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by SarahShaw
Fri May 19, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Missing my Microsoft Money - any equivalents?
Replies: 34
Views: 4956

Re: Missing my Microsoft Money - any equivalents?

The conversion of my roughly 10 years of data from MS Money to Qucken went very smoothly. They only thing that I had trouble with was converting over accounts in which not all of the investments were denominated in the same currency (you can only use one currency per account in Quicken). But aside f...
by SarahShaw
Fri May 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: have you accepted a lower cost lifestyle to retire early?
Replies: 71
Views: 10045

Re: have you accepted a lower cost lifestyle to retire early?

Did that by retiring and moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand at age 49 in 2009. That might sound extreme but I previously lived & worked in SE Asia as an expat for a big US company and already had a high degree of familiarity with Thailand. Financially, it seems to be working out but we (two people) ...
by SarahShaw
Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which kind of bike for recent retiree?
Replies: 48
Views: 4407

Re: Which kind of bike for recent retiree?

I'm sure your Brooks fits you like an old pair of shoes, but you ride a lot, so how long was the break-in period, 10,000 miles? I do ride a lot. The break-in period was a couple weeks and somewhat painful, in that, my rear-end was sore during that time. I wouldn't want to have to do it again. Thoug...
by SarahShaw
Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should non-US investors buy US-listed REITS?
Replies: 43
Views: 5385

Re: Should non-US investors buy US-listed REITS?

Hi fellow Bogleheads As many of you are aware, there's 30% withholding tax on dividends for US listed stocks for foreign investors. Does it still make sense for non-US investors to buy US-listed REITS? Larry E. Swedroe in his book says - Dividend component has constituted more than 60% of the total...
by SarahShaw
Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which kind of bike for recent retiree?
Replies: 48
Views: 4407

Re: Which kind of bike for recent retiree?

54 yrs old and cycling in a place where it's quite most the time. I have 3 bikes, hybrid, road, and mountain. Over time I've developed a preference for riding a road bike with cleated mountain bike pedals. the reason for those pedals is that you can walk normally in mountain bike shoes where are wit...
by SarahShaw
Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

Thank you for all that thoughtful input, Valuethinker. Your thoughts about Thai currency issues are similar to mine. The currency has a history of volatility and when it gets too strong the government does seem to try to knock it down. That can make budgeting hard if your expenses are in baht and yo...
by SarahShaw
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

Is the problem that your income is in US dollars and your spending is in another currency? TIPS adjust for US inflation. If there's increased inflation, they'd pay more. They won't, however, adjust to a fall in the dollar against your currency. You might buy some US stocks. A decline in the dollar ...
by SarahShaw
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

I’m a US citizen living longterm outside the US and thinking of getting into TIPS at next week’s auction (buying the 10 yr specifically); my finances are mostly US-based and in Vanguard & Fidelity accounts. Goldbugs have been bending my ear lately too (mostly good natured but offbeat banter ove...
by SarahShaw
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

atwood wrote:Living overseas, wouldn't you have to pay U.S. taxes on TIPS? If so, I'd avoid them for that reason.


Yes, but I'd be buying the TIPS in an IRA account to sidestep that problem.
by SarahShaw
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

Is the problem that your income is in US dollars and your spending is in another currency? TIPS adjust for US inflation. If there's increased inflation, they'd pay more. They won't, however, adjust to a fall in the dollar against your currency. You might buy some US stocks. A decline in the dollar ...
by SarahShaw
Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 934

TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

I’m a US citizen living longterm outside the US and thinking of getting into TIPS at next week’s auction (buying the 10 yr specifically); my finances are mostly US-based and in Vanguard & Fidelity accounts. Goldbugs have been bending my ear lately too (mostly good natured but offbeat banter over...
by SarahShaw
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: engineering certifications
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Re: engineering certifications

If it’s just about making money, I’d say stick with the MBA and work in management. While some companies do have a “dual ladder” system allowing engineers to advance & make as much money as middle managers without being forced to take a management role, techies who thrive in that type of environ...
by SarahShaw
Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: engineering certifications
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Re: engineering certifications

If your undergrad degree is in math or science it might be feasible to go for a MS in an engineering discipline without first getting another undergrad degree. For instance, a good friend of mine majored in Physics for his BS and then switched to Electrical Engineering for his MS and PhD.
by SarahShaw
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My relatives insulted my family for 40 years and think they
Replies: 131
Views: 12154

Re: My relatives insulted my family for 40 years and think t

Consult a lawyer because they will probably get one when they find out. But I must ask why did you post this personal family matter on the forum? I was told that if I gave each of them .01 in the will they would not be able to contest the will is there any truth to that? Sort of. Anything can be co...
by SarahShaw
Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International REITs anyone?
Replies: 55
Views: 10505

Re: International REITs anyone?

