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Re: Dual pane windows

Where I live I don't have to worry too much about winter insulation, but the double- and triple- paned windows installed certainly improved insulation in every other season. Like summers where it is much cooler with greater energy efficiency. The acoustical benefits themselves are a major considerat...
by marcos123
Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual pane windows
Replies: 11
Views: 1030

Re: Why Americans are Retiring Overseas

Yes, a puff piece with little information. I live abroad, and the vast majority of my expat friends did not move abroad for financial reasons. I agree with kramer. I would even venture to guess that people who move abroad (or, for that matter, domestically) for financial reasons would be least like...
by marcos123
Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Americans are Retiring Overseas
Replies: 109
Views: 8494

Re: 1040 address for foreign filer (unreliable mail)

I am also a US expat, retiring to, and residing in, South America for the last decade. Like yourself I have utilized a US mailing address for all of my US financial and investment accounts. Where we differ is precisely on the 1040 filing address, where I have been utilizing my overseas address since...
by marcos123
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1040 address for foreign filer (unreliable mail)
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: American Funds?

There may be other financial institution- or broker-driven drivers at play that impact the logic of such a decision, generally. For example, the expat banking package at a major international bank that I deal with which has substantial operations in the country where I reside counts certain fund fam...
by marcos123
Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: American Funds?
Replies: 37
Views: 2857

Re: American Funds?

Good thread. I wanted to go beyond the rhetoric and find the specific, hard data on fund returns with and without the FE loads and so googled for the latest American Funds Advisors Guide (Feb 2014) (page 18). I have selected two of the funds discussed above and would be interested in continuing this...
by marcos123
Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: American Funds?
Replies: 37
Views: 2857

Re: Is Our Accountant Over-Charging Us?

Whether or not you change accountants, here is something you can try next year. It worked for me. Before you take your information to the accountant for tax preparation, try to fill out the tax forms by yourself, using your copy of the prior year forms as a guide. You can use tax software, or even ...
by marcos123
Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Our Accountant Over-Charging Us?
Replies: 30
Views: 3114

Re: [American living abroad - Foreign Earned Inc. Excl. Limi

- How has everyone been investing their money? - Mostly repatriating funds back to the US and adopting the boglehead fund strategy in taxable accounts? ER'ed to Brazil with plans to remain, I have invested a good chunk of the overall portfolio here, in a LMP (Liability Matching Portfolio) in local ...
by marcos123
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [American living abroad - Foreign Earned Inc. Excl. Limit]
Replies: 17
Views: 715

Re: Need advice! Retirement Plan offers Lump-Sum Payout

If GM had chosen to shed my pension obligation during their bankruptcy, and give me to the PBGC, I would have lost 60% of my benefit, due to the early retirement. L. Yes, a key risk intrinsic to accepting a pension vs. a lump-sum payout, that must be considered. It is not only early retirees who ca...
by marcos123
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need advice! Retirement Plan offers Lump-Sum Payout
Replies: 31
Views: 2191

Re: Need advice! Retirement Plan offers Lump-Sum Payout

Moreover, the IRS rules on segment rates, the spread between segment rates due to the economy (and the compressed spreads between treasuries and corporate bonds), particularly at the short term, caused higher lump sums than might have been expected when the new rules were passed in 2006. With the r...
by marcos123
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need advice! Retirement Plan offers Lump-Sum Payout
Replies: 31
Views: 2191

Re: Is the foreign tax credit worth it?

Great question to which I'd also like to know the answer. But unless the FTC is huge, I'd say the better reason to invest in international index fund is that U.S. valuations are significantly higher right now, so I (and Rick Ferri, among others) expect returns going forward to be higher for interna...
by marcos123
Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is the foreign tax credit worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1100

Re: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep pla

Just to provide some quick input from someone retired in an EM (Brazil). I'm pretty conservative as far as AA goes, having been 30/70, but with the recent market stresses in EM fixed income, including Brazil, I availed of the opportunity to reallocate into local currency denominated Treasuries, lock...
by marcos123
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep playing
Replies: 241
Views: 24528

Re: Do you have a favorite chocolate bar?

Despite being the world's sixth largest cacao producer, here in Brazil the domestic retail chocolate market has been, until recently, overwhelmingly milk (Brazil is a land chock full of contradictions), so I had long been dark chocolate deprived. But not since the advent of Lindt 85%, and more rece...
by marcos123
Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a favorite chocolate bar?
Replies: 86
Views: 4040

Re: Do you have a favorite chocolate bar?

