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by Random Musings
Tue May 24, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do Bogleheads TRAVEL?
Replies: 81
Views: 9049

Re: How do Bogleheads TRAVEL?

Have vacationed at 48 states plus some overseas. All piecemeal. Do my own research and utilize trip advisor as well (and Fodor's and Frommer's). Lodging is usually moderately priced since we just tend to sleep there and perhaps take a quick dip in the pool. With kids, the dining is rarely high end. ...
by Random Musings
Mon May 23, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco AMEX Transition - Costco has no answers
Replies: 163
Views: 27904

Re: Costco AMEX Transition - Costco has no answers

When it comes to the 3% restaurant, some restaurants obviously didn't qualify of the AMEX card. A good number of them. must be qualified restaurants just like the travel. RM Can you clarify "qualified restaurants"? Citi's website simply says "restaurants." Do you simply mean res...
by Random Musings
Fri May 20, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco AMEX Transition - Costco has no answers
Replies: 163
Views: 27904

Re: Costco AMEX Transition - Costco has no answers

When it comes to the 3% restaurant, some restaurants obviously didn't qualify of the AMEX card. A good number of them.

must be qualified restaurants just like the travel.

RM
by Random Musings
Thu May 19, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New England in August
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Re: New England in August

With respect to Bar Harbour, we just take the kids there at night after our long days in Acadia NP. Get pizza, ice cream and walk around the town just to browse in the shops. As mentioned earlier, Camden in nice, but not really geared for small children. However, there is a nice state park there tha...
by Random Musings
Thu May 19, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New England in August
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Re: New England in August

With respect to 2-3 miles of hiking a day, Acadia has a good number of trails (for example, around Jordan Pond until you get to the rocks) where there is no/minimal elevation changes. So you could do more miles, even with children. I had a six year old and 2 year old (that I carried a bit), and we w...
by Random Musings
Fri May 13, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: More Americans over 65 are working
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: More Americans over 65 are working

When looking at satisfaction, I wonder if the higher % in 1998 comes from the factor that retirement savings was rising nicely both due to a strong stock market and higher interest rates. 2012 was after a very nasty bear market which, in combo with withdrawals from ones savings, probably hurt more r...
by Random Musings
Thu May 12, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifted math program for 1st grade
Replies: 66
Views: 7129

Re: Gifted math program for 1st grade

It seems that too much time and money is spent on helping both tails of the educational distribution curve.

Not a smart way to make our country competitive worldwide.

RM
by Random Musings
Fri May 06, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much House
Replies: 64
Views: 6804

Re: How Much House

Been 17 years at the house already...... 1.95 price of house to salary (ignoring 25% down). 30 year mortgage, but paid off in 12 years (refinanced once, easy 5 month payback since rates were over 8% when I closed) 2,500 sq. ft. If I ever decide to finish the basement, around 3,100 sq. ft. ignoring t...
by Random Musings
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Boomers' Retirement Confidence Hits All-Time Low
Replies: 7
Views: 1683

Re: Boomers' Retirement Confidence Hits All-Time Low

Here's where the author loses all credibility: The top-level findings of the survey may not be encouraging, but they do make a case for working with an advisor. Of the survey respondents who say they consult with a financial professional, 78% report they have at least $100,000 in savings for retire...
by Random Musings
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Boomers' Retirement Confidence Hits All-Time Low
Replies: 7
Views: 1683

Re: Boomers' Retirement Confidence Hits All-Time Low

The article mentions that confidence has been going down since the poll has started.

Perhaps the ongoing trends in wealth distribution has attributed to some of this angst. Most likely, the trend towards self directed retirement savings versus a pension hasn't helped either.

RM
by Random Musings
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: ‘Rich Dad’ author says the 2016 market collapse is coming
Replies: 47
Views: 7513

Re: ‘Rich Dad’ author says the 2016 market collapse is coming

If it doesn't pan out, just write another book.

It was said there was a sucker born every minute, I'm starting to believe in the every other second timeframe.

