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by Ice-9
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vietnam
Replies: 31
Views: 2418

Re: Vietnam

+1 on the Cipro. We lasted a week before we needed it and were very glad we had it. Also +1 on Ha Long Bay, although it didn't sound like you were headed that far north. Hoi An is a great place to spend most of your vacation - our favorite part of our trip. Scenic. Lots of shopping. Tailoring very i...
by Ice-9
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Tax Software for 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 7552

Re: H&R Block Tax Software for 2016

I believe what happens is that when you file you have the option to get your return in the form of an Amazon gift card. If you take it, H&R Block adds 10%, so $100 return = $110 gift card. Last year I owed money, so I didn't actually take the gift card to see how it worked in practice. Grogs, t...
by Ice-9
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Tax Software for 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 7552

Re: H&R Block Tax Software for 2016

Quick question about the Amazon refund bonus offer. It is described in small print on Amazon as: As a special bonus to you, we’ll add an extra 5% or 10% to the amount of your e-gift card, depending on which H&R Block product you use. Five percent is nothing special to me, as I already get 5% cas...
by Ice-9
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Amazon Smile: John C Bogle Center
Replies: 17
Views: 1992

Re: Amazon Smile: John C Bogle Center

Wow, I think I must be behind the times, as I use Amazon all the time and never knew about Amazon Smile. I've added the Bogle Center as my donation and made my first purchases, which should add another $0.40 to the Bogle total once the order processes. :D

Thanks for the heads up!
by Ice-9
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do You Pay Your Monthly Bills?
Replies: 42
Views: 3608

Re: How Do You Pay Your Monthly Bills?

Our electric bill has a fee for using credit card to pay, so we use ACH for that one bill. City utility bill (water & refuse/recycling), gas bill, phone bill, and internet don't have such fees and are all on autopay to my Citi Doublecash card, so I eventually get 2% cashback on them. This is not...
by Ice-9
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR!
Replies: 199
Views: 7311

Re: HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR!

Looks like I'm late to the party, but Happy Birthday Taylor!
by Ice-9
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I am timing the market. Why am I wrong?
Replies: 89
Views: 5981

Re: I am timing the market. Why am I wrong?

I can't help but feel that the day that I cave in and buy will be the market top. Please help. A common response to this psychological dilemma, as you may have read already, is to stagger your money back in the market at a rate that makes you less uncomfortable about this. This year could be just a...
by Ice-9
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CareCredit for medical expenses?
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: CareCredit for medical expenses?

My wife used Care Credit for an expensive dental procedure a few years ago. Good experience. Probably not all that different from doing the same thing with one of those "0% for XX months" deals on a new credit card, but more convenient, as she filled out an application and was approved rig...
by Ice-9
Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?
Replies: 112
Views: 10023

Re: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?

Didn't read through everything, so I don't know if Rockville was mentioned. Rockville is in Montgomery County and we love living here. There are some homes (like ours) under $400k and others above, so it sort of straddles your target amount. Three Metro stations and a commuter rail station in Rockvi...
by Ice-9
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rock Star Investors?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Rock Star Investors?

Apparently, Ian Anderson has done quite well, not only with his music career, but also some salmon farms in New England. http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-stars/ian-anderson-net-worth/ I can't guess how accurate or inaccurate that website's estimates of various celebrities' n...
by Ice-9
Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?
Replies: 97
Views: 12170

Re: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?

No regrets, and my rebalancing plan actually worked well. I needed to tap some Roth contributions this year to get additional funds for our impending adoption of a child. Of the funds in my Roth, the REIT index was way up at the time, so I withdrew from that to move closer to my target asset allocat...
by Ice-9
Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How Did You Become A Boglehead? What Led You Here?
Replies: 168
Views: 13632

Re: How Did You Become A Boglehead? What Led You Here?

In the early 2000s, I asked a very intelligent, non-Boglehead friend for advice on how to get started investing. He explained Roth IRAs and 401(k)s, as well as expense ratios. He suggested index funds "for people who aren't interested in getting into the details of investing," and mentione...
by Ice-9
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 91
Views: 8474

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

Probiotics. When my doctor recommended them for me, he immediately mentioned Trader Joe's as the best deal.
by Ice-9
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]
Replies: 86
Views: 6400

Re: Yahoo says hackers stole info in 500 million user accounts

I only use my Yahoo account to play fantasy football. This, and also Flickr. Hadn't checked my email on Yahoo for ten years until today when I changed my password. And it was still active after 10 years of not logging in? I have trouble believing that. I had a yahoo account that I did not log into ...
by Ice-9
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]
Replies: 86
Views: 6400

Re: Yahoo says hackers stole info in 500 million user accounts

pennstater2005 wrote:I only use my Yahoo account to play fantasy football.


