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Re: Why no more Vanguards

Another company would have to find a niche, in order to compete in the investment marketplace. Wisdom Tree, a relatively recent start up, offers funds based on their unique indexes. They are a stock company, and their funds have a moderate ER. So, it is possible to form a new mutual fund company. To...
by thirdman
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why no more Vanguards
Replies: 36
Views: 4998

Bonds: Calm before the storm? Help decipher?

Vanguard published an article "Bonds: Calm before the storm?" Can someone please help me decipher what they are saying? Thanks. Thirdman MARKETS & ECONOMY Bonds: Calm before the storm? JULY 18, 2014 An exercpt: "Roger Aliaga-Díaz: It's really not about the whole global market, but...
by thirdman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bonds: Calm before the storm? Help decipher?
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Still Nuts to Buy New Car for 10 Months?

You could look into shipping your car, if you have one.

I used to write off the cost of car rental as a business expense.
by thirdman
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Still Nuts to Buy New Car for 10 Months?
Replies: 20
Views: 1930

Re: Still Nuts to Buy New Car for 10 Months?

I have rented long term from Enterprise, Avis and Hertz, for up to one year. They have long term rental departments. I carry a rider on my auto insurance policy for rentals. You get a new car, no problems or hassles. I even had a flat one time when i went to get my car in the office parking lot. Her...
by thirdman
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Still Nuts to Buy New Car for 10 Months?
Replies: 20
Views: 1930

Re: Young boglehead: Materials science, chemE, or mechE for

I have a medical degree and a degree in Engineering Science. That said, I trained over 40 years ago, but I look around me and see that it is really two technical fields that have changed society. One is materials science, with the advent of silicon technology, batteries, glass, plastics, carbon fibe...
by thirdman
Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Young boglehead: Materials science, chemE, or mechE for grad
Replies: 28
Views: 1972

Re: Hernia Surgery

Re: Hernia Surgery by wenzee » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:08 pm You are a doctor, and you are asking a general board for their opinion on a surgical issue? What makes you think any replies would be worth anything you would get here? Can you ask your surgical colleagues these questions? What does it matter ...
by thirdman
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hernia Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Hernia Surgery

by iceman99 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:52 am Is it the general anesthetic that is bothering you? I have had general anesthesia for a procedure and it went fine. Why do you think all these general surgeons want to use mesh in their repairs? Why do you believe non-mesh repair is superior? Thanks for the re...
by thirdman
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hernia Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Hernia Surgery

Hi Bogleheads, I have inguinal hernias that have become symptomatic. I have seen three local general surgeons, (southeast Florida,) who all want to do a repair using mesh, under general anesthesia. I have spoken with “hernia” clinics all over the US, and they all want to do a repair with mesh. The o...
by thirdman
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hernia Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Tesla Motors Stock

There are two issues here. The stock and the stock market, and the company and the product. Philip Fisher wrote the book on picking companies to invest in. I bought Tesla stock as soon as i saw a Model S. Let me note parenthetically that this is the only individual stock that i have bought in the pa...
by thirdman
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla Motors Stock
Replies: 164
Views: 13629

Re: Costco holdout considering membership

Costco buyers seem to get good quality products. The men's dress shirts are well made and priced. The produce is of good quality. I think the key is that Costco provides good value. We bought the dungeness crab and really enjoyed it. I bought a Weatherproof windbreaker, the same as in department sto...
by thirdman
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco holdout considering membership
Replies: 117
Views: 7619

Re: Has anyone ever heard of the Hindenburg Omen?

jebmke wrote:You can tell everything from the blue line

http://www.theonion.com/articles/blue-l ... rcent,333/


That's great. Thank you.
by thirdman
Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of the Hindenburg Omen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3274

Re: Tesla S

I dont think it is political to say that for an >$80k car (mid range S with options), that a 7500 subsidy seems like a nice discount for those who can afford an 80k car. I think that part is a fact. However, the rest may be political. The numbers are really though that a person (rich or poor) pays ...
by thirdman
Fri May 31, 2013 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 556
Views: 63392

Re: Tesla S

Tesla could easily wind up as the Bricklin of its generation. It is more than likely that the successful electric car will come from an existing car manufacturer NOT a new entrant. It's not like the computer industry where a disruptive innovation can be mass produced by a small company. The car ind...
by thirdman
Thu May 30, 2013 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 556
Views: 63392

"Blackrock's (& Vanguard's) Role in Corporate Governance"

Can anyone recover this thread from May 19th?

Thank you.

