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Re: GEHA - Standard vs. HDHP Options with Baby on the Way

GEHA contracts with different networks in each state. Some states use Coventry's First Health, others use United Health Care or Aetna. I was on GEHA in the past with my wife and had a negative experience with an ER visit. The hospital was in-network but the ER doctor was not. GEHA paid out of networ...
by mathwhiz
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEHA - Standard vs. HDHP Options with Baby on the Way
Replies: 36
Views: 2047

Re: Advantages of HSA?

Most HSA's are paired with a high deductible health care plan. They work best for the type of person that rarely goes to the doctor and has no maintenance drugs. If you have any chronic conditions or need maintenance prescriptions they aren't such a great deal most of the time. Of course, it's a gam...
by mathwhiz
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advantages of HSA?
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: Startegy to sell a single stock that is huge% of portfol

Remember there is a surcharge on long term capital gains if they result in your AGI being over $200,000 single and $250,000 married. Also, you could run into alternative minimum tax problems depending on AGI. So depending on your income level that $180k you could liquidate it all and not run into ex...
by mathwhiz
Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Startegy to sell a single stock that is huge% of portfolio
Replies: 9
Views: 1326

New House Built on a Wrong Lot

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20141013/news/141019750 Six months after building a large custom house with an ocean view, Missouri residents Mark and Brenda Voss learned of a big problem – it's on the wrong lot. Enlarge | This 5,300-square-foot house along Ocean Ridge Boulevard North in t...
by mathwhiz
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New House Built on a Wrong Lot
Replies: 9
Views: 1781

Re: Hyundai vs. Toyota

The latest 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a complete redesign. I'd be wary on buying any new car in the first model year while they work out the bugs. For what it's worth, I bought a new 2011 Hyundai Sonata in the first year of the last redesign and while I initially loved the car some worrisome issues have...
by mathwhiz
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai vs. Toyota
Replies: 45
Views: 4914

Re: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

We tried. The consensus from people in the know was to stop making payments and appear distressed. The lender has no real incentive otherwise to do anything. I'm sure we could have played chicken with the lender to see if we could negotiate something but that didn't seem worth wrecking our credit fo...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Re: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

Are you a time traveler who just appeared in 2014 and missed out the past 5 years? Why didn't you consider refinancing over the years with interest rates at less than half of 6.5% ? It would have been a no brainer if our mortgage was covered under HARP. But it had to be owned by Freddie or Fannie. ...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Re: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

Yeah, but how to you quantify the opportunity costs in 7 years? Let's say I lump sum 190,000 in a balanced 60/40 boglehead portfolio. I've seen many forecasts of expected bond returns in the next ten years of sub 2%. And who knows what equity returns will be in 7 years? But at today's valuations I'd...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Re: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

The loss in home equity from when you purchased this house is there whether or not you sink $50K into the house. Your argument about being out $50K to refinance vs. but your assumption that this isn't the case if you pay off the mortgage in full makes no sense to me. I like this because of the simp...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Re: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

So why not pay $50k for the privilege now? Get a 4% loan and then dollar cost average the rest. Yeah but then I'll still have a mortgage, and be out $50k. Doesn't help significantly with cash flow. Also, am I really saving much? Mortage interest amortization would reset and I'd be paying down littl...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Re: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

House was purchased in 2007 and is underwater. We looked into refi and it wouldn't have been possible without paying $50,000 for the privilege along with all the nuisance appraisal and other fees. Our credit union owned the mortgage and didn't participate in the government refi programs for underwat...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Paying off a 6.5% mortgage

I have lots of cash sitting in money market with no place to go. Initially, we were considering a move to a different location so needed the money safe and liquid. Circumstances have changed and now will remain in current home and area for a minimum of 5-7 years and most likely longer. I'm not comfo...
by mathwhiz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off a 6.5% mortgage
Replies: 46
Views: 3957

Re: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?

