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Re: Pick Your Poison [Vanguard vs. American Funds]

So far all 50 votes for the index fund. nice!
by ofcmetz
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pick Your Poison [Vanguard vs. American Funds]
Replies: 24
Views: 3492

Re: Poll: Your Max. REIT Allocation

I'm have about 11% of my portfolio in the TIAA Real Estate fund right now. My target allocation for that fund is 10%. It contains a bit of REITS as well as my small cap index funds.
by ofcmetz
Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Your Max. REIT Allocation
Replies: 54
Views: 4052

Re: Bored when market is closed

Maybe go to a casino or something. I find playing poker to be more fun than staring at the meaningless up and down movements of stock indices during the day. Of course I have been playing my son's 3DS when he is in school. Also a better way to cure boredom.
by ofcmetz
Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bored when market is closed
Replies: 28
Views: 2098

Re: Suze Orman: $100 into $860k, and cfiresim

I can easily see saving $5 a day for lunch (at work). I go out and spend $8 on average during the week. Back when I first started my engineering career, I'd start the week putting a pack of hot dogs into the lab refrigerator and a pack of buns on top. Cost $2 in 1985. That was my lunch for the week...
by ofcmetz
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Suze Orman: $100 into $860k, and cfiresim
Replies: 47
Views: 5131

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

At least one guy (former CIA agent or something) is forecasting that the market could drop 70% in one day. That would be a doozy wouldn't it? I think the biggest one-day drop in history was about 25% back in 1987. I guess anything is possible. I wonder what most of us would do if that actually happ...
by ofcmetz
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1195
Views: 221621

Re: Expenses vs profit

Comparing those two funds makes no sense. The 500 fund is very diversified and should be expected to move less either up and down than the healthcare fund. The healthcare fund is super concentrated in only one sector is is much more risky. I'd make sure it is a very small portion of your total portf...
by ofcmetz
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Expenses vs profit
Replies: 4
Views: 462

Re: 1st time 401K - Need advice & helps!

I have one more question, all of the Spartan funds which are available to me, all of them are Fidelity Advantage Class. I saw minimum investment for each of those funds are at least $10,000. Since this will be the 1st time I'm building up my 401k ($0 balance in 401K), am I still eligible to use the...
by ofcmetz
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:37 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 1st time 401K - Need advice & helps!
Replies: 14
Views: 884

Re: Finally joined the two comma club

Congrats vv. Well done!
by ofcmetz
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally joined the two comma club
Replies: 42
Views: 6183

Re: Fidelity Customers, What Do You Hold at FIDO?

Fidelity is only for my taxable investments. I only hold the Spartan Total Market Index there. I find their new website easy to use and have had no negative issues.
by ofcmetz
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Customers, What Do You Hold at FIDO?
Replies: 43
Views: 4038

Re: 2015 Predictions: Most Popular Topics

Is Livesoft a bot created by Taylor in his lab?

or

why not 100% in oil?
by ofcmetz
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:52 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2015 Predictions: Most Popular Topics
Replies: 38
Views: 2412

Re: 2015 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION

Let's go for a yearly drop. I pick the same as last year. 1729.29.
by ofcmetz
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2015 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 556
Views: 19749

Re: How Much Do You Sacrifice?

If I wasn't meeting my savings goals as well as paying my bills, then I would definitely cut back on something. I also think that at regular intervals one should examine his or hers spending to make sure things aren't getting out of control. That said, if you are saving a reasonable amount, then you...
by ofcmetz
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Do You Sacrifice?
Replies: 82
Views: 6605

Re: Boglehead Beer

I drink Bud Light. Not because it's cheap, I just happen to like that beer the best. Benjamin Franklin never wanted to speak ill of any man. I never want to speak ill of any man's beer, but I don't drink Bud as much as I used to now that I've discovered the craft beers. I did once drink 22 bud ligh...
by ofcmetz
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 475
Views: 67714

Re: How am I doing? Update from last post

I'm not sure what your total income is. Looks like between the two of you are saving about 81K a year (23K your 401K, 17K partner's 401K, 5.5K back door ROTH, and 20K taxable). Is that correct? If it were me, I'd probably want to save at least 20% or maybe even 30% of my gross income if I was in tha...
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How am I doing? Update from last post
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

Re: Maxing out 401k and compensating from savings

Gronnie wrote:Getting more into your 401k also protects that money. Some examples that it may possibly be protected from are creditors and lawsuits.