For Americans living outside the US, and especially for ones living in countries where they are barriers against foreigners buying property and/or land directly, I think that they make a certain amount of sense.
by SarahShaw
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Roth [Conversion] Deadline
Replies: 5
Views: 3663

Re: Roth Recharatierization Deadline

Almost all your IRA questions are answered in pub 590. Income. You must include in your gross income distributions from a traditional IRA that you would have had to include in income if you had not converted them into a Roth IRA. These amounts are normally included in income on your return for the ...
by SarahShaw
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Roth [Conversion] Deadline
Replies: 5
Views: 3663

Roth [Conversion] Deadline

I'd like to characterize funds from my conventional IRA to a Roth IRA and have the conversion be a taxable event for my 2012 taxes. Is December 31, 2012 the deadline to do that, or can it wait up until the time that I file my taxes (probably April 15, 2013)?
by SarahShaw
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 11719

Re: Early retirement overseas?

I have no financial advice to offer. However, one of the most notable aspects of a multi-year professional stint in a european country years ago was how miserable several Americans I worked with were. Perhaps, assimilated Americans were not as visible, because they did not complain? That's a hard n...
by SarahShaw
Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 11719

Re: Early retirement overseas?

I've noticed that there are a few members here who seem to be happily retired overseas, sometimes early. The idea certainly has appeal to me, both due to the promise of new cultural experiences and the potential for reduced cost of living. I am also pessimistic enough about the rising cost of healt...
by SarahShaw
Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 11719

Re: Early retirement overseas?

If you have a good pension there are a number of countries in which you can get a "retirement" visa indefinitely. For example, Thailand will let you stay indefinitely if you either have a $27K per year pension or else park $27K in a Thai bank indefinitely. And then you'll find that if you...
by SarahShaw
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 11719

Re: Early retirement overseas?

For instance, I really enjoyed living in Colombia but I could not stay there full-time due to visa issues as I have no pension yet. Hi Kramer, Does this mean that someone with a U.S.-based pension can stay in Colombia for extended periods of time or even indefinitely? Is there a low limit on the pe...
by SarahShaw
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 11719

Re: Early retirement overseas?

Been there, done that, and many of my current friends have done the same. I retired early in Singapore, moved to Thailand, went back to work part time as a consultant, and now am retired again in Thailand. In considering retiring overseas one needs to recognize that finances are only one aspect of r...
by SarahShaw
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High Salary & High COL vs Low Salary & Low COL
Replies: 80
Views: 7820

Re: High Salary & High COL vs Low Salary & Low COL

In my field (engineering) it seems like salaries in high cost areas tend to not be high enough to fully offset the higher costs. That's one of the reasons that I wound up spending most of my career working in Pennsylvania instead of California.
by SarahShaw
Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Conversion for expats
Replies: 9
Views: 1258

Re: Roth Conversion for expats

Turbotax handles that scenario correctly. But what I think that you'll find is that even though you are below the Foreign Income Exclusion limit and your US tax liability is $0 now, the IRA conversion will be taxed at the same same marginal tax rate as if you were living in the US and receiving the ...
by SarahShaw
Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Quicken 2013?
Replies: 77
Views: 17699

Re: Anyone using Quicken 2013?

cbeck wrote:Unfortunately, the new mobile app does not support multi-currency features. Makes it useless for me.


Disappointing. And my Samsung Galaxy S3 isn't yet on their list of supported devices either. So I guess that there's no need to rush out and upgrade.
by SarahShaw
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Quicken 2013?
Replies: 77
Views: 17699

Re: Anyone using Quicken 2013?

