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by Random Poster
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you received robocalls from cruise lines
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Re: If you received robocalls from cruise lines

My number wasn't listed in the settlement when I inserted it in XXX-XXX-XXXX format, but it was when I removed the dashes.
by Random Poster
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best at Home Safe
Replies: 24
Views: 1761

Re: Best at Home Safe

bertilak wrote:We also had a large, heavy, safe stolen. . . . .
bertilak wrote:We also had a large, heavy, safe stolen. . . . .
I have to admit that I find the duplicate posting to be humorous, given your signature line.

[Apologize for the side-comment, but I presumed that it would be "safe" to make...]
by Random Poster
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Percentage CASH are you?
Replies: 90
Views: 5940

Re: What Percentage CASH are you?

13.8% or so. It is my house, furniture, car, emergency fund, all rolled up. Umm... what's % is for EF? The emergency fund is roughly 11.11% of the total cash amount. House, furniture, car, by definition, are not cash. They are living expenses with up front cash outlays. If you sell your house for c...
by Random Poster
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Percentage CASH are you?
Replies: 90
Views: 5940

Re: What Percentage CASH are you?

13.8% or so. It is my house, furniture, car, emergency fund, all rolled up.
by Random Poster
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life at crossroads. What would you do ?
Replies: 198
Views: 16106

Re: Life at crossroads. What would you do ?

What is your spouse's take home pay? Or, said differently, how much of the $100k yearly expense does their paycheck cover? And how long will the $100k yearly expense keep running? If the expenses should wind down in a few years, and the spouse's income takes care of half of the $100k, you might be a...
by Random Poster
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Santa Fe New Mexico - recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Fe New Mexico - recommendations

Palacio Cafe, on East Palace, in downtown Santa Fe. Just a bit diagonal from the Cathedral and across from the Drury Inn. Service can be slow, but the owner and his wife are very friendly and the food is very reasonably priced. If you want New Mexican food, they have (some) of it. The green chile st...
by Random Poster
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: belts for dress pants
Replies: 37
Views: 2269

Re: belts for dress pants

Brooks Brothers. I've worn a brown leather one about 3 times a week for around 7 or 8 years now and it hasn't creased, split, frayed, or buckled yet.
by Random Poster
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One -- Again!
Replies: 20
Views: 3042

Re: Capital One -- Again!

I haven't had any issues (yet) with their credit card, but I have withdrawn all of my cash from the checking/saving/money market accounts. It became increasingly difficult to add a joint owner to the account, their IT security continually was wanting to send me one-time codes to access my accounts, ...
by Random Poster
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Say Bye Bye To Wells Fargo Advisors?
Replies: 30
Views: 2989

Re: Say Bye Bye To Wells Fargo Advisors?

My current thought process is to liquidate the current holdings at WF, move the cash to Vanguard, and buy their funds - but that brings even more questions. Will there be a tax liability? What fund(s) do I put the $ for each account into? And so on. If you transfer the holdings in-kind to Vanguard ...
by Random Poster
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to calculate your retirement number
Replies: 95
Views: 8590

Re: How to calcuate your retirement number

Take my annual expenses (averaged over the last 5 years), multiply by 1.25%, round that number up to nearest $5,000 (so $63,750 becomes $65,000), and multiply that number by 40 to get a minimum retirement number. Note, though, that I'm 40 and would like to retire tomorrow, hence the somewhat large m...
by Random Poster
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Awarded stock; sell and diversify?
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Awarded stock; sell and diversify?

The only time that I don't sell vested stock immediately is if the stock is trading at a price lower than the vesting price and I'm due to receive more stock within 30 days. But once the 30-day period runs, or the price is higher than the vest price, I sell.
by Random Poster
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?
Replies: 18
Views: 1683

Re: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?

MastersChampion wrote:We even fit in the Calgary Stampede, much to the chagrin of DW.


Ya-Hoo!
by Random Poster
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glacier National Park - where to stay
Replies: 29
Views: 2644

Re: Glacier National Park - where to stay

If we want to spend a day in Waterton, is it best (from points west) just to use Going To The Sun as the preferred route?? You can hike into Waterton from Glacier as well. The trail on the Canadian side of the border is much better maintained than the trail on the US side is. Once in Waterton, you ...
by Random Poster
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glacier National Park - where to stay
Replies: 29
Views: 2644

Re: Glacier National Park - where to stay

We always just stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell and drive in and out (or around) the park. The hotel itself is decent and is walking distance to a grocery store.
by Random Poster
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?
Replies: 93
Views: 4355

Re: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?

Climate matters a lot. So does square footage, and actually area of outside walls (and insulation on walls and roof). Whether they are at 71 and 68 rather than 74 and 71 probably has little impact compared to that. Where do you live? Midland, Texas. The apartment is not well-insulated, and it faces...
by Random Poster
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?
Replies: 93
Views: 4355

Re: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?

