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Re: Angry when stock market is down

I'm not much ANGRY at anything anymore, especially not the various investment markets. OK, I lied; I sometimes get angry at crabgrass... If you have too much crabgrass you need to rebalance your lawn next spring with an application of Scotts Halts (or other brand of) crabgrass preventer. Of course ...
by minesweep
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Angry when stock market is down
Replies: 79
Views: 4205

Re: Jack Bogle on CNBC

ETF portion of the interview is missing from video:

Bogle: QE helped the business side

Mike
by minesweep
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle on CNBC
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Re: Why don't utilities get any praise

Why don't utilities get any praise

Warren Buffet likes them

Mike
by minesweep
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why don't utilities get any praise
Replies: 39
Views: 3829

Re: International allocation

I was between 20%-25% international. But I have been gradually increasing my position this year so that I’m currently 29% international. I would like to boost it around 33%. I also would like to increase my small cap int’l exposure as well to between 25%-30%. Even though it’s a small amount I hate t...
by minesweep
Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International allocation
Replies: 81
Views: 5127

Re: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns

Wonder if this latest Goldman Sachs S&P 500 forecast will be more accurate than their other forecasts, such as the one they totally blew for 2012: Forecast: "The S&P 500 will finish 2012 “unchanged for the second consecutive year at roughly 1,250,” according to a Goldman Sachs forecast...
by minesweep
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns
Replies: 20
Views: 2848

Re: Anyone Switched to Vanguard Account Upgrade?

cfs wrote:Not working.

This is what I am getting from Vanguard: None of your accounts can currently be upgraded.

Thanks for reading.

Ditto!

MIke
by minesweep
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone Switched to Vanguard Account Upgrade?
Replies: 20
Views: 3047

Re: RMD's [Required Minimum Distributions]

Like your friend I have a mix of Vanguard mutual funds and ETF’s in my IRA. I will also be taking my first RMD beginning next year (in December). Currently I’m making quarterly estimated tax payments to the IRS. However, next year I will take the full amount of the federal estimated tax from my RMD....
by minesweep
Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: RMD's [Required Minimum Distributions]
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: Buying a car- 2011 Lexus IS 250 9k miles

I'm not sure what to do and I thought this place would be the best to get advice.. What do you guys think? Right church, wrong pew. Personal Consumer Issues Questions on how we spend our money and our time - consumer goods and services, home and vehicle , leisure and recreational activities Mike
by minesweep
Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car- 2011 Lexus IS 250 9k miles
Replies: 27
Views: 2109

Re: talk me out of buying an individual stock (Facebook)

However, this morning I have an itch to buy a stock. When I have an itch I just scratch it. Facebook’s stock price was down another 6.22% today. The stock could turn into Rubble . And then all you’ll have is Pebbles . On the other hand it could turn out to be a Dino mite stock. Mike If the stock ha...
by minesweep
Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: talk me out of buying an individual stock (Facebook)
Replies: 109
Views: 14119

Re: Market Timing vs. Market Opportunity

... on the chance that the market will drop when QE3 ends. Chance is the key word here isn't it? Do you believe in establishing an AA to govern your investing? What is your target AA? Unless it's 100% stocks you'll probably be pulling some out of equities as they increase anyway. If it is 100% stoc...
by minesweep
Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:49 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market Timing vs. Market Opportunity
Replies: 46
Views: 3147

Re: AAPL

I bought $500 worth back in 1992 and never sold any until last month. 700 shares post-split Over the past month the price range of AAPL was between $90-$95/share. At an average $92.50/share, 525 shares was worth $48,562. 175 shares at $95.22 (7/11/14 close) is $16,663. Over 22 years that $500 inves...
by minesweep
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AAPL
Replies: 178
Views: 38020

Re: AAPL

Two months ago AAPL represented about 50% of my portfolio. Now I am converting it to a boglehead portfolio and have sold off 75% of my holdings. It's been a busy month of selling. :) Cause you started a long time ago, or did you decide to buy a decent chunk in the past few years? I bought $500 wort...
by minesweep
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AAPL
Replies: 178
Views: 38020

Re: Why not include gold?

1. "Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head." 2. "The problem with commodities is that you ar...
by minesweep
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why not include gold?
Replies: 48
Views: 3941

Re: If you wouldn't buy (stocks), then you must sell

Based on the current economic environment valuations may seem a little bit on the high side. But the stock market is looking ahead 6-12 months from now and is pricing stocks based on expectations. So if the economy continues to pick up steam then earnings should too and PE’s that look on the high si...
by minesweep
Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If you wouldn't buy (stocks), then you must sell
Replies: 32
Views: 3150

Re: If you wouldn't buy (stocks), then you must sell

Also, capital gain taxes. Exactly. I have the majority of my investments in taxable. I've been retired since 01/2001, so other than rebalancing I haven't been buying much in the way of stocks. And I'm not about to sell my taxable because next year I begin my RMD. I'm not looking for more income to ...
by minesweep
Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If you wouldn't buy (stocks), then you must sell
Replies: 32
Views: 3150

Re: Is now a bad time to invest?

