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Re: The Great Courses.com

I have purchased quite a few courses (DVD's). I have enjoyed them all.
by pjstack
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Courses.com
Replies: 23
Views: 2174

Re: Tax due on investments

Vanguard sends you a Form 1099 at the end of the year. They also send copies to the IRS.
by pjstack
Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tax due on investments
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: Any reason I should not pick the admiral funds equivalen

In my opinion, no.
Vanguard will probably automatically convert them to Admiral status anyway.
by pjstack
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any reason I should not pick the admiral funds equivalent?
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: What was Underestimated\Overestimated in Retirement

This is not financial (or, maybe it could be), but I overestimated how long I would stay in good health! Now I have a creeping paralysis that severely impairs my mobility. Alas, no more archaeological digs or fossil hunting excursions. It's now practically an expedition to go fetch the mail! My only...
by pjstack
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was Underestimated\Overestimated in Retirement
Replies: 48
Views: 4689

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

2033.0 is my guess.
by pjstack
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 536
Views: 13825

Re: Pay off that Mortgage?

Or, you could just pay a little extra each month (on the principal) which will shorten the length of the mortgage.
by pjstack
Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pay off that Mortgage?
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: Help!! Can some one explain tax loss harvesting

"Step three: you must buy a similar but not identical replacement stock, bond, mutual fund, etc. using the proceeds from the sale in step two." No, you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to, but if you do buy a security or fund it must be "substantially different" than...
by pjstack
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help!! Can some one explain tax loss harvesting
Replies: 16
Views: 1075

Re: what gender are you?

Barefootgirl wrote:Maybe I am not a Boglehead after all. I did not over-analyze the simple question, lol

BFG

Still my favorite post!
by pjstack
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: what gender are you?
Replies: 27
Views: 5019

Re: Telephone Calls! Help!

Answering machines only cost $10 or $15 nowadays. Get one. Let your machine talk to their machine. "Problem" solved.
by pjstack
Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 105
Views: 7107

Re: Marriage: Is it tax-friendly?

The answer to the title of your post is "it depends". In my personal situation where one spouse has a high income and one has a low income it is beneficial. In your situation where the spouses make identical salary it can cause a marriage tax penalty. Also in my situation (the first examp...
by pjstack
Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marriage: Is it tax-friendly?
Replies: 50
Views: 2485

Re: Should i Buy a new car

Lafder wrote: And beware of any accident you have in BMW, some people will be more likely to claim injury if you look like you have $$


Aha!! Maybe that's the reason the BMW I saw had the license plate that said, "NOT AN MD"!
by pjstack
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should i Buy a new car
Replies: 87
Views: 4061

Re: Should i Buy a new car

To the OP: You have received some snarky answers here (it's a tough audience) but I'm glad they haven't made you angry. BMWs are sort of a cliché among doctors, I guess. It reminds me of a vanity license plate I once saw on a BMW; it read "NOT AN MD". (I thought it was funny. Others may no...
by pjstack
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should i Buy a new car
Replies: 87
Views: 4061

Re: High School Reunions--Have you attended?

I've been to several, the last one the 50th. I was surprised that I had more difficulty recognizing the men rather than the women. I expected the opposite since women have more latitude in changing their appearance (different hair colors, styles, costumes, etc.) But it turned out the men had changed...
by pjstack
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High School Reunions--Have you attended?
Replies: 79
Views: 5208

Re: How often do you replace bath towels?

I read (somewhere) that colored towels are less absorbent than plain white due to the dye taking up absorbent "room".

My unscientific experience seems to confirm that, but I don't really know if it's true or not.
by pjstack
Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you replace bath towels?
Replies: 50
Views: 3971

Re: Need Perspective and Advise

The OP said he had 850K invested.

One percent (what the advisor will charge) of 850K is $8,500. Per year. And no manual labor involved.

(I'll do it for half that!)
by pjstack
Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need Perspective and Advise
Replies: 21
Views: 1822

Re: How Much Did You Lose Today?

Well, you made me look!

I lost $755 (and some cents).

I don't remember exactly what I had yesterday vs. what I have today, so I can't really do the arithmetic to do a precise percentage calculation, nor is it worth the little effort it would take.
by pjstack
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Much Did You Lose Today?
Replies: 166
Views: 15015

Re: POLL: Wills vs. Living Trusts

We just have wills. I used to have a living trust and went through to trouble of retitling everything, but later titled it back to JOWROS. Also have named beneficiaries for mutual funds, joint ownership of I-Bonds, cars, etc. Wills seem sufficient for our needs. For those of you who DON'T have wills...
by pjstack
Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Wills vs. Living Trusts
Replies: 35
Views: 3138

Re: How to keep family informed

Also, it will be useful to list things you DON'T have (but might be expected to). For instance I don't have life insurance, I don't have a brokerage account, I don't have car payments or a mortgage. This may save your heir(s) from going nuts looking for stuff that they think you probably have. It wi...
by pjstack
Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to keep family informed
Replies: 35
Views: 3268

Re: Taking out mortgage with zero down. Smart or no?

