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Re: Paul Merriman criticism?

This graph compares the performance of Wellington, Merriman's UB&H, CalSTRS (my pension) and our portfolio in dollar amounts using TREVH/Simba's backtesting spreadsheet. Starting with $238,000 in 1994, I inserted all of our 403b contributions and calculated the dollar amount and the following gr...
by sschullo
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paul Merriman criticism?
Replies: 58
Views: 3849

Re: What online banks do you like for savings or MMA?

Used credit unions because of low expenses and a place for monthly income from Vanguard.
by sschullo
Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What online banks do you like for savings or MMA?
Replies: 44
Views: 2653

Re: Prudent Investment Portfolio for 58-year Old w/20M Net W

The same portfolio that would be appropriate for a 58 yr old investor with 2 million dollars and income needs of 37.5k per year. Its just an extra 0 in my opinion. 30% Total US Stock market 20% Total International 40% Muni Bond Index 10% Cash That would be a reasonable starting point IMHO. No need ...
by sschullo
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Prudent Investment Portfolio for 58-year Old w/20M Net Worth
Replies: 33
Views: 2911

Re: Paul Merriman criticism?

Someone should drop Paul a line and have him come here and clarify his strategy. I think his strategy is fine if one has the time and inclination to monitor and rebalance it, otherwise, there are other funds available that could suit your needs and it doesn't require 10 funds to do so. Grt2bOutdoor...
by sschullo
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paul Merriman criticism?
Replies: 58
Views: 3849

Re: fleeced by an adviser, is there a recourse?

As depressing as this is, today over a third of all assets in US stock funds are in index funds. That is the single largest surprise I've seen over the last decade. I think everyone having anything to do with Bogleheads.org should take pride in helping consumers who earned the money keep it out of ...
by sschullo
Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: fleeced by an adviser, is there a recourse?
Replies: 104
Views: 8137

Re: Should I Sue?

Take the $1200 and move on. Even going to small claims court takes time. We tried that twice on two different problems. The first one was trying to find the legal name of the defendant put us over the top. In the other, the judge through our case out because of a technically, which is common for non...
by sschullo
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Sue? [couch damaged in garage of rental]
Replies: 39
Views: 3229

Re: Is Wells Fargo misleading my friend?

This "adviser" from WF is a broker dealer. I heard one of their advisers give a talk a while back and he was terrible! This portfolio's four investments were just thrown together with no thought to long term growth, low costs and diversification (Are we kidding!). Broker dealers are not tr...
by sschullo
Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is Wells Fargo misleading my friend?
Replies: 21
Views: 2511

Re: IRS Announces new 401(k) contribution max for 2015 ($18,

Just note that most of these increases are indexed to inflation. That's obviously a good thing compared to being fixed nominal values, but it also means that it's not really good if they go up or bad if they don't, as the limits aren't actually changing in real dollars (aside from rounding error). ...
by sschullo
Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: IRS Announces new 401(k) contribution max for 2015 ($18,000)
Replies: 50
Views: 7270

Re: What happened to SoCal Chapter?

I would be VERY interested in forming an Inland Empire chapter. For me, meetings would have to be south Inland Empire (Corona or south of it). Otherwise traffic would be intolerable. Well, we are right back to geographic distant madness even in Inland Empire. FWIW, I am in the desert Inland Empire,...
by sschullo
Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: What happened to SoCal Chapter?
Replies: 19
Views: 2463

Re: Stocks as long term investments

Look at all the millionaires. They all buy individual stocks and not mutual funds. To make a million bucks buy individual stock, like Warren Buffett. Steve Schullo and Dan Robertson, author of the book Late Bloomer Millionaires , made $1,514,315 by 2011 by buying mutual funds with money saved from ...
by sschullo
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stocks as long term investments
Replies: 57
Views: 4807

Re: Relatively new here. What did you do in 2008/09

I am always concerned how the stock market recovered with vengence after 2008 crash due to Fed stepping in. So this recovery is not a normal one and does not fit the bill of "mean reversion" that passive indexing relies on. All investing relies on companies and the economy growing over th...
by sschullo
Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Relatively new here. What did you do in 2008/09
Replies: 106
Views: 7058

Re: Relatively new here. What did you do in 2008/09

What shocked me about the 2008 crash is that few people seemed to learn from the 2000-2002 crash. I think its because a equity diversified portfolio without a bond allocation (or a small bond allocation) worked fine. In the 2008 crash everything went down. A properly diversified equity portfolio cr...
by sschullo
Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Relatively new here. What did you do in 2008/09
Replies: 106
Views: 7058

Re: Relatively new here. What did you do in 2008/09

But I was active on the forum in 2007-2009, so I saw many other posters who discovered that they did not know their risk tolerance when the stock market lost more than half its value. Therefore, I do not recommend that anyone who hasn't already experienced a bear market hold more than 80% stock. Ho...
by sschullo
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Relatively new here. What did you do in 2008/09
Replies: 106
Views: 7058

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

With recent stock market volatility, this "contest" is proving once again that "Nobody Knows Nuthin" when it comes to the markets. Regardless, I hope I win... Amen! The best investing advice Jack ever received. Mine has been to Stay the Course which for the most part I managed t...
by sschullo
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:06 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST -- S&P at record high.
Replies: 26
Views: 3909

Re: Your personal risk level: Got your flu shot yet?

