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Re: Controlled Group

To be a controlled group, you must have at least 80% of common ownership and 50% effective ownership. Since you own 100% of one company and 51% of the other, it doesn't appear there is a controlled group relationship. Who owns the other 49% of the other company? This could have an impact if certain...
by tj
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Controlled Group
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: $72k in 3 fund or a $72k 2 bed/1 bath condo rented

Ehh I don't know why owning real estate necessitates that you be a landlord. I have a manaagement company deal wtih it, I just collect $$$ and spend $$$...I still see my friends and family.
by tj
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $72k in 3 fund or a $72k 2 bed/1 bath condo rented
Replies: 21
Views: 1466

Re: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]

Why mess with the cold. Check out Apex, NC or Cary, NC. Smaller towns just 20 minutes from 3 major universities (UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State). Cost of living is reasonable. Great weather. Tons of jobs. Some of the best medical care in the country. Almost crime free. What else do you need? I am ...
by tj
Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 97
Views: 9550

Re: $72k in 3 fund or a $72k 2 bed/1 bath condo rented

If your noet worth is 1.4 mil and you are talking about investing $72k, 5 percent or your NW, I'm not sure that it makes much of a difference.
by tj
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $72k in 3 fund or a $72k 2 bed/1 bath condo rented
Replies: 21
Views: 1466

Re: Is semi-retirement a bad idea?

I think it's somewhat ironic how the bigger the nest egg can lead to being more conservative financially. At least that seems like a trend on here and also my personal experience -- I'd quit jobs and move wherever in my 20's with no job and only a couple grand to my name. If it doesn't work out the...
by tj
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is semi-retirement a bad idea?
Replies: 106
Views: 7070

Re: How Close AMEX SPG without hurting credit score

You don't have to close anything. Just convert your SPG to the Everyday card.
by tj
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Close AMEX SPG without hurting credit score
Replies: 11
Views: 1043

Re: Possible Uninsured Motorist accident - UPDATE

That's incorrect. I'm in California, and the license plate does stay with the vehicle. Otherwise, I would have had to get a new plate when I got my car. See http://www.dmv.org/ca-california/plate-surrender.php for more info. I believe Jack was informing you California people that it is different th...
by tj
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Uninsured Motorist accident - UPDATE
Replies: 47
Views: 3310

Re: Is semi-retirement a bad idea?

One concern would be how many other kids would there be in these LCOL retirement regions? Would it be easy for your kids to make friends? I live in a comparatively LCOL area, and it's often listed as one of the best places in the country to raise kids. The OP is talking about reducing his salary to...
by tj
Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is semi-retirement a bad idea?
Replies: 106
Views: 7070

Re: Is semi-retirement a bad idea?

One concern would be how many other kids would there be in these LCOL retirement regions? Would it be easy for your kids to make friends?
by tj
Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is semi-retirement a bad idea?
Replies: 106
Views: 7070

Re: New tires, where to buy

I used Just Tires. I have a Honda Civic, and got Kelly Chargers. I feel like it was between $300 and $400, which seemed not bad.
by tj
Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires, where to buy
Replies: 36
Views: 2532

Re: Deductable Investment fees

investment expenses have already been deducted from your increase in capital when you sell. I don't really understand the question.
by tj
Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Investment fees
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: Cash-Back Credit Cards

Fidelity has a 2% cash back Visa as well, if you would rather have a Visa than an Amex. The only difference is that Fidelity only gives 1.5% back on the first $15,000 of purchases on the Visa (vs. 2.0% back on the first $15,000 of purchases on the Amex). Both cards give 2.0% cash back on amounts ab...
by tj
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash-Back Credit Cards
Replies: 20
Views: 1685

Re: Cash-Back Credit Cards

Navy Federal has a 1.5% cashback on everything card. It's a visa.
by tj
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash-Back Credit Cards
Replies: 20
Views: 1685

Re: Moving, Scaling Back, or both?

I supposed it depends on how much you have saved up for a "rainy day". At your income levels, you can probably live on a lot less, maybe rent is higher somewhere more desirable, but if you, for example, currently eat out frequently, you might need to cook your own food more often in a high...
by tj
Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving, Scaling Back, or both?
Replies: 14
Views: 1263

Re: Cash-Back Credit Cards

Thanks for the reply. I'm not in US Bank's service area (300 miles away). I called the closest branch and spoke with a CSR regarding the Cash + card. She will take an application for it over the phone. In the time you have held the card, have you seen the benefits of the card decline? At one time t...
by tj
Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash-Back Credit Cards
Replies: 20
Views: 1685

Re: Cash-Back Credit Cards

Does anyone out there have the US Bank Cash+ Visa? Are you happy with it? I was thinking of applying for this card, but will not if US Bank will be cutting benefits. I've read the number of 5% categories has been reduced and they changed the application process to require a branch visit. I was also...
by tj
Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash-Back Credit Cards
Replies: 20
Views: 1685