In my line of work, I find this a very good reason to use my 457B, 403B and ROTH IRA. You can google and find out which assets in your state are protected.
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Maxing out 401k and compensating from savings
Replies: 11
Views: 1095

Re: Stable value funds - is there a catch?

In my deferred comp plan the interest on the stable value fund adjusts every three months based on what the underlying bond portfolio produces. It's gone from close to 5% several years ago to 2.5% now. It goes down about 5 basis points a quarter lately. It functions more like a money market fund tha...
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stable value funds - is there a catch?
Replies: 13
Views: 1483

Re: Thoughts on real estate allocation and owning your home

placeholder wrote:I do not include my house or its associated loans in any aspects of my investment portfolio.


^This is how I do things as well. The house does factor into my net worth, but one's net worth doesn't mean as much as ones liquid investments in my opinion.
by ofcmetz
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on real estate allocation and owning your home
Replies: 34
Views: 3637

Re: (Poll) Did you tap into emergency fund in the past 10 ye

Most expensive thing was a transmission for a Honda Civic. $2K unexpected for that one. This year my fridge died. Only $1100 for that.
by ofcmetz
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: (Poll) Did you tap into emergency fund in the past 10 years?
Replies: 64
Views: 5778

Re: Stuck with TIAA-CREF-is there a Boglehead mix?

I think I would make my allocation a combination of the Traditional, Real Estate, Equity Index, and International Index. You have some excellent choices available to you. Since I use more than just my 403B, I just use the Traditional and Real Estate funds in the 403B.
by ofcmetz
Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stuck with TIAA-CREF-is there a Boglehead mix?
Replies: 20
Views: 1582

Re: High(ish) earner; spending too much?

I usually set a savings goal at the beginning of a year as a percentage of my gross pay and have an idea on the rough amount it will be in actual dollars. If I hit or exceed that goal and have my bills paid, then I don't worry about how much of my extra money go towards things like vacations or toys...
by ofcmetz
Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High(ish) earner; spending too much?
Replies: 71
Views: 9191

Re: S&P index fund moving in wrong direction

At the end of every quarter it pays a dividend and the share values drop accordingly. This is how it should be.
by ofcmetz
Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: S&P index fund moving in wrong direction
Replies: 7
Views: 1314

Re: Am I being too conservative?

Based on the information provided, I don't think you are being too conservative for your age. I think you are probably right around where you should be. Of course I don't recommend anyone having more than 80% equity.
by ofcmetz
Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being too conservative?
Replies: 19
Views: 1569

Re: What is your opinion about "tilting?"

I tilt, but only in US equities. I only tilt on company size, but not on value. This is due to options available in the work sponsored plans. I would probably tilt to value if decent options were available, but since they are not I don't have to make this decision.
by ofcmetz
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your opinion about "tilting?"
Replies: 116
Views: 9379

Re: White Coat Investor in Forbes

I did not express myself well, apologies. What I meant is that I would not have the courage to talk to the media and give away my real identity, simply because I have posted a lot of information about myself over the last couple of years. Well done. I don't think I will ever have the courage to sho...
by ofcmetz
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: White Coat Investor in Forbes
Replies: 37
Views: 6442

Re: White Coat Investor in Forbes

Well done. I don't think I will ever have the courage to show my face in public . I have written a lot of financial and personal details over the last few years here and at ER.org. Are you like the phantom from the opera? Do you wear a mask when working? Seriously though, good pic and nice little a...
by ofcmetz
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: White Coat Investor in Forbes
Replies: 37
Views: 6442

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

cfs wrote:Dow down 99.99?

Relax, Santa Claus Rally is just around the corner !!!



Maybe the Santa Claus rally isn't real. Maybe it's just something our parents made up to make us want to hold stocks in December. :shock:
by ofcmetz
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1195
Views: 221621

Re: Starting out at 35 with index funds and misc

rkhusky wrote:+1 for the Vanguard Target Retirement funds. Expense ratios of only 0.16% - 0.18% and you own pretty much the entire stock market and a broad selection of bonds.


