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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 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you regret buying your home?
Replies: 82
Views: 6762

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 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 133
Views: 9464

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 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio
Replies: 38
Views: 2287

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 9:29 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Livesoft - Thank you
Replies: 37
Views: 4109

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 11:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When people put all their eggs in the wrong basket
Replies: 233
Views: 26036

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 11:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 97
Views: 9774

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 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like
Replies: 150
Views: 8207

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 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor mans portfolio
Replies: 19
Views: 1729

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 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor mans portfolio
Replies: 19
Views: 1729

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
Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you deviate from the BH philosophy?
Replies: 64
Views: 3848

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 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best book on Finance I ever read, Ben Graham's Intelligent I
Replies: 27
Views: 2654

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: 133
Views: 9464

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: 1719

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: 935

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: 104
Views: 8553

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: 1634

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: 4656

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: 1199300

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: 3064

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: 2354

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: 131
Views: 6837

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: 5165

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: 760

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: 21286

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: 1199300

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: 2445

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: 2357

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: 2988

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: 4652

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: 5879

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: 2284

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: 7657

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: 3749

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: 1199300

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: 6518

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: 5244

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: 1199300

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: 1199300

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: 1199300

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: 1238

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: 16579

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: 5559

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: 1199300

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: 1199300

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: 6677

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: 21286

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: 3018

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: 2795
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