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by gkaplan
Thu May 28, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 743
Views: 107160

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have been reading A Playdate with Death by Ayelet Waldman. This is the third of her Mommy-Track mysteries, which I have been binge-reading. I even recommended them to my sister-in-law, who generally does not read mysteries. She just started to read the first Mommy-Track mystery, The Big Nap , and ...
by gkaplan
Thu May 28, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I shorten my last name?
Replies: 63
Views: 4380

Re: Should I shorten my last name?

The immigration authorities at Ellis Island changed my father's last name.
by gkaplan
Thu May 28, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Are You Devoting Too Much Time (and Money) to Niche Asset Classes?"
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: "Are You Devoting Too Much Time (and Money) to Niche Asset Classes?"

I didn't read the article, but I don't consider small cap and emerging market stocks niche asset classes.
by gkaplan
Thu May 28, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fund expense ratio changes reported in May 2015.
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Fund expense ratio changes reported in May 2015.

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 May are listed ...
by gkaplan
Thu May 28, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I really need International equities in my portfolio ?
Replies: 69
Views: 5006

Re: Do I really need International equities in my portfolio ?

It's interesting to me the fervor with which people believe an international allocation is not necessary.
by gkaplan
Wed May 27, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do-it-yourself handy person: How did you learn?
Replies: 33
Views: 3257

Re: Do-it-yourself handy person: How did you learn?

Right now, I have the biggest tomato plant in this county that I planted last Sept. and survived through the winter. It exploded in growth since late feb and has now produced 100 tomatoes, and still producing! That is one massive tomato plant that seems to have plans to take over the yard.... The t...
by gkaplan
Wed May 27, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Affording retirement
Replies: 0
Views: 437

Affording retirement

It's the million-dollar question (according to some estimates, anyway): Can I afford to retire? As with many things in life, the answer depends on you. It is possible to afford retirement, provided you take some simple steps first.... It is possible to afford retirement, provided you take some simp...
by gkaplan
Tue May 26, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 743
Views: 107160

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman. Public defender turned stay-at-home mom, Juliet Applebaum has her hands full with her two rowdy kids. Her life gets even more hectic when her newborn son's babysitter – a beautiful young Chasidic woman – vanishes without a trace. This is the second of W...
by gkaplan
Mon May 25, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Active Discussions
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: Active Discussions

Sorry to hijack this thread, but why can't I click on a Notification to read?
by gkaplan
Sun May 24, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 849
Views: 119102

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Several days ago, over a two-evening span, I watched the four-plus hour The Sorrow and the Pity on a DVD I had borrowed from my local library. (I originally saw this Marcel Ophuls 1969 documentary when it first came out and then some years back on television.) The documentary examines, through inter...
by gkaplan
Sat May 23, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Advice from John Bogle and Warren Buffett
Replies: 35
Views: 2687

Re: advice from John Bogle and Warren Buffett

livesoft wrote:I don't follow their advice because I am not a billionaire. My asset allocation is not their asset allocation. My age is not their age. My cost of living is not their cost of living....


I totally agree.
by gkaplan
Sat May 23, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pittsburgh to Milwaukee
Replies: 13
Views: 1264

Re: Road trip Pittsburgh to Milwaukee

I think we are going to bypass chicago...been there.....any suggestions maybe going thru Naperville up to Milwaukee? I live in Chicago and worked in Naperville for 8 years. I cannot imagine there is any number N that would make your 1st visit to Naperville more interesting than your Nth visit to Ch...
by gkaplan
Thu May 21, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum operating really slowly.
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Forum operating really slowly.

Bogleheads forum seems to be running very slowly. Is is just me?
by gkaplan
Thu May 21, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making investment decisions.
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Making investment decisions.

Trying to maintain a long-term perspective in times of market volatility can be a difficult task. We recently sat down with Don Bennyhoff, a senior analyst with Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, so he could help investors focus on ways to improve the decision-making process when managing their po...
by gkaplan
Thu May 21, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 743
Views: 107160

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Dakota by Gwen Florio. Dakota is the second book in this series. It's a disappointment, because I liked the first one, Montana, much better.
by gkaplan
Wed May 20, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How 529 college savers invest.
Replies: 16
Views: 1632

How 529 college savers invest.