RM
by Random Musings
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 220
Views: 18970

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

None, except for an occasionally Wii game with the children.

Last time I got into games was Civilization IV - it took too much time.

RM
by Random Musings
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [NY Times article: 100% Stock Allocation in Retirement]
Replies: 127
Views: 12609

Re: [100% Stock Allocation in Retirement]

I read the article. In theory, if you have a LOT of money (Buffett like), you can do that as equities have outperformed bonds in the very long run. Of course, if you have billions of $, you can live on hundreds of millions. However, doesn't work for a lot of cases. Those dreaded Monte Carlo simulati...
by Random Musings
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 185
Views: 18230

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I liked Lilyhammer too, but it has "ended" - but you never know. I really enjoy Maron - but that show is a matter of personal taste, especially in regards to humor. Dexter was very good (nothing like rooting for a serial killer). Breaking Bad started out really strong but I started losing ...
by Random Musings
Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Leaving DFA advisor - should I keep DFA positions or simplify?
Replies: 21
Views: 2729

Re: Leaving DFA advisor - should I keep DFA positions or simplify?

Perhaps before breaking your relationship, if you care to simplify and keep some of the DFA funds, have the advisor consolidate to the funds you want to keep - then move on. But there are far too many, IMHO. Perhaps Larry could chime in to what number of funds do they average per client - at least i...
by Random Musings
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yellen: "We're taking a look at negative interest rates."
Replies: 56
Views: 7351

Re: Yellen: "We're taking a look at negative interest rates."

Central banks are playing the currency game. We are just mere pawns.

RM
by Random Musings
Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three devices = redundancy
Replies: 45
Views: 7390

Re: Three devices = redundancy

I don't have a smartphone, just one for talk and text. Wife has a smartphone that we can use for looking up stuff in a pinch when on the road. I like our IPad for home use, the larger screen size is easy on the eyes. Since I am on computers all the time at work, as many are these days, it's a blessi...
by Random Musings
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Today's dumbest investment advice
Replies: 32
Views: 4199

Re: Today's dumbest investment advice

But there is always this classic:

The stock market is a scam....

RM
by Random Musings
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sibling's destination wedding?
Replies: 110
Views: 7793

Re: Sibling's destination wedding?

In cases where many key family members are spread out everywhere, it may make sense from a logistics standpoint. However, these far away (and expensive) destination weddings are nothing but a "It's all about us" mentality. Not that a wedding is that, but it takes that thought to another le...
by Random Musings
Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Take the Verb Tense Pledge!
Replies: 69
Views: 4866

Re: Take the Verb Tense Pledge!

In Western PA, a lot of people leave out "to be" in their sentences.

As examples:

The car needs washed.

The lawn needs cut.


So, in local plays Hamlet will say....

"Or not, that is the question".

RM
by Random Musings
Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix increasing prices. Will you keep it?
Replies: 73
Views: 9825

Re: Netflix increasing prices. Will you keep it?

Yes I will. However, I called them up and balked at the $2.00 increase. I was able to talk them down to a $1.25 per month increase.

RM
by Random Musings
Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Investing] Things that would/will never happen in your lifetime
Replies: 43
Views: 5795

Re: [Investing] Things that would/will never happen in your lifetime

Stock Market guru's making the right calls most of the time.

The majority of active funds making positive alpha, after expenses.

Vanguard turning into a high expense ratio mutual fund company.

The Cubs winning the World Series - well, maybe next year.

RM
by Random Musings
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The S&P 500 had a great year for foreign investors.
Replies: 20
Views: 2892

Re: The S&P 500 had a great year for foreign investors.

But if one is a long-term investor and rebalances, does not the currency fluctuations negate over the long-term if the assumption is made that RTM occurs between the major currencies? I guess the volatility in the currency which rolls into part of the returns for a period ends up being part of the r...
by Random Musings
Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Market] Correction...Corection...Correction
Replies: 103
Views: 10967

Re: CORRECTION...Corection...Correction

Well, the midcaps are still in correction mode down around 12% off their highs.

