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by AZK
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

Thank you everyone for the invaluable advice.

We did make an offer...unfortunately found out this morning that it sold for way above asking and our budget. :oops:

Oh well. This was a great exercise though in determining our exact ceiling figure.

Thanks again.
by AZK
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

I see this all the time on this board. To me, this advice is just pure market timing. For example, SF real estate values are closely related to the tech industry. Are you selling all of your tech stocks based on an impeding crash you've predicted? If not, why not buy a house with values tied to tec...
by AZK
Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

Thank you everyone for the invaluable feedback and advice. I greatly appreciate it. To address a few of the concerns: 1) I agree, we will likely pass on the loan from Bank of M&D. We don't want our current relationship dynamic to change and my DW has concerns about this. Certainly not worth it f...
by AZK
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

As others have said, you can afford it., however; A couple of additional things to consider; 1) Is it likely to sell above list price? 2) Property taxes alone will account for about 28% of your current rent 3) Is it turnkey or would you be doing immediate upgrades? 4) How old is it and has it been ...
by AZK
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

My wife and I have been wrestling with home ownership for a while. We've finally seen a house we love and want to raise our family in but it's steep. At the same time, we currently rent for $7k/month with yearly rent increases. We've been looking for a home for 3 years. We live in a HCOL. Relocatio...
by AZK
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

I think you need to evaluate: Your goal for savings: How much by when. Your ability to save/invest to reach that goal. This is a cash-flow analysis. If you add mortgage payment, taxes, insurance, HOA fees and upkeep to your current expenses (minus rent) does it leave enough income to reach your inv...
by AZK
Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

Thanks for the responses. Not quite what I was expecting given what I read on every other home affordability thread on here. Taguscove - It's bay area. We started with the idea of a 1.5M house 3 years ago, then 1.8, then 2.0, and now 2.3. You see where this is going. We love it here and despite HCOL...
by AZK
Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 7206

Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

My wife and I have been wrestling with home ownership for a while. We've finally seen a house we love and want to raise our family in but it's steep. At the same time, we currently rent for $7k/month with yearly rent increases. We've been looking for a home for 3 years. We live in a HCOL. Relocation...
by AZK
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HSA Bank Low Balance Fee- How is it paid?
Replies: 26
Views: 3502

Re: HSA Bank Low Balance Fee- How is it paid?

So are you just going to eat these fees? I'm in CA. I'm investing in Vanguard TIPS in HSA to avoid taxes. With this information would you keep the yearly minimum in the HSA account and transfer the rest to TDA or just transfer everything and invest it all at TDA in VIPSX. $5/month = $60/year = ~1% f...
by AZK
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer wants my 2011 Prius, what should I do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2488

Dealer wants my 2011 Prius, what should I do?

Received a phone call from the dealership requesting we come in and trade our 2011 Prius with ~55,000 miles on it. My parents have done this with their cars over the few years and keep trading up for new cars every 2-3 years (apparently at no cost, according to them). FIrst time we have had this hap...
by AZK
Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 403B -> Roth or 401k? Complicated by new tax brackets
Replies: 1
Views: 254

403B -> Roth or 401k? Complicated by new tax brackets

My wife and I are completing our residency training in a few weeks. Have a number of tax questions that I was hoping to get help with. For the basics: Emergency funds: Funded Debt: None Tax Filing Status: MFJ Tax Rate: 2012 -> 28%/5.5% -> 2013 moving to California I anticipate 28% / (not sure what s...
by AZK
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For munis, bond fund or ladder
Replies: 116
Views: 13570

Re: For munis, bond fund or ladder

How much in fixed income before one should begin to consider buying individual bonds vs. using a fund? 500k? 1M? 2M?

What if half your FI is held in a company 401k? Don't have the option of buying your own bonds.

I suppose you could fill it with stocks and move all your FI to taxable...
by AZK
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pimco critique of passive investing
Replies: 48
Views: 4829

Pimco critique of passive investing

My FIL sent me this since he knows I'm a pretty passionate boglehead.

Thought you all might find it interesting.

http://www.pimco.com/EN/Insights/Pages/ ... tions.aspx
by AZK
Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying Vanguard TIPS Fund with current interest rates ok?
Replies: 36
Views: 3614

Re: Buying Vanguard TIPS Fund with current interest rates ok

People mention buying individual tips through treasury direct...how exactly do you do this through a tax advantaged account? Can you buy them and designate location? Or do you buy them through your Ira? I assume you can't buy them through your 401k?
by AZK
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Variable Life Insurance Policy...what should I do with this?
Replies: 4
Views: 650

Thanks for the info. I'll look into the 1035 stuff.
by AZK
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Variable Life Insurance Policy...what should I do with this?
Replies: 4
Views: 650

Variable Life Insurance Policy...what should I do with this?