This, and also Flickr. Hadn't checked my email on Yahoo for ten years until today when I changed my password.
by Ice-9
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use Mac OS El Capitan with Photoshop CS6?
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: Anyone use Mac OS El Capitan with Photoshop CS6?

We had been using CS3 on El Capitan for a while. If I remember correctly, the first time after upgrading it told us we had to download Legacy Java 6, which we did, but this may not be a requirement for CS6. I think we're about to finally bite the bullet and pay $10/mo to upgrade to the latest versio...
by Ice-9
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having intermittent problem with Visa chip card
Replies: 20
Views: 1403

Re: Having intermittent problem with Visa chip card

For about a week or two, I had problems with the AMEX I like to use for grocery stores at the grocery downstairs from my work. The card had worked great for months before the problem, just for some reason during that period after several tries with the AMEX, I'd always end up having to switch to a d...
by Ice-9
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iOS 10 available today
Replies: 44
Views: 3454

Re: iOS 10 available today

I saw a few warnings on social media that some people had issues with the over-the-air update with iOS 10. So, if you have the opportunity, connect to a computer via USB and update using iTunes. (I usually do this anyways, as it takes less time to update.)
by Ice-9
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another IRS scam
Replies: 2
Views: 655

Re: Another IRS scam

My wife got an IRS scam recorded call yesterday. Caller ID indicated a Chicago number, so different area than the OP's call. They had tried to reach my wife several times before she had me answer. The recording basically said, "This is the IRS. We are planning a lawsuit against you. Please call...
by Ice-9
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too much in FSA account
Replies: 14
Views: 1021

Re: Too much in FSA account

I was excited to reply with my two go-to solutions for this end-of-year problem, but I see others have already named them. I'll just go ahead and give them each a second vote: * Contacts/glasses - easy way to use extra $$$ if you happen to use these. Simply stock up on contacts for a bit longer if y...
by Ice-9
Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Bogleheads Budget?
Replies: 113
Views: 14421

Re: Do Bogleheads Budget?

Generally, our plan in lieu of an actual budget has been to automatically send some money each paycheck to savings/investing, and whatever's left is fair game to spend. This has worked out well, as we are generally frugal. The one thing we are not frugal about is restaurants. We enjoy living in an a...
by Ice-9
Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with my CD collection
Replies: 35
Views: 2999

Re: What to do with my CD collection

An old friend bought my complete collection of Led Zeppelin CDs for $60 recently. I tried to sell him the Metallica collection too, but he wouldn't bite. I've been meaning to put entire sets from one band on Craigslist for however many dollars I think I could get for them, but I'm too lazy. I like t...
by Ice-9
Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Your Age In Bonds"vs. Target Retirement 2015 Fund AA
Replies: 14
Views: 1199

Re: "Your Age In Bonds"vs. Target Retirement 2015 Fund AA

Also, I've read on this forum before that it's really more of a rough guideline than a hard rule. A starting point when considering allocation and a simple way to understand the concept of increasing allocation to bonds as you age. Unsure of what your allocation should be? Let's start by considering...
by Ice-9
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive Backup
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

Re: Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive Backup

VeraCrypt is here: https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/

The big Download button is for Windows, but Mac and Linux versions are available too at the middle of the page.
by Ice-9
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: why the limit of six withdrawals on a savings account
Replies: 22
Views: 3570

Re: why the limit of six withdrawals on a savings account

I avoid the six withdrawal issue by using the subaccount feature on Capital One 360, formerly ING Direct. One subaccount is mostly for paying credit card bills, another for health bills, another for pet expenses, another for vacations. I usually make more than six total transfers to the checking acc...
by Ice-9
Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive Backup
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

Re: Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive Backup

I'm a big fan of all the free cloud offers, but with Amazon Prime I admit to only using the unlimited free photo backup offer, not other types of files. I do enjoy the ease of simply copying files to a folder as offered by the other cloud offerings, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, and box.co...
by Ice-9
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Yes, You Still Suck at Investing"
Replies: 33
Views: 5780

