views: 1027

Re: LastPass Users' Feedback

You might try reading through some of these threads: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=169379&p=2554528&hilit=lastpass#p2554528 https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=168912&p=2548523&hilit=lastpass#p2548523
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: How do I insert a quote in my post?
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

Re: How do I insert a quote in my post?

Moe, you need to click on the quotes sign in the upper right hand box of the post you want to quote.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TSP G Fund
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: TSP G Fund

I am a retired federal employee and just use the G Fund.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard.com site problems [New account login]
Replies: 13
Views: 1212

Re: Vanguard.com site problems [New account login]

Nothing is going to show until after Monday's close of business.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading Shakespeare's As You Like It . Rosalind is the daughter of banished Duke Senior and is being raised at the court of Duke Frederick, with her cousin Celia. She falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes nea...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard auto exchange
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: Vanguard auto exchange

And here I thought Vanguard was starting an automobile buying service.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How long will you"Stay the Course"?
Replies: 99
Views: 8663

Re: How long will you"Stay the Course"?

I will say that I got kind of nervous in 2008-2009 when my portfolio dropped about thirty percent, but I didn't change anything. I kept my aggressive allocation (72% equity/28% fixed income), continued to max out my 401(k) biweekly contributions, and made my annual Roth IRA contributions on January ...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Orange is the New Black
Replies: 17
Views: 2618

Re: Orange is the New Black

OP here. Last night, I watched the final episode of Season One, and I am definitely looking forward to Season Two.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Average Maturity of TSP G Fund
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Average Maturity of TSP G Fund

Does anyone know the average maturity and the average duration of the TSP G Fund? The Information Sheet for the TSP G Fund used to show the fund's average maturity. The 12/31/2014 Information Sheet does not seem to show that anymore, although the 12/31/2014 Information Sheet for TSP F Fund does show...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Orange is the New Black
Replies: 17
Views: 2618

Re: Orange is the New Black

Igglesman wrote:First season follows the book. Second and third season go to new territory. Third season was the best yet. A five-star series. The finales of seasons two and three pay for your Netflix subscription.
Enjoy.


Thanks. I think I'll pick up the book when I go to the library tomorrow morning.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many here follow Bogle's "no international" theory?
Replies: 82
Views: 5307

Re: How many here follow Bogle's "no international" theory?

ajacobs6 wrote:How much of your international is in emerging markets?


Thirty-Five Percent
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VWO - Emerging Markets
Replies: 27
Views: 2803

Re: VWO - Emerging Markets

I'm thinking about re-balancing, but I'm waiting for a call from livesoft.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The future of VWO
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: The future of VWO

VWO is 34% China, and adding A-Shares soon. This new article in the WSJ shows great concern, it brings up valid points. http://www.princeton.edu/~bmalkiel/China's%20Market-Intervention%20Folly.pdf How much do you have allocated to VWO? Does this change your thoughts on any long term growth potentia...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dividend payment date
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: Dividend payment date

Vanguard generally posts the dates on its website about three weeks in advance.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Orange is the New Black
Replies: 17
Views: 2618

Orange is the New Black

I have one more episode to watch in the Orange is the New Black Season One DVD. Has anyone read Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison , the Piper Kerman book upon which the series is based? I'm not sure if I should read the book, having watched the first season and planning to watch t...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mutual funds time of purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: Mutual funds time of purchase

My understanding that at Vanguard, at least for mutual funds, the cutoff time (Pacific Coast time) for transactions is 0900 on days preceding holidays and 1300 otherwise.
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Better way to view oldest unread post in a thread?
Replies: 12
Views: 1262

Re: Better way to view oldest unread post in a thread?

I believe there's a bug in the First Unread Post function. There are fifty posts per page in our threads. If the post count has flipped over to a new page while you were gone, then you get taken to the first post on that new page, NOT the First Unread Post... Yes, this is annoying. If there is &quo...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

.... Then there are the documentaries: - London Can Take It (later: Britain can take it) -made for the American audience, to convince the American public that Britain's will was intact - The Lion Has Wings - the Royal Air Force in the early days - Listening to Britain In that last one, the singer M...
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Balanced Portfolio Vulnerable to Inflation?
Replies: 46
Views: 3536

Re: Balanced Portfolio Vulnerable to Inflation?

I think the perceived Bogleheads negativity toward TIPS can be attributed to the particular posts of one Boglehead. I won't mention the name of the person, but I think most here know to whom I am referring.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh. Clutch of Constables is the twenty-fifth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn and was first published in 1968. The plot concerns art forgery and takes place on a cruise on a fictional river in the Norfolk Broads, a network of mostly navigable rivers a...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: favorite bogleheads posts?
Replies: 72
Views: 9870

Re: favorite bogleheads posts?

Where is livesoft? He hasn't been around lately.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard research shines light on investor behavior.
Replies: 0
Views: 524

Vanguard research shines light on investor behavior.

Nearly three out of every ten U.S. households own an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), representing a total of more than $7.4 trillion in assets. Are most investors maximizing their IRA contributions? What are the trends around IRA use? On a regular basis, Vanguard researchers analyze how invest...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Weighing the concerns about bond market liquidity."
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

"Weighing the concerns about bond market liquidity."

The anticipation of an interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve this year has some investors and the media concerned that liquidity in the global bond markets will be severely tested if investors look to sell existing bond holdings en masse. We recently sat down with Greg Davis, Vanguard globa...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "How covering college costs with retirement savings can hurt."
Replies: 1
Views: 460

"How covering college costs with retirement savings can hurt."

While scanning the stacks of glossy college brochures that have filled your mailbox, your eyes can't help but move to the tuition charts. You likely see a number approximating The College Board's 2014-2015 averages of $18,943 for tuition, room, and board at a public in-state college or university o...
by gkaplan
Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Protect your portfolio from your emotions."
Replies: 0
Views: 277

"Protect your portfolio from your emotions."

Humans are rational in theory but err in practice, according to cognitive scientists Philip Johnson-Laird and Ruth M. J. Byrne. But just because you're human doesn't mean you can't be a level-headed investor. It's possible to catch yourself before making an emotion-based investment decision that co...
by gkaplan
Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading The Precipice by Paul Doiron. When two young female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness, the most remote stretch along the entire two-thousand mile Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the search to find them. The police interview everyone they...
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?
Replies: 95
Views: 11402

Re: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?

Mel Lindauer wrote:It's not going to happen. That was clearly stated previously. Nothing's changed so it's still the policy. Don't expect it to change in the future. Resurrecting this thread isn't going to change the outcome.


:thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone not own a Smartphone
Replies: 76
Views: 4084

Re: Anyone not own a Smartphone

I don't own a mobile phone of any kind.
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1049
Views: 176427

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Dutch wrote:
gkaplan wrote:Last night, on Netflix, I watched ...


What did you think? Was it good or bad? I found some good movies thanks to this thread. It really helps when folks state their opinion as well.


I either really liked it, or I loved it. I can't remember which.

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