Hello all, My parents recently informed me that they purchased a variable life insurance policy in my name in 1990. It was a 75k policy. We pay $320 a year for it. It's current value if I were to close is a little under $5k. I'm told by the operator it has grown to $76k total. $1k growth in 21 years...
by AZK
Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TLH: Swapping identical indices vs. 31 day money market
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

TLH: Swapping identical indices vs. 31 day money market

This was spurred from another TLH thread and Taylor had the following post which I found interesting. Does anyone have recommendations for alternative funds for these? And when you harvest and pass the wash sale period, do you usually sell the alternative fund and switch back to the original? Hi zab...
by AZK
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physician thinking of an MBA: HELP!
Replies: 11
Views: 2410

Hey there. I'm in a similiar situation. I'm a 2nd year resident right now and not really interested in fellowship or the academic route. Obviously have an interest in business/finance so naturally was thinking the same thing...go get an MBA after residency. A couple of thoughts, from various people ...
by AZK
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help! I'm running out of TLH equivalents
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

I'm trying to build up as big a surplus of losses...so the latter... Yeah. That was what I was thinking after today...but if we have another rbd I might not be able to resist...
by AZK
Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help! I'm running out of TLH equivalents
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

Help! I'm running out of TLH equivalents

The last two weeks have given me a lot of opportunities to TLH. But now I'm starting to run out of equivalents...especially for INTL...here have been my trades...If the market keeps dropping this week, what should I do? 8/2/11 Sold VEU@47.46 Sold VBR@66.47 Bought SPY@127.34 Sold VWO@47.37 Bought JKI...
by AZK
Thu May 19, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: linkedin ipo
Replies: 65
Views: 4872

So why don't people routinely buyin to IPOs at the opening bell and then just sell at some point during the day? Quick way to get 20% in a day?
by AZK
Sun May 01, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do early/middle accumulators need to purchase TIPs?
Replies: 26
Views: 4455

Good points on both sides.

Im buying 20k worth of i-bonds this year and probably yearly for the forseable future. Will likely hold off on a tips fund and revisit in a couple of years.
by AZK
Sun May 01, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do early/middle accumulators need to purchase TIPs?
Replies: 26
Views: 4455

Why do early/middle accumulators need to purchase TIPs?

From all my reading, I see that it's recommended to have some bond portfolio in TIPs. I see the rationale for those that are near the end of their accumulation phase or in their retirement phase (or who have a heavy weighting towards fixed income). I don't see the logic for those just starting out o...
by AZK
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Loss Harvest VEU/VSS/EEM-> VXUS/DLS/VWO
Replies: 8
Views: 2198

Hmm...I was hoping to be able to simplify instead of having to slice and dice even more....
by AZK
Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Loss Harvest VEU/VSS/EEM-> VXUS/DLS/VWO
Replies: 8
Views: 2198

I have a substantial loss with VSS right now....what would you recommend I TLH into? I was thinking DLS...but I'll have to search for some taxable friendly substitutions...
by AZK
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Loss Harvest VEU/VSS/EEM-> VXUS/DLS/VWO
Replies: 8
Views: 2198

Tax Loss Harvest VEU/VSS/EEM-> VXUS/DLS/VWO

The events over the last week make it seem like now is a great opportunity to TLH and rebalance the international portion of my portfolio... I wasn't able to in the past because this is a taxable account and I didn't want to generate any gains...now my losses in VEU/VSS will outweigh my EEM gain... ...
by AZK
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond allocation for 70/20/10
Replies: 9
Views: 1607

Yeah. That was my plan.

I could see having a large % of TIPS if I was close to retirement... but if I'm in the early accumulation phase...I think I'm going to do all intermediate term treasuries...
by AZK
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Whole Life Insurance thread - logical?
Replies: 51
Views: 4996

After all this discussion and some derailment I think I'm going definitely stay away from Whole Life and purchase Term when my wife and I want to get pregnant....

Thanks to all.
by AZK
Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond allocation for 70/20/10
Replies: 9
Views: 1607

Bond allocation for 70/20/10

Portofolio goal is 70/20/10 equity/bonds/gold I've done a lot of reading of past threads on here and a lot of reading on swedroe's blog... IIRC, the general consensus is that intermediate treasuries (IEI) > TBM and for portfolios with 60-80% equity, 5 year duration seemed to be most efficient. I'm w...
by AZK
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Whole Life Insurance thread - logical?
Replies: 51
Views: 4996

Another Whole Life Insurance thread - logical?

