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Re: ETrade or Ameritrade for SIMPLE IRA?

Thank you both, I will look more closely into TD Ameritrade. Buying and selling ETF's is not as simple as a target date mutual fund, but why not learn something new if the price is right? :sharebeer
by steadyeddy
Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETrade or Ameritrade for SIMPLE IRA?
Replies: 4
Views: 222

ETrade or Ameritrade for SIMPLE IRA?

My wife is starting a new job and her employer offers a SIMPLE IRA with either Ameritrade or ETrade. My own 401k is 100% in Vanguard Retirement 2050 and I would love to use a similar product for her, but I'm not finding one at low cost. Does anybody else have a SIMPLE IRA or similar at one of these ...
by steadyeddy
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETrade or Ameritrade for SIMPLE IRA?
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Freezing credit for college-bound kids?

I am fairly certain you can get a credit card at 18, but the banks recognize the credit risk that comes with immature borrowers as well as you do. It comes down to parenting style, but my theory is that college is a great time to let her make any mistakes. You can't protect her from herself forever,...
by steadyeddy
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Freezing credit for college-bound kids?
Replies: 12
Views: 822

Re: Keurig-cup coffee makers - why?

This is embarrassing to admit, but I have no idea how a regular coffee maker even works... My friends who asked me to pick up whipped cream on my way to dinner party and said, "What is THAT?" when I arrived with cream instead of aerosol. They had never seen whipping cream before in their ...
by steadyeddy
Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig-cup coffee makers - why?
Replies: 120
Views: 9218

Re: Can we afford to buy a house?

Put me down in the "you can afford more than $175k" column. $215k is still a relatively modest home for someone with your income and assets. Certainly don't spend more than you have to, but don't make huge sacrifices to stay under an arbitrarily low number. And yes, it pained me a bit to l...
by steadyeddy
Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford to buy a house?
Replies: 31
Views: 2983

Re: 3%, 10-year CD bought today

tainted-meat wrote:The yield on VTIAX is 3.4%


Well heck, if you don't care about risk, what's the ruble yielding now?
by steadyeddy
Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 3%, 10-year CD bought today
Replies: 35
Views: 3415

Re: Self-driving cars a threat to Buffett's empire

I believe that over time autonymous cars will reshape a huge number of businesses. Decreases in accidents will impact insurance, auto repair, and emergency healthcare. Reduced labor costs will impact any business that uses vehicles like trucking, livery, waste collection, mail and food delivery, etc...
by steadyeddy
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Self-driving cars a threat to Buffett's empire
Replies: 24
Views: 2013

Re: thank you note following interview (best way)

I was almost passed over for my current role because I sent a note via snail mail. The hiring manager was bothered that I was the only candidate who didn't email to follow up. Luckily she liked me enough to have the recruiter call me about it, and the recruiter reported back that I mailed it and was...
by steadyeddy
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: thank you note following interview (best way)
Replies: 21
Views: 1493

Re: Buying home without a buyer's agent

When I sign a listing contract the seller and I set a percent, 5 or 6% is the usual. The commission is split between the buyers agent and myself based on what I listed in MLS, ether 50/50 or 45/55. If you don't want a buyers agent I happily handle the whole transaction. :moneybag Wouldn't that caus...
by steadyeddy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying home without a buyer's agent
Replies: 41
Views: 1958

Re: I'd like to start managing OPM (other people's money)...

I think the term you want to google is "registered investment advisor" (RIA). Be sure to purchase some E&O insurance, keep very good records, and make your clients repeat "I am going to lose money" three times before they write you their check. And personally, I agree with th...
by steadyeddy
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'd like to start managing OPM (other people's money)...
Replies: 15
Views: 1221

Re: Being woken up by neighbors above me

I've been there and I feel for you, but please don't ask them to walk more quietly. Nobody has a duty to walk on the balls of their feet in their home. It sounds like apartment living is not for you. Live and learn.
by steadyeddy
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Being woken up by neighbors above me
Replies: 79
Views: 6430

Re: Carrying alternatives for phone, credit cards, money

I try to keep my wallet as slim as possible, but I seem to carry more cards than most and dont know how I could go without any of them.