Re: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as ofte

I guess I always assumed most people would prefer to work as little as possible, but I guess I'm attributing my own values to the general population. When I expressed this thought to my father, "who actually WANTS to work?", he kind of went off about how I am spoiled and he didn't raise m...
by tj
Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as often?
Replies: 68
Views: 4112

Re: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as ofte

If you could actually work half time your entire life - especially 6 months on and 6 months off - that would be hugely advantageous. I'm not sure why you'd ever want or need to retire if that was the setup. Many folks approaching retirement age want to either keep working or work part time anyway; ...
by tj
Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Would you rather work half as long or half as often?
Replies: 68
Views: 4112

Re: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]

I don't know whether to be thankful that we live in an area with an awesome grocer or take with a grain of salt what the OP is saying. Our monthly food costs are $200-$300 (family of 3) and I am a 210lbs. competitive athlete who needs 3k+ kcals a day to simply maintain my weight. We literally never...
by tj
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]
Replies: 158
Views: 10843

Re: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]

Have you considered a cooked meal home delivery service?

Such as

www.plated.com
http://www.dinein2nite.com


With your current expenses, you might save $
by tj
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]
Replies: 158
Views: 10843

Re: First Time Home Buyer dilemma in SoCal

Are you prepared to live in the "less desirable part of town" for a prolonged period of time if crap hits the fan?

if not, then I would not do it.
by tj
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Time Home Buyer dilemma in SoCal
Replies: 38
Views: 3409

Re: Australia and New Zealand

- quite rural and remote except for Auckland (which is not big by North American standards)


I did not find Wellington or Queenstown to feel at all remote or rural....
by tj
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 36
Views: 3033

Re: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?

The average boglehead does not make 6 figures According to the Net Worth Survey done on this site (and recognizing potential selection bias) the average boglehead does make 6 figures and does have 7 figure net worth. Can you please post the link to that thread? In any case, people who chose to resp...
by tj
Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3692

Re: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!

avalpert wrote:
BradMajors wrote:
You are also likely to achieve greater happiness by spending X dollars at age 25 then by spending X dollars when you are 65.

Assuming you are talking about X real dollars, why would you think this is true?


I would presume health issues and the like.
by tj
Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!
Replies: 64
Views: 6662

Re: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?

The average boglehead does not make 6 figures According to the Net Worth Survey done on this site (and recognizing potential selection bias) the average boglehead does make 6 figures and does have 7 figure net worth. That doesn't mean that those who earn less and live off less don't benefit equally...
by tj
Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3692

Re: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?

So we've all heard the notion that you need a million $ to retire? I bet we can all share stories of people we've known that lived just fine....... aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, etc had nice retirements with not having large sums of money. I for one am retired with far less tha a million an...
by tj
Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3692

Re: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?

I need a million just to live, my goal is once my present consumption portfolio reaches 1M to put it all in 3% CDs and take 1.5% for living expenses and reinvest the other 1.5% to keep up with inflation with compounding and live my life. My retirement, i would like to replace my current income with...
by tj
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3692

Re: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!

Calm Man wrote:I believe one should spend to be happy. That said, I cannot conceive of spending on something like a motorcycle instead of saving for my future. A motorcycle - is that critical to happiness?



I'm not a fan of knocking other people's hobbies...
by tj
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!
Replies: 64
Views: 6662

Re: Australia and New Zealand

We spent three weeks in Australia, about 5 years ago. Of all the good advice above, I think I agree most with tj. We loved: --Sydney - loved walking around and taking the ferries everywhere, especially out to Manly Beach --Blue Mountains - we just took a day train from Sydney, and hiked around the ...
by tj
Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 36
Views: 3033

Re: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?

The problem as I see it is that $1m does not cut it any more. $2m in CASH instruments or investments that give a return may just do it and I think just is key. This does not include owning you own home outright. Return is also a key. as a retiree myself I have a low tolerance for risk now I am not ...
by tj
Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10155

Re: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?

Trader Joe wrote:No, in the United States someone making less than $50,000 per year is not considered successful. In fact just the opposite.


I disagree. A single person making around 50k is rather successful. Especially in LCOL areas.
by tj
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10155

Re: Early retirement help

I know this is an old thread, but the chickens have come back to roost so to speak. Is there any value in doing a DCA with the pay out? Say buy in 2mil at a time every 4 months? Or is that ridiculous market timing think? maybe, maybe not. If you had gone in 9 months ago, you would have an increased...
by tj
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early retirement help
Replies: 11
Views: 1417

Re: Australia and New Zealand

Cairns to Sydney is a mother of a road trip, 1,500 miles or so. I hope you slapped the person who told you that would be a good idea. That is pretty much the route that the 18-35 (and probably other) tour companies do. I used Contiki. Topdeck Travel also does that route. They also both have separat...
by tj
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 36
Views: 3033

Re: Tour travelling by bus

I recommend Green Tortoise . I'm not associated with them in any way other than as a satisfied customer. It isn't for everyone, but it's just about the best available for those whom it is for. PJW I REALLY like this concept of a sleeper coach - but the vegetarian diet would be a bit tricky for me.
by tj
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour travelling by bus
Replies: 36
Views: 1991

Re: Australia and New Zealand

I spent roughly 7 weeks combined in Australia and New Zealand two years ago. I was more impressed by NZ than Asutralia. Within Australia, I did a tour from Cairns to Sydney, my favorite parts were Sydney and Cairns. From Cairns, I went north to Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest) first. Highly re...
by tj
Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 36
Views: 3033

Re: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?

