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by Malinois000
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin
Replies: 118
Views: 6697

Re: Bitcoin

What do you think about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies? Investing or gambling? Gambling, at least in the context of how its been hitting the news lately. I see the positive uses of cryptocurrencies and I do see the negatives. In terms of using them as speculation vehicles I am not opposed to it, thou...
by Malinois000
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin
Replies: 118
Views: 6697

Re: Bitcoin

Is there a more conservative way to play Bitcoins, for example, one of the major tech companies or banks?
by Malinois000
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin
Replies: 118
Views: 6697

Re: Bitcoin

I have a friend who purchased 100 shares of GBTC (ETF) at $200 several months ago. It closed at $616 on Friday. It's hard not to consider this asset class as a potential for at least a small percentage of your funds.
by Malinois000
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bitcoin
Replies: 118
Views: 6697

Bitcoin

What do you think about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies? Investing or gambling?
by Malinois000
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab Intelligent Portfolios
Replies: 18
Views: 2584

Re: Schwab Intelligent Portfolios

I'm a Schwab Private Client and a couple of weeks ago our branch invited the head of Schwab Intelligent Portfolio's to discuss this product. He shared that the large cash allocation is to help with rebalance needs and one of the three ways they make money by loaning the cash balances as a bank. Over...
by Malinois000
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirement plan for newborns
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Re: Retirement plan for newborns

Basically a future value computation. If you assumed an average 7% annual increase the value would be $158,102....if you assumed a 10% return $438,960.
by Malinois000
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: REITs Aren't Special
Replies: 106
Views: 8369

Re: Larry Swedroe: REITs Aren't Special

When it's "wet," dry it. When it's "dry," wet it.

I will maintain my 10% REIT allocation.....Thanks.
by Malinois000
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State Farm vs Penn National- auto, renters, umbrella?
Replies: 58
Views: 5534

Re: Why does State Farm have poor reviews?

I've been a State Farm insured for over 30 years (3 cars, homeowner, PLUP, multiple life policies, Personal Articles Policy). My experience has been excellent. I highly recommend State Farm.
by Malinois000
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family member fleecing Alzheimers victim
Replies: 26
Views: 4795

Re: Family member fleecing Alzheimers victim

Shame, shame, shame!!!
by Malinois000
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those who max 401k
Replies: 55
Views: 6844

Re: Those who max 401k

$24,000 divided by 26 paychecks - $924 per check for me....
by Malinois000
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your Favorite Vanguard Fund
Replies: 56
Views: 6744

Re: Your Favorite Vanguard Fund

VB Small Cap for me. I've owned since 2009...865 shares with a basis of $56..it's $135 today. Love VB!!
by Malinois000
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question - 401k Roth plus Roth IRA
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Question - 401k Roth plus Roth IRA

If you make enough income to need to use the back door for Roth IRA, it is likely you could benefit from tax-deferral in the 401k, especially since you are likely to be in your highest income years. That would be the advice given on the limited information provided. There are circumstances that mig...
by Malinois000
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question - 401k Roth plus Roth IRA
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Question - 401k Roth plus Roth IRA

I need some help. Last month I funded a Backdoor Roth IRA for $6,500. I max my 401k at $24,000 annually. My 401K plan allows for Roth Contributions regardless of your income. I'm thinking of segmenting my bi-weekly 401K contribution to allocate a portion towards the Roth 401k. Are there any limitati...
by Malinois000
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need your help to pick life insurance carrier :)
Replies: 22
Views: 1497

Re: Need your help to pick life insurance carrier :)

How about State Farm? They handle all my insurance needs.
by Malinois000
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BMW X5 2017 - Seeking advice
Replies: 40
Views: 3352

Re: BMW X5 2017 - Seeking advice

I purchased a 2008 X5 brand new and paid cash as you are considering. We still own it today and it has 116k miles. It has been a great vehicle. Our kids were very involved in youth athletics at the time so that was our go to transportation all over the Northeast. We lived in Philly at the time. The ...
by Malinois000
Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to utilize employer's NQDC plan
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: How to utilize employer's NQDC plan

I have contributed to my company's NQDC plan for the past 10 years after maxing the 401k as you described. It begins a payout for the desired months following retirement. I have half saved under the 60 months and the other half 120 months of payment after retirement. I plan to retire in 3 1/2 years....
by Malinois000
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex [Platinum card fee increasing to $550]
Replies: 9
Views: 1733

Amex [Platinum card fee increasing to $550]