Despite being the world's sixth largest cacao producer, here in Brazil the domestic retail chocolate market has been, until recently, overwhelmingly milk (Brazil is a land chock full of contradictions), so I had long been dark chocolate deprived. But not since the advent of Lindt 85%, and more recen...
by marcos123
Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a favorite chocolate bar?
Replies: 86
Views: 4040

Re: Moving to Australia - what to do about retirement accoun

Isn't the worst case just cashing out? Pay the penalty and income taxes and never think about this issue again. Bold move, but if I was your age (and I am) and never coming back to the US I'd want to simplify as much as possible. I moved to Brazil around that age, and thought about that, as I also ...
by marcos123
Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moving to Australia - what to do about retirement accounts
Replies: 19
Views: 1901

Re: Moving to Australia - what to do about retirement accoun

This is one of the rare times that, as a Boglehead, I would actually recommend investing in outside advice. In this case, a tax consultation with say a Big Four accounting firm specializing in expat taxation, tailored to your specific, well-researched requirements. This can and should be a one-time ...
by marcos123
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moving to Australia - what to do about retirement accounts
Replies: 19
Views: 1901

Re: Freezing Credit - Should I?

I did, with all 4 credit bureaus. (Innovis being the 4th - I had never heard of them until a few weeks ago). It can all be done online in less than an hour. It's a lot cheaper than a credit monitoring service and the best way to keep someone from establishing credit in your name. Costs are differen...
by marcos123
Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Freezing Credit - Should I?
Replies: 23
Views: 1878

Re: Are Individual Bonds Right for You?

(Though with regard to US taxes, PFIC rules make individual Japanese bonds much preferable to a Japan-domiciled JGB fund, despite the above consideration.) Yes. Thanks for mentioning that bpp. PFIC absolutely rules out domestic bond funds for expatriate Americans. That is the primary determinant of...
by marcos123
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Individual Bonds Right for You?
Replies: 57
Views: 2801

Re: Emerging Markets Bonds

yes, there really has been additional return. A lot of additional return. Over its roughly 20-year life, it's grown NINE-fold while Total Bond was only growing THREE-fold. That is quite a lot of additional return. It is even more amazing when you consider that the emerging markets bond fund dramati...
by marcos123
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets Bonds
Replies: 20
Views: 1261

Re: [Singapore] Which bond fund?

How easy is it to buy individual Singapore government bonds via your broker? I know you mentioned the ETF was illiquid, but is there anything other than a desire for simplicity keeping you from owning individual bonds? - Tim Key question. I am a resident of Brazil but also spend time in the US. I b...
by marcos123
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Singapore] Which bond fund?
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: when you reach"your number"

Even though it was probably not the wisest thing to do, I pretty much quit the next day (at age 41). I was miserable and burned out in my job and so I either had to quit or change jobs, soldiering on was not an option. In fact, my final 6 months were a real struggle and it was all I could do to eve...
by marcos123
Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: when you reach"your number"
Replies: 84
Views: 8905

Re: [Distribution of Estate to Heirs in the Philippines]

My Filipino friends tell me the postal service is too corrupt to utilize for sending checks. I thought about using as US shipping agent but read some ambiguous comments about their Philippine affiliate being as bad as the “mail”. The Phillippines are far from alone in that regard. Suffice it to say...
by marcos123
Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Distribution of Estate to Heirs in the Philippines]
Replies: 25
Views: 1644

Re: New PenFed CD rates!

Thanks Kevin .... your clarification,as well as the information on the in's and out's of formal trust accounts at Ally, is very helpful. In an (often unsuccessful) attempt to limit incoming mail to my US-based mailbox, that physical statement, as well as the inability you cite of setting up CDs onli...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New PenFed CD rates!
Replies: 313
Views: 33087

Re: New PenFed CD rates!

The thing that concerns me is that I don't know if the way Ally Bank, for example, is coding its electronic deposit account records would satisfy the FDIC, although I think it would. I feel better seeing "POD" directly in the account titles. The CDs that I have held over at Ally are clear...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New PenFed CD rates!
Replies: 313
Views: 33087

Re: New PenFed CD rates!

Kevin: Ask and you shall receive. Have benefited from your posts here and pleased to finally give back! Here is the link to the related regulations, specifically, 12 C.F.R. 330.10 (b): http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/2000-5400.html#fdic2000part330.10 Thanks Marcos. To compare and see if ...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:40 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New PenFed CD rates!
Replies: 313
Views: 33087

Re: New PenFed CD rates!