I bought my first house with a VA loan. None of the terrible things alluded to in some of the above posts happened to me. It's a good deal. If you need a house to live in, this is a good way to buy one. I don't understand all this talk about "no skin in the game"; you're going to be making...
by pjstack
Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking out mortgage with zero down. Smart or no?
Replies: 64
Views: 3274

Re: Where is your brokerage account?

I don't have a brokerage account anywhere; I own Vanguard mutual funds directly from Vanguard.

The response (above) from Nisiprius tells it all in a nutshell. (Pay close attention to posts by Nisiprius as he gives good info in good detail.)
by pjstack
Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where is your brokerage account?
Replies: 41
Views: 2723

Re: VMMXX: Finally Pulled the Trigger

Do all funds we buy at vanguard remain on the monthly statement as a sort of history even if the balance is zero at the end of month - or it is on my statement because there was activity in that fund during the month? Yes, zero balance accounts still appear. My account still shows a zero balance fo...
by pjstack
Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VMMXX: Finally Pulled the Trigger
Replies: 20
Views: 2728

Re: A question for the Bogleladies or those who can consult

I have no understanding of the issue involved, but I commend your courage in braving "no mans land".
I really think your daughters are your very best asset in solving your problem. They most probably know where best to go and what to buy.
by pjstack
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A question for the Bogleladies or those who can consult one
Replies: 70
Views: 5898

Re: Free Portfolio Tracker Like M*

Yahoo! Finance has a free portfolio tracker.

I've used Morning Star's tracker for years for free.
by pjstack
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Free Portfolio Tracker Like M*
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: How I look at $ in the real world vs my retirement accou

Don't forget, you haven't "lost" anything until you sell. You aren't at your destination until you get off the bus. Just because the bus goes into a part of town you don't want to be in doesn't mean you have to get off there. :D In the mean time, just keep playing Candy Crush on your phon...
by pjstack
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How I look at $ in the real world vs my retirement accounts
Replies: 50
Views: 7109

Re: Why not include gold?

But WHY do all governments think it is important to have gold reserves? Why is Germany trying to "repatriate" its gold from the UK? If gold is so worthless, why do nations squirrel away tons of it? Really, I'm serious. No one here has explained that, and I'm curious. Here is one explanati...
by pjstack
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why not include gold?
Replies: 48
Views: 3873

Re: Why not include gold?

But WHY do all governments think it is important to have gold reserves?

Why is Germany trying to "repatriate" its gold from the UK?

If gold is so worthless, why do nations squirrel away tons of it?

Really, I'm serious. No one here has explained that, and I'm curious.
by pjstack
Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why not include gold?
Replies: 48
Views: 3873

Re: Lump Sum or Monthly Pmts

$1056/month equals $12,672 per year. That goes into $128,000 a little over ten times.

If you think you might live longer than ten years, take the $1056/month!
by pjstack
Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lump Sum or Monthly Pmts
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Re: Paperless Statements (bank checking acct)

My question is: why do you want to save all this crud? Why, or when, will you ever need a two year old checking/saving account statement?

Why keep this stuff, either in paper or on disk?
by pjstack
Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paperless Statements (bank checking acct)
Replies: 64
Views: 3146

Re: Rachel is everywhere!

I have an answering machine.

Most robocalls hang up when my machine answers. Those that don't are easily ignored.

I only answer when someone I recognize calls.
by pjstack
Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rachel is everywhere!
Replies: 10
Views: 1381

Re: Ideas on how deal with estate with tons of items

What is she going to do with a "daily list"? Does she know anything about old coins, cars, etc.?

Does your wife feel that she will be cheated out of the value of all the stuff that her father accumulated? She could always fly to OH and see for herself.
by pjstack
Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas on how deal with estate with tons of items
Replies: 29
Views: 2504

Re: Paperless Statements (bank checking acct)

I admit to Luddite tendencies too, but I keep track of my checking account balance on-line (daily), so I don't really need the monthly statement (electronic).

I don't even bother to download or even open it any more.
by pjstack
Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paperless Statements (bank checking acct)
Replies: 64
Views: 3146

Re: Help devising winning roulette system

Hilarious!

