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Vanguard: "Don't let debt delay or derail your retirement"

More people are contributing to 401(k) and other retirement plans than ever before, yet few are financially "ready" when they retire, according to HelloWallet, an online financial guidance provider. The typical worker nearing retirement had only two years' worth of income saved in 2010—th...
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard: "Don't let debt delay or derail your retirement"
Replies: 26
Views: 1047

Re: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?

Your fundamental mistake was choosing to pursue an English degree. Try pursuing another field more aligned with the compensation you desire. Really? :oops: What degree do you suggest instead? :?: There's plenty you can do with an English degree and it doesn't involve being a petroleum transfer tech...
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?
Replies: 92
Views: 5519

Re: Is Now a Good time to Buy Bonds ???

What does your ISP say?
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is Now a Good time to Buy Bonds ???
Replies: 19
Views: 1812

Re: TSP Beneficiary Account and Tax Burden to Successors

What is the difference between a TSP Beneficiary account and a regular TSP account?
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TSP Beneficiary Account and Tax Burden to Successors
Replies: 7
Views: 505

"What to do if you win the lottery...."

Let's start by stating the obvious: You're probably not a Powerball jackpot winner. In fact, you're probably not going to win any lottery, ever. (Sorry.) But what if you did? Or—more realistically—what would you do with a bigger-than-expected year-end bonus, tax refund, or inheritance? If you're th...
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "What to do if you win the lottery...."
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Vanguard: "529 accounts, not just for kids"

The stereotypical college student—a young adult in their late teens or early 20s—may be changing. More and more adults are heading back to school to pursue higher education. A recent study found that an estimated 47% of undergraduates attending American colleges and universities were over age 25.* ...
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard: "529 accounts, not just for kids"
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Southwest Airlines Engulfing, Reversal Candle Signals Do

I can't believe people are gullible enough to give credence to this stuff.
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Southwest Airlines Engulfing, Reversal Candle Signals Downsi
Replies: 55
Views: 3215

Vanguard on Rebalancing

You may intend to rebalance your portfolio when its target asset allocation drifts too far off course. When the time comes, though, following through on those intentions can be tough. All kinds of obstacles are underfoot, starting with your emotions..... Emotions get involved because rebalancing of...
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard on Rebalancing
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Re: Blood work for cats

[Post removed by admin LadyGeek]


Cats are not fungible.
by gkaplan
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2403

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I'm currently reading My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit.
by gkaplan
Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1168037

Re: Vanguard monthly statement availability(Website)

I only get quarterly statements.
by gkaplan
Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard monthly statement availability(Website)
Replies: 9
Views: 919

Fama: Active Management a Bad Bet

Active fund management is a zero-sum game in which luck and skill are virtually indistinguishable, says Nobel Prize-winning economist Eugene Fama. Fama, a University of Chicago finance professor and a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in economics last year for his efficient markets hypothesis, spoke to...
by gkaplan
Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fama: Active Management a Bad Bet
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: Yes, It's Dividend Time

You had me thinking the dividend rates were posted on Vanguard's web site. To my dismay, they haven't been yet. Vanguard is declaring dividends on both September 18 and September 22, depending on the funds in question. https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/article/september-dividends-092014
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Why did my fund suddenly drop in value?]
Replies: 84
Views: 7201

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I finished watching Reilly Ace of Spies last night. I had watched it when PBS first broadcast it in the early eighties and loved it, and I think it holds up very well thirty years later.
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 105
Views: 4477

Re: Trouble changing SS direct deposit

When I changed my SS direct deposit from one credit union to another, I believe there was a one month time lag.
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trouble changing SS direct deposit
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Vanguard on International Bonds

Are you concerned about the prospect of rising interest rates—and falling bond prices—as the Federal Reserve winds down its stimulative bond buying program? Perhaps you're considering moving—or you've already moved—some of your assets out of bonds. Rather than retreating from bonds, we suggest you ...
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard on International Bonds
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I just started Providence Rag, the third in the Liam Mulligan series of Bruce DeSilva.
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1168037

