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by jjustice
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Traditional - Adding Fixed Income to My Portfolio
Replies: 11
Views: 1071

Re: TIAA Traditional - Adding Fixed Income to My Portfolio

Ralph, I rebalance to stocks with Traditional. If it's in an SRA or GSRA account, Traditional is completely liquid. I've always kept enough in my SRA to rebalance. (Although I exhausted it in 2009!) It does take a little more thinking to decide how to allocate between RA and SRA. So rebalancing is n...
by jjustice
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Traditional - Adding Fixed Income to My Portfolio
Replies: 11
Views: 1071

Re: TIAA Traditional - Adding Fixed Income to My Portfolio

Traditional is a great annuity account. I have no reservations about it. But if I understand you, you have a misconception. The older vintages pay more because they were purchased when interest rates were higher. It is not age that determines the rates. In fact, the older vintages slowly move toward...
by jjustice
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why did you take SS at FRA instead of delaying until 70?
Replies: 69
Views: 7578

Re: Why did you take SS at FRA instead of delaying until 70?

Many people have good and sufficient reasons to take social security at FRA, or even earlier. But I suspect that few people are aware of how happy and secure they will feel in their 70s, 80s, and 90s if they have delayed until 70. The benefit of delay starts long before you reach the break-even age....
by jjustice
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA help for 403b (TIAA-CREF)
Replies: 15
Views: 1361

Re: AA help for 403b (TIAA-CREF)

My retirement funds were in a TIAA-CREF 403(b). I have retired. At retirement I annuitized about half of my accumulation. Now I am a happy, secure retiree. The other approximately half of my accumulation requires me to take annual RMDs. I used only CREF Stock, TIAA Traditional, and TIAA Real Estate....
by jjustice
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA help for 403b (TIAA-CREF)
Replies: 15
Views: 1361

Re: AA help for 401k (TIAA-CREF)

If she works for a nonprofit organization (school, college, church, hospital, etc.) and this is her retirement plan, it is a 403(b). I've not heard of the annuity accounts that you say she has (Traditional, Real Estate, CREF Stock) being in 401(k)s, but perhaps they can be. Does anyone else know whe...
by jjustice
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Shiller - The Mirage of the Financial Singularity
Replies: 17
Views: 2513

Re: Shiller - The Mirage of the Financial Singularity

Shiller makes me think of Larry Summers' famous opening lines: "There are idiots. Look around." Shiller is a bit more diplomatic than Summers.

John
by jjustice
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA help for 403b (TIAA-CREF)
Replies: 15
Views: 1361

Re: AA help for 401k (TIAA-CREF)

Is this a 401(k) or a 403(b)? If it is the latter and you want simplicity, just use three annuity accounts: CREF Stock, TIAA Traditional, and TIAA Real Estate. You can allocate them to get any asset balance you want in safe, highly diversified accounts. A benefit of this program is that your mother ...
by jjustice
Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIAA-CREF dramatically increasing Expense Ratios
Replies: 88
Views: 11466

Re: TIAA-CREF dramatically increasing Expense Ratios

Shilling, in case you were unaware, when you annuitize a CREF account it is moved to the cheaper R3 class, regardless of the class the account was in during accumulation. It's hard, perhaps impossible, to beat the CREF accounts as variable annuities. I am a happy, secure annuitant with accounts in C...
by jjustice
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life Expectancy Divisor for RMDs
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: Life Expectancy Divisor for RMDs

As counterintuitive as it seems, I've now learned that half of us can never use the age-70 life-expectancy divisor for RMDs. It's not what I expected, or wanted, to hear.

John
by jjustice
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life Expectancy Divisor for RMDs
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Life Expectancy Divisor for RMDs

I recently turned 70.5. When I went to set up required minimum distributions, I was told that the life expectancy divisor for my first payment would be 26.5--the divisor for a 71-year-old. The reason given was that I would be 71 at the end of 2015. This seems wrong. I am taking a required distributi...
by jjustice
Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Grantham and Hussman Correct About Valuations? [US stock market, Larry article]
Replies: 18
Views: 2088

Re: Are Grantham and Hussman Correct About Valuations? [US stock market, Larry article]

"Their underlying assumption is that the ratio has a strong tendency to revert to its historical mean of 16.6." Is this true? I think that I remember a discussion of GMO's forecast methodology by James Montier (or Ben Inker?) in which it was explained that their estimation of the mean to w...
by jjustice
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any equivalent to TIAA traditional elsewhere?
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Any equivalent to TIAA traditional elsewhere?

i don't understand. MN Finance mentions a bond fund, and Livesoft throws in a 529 plan. The OP asked a question that I had wondered about before. Is there another participating annuity with a guaranteed minimum that is at all comparable to TIAA Traditional? Is TIAA Traditional completely unique? It ...
by jjustice
Fri May 22, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bill Gross Thinks the End Is Near
Replies: 54
Views: 7515

Re: Bill Gross Thinks the End Is Near

If you look at a chart of bonds from the summer of '81 until now, and a chart of stocks from the summer of '82 until now, they certainly look like strong 33-34 year bull markets. I don't know where they go from here, but the next 30+ years surely won't be a match the past 30+ years.