For me the useful thing in Q2012 vs Q2011 is that Q2012 will automatically update currency exchange rates. Now that is good news. I am British and have UK bank accounts and investments, so it would be great to get the rates updated automatically. The nice thing about it is that it not only supports...
by SarahShaw
Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Quicken 2013?
Replies: 77
Views: 17699

Re: Anyone using Quicken 2013?

For me the useful thing in Q2012 vs Q2011 is that Q2012 will automatically update currency exchange rates. As for Q2013, if I buy it it will probably because they now have an app for Android devices. But unfortunately that app doesn't appear to be compatible with my recently purchased Samsung Galaxy...
by SarahShaw
Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LinkedIn and jobs
Replies: 23
Views: 2227

Re: LinkedIn and jobs

Only people that have contacted me about jobs via Linked-In are headhunters who seemed to know nothing at all about my industry.
by SarahShaw
Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Golden Handcuffs
Replies: 12
Views: 2266

Re: Golden Handcuffs

That was me until I lost my job of 24 years in 2008. In retrospect it was a good thing that I was layed-off. I think that it's 'job security' that's the real trap. I've been working as an independent contractor since that fateful day in 2008 when I lost my job and found that I could make about twice...
by SarahShaw
Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?
Replies: 342
Views: 20072

Re: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.
by SarahShaw
Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Overseas Savings Account; anyone can advise ?
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Overseas Savings Account; anyone can advise ?

I have accounts in Singapore and Thailand, but some people report having trouble opening accounts in those countries if they are not considered to be residents there. It does not complicate filing a 1040, though I if all you are looking for is exposure to foreign currencies then they may be easier w...
by SarahShaw
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Non-Citizen Spouse
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Re: Non-Citizen Spouse

Many non US banks won't deal with me for investments overseas because I am American. Why is this relevant as long as there are enough banks that work with Americans? Look for banks that don't do business in the US. They couldn't care less about US laws. It's not much of an issue if all you want to ...
by SarahShaw
Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1795

Re: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?

ThatGuy wrote:Not that it matters with MP3s, but if you want an accurate rip you should use EAC. EAC Guide.


I wondered how long it would take before someone suggested EAC or dBPoweramp. Don't really see the reason to waste time making rips to mp3 when you could just as easily make lossless rips.
by SarahShaw
Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: FBAR goes from 'cannot efile' to 'must efile' in record time
Replies: 8
Views: 1733

Some expats and accidental Americans are now seriously questioning this policy, with Canada leading the charge. I imagine the number of people renouncing US citizenship in 2011 will reach another record high. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/flaherty-slams-irs-over-cross-border-tax...
by SarahShaw
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: FBAR goes from 'cannot efile' to 'must efile' in record time
Replies: 8
Views: 1733

...Why the US government thinks it's their right to tax passive income earned outside of the US by people who live outside of the US is beyond me, but the average Joe living abroad is not as likely to play games about reporting his passive income if he knows that the IRS already knows about his for...
by SarahShaw
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do I transfer these assets back to the U.S. without tax?
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: How do I transfer these assets back to the U.S. without

Hello and thanks for reading. This may seem like a troll post at first but I assure you it's not. A Hong Kong LLC (with my father as the sole shareholder) owns some Hong Kong stocks (held in Hong Kong Dollar) in a Chinese brokerage account (an account on Mainland China). This sentence has spells a ...
by SarahShaw
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: FBAR goes from 'cannot efile' to 'must efile' in record time
Replies: 8
Views: 1733

The best solution to reducing the workload would be to raise the total value of foreign accounts that triggers the filing requirement at all. But yes, electronic filing will be welcome if they can guarantee privacy. I've never really understood the purpose of these forms, though. At $10,000 it just...
by SarahShaw
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chemical or Mechanical Engineering for Future Job Prospects
Replies: 53
Views: 14902

I also vote for petroleum. I've posted this in another threads, but check out payscale.com. Engineers with a 4 year degree are at/near the top of the list of high earning grads and petroleum engineers earn the highest salaries and chemical engineering is #2. Petroleum Engineers are often required t...
by SarahShaw
Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experiences with EverBank checking
Replies: 27
Views: 5543