Re: Tour travelling by bus

When I was stationed in Europe, I took an American Express tour to the Benelux countries (Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands). It was pretty good. (I'm not sure if American Express still does tours.)
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour travelling by bus
Replies: 36
Views: 1940

Re: Best Time Of Year To Visit Mediterranean

My brother and his wife are leaving Saturday on a Road Scholar tour of Italy.
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Time Of Year To Visit Mediterranean
Replies: 28
Views: 1393

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am about forty percent through Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh. I think this is her best book thus far, in contrast to her last one, which I thought was her worst.
by gkaplan
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1168037

Vanguard: "Your Investing Life: Becoming a parent."

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! As your family grows, your expenses will probably grow too (as your income seems to shrink). You won't be able to predict how your priorities will shift after the arrival of your child, but there are a few steps you can take now to prepare your fi...
by gkaplan
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard: "Your Investing Life: Becoming a parent."
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: Recommended World War I book

Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August
by gkaplan
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended World War I book
Replies: 37
Views: 2038

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

baw703916 wrote:
protagonist wrote:Hugh Grant redeemed himself by appearing in Cloud Atlas.


Redeemed himself for what?


Cheating on Elizabeth Hurley?
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 226
Views: 10980

Re: When do you have too many credit cards?

I have only so much room for credit cards, an ATM card, VA card, library card, and so on. Three credit cards for me are plenty. For years, I got by on just my MasterCard, which I have had, through many and various changes in providers, for over forty-five years.
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When do you have too many credit cards?
Replies: 16
Views: 1373

Re: rebalancing spreadsheet

I have a fairly complex (complex for me, at least) spreadsheet that I developed over a ten-year or so period that I am sort of proud of. I am not sure how to post it here, however, and I am reluctant to post it with my actual balances.
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: rebalancing spreadsheet
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: How Long To Keep Retirement Annuity Statements

I retired from federal service in January and have been drawing a FERS annuity since then. I have been scanning my monthly statements. (For some reason, I cannot download them. I first have to print them out and then scan them.) At the end of the year, I'm guessing OPM (Office of Personnel Managemen...
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Long To Keep Retirement Annuity Statements
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: How many books at one time?

I have, I think, four separate books-to-read lists that cover both fiction and nonfiction, but I only read one book at a time.
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many books at one time?
Replies: 16
Views: 649

Vanguard Interview with Jonathan Clements

Stock prices are flirting with record highs. Bond yields hover near generational lows. The economy is still nursing wounds from the 2007–2009 financial crisis. And yet it's a good time to be an investor, according to financial writer Jonathan Clements. Since April, Mr. Clements has written the pers...
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Interview with Jonathan Clements
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

When I was in high school we had to read The Mill on the Floss. It's a wonder I ever read anything again. It's like high school PE classes back in the day, they turned people off exercising for decades. I read The Mill on the Floss , although not in high school. I liked it. The ending kind of remin...
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 226
Views: 10980

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am about a fifth of the way through The Heist by Daniel Silva.

re: Jane Austen. I have read everything she wrote, as far as I know.
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1168037

Re: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live

livesoft wrote:
The Wizard wrote:I think the OPs friend would be happier weather-wise in metro San Diego, if he can deal with higher house prices and taxes...

Just wanted to point out that El Paso, Texas is closer to San Diego than it is to Houston.


Geographically speaking.
by gkaplan
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

Re: POLL : SP500 next : 1900 or 2200?