I can't believe how high some of the electric bills are. I live in an 835 square foot all-electric apartment, and our electric bill has never exceeded $55, all-in. Our kWh usage has never exceeded 811 in any month, whether the average monthly outside temp is 100 or 15. We do keep the a/c at 74 durin...
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Approaching major milestone, need cool-headed advice
Replies: 34
Views: 4930

Re: Approaching major milestone, need cool-headed advice

Retirees from my employer are eligible to continue on the university's health plans, but are of course responsible for the full premium. Notably, one isn't a retiree until one is withdrawing from one's retirement account, so I would not be eligible for this benefit for another 23 years. 23 years on...
by Random Poster
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent or Buy in Las Cruces, NM
Replies: 12
Views: 1241

Re: Rent or Buy in Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces strikes me as a place where it is much easier to find acceptable housing that is for sale instead of for rent.
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty

Whatever you end up deciding to do, please make sure you do your homework to understand the fair value of your acreage. It might be worth a lot more than you think. In this regard, note that some E&P companies have valued some acreage in certain specific areas of the Permian Basin in the $40,00...
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty

When you file your Schedule E, are you taking a depletion allowance? If so, that might affect your cost basis in the underlying interest, but I don't know the intricacies of whether it actually does or how to account for it. Out of 12 wells, it seems that 7 were producing when inherited, and 5 came...
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty

I wonder why the U S Geological Service and many of the oil guys I have talked with think it is "mammoth". I guess that is neither here nor there really. The size of the oil field may be "mammoth," but as the article noted, the oil has been known to be there for a long time. Tha...
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty

pintail07 wrote:http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/us/midland-texas-mammoth-oil-discovery/index.html


I wouldn't call that a big discovery, but that's neither here nor there really.
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty

My question is what the Federal income tax implications of such a sale might be for us. We have managed through the taxes on other issues over the years with no problem, but the income from a oil/gas royalty sale is new territory. When you file your Schedule E, are you taking a depletion allowance?...
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 1003

Re: Sale of Oil/Gas Royalty

pintail07 wrote:Our family has an interest in 87 wells in Glasscock County Texas in the Permian Basin. We get offers almost weekly. The big discovery there announced in November . . .


What was the "big discovery"?
by Random Poster
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's, and other wholesaler clubs]
Replies: 274
Views: 13558

Re: Costco with a "gentle" bump for memebership

Do you Costco regulars go out to the rest of the world and do any hard core price comparisons? On things you actually buy? For a family of 2 that is space limited and tries to keep their individual waistlines from expanding, it is hard to make Costco (or Sam's or whatever) "work" for most...
by Random Poster
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What insurance company has the best coverage for auto, renters, and umbrella?
Replies: 35
Views: 3125

Re: What insurance company has the best coverage for auto, renters, and umbrella?

My MIL had a hail-damage claim. Homeowners is through USAA, and they have treated her very fairly and quickly issued a payout check. Her car is through State Farm and they have been difficult---lowballing the repair costs and disagreeing with the conclusions of several car body people. I wouldn't re...
by Random Poster
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's, and other wholesaler clubs]
Replies: 274
Views: 13558

Re: Sam's Club vs. Costco

There seems to be more Sam's than Costcos.

If you take road trips and, consequently, use a lot of fuel, the relative availability of Sam's is worth consideration.
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4858

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

Yes but I would wager that they are using heavy duty components for the start stop stuff. Otherwise there would be massive complaints of broken starters on 3 or 4 year old cars. Having said that, the starter is redesigned to handle many more start cycles than in a "normal" car. The starte...
by Random Poster
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4858

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

Although I'm a gear head, I do see some of the advances making sense. Auto start/stop of the engine at stop signs . . . . How does this start/stop technology work and doesn't it cause increased wear on engine components? I seem to recall hearing many years ago that turning a car on and off caused t...
by Random Poster
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

For me, that simply won't work--instead my Retirement Policy Statement indicates that I should: Assets are like cattle--don't get emotionally attached since they need to be harvested so we can eat. Apologies to the BH who are Vegans or Vegetarians, please substitute "Tomatoes" I appreciat...
by Random Poster
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

How about this: The price of a share increases faster than the number of shares you have decreases resulting in an increasing portfolio value. That is what happens if the return exceeds the withdrawals. We all agree that if the return lags the rate of withdrawals, then the portfolio shrinks in valu...
by Random Poster
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

You are not understanding because you refuse to recognize that the issue is what is the return. You are correct in saying that I don't understand how withdrawing monies from one's account balance, as opposed to simply relying on the dividend stream for an equal amount of money, makes sense over a l...
by Random Poster
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