I think this is completely dependent on where you live and the cost of living involved. If you making that kind of money in most rural areas or small towns in the south or midwest where homes can cost $100k or below and the median household income is $30k, you are doing well for yourself. In a place...
by mathwhiz
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10305

Re: Retiring at 25? Help with allocation

@mathwiz, If I plan to live solely off the interest within 2-3 years already, wouldn't it be wise to have a good portion in bonds? If the market goes down like in 2008 and I'm retired already, it'd be very hard for me to come up with another $3 million... Even though I'm young, I'm still 2 years aw...
by mathwhiz
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring at 25? Help with allocation
Replies: 9
Views: 2909

Re: Retiring at 25? Help with allocation

You are so very young that I don't think a withdrawl rate greater than 2% makes much sense. If you have $3 million, I'd stay aggressive 80/20 or 90/10 equities and learn to live off of the dividends and interest alone which should yield approximately $60k-$80k a year.
by mathwhiz
Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring at 25? Help with allocation
Replies: 9
Views: 2909

Fidelity Spartan Global ex-US Fund Dividends

The Fidelity Spartan Global ex-US fund ( FSGDX ) has a yield significantly lower than the comparable fund from Vanguard (VFWAX / VEU). It's 1.47% vs. 3.09%. Is this because the Fidelity fund is new and has been rapidly growing assets from $80 million two years ago to over $400 million now? I'm guess...
by mathwhiz
Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Spartan Global ex-US Fund Dividends
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: How much $$ to change jobs?

I think moving to the private sector would be a mistake in your situation. Why leave a low stress cushy job where you are more likely to drop dead on the job than be fired? This is actually a true statistic. The number of employees who die each year while in a federal government job is greater than ...
by mathwhiz
Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much $$ to change jobs?
Replies: 52
Views: 4343

Re: Frustration with medical providers

I hope you your state protects your homestead and assets in tax sheltered accounts from judgments. Likewise, I hope you have very little assets or money in taxable accounts. It will make the eventual bankruptcy filing when you get that heart attack and $1 million + hospital bill for weeks in hospita...
by mathwhiz
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frustration with medical providers
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

Depending on your state laws, the assets in your name prior to marriage should remain yours after divorce. Just don't comingle funds then all bets are off. Keep the assets completely separate. Capital gains, dividends, and interest during marriage may be vulnerable in a divorce. Also, don't expect a...
by mathwhiz
Mon May 26, 2014 4:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 13159

Re: Husband just lost job

You may have to plan for the worst case scenario if your husband does not regain his employment. NY is a high cost of living state and you probably have substantial equity in your home since NY housing prices are much higher than the national average. You should start investigating employment opport...
by mathwhiz
Sat May 24, 2014 4:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Husband just lost job
Replies: 60
Views: 6772

Re: How much is rich?

Rich to me is freedom from having to work. Not having to work means you are able to generate enough income off of your investments to live comfortably. This number is different for people at different stages of their lives. So, I'd say rich start at about $2 million. At a 2% withdraw rate for a very...
by mathwhiz
Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much is rich?
Replies: 47
Views: 2839

Re: A story, and a feeling of financial under-accomplishment

A year break may be a good idea. Plus it would give me time to save up the cash to pay for the degree outright. I still live with my mom, so despite having a takehome pay of 2 grand per month post-everything (my pension costs 4.5%, health, life, and dental insurance is free), I live on basically 80...
by mathwhiz
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A story, and a feeling of financial under-accomplishment
Replies: 48
Views: 8358

Re: A story, and a feeling of financial under-accomplishment

Your story is a lot more common than you think, especially for your age group 18-29 coming of age in the great recession. It could be worse. You could have graduated with your bachelor's in 2008 with $100k in debt, living with your folks and making $10k a year in menial jobs. Or worse, going to grad...
by mathwhiz
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A story, and a feeling of financial under-accomplishment
Replies: 48
Views: 8358

Extreme ways to avoid college loan debt

I thought this article was interesting. The most interesting one to me was getting married before college as automatic emancipation as far as financial aid is concerned. I'm sure this would be considered extreme, but in the right situation it could work. If there are 2 kids in a relationship where t...
by mathwhiz
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Extreme ways to avoid college loan debt
Replies: 8
Views: 663

Re: Laid Off at 53.5...need better allocation...how to get t

Yes, absolutely dial it down to 60% equities tomorrow. This is a no brainer and you are lucky to be laid off now when the market is at record highs then in 2009 when the market was 60% lower. The bull market is over 4 years old and chances of a substantial correction are high. Not a big deal to some...
by mathwhiz
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Laid Off at 53.5...need better allocation...how to get there
Replies: 22
Views: 2507

Re: New Friends are the Anti-Bogleheads, what to do?