The financial advisor who I have disability insurance through (medical resident), is interested in getting me to invest through his company (I've pretty much already deferred as most of his funds cost 1.5-2%). He is also suggesting I get whole life insurance. He is saying that it's a great diversifi...
by AZK
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Clever Strategy for "Emergency Fund" Money
Replies: 36
Views: 7731

I don't understand the draw to CDs or Money market funds for short term emergency cash. If you carry a high enough balance some checking/savings accounts are comparable and the cash is liquid. i.e. ING electic orange, if balance is >50k you get 1.1 or 1.2%. Meanwhile the best I can get on a CD is 1....
by AZK
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Over-balancing
Replies: 1
Views: 541

Over-balancing

This is an old one, but I've just come across it....

thoughts on this theory:

http://thefinancebuff.com/rebalancing-i ... arket.html

I guess the big issue is that you don't know how far down the market is going to go...
by AZK
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok's investing tip #4/10: Rebalance early and often
Replies: 51
Views: 16456

What exactly are rebalancing bands and how does one go about applying them towards rebalancing?
by AZK
Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AA - Not letting perfection be the enemy of good enough
Replies: 2
Views: 757

If I just swap out all JKG for VTI: 16 15 15 8 8 7 12 13 6 But again, have held JKG for a long time and cannot sell at this point due to capital gains.... I also like the extra midcap exposure... I just watned to make sure I wasn't weighted too heavily that I was reaching the point of diminishing po...
by AZK
Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AA - Not letting perfection be the enemy of good enough
Replies: 2
Views: 757

AA - Not letting perfection be the enemy of good enough

I've done a lot of reading since discovering this site a few weeks ago....I've read a lot about small/value/emerging tilts and I was thinking of tweaking my AA a bit... I used to be 50/50 US/INTL with equal splits among small/mid/large for US and equal splits developed/emerging in INTL...thinking of...
by AZK
Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with my Intl allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1388

Livesoft - Yeah, it's splitting hairs, but I think VEA/VSS/VWO would be more diverse and less weight on emerging markets than VEU/VSS/VWO...since I already own a healthy chunk of VWO I'll likely buy up VEA/VSS for my developed portion. I don't really want more than 15% of my portfolio to be emerging...
by AZK
Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with my Intl allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1388

I did a little more digging, and it looks like both VEU and VSS are ~25% emerging market...if that is the case, and I'm looking for 50/50 developed/emerging is this too much weight when including VWO? For recap: I have 35% International equity...I was planning on splitting it 10% VEU 10% VSS 15% VWO...
by AZK
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH questioning
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Also, if you are frequently TLH + add new money + rebalance, how do you track the long term performance of your portfolio?
by AZK
Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH questioning
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Unfortunately both my wife and I are maxing out our 403b but are still within in the 25% bracket. I don't think there is any way we can get lower...
by AZK
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH questioning
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Well, it was in an account that my mother was custodian of, but technically it became mine when I was 21. It has been essentially untouched until now. What's the best way to reduce the tax burdern of selling it when I need it (i.e. in 3 years or so when I buy a house)... If you mean step up the basi...
by AZK
Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH questioning
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

TLH questioning

The more I read on this site, the more I learn. I was thinking about doing some TLH on my taxable portion of my portfolio.. a few questions first. 1) I've read about wash sale rules, a search of the forum turns up some conversation about what works and what doesn't. Does anyone see anything particul...
by AZK
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Condensing my US allocation
Replies: 1
Views: 506

Condensing my US allocation

I have my US split Small/Med/Large with the following ishares: IJS, JKG, SPY, I'd like to condense to fewer funds...anyone see anything wrong with keeping IJS but selling JKG/SPY and buying VTI?
by AZK
Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with my Intl allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1388

That was sort of what I was thinking. I don't rebalance frequently. Once a year, maybe twice, tops. So I'd like to simplify things... What's the simplest way to get 50/50 Developed/Emerging with good exposure to all countries? If I understand what you are saying, then a good way to get a 50/50 small...
by AZK
Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with my Intl allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1388

Help with my Intl allocation

I currently hold 50/50 US/Intl for the stock portion of my portfolio with my Intl portfolio split 25% developed/15% emerging... I think I am going to change the INTL to 50/50 between developed/emerging, but this is neither here nor there. The developed is split evenly between EFA, EWJ, EPP. My emerg...
by AZK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawing from taxable accounts to fund 403b/IRA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Also, when I first set up a taxable account with ishares, I selected reinvest dividends...but after reading a lot of stuff on here I'm under the impression that that is extremely tax-inefficient, and instead, you should pool dividends to help re-balance to your original AA yearly.... am I understand...
by AZK
Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawing from taxable accounts to fund 403b/IRA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Laura, Thanks for your advice. You bring up very good points. I could potentially fully dedicate my 403b and IRA to bonds to help bring up the %. As of now, my 403B is roughly 7% and my taxable account is the other 93%, so even maxing out my 403B and IRA won't bring me close, but I suppose it's bett...
by AZK
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawing from taxable accounts to fund 403b/IRA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Withdrawing from taxable accounts to fund 403b/IRA?

Hi all, First time poster...had a question.... Briefly, I came into a windfall 5 years ago, luckily a friend's dad helped me invest the $. Similar mindset to what is suggested on here. He recommended a # of ishare ETFs at the time... and I have the following Asset allocation...at the time given my a...

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