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by InvestorNewb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Did I Just Do? (Possible Scam)
Replies: 13
Views: 3060

Re: What Did I Just Do? (Possible Scam)

I would Google the phone number to see if the number is found on Merill Lynch's web site. If no, it's a scam.
by InvestorNewb
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being greedy?
Replies: 51
Views: 6182

Re: Am I being greedy?

InvestorNewb, you still reading this? Just wondering if the recent market volatility has affected your plans at all. InvestorNewb, you still reading this? Just wondering if the recent market volatility has affected your plans at all. I'll predict that he's sticking to his plan. He's been here for s...
by InvestorNewb
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I bought a stock today - Redfin (RDFN)
Replies: 288
Views: 20660

Re: I bought a stock today - Redfin (RDFN)

20% on one stock is way too high.
by InvestorNewb
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Birthday, Taylor!
Replies: 84
Views: 4367

Re: Happy Birthday, Taylor!

Happy Birthday Taylor! Thank you for getting me on the right path by responding to my very first post.
by InvestorNewb
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being greedy?
Replies: 51
Views: 6182

Am I being greedy?

I have more than doubled my investments since I started investing in 2012. It is all thanks to this forum and my own dumb luck of getting in at the right time. The risk of being 100% invested in stocks has paid off well. With that said, I can't help but always wanting to reach the next milestone. I ...
by InvestorNewb
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6393
Views: 1371870

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

It's hard to believe the total stock market index (VTI) ETF closed today at $140.37. I still remember buying into it in 2013 in the high $70 range -- thinking it was "expensive" back then. :sharebeer
by InvestorNewb
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard year end distributions - updated estimates
Replies: 77
Views: 11169

Re: Vanguard year end distributions - updated estimates

It's December 19th and I don't see the amounts posted for the ETFs. They won't be posted until after they are formally declared. Most likely won't show up online until the ex-dividend date for each ETF. The PDF lists today (12/19) as the declaration date for VTI, VXUS, and VNQ: https://personal.van...
by InvestorNewb
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard year end distributions - updated estimates
Replies: 77
Views: 11169

Re: Vanguard year end distributions - updated estimates

It's December 19th and I don't see the amounts posted for the ETFs.
by InvestorNewb
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Just not getting it [Stock Picking versus TSM]
Replies: 98
Views: 14827

Re: Just not getting it

I'm sure many of us have toyed with the idea that you are thinking about. My philosophy is that I want to be able to sleep at night. I'm already very heavy in stocks (almost my entire net worth) and feel that I am taking enough risk with TSM/TISM. I am happy with my returns so far and taking greater...
by InvestorNewb
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard year end distributions - updated estimates
Replies: 77
Views: 11169

Re: Vanguard year end distributions - updated estimates

Are the estimates for the ETFs in the "net income available" column?

https://personal.vanguard.com/pdf/YEETF_122017.pdf

From what I recall last year, the actual amounts are usually higher than the estimates.
by InvestorNewb
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How consistent will VNQ dividend be?
Replies: 66
Views: 5218

Re: How consistent will VNQ dividend be?

I have the majority of my tax-deferred account in REITS - VNQ. I've been happy with the dividend growth each year (started investing in 2012). Here is a chart that shows the annual dividend increase/decrease: https://www.dividendinvestor.com/dividend-quote-new/?Symbol=VNQ As you can see, the only ti...
by InvestorNewb
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the point of an ETF version of a total stock index fund?
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: What is the point of an ETF version of a total stock index fund?

The ETF is offered in Canada but the mutual fund is not. I am thankful for this.
by InvestorNewb
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Case for Owning the U.S. Market Portfolio"
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: "The Case for Owning the U.S. Market Portfolio"

"Any deviation from this U.S. market portfolio represents an active bet."

It seems to me they are using the words 'active bet' to mean what they want. I don't see how investing in the world is considered an active bet.
by InvestorNewb
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?
Replies: 255
Views: 20982

Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

I remember when I first started my investing plan I had many questions which I posted here. It was fun posting the questions and seeing the responses. It helped me formulate a plan which I stick to even today. It isn't the forum itself that is less interesting -- but your interest in the forum. I ha...
by InvestorNewb
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I own no international stocks. Can you guess why?
Replies: 167
Views: 17297

Re: I own no international stocks. Can you guess why?

I'm guessing it's because the top US companies get 50% of their revenue from international sources. Bogle has said this in the past.

We are looking forward to your reply, Taylor. :)
by InvestorNewb
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jobs that pay over $100,000
Replies: 157
Views: 18478

Re: Jobs that pay over $100,000

Jags4186 wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:53 pm
Sales or Human Resources.
I doubt many HR jobs pay 100k+, at least not at the start. HR is also usually the first department to experience downsizing when companies need to reduce expenses.
by InvestorNewb
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do you know how much your portfolio lost/gain in one day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1909

Re: How do you know how much your portfolio lost/gain in one day?