I wonder how accurate these consumer-oriented web pages and pamphlets are. It would be interesting if someone actually dug into the regulations themselves to verify these differences. Kevin: Ask and you shall receive. Have benefited from your posts here and pleased to finally give back! Here is the...
by marcos123
Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New PenFed CD rates!
Replies: 313
Views: 33087

Re: Where do Bogleheads call home?

I ER'ed to Brazil about a decade ago (US citizen), and while active in the local financial markets, would not even consider holding a local mutual fund or ETF owing to exorbitant E/R's. Local fixed income mutual funds fees average at least 1% and local active equity funds 3%. There are no decent fix...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do Bogleheads call home?
Replies: 17
Views: 3028

Re: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Acco

Thank you bsteiner for such a great post. I am sure fellow members of the BH Expat community will find this very useful when considering their international estate planning needs.
by marcos123
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?

Hello Marcos, I wonder why Florida retirees would feel more restless than snowbirds. I think people who come to Florida for the winter use their time more efficiently, because they know that their time there is limited. Once people settle in a place, it becomes less urgent to explore the environs. ...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?
Replies: 238
Views: 13139

Re: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?

Hello Victoria, Great thread. You mentioned Sarasota. I have some friends who have snowbirded and also retired in Sarasota for awhile at different points so am pretty familiar with the area and also how folks have gotten along there. The area I know best is Longboat Key, which boasts some very beaut...
by marcos123
Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?
Replies: 238
Views: 13139

Re: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Acco

bsteiner: Thank you for your clarifications. They were very helpful. Over the last couple days I have put some further thought into this topic and have come up with three general issues/questions on this topic that I believe will be useful for others on this board, particularly if this thread is eve...
by marcos123
Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Acco

bsteiner: Thank you for your input here. I was actually hoping that you would come across this thread, as I always read with interest your value-added posts on this forum. As mentioned, I initiated this thread as an offshoot of the expat investing wiki thread started by LadyGeek. This subject of US ...
by marcos123
Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Acco

Hi marcos, I have no expertise in this area, and probably more questions than you do. Can you summarize briefly what this Revocable Living Trust entails, and how it helps? Hey bpp, the best way to respond to your query would be a link to the bogleheads wiki which deals with it here (see Revocable T...
by marcos123
Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Acco

Hi marcos, I have no expertise in this area, and probably more questions than you do. Can you summarize briefly what this Revocable Living Trust entails, and how it helps? Hey bpp, the best way to respond to your query would be a link to the bogleheads wiki which deals with it here (see Revocable T...
by marcos123
Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 895

US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts

One topic that has surfaced in the thread: "Wiki(?) Investing as an Expat (US citizen living abroad)" initiated by LadyGeek and contributed to by a number of expats is the need to consider Estate Planning when making investments, both in one's resident country as well in the US if one also...
by marcos123
Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Expat Estate Planning: Foreign Beneficiary of US Accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abro

Hello LadyGeek, it is very good to see that this thread you initiated has been getting traction from us BH expats who have been dealing with these issues for years and are sharing here our experiences (and issues) with each other and the overall BH community. As bpp mentioned, I also thought this th...
by marcos123
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abroad)
Replies: 41
Views: 3231

Re: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abro

Hi marcos, So what I am in the process of doing, to avoid any potential conflict of laws between the two countries and/or hefty legal expenses and significant time burden for myself or loved ones, is to draw up a US estate plan on those US assets with them as foreign beneficiaries. A will would be ...
by marcos123
Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abroad)
Replies: 41
Views: 3231

Re: Is it dumb of me to not have any money in taxable?

Also, one other tax consideration - Qualified Dividends and high levels of Foreign Tax Credits are worthless in your tax advantaged accounts..... Likewise, if you have any holdings that have high % of foreign tax credits available, you aren't getting the benefit of reducing your taxes by holding th...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it dumb of me to not have any money in taxable?
Replies: 77
Views: 7004

Re: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abro

Bpp, good to find you here on this thread. Speaking of the estate situation for US expats, in particular making sure loved ones in your resident country receive your US assets, I also have no idea whether the US would recognize a will or estate plan drawn up in one's resident country. So what I am i...
by marcos123
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:28 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abroad)
Replies: 41
Views: 3231

Re: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abro

Glad to see the beginnings of a Wiki page on taxation for U.S. expats. Do most foreign countries recognize and respect the tax status of Roth and Traditional IRAs? For many expat retirees it would be devastating if a foreign country could tax, say, Roth withdrawals as ordinary income. Like most oth...
by marcos123
Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wiki (?) - Investing as an expat (US citizen living abroad)
Replies: 41
Views: 3231