I've been an Amex Card holder since 1986 and a Platinum member for probably the last 10 or so. I just received notification that the annual fee is increasing to $550. I travel often and appreciate the flexibility of the airline lounges and the overall service from Amex; however, the price is becomin...
by Malinois000
Tue May 23, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Using guaranteed yield in life insurance policy
Replies: 9
Views: 1023

Re: Using guaranteed yield in life insurance policy

As a couple of others mentioned, there is no hurry for you to make a decision. Ask your agent to provide an in-force policy illustration before making any decision about canceling this policy. Your parents have likely done a lot of the "heavy lifting" with this policy.
by Malinois000
Tue May 23, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is Schwab Intelligent Portfolio OK for taxable accounts???
Replies: 33
Views: 2856

Re: Is Schwab Intelligent Portfolio OK for taxable accounts???

I help my sister and we rolled over one of her IRA's as we were looking for low fees and she is not interested in managing her investments. She rolled over the account in October 2016...It has performed fairly well so far.

Go Terps!!! My daughter attended Univ Maryland.
by Malinois000
Sat May 20, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice on retirement plans
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: Advice on retirement plans

Backdoor ROTH IRA may be a good option for you. We are in the same situation...my wife returned to the workforce this year since the kids are gone and we just finished the backdoor Roth IRA at Vanguard and will do so from this point forward.
by Malinois000
Fri May 19, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth screw up?
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Backdoor Roth screw up?

I checked my wife's account this morning and the Backdoor Roth process is now complete (after 1 week). Given the drop in the market this week the original $6,500 contribution is was $6,469.54 at the time of conversion. Does that mean I will not need to file the form 8606 with next years' taxes?
by Malinois000
Thu May 18, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for you high net worth individuals... [real estate investments]
Replies: 82
Views: 11241

Re: Question for you high net worth individuals...

Zero. 32+ year career and the good fortune of a high salary, investing is stocks for years and living well below our means.
by Malinois000
Sun May 14, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab vs Vanguard
Replies: 68
Views: 15614

Re: Schwab vs Vanguard

I'm a Private Client of Schwab and just opened a Vanguard Roth IRA for my wife. A little early for me to have an opinion but I really do like Schwab. However, I have a large number of individual stocks as i like Dividend investing for my Schwab account.
by Malinois000
Sun May 14, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth screw up?
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Backdoor Roth screw up?

Got it! Thanks for the info!
by Malinois000
Sun May 14, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)
Replies: 17
Views: 2020

Re: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)

A big question is how quickly they will spend down the money. If it will be pretty quickly then the CD's would make sense to me. If some of it could be spent in 5+ years then then it might make sense to put part(25%?) of the money is something like the Vanguard Lifestrategy income fund. Thanks Watty...
by Malinois000
Sun May 14, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth screw up?
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Backdoor Roth screw up?

My DW returned to the workplace this year so last Thursday I attempted to set up a back door Roth IRA through Vanguard. The chain of events so far: 1) Set up tIRA on 5/11 and electronically funded $6,500. 2) Purchased Vanguard Growth ETF and Vanguard International Stock Index which totaled $6,240.65...
by Malinois000
Sun May 14, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Old Habits Can Sabotage Retirement
Replies: 51
Views: 7793

Re: How Old Habits Can Sabotage Retirement

I read this article in the WSJ a month ago. I am about four years from retirement and frankly obsessed with the accumulation of assets. If I do not change my mindset, I could see problems in the distribution phases although my wife says: thanks not going to happen....
by Malinois000
Sat May 13, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: recent widow needs help with life insurance payout options
Replies: 44
Views: 3413

Re: recent widow needs help with life insurance payout options

I'm so sorry for you loss.

I suggest you select option 1 and place the proceeds into a savings account until you can think through how you wish to invest going forward.
by Malinois000
Fri May 12, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions
Replies: 13
Views: 1017

Re: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions

Response to 10 year plan:

The Nonqualified Plan I referred to is in addition to my employers 401k plan and defined benefit pension plan. It is designed for those over a certain income limit.
by Malinois000
Thu May 11, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions
Replies: 13
Views: 1017

Re: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions

For mt first four contracts i selected 60 months. The last three, I've selected 120 months. I plan to continue to opt for 120 months for the next three which will take me to planned retirement and provide nice 10 year bridge to RMDs.
by Malinois000
Thu May 11, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My plan to use policy loans to fund first five years of retirement
Replies: 61
Views: 4159

Re: My plan to use policy loans to fund first five years of retirement

OP - thanks for sharing and good use of your perm insurance policies. Although term policies have always resonated with me, I have both term and universal policies as I always wanted to have some permanent insurance in force as well.
by Malinois000
Thu May 11, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you buy SNAP?
Replies: 116
Views: 10803

Re: Did you buy SNAP?