Re: "Yes, You Still Suck at Investing"

* In 2015, the average equity mutual fund investor underperformed the S&P 500 by a margin of 3.66%. While the broader market made incremental gains of 1.38%, the average equity investor suffered a more-than-incremental loss of -2.28%. Interesting that Dalbar uses the wording "the average e...
by Ice-9
Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Capitulating on Windows Phones
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Re: Capitulating on Windows Phones

I can do Hotmail and automatic updates of photos to OneDrive on my iPhone, so I would have to guess the same is available for Android. I actually chose OneDrive over iCloud for backing up photos despite 2x the price for 50 Gb because it works so well.
by Ice-9
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting Cable Cord Only to Strengthen Internet Cord
Replies: 64
Views: 5666

Re: Cutting Cable Cord Only to Strengthen Internet Cord

I indeed recently cut the cable cord only to strengthen internet cord. Before Aug 2015: $135/mo Verizon Cable and 15/15 Internet $8/mo Netflix (also Amazon Prime which I purchased for benefits other than video and still have today, so it's a wash) Aug 2015 - June 2016: $55/mo Verizon 25/25 internet ...
by Ice-9
Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yahoo Finance redesign
Replies: 47
Views: 5559

Re: Yahoo Finance redesign

I noticed the layout change this morning on Firefox on Linux and was mildly disappointed because the new layout changed the order of the ETFs I track with a bookmarked URL that has all my tickers separated by commas. I had it neatly organized according to domestic funds, international funds, and bo...
by Ice-9
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yahoo Finance redesign
Replies: 47
Views: 5559

Re: Yahoo Finance redesign

I noticed the layout change this morning on Firefox on Linux and was mildly disappointed because the new layout changed the order of the ETFs I track with a bookmarked URL that has all my tickers separated by commas. I had it neatly organized according to domestic funds, international funds, and bon...
by Ice-9
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting Cable Cord Only to Strengthen Internet Cord
Replies: 64
Views: 5666

Re: Cutting Cable Cord Only to Strengthen Internet Cord

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/technology/personaltech/the-downside-to-cord-cutting.html?emc=edit_th_20160714&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=4550969&referer= NY Times article on the topic today. I read this in the morning paper online today. The author lost me completely when he finally ...
by Ice-9
Wed May 25, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 41334

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Ice-9, If your credit is already frozen, there is nothing a credit monitoring company can monitor except for non-credit related items such as sex offenders in your neighborhood. That's my understanding. Per the instructions in the Krebs article referenced earlier in this post, I actually signed up ...
by Ice-9
Wed May 25, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 41334

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

After having been signed up for the credit monitoring service since November, I just wanted to say I'm not pleased with the service provided by My ID Care. (1) The credit report accessible on My ID Care hasn't updated since I signed up for the site six months ago. I'm not sure how keeping a static c...
by Ice-9
Thu May 19, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 10 Year TIPS Auction
Replies: 14
Views: 1455

Re: 10 Year TIPS Auction

Final rate for this reissue was 0.275%. I needed something in my tax-deferred space, and it beats the I-bond I would have purchased in taxable under different circumstances by 17 basis points, so I don't feel too bad for having bitten on this auction.
by Ice-9
Mon May 16, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What % do you have in alternatives? REITs, commodities, etc.)
Replies: 67
Views: 4873

Re: What % do you have in alternatives? REITs, commodities, etc.)

Besides whatever REITs are contained in my S&P 500 and extended market index funds, I have a 7% allocation to Vanguard REIT Index Fund. It's in my Roth along with International Index, which for the last several years has turned out to be convenient because they haven't moved anywhere close to in...
by Ice-9
Thu May 12, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Carl Icahn Is Betting Big on a Stock Market Crash
Replies: 32
Views: 7837

Re: Carl Icahn Is Betting Big on a Stock Market Crash

I got 4,360,000 hits on "stock market crash 2016" Then I hit Ctrl F5 to reload the page and got 2,260,000 Where did the other 2 million hits go ? Then I do it again and they come back. Try it !!! https://www.google.com/#q=stock+market+crash+2016 I get a steady 3,870,000 results. Perhaps t...
by Ice-9
Thu May 05, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Netspend 5% Saving not showing on personal capital
Replies: 8
Views: 961

Re: Netspend 5% Saving not showing on personal capital

This sounds like a question for Personal Capital Support at support@personalcapital.com. I've found them to be very responsive to similar questions I've asked them. Sometimes all that is needed is a tweak on their end. I do have one bank account that they were not able to support and so I instead cr...
by Ice-9
Mon May 02, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reasonable Firecalc Assumptions and Results?
Replies: 22
Views: 3075

Re: Reasonable Firecalc Assumptions and Results?