Millions of people use 529 college savings accounts to help pay for college costs—from tuition to room and board to books. But are they making the wisest investment choices for those savings?... Vanguard researchers dissect the investing choices of nearly 1.3 million investors across five 529 plans.
by gkaplan
Wed May 20, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: You're retired! (Now what?)
Replies: 1
Views: 823

You're retired! (Now what?)

You made it—you're retired! Have a slice of celebratory cake, throw away your alarm clock, and take a deep breath . . . but then what? You can stop getting up early, packing a lunch, and commuting to work once you retire—but not everything changes. Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new ...
by gkaplan
Sun May 17, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's so great about simplicity?
Replies: 118
Views: 8907

Re: What's so great about simplicity?

Simple is in the eye of the beholder. I slice and dice, and I don't find it complex.
by gkaplan
Sun May 17, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Looking for my own posts
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Looking for my own posts

Now if I only could figure out Notifications issues and Private Messages issues.
by gkaplan
Sun May 17, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Looking for my own posts
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Looking for my own posts

PaunchyPirate wrote:The only way I can figure out how to do it is to use the Advanced search: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/search.php

Search for author: enter your screen name
Search within: First post of topics only



I stand corrected. One indeed can search for a post one initiated.
by gkaplan
Sun May 17, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Looking for my own posts
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Looking for my own posts

Tom, I'm not sure one was ever able to find posts that one initiated, only those that one posted, whether a post one initiated or in response to a post initiated by another.
by gkaplan
Sun May 17, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?
Replies: 25
Views: 2259

Re: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?

I'm not an MD, but aren't more than these two options possible? For example, working in a hospital setting?
by gkaplan
Sat May 16, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 849
Views: 119102

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I've watched several documentaries on Netflix in the past week: Hitler's Children : This 2011 Israeli-German documentary portrays the struggle of family members Hitler's inner circle with the burden of a family legacy and surname identified with the horrors of the Holocaust. The descendants of the m...
by gkaplan
Sat May 16, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Complaint Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: Consumer Complaint Issues

How about the Better Business Bureau?
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much does social security factor into your retirement income?
Replies: 169
Views: 11189

Re: How much does social security factor into your retirement income?

I rely on it. I have enough saved in my retirement accounts, and I still live within my means now that I am retired, but it's nice to see that Social
Security check each month.
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 73
Views: 125829

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

gkaplan wrote:
gkaplan wrote:Testing 1 2 3


That was a test.


It's really testing me.
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 73
Views: 125829

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

gkaplan wrote:Testing 1 2 3


That was a test.
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 73
Views: 125829

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

Testing 1 2 3
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International - Who really is at 40%
Replies: 93
Views: 6703

Re: International - Who really is at 40%

I am 50/50, International/Domestic.
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Bother With Bonds? (book shout out)
Replies: 11
Views: 2133

Re: Why Bother With Bonds? (book shout out)

Is this out in book format yet? My library does not have it and does not have it on order. The book does not appear in the OCLC database, either.
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Vanguard's Web Site So Bad?
Replies: 64
Views: 5023

Re: Why is Vanguard's Web Site So Bad?

Pretty easy to find any Vanguard prospectus using Google search. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Vanguard+Total+Stock+Market+Index+Fund+Admiral+Shares+Prospectus But what was the change? They e-mailed us to notify us of a change, so we need to re-read the entire prospectus every time? I definitely agree with ...
by gkaplan
Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back pain, Laptop Standing Desk
Replies: 10
Views: 1013

Re: Back pain, Laptop Standing Desk

I bought this desk in April 2014:

http://www.ergodepot.com/Jarvis_Desk_p/jrv.htm
by gkaplan
Thu May 14, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Vanguard's Web Site So Bad?
Replies: 64
Views: 5023

Re: Why is Vanguard's Web Site So Bad?