You have assumed the value of a share is constant. I don't think that I am. As the Fund pays out the 1% dividend, the share price would drop by 1%, but I'm assuming that the value of the shares would increase by that same 1% over the course of the year, or at least by that point in time when the Fu...
by Random Poster
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

If you can live off of 2% withdrawal rate go right ahead - but history has shown one doesn't need to save enough to do that to have a constant sustainable withdrawal rate, inflation adjusted, over the period of one's retirement. I don't see how that is the case. Consider the following scenario: You...
by Random Poster
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

I won't try & answer this fully & want to clarify what your question is. I'm asking this: Say I want to have $50,000 in yearly income, and I have $2,500,000 in Vanguard's Total Stock Market Fund (or roughly, at $60 a share, 41,666.67 shares). My $2.5M in the Total Stock Market Fund typicall...
by Random Poster
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?
Replies: 132
Views: 12409

Re: Am I being unrealistic about my expectations of dividend income? Is there a better alternative?

Of course when a dividend is paid, you retain the same amount of ownership of the company that you had before the dividend. So, you still have claim on future cash. This is not true if you choose instead to sell shares I don't think this is correct. If you have 10k in a company and receive a 2% div...
by Random Poster
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?
Replies: 248
Views: 27919

Re: Where to Live on $60K or Less a Year?

Albuquerque/Santa Fe. In my previous post I talked about Albuquerque. Albuquerque sprawls quite a bit. It has some bad neighborhoods which gives it a high crime rate. It has a lot of great neighborhoods that are very safe. It is a very inexpensive very nice city ... a sleeper due to it's very publi...
by Random Poster
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Iowa/Nebraska
Replies: 73
Views: 3931

Re: Things to do in Iowa/Nebraska

For Omaha, in addition to the zoo and the SAC museum as mentioned by others, the Durham Museum is good if you are a train buff. I forgot about trains. Council Bluffs, Iowa, is home to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Parking isn't free, but if you like UP train history, the museum is worth a stop...
by Random Poster
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Iowa/Nebraska
Replies: 73
Views: 3931

Re: Things to do in Iowa/Nebraska

See the State Capitol and State history museum in Des Moines.

Walk over the Missouri River on the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge between Omaha and Iowa.
by Random Poster
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Guns in Estate [how to sell]
Replies: 56
Views: 4764

Re: Help with Guns in Estate [how to sell]

If you don't care about the price or what happens to the guns, see if there are any gun buyback programs going on in your area, where you walk in with the gun(s), hand it over to the police (or the government agency running the program), and walk out with cash money. Wow. For a forum that is usuall...
by Random Poster
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What does it mean to be a board-certified elder law attorney?
Replies: 10
Views: 1117

Re: What does it mean to be a board-certified elder law attorney?

What state are you in? In Texas, being Board Certified in a particular field generally means, among other things, that you have practiced in that area for a certain number of years, took and passed a test (that is administered and graded by the relevant section of the State Bar) in that field of stu...
by Random Poster
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Guns in Estate [how to sell]
Replies: 56
Views: 4764

Re: Help with Guns in Estate [how to sell]

If you don't care about the price or what happens to the guns, see if there are any gun buyback programs going on in your area, where you walk in with the gun(s), hand it over to the police (or the government agency running the program), and walk out with cash money.
by Random Poster
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card for expat
Replies: 22
Views: 1462

Re: Credit card for expat

Capital One Quicksilver works, and worked, for me. The exchange rate seemed fair and it never rejected a transaction.

ETA: I also liked how the cash back was on everything and was automatically credited to the statement balance.
by Random Poster
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which motorcyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Which motorcyle?

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Random Poster wrote:Ural.


With or without a sidecar?


With.

Slightly different riding experience than a regular motorcycle, but the relative uniqueness of a sidecar makes for greater visibility and, perhaps, safety.
by Random Poster
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which motorcyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Which motorcyle?

Ural.
by Random Poster
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: house or condo for a frequent traveling family?
Replies: 17
Views: 1805

Re: house or condo for a frequent traveling family?

I often wonder the same thing regarding which housing option is "better." The lock and leave and (depending on the unit) concierge presence of a condo seems like it would be a lot less hassle than dealing with a house, plus the house would likely involve yard work and potentially more upke...
by Random Poster
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Curious to odd estate question
Replies: 88
Views: 5461

Re: Curious to odd estate question

Tanelorn wrote:Personally I like the treasure chest idea, and you could do a complicated scavenger hunt with clues along with it. Doing it while you're still alive could be fun.


Ever heard of Forrest Fenn's treasure?
by Random Poster
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: (Very) Early Retirement vs Parenthood
Replies: 74
Views: 4770

Re: (Very) Early Retirement vs Parenthood

Here is a financial response: Pick a monetary number that has meaningful value to you, but that isn't so large that it means "never have to work again." If someone offered you that amount of money or a newborn, which would you pick? It doesn't matter what your reasoning is, but whatever yo...