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by Mrxyz
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?
Replies: 97
Views: 10911

Re: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?

Historically they zig when stocks or bonds zag. However, in times of financial stress all assets may decrease. This was true during the financial crisis. However, REITs performed very well during the technology bust of 2000. Hi, Why do they go opposite the stocks and bonds? They don't. You have bee...
by Mrxyz
Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?
Replies: 97
Views: 10911

Re: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?

How have REITs performed historically compared to stocks & bonds? Historically they zig when stocks or bonds zag. However, in times of financial stress all assets may decrease. This was true during the financial crisis. However, REITs performed very well during the technology bust of 2000. Hi, ...
by Mrxyz
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?
Replies: 97
Views: 10911

Re: Anybody regretting holding on to your REITS?

How have REITs performed historically compared to stocks & bonds? Historically they zig when stocks or bonds zag. However, in times of financial stress all assets may decrease. This was true during the financial crisis. However, REITs performed very well during the technology bust of 2000. Best...
by Mrxyz
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Valuethinker has surpassed 30,000 posts
Replies: 39
Views: 3112

Re: Valuethinker has surpassed 30,000 posts

nisiprius wrote:By the way, retiredjg is up to 26,680... has he been getting his due recognition?


I think retiredjg is a she - please correct me if I am wrong.
by Mrxyz
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air
Replies: 19
Views: 1764

Re: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air

... I believe Bestbuy may also reduce price further with student discount. Specifically, anyone with a .edu email address can sign up for periodic coupons from BestBuy. (Does your school provide email addresses to alumni?) Some of those mailings will have Apple coupons. I've seen $50-150 off, with ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to talk with a housekeeper?
Replies: 49
Views: 5082

Re: How to talk with a housekeeper?

Communication or the lack thereof!!! It's amazing that this problem is so common. I am probably completely wrong in assuming this or upsetting anyone and I apologize in advance but; Just think of it --- you had to ask a forum about how to talk rather than just to go ahead and talk with your housekee...
by Mrxyz
Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air
Replies: 19
Views: 1764

Re: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air

Hi all,
Though the topic is going a little sideways..............as usual this forum keeps teaching me more and more.........

Paying/not paying state tax is quite interesting and complicated.....

http://blog.taxjar.com/charging-sales-tax-rates/
by Mrxyz
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air
Replies: 19
Views: 1764

Re: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air

Adding to my earlier post. The website apple insider has a price guide for many configurations of Apple products from six major retailers. http://prices.appleinsider.com Gazelle buys and sells used Apple computers, phones, and tablets. https://www.gazelle.com. I have not purchased from it. Thanks -...
by Mrxyz
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air
Replies: 19
Views: 1764

Best way to buy a new/used Mac book Air

Hi
Is there a best way to buy a new /used Mac book air?
Looking for a 13 inch, 8 RAM, 256 G Air.

Have looked at Best buy, newegg, Apple, walmart..............any other sites I missed?
Any method other than going online and searching ?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford a new (used) car?
Replies: 24
Views: 1894

Re: Can I afford a new (used) car?

No, this isn't intended to be a humblebrag. It's a statement of facts, and the question that I wrestle with. How much car can I afford. The $600 a month in net taxable savings each month is much, much smaller than I'm comfortable with. It doesn't take much to spend a year's worth of taxable savings...
by Mrxyz
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford a new (used) car?
Replies: 24
Views: 1894

Re: Can I afford a new (used) car?

Is he asking if he can afford a new (used) car........ or yacht?
Is this a humblebrag ??
Sorry if I am wrong!
by Mrxyz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: repair 2010 odyssey versus trade in?
Replies: 26
Views: 2537

Re: repair 2010 odyssey versus trade in?

Thanks for the update. FWIW, I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey, 184,000 miles which needs new steering pump, alignment, tires, rear engine mount - around $2.5-3G. I have postponed these repair for a long (6 months/so) while waiting for a new car/SUV. Will likely go for a new 2017 Pilot. But part of me fe...
by Mrxyz
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: repair 2010 odyssey versus trade in?
Replies: 26
Views: 2537

Re: repair 2010 odyssey versus trade in?