First of all, I would never click on a link in an email sent to me. I would access the information directly. Second of all, I never have had any problem finding a new prospectus or a new report. I just go to my My Watch List and click on the link of the fund that has a new prospectus or a new report...
by gkaplan
Thu May 14, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Long and Short of Finding Bond Balance
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Long and Short of Finding Bond Balance

The sustained low-yield environment has been a challenge for bond investors. Many of them, fearful of the much anticipated—but as yet unrealized—rate hike by the Federal Reserve, have tried to protect their principal by moving money into short-term bond funds. Others have attempted to increase thei...
by gkaplan
Tue May 12, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 743
Views: 107160

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I currently am reading Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Wadman. This is the first of her Mommy-Track mysteries. Ms. Waldman has quite an interesting background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayelet_Waldman . She has written seven of these mysteries and, based on what I have read thus far, I intend to read al...
by gkaplan
Mon May 11, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 206
Views: 9710

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I'm using Firefox 37.0.1. I have right clicked on Notifications to open it in a new tab. I have also clicked on Notifications to bring up a drop-down menu. In both cases, I can't open any of the notifications. None of the notifications has a link to click to open. In both instances, each notificatio...
by gkaplan
Mon May 11, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 206
Views: 9710

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

LadyGeek wrote:You can't delete them, but you can mark them all read - which changes the notification count to 0. Look in the top right corner of the pull-down menu.

However, you should be able to click on them....


I am not able to click on them.
by gkaplan
Mon May 11, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 206
Views: 9710

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

LadyGeek wrote:mingstar has given the go-ahead to turn on Notifications.

Notifications are now enabled. Look on right side of the forum header, just to the left of Private Messages).


I can't seem to click on these notifications to read them, nor do I seem to be able to delete them.
by gkaplan
Mon May 11, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 743
Views: 107160

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am reading Shakespeare's Macbeth . I initially was interested in reading Hamlet . The library didn't have any editions I liked, however. The print was too small in most cases, and the commentary either was nonexistent or very rudimentary. On the other hand, I really like this Folger Shakespeare Li...
by gkaplan
Mon May 11, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vintage guitars near LA
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Vintage guitars near LA

cadreamer2015 wrote:McCabe's in Santa Monica

http://www.mccabes.com/


I second McCabe's
by gkaplan
Sat May 09, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Searching for Bogleheads forum members.
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Searching for Bogleheads forum members.

I get it now. Thanks.
by gkaplan
Sat May 09, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Searching for Bogleheads forum members.
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Searching for Bogleheads forum members.

No. I am trying to search the Boglehead forum member database for a Boglehead forum member.

https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/memberlist.php
by gkaplan
Sat May 09, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age 70 1/2: Think through your RMD choices.
Replies: 9
Views: 1817

Age 70 1/2: Think through your RMD choices.

The year the IRA owner reaches age 70 1/2 is his or her first "distribution year." It's the first year for which there is a required distribution. Unlike with later years, however, the IRA owner gets a one-time special break in the age 70 1/2 year: The minimum distribution for that year i...
by gkaplan
Sat May 09, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Searching for Bogleheads forum members.
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Searching for Bogleheads forum members.

From what I can see, the only way to search for a Boglehead forum member is to click on the first letter of the member's user name in the "Members" Quick Links drop down menu and then scroll through eight years (2007-2015) of member user names starting with that letter. For instance, if I ...
by gkaplan
Sat May 09, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Day trips from Berlin?
Replies: 29
Views: 1783

Re: Day trips from Berlin?

Sachsenhausen concentration camp

Wannsee House Holocaust Memorial
by gkaplan
Thu May 07, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Case for NOT Currency Hedging Foreign Equity Investments | GMO White Paper
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: The Case for NOT Currency Hedging Foreign Equity Investments | GMO White Paper

I remember reading one of Larry's books some years back, the title of which eludes me. In it, he said one should not hedge foreign equity investments.

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