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by Candor
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Flashlight?
Replies: 58
Views: 3711

Re: Boglehead Flashlight?

As a frustrated Maglite owner for many years (decades) I purchased a couple of Fenix lights a few years ago and couldn't be happier. Much more reliable although higher cost but reasonable compared to other higher quality lights. I use one of them daily and it has been dropped on concrete more times ...
by Candor
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer/Dryer longevity ?
Replies: 69
Views: 5813

Re: Washer/Dryer longevity ?

I have a Whirlpool set that my parents gave me as a hand me down 25 years ago when I first bought my house and they are both still going strong. I had to replace the belt and a 'pulley/runner' (I'm not sure what it's called) 20+ years ago in the dryer. I'm not particularly mechanically inclined but ...
by Candor
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rolex
Replies: 45
Views: 4731

Re: Rolex

You best bet is to sign up for Rolex Forums and buy from the classifieds. There are many 'trusted sellers' with brand new watches available, still has the stickers, come with box & papers and full factory warranty of 5 years. Look here for classifieds: https://www.rolexforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f...
by Candor
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What big item (>20k) are you saving up for?
Replies: 133
Views: 9584

Re: What big item (>20k) are you saving up for?

It's always funny to see these threads bring out the folks that feel the need to denigrate others choices especially when it comes to high end watches. I'm not necessarily "saving up for" but trying to resist the temptation of a new Willys Jeep Wrangler just for fun because it really isn't in the re...
by Candor
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally online savings now at 1.45%
Replies: 72
Views: 8165

Re: Ally online savings now at 1.45%

So I'll be expecting an e-mail from them by the end of next week notifying me of the increase. Thanks for the heads up. It's kind of interesting that I always hear about increases here before Ally gets around to letting me know.
by Candor
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's your cash position
Replies: 90
Views: 7753

Re: What's your cash position

Over the last few years I have gone from close to 100% stock mutual funds to having approx 25% in 5 year CD's. That has mostly been by just redirecting my savings and not transferring the funds to CD's. I intend to increase that percentage somewhat in the next five years during the countdown to reti...
by Candor
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying rebuilt/salvage vehicles on Ebay
Replies: 22
Views: 1242

Re: Buying rebuilt/salvage vehicles on Ebay

Vehicles these days are so full of electronics that I would NEVER consider a flood salvage vehicle. Especially if salt/brackish water was involved. If you did go the salvage route I would only do it with full disclosure of why the vehicle was totaled and if you are a car guy with a solid understandi...
by Candor
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A 4% move in the Dow and S&P in 12 days? Seems odd
Replies: 94
Views: 7684

Re: A 4% move in the Dow and S&P in 12 days? Seems odd

It is just as hard to stay the course when markets are going up as when they are going down. I wouldn't say it's just as hard but I'm sure many find it surprisingly and somewhat counterintuitively difficult. I have weathered a few market gyrations over the decades and I will gladly take the angst o...
by Candor
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 financial goals - what are yours?
Replies: 92
Views: 11720

Re: 2018 financial goals - what are yours?

Hoping to hit 1M in NW next year. As long as the market doesn't go down I will make it on savings alone which should be over 50% of my gross salary. We'll see if the market cooperates.
by Candor
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Financial Shock" wealth
Replies: 33
Views: 6354

Re: "Financial Shock" wealth

Interesting take on the tax bill.
by Candor
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1066
Views: 260800

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

I have a Rolex Sea-Dweller that recently stopped working. I've had it for 10 years and at the 5 year mark it needed a service for several hundred dollars ($800+ if I remember correctly) and apparently it now needs another. I knew the recommendation was to service it at the 5 year mark being a mechan...
by Candor
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone tired of the stock market going up?
Replies: 309
Views: 30429

Re: Anyone tired of the stock market going up?

I can relate to the OP to some extent. Several years ago I remember wishing the market would just chill out a little and be more predictable and steady but here I am years later still with a similar sentiment after riding the market all this way. I guess I'm the one who needs to chill out and enjoy ...
by Candor
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How old are you and how much do you save for retirement a year
Replies: 150
Views: 14366

Re: How old are you and how much do you save for retirement a year

50 and on track for $50k this year or just shy depending on how much I want deplete my checking acct at the end of the year in order to reach a nice round number. Single and $87k salary. Having a job you hate is a good motivator.
by Candor
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What service do you pay for that you could easily do yourself?
Replies: 57
Views: 5223

Re: What service do you pay for that you could easily do yourself?

I really dislike cleaning up all the leaves in my yard this time of year so I splurge and pay a few hundred to have it done for me. The rest of the jobs around the house I dislike I can muster up the energy to do myself for now.
by Candor
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has your "risk tolerance" been tested?
Replies: 105
Views: 7542

Re: Has your "risk tolerance" been tested?

Made it through the dot.com bust and 2008 with close to 100% mutual funds with flying colours but I hate my job more and more by the year and the $$ is significantly higher these days so the next test will be much harder as I get closer to retirement. Luckily I've always been good at passing tests.
by Candor
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is a crash coming soon?
Replies: 64
Views: 6276

Re: Is a crash coming soon?

