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by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA Contributions
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Roth IRA Contributions

Welcome to the forum!

It all looks fine to me. You did indeed have until 4/15/2016 to contribute for 2015, and you could contribute for 2016 at any time between 1/1/2016 and 4/15/2017.

So if you did not have an earlier contribution for 2015 (that you did not list), you're fine.
by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Moving All My Investments to Vanguard
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Help Moving All My Investments to Vanguard

Welcome to the forum! Condolences on the personal losses that led to the inherited IRAs. I assume you know that you have annual required minimum distributions from all the inherited IRAs: https://investor.vanguard.com/inherit/ira-rmd?lang=en Your Roth and the inherited Roth grow tax free, so stock f...
by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Court wants inherited IRA liquidated and put into court blocked account
Replies: 14
Views: 1318

Re: Court wants inherited IRA liquidated and put into court blocked account

Agreed on the experienced attorney, provided the amount is large enough to justify it.

I don't know what the costs would be for this, but every time I go near an attorney it costs me multiple $K.
by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the portfolio role of a leveraged bond fund like PONDX?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: What is the portfolio role of a leveraged bond fund like PONDX?

With an expense ratio of 0.79%, this fund serves to remove assets from your portfolio and deposit them with PIMCO. Well not exactly: http://i68.tinypic.com/m8hbgk.jpg That's PONDX in blue (since inception), compared to Wellesley in orange, and Vangaurd Target Retirement Income in green. Sure, we do...
by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I missing something with my retirement accts?
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Am I missing something with my retirement accts?

Backdoor Roth for both you and your wife. And your wife does not need to have her own earned income for this.

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Backdoor_Roth_IRA

https://thefinancebuff.com/the-backdoor ... ow-to.html
by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inheritance Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 2844

Re: Inheritance Questions

If you are at all unsure, it is best to roll the pension over into an IRA. Then, you can decide to withdraw as much as you want (and pay taxes on the amount withdrawn), after you've figured out your need for funds, your tax situation, etc.
by Avo
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grandson just got married. Wants to add wife's name to accts
Replies: 30
Views: 3161

Re: Grandson just got married. Wants to add wife's name to accts

Two comments, one actionable for OP, one not: The one that is not actionable by the OP: These finance issues should have been settled before the marriage. The time to advise your grandson was when you first learned of his engagement. The one that is actionable: If an asset is to be held jointly in a...
by Avo
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Borrow from 403B to maximize 457?
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: Borrow from 403B to maximize 457?

Sounds like a terrible idea to me. It's unclear how much you have saved outside of tax-advantaged, but that should be exhausted first, including emergency funds, since you could take the 403b loan in an emergency. (This assumes your job is safe, but if it isn't, then you should not take a 403b loan,...
by Avo
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial Adviser Free !
Replies: 14
Views: 1743

Re: Financial Adviser Free !

Congratulations! :D
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newbie question - How did I earn my first dividend?
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Newbie question - How did I earn my first dividend?

$0.74 on $10K for 1 week is an annualized return of 0.38%, which is likely the interest rate on the settlement fund.
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping Parents: CFP or Elder Law Attorney
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Helping Parents: CFP or Elder Law Attorney

Elder Law Attorney first. Then, advice from here may be enough. If not, a fee-only, fiduciary CFP.
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Help Please!
Replies: 34
Views: 2907

Re: Portfolio Help Please!

VWILX is an actively managed fund with an expense ratio of 0.33%. MINHX is an actively managed fund with an expense ratio of 0.76%. MINHX has a really great track record. Personally, I would keep paying the extra 0.43%, though that would not likely be the consensus here. Note that RNPFX (another act...
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Help Please!
Replies: 34
Views: 2907

Re: Portfolio Help Please!

What is your current allocation? I didn't see it simply displayed.
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Target 2055 Fund vs 3-Fund Portfolio?
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: Vanguard Target 2055 Fund vs 3-Fund Portfolio?