John
by jjustice
Fri May 15, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?
Replies: 197
Views: 17615

Re: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?

My next car will have adaptive cruise control and crash mitigation. These safety features are worth a lot to me.
Browser, if you are behind me, I hope you will have the same.

John
by jjustice
Wed May 06, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Trad/stable value and NO bonds?
Replies: 19
Views: 1651

Re: TIAA Trad/stable value and NO bonds?

I always kept 90% of my Traditional in the higher-paying RA, with 10% in the SRA for liquidity. (I shouldn't say always. They didn't start paying different rates until around 30 years ago. But since then.) I did spend all of the liquid account on CREF Stock in the winter of 2009, but that was an exc...
by jjustice
Sun May 03, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Will I want to/need to annuitize assets at TIAA-CREF?
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Will I want to/need to annuitize assets at TIAA-CREF?

Let's talk about emotions. For most people, beginning an annuity is a scary dive off the high board. Many can't bring themselves to do it despite rationally understanding the benefits. I think that the annuity decision was much easier for me because I was annuitizing portions of accounts with which ...
by jjustice
Sat May 02, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Question:
Replies: 33
Views: 4110

Re: Social Security Question:

It definitely seems that delay is the better choice for your parents. Your mother is already 63 and still working. Your father can expect to live into his 90s. If your mother were only 62 and retired, and your father had an average life expectancy, then her starting at 62 would be better. This is th...
by jjustice
Sat May 02, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Question:
Replies: 33
Views: 4110

Re: Social Security Question:

If they can find a low risk real return of 0.77%, then Annuity 2 is worth $0 more than Annuity 1. Annuity 2 is never worth more than Annuity 1 in the current interest environment if the longevity assumptions are reduced. Thanks for running these two options, Enkidu. It looks to me as if my intuitiv...
by jjustice
Fri May 01, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CREF Stock R3 Fund - Variable Annuity?
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: CREF Stock R3 Fund - Variable Annuity?

That is, one can use the T-C "Equity Index fund" instead of the CREF "Equity Index fund" (which has a higher ER), and later move the T-C money to the CREF fund, and *then* annuitize. RM Careful! Things have changed. The R3 class of the Equity Index annuity account has an ER of ....
by jjustice
Fri May 01, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CREF Stock R3 Fund - Variable Annuity?
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: CREF Stock R3 Fund - Variable Annuity?

The word "annuity" in the name is a historical relic. It's basically irrelevant. The fund acts pretty much like a mutual fund. I disagree. You cannot annuitize a mutual fund. These accounts, or any portion of them, can be turned into high quality variable annuities when you retire. Being ...
by jjustice
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Question:
Replies: 33
Views: 4110

Re: Social Security Question:

I think that most of us agree that an older, higher-PIA husband should delay social security to 70. What I am curious about is how much younger a lower-PIA wife should be in order to make her filing at 62 the best present-value strategy. I suspect that 10 years younger makes filing at 62 preferable....
by jjustice
Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: early retiree, ACA "obamacare" MAGI ? but which numbers ??
Replies: 26
Views: 3903

Re: early retiree, ACA "obamacare" MAGI ? but which numbers

Unfortunately few people have the intelligence, foresight, and resources that tbradnc has. A man I helped this week with taxes had income below 138% of the federal poverty line and was turned away as ineligible to buy insurance at the healthcare marketplace, but he lives in Virginia where he could n...
by jjustice
Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Confused - ACA (Affordable Care Act) refund seems high
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: Confused - ACA (Affordable Care Act) refund seems high

My daughter's experience was similar to that of Steve's girlfriend, but not so extreme. Their income turned out to be a bit less than they had estimated for ACA, and she got a substantial refund from the premium tax credit. My conjecture is that the ACA architects decided that it would be better to ...
by jjustice
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri's 30 year market forecast 2015
Replies: 137
Views: 15624

Re: Rick Ferri's 30 year market forecast 2015

We'll probably have to wait 25 years to know how accurate he has been.