Thanks for the visual! It proves his system does work. You will never lose!
by pjstack
Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help devising winning roulette system
Replies: 72
Views: 3269

Re: Help devising winning roulette system

Ah, memories of youth! In 1959 I was stationed at Nellis AFB (just outside Vegas) and I "discovered" a winning roulette "system". I was delighted! Much easier than working! I was a 2nd Lieutenant at the time. I played my "system". It worked! Until it didn't. I lost $60....
by pjstack
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help devising winning roulette system
Replies: 72
Views: 3269

Re: Gold and Silver as an Insurance Policy?

But, WHY do all countries of the world have gold reserves? The U.S. has Fort Knox and some large vault in New York city. China is buying (and mining) gold. And, if gold and silver are so worthless, why are all these hypothetical bandits going to steal it from you? Our coins (1964 and before) were 90...
by pjstack
Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Gold and Silver as an Insurance Policy?
Replies: 37
Views: 2045

Re: water bottles and road trip

Gosh! The Pioneers really had it tough! Imagine, no stores along the way in which to buy water. But, they didn't have plastic to worry about, so perhaps it evened out. I used to use a 5 gallon Igloo cooler (filled with tap water), but I had a van so there was no space problem. I traveled all over th...
by pjstack
Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water bottles and road trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: when the rubber hits the road

In keeping with what you propose as the subject of the discussion, I offer the following: I have simplified my "portfolio" to two funds, a balanced 60/40 fund and the Total Stock market fund. I have set up an automatic monthly investment amount taken from my military pension. I have writte...
by pjstack
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: when the rubber hits the road
Replies: 19
Views: 1912

Re: The Death of Savings Bonds

I didn't read the poll very carefully! I just assumed those figures in the thousands were dollars!

Who in the world has thousands of individual bonds? That (if they were paper) would surely fill up the old bank safety deposit box!
by pjstack
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Death of Savings Bonds
Replies: 33
Views: 3538

Re: Frustration with medical providers

I have Medicare plus a supplemental insurance policy that pays the 20% that Medicare doesn't pay. Medicare periodically sends an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) accounting in the mail. In it I see the initial hospital/doctor/testing charge (usually astonishingly high), the next column shows Medicare &...
by pjstack
Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frustration with medical providers
Replies: 24
Views: 1750

Re: Time to Sell Index Funds While Market Is High?

Don't forget the taxes you generate when you sell. They are another drag on your market timing attempts.
by pjstack
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Time to Sell Index Funds While Market Is High?
Replies: 37
Views: 3776

Re: Edward Jones came to my door

This must be a long standing practice for EJ because a few years ago (more than two, anyway) an EJ guy rang my doorbell. I told him no thanks and that my investments were with Vanguard. He waved good bye and headed to the next house.
by pjstack
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Edward Jones came to my door
Replies: 44
Views: 2747

Re: I Bond buy value [Buying I-Bonds in Quantity]

Well, when you buy via Treasury Direct, it's just a lump amount (as far as I know, not having done it), but you can redeem any amount you choose. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.) The only way you can buy paper bonds in discrete amounts (now) is through income tax refund. The amounts are $1,000, $5...
by pjstack
Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:58 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I Bond buy value [Buying I-Bonds in Quantity]
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

Re: What are you doing with the market at an all time high?

An "all time" high? Oh,no! It'll never be this high again? Can I have that in writing? What is the OP going to do? By the way, what could we do if it really is the all time (from now until the end of time) high? Stop investing? That doesn't seem sensible. It seems to me that the market wou...
by pjstack
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What are you doing with the market at an all time high?
Replies: 95
Views: 6583

Re: How to deny having a stroke?

If a bystander is alarmed enough by your looks or behavior to call 911, you might not be the best judge of your own condition.
by pjstack
Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to deny having a stroke?
Replies: 13
Views: 1792

Re: How Do You Transfer Your Money?

I have a set amount deposited every month directly from my checking account to a mutual fund of my choice.

It's my regular checking account, not a separate (or "special") checking account.
by pjstack
Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do You Transfer Your Money?
Replies: 24
Views: 2660

Re: Would you work without pay?

Well, what have you decided to do?

(I don't believe you are actually asking for advice. How the heck would any one of us know what is best for you?)
by pjstack
Thu May 29, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you work without pay?
Replies: 63
Views: 4107

Re: Poll test

You need another choice: "It depends on the size of the pin".
(There are some industrial pins that are pretty big.)
by pjstack
Fri May 16, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Poll test
Replies: 16
Views: 735

Re: Taking a leave of absence for one year

Just be careful! I had often heard about people "taking a year off", and I said to myself, "Imagine! Being rich enough to take a year off!" So, when I retired from the Air Force in 1979 I thought,"Now's my chance!" So I took a year off. When the year was up, I said, &q...
by pjstack
Wed May 14, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking a leave of absence for one year
Replies: 37
Views: 2824
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