Update.... We were all set to bring the car to our mechanic the day after Labor Day. It stopped making the noise that Sunday. Has not come back yet. Having read everyone's post and weighed the costs the plan is to keep the car, repair anything that eventually needs repairing and go from there. It's...
by Mrxyz
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Letter of Final Instructions"
Replies: 45
Views: 6079

Re: "Letter of Final Instructions"

Hats off to you for donating your body to medicine!
by Mrxyz
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gal gas water heater replacement
Replies: 25
Views: 2977

Re: 50 gal gas water heater replacement

Final update:

I got it replaced with State 50 gallon water heater at a cost of $984. The old water heater was leaking up quite a bit in the last few days - perhaps it 'knew' it was going to be replaced!!
Thanks for all your suggestions and recommendations!
by Mrxyz
Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking Job Ideas for a disabled MD
Replies: 17
Views: 2075

Re: Seeking Job Ideas for a disabled MD

How about anything related to Medical Informatics ? Lots of jobs and lots of opportunity
- thought I am presuming she can read a computer screen
by Mrxyz
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drowned IPhone
Replies: 28
Views: 2339

Re: Drowned IPhone

Yes, it works
by Mrxyz
Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Improving the Bogleheads forum
Replies: 99
Views: 8419

Re: Improving the Bogleheads forum

How about a section just for portfolio review ? Currently there are many portfolio reviews which get(/need) bumped as the review - by many contributors over time - is not complete and it can take a long time as it goes down the list and 'disappears' in page 2 etc.
by Mrxyz
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars
Replies: 75
Views: 5824

Re: Any advice---Toyota 4 runner vs. Honda Pilot--2016 cars

I have been 'looking' for almost a year............... I like the 2016 Pilot though there are teething issues with this new upgraded 3rd generation model. Look up Piloteers website for more information than you need! But specifically, there were a lot of software issues which were fixed etc etc. htt...
by Mrxyz
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What makes people succeed?
Replies: 98
Views: 8823

Re: What makes people succeed?

by Mrxyz
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gal gas water heater replacement
Replies: 25
Views: 2977

50 gal gas water heater replacement

Hi all,

I need to replace my old (15 yr) and leaking gas water heater.

Which brand to pick?
Need more water capacity- go with single larger tank or two 40 gallon tanks ?
Tanks are rated with 'x' years - is that a lifespan before it needs replacement or just a suggestion?

Thanks a lot.
by Mrxyz
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip/vacation package deals
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Trip/vacation package deals

Hi,
Perhaps as a sign of age or impatience (or both!), I am more keen in looking for a package vacations/trips deal instead of building an itinerary myself. Any suggestions or guidance on finding such packages?
I have looked at Kayak, Costco and Tripmasters websites.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too much house???
Replies: 58
Views: 6007

Re: Too much house???

Some more background information. It's all in taxable accounts but she has that much basis due to the fact that it was from a recent inheritance. She wants to retire at 50, 9 years from now, and her income is very secure at 250k, 130k salary and 120k dividends, until then. After that she will be li...
by Mrxyz
Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too much house???
Replies: 58
Views: 6007

Re: Too much house???

So quite confused here; I am probably assuming too much and I am just dead wrong but.............. Too much house ? or should it be "Too much money?" Can someone explain to me how can one reach age 41 with 6 M investments and 250k income not able to answer such a question and need a forum'...
by Mrxyz
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for teenage son
Replies: 61
Views: 4977

Car for teenage son

Hi all, So I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey which has 180,000 miles on it with some issues which will take around 2 to 2.5G to fix to allow it to be used for X number of years. My son will need a used car next year. So, do I repair this van and hope for the best OR do I sell this van and get him a "...
by Mrxyz
Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015/2016 Sienna L vs Odyssey EX
Replies: 14
Views: 1510