I didn't buy but I'm tempted to purchase a small position and hold. Very tempted!
by Malinois000
Thu May 11, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)
Replies: 17
Views: 2020

Re: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)

I don't think we want an SPIA at this point in their lives. Also, they already have an annuity. Some form of shorter Bond ETFs seem to provide a nice balance of safety and additional income while allowing them to SWAN.
by Malinois000
Wed May 10, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)
Replies: 17
Views: 2020

Re: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)

Sorry about not listing the complete descriptions of the funds. - BND is Vanguard Total Bond Market - BSV is Vanguard Short Term Bonds - VCIT is Vanguard Intermediate Term Corporate Bonds They are looking for safety (SWAN) and to produce some additional income. I too was thinking about some form of ...
by Malinois000
Wed May 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Assisting Parents (82 and 78)
Replies: 17
Views: 2020

Assisting Parents (82 and 78)

Hello all, My parents recently sold their home and netted an additional 100K which my father wants to safely invest. They have a couple of modest pensions a small annuity and social security so the 100k proceeds will allow for additional funds if desired. I was thinking of something along the lines ...
by Malinois000
Sat May 06, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay home with kids?
Replies: 103
Views: 8220

Re: Stay home with kids?

I think you should follow your instincts on this one. My wife and I both worked with two kids and one day I came home and she said: I want to retire and take care of the kids full time. We could afford her staying home (as you certainly can) at that time she was making six figures so I was still thi...
by Malinois000
Wed May 03, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Unfunded, non-qualified deferred plan - What is this thing?
Replies: 18
Views: 1508

Re: Unfunded, non-qualified deferred plan - What is this thing?

In response to your inquiry.. I am 56 and plan to retire at 60 and live off pension and deferred comp contributions until RMDs at 70. I did not find the use of the plans overly complex and pleased how quickly you can build your savings. The unease I do even considering the confidence I have in the s...
by Malinois000
Wed May 03, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Unfunded, non-qualified deferred plan - What is this thing?
Replies: 18
Views: 1508

Re: Unfunded, non-qualified deferred plan - What is this thing?

It sounds similar to a deferred comp plan I contribute to at my employer. They are designed to allow higher income brackets to save higher levels of income. Mine is non qualified and you are a general creditor if God forbid the company experienced financial challenges. I have participated for severa...
by Malinois000
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor IRA - Clarification
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Backdoor IRA - Clarification

Got it - thanks!!
by Malinois000
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor IRA - Clarification
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Backdoor IRA - Clarification

Sorry for another Backdoor question but I want to confirm I'm doing this correctly before I pull the trigger. My wife has been out of the workforce for 10 years but became bored at home and reentered the work force this year. She has an existing 401k with her previous employer with a $353,000 balanc...
by Malinois000
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why are pensions revered, but annuities reviled?
Replies: 113
Views: 10958

Re: Why are pensions revered, but annuities reviled?

When I started working for my employer 33 years ago and one would comment about the defined benefit plan pension I thought yada yada ya...Four years from retirement, now I think what a "beautiful" thing. A defined benefit plan along with all other assets and savings equal a beautiful retir...
by Malinois000
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age when you started to max out your retirement accounts?
Replies: 177
Views: 26831

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

Early 40's. I will also receive a healthy pension and also invested fairly heavy in the company deferred comp plan.
by Malinois000
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."
Replies: 336
Views: 39942

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."

Thanks, Larry!!! Best.
by Malinois000
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: employer executive savings plan and 180k cash - prioritizing help
Replies: 14
Views: 1518

Re: employer executive savings plan and 180k cash - prioritizing help

How stable is your employer as you are very young. I'm 56 and have max 401ks for years and have accumulated an additional 500k in my employers deferred comp. I plan to contribute the next four years up to retirement but do worry about being a general creditor. I have elected 10 year payout to create...
by Malinois000
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me decide pension benefits, single life, 50%, 75% and/or 100% survival benefits
Replies: 41
Views: 3099

Re: Help me decide pension benefits, single life, 50%, 75% and/or 100% survival benefits

I am 56 and plan to retire at 60. My pension options are Single life, 75% and 50%. My plans are to elect 75%.