Drivers license
Work ID
Credit card
Debit card
Corporate credit card
Library card
Bus pass
Car sharing card
Health insurance card
Prescription insurance card
Cash
by steadyeddy
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carrying alternatives for phone, credit cards, money
Replies: 25
Views: 2645

Re: Parents can be forced to pay college tuition in NJ?

What a fascinating case. The article makes it sound like they didn't even refuse to pay tuition at a school, but rather didn't want to pay for the out-of-state school she opted to transfer into over the summer. I wish I understood the legal precedent better, because it doesn't pass the sniff test.
by steadyeddy
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents can be forced to pay college tuition in NJ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2002

Re: Possible Relocation to San Francisco - Advice?

It's not really about the money (and if it was, you should probably stay put). It's about living where you want to live your life. You only get to do it once after all.
by steadyeddy
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to San Francisco - Advice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1712

Re: Making an offer today

A side note... In my city and I think many other major cities, if a property is priced relatively correctly, an offer less than 90% of the asking price is usually not received well. In my experience, if I thought the property was priced that incorrectly, I'd just move on down the road and assume th...
by steadyeddy
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Making an offer today
Replies: 44
Views: 4973

Re: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help

Also be sure you have an adequate emergency fund now that you own a house. You need to keep paying that mortgage in the event of job loss or all that saving will have been for naught.
by steadyeddy
Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bought a house, now time to think about retirement (help)
Replies: 27
Views: 2496

Re: Changing a flight date

I agree, it would be nice to have international travel options aside from the Caribbean. I used to be loyal to Delta, but the devaluation in their Skymiles ("sky pesos") program really irked me. I needed a frequent flier TIPS product to keep that European award trip within my grasp! :D
by steadyeddy
Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1876

Re: Changing a flight date

This is why I try to fly on Southwest for many US flights. You can get full credit for your unused flight segments if you cancel them before the flight time. They won't refund in cash, but in the form of a credit that is good for a year for other Southwest purchases. Note that you still may have to...
by steadyeddy
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1876

Re: Buy Local

Local merchants really only offer me convenience at a cost. The internet provides expertise (personal finance advice included!), and I don't have a cherished lamp.
by steadyeddy
Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Local
Replies: 29
Views: 6627

Re: Bill Gross moving from PIMCO to Janus, Monday

Wow! I hope Allianz got their money's worth from PIMCO already, because this is going to mean some serious outflows for them.
by steadyeddy
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bill Gross moving from PIMCO to Janus, Monday
Replies: 119
Views: 12374

Re: Trying to understand Uber and similar "ride sharing" ser

I am a huge fan of uber and lyft, and I wish that even regulated taxis would copy their dispatch and payment methods. The last regulated can I took was two weeks ago, and he charged me an extra $4.50 to use a credit card on a $40 fare. As if the torn seats and awful smell weren't enough make the exp...
by steadyeddy
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to understand Uber and similar "ride sharing" service
Replies: 54
Views: 4081

Re: Issues with home inspector?

I know the contract I signed for my home inspection gives me virtually no recourse. I think I could win up to $300 in arbitration. Housing is an undiversified risk. Sometimes you get unlucky. You can probably get a token sum back from the home inspection company with an informal complaint, but you h...
by steadyeddy
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1209

Re: Is a college degree really worth what it costs?

If you cut low/no ROI activities out of life, you're doing it wrong. I'm not saying college costs are what they should be, but framing the issue in terms of ROI is way too simplistic. Soccer and swimming lessons have terrible ROI, but you sign your kid up because...
by steadyeddy
Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is a college degree really worth what it costs?
Replies: 33
Views: 1873

Re: disconcerting insurance company downgrade

If I wanted to set it and forget it, I would probably look at Chubb, Travelers, Zurich, and Firemans Fund. Each have conservative underwriting, strong balance sheets, and relatively conservative investment portfolios. They are unlikely to be your cheapest option, and they will probably be significan...
by steadyeddy
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: disconcerting insurance company downgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 1716

Re: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?

Take your time finding the right house. Surely you can find a relatively small, efficient house even in a good neighborhood with large lots. Best of both worlds.
by steadyeddy
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?
Replies: 46
Views: 5164

Re: Can a Boglehead put down 10% on a house?

