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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 9:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 47
Views: 2368

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 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novaform Mattresses at Costco
Replies: 14
Views: 1658

Re: What books next?

Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults, by William Bernstein.
by jginseattle
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What books next?
Replies: 12
Views: 914

Re: The Roosevelts, PBS special

Good stuff. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
by jginseattle
Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Roosevelts, PBS special
Replies: 101
Views: 7969

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 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiree Poll: Do you own your primary residence?
Replies: 18
Views: 1604

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 8:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% Small and Value Tilting
Replies: 72
Views: 4574

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Hot Kid, by Elmore Leonard.
by jginseattle
Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

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 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there any real total bond funds?
Replies: 65
Views: 2954

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 6:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What risk-return really means
Replies: 41
Views: 2336

Re: What Movie Have You Currently Watched?

Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown. Great music and a sensational central performance.

Highly recommended.
by jginseattle
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 105
Views: 4489

Re: International allocation

Sconie wrote:I have 40% of my equity allocation in Int'l and---at least so far---0% of my fixed allocation int'l.


Me too.
by jginseattle
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International allocation
Replies: 81
Views: 4926

Re: value or small cap tilting vs time to retirement

I think it's a good thing to spread risk over independent factors.
by jginseattle
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: value or small cap tilting vs time to retirement
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Favorite guitarist...

v338241 wrote:Hello - I am voting for Stevie Ray Vaughn because I loved his style of blues.

If you appreciate great guitarists, then check out Johnny A.

He is awesome!


I have all his CDs and saw him in concert a few years ago. You're right. Johnny A is awesome!
by jginseattle
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 207
Views: 21193

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I'm just finishing up Trunk Music, by Michael Connelly. It's the best Connelly novel that I've read so far, but it's only my third.
by jginseattle
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.

I try to keep my feelings out of it.
by jginseattle
Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2385

Re: Do you diversify into international bond?

chaz wrote:Not needed.


+1.
by jginseattle
Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you diversify into international bond?
Replies: 33
Views: 2267

Re: An Honest Stock Market Update - A good laugh

Very funny. Thanks for posting.
by jginseattle
Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An Honest Stock Market Update - A good laugh
Replies: 17
Views: 2935

Re: Who or what inspired you and your investing approach?

John Bogle.
Larry Swedroe.
William Bernstein.
David Swensen.
Howard Marks.
Moshe A. Milevsky.
by jginseattle
Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who or what inspired you and your investing approach?
Replies: 93
Views: 4445

Re: Seattle Chapter?

Our new "leader" has exactly one post! :D
by jginseattle
Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Seattle Chapter?
Replies: 65
Views: 5528

Re: POLL: Do you own corporate bonds?

No. I was influenced by David Swensen's take on corporate bonds in Unconventional Success.
by jginseattle
Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: POLL: Do you own corporate bonds?
Replies: 35
Views: 2199

Re: But why not 100% stock index fund?

You could go 100% in Vanguard's Total World Index fund. But expenses are rather high. It would be better to buy a Total (domestic) Stock Index fund and Total International Index fund. Also, there's no value or small tilt. But, with one or two funds, you can't have it all. But try it. Contribute for ...
by jginseattle
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: But why not 100% stock index fund?
Replies: 76
Views: 7506

Re: Emerging Markets: making up 5% of your equities?

…, I believe that EM took a huge (larger than domestic) hit in 2008. This is why EM is so great in a portfolio: The volatility. One cannot simply buy EM and forget it. One needs to buy EM low and sell high. One can tell what low and high are relative to the rest of their equities simply by setting ...
by jginseattle
Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets: making up 5% of your equities?
Replies: 47
Views: 3672

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Rational Expectations, by William J. Bernstein.
by jginseattle
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: Want international exposure? You already have it.

Yes, I do already have it. I have a Total International Index fund, a small cap International Index fund and an Emerging Markets Index fund.
by jginseattle
Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Want international exposure? You already have it.
Replies: 65
Views: 6490

Re: POLL: Are You Re-Balancing?

Yes, in my own fashion.
by jginseattle
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: POLL: Are You Re-Balancing?
Replies: 70
Views: 5053

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

American Sucker, by David Denby. The author got caught up in the tech boom and bust.

Here's a New York Times review...

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/25/books ... money.html
by jginseattle
Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "Ed McBain's" (Evan Connell's) 3rd 87th Precinct novel, The Pusher . Pretty good. As with many series novels, I hate the fact that I can't remember which I've read before, but I think this one was new to me. According to the author's afterword, he had originally intended to ...
by jginseattle
Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Reducing the Risk of Black Swans: Using the Science of Investing to Capture Returns With Less Volatility, by Larry Swedroe and Kevin Grogan.

The Black Box, by Michael Connelly.
by jginseattle
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: A Larry Style Portfolio for my mother

With a 60% allocation to bonds, I would certainly shorten duration in order to limit portfolio volatility.
by jginseattle
Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: A Larry Style Portfolio for my mother
Replies: 15
Views: 1155

Re: Suze Orman or Dave Ramsey?

