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by Blues
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!
Replies: 70
Views: 7843

Re: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!

Well, it seemed like a good idea but I found out that I'd have to undo our credit agency freezes temporarily and I'm just not inclined to jump through hoops for the few extra basis points over the MM. So...that's that. My work around to the above was to just open another 11 month "no penalty&q...
by Blues
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!
Replies: 70
Views: 7843

Re: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!

Well, it seemed like a good idea but I found out that I'd have to undo our credit agency freezes temporarily and I'm just not inclined to jump through hoops for the few extra basis points over the MM. So...that's that.
by Blues
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!
Replies: 70
Views: 7843

Re: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!

I'll move some of the MM over to a savings account to take advantage of the extra basis points. Nothing to lose by doing so.

Thanks for the heads up. Hadn't noticed it as I rarely check the rates prior to a cd maturing.
by Blues
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I agree the pricing games are disappointing, but where do you get that they are eliminating preview versions? I see this for 2016, with no mention of eliminating it: https://www.taxact.com/support/50/2016/release-date-of-preview-and-final-version This says 2017 will be available January 2018: https...
by Blues
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

This was the last year I will use TaxAct due to their substantial price increase and shenanigans. It may be the same here. I'm not a huge fan of jumping through hoops though I do like the product itself. I'd pay a reasonable fee without complaint. To their credit, when I showed them a copy of the a...
by Blues
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."
Replies: 326
Views: 32848

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."

Larry has been perhaps the greatest single influence on my investment strategy along with other giants like Bogle and Bernstein. I owe him a debt that I can never repay and it pains me that this good man feels slighted by those without the capacity to appreciate the goodwill he has brought us all. H...
by Blues
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Zone by Mathias Enard From goodreads: Francis Servain Mirkovic, a French-born Croat who has been working for the French Intelligence Services for fifteen years, is traveling by train from Milan to Rome. He’s carrying a briefcase whose contents he’s selling to a representative from the Vatican; the ...
by Blues
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Syria: maybe the market will take a tumble today
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

Re: Syria: maybe the market will take a tumble today

I'd like to think that there are more important things to consider and be concerned with than whether the market tumbles today and provides a good investing opportunity.
by Blues
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retired 5 to 10 years? How has this bull changed your spending?
Replies: 13
Views: 1429

Re: Retired 5 to 10 years? How has this bull changed your spending?

I have not changed my spending. I enjoy seeing the higher balance and appreciate the added security it provides for my future. This is pretty much where we are. Portfolio is at an all time high. Home and vehicles paid for. We live a relatively modest lifestyle so are able to enjoy not only what the...
by Blues
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I enjoyed reading "Child 44" (and the movie with Tom Hardy is not a bad adaptation but I like Hardy).

As I recall, the next two novels were not as engaging. (It's been a while so my recollection of them is a bit hazy.)
by Blues
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"SIlence of the Grave" by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #4)

More Icelandic crime fiction. 8-)

Having grown up with a best friend from Reykjavik during my junior high through college years, this fiction is like an old friend coming around for a visit.
by Blues
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Reykjavik nights by Arnaldur Indridason. A great read. This is this the 10th book I have read of his and even while it may be depressing, I still find him the most interesting and worth while writer of crime fiction. This is only because Raymond Chandler has not written any books in the last 70 yea...
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Dry" by Jane Harper. An Australian crime novel.

Synopsis can be read here: https://www.amazon.com/Dry-Novel-Jane-H ... 1250105609
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1770

Re: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations

So I may pick up a black & decker impact driver with 20v battery for $68 - https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-BDCI20C-Lithium-Impact/dp/B00JJ3QY9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489326876&sr=8-1&keywords=impact+driver+black+and+decker or a combo kit for $12 more - https://www.amazon.com/B...
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Many Of You Listen To The Noise?
Replies: 19
Views: 1264

Re: How Many Of You Listen To The Noise?

Not at all. Not the financial news anyway.
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1770

Re: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations

I've had an excellent experience over the past several years with the Black & Decker 20v Max series of tools...from portable vacs to blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, drills, impact drivers etc. I've only had to have one of the dozen or so tools replaced under warranty and I had a new bl...
by Blues
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Reykjavik nights by Arnaldur Indridason. A great read. This is this the 10th book I have read of his and even while it may be depressing, I still find him the most interesting and worth while writer of crime fiction. This is only because Raymond Chandler has not written any books in the last 70 yea...
by Blues
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Big fan here of Shelby Foote, (the unapologetic Mississippian), and his three volume work on the Civil War. :beer
by Blues
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 465
Views: 191045

Re: TV show recommendations?

Just finished season 2 of "The Missing" and it was very good. (BBC / Starz)
by Blues
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Gone Baby Gone" by Dennis Lehane. Outstanding book. I had seen the movie. This is much more detailed. Ed The various Kenzie books are a lot of fun. Lehane used these to really polish his craft. His real break to serious literary novels came with The Given Day which was a ...
by Blues
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Gone Baby Gone" by Dennis Lehane. Outstanding book. I had seen the movie. This is much more detailed. Ed I find that I enjoyed his earlier work more than the most recent few years. Probably up until "Shutter Island". After that, mostly I could take it or leave it.
by Blues
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP rollover help
Replies: 8
Views: 1096

Re: TSP rollover help

I sent the TSP form to Vanguard. Vanguard said they won't deal with the TSP form. I called TSP and they said they won't accept a Vanguard form. What the heck. That is very disheartening to hear. I did it years ago with three funds, (as I recall), from at least two different investment companies and...
by Blues
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

All Joe Knight by Kevin Morris. An interesting ride thus far...about a quarter of the way through.
by Blues
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3171

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

There is no perfect security. Regardless of what you do, there is still the possibility of being hacked. If you don't want to use a web-based password locker, that's fine. But not using any password locker at all, in "today's Internet", is not a reasonable, logical thing to do. Use a loca...
by Blues
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3171

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

FRANK2009 wrote:Treasury Direct used to issue a card with letters/numbers that one needed to decode a temporary password. I felt like I was in a spy movie every time I used it.


