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Re: [Poll] Do you have an auto loan?

I pay cash for cars. Or at least I did with the last two.
by jginseattle
Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Poll] Do you have an auto loan?
Replies: 63
Views: 3417

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

From Argentina: Wild Tales. Highly entertaining.

A review...

http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainme ... -delights/
by jginseattle
Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just rewatched "The Usual Suspects." The movie was written by Chris McQuarrie (who won the Oscar for it). Highly recommended if you haven't seen it. Interesting trivia fact: Chris was working in my copy room when he wrote the movie, and many of the characters in the movie are named afte...
by jginseattle
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: Favorite Guitars

Favorites.

I have two Collings. An acoustic and an electric guitar.

I also own a very nice Suhr Strat copy.
by jginseattle
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Guitars
Replies: 29
Views: 1400

Re: Who buys short term CDs?

There's a story (which I think I picked up from somewhere on this discussion board) about a tour of the NY Stock Exchange being given to Groucho Marx. At one point the tour guide asked Groucho which stocks he owned. Groucho said he only bought US Treasuries. The guide replied that you can't make an...
by jginseattle
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who buys short term CDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1508

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Kingsmen. Don't waste your time on this one.

A review...

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/movie ... tered.html
by jginseattle
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm on a Michael Connelly kick lately. The Brass Verdict was very entertaining. One of his best.
by jginseattle
Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 550
Views: 76157

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

An outstanding new film: A Most Violent Year.

Here's a good review...

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/12/dirty-oil
by jginseattle
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

American Sniper. Overrated.
by jginseattle
Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Inherent Vice. A good movie about a bad trip. I would recommend it to the more adventurous moviegoers.
by jginseattle
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: WHY is retirement enjoyable / something to look forward

Because time is the most precious thing of all.
by jginseattle
Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WHY is retirement enjoyable / something to look forward to?
Replies: 237
Views: 20521

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Selma. Arguably the best movie of 2014.

Here is a link to the review from the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/arts/ ... eroes.html
by jginseattle
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: The Bond King says cycle closing and Cash is King

I believe that Jeffrey Gundlach is the current "Bond King".
by jginseattle
Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Bond King says cycle closing and Cash is King
Replies: 22
Views: 3808

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation , by Edward Chancellor. A classic. He works for GMO Funds (Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo) now. As Jeremy Grantham is no spring chicken, it's probably a good place to be writing strategy pieces. Interesting. I didn't know he's now at GMO.
by jginseattle
Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 550
Views: 76157

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Foxcatcher. It's very good, but it may be too deliberately paced for some.
by jginseattle
Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: Retiree Poll:What is your current AA?

I'm currently at 54/46.
by jginseattle
Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retiree Poll:What is your current AA?
Replies: 85
Views: 7105

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation, by Edward Chancellor.
by jginseattle
Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 550
Views: 76157

Re: I think I just got a $5,000 watch for Christmas

Nice! Enjoy.
by jginseattle
Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 935
Views: 185773

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I'm a bit horror film fan, but most are just not that good. I recentlys aw this gem. If you like the genre, this is a good one. The Babadook (2014) Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6 year-old, Samue...
by jginseattle
Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: What is your opinion about "tilting?"

I tilt, but I'm not sure that I will benefit from the strategy going forward.

I tilt to small value. Value seems to work well with just about everything. Also, I've been slowly increasing International exposure due to relative valuations.
by jginseattle
Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:15 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your opinion about "tilting?"
Replies: 116
Views: 9561

Re: You folks think the big one is coming?

Michael_Fisher1 wrote:
jginseattle wrote:Here in Seattle "the big one" means someting entirely different.



ooo tell me please :)



Earthquake!
by jginseattle
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: You folks think [a market crash] is coming?
Replies: 64
Views: 5906

Re: You folks think the big one is coming?

Here in Seattle "the big one" means someting entirely different.
by jginseattle
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: You folks think [a market crash] is coming?
Replies: 64
Views: 5906

Re: Does Total Int'l include emerging markets?

Vanguard's Total International includes Emerging Markets.
by jginseattle
Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does Total Int'l include emerging markets?
Replies: 9
Views: 1388

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

by jginseattle
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 128
Views: 15422

Re: Movie dialog, "The Social Network." Hard to hear?

I saw it in a theater when it first came out and I don't recall having any difficulty understanding the dialog. Great movie.

Director David Fincher's other masterpiece is Zodiac. But that is a very unsettling film and certainly not for everybody.
by jginseattle
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Movie dialog, "The Social Network." Hard to hear?
Replies: 15
Views: 2715

Re: For the next year or so, why shouldn't we be in all-cas

Bracket wrote:You lost me at "I have no doubt that interest rates will rise next year."