Re: 2015/2016 Sienna L vs Odyssey EX

Duplicate - As a response to above post So, agree with the ads on that forum but not too much of a problem with my mac. 1. My 2005 Ody - It has 180,000 miles and basically dying very slowly. In the last 6 months or the VCM vibrations are evident because of the (now damaged) dynamic rear engine mount...
by Mrxyz
Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015/2016 Sienna L vs Odyssey EX
Replies: 14
Views: 1510

Re: 2015/2016 Sienna L vs Odyssey EX

We have 2 odysseys. Love them. Excellent vans - better than any other brands that I know of. Newer models (2015 onward) are even better than older ones. Wait for the 2017 revamped model if you can. VCM = variable cylinder managment - basically shuts down some cylinders to improve mileage - which it...
by Mrxyz
Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015/2016 Sienna L vs Odyssey EX
Replies: 14
Views: 1510

Re: 2015/2016 Sienna L vs Odyssey EX

We have 2 odysseys. Love them. Excellent vans - better than any other brands that I know of. Newer models (2015 onward) are even better than older ones. Wait for the 2017 revamped model if you can. VCM = variable cylinder managment - basically shuts down some cylinders to improve mileage - which it ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Specifying type of room at cheap national chains?
Replies: 29
Views: 2224

Re: Specifying type of room at cheap national chains?

If you know which hotel you plan to stay in, then try to look up user comments on https://www.tripadvisor.com/ and also if your hotel is reviewed then you can look up https://www.oyster.com/. This takes a little time to research but I have found it worthwhile. You can also filter comments by say 'fa...
by Mrxyz
Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?
Replies: 145
Views: 12262

Re: What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?

I learnt that there is noise......... big noise and small noise......... Brexit is perhaps big noise ..... don't know or care as I do not have to know or care. Have an IPS and chug along the course. I also learnt that if you reacted to this so called Brexit bloodbath then you have NOT understood the...
by Mrxyz
Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 251
Views: 22198

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L 180,000 miles Spent around $2000 in repairs till now - A/C, brakes, rotors etc. Not sure if I will keep it for long. Needs another $2000 (needs engine mounts, tires, power steering pump, etc) to make it last many more thousands of miles............just not sure about repair o...
by Mrxyz
Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?
Replies: 30
Views: 2485

Re: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?

Have you looked at Milguard windows? They have excellent repair/replacement warranty.
by Mrxyz
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Annual Returns on Stock, T.Bonds and T.Bills: 1928 - Current
Replies: 18
Views: 2203

Re: Annual Returns on Stock, T.Bonds and T.Bills: 1928 - Current

Hi all, Fascinating data and charts! I have a stupid question (but let me make it clear that I have had nothing but wonderful advice from this site with lots of saving and incredible growth of knowledge and perspective etc, etc, etc...... Have 3 fund portfolio etc.....) Now for the stupid question; ...
by Mrxyz
Sat May 14, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physician Retirement Savings
Replies: 213
Views: 26077

Re: Physician Retirement Savings

So how do you decide on what is the magic number to retire? Being physicians, they are more aware than other about rising medical costs. How do they factor that cost in the equation?
by Mrxyz
Sat May 14, 2016 2:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chess set recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

Re: Chess set recommendations

Hi, Any chess players around? I wonder if you have any recommendations for chess set for home use. I would prefer tournament size, weighted with roll up board, unless there is a solid/wood one which is reasonable cost. Lots of options on amazon which makes it confusing. Any suggestions? Thanks Our ...
by Mrxyz
Sat May 14, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chess set recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

Chess set recommendations

Hi,

Any chess players around? I wonder if you have any recommendations for chess set for home use. I would prefer tournament size, weighted with roll up board, unless there is a solid/wood one which is reasonable cost. Lots of options on amazon which makes it confusing. Any suggestions?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3.5M taxable bonds
Replies: 39
Views: 4531

Re: 3.5M taxable bonds

I know you don't believe it, but at 36, with $5 mill from the sale of your company, ( which I wouldn't call a "Windfall" -which connotes something happenstance, or unearned), the best long term place for that money is In stocks. Have patience, when you see your balances fluctuate by six f...
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronic keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Electronic keyboard

Hi,

Any recommendations on buying an electronic keyboard for under $500? Would like to use it for mixing and taping also.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Van vibration problem - any car experts?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Van vibration problem - any car experts?