+2 for the Target Retirement serious. You can start this fund with only $1,000 and you will be fairly diversified.
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Starting out at 35 with index funds and misc
Replies: 17
Views: 1724

Re: International Vanguard Index Funds which ones?

Why don't you look at Vanguard Total International Stock Market Index Fund, VTIAX? It covers both large and small companies, both value and growth, in both developed and emerging markets. This is what we use. It's low cost and fairly diversified. It takes the effort out of international if you are ...
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Vanguard Index Funds which ones?
Replies: 7
Views: 1200

Re: New 401K choices...need help slicing

Your question points to the need for an overall investment plan. Many here including myself, recommend that you keep an investor police statement. You can type it or write it down. It needn't be long or complicated. On it you put how much you will save as well as your asset allocation. You write whe...
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New 401K choices...need help slicing
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Robinhood has Zero-Commissions - are you buying stock?

For me, there are to many reasons to forgo individual stocks for indexes besides the cost of commission. I think the main three are time, complexity of execution, and lack of diversification. Now if you already are an active trader and don't use funds, then more power to you.
by ofcmetz
Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Robinhood has Zero-Commissions - are you buying stock?
Replies: 35
Views: 7754

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

I'm kind of hoping that instead of a Santa Rally , this year will have a ( temporary ) Grinch Plunge instead, to reduce my MRD for next year and give me a chance to do a little more Roth conversion. :greedy I'm fine with things staying flat for awhile. My returns over the last few years have alread...
by ofcmetz
Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1195
Views: 221621

Re: windfall incoming.clarify the 101 plz (noob bashing wooo

Over a year later...heh. Just wanted to bump and say thanks again to this resource. You guys got me thinking in the right direction. Thanks. I'm curious for more details. How do you have your 8 figures invested? What kind of budget does a 29 year old with 8 figures put himself on? Congrats again.
by ofcmetz
Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: windfall incoming.clarify the 101 plz (noob bashing wooo!)
Replies: 70
Views: 9967

Re: Poll: Dividend income to match annual salary?

I would need almost 6 million. If we included the family salary then that would be much more. At 2% dividends, I don't think that most from here will get there. It's more about meeting ones annual expenses. I hope for mine to be less than half of what they are now in retirement. Also, I think total ...
by ofcmetz
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Dividend income to match annual salary?
Replies: 39
Views: 3823

Re: Taylor--thank you!!

I'm glad to see that many are still with us from that generation. Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII. I'm grateful for Taylor and all the others who helped preserve the freedom for me and my family.
by ofcmetz
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor--thank you!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: What's wrong with VTIAX?

Not sure if this is helpful or not, but you might consider this: According to the data used in PortfolioVisualizer Someone who averaged the same amount into a portfolio each year of either 100% U.S. or 50%/50% US/Intl (rebalanced) from 1972-2013 would have achieved pretty much the same long-term re...
by ofcmetz
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's wrong with VTIAX?
Replies: 63
Views: 7871

Re: What's wrong with VTIAX?

After awhile of investing, you will come to realize that things that have stagnated for years with low or negative returns sometimes have higher future expected returns. It is the things that people have come to discard or not want that will have to offer higher returns at some point. When you are d...
by ofcmetz
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's wrong with VTIAX?
Replies: 63
Views: 7871

Re: Do you celebrate financial milestones?

I celebrated with a shot of whiskey and some beer a few times when I hit some minor milestones. Since my main asset is my pension, my most exciting point was when I got where I could walk away and get paid immediately for not working. We went over the half million in net worth mark earlier this year...
by ofcmetz
Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you celebrate financial milestones?
Replies: 117
Views: 14233

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

zaboomafoozarg wrote:
nisiprius wrote:"There may come a day... but this is not that day."


This day, we relabance!


Great on the reference from the movie "300". This is Bogleheads!
by ofcmetz
Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1195
Views: 221621

Re: What do you do with Fidelity Rewards?

What do you do with the money from your Fidelity Rewards Credit Card(s)? I decided to buy Fidelity's Total Market mutual fund shares with the money and give the shares to my nephews when they are older. Unless my financial plan is a disaster than sorry kids but your uncle has to eat. Yup, our Fidel...
by ofcmetz
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you do with Fidelity Rewards?
Replies: 34
Views: 1844

Re: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?