And the small caps are around 15% off their highs.

Just the large caps are holding on right now, although the DJ Utilities is in correction territory and the DJ Transports are in bear market territory.

RM
by Random Musings
Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Great Depression - 5 year Mortgage
Replies: 27
Views: 4553

Re: Great Depression - 5 year Mortgage

Longer housing mortgages made housing more affordable for more people. Extending car loans to seven years makes it affordable for more people to buy and put cars in those affordable homes for more people. Credit cards galore make buying things now more affordable to more people. Buy your furniture n...
by Random Musings
Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bounced back too quick
Replies: 34
Views: 6779

Re: Bounced back too quick

The last day and today - the big caps have nice moves. What is disconcerting is that the small caps (iwn, iwo and iwc) are lagging during this period - as they have for months now. However, I believe their Shiller PE's were higher than the S&P 500 Shiller PE when their underperformance started. ...
by Random Musings
Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "FEAR" Is Here,...
Replies: 53
Views: 7670

Re: "FEAR" Is Here,...

The S&P right now is about 10% off it's highs, the small-caps a little more.

I guess this qualifies as a correction. (so far)

RM
by Random Musings
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1857
Views: 453193

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Hiking Shenandoah National Park - Falcon Guide

RM
by Random Musings
Thu May 14, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 12500

Re: I Hate Vacations

I only have so many years on this little blue planet. Might as well check it out. So I do. Plus, when I get older and can't do what I do now, the experiences I'll remember during my travels will far outweight thinking about the tangible goods I have owed. Can't take it to my grave, anyway. RM For m...
by Random Musings
Wed May 13, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wisconsin vacation ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 3103

Re: Wisconsin vacation ideas

Being an outdoors vacation type - Apostle Islands and Isle Royale National Park, the latter if you like to backpack (although considered park of Michigan). However, you'll have to drive to the UP of Michigan for the boat ride that takes you to Rock Harbor on the island.

RM
by Random Musings
Wed May 13, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 12500

Re: I Hate Vacations

I only have so many years on this little blue planet. Might as well check it out. So I do. Plus, when I get older and can't do what I do now, the experiences I'll remember during my travels will far outweight thinking about the tangible goods I have owed. Can't take it to my grave, anyway. RM
by Random Musings
Sat May 09, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cambridge Index Strategy
Replies: 12
Views: 1398

Re: Cambridge Index Strategy

I'd prefer they would just pick the big winners and avoid the rest. No need for tax loss harvesting and less paperwork. Seems like a far more efficient strategy.

RM
by Random Musings
Sat May 09, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation Ideas out west
Replies: 42
Views: 4100

Re: Vacation Ideas out west

could not open the map link, so not sure how long the trip is. With respect to National Parks, I like to spend multiple days at most, typically a minimum of four. IMHO, parks like Mesa Verde, Carlsbad Caverns, Petrified Forest and Bryce can be one day visits; otherwise, there are just too many areas...
by Random Musings
Wed May 06, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the Pro's and Con's of Retiring in Amarillo, TX
Replies: 89
Views: 8134

Re: What are the Pro's and Con's of Retiring in Amarillo, TX

Seven states have no state income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Two others, New Hampshire and Tennessee, tax only dividend and interest income. I would believe, it that is your one criteria, unless family is involved, that there are other options. Now you...
by Random Musings
Wed May 06, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

Agree with texasdiver, too many destinations, no wonder you need to rest up at work. I'd limit it to Siesta Key and Disney. Spent a long weekend in Siesta Key last November. Great beaches and was fairly quiet then. Lots of condos there, I'd try for something on or close to the beach with kids. Went...
by Random Musings
Wed May 06, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

PoppyA wrote:Don't forget Lego Land is between Siesta Key and Disney. I hear it has more than just Lego stuff.


Thanks, that might be a good contigency if the weather is not cooperating at Siesta Key.