Morningstar calculates this automatically for you. You have to create an account and then you can see what you are up or down on any given day.
by InvestorNewb
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lost $7000 today in ONE DAY!
Replies: 183
Views: 18106

Re: Lost $7000 today in ONE DAY!

The trick is to avoid looking at your balance on down days. Only do this when the market is at highs. This advice has worked for me and while I can guess how much I'm down I don't know the real balance because I avoid looking. Focus on the income that you get with your investments. I take comfort in...
by InvestorNewb
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 4811

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

It sounds like you are being taken advantage of. Nice people offer to pay their fair share. Even nicer people insist on paying their fair share.

Could it be possible that they simply can't afford it?
by InvestorNewb
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: what % of international stock
Replies: 31
Views: 2409

Re: what % of international stock

I have around 20% international. Nobody knows the right answer so why not hold at least 20%?
by InvestorNewb
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is $9000 too much for a sectional sofa ?
Replies: 130
Views: 10935

Re: Is $9000 too much for a sectional sofa ?

I wouldn't do it. I paid $5,000 for an LED television and regretted it a few months later.

Given that spills are inevitable with kids, even more reason not to get a fancy one. But if 9k is peanuts to you, or if you don't care about the couch getting ruined, then why not.
by InvestorNewb
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Will my older self thank me?
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

Re: Will my older self thank me?

I think frugality is a common trait shared by Bogleheads. I'm also like that but if I have clothes that are visibly worn out, I will buy new ones. I happen to hate shopping which is my biggest reason for wearing the same clothes. I would not cheap out on such items since they will help you attract a...
by InvestorNewb
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who's Responsible?
Replies: 23
Views: 1775

Re: Who's Responsible?

With small value items, the mail carriers tend to just leave the product at the door and risk the item being stolen.
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: From Chi-Midway: Taxi, Uber, Lyft, or other?
Replies: 26
Views: 2787

Re: From Chi-Midway: Taxi, Uber, Lyft, or other?

I only have experience with taxis and Uber. I must say that after using Uber on many occasions, I will never use a taxi again unless I have to. This might be for work or in a city where Uber is not available. I like the convenience of Uber and knowing exactly how much my ride will cost before reques...
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VNQ allocation [Vanguard REIT Index]
Replies: 20
Views: 1909

Re: VNQ allocation

I would either remove your VNQ allocation or increase it. At 1.3% of your portfolio, there is no need for it because it is not enough to "move the needle". I have about 17% of my portfolio in REITs (started investing in 2012). The total US stock mark has outperformed REITs during that period. The ge...
by InvestorNewb
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Signing up for term life insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Signing up for term life insurance

I'm in the process of signing up for term life insurance. I'm able to get 500k worth of coverage for 30 years for $65/month. The premium will never go up during that period. One thing that really bothers me about the registration process is that the company seems hesitant to let me fill out the heal...
by InvestorNewb
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on individual dividend investing?
Replies: 80
Views: 6781

Re: Thoughts on individual dividend investing?

badbreath wrote:the only person I know who got rich off of dividend stock picks is Dividend Mantra who sold his website.
He started a new website called Mr Free at 33. What is your definition of rich?
by InvestorNewb
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you check your dividends?
Replies: 16
Views: 1926

Re: Do you check your dividends?

I check mine every quarter. Only 4 ETFs so it only takes a few minutes but I look forward to it.

Sometimes I notice the amount that I receive is off by 1 or 2 cents maximum.
by InvestorNewb
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Waiting for the Market to Crash is a Terrible Strategy"
Replies: 27
Views: 5810

Re: "Waiting for the Market to Crash is a Terrible Strategy"

Staying invested has paid off handsomely. I have no intention of selling anytime soon.
by InvestorNewb
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."
Replies: 32
Views: 5679

Re: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."

l don't see the amounts posted yet for ETFs that are being declared today (VTI/VXUS). http://www.dividend.com/dividend-stocks/uncategorized/other/vti-vanguard-total-stock-market-etf/ Here is VTI; VXUS not yet declared. Strange.. why would it be posted there prior to the information being made publi...
by InvestorNewb
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."
Replies: 32
Views: 5679

Re: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."

livesoft wrote:
InvestorNewb wrote:l don't see the amounts posted yet for ETFs that are being declared today (VTI/VXUS).
"today" means 23:59:59 in Vanguard time.
Seems like a great way to annoy customers. In that case they should just say 06/20 is the declaration date.
by InvestorNewb
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."
Replies: 32
Views: 5679

Re: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."

l don't see the amounts posted yet for ETFs that are being declared today (VTI/VXUS).
by InvestorNewb
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: scary phone calls [phone scams]
Replies: 35
Views: 4749

Re: scary phone calls

The solution is simple: block + delete.
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 719
Views: 192031

Re: Share your net worth progression

Here are the amounts that I recall with a little story for each: Age 22 - $30,000 I graduated university with $30k in savings. I was ahead of most of my peers because my parents paid for my schooling and I did not have to go into debt. After graduating, I spent the next few years working on my busin...
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bought $31K Stocks Today: Am I Mad?
Replies: 32
Views: 4474

Re: Bought $31K Stocks Today: Am I Mad?