Welcome to the forum! It's completely fine to have the same fund in more than one account. Target 2055 is fine. It is essentially* a 3-fund portfolio, with the percentages in each underlying fund chosen by Vanguard. The only reason to construct a do-it-yourself 3-fund portfolio is to tinker with the...
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international stock? A suggestion.
Replies: 201
Views: 12257

Re: John Bogle Has Been Right About Investing In International Stocks

I looked up the performance of the MSCI World Index; from 5/31/1994 through 6/30/2017, the annualized return was 7.41%, not including dividends. Over the same period, the S&P500 index returned an annualized 7.49%, not including dividends. MSCI data: https://www.msci.com/documents/10199/8d97d244-...
by Avo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international stock? A suggestion.
Replies: 201
Views: 12257

Re: John Bogle Has Been Right About Investing In International Stocks

My issue is why a lot of people believe that this automatically translates to a reasonable return for US dollar investors. Its quite possible that local currency investors get a reasonable return in their local currency and USD investors don't or the reverse can happen depending on the exchange rat...
by Avo
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing Education and Mansplaining
Replies: 110
Views: 5175

Re: Investing Education and Mansplaining

Merriman is way too complicated for a beginner, IMO. I was very fortunate that when my daughter took a required economics class in high school, she had a fantastic teacher (male) who took 3 weeks to give a non-standard curriculum on personal finance that was pure bogleheads. She took it all in. Whew...
by Avo
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life Insurance Benefit Interest?
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Life Insurance Benefit Interest?

I am the beneficiary of some life insurance benefits. Condolences on your loss. I can take the cash and then invest it or I can draw 3.5 % interest as long is it stays with the insurance company. ... My concerns are that it is not FDIC protected but 3.5 % guaranteed sounds decent. 3.5% is very good...
by Avo
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Quest for Perfection
Replies: 120
Views: 6085

Re: The Quest for Perfection

TD2626 wrote:Other than the complexity and the large number of small allocations

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
by Avo
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Feedback on large portfolio - moving to self-directed
Replies: 23
Views: 1099

Re: Feedback on large portfolio - moving to self-directed

It's amazing to me that the OPs former high-cost advisor apparently did not have a strategy for dealing with the concentrated position ...
by Avo
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard AUM can't manage part of friend's portfolio. Understandable but ...help?
Replies: 13
Views: 1329

Re: Vanguard AUM can't manage part of friend's portfolio. Understandable but ...help?

Does he know what percentages of assets in stock that he wants in each account?

If so, he could just pick the Life Strategy Fund that's closest to this for each account:

https://investor.vanguard.com/mutual-funds/lifestrategy
by Avo
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kicking the net worth habit
Replies: 47
Views: 5041

Re: Kicking the net worth habit

Are there other more meaningful numbers I can obsess over besides net worth? I suggest obsessing over the numbers in your avatar. They're way cooler! More seriously, you say you have "no interest in leaving an estate". But are there any causes / charities you care about? You could obsess ...
by Avo
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: move US Savings Bonds to Vanguard
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: move US Savings Bonds to Vanguard

Your papers bonds can be re-registered in the name of your trust, but doing so requires opening an account at treasurydirect.gov, and converting the bonds to electronic form: https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/planning/plan_estate_trustform_reissue.htm I would not do this for such a small amount! ...
by Avo
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can anyone convince me I need international stock in my portfolio?
Replies: 162
Views: 7542

Re: Can anyone convince me I need international stock in my portfolio?

On a related note I am somewhat new here, but why is the one universal answer here diversified portfolio? Shouldnt there be some common sense check that you are investing in companies that actually exist? Or is the assumption that someone else already did all the research and you are just following...
by Avo
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can anyone convince me I need international stock in my portfolio?
Replies: 162
Views: 7542

Re: Can anyone convince me I need international stock in my portfolio?