That's where I stopped reading.
by jginseattle
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For the next year or so, why shouldn't we be in all-cash?
Replies: 54
Views: 7685

Re: Long-Term or Total Bond Index Fund

I would consider safe, long term bonds only if you have a very high stock allocation. Think 80%. In that case, equities will dictate portfolio performance, and long bonds should help in flight to safety crisis situations. Also, you need to keep in mind that we've been through a long period where the...
by jginseattle
Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Long-Term or Total Bond Index Fund
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two that are currently in theaters: Birdman and Nightcrawler. Both are very good.
by jginseattle
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 654
Views: 85168

Re: Do you regret buying your home?

No. I'm in Seattle where real estate is rapidly getting more and more expensive. I paid cash for my new place in 2008 (and sold the old place), and my housing expenses are quite low.
by jginseattle
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you regret buying your home?
Replies: 82
Views: 7504

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, by Caroline Alexander.

A great adventure story. Well researched and well told.
by jginseattle
Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 550
Views: 76157

Re: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio

I like Paul Merriman, but it seems like you would possibly have to hire him in order to manage those portfolios.
by jginseattle
Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio
Replies: 38
Views: 2692

Re: Livesoft - Thank you

I always enjoy livesoft's posts. And the best thing about them: They're succinct.
by jginseattle
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Livesoft - Thank you
Replies: 44
Views: 6005

Re: When people put all their eggs in the wrong basket

Even if it had made people tons of money, it still would have been a bad idea to load up on one stock.
by jginseattle
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When people put all their eggs in the wrong basket
Replies: 233
Views: 31450

Re: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]

Kirkland, Washington.

#5 on Money Magazine's Best Small Towns in the current issue. 15 minutes from Seattle.

My brother's in Real Estate in the area if you decide to move. :happy
by jginseattle
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 97
Views: 10835

Re: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like

Gone Girl. David Fincher is a very talented director, but although there are some good moments, this mechanically-plotted movie is a disappointment.

Anything directed by Christopher Nolan. I particularly disliked Inception, but sometimes I think I'm the only one.
by jginseattle
Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like
Replies: 150
Views: 19623

Re: Poor mans portfolio

skeptic88 wrote:Could you guys(or girls) elaborate on what you mean branch out?


Later on you may wish to purchase Admiral shares of funds with lower expense ratios. But, again, 0.18% is fine for now.
by jginseattle
Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor mans portfolio
Replies: 19
Views: 1891

Re: Poor mans portfolio

You can get into a Vanguard Target Date fund for $1,000. Expense ratio is 0.18%. This is a good deal.

As your assets grow, you can branch out. But I'd begin now.

https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/ ... ntExt=INT#
by jginseattle
Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor mans portfolio
Replies: 19
Views: 1891

Re: Do you deviate from the BH philosophy?

I have been slowly increasing my International and emerging markets exposure due to relative valuations. This has not increased returns, but you have to be patient.
by jginseattle
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you deviate from the BH philosophy?
Replies: 64
Views: 4433

Re: Best book on Finance I ever read, Ben Graham's Intellige

The Einstein of Money, by Joe Carlen is a very good biography of Graham.
by jginseattle
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best book on Finance I ever read, Ben Graham's Intelligent I
Replies: 35
Views: 6712

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Kovacsland. A Biography Of Ernie Kovacs, by Diana Rico.

It's well researched, entertaining and informative. Recommended.
by jginseattle
Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 550
Views: 76157

Re: Novaform Mattresses at Costco

I suggest getting a mattress you can flip over. It'll last longer. My memory foam mattress - not the brand being discussed here - is only one-sided.
by jginseattle
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novaform Mattresses at Costco
Replies: 14
Views: 1915

Re: What books next?

Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults, by William Bernstein.
by jginseattle
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What books next?
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: The Roosevelts, PBS special

Good stuff. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
by jginseattle
Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Roosevelts, PBS special
Replies: 104
Views: 9121

Re: Retiree Poll: Do you own your primary residence?

Steelersfan wrote:Condo unit with a paid off mortgage.

No mortgage payment.

The sidewalks and driveway get the snow shoveled. The grass gets cut and the shrubs trimmed. But not by me.

Life's good!



+1!
by jginseattle
Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiree Poll: Do you own your primary residence?
Replies: 18
Views: 1681

Re: 100% Small and Value Tilting

Search the forum for threads about the Larry Portfolio. Larry Swedroe has clients who tilt heavily to value and small. This includes young investors who are 100% stocks, as well as retirees who include in their portfolios a substantial amount in safe fixed income in order to minimize left tail risk.
by jginseattle
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% Small and Value Tilting
Replies: 72
Views: 5068

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Hot Kid, by Elmore Leonard.
by jginseattle
Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1273468

Re: Are there any real total bond funds?

I don't think that including high yield bonds in Total Bond would "fix" anything.
by jginseattle
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there any real total bond funds?
Replies: 65
Views: 3239

Re: What risk-return really means

Yes, I highly recommend Howard Mark's book The Most Important Thing, which includes three very good chapters on the nature of risk.
by jginseattle
Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What risk-return really means
Replies: 41
Views: 2498
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