In addition to the down payment, you have to be prepared for closing costs and all sorts of "new house" expenses that will come with your house. We needed to pay for window shades, gutters, a mower, a few pieces of furniture, re-keying the locks, etc, etc. Closing costs and misc. expenses ...
by steadyeddy
Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a Boglehead put down 10% on a house?
Replies: 30
Views: 2620

Re: convince me not to use traditional IRA for house downpay

+1 I withdrew $10k from a tIRA to buy a house. Since I have more tax advantaged space than I need, saving in taxable accounts would mean simply neglecting to contribute more to the IRA. In my case, contributing gave me options in case the right house didn't come along as soon as expected, but I anti...
by steadyeddy
Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: convince me not to use traditional IRA for house downpayment
Replies: 23
Views: 2596

Re: Do you tip on the tax?

I reserve my moral outrage about tipping for the business owners who have made the choice to not pay their employees a fair wage. I feel the same way, and I like to apply the same reasoning in other areas too. So when I visit stores like walmart that pay low wages, I like to protest by giving my ca...
by steadyeddy
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you tip on the tax? [Restaurants]
Replies: 124
Views: 5899

Re: Principal Residence = Poor Investment?

I do have a screaming deal on rent, but around here I'd have to put down in the neighborhood of seven years' worth of rent if I wanted to make a decent down payment on even a "cheap" house. Which would mean taking it out of the market, paying cap gains tax on it, etc. All that to maybe sa...
by steadyeddy
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Principal Residence = Poor Investment?
Replies: 70
Views: 5609

Re: First time home buyer ?'s

I can only speak based on my own experience. 1. There shouldn't be a need to wait. Your employer will be asked to verify your current salary. 2. Not unless those loan payments will price you out of the house you want. Your total debt service cannot be above X% of your income (I think this number var...
by steadyeddy
Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time home buyer ?'s
Replies: 15
Views: 1151

Re: Vanguard sued for charging too little

$1.5 billion is probably not an outsized contingency fund when compared to Vanguard's operating expenses, though I'm sure that assertion will be debated vigorously by the attorneys. Whether it is an outsized contingency fund may be beside the point. Are Vanguard's for-profit competitors allowed to ...
by steadyeddy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard sued for charging too little
Replies: 275
Views: 44281

Re: What amount of Earnest Money - New Pulte Home

In every negotiation, you have to ask yourself which side wants the deal more. Unless the development is now sold out, you're probably in a very safe position to call their bluff and give them the amount of earnest money you feel is fair. Do you really think they'll opt to lose the sale over it? The...
by steadyeddy
Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What amount of Earnest Money - New Pulte Home
Replies: 35
Views: 2279

Re: POLL: My home is worth less/more in 2014 than in 2007?

Zillow says our house was worth 19% more in July 2007 than July 2014. It also says it's worth 25% more today than the at the market bottom.

The house recently sold for significantly less than Zillow's market bottom estimate, so I guess the moral of the story is that Zillow's numbers are unreliable.
by steadyeddy
Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: My home is worth less/more in 2014 than in 2007?
Replies: 94
Views: 6361

Re: Possibility of getting sued - what steps to take

There is a big difference between paying some medical bills through your insurance and actually getting sued. Odds are good that nothing will come of this at all anyway.
by steadyeddy
Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possibility of getting sued - what steps to take
Replies: 25
Views: 4104

Re: Vanguard sued for charging too little

$1.5 billion is probably not an outsized contingency fund when compared to Vanguard's operating expenses, though I'm sure that assertion will be debated vigorously by the attorneys. Whether it is an outsized contingency fund may be beside the point. Are Vanguard's for-profit competitors allowed to ...
by steadyeddy
Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard sued for charging too little
Replies: 275
Views: 44281

Re: Vanguard sued for charging too little

$1.5 billion is probably not an outsized contingency fund when compared to Vanguard's operating expenses, though I'm sure that assertion will be debated vigorously by the attorneys.