It has occurred to me that if all bogleheads really believed they should be truly diversified and invest in intl stock according to market weight, they would invest at 55/45 US/intl, but they don't. Many of us do. However, there is an MPT reason to hold a higher fraction of US companies if you want...
by Avo
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Expense ratio % vs. Return %
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: Expense ratio % vs. Return %

The main determiners of bond-fund results are (1) cost, and (2) amount of risk taken. You can increase or decrease the amount of risk taken (when compared to a domestic total-index fund like FSITX) by splitting it up into separate corporate and government funds, and separate maturity ranges. The gov...
by Avo
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Designed an aggressive 20 year portfolio. Thoughts?
Replies: 24
Views: 1977

Re: Designed an aggressive 20 year portfolio. Thoughts?

fearlessflyer wrote:I'm making a bet on strong consumer growth.

No, you are making a bet that consumer growth will be stronger than what the market believes it will be. The market's belief is already priced in. Why do you believe you know more than the market?
by Avo
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: FOSFX OR VEA??
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: FOSFX OR VEA??

FOSFX is Fidelity Overseas. It is not an index fund. It is not recommended here.

Please do some more reading before investing.
by Avo
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Death of Buy and Hold
Replies: 25
Views: 3075

Re: The Death of Buy and Hold

I found some pirated excerpts on the interwebs.

Appears to be standard boglehead advice, except he likes a big slug of "precious metals equity".

"Death of Buy and Hold" seems to mean that you should rebalance.
by Avo
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with International Fund Selection
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Help with International Fund Selection

No one here is going to recommend going with an actively-managed fund over an index fund with much lower fees. The bogleheads-preferred international index fund at Fidelity is Fidelity Total International Index Fund Premium Class (FTIPX), which includes small caps, but Fidelity International Index P...
by Avo
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Swensen Op Ed "Wall Street Profits by Putting Investors in the Slow Lane"
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: New Swensen Op Ed "Wall Street Profits by Putting Investors in the Slow Lane"

As new money comes into index funds, the funds must buy more stock. These buys will be subject to the higher trading costs that the article discusses.
by Avo
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab's Modern Approach to Asset Allocation - Comments
Replies: 28
Views: 2458

Re: Schwab's Modern Approach to Asset Allocation - Comments

If other assets are more correlated, that means there is less reason to hold them.

Pure marketing fluff, IMO.

(I like how it says "For Schwab Private Client only" at the bottom of each page, and then they make it publicly available.)
by Avo
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Quest for Perfection
Replies: 120
Views: 6085

Re: The Quest for Perfection

I have been trying to figure out what a theoretically ideal/perfect hypothetical portfolio might be. This is the whole subject of modern portfolio theory, the efficient frontier, factor-based investing, etc. You are very far from this! You seem to have the idea that tossing in a little bit of this ...
by Avo
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Need help to review alternative investment portfolio]
Replies: 18
Views: 1028

Re: [Need help to review alternative investment portfolio]

About 75% of the equity portion of the portfolio will be in ELUSX, no clue if this is passive or active, but the expense ratio is .45. Appears to be another Stone Ridge fund (though no mention of it on the Stone Ridge web site!). I'd be pretty leery of going so all-in on Stone Ridge. They're new, t...
by Avo
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having flowers delivered
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Having flowers delivered

Go with a local shop, call them to order at least a week in advance (more if you want something exotic or not in season), and call them again the day before to confirm, and again on the morning of the delivery. Get the name of the person you speak to each time. Make sure they understand that these a...
by Avo
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3-fund portfolio - bond fund options
Replies: 44
Views: 1871

Re: 3-fund portfolio - bond fund options

Vanguard Total Bond Market holds good quality bonds in many sectors. What am I missing? In addition to the domestic high-quality bonds held by "total market" bond funds, so-called "multi-sector" bond funds usually also hold a lot of junk bonds and foreign bonds (especially emerg...
by Avo
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Need help to review alternative investment portfolio]
Replies: 18
Views: 1028

Re: [Need help to review alternative investment portfolio]