I don't know, and I don't care.
by gkaplan
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: POLL : SP500 next : 1900 or 2200?
Replies: 14
Views: 947

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

I probably dislike anything I had to read in high school. That would include the following:

The Raven (Poe)

Lord Jim (Conrad)

Moby Dick (Melville)
by gkaplan
Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 226
Views: 10980

Re: How is tilting any different that active value investing

Big debate occurred here: http://socialize.morningstar.com/NewSocialize/forums/p/340674/3565908.aspx#3565908 I would only add that the generally accepted definition of passive investing is the use of index funds vs actively managed funds. Beyond that, all investors must make decisions on risk, AA a...
by gkaplan
Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How is tilting any different that active value investing
Replies: 55
Views: 2570

Re: Own individual stocks? Advisor recommends 20% in blue ch

ababs wrote:What would be an appropriate percentage of the portfolio to hold in individual stocks (in addition to the three fund port)?

I have an advisor who is recommending keeping 15%-20% of our portfolio in quality blue chip individual stocks....

Thoughts?


Get rid of that advisor.
by gkaplan
Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Own individual stocks? Advisor recommends 20% in blue chips?
Replies: 38
Views: 2659

Re: Do you consider your emergency fund part of your portfol

I answered no; however, since I used my Roth IRA last year to fund one month's of expenses until I received my first Social Security benefit, and I used it this year to partially fund a down payment on a condo I was purchasing, I guess you could say my emergency fund is part of my portfolio. Strike ...
by gkaplan
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you consider your emergency fund part of your portfolio?
Replies: 50
Views: 3050

"Student loan debt: How much is too much?"

The income edge a college education can give graduates is growing. A Pew Research study from earlier this year found the gap between average annual earnings for millennial college graduates and their high school grad counterparts in 2013 was $17,500. Over the course of a 40-year career, that adds u...
by gkaplan
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Student loan debt: How much is too much?"
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Vanguard Quarterly Dividends in September

The table below lists Vanguard mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that will distribute quarterly income dividends in September 2014. Each fund's per-share dividend rate is posted on the vanguard.com distributions page on the fund's declaration date. Once the distribution amount is posted...
by gkaplan
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Quarterly Dividends in September
Replies: 40
Views: 5009

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched First Position on Netflix last night. I wanted to see it when it first came out several years ago, but it opened and closed in one week at my local theater, and I never got the chance to see it. The movie is an excellent documentary of an annual youth competition for contracts to elite bal...
by gkaplan
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 105
Views: 4477

"Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan cuts costs (again)"

You want to save as much as possible for college. We want to help, so we cut the investing costs for The Vanguard® 529 College Savings Plan. Lower expense ratios mean you're able to keep more of the money your investment produces—and when you're saving for college, that means you'll have more money...
by gkaplan
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:05 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan cuts costs (again)"
Replies: 16
Views: 1488

Re: Is now a good time to buy bonds?

OP, it seems like you have made a number of posts in this vein but have not taken to heart any advice offered.
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is now a good time to buy bonds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1936

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I'm half way through The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling). It's the second in her Cormoran Stike detective novels. It's a mixed book with some interesting passages, but many very tedious ones as well. I'm having trouble keeping track of the various suspect characters. The...
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1168037

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am about halfway through The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, the best crime novelist out there. This is from the Lincoln Lawyer series of Connelly. Somehow after having seen the movie made from the initial book in this series several years ago, I can only see Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller.
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1168037

Re: Paper or plastic?

I use reusable bags that I purchased from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. The third store from which I buy groceries, Fred Meyer, does not offer reusable bags, at least that I am aware of, so I use their paper bags to collect and dispose of recyclables. Because I live on the tenth floor of a condo, I ...
by gkaplan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paper or plastic?
Replies: 63
Views: 2861

Re: table suggests total bond not best as diversifier

Thanks for your prompt response, dbr.
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: table suggests total bond not best as diversifier
Replies: 20
Views: 2002

Re: table suggests total bond not best as diversifier

What is considered a high stock portfolio? Would that be an absolute percentage, or would it depend on one's age?
by gkaplan
Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: table suggests total bond not best as diversifier
Replies: 20
Views: 2002
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