Gurus? Really?
by jginseattle
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suze Orman or Dave Ramsey?
Replies: 85
Views: 16535

Re: Early retirement gotchas

You have more time to go out and spend when you're retired.
by jginseattle
Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement gotchas
Replies: 28
Views: 5530

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from The Great Economist, by John F. Wasik. With a forward by John Bogle.

Highly recommended!
by jginseattle
Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Reversal, by Michael Connelly.
by jginseattle
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: What are you doing with the market at an all time high?

I hope to collect the new market highs risk premia.
by jginseattle
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What are you doing with the market at an all time high?
Replies: 95
Views: 6605

Re: Favorite guitarist...

Jimi Hendrix.
Jeff Beck.
Peter Townshend.
Peter Green.
by jginseattle
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 207
Views: 21193

Re: Trying to Understand Corporate Bond Risk in Wellesley

To assess the risk you would look at credit quality and duration.

Have a look here: https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/ ... =INT#tab=2
by jginseattle
Fri May 30, 2014 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to Understand Corporate Bond Risk in Wellesley
Replies: 44
Views: 3007

Re: "Treasuries: A better safe haven than gold"

In Expected Returns , Antti Ilmanen argues that Treasuries could lose their safe haven characteristic. I'm not arguing against Treasuries. I use them for all of my fixed income allocation, and take risk on the equity side. So far, so good. Do you use one fund for treasuries? No muni's, MBS, or corp...
by jginseattle
Wed May 21, 2014 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Treasuries: A better safe haven than gold"
Replies: 38
Views: 2733

Re: "Treasuries: A better safe haven than gold"

In Expected Returns, Antti Ilmanen argues that Treasuries could lose their safe haven characteristic.

I'm not arguing against Treasuries. I use them for all of my fixed income allocation, and take risk on the equity side. So far, so good.
by jginseattle
Wed May 21, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Treasuries: A better safe haven than gold"
Replies: 38
Views: 2733

Re: DFA Core-- Why bother with bottom 1000 names?

Was just persuing the holdings in DFVEX: DFA US Vector Equity. It has about 2800 names. About 97% of the fund is in the top 1800 stocks. Why bother having to deal with the bottom 1000 stocks when it only makes up 3% of your fund? Seems like the logistical expense would dwarf any benefit. My guess i...
by jginseattle
Tue May 20, 2014 9:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DFA Core-- Why bother with bottom 1000 names?
Replies: 19
Views: 1661

Re: Isn't it a bad time to be investing??

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.
by jginseattle
Tue May 20, 2014 8:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Isn't it a bad time to be investing??
Replies: 67
Views: 7044

Re: David Swensen's Book Unconventional Success

Hey folks I'm in the middle of reading Unconventional Success and by the chapter which discusses the non-core asset classes Mr. Swensen goes on for a few pages bashing corporate bonds on the basis that they have credit risk, are illiquid, call options that work against the investor ( but not for hi...
by jginseattle
Tue May 20, 2014 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: David Swensen's Book Unconventional Success
Replies: 34
Views: 3925

Re: Newest, hottest investment fad....

Also, I would be all over that multi-strategy style fund from AQR if I had easy access to it.
by jginseattle
Wed May 14, 2014 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Newest, hottest investment fad....
Replies: 31
Views: 4765

Re: Newest, hottest investment fad....

Some thoughts: 1. People are already “enhancing” index funds. I mean you can buy a triple S&P500 ETF. Will people think index funds are just another way to blow up and not the most effective, simple way to build wealth? Are index funds going to evolve into the next best investment strategy? 2. ...
by jginseattle
Wed May 14, 2014 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Newest, hottest investment fad....
Replies: 31
Views: 4765

Re: Poll:Do small stocks have higher expected returns than l

Small caps have a higher expected return. This is not guaranteed.
by jginseattle
Mon May 12, 2014 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll:Do small stocks have higher expected returns than large
Replies: 78
Views: 4886

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The 7 Most Important Equations For Your Retirement, by Moshe Milevsky. Somebody recommended Mr. Milevsky in the thread about the best retirement books. It's quite good. Very well written and organized, and very entertaining.
by jginseattle
Sat May 10, 2014 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1170979

Re: what is the hardest financial decision?

Withdrawal rate. A lot of people don't even want to think about it. It's a big issue.
by jginseattle
Sat May 10, 2014 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: what is the hardest financial decision?
Replies: 55
Views: 5031

Re: Jeremy Grantham article

Grantham is a bright guy and I always like to hear what he has to say. In an interview not too long ago he stated he was looking for a 30% pullback. Translation: "I'm sitting on a bunch of cash that I would like to deploy at bargain prices."
by jginseattle
Tue May 06, 2014 6:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jeremy Grantham article [Bull market will "end badly"]
Replies: 22
Views: 3908

Re: Which Swedroe Books?

I recommend his "Only" guides. I believe there are four of them. Lately it seems that Larry has been writing the same book over and over again. (I'm not talking about the upcoming one on the "Larry" portfolio). The last two books are more concise and accessible and may appeal to ...
by jginseattle
Tue May 06, 2014 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which Swedroe Books?
Replies: 16
Views: 759
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