DomDangelina wrote:Am I completely insane for not waiting for things to cool off?
Not at all.
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Why did my fund suddenly drop in value?]
Replies: 206
Views: 140262

Re: [Why did my fund suddenly drop in value?]

Whakamole wrote:Any word yet on the timing for the June distributions?
The declaration dates are listed at:
Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm going to be rich! [Fidelity retirement planner]
Replies: 31
Views: 6536

Re: I'm going to be rich!

It's a depressing thought looking out that far.
by InvestorNewb
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Was it unprofessional for the HR manager to ask for my salary history in front of a peer at a job interview?
Replies: 74
Views: 9415

Re: Was it unprofessional for the HR manager to ask for my salary history in front of a peer at a job interview?

Should have responded with "none of your business". That likely would have eliminated me from consideration, but if that's the case, then I think is that really a company I want to work for? This is a family business that was recently bought by a larger corporation. Some of the Glassdoor reviews in...
by InvestorNewb
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Another one of those "We are at the peak, crash is coming, how do I invest?" posts!
Replies: 75
Views: 7454

Re: Another one of those "We are at the peak, crash is coming, how do I invest?" posts!

If they are so confident why are they not shorting the market with their life savings? I rest my case.
by InvestorNewb
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 719
Views: 192031

Re: Share your net worth progression

We've estimated that the last one probably cost us an extra $90,000 - $100,000 total since was born in 2012. Maybe a little more. That is on the high side considering the following quote: The average cost of raising a child born in 2013 up until age 18 for a middle-income family in the U.S. is appr...
by InvestorNewb
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jim Rogers predicting "crash of a lifetime" this year or next
Replies: 89
Views: 13715

Re: Jim Rogers predicting "crash of a lifetime" this year or next

It's going to happen later this year or next according to the article. And it's going to be the "worst" in the interviewer's lifetime. Pretty bold statements.

It's sad that people believe such predictions.
by InvestorNewb
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debit charge I didn't make ...
Replies: 20
Views: 3004

Re: Debit charge I didn't make ...

I've had this happen with my credit card but never with debit. How much was the charge for?

I didn't realize there were pending transactions with debit. I thought the amount was debited the instant the purchase was made.
by InvestorNewb
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% Stock Portfolio?
Replies: 138
Views: 11920

Re: 100% Stock Portfolio?

I've been more or less 100% stocks since 2012. I plan on staying 100% stocks until I hit my number. At that point I will reassess what I want to do with my portfolio. The number is $2m. Currently more than half way there. Just curios, but what % do you allocate to each fund? US - 50% US REIT - 15% ...
by InvestorNewb
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does anyone feel they missed out on AMZN, NFLX,TSLA?
Replies: 113
Views: 12120

Re: Does anyone feel they missed out on AMZN, NFLX,TSLA?

The problem is you have to bet big to win big. That is unless you happened to get extremely lucky and buy these companies when they first went public.

bottlecap brings up a good point. If they made that much of a killing, why are they still working?
by InvestorNewb
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% Stock Portfolio?
Replies: 138
Views: 11920

Re: 100% Stock Portfolio?

I've been more or less 100% stocks since 2012. I plan on staying 100% stocks until I hit my number. At that point I will reassess what I want to do with my portfolio. The number is $2m. Currently more than half way there. Nice. How much did you start with? Started with about $500k in 2012. I'm not ...
by InvestorNewb
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% Stock Portfolio?
Replies: 138
Views: 11920

Re: 100% Stock Portfolio?

I've been more or less 100% stocks since 2012. I plan on staying 100% stocks until I hit my number. At that point I will reassess what I want to do with my portfolio. The number is $2m. Currently more than half way there.
by InvestorNewb
Fri May 26, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interview follow-up
Replies: 12
Views: 1511

Re: Interview follow-up

I'm confused, they asked for and checked for references and haven't provided a conditional job offer yet? I ask because I encountered the same situation last year. I don't know if this is a new "thing" with employers, but it's pretty rude to bug someone's references when there's nothing concrete ye...
by InvestorNewb
Fri May 26, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard REIT ETF ER increased?!?
Replies: 13
Views: 2318

Re: Vanguard REIT ETF ER increased?!?

I own VNQ and I wasn't aware of the change until I saw this thread. It's still dirt cheap at 0.10 or 0.12.