Yea, every year for decades.
Since I am over 65 I also got the pneumonia and shingles vaccine. I did get sick after the pneumonia shot, but never with the flu or shingles.
by sschullo
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your personal risk level: Got your flu shot yet?
Replies: 93
Views: 3005

Re: Sixth anniversary of worst week ever for stocks

Nothing but enjoyed our fourth trip to the Grand Canyon.
by sschullo
Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sixth anniversary of worst week ever for stocks
Replies: 51
Views: 4432

Re: What evidence would prove the Boglehead mentality wrong?

There is nothing in the "Boglehead mentality" that assumes markets always go up. A few quotes from this thread: “Regardless of whether companies can increase profits or not, as long as companies are making profits, it makes sense to own a total stock market index fund.” “The concept of a ...
by sschullo
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What evidence would prove the Boglehead mentality wrong?
Replies: 212
Views: 15647

Re: What will you do during the next crash?

LowER wrote:Buy, buy,...patience, then bye bye.


:D
by sschullo
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What will you do during the next crash?
Replies: 63
Views: 4039

Re: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?

HomerJ wrote:I didn't really start my career until I was 29...

You're doing a lot better than I was at 26...


I didn't till I was 37--late bloomer.

Your are doing fine. Your main problem is comparing yourself with others.
by sschullo
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?
Replies: 130
Views: 14097

Re: iOS 8 update available today

Waiting too.
by sschullo
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iOS 8 update available today
Replies: 65
Views: 5932

Re: Why don't you do Financial Planning?

Giving stuff away that others might find worth while is immensely rewarding.
by sschullo
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why don't you do Financial Planning?
Replies: 41
Views: 3338

Re: Trusting our advisor?

Keep in mind $1M under management at a 1% annual fee is $10,000 a year. YOU can do this. As long as we are talking about advisers and their fees, you can easily find out what you are paying for advice by adding the advisers fees, usually 1.0% percent under management and the cost of the investments...
by sschullo
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trusting our advisor?
Replies: 25
Views: 2448

Re: CalPERS Eliminates Hedge Fund Program

I think this is very big and good news, hopefully Calpers will lead the way for other large pension funds to do more allocations to low cost index funds. And will save lots of unnecesary expenses and probably get better total returns. Hope CalSTRS is listening. The bosses, unfortunately, are still ...
by sschullo
Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:01 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CalPERS Eliminates Hedge Fund Program
Replies: 44
Views: 2977

Re: The Roosevelts, PBS special

Remarkable story of how FDR lifted the country despite living with polio....very inspirational. I didn't know FDR was so active with helping polio victims at his Warm Springs center. They made a point that his polio helped him connect with people. My father loved FDR. My dad was a quiet man until I...
by sschullo
Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Roosevelts, PBS special
Replies: 104
Views: 8565

Re: So far, so good? Vanguard Total International Bond

When Vanguard launched their Total International Bond Fund, it was supposed to be a yawner, with its currency hedging, but it also has a higher ER than Vanguard Total Bond Market. Then, there was some griping about Vanguard putting allocations of Total International Bond in their LifeStrategy Funds...
by sschullo
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: So far, so good? Vanguard Total International Bond
Replies: 45
Views: 5187

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

The Millionaire Next Door -- Frugality if fine, but the book promotes it at the expense of class, as in "classy." Victoria I loved The Millionaire Next Door but of course I am a super cheapskate. I loved it too. Author, Quentin Crisp, made a tangential support of frugality in his book: &q...
by sschullo
Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 226
Views: 11150

Re: Retiree Investor Needs Advice

Thanks Again Guys! Great Information. Wish I had found this forum sooner but I just retired last year and it's time to do the rollover. By the way, does anyone recommend one hire a CFP or do you believe in just "do-it-yourself" and save the cash ? I believe one might spend their money mor...
by sschullo
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiree Investor Needs Advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1668

Re: Vanguard Healthcare Fund [Portfolio help]

Yea, I used to have another "great" sector, technology. Don't go to any sectors.
by sschullo
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Healthcare Fund [Portfolio help]
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: Market at a all time high ( Sept 2014) , time to cash ou

I remember that when I first started investing, the DOW was at around 2,000. This was 1988; I remember it going up to around 2,700 and it bounced around there for awhile until it finally topped 3,000. And then it topped 4,000. Now it is at 17,000+. Over time I realized that 1) today's new high is t...
by sschullo
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Market at a all time high ( Sept 2014) , time to cash out?
Replies: 49
Views: 3880

Re: Article on the Allure of Higher Fees

Answer is simple Behavioralist/psychologists have long noted that investors want more from their investment than returns, wanting status, sign of success, sophistication. In other words they make investments for the same reasons they buy Rolex watches (when a cheap watch will tell time the same, or...
by sschullo
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:35 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Article on the Allure of Higher Fees
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Can I give financial advice without being certified?

pkcrafter wrote:Don't provide advice; provide information.