They could be heavily in debt, but on the other hand maybe one of them was a trust fund baby worth $10 million? In other words, you can't really know what their finances are like. It's not really any of your business unless they ask you for advice or start bumming you up for money.
by mathwhiz
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Friends are the Anti-Bogleheads, what to do?
Replies: 93
Views: 9153

Re: Frugal Fatigue

Eating out is over rated. It's also my experience the more you eat out, the more obese you get. It's much easier to over eat and the portions and nutritional value at most restaurants have a lot to be desired.
by mathwhiz
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal Fatigue
Replies: 96
Views: 11395

Re: Fixing Excess Roth contribution then converting back

Yes, the contribution was specified as 2014 when I made it. I only have the Roth IRA account currently. I'll have to open a traditional IRA first to re characterize. I have a 401k at work so had no need for a traditional IRA outside work. I think the plan going forward would be to covert immediately...
by mathwhiz
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fixing Excess Roth contribution then converting back
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Fixing Excess Roth contribution then converting back

I made a $5500 contribution to my personal Roth IRA at Fidelity in the beginning of January thinking our household income would be below the $181k. Well, there's a very high probability we will be getting income later this year that will cause us to be well above this limit. So, if I understand corr...
by mathwhiz
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fixing Excess Roth contribution then converting back
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Children: Are they worth every penny?

The thing is most families have "issues." It's not all It's a Wonderful Life. I hate to be a downer but my family and my wife's family have its fair share of drug addiction, teenage pregnancies, underachievers, lazy/dumb/stupid people. I have to think the more kids, the less personal atten...
by mathwhiz
Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Children: Are they worth every penny?
Replies: 68
Views: 5165

Re: Replace less than 80% of income in retirement?

Despite the common wisdom, expenses in retirement can well exceed pre-retirement income. The culprit is usually health care expenses not covered by Medicare/Medigap. Long-term care (either in-home or in a facility), assisted living, or just multiple Medicare/Medigap deductibles for "frequent f...
by mathwhiz
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Replace less than 80% of income in retirement?
Replies: 52
Views: 3455

Re: Replace less than 80% of income in retirement?

You make do. There are tens of millions of folks living on social security alone with incomes less than $20,000 a year. So, yeah you'll probably be fine replacing 50-60% of your income. You'll have to just adjust your spending and probably not be taking exotic trips all over the world each year.
by mathwhiz
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:04 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Replace less than 80% of income in retirement?
Replies: 52
Views: 3455

Re: Young, rich, hopefully not dumb

My guess is you got lucky in a Silicon Valley startup? I can't think of any other industry outside of music/entertainment where someone your age can make that kind of bank. Get residency in a state with no state income tax ASAP. 10% of your income thrown away each year on taxes at your income level ...
by mathwhiz
Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Young, rich, hopefully not dumb
Replies: 51
Views: 6945

Re: Leaving a small amount of student debt for child to pay

I think you should let your kid make the choice. Agree to pay 100% of a community college or 4 year public state education. If they choose to go to a private school, they are on the hook for that. Likewise, they are on the hook for grad school and/or med/business/law schools.
by mathwhiz
Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving a small amount of student debt for child to pay off?
Replies: 45
Views: 2924

Re: Fidelity Amex - statement charges

The $100 charge for the gas stations is very common. Apparently, that is the limit at the pump. The pump basically verifies that your credit limit is at least $100. Then you pump your gas and the charge changes to the correct charge when it posts. I've also seen weird names that change when a card p...
by mathwhiz
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Amex - statement charges
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: taxes done and…why is my spouse working?

OF course, I am also a tax professional, so I have always been well aware we save a bajillion dollars in taxes. Which is why the lifestyle creep comes off as so ridiculous to me. You may have a larger income, but is it really that much larger after you pay your taxes and working expenses? In the ca...
by mathwhiz
Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: taxes done and…why is my spouse working?
Replies: 90
Views: 9226

Re: Help! Young, too much money, and seriously lost...

