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by AlwaysaQ
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What unexpected emergencies require sizeable emergency cash funds available immediately in a checking account?
Replies: 61
Views: 3632

Re: What unexpected emergencies require sizeable emergency cash funds available immediately in a checking account?

Besides fire and flood, hurricanes, tornados, and other windstorms may require emergency funds. You may even need to have cash on hand to hire help to board up the house and make it safe from predators.
by AlwaysaQ
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Effects of extreme cold weather
Replies: 107
Views: 9585

Re: Effects of extreme cold weather

If you're in south Florida watch for falling iguanas.
by AlwaysaQ
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Taxable Fidelity Account - FSTVX vs ITOT
Replies: 53
Views: 3386

Re: Taxable Fidelity Account - FSTVX vs ITOT

IndexEnthusiast

FSTVX pays out in April and December. April's payout is not nearly as large. You could turn off reinvestment, sell your long term holdings, and wait until August to sell the rest and only one batch will be short-term. Also it could go negative if the market retreats.
by AlwaysaQ
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Taxable Fidelity Account - FSTVX vs ITOT
Replies: 53
Views: 3386

Re: Taxable Fidelity Account - FSTVX vs ITOT

Epictetus I started buying VTSAX at Vanguard after the capital gains in FSTVX got to be too much. I have about the same amount of dollars in the two funds. Most of my FSTVX goes back to 2008-early 2012 so has too much capital gains to sell until I need to use it for expenses. I have the largest chun...
by AlwaysaQ
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How safe are retirement accounts?
Replies: 19
Views: 1745

Re: How safe are retirement accounts?

The government could change Roth IRAS by treating them as mixed Traditional IRAs with both pretax and aftertax monies.
by AlwaysaQ
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E-reader for ebooks - Pros and Cons
Replies: 71
Views: 3300

Re: E-reader for ebooks - Pros and Cons

I also have the Paperwhite and I really like it. It is lightweight and easy on the wrists. The only problem comes when trying to see pictures that punctuate some books. One caveat. If you think you might want to use it to get rental books from your local library check with the library first. I have ...
by AlwaysaQ
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ever drink Chartreuse?
Replies: 16
Views: 1507

Re: Ever drink Chartreuse?

I've never tried Chartreuse but I have sipped Strega. Anybody tried both and wants to compare?
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Keeping a checkbook register
Replies: 95
Views: 5671

Re: Keeping a checkbook register

I use a spreadsheet check register and do balance it when I get my statement. The paper register in the checkbook is only used when I am out and writing a check so I don't forget to put it in my spreadsheet.
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: No earned income, how do you pay tax for pensions, SS and RMDs
Replies: 43
Views: 3576

Re: Retirees: No earned income, how do you pay tax for pensions, SS and RMDs

For federal tax I have withholding from my pension and my annuity. Like many others I determine the amount I still need to withhold to make the safe harbor threshold for the next year's filing. Late in the year after making QCDs I determine the percentage I need withheld from the RMD to meet the saf...
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18
Replies: 42
Views: 4113

Re: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18

Just as well. I run Windows 10 and the Wizard layout is one of the worst I have seen. It has one of the faintest fonts and if I want to see the whole page one of the tiniest fonts because of so much whitespace in the layout. I just ran it today and could barely tell if the value ended in 532 or 582.
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stoics View on Debt
Replies: 33
Views: 3267

Re: Stoics View on Debt

There is a big difference between ancient Greece and Rome and modern day America and it is call Bankruptcy. Not that I am advocating such but needs must.
by AlwaysaQ
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?
Replies: 127
Views: 7467

Re: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?

I plan to finish Freedom from Fear (The War Years) by David M. Kennedy and then start Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson.

I find reading very slow now because I tend to fall asleep.
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?
Replies: 260
Views: 19913

Re: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?

I would save a few thousand in federal tax because of the change in the tax brackets. I have been in the 25% marginal tax bracket for a few years and now will probably be in the 22% bracket instead. I haven't itemized in many years and for 2017 I used QCDs for charitable giving.
by AlwaysaQ
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transferring Appreciated Securities to a Charity
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Transferring Appreciated Securities to a Charity

How do you transfer mutual fund shares to a charity?

I understand that the second option has no tax benefits to me but the funds will go to the charity on my death unless I need to use it while I'm alive. It is an answer to question "How do you know you have enough".
by AlwaysaQ
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transferring Appreciated Securities to a Charity
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Transferring Appreciated Securities to a Charity

Must one use a Donor Advised Fund to do this? Could one move the securities (shares of a mutual fund) to another account and make the charity the beneficiary? I understand that the second choice doesn't give me any tax benefit but it is revocable if necessary.
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For those retired at least 10 years, what about the money?
Replies: 47
Views: 7157

Re: For those retired at least 10 years, what about the money?

It is hard to give it away when you are not sure if you will need it. I have no children so my nieces and nephews are my heirs. I don't want to have to go begging to them because I gave too much away. I'm doing ok finishing up 22 years of retirement but have home improvements and planned health expe...
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 572
Views: 216062

Re: TV show recommendations?