Paul

+1
by sschullo
Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I give financial advice without being certified?
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: What Movie Have You Currently Watched?

snyder66 wrote:How about, Last Good Movie? It's been quite a while for me...

Not a feel good movie, but and ending you will not forget. Calvary. Visuals of Ireland are great, filmed on location.
by sschullo
Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 131
Views: 6850

Re: Newbie - Boglehead method rid need for financial advisor

You got the content correct. Its a very simple learning curve to set up a diversified portfolio with low cost funds. Its the emotional part that's complex and difficult. People are naturally afraid of the stock market. I know I was, well into my forties. Perhaps that is where a fee-only adviser migh...
by sschullo
Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newbie - Boglehead method rid need for financial advisors?
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Hit a financial milestone at an age milestone

There isn't anything that I could add except CONGRATS. You made no mistakes and even your one individual stock was a gem. Perfect family, both working steadily and controlling spending, house in California, thinking and LIVING frugally, and socking it away. I have learned in this long life, that it...
by sschullo
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hit a financial milestone at an age milestone
Replies: 50
Views: 5163

Re: Hit a financial milestone at an age milestone

There isn't anything that I could add except CONGRATS. You made no mistakes and even your one individual stock was a gem. Perfect family, both working steadily and controlling spending, house in California, thinking and LIVING frugally, and socking it away. I have learned in this long life, that its...
by sschullo
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hit a financial milestone at an age milestone
Replies: 50
Views: 5163

Re: S&P500 over 2000

Just to throw ...some sadness It took S&P 16 years to go from 1000 to 2000 - to double; if you consider dividends account for inflation :) What's bad about that? You're talking about a ~5% cagr. I don't expect much more than that for my retirement calculations... Sadness about 16 years? This is...
by sschullo
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: S&P500 over 2000
Replies: 68
Views: 5578

Re: What is your most memorable 1 week vacation?

A week of silent meditation at Spirit Rock, Woodacre CA. Similar trip. A week in Portugal for the Kadampa world festival with 9000 other Buddhist monks, practitioners and our Tibetan born leader, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (contemporary of the Dali Lama), who brought the tradition to the West. http://kad...
by sschullo
Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most memorable 1 week vacation?
Replies: 91
Views: 8162

Re: Help with 403b choice

Always makes me wonder, what the kick back is to the district? I don't know for sure, but something somewhere gave me the impression that unions can be in a position to benefit from such arrangements. Districts don't get a kickback. They are happy just to let the vendor do all of the work while the...
by sschullo
Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with 403b choice
Replies: 16
Views: 1633

Re: Repeat: PBS Frontline The Retirement Gamble

This is a repeat from last year of the expose on Wall Street's "small" fees that add up over time and the effects it can have. I am not sure if John Bogle is in this or not. In the NY area it airs at 10PM tonight on Channel 13 (WNET), Caught part of it the last time, will catch the rest t...
by sschullo
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Repeat: PBS Frontline The Retirement Gamble
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

Re: New Investor!! Did I make a mistake?

Wow, I have a lot to learn! I am so glad I found this site. Thank you guys for putting up with my naivety, I'm sure you will deal with it again. Most of us started naively and its great that you started so young. I was naive' in my late 40s and made big investing mistakes, but it turned out just fi...
by sschullo
Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Investor!! Did I make a mistake?
Replies: 39
Views: 1605

Re: POLL: Breaking up with advisor

sans souliers wrote:
Tycoon wrote:My deeply ingrained cynicism never allowed me to have an advisor.


Couldn't have said it better myself.


Yea! After getting burned by an annuity selling, self serving insurance agent, my cynicism and a motivation to help my teacher colleagues develop theirs was way beyond even my expectations.
by sschullo
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: POLL: Breaking up with advisor
Replies: 47
Views: 3285

Re: Convincing fears on investing for now?

I have had your 30/70 allocation for ten years and it took good care of me during the 2008 debacle. The P/E ratio for the s&p 500 is 19, below the PEs of other crashes. http://www.multpl.com/ but so what. There are thousands of brilliant chartists examining every last data point 24/7 and they ca...
by sschullo
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Convincing fears on investing for now?
Replies: 33
Views: 3434

Re: What was Underestimated\Overestimated in Retirement

I retired in 2008, hubby retired in 2000. No surprises, just that our portfolio grown more than expected since 09. Both are covered by good health plans, except for dental. Fortunately, I have excellent teeth.
by sschullo
Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was Underestimated\Overestimated in Retirement
Replies: 48
Views: 4818

Re: 403b Marketing

Here is the agents name and details by the insurance license at the bottom of the letter: [Personally identifiable information removed by admin LadyGeek] He is probably peddling index annuities, which is very popular product sold to California teachers. The sales pitch is to scare the bejesus out of...
by sschullo
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 403b Marketing
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Chosing which company to analyze?

I suggest you read Ben Graham "The Intelligent Investor". Get the edition with commentary by Jason Zweig. Also read "Common Sense on Mutual Funds" by John C. Bogle. These books are MUST READS before you embark on the "which company to analyze" question and will actuall...
by sschullo
Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chosing which company to analyze?
Replies: 25
Views: 1248
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