Agreed, holding a large taxable account without maxing out your 401k is madness. :oops: Contribute the full $17,500 every year, as long as you still have a taxable account, even if you have to sell from the taxable account to make up living expenses. (Obviously, be careful not to let that be an exc...
by mathwhiz
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help! Young, too much money, and seriously lost...
Replies: 22
Views: 3125

Re: Raising kids in a small town vs. big city/suburbs

I grew up in an extremely rural area and was socially handicapped. By that I mean I was extremely unsophisticated compared to my classmates when I hit college. It literally took years for me to catch up socially, although I did fine academically. (Stop assuming the worst about people and their moti...
by mathwhiz
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raising kids in a small town vs. big city/suburbs
Replies: 89
Views: 6158

Re: A $1000 lesson on how manipulative salespeople can be?

Donate the art and take a tax deduction. If the art is worth $5000, you'll get your $1000 back in a tax write off.
by mathwhiz
Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A $1000 lesson on how manipulative salespeople can be?
Replies: 107
Views: 17447

Re: Job search advice

Are you currently employed? It's always much easier to find a job when you have a job. Rightly or wrongly, there is the impression in many corporate HR departments and among hiring managers that a long "gap" in work history means you are "damaged goods." There is very real hiring...
by mathwhiz
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job search advice
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Re: Roth TSP reduces tax refund

Is TurboTax simply doing a comparison for you versus what would happen if invested with the regular TSP vs. the ROTH TSP. Obviously, your refund is reduced by contributing the the ROTH TSP because you are using after-tax income.
by mathwhiz
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Roth TSP reduces tax refund
Replies: 21
Views: 1567

Re: Low Income Budget

Why does everyone here think this is a low Income (Including the OP..)? If i'm calculating this correct they are making around 45+K/Year which is just a bit under the US median income. Based on a very low COL location (And statement that she is in the top income bracket in that location) that doesn...
by mathwhiz
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low Income Budget
Replies: 70
Views: 4981

Re: Building a Home on vacant land

Thanks I'll make sure they ask a lot of questions on the logistics of power, well, septic, flood zones.
by mathwhiz
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Building a Home on vacant land
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Building a Home on vacant land

No city water or sewer is available. They'll have to do a well and septic. We live in Florida. Land is relatively flat and we are under an aquifer so I don't foresee major problems but I'm no expert. They haven't bought the land yet. They are looking at wooded 5-10 acre tracts. Power poles are at th...
by mathwhiz
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Building a Home on vacant land
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Building a Home on vacant land

We have family looking at building a house to live closer to us. We live in an exurb/borderline rural area where the housing stock is old and would not meet their requirements. Options we are looking at: 1) manufactured home/trailer. cheapest option by far but poor resale/safety concerns??? 2) build...
by mathwhiz
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Building a Home on vacant land
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Adult "child" moved back home - avoiding failure to laun

Isn't the obvious answer to have her find a rich boyfriend/husband who will take care of her? Try as we might, some people just can't function independently in our society.
by mathwhiz
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult "child" moved back home - avoiding failure to launch
Replies: 196
Views: 13012

Re: Sacrificing career for family

You are a big part of your family. If you're not happy, how is that in the best interest of your family? It's kind of a moot point. My wife likes her job, her family, and her house. Happy wife = Happy life? Maybe, maybe not. But an unhappy wife would certainly give me much more serious problems tha...
by mathwhiz
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sacrificing career for family
Replies: 40
Views: 4563

Sacrificing career for family

I'm in a situation where I've hit a plateau in my career. Basically, I've moved up as high as I can go in my current organization. My job is boring and stale but there are no other opportunities where I live that I'm qualified for that pay as well. All the career opportunities for leadership and adv...
by mathwhiz
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sacrificing career for family
Replies: 40
Views: 4563

Re: 1st Time Investor--Fidelity or Vanguard?

I've been a Fidelity customer for about ten years. By and large, I like them especially their 2% amex cash back card and seamless online billing. They also have a number of very good spartan low cost index funds, as well as 60+ ishares ETF's that are commission free. Their brokerage is hands down be...
by mathwhiz
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 1st Time Investor--Fidelity or Vanguard?
Replies: 60
Views: 6072

Re: Is it time for me to find a new job?

DOD is a huge organization. Go to usajobs.gov. Go to DOD contractors. Start applying and interviewing for jobs. It never hurts to test the market and see what you are worth. Stop complaining about things and start doing something about it.
by mathwhiz
Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it time for me to find a new job?
Replies: 33
Views: 3904
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