If the ruling goes against Vanguard, they can always go and domicile in Dublin. ;)
by steadyeddy
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard sued for charging too little
Replies: 275
Views: 44281

Re: Best Used Recreational Bicycles for New Riders

Thank you all so much for your input! This has all been very helpful, and you've persuaded me to pony up and visit a local bike shop to benefit from them expertise.
by steadyeddy
Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Used Recreational Bicycles for New Riders
Replies: 26
Views: 2550

Re: Insurance policies questions

He didn't say these were life insurance policies. Suppose one of them is a variable annuity with a mortality expenses or whatever they are called held in an IRA? There are lots of possibilities. hm.. I assumed the 2nd policy was also a life insurance policy. but I have no idea. the lady on the phon...
by steadyeddy
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance policies questions
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Best Used Recreational Bicycles for New Riders

I didn't know if it would be more annoying to hijack the other, similar thread or start my own. Sorry if I chose wrongly! My wife and I are in our mid-20's and interested in buying bikes for use on neighborhood streets and local paved trails. Based on what I've read, I think hybrid bikes would proba...
by steadyeddy
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Used Recreational Bicycles for New Riders
Replies: 26
Views: 2550

Re: If interest rates would ever reach double digits again

Isn't this like saying if stocks ever got low again, like I'm March if 2009, you would load up?

Hindsight is 20/20, and nobody had a cash pile left to invest after the decline leading up to March of 2009. I assume both these things will be true again if we hit double-digit interest rates.
by steadyeddy
Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If interest rates would ever reach double digits again
Replies: 36
Views: 3165

Re: Is this realtor lying to me?

That's interesting. I suppose that helps guard the banks against moral hazard where the new buyer has incentive to short sale. For what it's worth, we put an offer in on a house last year and included language to say we would make up the difference between appraisal and contract price in cash, cappe...
by steadyeddy
Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is this realtor lying to me?
Replies: 27
Views: 3470

Re: How Much House Should I Buy?

I think a big mortgage makes more sense for lower earners with steady income. If I were in your shoes, I would rent until I could buy most of my dream house in cash. I would only finance an amount that could be serviced with my most stable compensation. Why lever up when your income is so high and (...
by steadyeddy
Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much House Should I Buy?
Replies: 81
Views: 5090

Re: [Poll] Are you more risk averse than average?

My perception is that I have an "average" risk tolerance as an investor, but a low risk tolerance in other areas. For instance, I think driving is more dangerous than most people really realize, and I minimize it in a way that's not too onerous.
by steadyeddy
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] Are you more risk averse than average?
Replies: 36
Views: 2917

Re: Anyone here flip houses?

My wife and I just bought a newly completed flip to live in. A large, local company specializing in water remediation and remodeling bought the house for $123,000 and spent six months replacing the siding, insulation, 11 windows, plumbing, electrical, drywall, HVAC, hot water heater, the cabinets, c...
by steadyeddy
Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here flip houses?
Replies: 40
Views: 5146

Re: Insurance premiums for renewals versus current

I have absolutely felt this same way when my rates kept going up--like somehow I was being abused. At the same time, it sounds like you've shopped around and the increased rates remain competitive. That is really all we can hope for. Rates rise for all sorts of reasons. While you may have been "...
by steadyeddy
Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance premiums for renewals versus current
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Found an old deposit receipt for my late wife . . .

Their story is that their account numbers and records all changed several times as their identity did - they were Hewlett Packard Federal Family Credit Union and then they morphed into Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union and then they became First Tech. They have a "research department" b...
by steadyeddy
Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Found an old deposit receipt for my late wife . . .
Replies: 27
Views: 3857

Re: Found an old deposit receipt for my late wife . . .

If someone told me their records didn't go back 22 years I would ask for that person's supervisor. There must be some way to look it up if you talk to the right person.
by steadyeddy
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Found an old deposit receipt for my late wife . . .
Replies: 27
Views: 3857

Re: Do you see profit or ponzi?

I think nisiprius could be labeled "agressively conservative." Get in on the NOBUX fund while you still can! (viewtopic.php?t=44469&start=0)
by steadyeddy
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you see profit or ponzi?
Replies: 109
Views: 11698

Re: Experience with PenFed refinance

My advice to friends has been to avoid them for home purchase loans - you don't want financing delays ruining a purchase that needs to close in 30 days. +1 We just used them to buy our first home and it was a nightmare. After applying online, I emailed once and called three times, but a full week w...
by steadyeddy
Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experience with PenFed refinance
Replies: 72
Views: 4899

Re: When did you tell your children how much you had amassed

This is a fascinating conversation. It has me thinking about all the financial conversations I had with parents and grandparents growing up. They all tried so hard to teach me good financial lessons, and at the time I believed I understood them, but the truth is I was too young and naive to understa...
by steadyeddy
Sun May 18, 2014 10:15 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When did you tell your children how much you had amassed
Replies: 135
Views: 11575
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