The problem as I see it is that $1m does not cut it any more. $2m in CASH instruments or investments that give a return may just do it and I think just is key. This does not include owning you own home outright. Return is also a key. as a retiree myself I have a low tolerance for risk now I am not ...
by tj
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10155

Re: Email security risk from staying logged in?

I don't really shut down my PC. Just restart after updates. It's logged in for as long as the cookie allows (30 days?)



The only risk is if you live with people who you don't trust, or I suppose someone physically breaking into your home. There is no virtual risk from staying logged in.
by tj
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email security risk from staying logged in?
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: FIOS

I switched from cable/Internet to FiOS in my old apartment, because FiOS was running a good deal and I was curious. Frankly, in terms of Internet, I didn't notice much of a difference. It felt about the same to me as the Internet I got through my cable company in terms of both speed and reliability...
by tj
Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FIOS [versus cable]
Replies: 28
Views: 2210

Re: Feeling smug until 10 year ROR from Vanguard

18.1% , I didn't open an account at Vanguard til late 2011. (I was using Fidelity for a couple years before that)
by tj
Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Feeling smug until 10 year ROR from Vanguard
Replies: 81
Views: 7754

Re: Vanguard Tax Managed Balanced-Any owners

It seems like a reasonable long term fund for a high income investor.
by tj
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Tax Managed Balanced-Any owners
Replies: 50
Views: 11104

Re: Low Income Investor (Tax Concerns)

Investment Income must be $3300 or less for Earned income credit. This shouldn't be an issue for you.
by tj
Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low Income Investor (Tax Concerns)
Replies: 31
Views: 1881

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

Actually, you come out more ahead by cancelling the Barclays before the first year is up and using the DoubleCash. I think it is silly to think of signup bonuses in terms of "X years of annual fee". You can keep the bonus and not pay the fee, so why would you willingly pay it? Actually, y...
by tj
Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 232
Views: 26934

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

From the link: And let’s just forget the fact that the Barclay card comes with a 40,000 point sign up bonus worth more than $400 and the Citi card comes with nothing… except odd terms and conditions to keep a balance. Because if you compare them on small spends and include the sign up bonus, the pr...
by tj
Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 232
Views: 26934

Re: Giftcards

I always sold them to sites like plasticjungle or gave them away as gift...or ended up using them.
by tj
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giftcards
Replies: 14
Views: 1217

Re: 25 Years 55 to 80 Thanks Boggleheads and Vanguard

Whoosh-----Where did those 25 years go? My first wife died at age 53 when I was 55 years old. I retired at age 58 and re married at age 59. Spent 22 years of the 25 living part of the year in New Zealand and the other part in California with many cruises and world travel in between, white water raf...
by tj
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 25 Years 55 to 80 Thanks Boggleheads and Vanguard
Replies: 6
Views: 1343

Re: When do you have too many credit cards?

There's no reason to close it. I probably have 20 cards. Many of them are sock-drawered. You never know when one of your sock-drawered card becomes more appealing than your daily cards due to reward program changes etc.
by tj
Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When do you have too many credit cards?
Replies: 16
Views: 1393

Re: How much life insurance do I need?

First of all, I want to thank you all for your advice and differing perspectives. I want to let you know where I came out. My wife and I are both going to have 800k 30-year policies. Maybe I'll have to fine tune that to get 900k for her and 700k for me. We came down more along the lines of using li...
by tj
Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much life insurance do I need?
Replies: 22
Views: 1709

Re: Vanguard Lost $50k

It begs the question, has Vanguard gotten too big to provide excellent service? When someone says the will call back and fails to do so :( , not good. I hope this gets resolved satisfactorily. Sorry to hear this. Those posting about BofA, nothing surprises me with them. It does surprise me with res...
by tj
Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Lost $50k
Replies: 103
Views: 10803

Re: How much life insurance do I need?

I went for roughly 30 years 20x salary, which seemed like plenty, if I need to drop it down (or in the unlikely event, apply for more), after having some sort of dependent, then I will deal with it at that time.
by tj
Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much life insurance do I need?
Replies: 22
Views: 1709

Re: 18 and Need Help Starting

That time frame is completely unrealistic for someone with a communications B.A., has no significant start-up capital, and who lives in a high-cost-of-living state like California. No, it isn't-see Jacob Fisker and Early Retirement Exreme- http://www.earlyretirementextreme.com OP-Don't be such a cy...
by tj
Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 18 and Need Help Starting
Replies: 30
Views: 2100
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