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48 Hours in Hong Kong -- Recommendations?

I'll be heading to Hong Kong for a short stopover next month, and I thought I'd see if anyone has recommendations on things to see and places to eat (high priority). I'm staying right off Harbour Road next to the water, so I should be well-positioned in terms of public transit. Thanks in advance!
by globalexpat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 48 Hours in Hong Kong -- Recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: Overseas Travel Adventure - Africa

I tend to self-plan all of my trips, and thus I don't have any experience with OATS. However, my parents have used them on at least four occasions and have absolutely loved each of the tours. In particular, they really liked the small group sizes and the guides in each of the locales were truly extr...
by globalexpat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overseas Travel Adventure - Africa
Replies: 18
Views: 1366

Borrowing a Friend's Car for 6+ months

I currently do not own a car in the US, as I have no current need for one. A friend of mine recently asked me if I would be interested in using his 2012 Honda Pilot while he and his wife were living abroad. It just so happens that this offer coincides with a change in my work, in which I will need a...
by globalexpat
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Borrowing a Friend's Car for 6+ months
Replies: 9
Views: 1101

Re: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA

Thank you for your feedback, Duckie. If I'm reading it correctly, the Vanguard 2045 (VTIVX) [my approximate retirement age] currently has only 10% invested in bonds. You mention that even a 15% stake in bonds is really low for a 33 yr old. Does Vanguard tend to be aggressive in this respect? I note ...
by globalexpat
Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA

Thank you for your feedback. If you were in my situation, what would your portfolio look like?
by globalexpat
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA

First of all, thanks to all who responded to my original question: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=101371. I've read and re-read this and other posts and am now ready to make some changes. To recap: I currently contribute the maximum to my TSP and a Roth IRA. In each of those...
by globalexpat
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.

I think this is an interesting piece on how multi-factor authentication was side-stepped: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-fact ... Compliance Also, if you ever wondered how security images and challenge-questions came from, it provides an answer. True, there have been exploits of various forms o...
by globalexpat
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.
Replies: 250
Views: 35544

Re: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.

With the proliferation of keylogging malware, it's hard to believe that more financial institutions haven't implemented two-factor authentication. I understand that most people find it to be an inconvenience and would not activate it, but I believe that institutions have an obligation to at least ma...
by globalexpat
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.
Replies: 250
Views: 35544

Re: Early retirement overseas?

I've lived extensively abroad over the past 10 years, and locke1141 sums it up very nicely. Ignore the advice of people who talk in terms of their experience overseas in weeks or months. You can't truly appreciate the challenges and rewards from living overseas without going through the various cycl...
by globalexpat
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 9219

Re: Should I hire an attorney for my closing

I bought a condo in the NoVa area, and I wasn't initially planning on using a an attorney. Towards the end of the process, the seller and his real estate agent tried to change the terms of the sale. I promptly sought the advice of the attorney, who helped me put things back on track. I would never c...
by globalexpat
Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I hire an attorney for my closing
Replies: 26
Views: 2596

Re: Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings

Thank you all for your replies. This has been very helpful!
by globalexpat
Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:48 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings

Greetings, I'm an early 30s, unmarried federal employee, and I am to the point now where I consider myself on a solid financial footing. Nonetheless, I'd like to ensure that I'm making the best investment decisions. First, I currently max out my TSP contribution. Now that we have a Roth TSP option, ...
by globalexpat
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

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