Thirdman
by thirdman
Wed May 22, 2013 2:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Blackrock's (& Vanguard's) Role in Corporate Governance"
Replies: 0
Views: 316

Re: Investing proceeds from equity sales

Thanks all. Actually i was trimming around the edges. What i sold were all large cap stocks such as Exxon and Johnson and Johnson. My intellectual and gut level responses are not meshing.
by thirdman
Wed May 01, 2013 5:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing proceeds from equity sales
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: Investing proceeds from equity sales

I'll set up fund exchange in the mutual fund acct., and limit order in the brokerage acct. At some point the money will all be invested. I just have to make certain i do not spend more than i have.
by thirdman
Wed May 01, 2013 2:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing proceeds from equity sales
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: Investing proceeds from equity sales

Vanguard brokerage has to clear before i have the money in the mutual fund account.
by thirdman
Wed May 01, 2013 1:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing proceeds from equity sales
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: Investing proceeds from equity sales

Actually, what I will probably do is set up some dollar cost averaging, and also put in limit orders. It will be kind of a first come first served approach. The dollar cost averaging will take place over about 6 months. Of course I have to wait for today's trades to clear. When the 500 index hit 154...
by thirdman
Wed May 01, 2013 12:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing proceeds from equity sales
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: Investing proceeds from equity sales

Thanks. Good advice.
by thirdman
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing proceeds from equity sales
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: How do I sell a painting?

I had a similar experience to Nisi with Sotheby's. i took my Miro litho to their Palm Beach office. They valued it at 15k. They crated it and shipped it to their NY auction house. In NY, lo and behold, it was only valued at 9K. If i wanted it back i had to pay for crating shipping and insurance plus...
by thirdman
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I sell a painting?
Replies: 21
Views: 1615

Investing proceeds from equity sales

Hi Bogleheads, I recently sold 60K of individual equities in my IRA and 60K in my taxable account. I want to use the proceeds to buy Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Index Fund. Do I do lump sum; dollar cost averaging; or set up limit orders in each account for the ETF with 30K invested with the trigger pri...
by thirdman
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing proceeds from equity sales
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: Buying a car for my daughter

Bmw's are fairly expensive to maintain, but are excellent cars. The rear wheel drive, and the engine sitting behind the front axle give them superior handling. Front wheel drive cars with the engine sitting over the drive wheels gives them good traction in snow. I drove a 3 series for years and i fo...
by thirdman
Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car for my daughter
Replies: 70
Views: 4255

Re: Is It O.K. To Wash Wool "Dry Clean Only" Dress Pants?

I found a dry cleaner that takes cash for orders below $15, and charges half of what other cleaners charge. They do a great job. I have my suits dry cleaned and my dress shirts done. I would only wash wool that says washable wool. My sweaters get hand washed in woolite, since i don't like chemicals,...
by thirdman
Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is It O.K. To Wash Wool "Dry Clean Only" Dress Pants?
Replies: 19
Views: 6723

Re: can i buy my sportscar?

I am considering a manual Cayman, Scion FRS, or BMW 128. They are fun to drive and match my level of driving skill. I would consider a Miata, but i don't want a convertible. OK, the Cayman is probably beyond my skill level.

Edit. I forgot, maybe a GTI with the DSG.
by thirdman
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can i buy my sportscar?
Replies: 129
Views: 8874

Re: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?

I bought a Rolex in the 1960's and wore it for many years. Then i dropped it. It never kept proper time after that, in spite of sending it to Rolex. I have owned expensive cars in the past, and have enjoyed owning all of these things. Maybe i got it out of my system. When i wore the Rolex my Dad had...
by thirdman
Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?
Replies: 193
Views: 14020

Re: Pleated Pants Versus Flat Front Pants

I wear both. The fit of a pair of pants depends on the "rise," size of the seat, the break of the leg at the knee, cuff size and several other measurements. At 5'8" you are just on the edge of a short rise slack. Most off the rack pants tend to have a shorter rise at 33" and belo...
by thirdman
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pleated Pants Versus Flat Front Pants
Replies: 45
Views: 3991

Re: Tourists in Los Angeles

Thanks All. Great info.

Magician, I will send you a PM if we want to go to the Magic Castle. I looked at their website. They even have a hotel!

Thanks again,

thirdman
by thirdman
Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Los Angeles
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Re: Tourists in Los Angeles

Thanks all.

thirdman
by thirdman
Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Los Angeles
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Re: Tourists in Los Angeles

Thanks LynnC, Kenyan, Joe/JMacDonald, Wesleymouch and investor. Great information.
by thirdman
Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Los Angeles
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Re: Tourists in Los Angeles

Thanks Mudpuppy. We have not been to the Getty Villa, or the Griffith Observatory.

Thanks stan1. Good suggestions.
by thirdman
Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Los Angeles
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Tourists in Los Angeles

My wife and I are going to be in Los Angeles as tourists, for a week next month. We are in our mid sixties. We will have a rental car. Suggestions on where to stay? We have the book, "Discover Los Angeles," by Letitia Burns O'Connor. We plan to visit museums, campuses such as the Art Cente...
by thirdman
Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Los Angeles
Replies: 21
Views: 1090

Executive compensation: Shareholders have their say

The Globe and Mail is running a series on corporate governance/executive compensation.
by thirdman
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:39 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Executive compensation: Shareholders have their say
Replies: 0
Views: 229

Re: Does it worry you that you don't get a proxy vote?