Finished another re-watch of Person of Interest; my favorite show in years. The last episode is tough to take. Also finished re-watching Justified seasons 1 and 2 and now to watch the last 4 seasons that I have not yet seen. Don't have Netflix or Amazon Prime or HBO and I don't really have a contemp...
by AlwaysaQ
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?
Replies: 156
Views: 11537

Re: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?

As the Irish Rovers used to sing
Goodbye Mrs. Durkin, I'm sick and tired of workin'.
by AlwaysaQ
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: if you could use only 1 investment firm...
Replies: 79
Views: 5025

Re: if you could use only 1 investment firm...

to Upper New Guy I opened my first account with Fidelity online when I converted my 401K managed by Fido to a traditional IRA. Later I went to an office with paper stock certificates and opened a taxable account. I had a personal representative that I talked to once in person and now I have another ...
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: if you could use only 1 investment firm...
Replies: 79
Views: 5025

Re: if you could use only 1 investment firm...

I have accounts at Vanguard and Fidelity. If I had to go with only one it would be Fidelity. Local access is important to me and I believe it will be very helpful to my heirs when I pass.
by AlwaysaQ
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regrets for taking SS at 62 or waiting?
Replies: 100
Views: 9448

Re: Regrets for taking SS at 62 or waiting?

I retired at age 54 with a reduced pension and a bridge to social security at 62. When I hit 62 I applied for social security because I was not in good health, had already had a bout with cancer, and both parents died in their early 60s. Also I was single so no spousal benefit. I had enough money sa...
by AlwaysaQ
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: iphone app for checking stocks and funds?
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: iphone app for checking stocks and funds?

Ron Scott,

I used to use the Fidelity app watchlist without needing to enter account and password but I didn't like the permissions. I also prefer to have as little personal info on my phone as possible.
by AlwaysaQ
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: iphone app for checking stocks and funds?
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: iphone app for checking stocks and funds?

I just use the Chrome browser.
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Move 401(k) to IRA after retirement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2149

Re: Move 401(k) to IRA after retirement?

Nana

I want to add that I left my Fidelity 401K at my company for about 10 years after I retired. I only moved it when I wanted to purchase assets not available in my 401K. I was lucky enough to have index funds with low expenses and the company paid the administrative fees.
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Move 401(k) to IRA after retirement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2149

Re: Move 401(k) to IRA after retirement?

Nana 3 simple possibilities 1 - Pick a Fidelity Freedom Index fund that has the stock/bond ratio you want. Let them do the rebalancing. 2 - Use a combo of Fidelity Four-in-One Index and FSITX in proportion to the stock/bond ration you want. You may decide to rebalance maybe once a year. 3 - Use FSTV...
by AlwaysaQ
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Move 401k to new 401k or transfer to ira
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Move 401k to new 401k or transfer to ira

Also some 401K plans allow early access to the funds without penalty; say if you were at least 55 in the year you retired.
by AlwaysaQ
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age you retired
Replies: 112
Views: 9312

Re: Age you retired

54 and 3 months. Single, never had children, parents deceased. I had cancer surgery the year before. Good benefits from the company after retirement including health insurance until Medicare and supplementary health insurance after Medicare until the Great Recession. I still get a small Health Reimb...
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit freeze or fraud alert?
Replies: 18
Views: 1441

Re: Credit freeze or fraud alert?

I never froze my credit until now. If one wants to change insurance, get a car loan or lease, or get a new credit card will most companies tell which credit bureaus they use? I live in Michigan and it is not free to freeze credit.
by AlwaysaQ
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can't freeze credit at Experian?
Replies: 75
Views: 38248

Re: Can't freeze credit at Experian?

I was able to freeze my Experian account online and receive my PIN yesterday at about 4:40 Eastern time. I was charged the $10 fee immediately.
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3239
Views: 942140

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

In the last week I watched two British animated films. First was "Watership Down", the 1978 movie. I had read the book many years ago but never saw the movie. I thought it was very well done. Last night I was again in the mood for something different so I re-watched "Shaun the Sheep". It was light, ...
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How many funds in your retirement accounts?
Replies: 56
Views: 5078

Re: How many funds in your retirement accounts?

1 traditional IRA account with 3 bond funds and 2 stock funds
2 stock funds in taxable accounts
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Automatic IRA distribution, Fidelity and ETFs
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: Automatic IRA distribution, Fidelity and ETFs

Since this is an IRA you could sell the ETFs and put the monies into a 3 fund portfolio. Then change the distribution to pull from each fund. There also might be a Fidelity Freedom Index fund with the stock/bond ratio you prefer.
by AlwaysaQ
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3239
Views: 942140

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last theatre movie was Dunkirk. Enjoyed it but between the sound (it shook the seats) and the accents I was wishing it had subtitles.

Last TV movie was the original Manchurian Candidate on TCM.
by AlwaysaQ
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: total stock market in 401k, rothIRA and taxable- tlh/wash sale?
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: otal stock market in 401k, rothIRA and taxable- tlh/wash sale?