I agree with nedsaid. It would be interesting to know the rest of the portfolio to see if it has more BAM fingerprints on it ... but this is not the usual actively-managed high-fee crap one gets from a run-of-the-mill firm.
by Avo
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3-fund portfolio - bond fund options
Replies: 44
Views: 1871

Re: 3-fund portfolio - bond fund options

Daniel Ivascyn has managed this fund, PIMCO Income, along with Alfred Murata since its inception and were managers of the year in 2013 I used to have some money in Fairholme Fund, whose manager Bruce Berkowitz was M*'s manager of the decade in 2010! How could anything go wrong?? :shock: Ok, I think...
by Avo
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3-fund portfolio - bond fund options
Replies: 44
Views: 1871

Re: 3-fund portfolio - bond fund options

Unless somebody tells me it's a bad idea, I would just use Pimco Total Return (PONDX). PONDX is Class D of Pimco Income, not Pimco Total Return; Class D of Pimco Total Return is PTTDX. These are vey different funds. Look at some charts on M*. To my eye, PONDX has a hefty dose of equity-correlated r...
by Avo
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Favorite Alternative Funds
Replies: 119
Views: 8933

Re: My Favorite Alternative Funds

I guess the question is (at least for me), is it better to invest in a Large Cap Value fund or a Large Cap "High Profitability/Low Investment" Fund (assuming you could find one). I don't know the answer to this but I suspect that the latter might better avoid value traps. Would be interes...
by Avo
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Treasurydirect down? (Sat 7/14 afternoon)
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: Treasurydirect down? (Sat 7/14 afternoon)

Still not working for me, I get the same message as TdF fan; Grt2bOutdoors, are you able to login to your account?
by Avo
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Treasurydirect down? (Sat 7/14 afternoon)
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Treasurydirect down? (Sat 7/14 afternoon)

I have tried three browsers on my macbook running Yosemite 10.10.5, and get an error as soon as I click on "letter" (answering "does your account begin with a letter".

Anyone else having problems?
by Avo
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Favorite Alternative Funds
Replies: 119
Views: 8933

Re: My Favorite Alternative Funds

2) Fama and French don't believe in the value premium any more either. This is not at all what they say. The paper (linked from your Forbes link) was first published in 2013 (final revision in 2014), so it's not exactly new: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2287202 The last sente...
by Avo
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3 fund vs robo investing program
Replies: 28
Views: 2082

Re: 3 fund vs robo investing program

Of course automating anything is a time saver. The question is whether it is worth what you pay for it. TLH is really not that hard. Most online brokers now offer specific-share identification. Just check the boxes of the shares that have lost the most, and exchange them according to the pairings on...
by Avo
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3 fund vs robo investing program
Replies: 28
Views: 2082

Re: 3 fund vs robo investing program

The fewer funds you have, the easier it is to do tax loss harvesting.

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Tax_loss_harvesting
by Avo
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Three-Fund Portfolio
Replies: 1830
Views: 1054874

Re: The Three-Fund Portfolio

Uh, no you don't! This is the Three-Fund Portfolio thread! Three for all and all for three!
by Avo
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3 fund vs robo investing program
Replies: 28
Views: 2082

Re: 3 fund vs robo investing program

Mostly fluff, IMO. Of course there are such things as the CAPM and MPT and factor-based investing, but I don't see anyone who actually knows this stuff well (eg Larry Swedroe, various other posters here) coming up with anything like this portfolio. I could be wrong though. Maybe one of our more know...
by Avo
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3 fund vs robo investing program
Replies: 28
Views: 2082

Re: 3 fund vs robo investing program

I took a look at a sample Schwab "intelligent" portfolio: http://i64.tinypic.com/s4mk4w.png The design principles here are not at all obvious. Bond allocation seems a combination very risky (half of bonds + cash is in high yield and EM bonds) and money-losing (cash, really? at what interes...
by Avo
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving a car cross country
Replies: 54
Views: 2612

Re: Moving a car cross country

A quick google search turned up this driving service, I'm sure there are more:

http://www.crosscountrydriver.com

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