Dear Mr. Braham, Thank you for your thoughtful note. The latest N-PX filing that I can find for Vanguard is June 30, 2011. I found this very disappointing in that Vanguard voted with the management and for their compensation packages virtually all of the time. I did contact Vanguard and received a r...
by thirdman
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does it worry you that you don't get a proxy vote?
Replies: 44
Views: 1736

Re: Does it worry you that you don't get a proxy vote?

GammaPoint, yes it does worry me. nisiprius makes the salient point, that a share of stock is ownership in a company. Owning a share in an equity mutual fund is indirect ownership, but ownership nonetheless. I do care about corporate governance including political contributions, executive pay, pollu...
by thirdman
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does it worry you that you don't get a proxy vote?
Replies: 44
Views: 1736

Re: New study on Venture Capital returns

I would make one small note. The role of many venture capitalists is not only to supply capital, but they often provide other resources and often sit on the board of the developing company, providing expertise in many matters. If I could find an Arthur Rock, and he wanted me to invest, I would. I do...
by thirdman
Wed May 30, 2012 11:21 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New study on Venture Capital returns
Replies: 16
Views: 784

Re: New study on Venture Capital returns

The Arthur Rock's of this world are few and far between. Maybe he was the right person in the right place at the right time. My point is that there are a huge number of new ideas and devices. Picking the venture capitalist who can successfully pick who can turn an idea into a successful business is ...
by thirdman
Wed May 30, 2012 10:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New study on Venture Capital returns
Replies: 16
Views: 784

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"His Excellency, George Washington," by Joseph Ellis. I was recently in Wash, DC and visited Mt. Vernon. I was intrigued by the film shown depicting Washington as a heroic, brave, honest individual. I wondered about the man, and the politics of the time. Also, i was curious about the contr...
by thirdman
Fri May 18, 2012 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1212767

Re: A Preventative Health Question for Over 60's

I got shingles that covered half of my scalp. Very painful. I would recommend trying to prevent this.
by thirdman
Thu May 17, 2012 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Preventative Health Question for Over 60's
Replies: 13
Views: 1102

Re: What is stopping this algorithmic doomsday scenario?

Stock "pooling" a form of market manipulation was common in the 1920's. Large amounts of capital have always been able to move individual stocks, and markets. Propaganda is also able to move markets. Computer trading can probably move markets, if the traders have enough capital. Not to get...
by thirdman
Thu May 17, 2012 11:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is stopping this algorithmic doomsday scenario?
Replies: 55
Views: 4487

Re: Medicare Health Supplement question

The quality of outpatient care may be equivalent between a Medicare Advantage plan and traditional Medicare, but inpatient care may be another matter. Also, if one needs a procedure where there may be some controversy over the benefit, such as operating on a brain tumor which may be costly. Some HMO...
by thirdman
Tue May 15, 2012 9:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Health Supplement question
Replies: 32
Views: 2337

Re: What would you ask a billion dollar mutual fund manager?

I would look up the structure of his fund, the trustees, and the fund's proxy voting record. I would ask him how he or the board determines how they make the decision to vote the shares, what he thinks about executive pay, and separation of the board from management. I would also like to know whethe...
by thirdman
Tue May 01, 2012 9:04 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What would you ask a billion dollar mutual fund manager?
Replies: 45
Views: 2989

Re: Has anyone here had a good experience with Smith Barney?

I had an account at Smith Barney. When I decided to transfer my account, the "advisor" offered to let me in on "hot" IPO and other purchases open only to "preferred" clients. I transferred. My father who was in the early to middle stage of dementia had an account at a f...
by thirdman
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Has anyone here had a good experience with Smith Barney?
Replies: 39
Views: 2766

Re: Emerging Markets

Garland: I too share your reservations about the US and European markets and economies. Not investing in developed European markets leaves out investing in the Nestle's, Autoliv's and other companies with international business listed on European exchanges. Does this make a difference? A country's e...
by thirdman
Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emerging Markets
Replies: 73
Views: 4225

Re: [POLL] How many miles on your car?

2003 Camry, 60K miles
by thirdman
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [POLL] How many miles on your car?
Replies: 141
Views: 6785

Re: Luck or Hard Work

Anger, envy and greed will get you nowhere. I have found all the people I worked with had some good qualities, even the deadbeats. I agree with the other posters. Success is hard work and luck. Read "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. I had a lot of advantages growing up, even though I didn't ...
by thirdman
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Luck or Hard Work
Replies: 53
Views: 5574

Re: Behavioral finance of car sharing

My grandmother never owned a car or drove. She always took taxi's. I don't know about cost, but she had a lot less headaches than I have, with car maintenance. I would love to not own a car. I rent cars frequently, and for months at a time. Any problems, I return them and get another. Enterprise has...
by thirdman
Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Behavioral finance of car sharing
Replies: 20
Views: 1312

Re: The crop of small sedans: Cruze, Focus, Elantra, 3...

I drove a Mazda 3 sedan for a month last summer. I really enjoyed it, since it handled so well, but it does have road noise.
by thirdman
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The crop of small sedans: Cruze, Focus, Elantra, 3...
Replies: 82
Views: 5399
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