With me being 34 and investintg I would love the market to drop 50% or more.. Seems to me we just had a correction of that magnitude several years ago (hope you took advantage of it). Unfortunately, a lot of investors got spooked out of the stock market back then, as well as the major correction th...
by minesweep
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:33 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a bad time to invest?
Replies: 100
Views: 10064

Re: Is now a bad time to invest?

With me being 34 and investintg I would love the market to drop 50% or more.. Seems to me we just had a correction of that magnitude several years ago (hope you took advantage of it). Unfortunately, a lot of investors got spooked out of the stock market back then, as well as the major correction th...
by minesweep
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a bad time to invest?
Replies: 100
Views: 10064

Re: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST: Mid-Year Report

cfs wrote:Thanks Taylor.

Thanks Taylor for the update, with my 2076.44 guess I am within striking distance, come on S&P 500 let's go for broke.

And now back to watching World Cup reviews, and Go Team USA.

Thanks for reading.

My guess is 2073.86. We could be dukin' It out for the top spot. :)

Mike
by minesweep
Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:39 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST: Mid-Year Report
Replies: 22
Views: 1886

Re: [Poll] Did you tax loss harvest in the past?

Mutual Funds
500 Index to Total Stock Market - 2002
Total Stock Market to 500 Index – 2003
500 Index to Total Stock Market – 2008

I have tax loss harvested individual stocks over the years as well.

Mike
by minesweep
Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] Did you tax loss harvest in the past?
Replies: 17
Views: 971

Re: PANIC! 101

Martenson’s research suggests that the stock market has patterns

The only patterns I trust are on quilts (they look pretty too).

Mike
by minesweep
Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Panic! 101
Replies: 40
Views: 3720

Re: Bernstein - Volatility Beneficial for Accumulators

555 wrote:
rca1824 wrote:unit root

What's that?

You might be sorry you asked:

Unit root

Mike
by minesweep
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bernstein - Volatility Beneficial for Accumulators
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: 70th Anniversary of D Day

I’ve posted some war stories on previous occasions. Here’s one more (a recollection of the D-Day invasion).

War Story - Omaha Beach on D-Day

Mike
by minesweep
Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 70th Anniversary of D Day
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- S&P at record high.

I’m rooting for MassInvestor. :moneybag I could root for k66 but I’m not that greedy. Besides, I like nice round numbers. :happy

Mike
by minesweep
Sat May 31, 2014 10:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- S&P at record high.
Replies: 26
Views: 3896

Re: Squirrels ate through sceen, plastic & wood to get bird

Man vs. squirrels, an endless backyard battle Squirrels are cute little fur balls of energy that entertain us by hopping hither and yon across our lawns. Or they're bushy-tailed, rat-faced thieves whose raison d'etre is to plunder bird feeders. Your bird feeder in particular. The war between man an...
by minesweep
Sat May 17, 2014 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrels ate through sceen, plastic & wood to get bird feed
Replies: 37
Views: 2217

Re: Golfers vs Investors

Bogey - Load Fund. Double Bogey – Load Fund with high fees. Bump and Run. Day Trading. Bunker . Stay the Course in a Bear Market. The Masters . JacK Bogel, Warren Buffet……… Hole in One – A newbie investor reading the “The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing” Caddy – Financial Advisor Driving Range – A m...
by minesweep
Fri May 09, 2014 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Golfers vs Investors
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

Re: Retirement conundrum: Pick two out of three

longinvest wrote:Pick you poison! :mrgreen: (That is, unless you've got a big enough portfolio :moneybag )

I have a big enough portfolio.

Mike
by minesweep
Fri May 09, 2014 10:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirement conundrum: Pick two out of three
Replies: 17
Views: 2111

Re: Buffett pulls further ahead

According the NY Times reporting from the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting this weekend, Mr. Buffett took the time to review his bet with Protégé Partners, something he does with obvious relish . Looks like the Protégé Partners can’t cut the mustard . They had better get their “A” game in gear, ot...
by minesweep
Mon May 05, 2014 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buffett pulls further ahead
Replies: 16
Views: 3146

Re: Do you overweight International Small?

I made my initial purchase of Int'l Explorer (for my IRA) back in July of 2002. Long before a small cap international index was available at Vanguard. Int'l Explorer is currently 21% of my total international exposure.

Mike
by minesweep
Thu May 01, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you overweight International Small?
Replies: 32
Views: 1762

Re: John Bogle On CNBC

I posted the following link at the "Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community" this morning. It contains a short video about Jack Bogle.

Index mutual fund pioneer

Mike
by minesweep
Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle On CNBC
Replies: 6
Views: 936

Re: VOTE FOR JACK [for 25 who changed business] AT CNBC.COM

The votes are in. Jack Bogle came in at number 9 on the list. Success must not be bought but earned . Index mutual funds are so common today that it's nearly impossible to believe the ridicule John C. "Jack" Bogle got when he created the first one almost 40 years ago. "Bogle's Folly&q...
by minesweep
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:52 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: VOTE FOR JACK [for 25 who changed business] AT CNBC.COM
Replies: 44
Views: 6808

Re: Do Honda Mowers Leave an Un-cut Grass Strip?