Weren't you disappointed to find it only said: "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"? :oops:
by Blues
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2609
Views: 689055

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

As one who spent a career in law enforcement, I consider that show one of the very best of its genre along with "The Wire". You might also be interested in the French Canadian series 19-2 . There are two distinct productions, the original one in French and the parallel production I linked...
by Blues
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2609
Views: 689055

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Prime Suspect , a British police television series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jane Tennison... Victoria As one who spent a career in law enforcement, I consider that show one of the very best of its genre along with "The Wire". Mirren and company did a specta...
by Blues
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2609
Views: 689055

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Hell or High Water" with Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster et al

Good movie on a variety of levels which hearkens back to some classic genre films of the past.

Excellent performances by the cast.
by Blues
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Thanks, Ed. I've had that one on my to-do list. Maybe I'll move it up. :beer
by Blues
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3171

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

Just in case anyone's wondering, the 1099-INT are not yet available for 2016 on the TD site as of just a few minutes ago.
by Blues
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am in the middle of Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, who also wrote One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest . It is widely considered to be one of the great American novels. It was given to me by a friend, and I initially started reading it as somewhat of an aside. About 60 pages in I realized I ha...
by Blues
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Constant Soldier" by William Ryan.
by Blues
Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Concur, RA. I read that one several years ago when I was reading a great many of Ambrose's books, most all of which are highly recommended. I especially enjoyed his work on Lewis & Clark and two or three of his books on WWII.
by Blues
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe" by Heather Mac Donald

She makes her points well (if a bit repetitively). The other side of the story "reported" by the mainstream media.
by Blues
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Hillbilly Elegy , by JD Vance. A look into a culture that isn't well suited for the modern world. I had never considered myself to be part of the "liberal elite" before, but apparently a college education and a decent job makes me one. Started out pretty good but by the time I got a quart...
by Blues
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

bengal22 wrote:Beloved by Toni Morrison. First book I have read by her and I plan on reading more.


I read that some years ago and overall thought it a pretty good read...but then I have some issues with the "magical realism" style regardless of author.
by Blues
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Due to popular demand...I started "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrik Backman late last night.

It's been entertaining thus far...early into the read. :beer
by Blues
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.
by Blues
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Thanks for the link, d.r. I used it to log in and it shows "low price locked in" as of today's date and time.

(This in addition to the undisclosed low price locked in promise from May.)

Now we'll see whether they honor the zero federal, zero state price in the ad.
by Blues
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2273
Views: 661341

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"News Of The World" by Paulette Jiles
by Blues
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

The best deal I could get from Taxact for the Plus edition is $10.50 for Federal (30% off with early lock-in) plus an extra $25 for a state. Did I miss something? Seems like the price has gone up substantially compared to last year. Please read the posts above. The matter has been addressed by many...
by Blues
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct having a cyber Monday sale preorder
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: TaxAct having a cyber Monday sale preorder

They are calling it a cybermonday sale but it's on now. You can lock in a low price. I don't work for them, but I like the product. It also has a nice planning tool. $10.50 for Plus (for investors) Just bear in mind that if you use TaxAct to file a state return as well, they will charge an addition...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Don't get me wrong, Ethelred, I don't have an ax to grind, I've been very happy with TaxAct for over ten years up until now. (Like I once was with Intuit's Quicken before their corporate antics pushed me away from their products, including TurboTax.) I'm not suggesting that any of the alternatives I...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

It looks pretty certain that my many years of using TaxAct are at an end. Even at a best price of $27 for federal / state filing for 2016 it's still more than double that of competing products. And so it goes... What are the "competing products" that are cheaper? And are they downloads or...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

It looks pretty certain that my many years of using TaxAct are at an end. Even at a best price of $27 for federal / state filing for 2016 it's still more than double that of competing products. And so it goes...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning a Chromebook
Replies: 77
Views: 9983

Re: Owning a Chromebook

I have an Acer C720P with touch screen. Great little machine I've been using for the past couple of years. I only use my old Windows XP Pro machine when I need to print something as I have my laser printer hooked up to it. I don't envision ever going back to a "regular" computer at this po...
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Mike, it looks like your OLT is even cheaper than FreeTaxUSA. Free federal for everyone and very low state charges.

Looks like the market is providing quite a few choices though I haven't read reviews of that service as yet.
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

On another note, is there any way to see what price you have locked in already? All I see when I login and go to "my return details" is "low price locked in". I don't want to lock in something higher than that, since I think whatever I did before was lower than $46 for online pr...
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: Cyber monday hit -- $35.50 fed + state for Plus

Dunno if it's such a great deal now, but the cyber monday sales are on. If you don't have a better price and want to keep options open, go grab it now. Plus is $10.50 and Premium is $21 -- along with a $25 state filing fee . That state filing fee is outrageous, and I will be telling them that, but ...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 142
Views: 17753

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one...

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