If you put your mind to it there are a lot of reasons to think a crash may be coming soon. That wall of worry is always tall and I could have easily talked myself into the next crash many times over the last 25 years of my investing experience but I'm glad I just kept plugging along and hoping for t...
by Candor
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When calculating net worth, how do you value your house?
Replies: 167
Views: 11171

Re: When calculating net worth, how do you value your house?

A great quote by Daniel Patrick Moynihan comes to mind while reading this thread.
by Candor
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When calculating net worth, how do you value your house?
Replies: 167
Views: 11171

Re: When calculating net worth, how do you value your house?

I guess when I paid off my house a few years ago with a lump sum of mid five figures or so my net worth magically decreased by that amount according to some. Maybe when I buy my next house I'll just finance it and instantly increase my net worth a few hundred thousand. 8-)
by Candor
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally savings rate raised to 1.20%
Replies: 51
Views: 8692

Re: Ally savings rate raised to 1.20%

Thanks. I heard about the last raise here several days before Ally sent me an e-mail notifying me and it seems that will be the case again.
by Candor
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seal off rooms that are not used?
Replies: 21
Views: 3407

Re: Seal off rooms that are not used?

I've been doing this for the last 24 years and I'm on my second unit which is going strong for now. I have never given any thought that it could possibly be detrimental to the system but maybe I should or maybe not...
by Candor
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's your personal savings rate?
Replies: 135
Views: 13284

Re: What's your personal savings rate?

49% gross this year. Mostly after tax. House paid off. Hate my job and looking to retire as early as possible otherwise it wouldn't be quite so high.
by Candor
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle on "On The Money" this morning
Replies: 8
Views: 2402

Re: Bogle on "On The Money" this morning

Artisan wrote:I like his last line.

"Half the time I wonder why I have so much in stocks and the other half the time I wonder why I have so little"

That's me!

Thanks for the link.
So true.
by Candor
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally Bank Just Raised 5yr CD to 2.25%
Replies: 28
Views: 4880

Re: Ally Bank Just Raised 5yr CD to 2.25%

Thanks, I have some in their savings account that I want to move to a decent CD and I just looked last weekend and wasn't impressed with their rates. Looks like I won't have to move it far now.
by Candor
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."
Replies: 336
Views: 46013

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."

I would also like to thank Larry for his many contributions here which will be sorely missed. I learned a lot and always looked for his threads/posts. Sad but understandable.
by Candor
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lower cost - older car minor body work?
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Lower cost - older car minor body work?

I would second the pdr recommendation. It is amazing what they can do for significantly less than a body shop. Although, for the scrapes that require paint work you may need a regular shop.
by Candor
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Scratched bumper cost to repair
Replies: 17
Views: 13632

Re: Scratched bumper cost to repair

Also keep in mind that plastic bumper covers can be pretty resilient and there are components directly behind the plastic (impact absorber & reinforcement bar) that can easily be damaged although you may not be able to see the damage until the bumper cover is removed which could possibly add a few h...
by Candor
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age when you started to max out your retirement accounts?
Replies: 177
Views: 29910

Re: Age when you started to max out your retirement accounts?

I started maxing the 401k 4 years ago at the age of 45 after I paid off the house. It was a great feeling to finally get there and I was planning to bump it up again to the catch-up max this year since I turn 50 but due to job burn-out I actually dropped it to the minimum to get the match so I can i...
by Candor
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What % of your income have you converted to wealth?
Replies: 136
Views: 20187

Re: What % of your income have you converted to wealth?

Candor wrote:45 single and currently at 45% (44.6). Hopefully they will both continue on the northern path.
64.7% today at 49. It's moving in the right direction for now.
by Candor
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windshield repair gone wrong....
Replies: 19
Views: 2659

Re: Windshield repair gone wrong....

I've replaced many windshields over the years and never had any problems. The vendor should offer a lifetime warranty.
by Candor
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card
Replies: 278
Views: 49084

Re: USAA 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card

I logged on a few days ago and it is now offered in Virginia.
by Candor
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Bad was 2008, really?
Replies: 224
Views: 21805

Re: How Bad was 2008, really?

I was close to 100% in equities at the time and had weathered the dot.com bust with no problems but this one did seem different in real time. I held on and I give partial credit to Warren Buffett's NYT op-ed in October which helped me keep the faith. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/17/opinion/17buffe...
by Candor
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Current Market rally
Replies: 61
Views: 9042

Re: Current Market rally

If I had somehow known the result of the election beforehand I would have been very tempted to take some money out of the market and I would currently be very disappointed in myself and out of a fair amount of $$. Just further confirmation for me to never try to outsmart the market.
by Candor
Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 729
Views: 135633

Re: Boglehead Beer

Legend Brown Ale. A local brewery in Richmond, VA and I've yet to find a beer that I like more although I've certainly put in a lot of effort to that end.
by Candor
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card
Replies: 278
Views: 49084

Re: USAA 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card

doctorofcredit site had this nugget: DJordan says: October 4, 2016 at 9:28 am Chat with USAA rep informed me that the USAA Limitless Credit Card will be available to all members on October 28th. Currently is only available to selected members. I hope that is correct because this is all news to me a...
by Candor
Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suppose one has been rear ended...
Replies: 33
Views: 3113

Re: Suppose one has been rear ended...