Update -

Turned out to be right front CV boot was badly leaking and so after $500 and change, the vibration is almost completely gone. The engine mount is also weak but costs around $1000 to replace and thus not repaired.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black formal shoes with sneaker like support
Replies: 56
Views: 5543

Re: Black formal shoes with sneaker like support

I think I am too cheap. I am unable to spend more than $120-$130 for shoes even though my net worth way above 2 commas. I used to think like you, however I have changed my opinion on this over time. I've been wearing Clarks for about 15 years now and have absolutely noticed a difference in quality ...
by Mrxyz
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kid/baby Thermometer recomendation
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Kid/baby Thermometer recomendation

I suspect that if one bought 10 thermometers of the same brand that a couple of them might also vary in reported temps by about a degree. I accept your statement that can change "fever condition", but without getting into medical stuff is it that important anyways? You will know a high fe...
by Mrxyz
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black formal shoes with sneaker like support
Replies: 56
Views: 5543

Re: Black formal shoes with sneaker like support

Thanks for all your replies! Lots of good ideas and suggestions.
I think I am too cheap. I am unable to spend more than $120-$130 for shoes even though my net worth way above 2 commas. I settled on Brooks addiction walkers and they don't look fantastic but my feet feel just fine!
by Mrxyz
Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 50,000 Members
Replies: 26
Views: 3588

Re: 50,000 Members

Congratulations to all those who maintain and manage this board!!
Thanks to all your hard work and focus.

PS Kind of surprised that Nisiprius has less than 50,000 posts as I was quite sure he has responded to each member!
by Mrxyz
Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kid/baby Thermometer recomendation
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Kid/baby Thermometer recomendation

There is a big difference between accuracy and reliability. Very interesting theories behind each...but I digress. You want a reliable thermometer and not necessarily the more accurate thermometer. Meaning if you make 10 attempts to take the temperature in say 2 minutes, then these 10 readings shoul...
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Van vibration problem - any car experts?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Van vibration problem - any car experts?

Most probably you have wornout/broken ball bearings. If you can have a passenger in the front seat to identify if its originating from left or right - you can pin point which side of the front wheel ball bearings are broken. I had a similar issue on my 2002 Honda Civic - got it replaced at a NAPA s...
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Van vibration problem - any car experts?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Van vibration problem - any car experts?

Might want to check that the engine mounts are all tight. I once had an odd vibration, only at specific speed, but had a spark plug change requiring the engine to be moved, just previous. The shop just tightened the bolts holding the engine, and that was that. I read about the engine mounts recentl...
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Van vibration problem - any car experts?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Van vibration problem - any car experts?

If you're willing to spend $5-700 for new tires, I bet it would 'buy' that kind of time for you. Maybe you'll be happy enough to wait a little longer to replace the vehicle. Then again, it may not 'fix' the problem but, by your own admission, Wheels rotated because the front wheels were balding on ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Van vibration problem - any car experts?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Van vibration problem - any car experts?

What's magical about 4-5 months from now, other than the new models coming out? Yes, that is correct. Looking at the Honda Pilot touring and after reading different forums including Piloteers - really shocked to find so many issue with so many things including numerous software updates that I would...
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Van vibration problem - any car experts?
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Van vibration problem - any car experts?

Hi, I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 176k miles which vibrates at speeds above 20 mph. The vibration does not come on consistent at a particular speed and lasts for around 5 to 10 seconds (occurs irregularly and remains for irregular duration). The vibration appears to be from the front of the van, ...

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