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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: 9
Views: 605

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: 3280
Views: 1118464

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: 3280
Views: 1118464

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: 2522

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: 1898

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: 1898

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am reading Don't Ever Look Back . This is the second crime novel by Daniel Friedman, featuring the eighty-eighty year old Baruch "Buck" Schatz, the long retired Memphis police officer who is reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that he can only move around with the aid of a walker a...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3280
Views: 1118464

Re: Any Tips on wintering in the Bahamas ?

What is bone fishing? Ted Williams was an avid and accomplished fisher. In his recent biography of Williams, Ben Bradlee Jr. writes that Williams particularly liked bone fishing, but Bradlee really does not describe just what is bone fishing. I did a Google search but could find nothing that really...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Tips on wintering in the Bahamas ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1838

Re: Any Tips on wintering in the Bahamas ?

What is bone fishing? Ted Williams was an avid and accomplished fisher. In his recent biography of Williams, Ben Bradlee Jr. writes that Williams particularly liked bone fishing, but Bradlee really does not describe just what is bone fishing. I did a Google search but could find nothing that really ...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Tips on wintering in the Bahamas ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1838

Re: What happened to SoCal Chapter?

Southern California extends from Santa Barbara to San Diego. It's difficult to set up a meeting and get people to attend when the area is that spread out.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:17 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: What happened to SoCal Chapter?
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Donald Trump - The Apprentice

I don't have a television. If I did, however, this would be the last thing I would watch. Newton Minow must have meant this when he termed television as a "vast wasteland."
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donald Trump - The Apprentice
Replies: 27
Views: 1633

Re: What are you up YTD?

schmitz wrote:How do you guys calculate your ytd return percentage?



http://www.gummy-stuff.org/xirr.htm

http://www.gummy-stuff.org/XIRR-stuff.htm
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What are you up YTD?
Replies: 94
Views: 6323

Re: What are you up YTD?

I have no idea.
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What are you up YTD?
Replies: 94
Views: 6323

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I have just begun The Nuremberg Interviews /conducted by Leon Goldensohn ; edited and introduced by Robert Gellately. Goldensohn was an American physician and psychiatrist. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Army and fought in France and then Germany. He became prison psychiatrist at Nuremberg about six wee...
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3280
Views: 1118464

Re: Zegna Suits

VictoriaF wrote:
gkaplan wrote:It seems like you had the answer to your question before you posted your question.


ArthurO still has not received any responses about the quality and the value Zegna suits.

Victoria


I think he's received many responses to the latter part of the question.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zegna Suits
Replies: 197
Views: 8932

Re: Zegna Suits

It seems like you had the answer to your question before you posted your question.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zegna Suits
Replies: 197
Views: 8932

Re: International allocation

kazper wrote:What is your percentage? ...


The same percentage that I answered the last time this question was asked. I believe that was yesterday.
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International allocation
Replies: 73
Views: 4137

Re: Health Insurance for Military Veteran and Federal Retire

Thanks for the above two responses. (I am not eligible for Tricare.)
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance for Military Veteran and Federal Retiree
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Health Insurance for Military Veteran and Federal Retire

Can anyone confirm my conclusions? Or not?

Thanks.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance for Military Veteran and Federal Retiree
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: I failed SS login

I got around to logging into my SS account five minutes ago. (I set up my personal SS account around two years ago.) My previous password worked fine but it had expired so the site prompted me to create a new password, which I did. So it's quite unnecessary to login every 179 days to avoid being lo...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I failed SS login
Replies: 18
Views: 1767

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I notice a lot of people mention that they have just read a book by Stuart Wood. I have not read any of his books. But based on all the people who list him, I may have to pick up one of his books. I am just curious what so many people like about his writing. Thank you. I think Chaz is the only one ...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3280
Views: 1118464

Re: Servicing a Mechanical Watch

What's the difference between a mechanical watch and a non-mechanical watch?
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Servicing a Mechanical Watch
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: Do you tip on the tax?

I tip based primarily on the service and secondarily on the food. I don't understand the rationale for tipping on the tax. The tax has nothing to do with the service or the food.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you tip on the tax? [Restaurants]
Replies: 124
Views: 4985

Re: Do you tip on the tax?

I have never tipped on the tax.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you tip on the tax? [Restaurants]
Replies: 124
Views: 4985

Re: Retiree Poll: Do you do any volunteer work?

Several months ago, I began volunteering two hours a week at a nearby library. I'd like to do more, but right now I am trying to acclimate myself to Portland, where I moved six months ago after retiring.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiree Poll: Do you do any volunteer work?
Replies: 32
Views: 2309

Health Insurance for Military Veteran and Federal Retiree

I am seventy one and a military veteran. When I turned sixty-five, I signed up for Medicare A. I didn't sign up for Medicare B, however, since I was still working. On January 11 of this year, I retired from a federal agency and took with me my FEHB. I have an eight month window starting from the mon...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance for Military Veteran and Federal Retiree
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am about one hundred pages into W is for Wasted. I figure in about five years we'll know what Sue Grafton will be writing after "Z" is for ....