However, the recent Bogleheads thread on the Mckinsey report that suggests returns could be lower the next 20 years brought me to retry my Firecalc numbers using 2.5% worse returns. Don't forget to also read Barry Ritholtz's take on that report (referenced in this post on the same thread). :wink: T...
by Ice-9
Mon May 02, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reasonable Firecalc Assumptions and Results?
Replies: 22
Views: 3075

Re: Reasonable Firecalc Assumptions and Results?

Here's an assumption I like to use to be conservative on Firecalc: Assume lower returns going forward than the historical returns since 1871 that Firecalc uses. You can do this by adding some percentage to your expense ratio on the Your Portfolio tab in Firecalc. For the occasional Firecalc runs I'v...
by Ice-9
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku 3 v. Apple TV v. ???
Replies: 44
Views: 4356

Re: Roku 3 v. Apple TV v. ???

The advantage of the Roku 3 is that you can plug headphones directly into the remote. That would be useful at times. Tyrion took the words out of my mouth. We're an all-Apple household who similarly used Roku 1 since 2009 and last year upgraded to the Roku 3. The headphones feature has been wonderf...
by Ice-9
Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 5519

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

User interface is going to vary greatly from distro to distro (and really even within each distro with different desktop environments). Linux Mint was mentioned above as a good distro to try if moving from Windows. I agree regarding the slick Cinnamon or Mate desktop environments and out-of-the-box ...
by Ice-9
Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is your current Cash to Investment ratio?
Replies: 112
Views: 7627

Re: What is your current Cash to Investment ratio?

Using strictly checking and savings accounts as a percent of IRA/401/457 plan balances... 3.8% However, that ignores a significant holding of savings bonds. I actually originally bought the savings bonds more than 10 years ago intending them to become an emergency fund, which I suppose would count a...
by Ice-9
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How have your homes as investments done?
Replies: 154
Views: 13006

Re: How have your homes as investments done?

If you are talking about pure house price increase/decrease then not good. I bought at about $150k 7 years ago and it is worth about that now if not less. We are financially better off vs renting but the time and stress of maintaining a house is getting to me and we shall rent for a bit next! Simil...
by Ice-9
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: email from Amazon: Critical Update for your kindle e-reader
Replies: 28
Views: 3896

Re: email from Amazon: Critical Update for your kindle e-reader

I have three kindles. My two paperwhites updated just fine, but my older (six years?) device does not seem to be interested. Any suggestions? Ralph Same thing happened to me. I followed these instructions: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201177360 ...to apply the appropri...
by Ice-9
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k
Replies: 93
Views: 18788

Re: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k

gasdoc wrote:Just noticed this on the page:

"FDIC-insured.
Since your deposits are FDIC-insured up to the allowable limits, you can rest easy knowing your money is secure+."

gasdoc


Good catch - sorry for the incorrect assumption.
by Ice-9
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k
Replies: 93
Views: 18788

Re: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k

I'm with DaftInvestor. I have a CapitalOne360 checking and savings that I use to store money that will pay bills each month, but more of my savings account money is over at FNBO Direct currently earning 0.95%. Not really worth transferring it to make 0.05% more and lose the FDIC insurance.
by Ice-9
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard announces 3rd round of Expense Ratio reductions]
Replies: 43
Views: 4304

Vanguard announces more ER reductions

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek] Nice way to start the day seeing this :) - The $12.4 billion Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index ETF (ticker: VEU) reported an expense ratio reduction of 1 basis point, to 0.13%. - The $5.4 billion Vanguard Total World Stock Index ETF (ticker: ...
by Ice-9
Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any website that shows historical data for a portfolio?
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: Any website that shows historical data for a portfolio?

Are you aware of the spreadsheet formerly maintained by Boglehead Simba that can be downloaded from a link on this wiki page?

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Simba%2 ... preadsheet

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