That seems to have improved recently. They must have received a lot of complaints about it. Not sure that it was really a week that it was taking before, but even 3 days seems excessive. I haven't seen any improvement here. My partner makes a recurring deposit from Bank of the West into our joint c...
by SarahShaw
Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experiences with EverBank checking
Replies: 27
Views: 5543

Incoming ACH transfers scheduled through Everbank (ie. pull from another account) takes 1 week to be available. If you can, better to schedule them from the other institution. That's insane. I didn't think it was legal for a bank to take more than 3 days on an ACH. That seems to have improved recen...
by SarahShaw
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: anybody calling Peak in Gold?
Replies: 74
Views: 8234

predict the date of the bottom for the US dollar and you will have our peak for gold, perhaps. USD not looking so good right now - shoulda-coulda-woulda been in AUD these last coupla years. AUD has been getting killed in recent days, maybe not as badly as common stocks denominated in USD but not fa...
by SarahShaw
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question on Australian Bonds
Replies: 10
Views: 1933

energy wrote:Hi Grok,

Thanks for checking on type of bonds - to clarify, the ones I am looking at are definitely issued by the Australian government. Here is a link with some details. if of interest.

http://www.rba.gov.au/fin-services/bond ... prices.xls

Take care
Energy


Does one need to be an Australian citizen or resident in order to buy these?
by SarahShaw
Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to sell a one ounce gold Krugerand coin
Replies: 30
Views: 7333

Whatever you do, don't try to sell it to passersby. It doesn't work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCjzpdivl0I Funny video but it's really no wonder that people wouldn't pay $50 for a 1 ounce gold coin to an overbearing guy who approaches them on the street. His approach was really not that much d...
by SarahShaw
Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to sell a one ounce gold Krugerand coin
Replies: 30
Views: 7333

Whatever you do, don't try to sell it to passersby. It doesn't work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCjzpdivl0I Funny video but it's really no wonder that people wouldn't pay $50 for a 1 ounce gold coin to an overbearing guy who approaches them on the street. His approach was really not that much d...
by SarahShaw
Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to sell a one ounce gold Krugerand coin
Replies: 30
Views: 7333

Two economists are walking down the street and seeing a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk. The first economist says, “Look at that $20 bill.” The second says, “That can’t really be a $20 bill lying there, because if it were, someone would have picked it up already.” So they walk on, leaving the $20 bi...
by SarahShaw
Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to sell a one ounce gold Krugerand coin
Replies: 30
Views: 7333

Re: Trying to sell a one ounce gold Krugerand coin

Where would be the best place to sell above coin? Purchased it in the 80s but cannot remember what I paid for it. It is actually a set with graduated smaller gold coins included. I am not going to get $1,200 for the one ounce one but how much could I expect to sell it for and where? Checkout Kitco....
by SarahShaw
Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: International Mail Forwarding
Replies: 9
Views: 1899

Re: International Mail Forwarding

Question - What mail forwarding services have people used, and what level of satisfaction do you have with the service? Question 2 - If one uses a service like USA2Me, which provides a Texas mailing address and mail forwarding abroad, is one considered a Texas resident subject to Texas income taxes...
by SarahShaw
Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ever use your USA medical insurance overseas?
Replies: 14
Views: 3257

Re: Ever use your USA medical insurance overseas?

Nothing is "always true" in every single case....except perhaps the speed of light. I don't think that changes depending on location and time. Moreover, it's not surprising that the more "impressively modern" a place is, the more expensive it is. One thing that I found out that ...
by SarahShaw
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many US Retirees hedge thier cash with foriegn currency?
Replies: 9
Views: 1646

When I noticed that the dollar was dropping back around 2003 or 2004 I toyed with the possibility of buying some Canadian Real Return Bonds (RRBs--I'd call them Canadian TIPS but it's the other way around, TIPS were modeled on RRBs). That is, I spent an hour online trying to figure out whether it w...
by SarahShaw
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ever use your USA medical insurance overseas?
Replies: 14
Views: 3257

Re: Ever use your USA medical insurance overseas?

I'm wondering how fees get paid. Let's say the insurance will pay 80% of the bill. How would it work if you had something done overseas, for example in Thailand, where prices are much cheaper than in the US? My insurance will pay for any medical treatment world-wide, so long as the treatment is leg...