Re: Delete Wiki on Tax-Efficient Asset Location

Barry: Thanks for the update. I now recognize that my post below was unclear. It is specifically referring to the text right below Step 3. I believe that this is an important point and should be corrected. For the reasons cited below, it is not a foregone conclusion that it is always worth claiming ...
by marcos123
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Delete Wiki [Article] on Tax-Efficient Asset Location
Replies: 285
Views: 15402

Re: Emerging Markets Really Lag This Year

Just bought more shares in an EM Local Currency Bond fund that I've been in for the last five years. I treat it as part of my Equity allocation, given the volatility, and its equity-like returns.
by marcos123
Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets Really Lag This Year
Replies: 17
Views: 1931

Re: Questioning role of Emerging Markets

https://personal.vanguard.com/pdf/a125.pdf?2210071412 More exotic asset classes [Including International, EM, REIT, Junk Bonds, Commodities,..] provide the allure of low correlation with U.S. stocks but with higher returns than investment-grade U.S. bonds. The temptation is to use these more exotic...
by marcos123
Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Questioning role of Emerging Markets
Replies: 58
Views: 5534

Re: Delete Wiki on Tax-Efficient Asset Location

It is sometimes possible to get tax credit for foreign taxes paid from international stock funds, but this opportunity is lost in tax-advantaged accounts. It is worth doing this , although it is not a large amount. As an avid reader, but less frequent poster, I would just like to say that this wiki...
by marcos123
Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Delete Wiki [Article] on Tax-Efficient Asset Location
Replies: 285
Views: 15402

Re: Living off an international portfolio

I Early-Retired to Brazil a decade ago. Once obtaining a Residency Visa, I have consistently maintained half of my portfolio investments in country, denominated in the local currency (the Real), and the other half overseas in US Dollars (I am a US citizen). Although I did not "market time"...
by marcos123
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Living off an international portfolio
Replies: 9
Views: 1131

Re: Expats: E-Filing of Tax Returns with Foreign Address?

Great advice from Plats as usual. I would just add that the Form TD F 90-22.1 minimum threshold for reporting of $10,000 refers to the sum of your bank and/or brokerage account balances reaching that level at any time during the year, and then you would report the highest monthly consolidated balanc...
by marcos123
Sun May 12, 2013 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expats: E-Filing of Tax Returns with Foreign Address?
Replies: 33
Views: 3601

Re: Early Retirement LS [Lump Sum] vs. Waiting for fixed ann

I faced a similar dilemma a little over five years ago. The decision to take the early retirement LS vs. waiting a few more years to receive it was greatly facilitated by the impending and mandated (by the Pension Protection Act of 2006) phase-in of the blended corporate bond rate, to which you now ...
by marcos123
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirement LS [Lump Sum] vs. Waiting for fixed annuity
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: Expats: E-Filing of Tax Returns with Foreign Address?

As the OP of this thread, and specifically to revert to bpp, I wanted to confirm that I was just able, again this year, to e-file from Brazil, via desktopTaxAct. This was on a Portuguese-language operating-system laptop, so the travails that bpp shared with us with TaxAct earlier this year may be sp...
by marcos123
Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expats: E-Filing of Tax Returns with Foreign Address?
Replies: 33
Views: 3601

Re: Do You Hold CDs in Amounts Over The FDIC $250K Limit?

The only caveat: the beneficiary (natural person or charity) must exist at the time the CU fails. Good point. At least in the case of FDIC-insured institutions (have not examined the CU regs) you could be further protected by specifying alternate bene's in the context of a living trust, as per my p...
by marcos123
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do You Hold CDs in Amounts Over The FDIC $250K Limit?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: Do You Hold CDs in Amounts Over The FDIC $250K Limit?

I use POD and a living trust at Ally Bank to go well above the $250K limit. I started out with living trust, but discovered that it's easier to open new CDs using POD (can't open them online using a trust), and in my case with only my kids as beneficiaries, it works out just as well. Kevin +1 I agr...
by marcos123
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do You Hold CDs in Amounts Over The FDIC $250K Limit?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: Expats: E-Filing of Tax Returns with Foreign Address?

Ok, just e-filed my US tax return with TurboTax. No real problem, except for one extremely stupid one: TurboTax insists on having a daytime phone where I can be reached in case there is a problem, but they will not accept something that does not look like a US phone number, and they will not let yo...
by marcos123
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expats: E-Filing of Tax Returns with Foreign Address?
Replies: 33
Views: 3601
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