You can't tax loss harvest in a 401K or IRA. Use VFIAX to tax loss harvest VTSAX in your taxable account.
by AlwaysaQ
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 79
Views: 8629

Re: Drinking water price craziness

In June my two nieces and I flew to Georgia. We returned to a boil water alert. I was very glad my one niece had extra bottles of water and that she gave me some. I need to get some more to keep in the house for emergencies.
by AlwaysaQ
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT: Buy more takeout and hire a maid, study suggests
Replies: 36
Views: 6324

Re: NYT: Buy more takeout and hire a maid, study suggests

Cooking can be soothing but cleaning is nothing but a PITA.
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AnnualCreditReport Equifax
Replies: 31
Views: 2258

Re: AnnualCreditReport Equifax

It wasn't the form that mentioned copies; it was the web page that informed me that I could get a report by mail. Social Security a) copy of social security card or b) copy of pay stub showing the social security number or c) copy of w2. For address I think a copy of a utility bill showing name and ...
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AnnualCreditReport Equifax
Replies: 31
Views: 2258

Re: AnnualCreditReport Equifax

I may have answered one question incorrectly the first time but none the last time. It could have been the time of day so I'll try again early in the day sometime next week. There was a statement about proof along with the mail-in form. Maybe they are getting tighter with security.
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AnnualCreditReport Equifax
Replies: 31
Views: 2258

AnnualCreditReport Equifax

I just attempted to get my annual credit report from Equifax using the AnnualCreditReport.com portal. I tried twice and each time received a message that the report was not available online and I could mail copies of identification and get a written report. That is not acceptable. Has this happened ...
by AlwaysaQ
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the best way to do 60/40 in a taxable account I only have taxable to work with
Replies: 24
Views: 1608

Re: What is the best way to do 60/40 in a taxable account I only have taxable to work with

I second BL. Total Stock, Total International Stock, Total Bond. If you go back to work and move to a higher tax bracket you can decide if you want to replace Total Bond with a Municipal Bond Fund. You might have a small capital gain or a small capital loss if you do but the stock portion does not h...
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Thriller Authors and Why
Replies: 54
Views: 10151

Re: Favorite Thriller Authors and Why

I also like Steve Hamilton who has written a series about a retired Detroit detective who owns and manages some cabins outside Paradise, Michigan. His first book is "A Cold Day in Paradise".

Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald are among my favorites.
by AlwaysaQ
Tue May 30, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is anyone here allocated 30/70 a la Rick Ferri's "new center of gravity?"
Replies: 35
Views: 6156

Re: Is anyone here allocated 30/70 a la Rick Ferri's "new center of gravity?"

I'm 75 and hold about 33% in stock and stock funds, the rest in cash, CDs, bonds, and bond funds. Individual bonds are TIPS and EE and I bonds.
by AlwaysaQ
Wed May 17, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund all you need?
Replies: 58
Views: 11436

Re: Is the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund all you need?

Can somebody who held Vanguard Balanced Index tell me what percentage of dividends were qualified dividends? That info doesn't seem available on the website.
by AlwaysaQ
Sun May 14, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace floor BEFORE or AFTER New Cabinets?
Replies: 30
Views: 3827

Re: Replace floor BEFORE or AFTER New Cabinets?

I also had the floor put in last. If you put it in first you may not get the dishwasher to fit.
by AlwaysaQ
Tue May 02, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My library is switching to Cloud Library from Overdrive: no more kindle!
Replies: 5
Views: 1206

Re: My library is switching to Cloud Library from Overdrive: no more kindle!

It seems the Cloud Library uses phones or tablets. IMHO phones are too small and most tablets are too heavy and don't use e-ink.
by AlwaysaQ
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: taxable account
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: taxable account

I think I read that any fund that contains munis has to have more than 50% in munis for the income to be tax-exempt. The Vanguard Balanced Index (not munis) is 60/40 stock/bonds but the Tax Managed Balanced Fund is more like 49/51 stock/bonds.
by AlwaysaQ
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you do your income taxes?
Replies: 95
Views: 6031

Re: How did you do your income taxes?

Free download of Turbo Tax Premier from Fidelity. Free Fed e-file and one state e-file for $20. Previous two years I had used TaxAct.
by AlwaysaQ
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is there such a thing as tax loss harvesting if you are a boglehead?
Replies: 27
Views: 2579

Re: Is there such a thing as tax loss harvesting if you are a boglehead?

Also capital losses affect the MAGI. I took some losses early in 2016 and stayed below the next Medicare tier.
by AlwaysaQ
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is a smart tax strategy?
Replies: 13
Views: 1695

Re: What is a smart tax strategy?

Also at 64.5 years and presuming you will be filing for Medicare you need to be careful of your MAGI going over 85000 pushing you into a higher Medicare tier.
by AlwaysaQ
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax only reading 1st page of 1099-INT
Replies: 14
Views: 1565

Re: Turbo Tax only reading 1st page of 1099-INT

Whatever the problem is it's between the two of them. I'm not reporting it to either; I have the data I need.