I just bought a Honda mower about 3 weeks ago and have had no such problems......very satisfied so far! Here is the mower that I bought: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honda-21-in-3-in-1-Variable-Speed-Self-Propelled-Gas-Mower-with-Auto-Choke-HRR216K9VKA/203709643 That's the one I bought also (last fal...
by minesweep
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]
Replies: 51
Views: 9903

Re: Do Honda Mowers Leave an Un-cut Grass Strip?

obgraham wrote:Now getting the engine to start, that's a different matter.

I will assume that you tried installing a new spark plug.

Mike
by minesweep
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]
Replies: 51
Views: 9903

Re: TV show recommendations?

The countdown continues for "24":

24: Live Another Day
by minesweep
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 304
Views: 143079

Re: Best Movies of 2013

I saw Gravity, one of the top movie according to the critics. I just do not understand, for sure it must be me. My take: superb photography, but silly (understatement!) plot. I agree. I guess I know too much about orbital mechanics. The effects were great and the movie was entertaining enough, but ...
by minesweep
Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Movies of 2013
Replies: 83
Views: 6444

Funds Investing: Make More Money and Worry Less

Not much in this WSJ article that the Bogleheads don’t already know. Just thought the article might be of interest here given that it helps to spread the Bogleheads philosophy.

Some simple portfolio ideas that can help investors stay on track with minimum management

Mike
by minesweep
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Funds Investing: Make More Money and Worry Less
Replies: 4
Views: 771

Re: No Market Mania Here!

The half that don't think it's a good idea - aren't those just the half that never invest in the stock market. The mania occurs when those who don’t ordinarily invest in stocks think that now is the time. That hasn't happened yet. This is not to say that the stock market isn't overpriced and due fo...
by minesweep
Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: No Market Mania Here!
Replies: 13
Views: 1297

Re: I need a quality lawnmower

I have a Honda (19 inch) push mower for 22 years. It starts on first or second pull.

Mike
by minesweep
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a quality lawnmower
Replies: 31
Views: 2164

Re: Bubble Behavior?

A bubble is an environment in which the market price of an asset has deviated from the underlying asset’s fundamentals to an extent that renders the current market price unstable relative to the underlying asset’s ability to deliver the expected result.” Opinions vary: Are we in a Stock Market Bubb...
by minesweep
Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:50 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bubble Behavior?
Replies: 18
Views: 2283

Re: Mouse/Rat traps

by minesweep
Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse/Rat traps
Replies: 29
Views: 2121

Jack Bogle on CNBC

Mr. Bogle is scheduled for the 3:00 P.M. segment.

Mike
by minesweep
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle on CNBC
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: What should I invest in?

If I lost half the value of my 100K investment I'd be pissed but it wouldn't be a life ending kind of thing. Either way, for right now I'm just asking how to invest this 10K. I'd still be pissed if I lost 5K but that certainly won't impact my life in any meaningful way. Its easy to say these things...
by minesweep
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What should I invest in?
Replies: 18
Views: 915

Re: How Many Funds Do You Have in Taxable?

Excluding Prime Money Market (dividends and capital gains go here)

Total Stock Market Index Admiral
Tax-Managed Int’l Stock Fund
Emerging Markets Stock Index Admiral
Capital Opportunity Admiral
PA L-T Tax-Exempt

Mike
by minesweep
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Many Funds Do You Have in Taxable?
Replies: 97
Views: 5513

Putting Your 401(k) on Autopilot

Might this marketing maneuverer by Vanguard lead to even lower expense fees for their investors? When it comes to investing their 401(k)s, most employees simply want someone to tell them what to do. So says none other than Vanguard Group. As a pioneer of the low-cost index fund, Vanguard has long be...
by minesweep
Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:48 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Putting Your 401(k) on Autopilot
Replies: 9
Views: 1192

Re: Vanguard snowed in.

As a winter storm grips much of the country, we at Vanguard are doing our best to serve you. However, since some of our Pennsylvania and North Carolina crew members have been unable to report to work, you may experience delays when contacting us by phone. Rest assured, however, that our investment ...
by minesweep
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard snowed in.
Replies: 31
Views: 3503

Re: International index question

Personally I would go with the Total Int’l Stock Index Fund. For one, as DSInvestor has stated, you will have some exposure to Canada. One reason to go with TMI & EM is because you want more than market exposure to EM. I personally tilt a little bit more to EM because I have separate TMI and EM...
by minesweep
Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International index question
Replies: 20
Views: 1528

Re: International index question

That's great mike, thanks. Looking at the total international index fund (VGTSX) the top 7 countries involved are all developed (UK, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austrilia) and that totals 62.8% of the fund. That would be just shy of 2/3 Developed and 1/3 emerging countries. I find ...
by minesweep
Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International index question
Replies: 20
Views: 1528

Re: International index question

Thanks mike. So if all of my retirement stays with vanguard, I won't have the option I'm asking about in the original question? Yes, you will have the same options. The Developed Markets and Tax-Managed Int'l Fund is basically the same. So, you can choose the Total Stock Market Fund or the TMI and ...
by minesweep
Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International index question
Replies: 20
Views: 1528
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