Cracked tail lamp = $50 for a (LKQ) used generic lamp, approx $100-200 for an aftermarket lamp or up $500+ for a new oem plus approx $25 for labor. Impressions to the plastic bumper cover could be a couple hours repair and refinish which would probably be in the range of $300-400. If it requires rep...
by Candor
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are you feeling uncomfortable? [with your investments]
Replies: 42
Views: 5323

Re: Are you feeling uncomfortable? [with your investments]

I've been uncomfortable for the last 20+ years but that's been part of the plan. My 401k (which is a significant portion of my portfolio) is currently at 93% index mutual funds at age 49 (next week) and I just keep in mind I hopefully have another 40 years to ride out any tugs at my emotion watching...
by Candor
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car totaled, no collision insurance
Replies: 78
Views: 12329

Re: Car totaled, no collision insurance

It sounds like the situation has been resolved but I just wanted to point out that in many states the total loss threshold is determined by state law and not just the insurer as some have stated.
by Candor
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employment ideas for former Police?
Replies: 37
Views: 3878

Re: Employment ideas for former Police?

I didn't see it mentioned but I may have missed it. Insurance companies look for former LEO's as claims investigators.
by Candor
Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: As a new investor that is still learning I am making it through Brexit!
Replies: 31
Views: 3742

Re: As a new investor that is still learning I am making it through Brexit!

This blip seemed rather predictable after the drop to my somewhat seasoned but not particularly sophisticated mind. Glad to see you weathered this and are tucking it away for the future because it will hopefully strengthen you for the one that will be much more uncertain, lengthy and seemingly dire.
by Candor
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 7439

Re: best wristwatch for the price

I would recommend the Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette watch. It's a timeless piece that will give you great timekeeping. I personally own five of them, one for each day of the work week to go along with the suit of the day. VERY reasonably priced and totally worth the money. I'm curiou...
by Candor
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 7439

Re: best wristwatch for the price

I'm a BIG fan of Seiko and have owned several. They offer many quality models at a reasonable price and a great value. I'm partial to their automatics and I generally wear a Rolex but would be perfectly happy with just a nice Seiko. I have ordered a couple from here with success. http://www.creation...
by Candor
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Rolex Watch
Replies: 171
Views: 21754

Re: Buying a Rolex Watch

I have a dated 1300 sq ft house in a marginal neighborhood. I buy 90% of my clothes at Kohls and I haven't owned a car in 23 years (drive a company car). I save almost 50% of my gross salary and I have a Rolex I've worn every day for the last 10 years. I can say maybe 5 people have noticed the watch...
by Candor
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What TYPE of books do you like to read?
Replies: 48
Views: 3429

Re: What TYPE of books do you like to read?

Almost exclusively non-fiction. History, biographies, travel adventure. I have read a few of Dean Koontz and John Grisham over the years and still like Koontz as a change once in a while but that's pretty much it as far as fiction although I have a soft spot for Edgar Allen Poe from childhood and wi...
by Candor
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bulk handgun ammo 9x18 mm
Replies: 23
Views: 3140

Re: Bulk handgun ammo 9x18 mm

A couple of other good options for pricing ammo.

http://ammoseek.com/ammo/9mm-makarov

http://gunbot.net/ammo/pistol/9x18/
by Candor
Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well, I caved [bought new car]
Replies: 43
Views: 8012

Re: Well, I caved [bought new car]

Congrats on the new ride. I plan on buying a new car for the first time in my life when I retire. I have been driving a company car for the last 20+ years and I've decided I will buy what I want when I retire in 7 years. I mentioned this to my mother recently and she admonished me about the pitfalls...
by Candor
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Monitor Your Portfolio Once This Year, Then Ignore It"
Replies: 53
Views: 8510

Re: "Monitor Your Portfolio Once This Year, Then Ignore It"

I look most days just because I like to keep an eye on the highs and lows and generally keep tabs but I'm not very emotional about it so I know I'm good. My 401k has been 90-100% stock funds for the last 20+ plus years and I have been able to put the market swings in perspective so I don't do anythi...
by Candor
Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your % pay raise?
Replies: 100
Views: 10195

Re: What was your % pay raise?

We get paid bi-weekly so generally there are 26 pay periods a year but this year because of how the pay days line up we will actually receive 27 paychecks in 2016. In light of this the company decided that would be our raise which they tried to convince us was a 3.8% raise. Funny how we get a 3.8% r...
by Candor
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm sitting here watching FOX Business...14200??
Replies: 92
Views: 10458

Re: I'm sitting here watching FOX Business...14200??

If nothing else it will be interesting to see how the BH community handles a major downturn in real time, if that happens, since I wasn't around here for the last couple. I see the wall of worry growing a little taller and staying the course a little more academic to some.