John
by jjustice
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Divorced spouse filing for Social Security
Replies: 10
Views: 1873

Re: Divorced spouse filing for Social Security

Her best option is probably to wait until her FRA (66?) and then make a restricted filing for spousal benefits on your record. She can then let her own grow until she is 70. This is what my ex-wife did. If she files before FRA, she will likely just start her own benefit--as you said. Perhaps she can...
by jjustice
Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 403b taxes due after death
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: 403b taxes due after death

Another thought is that you may not need to spend all of her assets. If you spent the money market funds, the disability, and the LTD money, no income taxes would be owed. You could, additionally, take out a little more than $10,000 of the 403(b) without exceeding the single person's standard deduct...
by jjustice
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vendor transition from Vanguard to TIAA-CREF (bond question)
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Vendor transition from Vanguard to TIAA-CREF (bond quest

The illiquidity of Traditional is compensated by higher rates. In a white paper, http://www.tiaa-cref.org/ucm/groups/content/%40ap_ucm_p_tcp_docs/documents/document/tiaa04025683.pdf , TIAA reports that Traditional has been returning 134 basis points more than 10-year treasuries and 45 basis points m...
by jjustice
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Traditional Annuity as sole fixed income component
Replies: 36
Views: 2510

Re: TIAA Traditional Annuity as sole fixed income component

You seem to be planning to move from T-C to Vanguard at the point at which T-C becomes superior: retirement. T-C's annuities are designed to get the most bang for your retirement bucks. Perhaps you are independently wealthy and have no need of lifetime annuity income?

John
by jjustice
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA-CREF annuities.
Replies: 30
Views: 1935

Re: TIAA-CREF annuities.

RM's idea of transferring lnto the annuity accounts just before annuitizing will work. However, the annuity accounts in which I have invested have no good parallels in the TIAA-CREF mutual funds, or other mutual funds: CREF Stock, TIAA Real Estate, and TIAA Traditional. As Beth and Wizard said, you ...
by jjustice
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA-CREF annuities.
Replies: 30
Views: 1935

Re: TIAA-CREF annuities.

I have annuitized CREF Stock, TIAA Traditional, and TIAA Real Estate. I'm not sure what you want to know. I've been very happy. So far they have all increased their payouts annually. The Traditional is in the Graded Payment form, so it will always increase. The two variable annuities depend on the m...
by jjustice
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security for a Younger Spouse, Delay to 70 still good
Replies: 19
Views: 1989

Re: Social Security for a Younger Spouse, Delay to 70 still

BahamaMan, what matters is the age to which you will live. 95 seems rather optimistic, but perhaps you have a family history and lifestyle that supports that. I wonder what the calculator would recommend if you put in 88, which seems to be its default age for the husband. I suspect that the issue ma...
by jjustice
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security for a Younger Spouse, Delay to 70 still good
Replies: 19
Views: 1989

Re: Social Security for a Younger Spouse, Delay to 70 still

My wife is 13.3 years younger. I delayed until 70, but she will start at 62. It seems likely that I will die before her delayed benefit would be superior to her taking the early benefit. I wonder at what age gap, assuming equal PIAs, is it better for the younger spouse to start at 62. I feel fairly ...
by jjustice
Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SS paid a month later - what about Medicare Part B?
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: SS paid a month later - what about Medicare Part B?

Perhaps you'll get a reply from someone who knows the rules. But until then, here is my own experience. I started social security in December, which meant that I got my first automatic deposit in January. That, I know, is according to the regulations. I had paid for Medicare Part B through December,...
by jjustice
Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Creating an aggressive TIAA 403b portfolio
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Creating an aggressive TIAA 403b portfolio

I have friends who have invested for retirement just like your dad: 100% TIAA Traditional. While I don't recommend it, they have been very satisfied and have lost no sleep. I bet your dad is well satisfied also. It's not at all a foolish way to go. I do sympathize with your desire to be more aggress...
by jjustice
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099 non-employee compensation question
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: 1099 non-employee compensation question

I would report it on Line 21, other income. It's a one-off compensation--not a business. That it was reported on Line 7 of the 1099-MISC does not mean that it has to go on Schedule C.

My source is Pub 4012, page D-4, note 2.

John
by jjustice
Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA CREF jump in fees
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: TIAA CREF jump in fees

ResearchMed wrote:
Where did you find these details?

RM


In a supplement to the prospectus: https://www.tiaa-cref.org/public/pdf/cref_prospectus.pdf

The account sizes are below $20M, $20M-$400M, and above $400M.