I'm not a multi millionaire, but I really enjoyed this thread. There has been a lot of wisdom shared and some great life stories told. I don't have a specific net worth goal. I only strive to live on less than we make and to spend a good portion of what we do spend on experiences vs things. Thanks t...
by ofcmetz
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?
Replies: 301
Views: 46334

Re: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?

The danger, of course, is that you may over-save to reach $3 million. Then, when you retire, you have enabled an expensive lifestyle that you don't want and can't enjoy. At the cost of less enjoyment during your years of saving. L. Hey, don't ever forget the joys that come with giving. I'm sure tha...
by ofcmetz
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If your networth is over $3 million, how did you do it?
Replies: 301
Views: 46334

Re: Making money/career in Trading

Hi all You also pay fees in poker but with the amount of skill and bad players involved, it is easily overcome when sitting in the right games . I believe that Trading would be much tougher than poker, but with even greater rewards. I just do not know if it is luck. Opinions from people here would ...
by ofcmetz
Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making money/career in Trading
Replies: 25
Views: 2661

Re: What percent "Boglehead" are you?

This would be a boring place to hang out if we all did things the same way and agreed on everything. I'm about 87% sure that I'm 75% a boglehead. All of my equity is in low cost index funds. Fixed income is in various low cost indexed and non-indexed places. I don't make changes often and follow my ...
by ofcmetz
Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percent "Boglehead" are you?
Replies: 125
Views: 10250

Re: Paid off our Mortgage this evening!

I bought my house in April of 2007 and am not nearly paid off yet. I admit to feeling a bit jealous. Congrats OP, and thanks for sharing. I've leaned towards filling the retirement accounts with extra money, but am on a 15 year mortgage so I'll have my paid off post one day. :sharebeer
by ofcmetz
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paid off our Mortgage this evening!
Replies: 75
Views: 10535

Re: Help Needed Re: Overhauled 401K Fund Choices

Generally, collective investment trusts have lower ER's than mutual funds. They don't pay out the dividends, and instead they keep then in the fund. The share values rise as the dividends are collected. CIT's also don't have the same reporting requirements as mutual funds which keeps their cost down...
by ofcmetz
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Needed Re: Overhauled 401K Fund Choices
Replies: 7
Views: 980

Re: What to do with my TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Retirement - TCLN

I have a 403B at TIAA-CREF which I still contribute too. I only use it for the Traditional fund and the TIAA Real Estate Fund. In your situation, I'd probably just roll my assets over to Vanguard and combine it into that IRA. I think the Vanguard Target Retirement funds are superior in that they hav...
by ofcmetz
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with my TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Retirement - TCLNX
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: Today is Thanksgiving Day for my family

Glad to hear it Swampy! These kinds of things have a way of putting things in perspective.
by ofcmetz
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Today is Thanksgiving Day for my family
Replies: 7
Views: 1572

Re: Poll: Net cost of your checking account annually?

I use a rewards checking at a credit union associated with a local university. As long as I do one direct deposit and have 15 debit card transactions it pays me 2.25% interest on the first $10,000 in balance. I make about $18 or so a month in interest. The only cost was a one time $5 fee to join the...
by ofcmetz
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Net cost of your checking account annually?
Replies: 44
Views: 3816

Re: Get up to $30 back per Amex card (Small Business Sat, 11

Sweet, thanks for the heads up. I'll be on vacation in Orange Beach, AL that weekend, and it looks like there will be plenty of qualifying places there for me to spend at.
by ofcmetz
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Get up to $30 back per Amex card (Small Business Sat, 11/29)
Replies: 76
Views: 8282

Re: Heads up best reward credit card I've seen.

I don't make my own clothes , I do own a car (two actually), and I do spend multi thousands on credit cards (though fortunately for me, relatively little goes to gas) but *I* am very interested in hearing everyone's perspective. There are many ways to skin a cat. :shock: Yes, there are many ways to...
by ofcmetz
Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heads up one of the better reward credit card I've seen.
Replies: 54
Views: 11190
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