RM
by Random Musings
Wed May 06, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

It sounds like a nice trip. I hope that you enjoy it. I am pretty familiar with Charleston area. My favorite restaurant is the Boathouse which is located on Isle of Palms adjacent to the bridge connecting IOP to Sullivans Island. It over looks the intracoastal waterway and has great seafood and oth...
by Random Musings
Tue May 05, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

If I was spending a week in FL with kids I would cut the itinerary down to 2 destinations. 1. Some sort of family beach resort, maybe a condo rental on VRBO on one of the nice beaches that also has great pool features for kids. There are tons of these all over FL. With a condo you aren't tied to re...
by Random Musings
Tue May 05, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

Day 6 St. Augustine - Ideas besides the typical tour book thoughts? Is it worthwhile to visit Castillo de San Marcos? Any good beach areas around there for an evening stroll? RM I'm 40 and have visited St. Augustine since my folks retired there 25 years ago. The Castillo is a nice fort to visit. It...
by Random Musings
Tue May 05, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

There are no beaches on the Nature Coast that I know of, except for the faked one at Fort Island. I bet there were none on Siesta Key before the developers transformed it all. You can find developer-created beaches in many coastal states, they have nothing much to do with visiting Florida. Sorry, b...
by Random Musings
Tue May 05, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Re: Florida Vacation

Nicolas wrote:Sanibel island -- for the shells.


Yes, my old carpool buddy, who basically lived in FL for two years vacationing at his parents winter home mentioned this. I'll have to check the logistics.

RM
by Random Musings
Mon May 04, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 2539

Florida Vacation

Finally going to take Florida off my states to travel list - (I did go there to Miami on business and did a little snorkeling at Biscayne, but I don't count business trips) - so I have a few questions about my travel iternary. Traveling with kids. Vacation in late September Days 1-2 Siesta Key Just ...
by Random Musings
Fri May 01, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oh Hail! [fix hard to see hail damage to car?]
Replies: 25
Views: 3377

Re: Oh Hail!

Similar situation. However, the entire neighborhood had their roofs replaced due to cracked shingles. We did that.

Car had dents but driving that vehicle into the ground. I would take the money and use it for the next car you purchase.

RM
by Random Musings
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Times Article - Active Mutual Funds
Replies: 25
Views: 3623

Re: NY Times Article - Active Mutual Funds

If you want to pick active funds, at least pick something at Vanguard where they are low cost and have a history of great performance with managers who have proven track records. Except that U.S. Growth, the high flyer in the 90's, became a real dog. RM And now U.S. Growth has a better return than ...
by Random Musings
Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Times Article - Active Mutual Funds
Replies: 25
Views: 3623

Re: NY Times Article - Active Mutual Funds

jay22 wrote:If you want to pick active funds, at least pick something at Vanguard where they are low cost and have a history of great performance with managers who have proven track records.


Except that U.S. Growth, the high flyer in the 90's, became a real dog.

RM
by Random Musings
Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stocks are on sale, should I buy?
Replies: 54
Views: 7056

Re: Stocks are on sale, should I buy?

OP....

Have you developed a written investment plan....... Yet???

I'm thinking no.

So write one and stick with a plan.

RM
by Random Musings
Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to (diplomatically) challenge wife's active mgmt funds
Replies: 90
Views: 6545

Re: How to (diplomatically) challenge wife's active mgmt fun

Front end load costs are sunk.

For 1% ER on 2% of portfolio - I'd not worry about it. If ER was zero, total portfolio ER would be reduced by 2 basis points.

RM
by Random Musings
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing
Replies: 58
Views: 4405

Re: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing

With respect to the Supreme Court, if in session, see what cases are being presented that day. In certain instances, the time to "get in line" starts pretty early. Besides the Topedo factory in Alexandria, there is also a walking tour you can take to visit certain historic homes/shops. Rea...
by Random Musings
Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing
Replies: 58
Views: 4405

Re: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing

I like to stay in Alexandria and take public transportation in..... With respect to visiting the National Zoo, I do have one tip. The zoo states hours that are 10 a.m (or something like that), but what you can do is go earlier, see all the outside exhibits (also, when the animals are more active on ...

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