W is for Wasted takes place in 1988. It seems to me that A is for Alibi also took place in 1988.
by gkaplan
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3280
Views: 1118464

When tax time comes again, can your portfolio cost you less?

Few things are certain in the world of investing, but taxes are one of them. And this time of year—roughly halfway between April 15 and the beginning of next year's "tax season"—is as good a time as any to think about how big a bite they can take out of your investment returns. John Kilro...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When tax time comes again, can your portfolio cost you less?
Replies: 0
Views: 218

Re: Why no transaction alerts from Vanguard/others?

Vanguard emails me each time I make a financial transaction or any other kind of change to my account.
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why no transaction alerts from Vanguard/others?
Replies: 16
Views: 1234

Re: Daily Telegraph: World War One Archive

....If you watch 'Listen to Britain' you are watching one of the best pieces of propaganda ever made. The scene where the German refugee Soprano, Myra Hess, is singing to an audience including the Queen Mother in the National Gallery at lunchtime (the paintings were evacuated to underground shelter...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Telegraph: World War One Archive
Replies: 97
Views: 7082

Re: Poll for 65+ Seniors

gkaplan wrote:I will be seventy in July. My asset allocation, as of 01/01/2013, was 68/32, equity-fixed income. My target allocation is 66/34, equity-fixed income.


In the eighteen months or so since I answered this poll, I changed my target allocation to 60/40, equity/fixed income.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poll for 65+ Seniors
Replies: 51
Views: 5714

Re: Do Private Company's have an advantage ?

Is Trader Joe's a private company? The employees in all the stores I've been in seem happy.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Private Company's have an advantage ?
Replies: 11
Views: 648

Re: Vanguard eliminates fee on FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Ca

Doc wrote:....Ask yourselves If EM continues to underperform developed over the next five years and this fund underperform its peer group will you be able to stay the course?


I haven't looked lately, but I believe my emerging markets fund (VEMAX) is my best performing fund year-to-date.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard eliminates fee on FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap
Replies: 35
Views: 5155

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I'm a little over a third through Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh. It's not one of her better efforts, in my opinion.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3280
Views: 1118464

Re: Two days in Little Rock, AR - What to do and see?

Follow up from our trip: Clinton Library: This was our first presidential library so we weren't really sure what to expect .... [His] tenure as president was presented as though he were the messiah which kind of left us feeling dirty as we left the building.... You're going to find that in any muse...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two days in Little Rock, AR - What to do and see?
Replies: 29
Views: 1494

Re: Flipping Houses

We had a related thread on this topic several weeks ago. Do a search.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flipping Houses
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

heartwood wrote:What's Up, Doc? with Ryan O'neil, Barbara Streisand, and Madeline Kahn

For me a literally laugh out loud, thigh slapping movie.


The court scene was hilarious; however, the car chase was a rip off from The Pink Panther.
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 14861

Re: Medical Alert System

Elwood wrote:All senior citizens should have Life Alert.


I think this is an over generalization.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Alert System
Replies: 19
Views: 903

Re: Tangible vs Intangibles when choosing an investment comp

nisiprius wrote:....I can read any of the Vanguard articles with feeling queasy. Except maybe for the one about spam-your-friends.


nisiprius, I think you meant to say that you can read any of the Vanguard articles without feeling queasy, right?
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tangible vs Intangibles when choosing an investment company
Replies: 18
Views: 773

Re: Recommendation for ear buds/in ear headphones

I have been reluctant to use them. Don't they eventually affect one's hearing?
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for ear buds/in ear headphones
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products

I can count on one hand the number of times I have been inside a Starbucks.

As an aside, a good friend of mine who is a coffee aficionado swears by Peet's coffee.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products
Replies: 49
Views: 4469

Re: Can a single investor influence the market?

Don't forget the Duke brothers.
by gkaplan
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can a single investor influence the market?
Replies: 20
Views: 1721

Re: Robin Williams

Personally, Lauren Bacall's death affects me more. It's the passing of an era. Humphrey Bogart was one of my favorite actors, and Lauren Bacall and he had a special relationship and together made several unforgettable films.
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robin Williams
Replies: 42
Views: 4630

Vanguard:"Social Security: How to decide when it's time."

It's a question every American faces sooner or later: "When should I start taking Social Security?" There's a lot riding on the answer. Collecting your Social Security benefits before the program's "full retirement age" (65 for those born before 1938, rising gradually to 66 for ...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard:"Social Security: How to decide when it's time."
Replies: 82
Views: 5886
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