John
by jjustice
Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA CREF jump in fees
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: TIAA CREF jump in fees

The new three-class structure is only for the CREF variable annuity accounts. The TIAA accounts and the TIAA-CREF mutual funds are unaffected. Annuitized accounts get the new lower R3 ER, as do accumulating accounts at institutions with large accounts. Middle-sized institutional accounts get the R2 ...
by jjustice
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I just filed a Restrictive App at the SS office
Replies: 39
Views: 2707

Re: I just filed a Restrictive App at the SS office

Only about a dozen states tax social security income, but Cody's state, Minnesota, is one that does.

John
by jjustice
Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MediCare and ? What are your out of pocket costs please.
Replies: 39
Views: 4096

Re: MediCare and ? What are your out of pocket costs please.

Medicare Part A is free. Everyone without a very large or very small income pays $104.90 per month for Medicare Part B. That goes up a little most years. In addition, I have Medicare Advantage (aka Part C) for which I pay no premium ($0). My out of pocket costs (for co-pays) for 2014 were $100. For ...
by jjustice
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Social Security Check After Turning 70
Replies: 9
Views: 2241

Re: First Social Security Check After Turning 70

If you apply online, as I did with no problem, you will be given an application number and invited to check back to learn of your application status online. I found that my application was reported as "no decision" until a month before my first check was due. The pending status worried me ...
by jjustice
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Cref Funds--their place in my asset allocation?
Replies: 32
Views: 1928

Re: TIAA Cref Funds--their place in my asset allocation?

Morik, Traditional is a guaranteed annuity account--not a mutual fund. Among the differences from mutual funds is the fact that there is not a published expense ratio for Traditional. Some people are bothered by the unique nature of Traditional, but I've found that its uniqueness mostly makes it bet...
by jjustice
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Cref Funds--their place in my asset allocation?
Replies: 32
Views: 1928

Re: TIAA Cref Funds--their place in my asset allocation?

I'm not sure what you are comparing Traditional to. It has done as well as the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index with a much higher Sharpe Ratio. (I can't get the table to line up under the headings, but it's not hard to decipher. The data on each line are for the four periods listed on the top line.) T...
by jjustice
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Social Security 62 vs 66
Replies: 58
Views: 6508

Re: Social Security 62 vs 66

It is not as easy to match or beat the value of delay by investing early social security payments as it appears at first sight. It could be done, but it is improbable and becomes virtually impossible if you were to live to 90 or so. Michael Kitces has done a very careful analysis of this matter. htt...
by jjustice
Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Easy" social security question...
Replies: 50
Views: 4909

Re: "Easy" social security question...

Mike Piper has always been an exceptionally valuable member of this forum, but he had become even more valuable with the recent absence of sscitic. I miss the contributions of sscritic. Is he just taking some down time?

John
by jjustice
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Easy" social security question...
Replies: 50
Views: 4909

Re: "Easy" social security question...

I suggest a #5 for Mike's list: you are the lower-earning spouse and much younger (say at least 10 years) than your spouse. Your benefit would probably be increased as a result of your spouse's death before your delay became advantageous. Question: How much younger would a lower-earning person with ...
by jjustice
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you pay for comprehensive and collision on your auto
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: What do you pay for comprehensive and collision on your

Nothing. I buy insurance only for risks that I can't afford. I can afford to total my car. I suppose that I would buy cheap insurance for a risk that I could afford, but no one sells insurance cheap. Some might call this self-insurance, but insurance is usually a way of spreading risk across a large...
by jjustice
Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: need help choosing options at TIAA-CREF
Replies: 34
Views: 1854

Re: need help choosing options at TIAA-CREF

There is a TIAA-CREF "white paper" on the nature and performance of TIAA Traditional that is very helpful for anyone who is trying to learn about this rather unusual annuity account: http://www.tiaa-cref.org/ucm/groups/content/%40ap_ucm_p_tcp_docs/documents/document/tiaa04025683.pdf One in...
by jjustice
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits
Replies: 103
Views: 8701

Re: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits

To a very close approximation, nobody applies later than age 66. Ergo, most Bogleheads are nobodies.

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41962.pdf

John
by jjustice
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits
Replies: 103
Views: 8701

Re: POLL: Age for Collecting Social Security Benefits

If you're concerned only about the breakeven point, you should study the second chart at the link below. A breakeven point is only a single moment in time--the time at which things start going the other way rapidly. The second chart at this link is for filing at 62 instead of 66, and it uses a PIA o...
by jjustice
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA-CREF blog for members?
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: TIAA-CREF blog for members?

I assume that you are looking for the Morningstar forum for TIAA-CREF.

http://socialize.morningstar.com/NewSoc ... 00044.aspx

John

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