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by TxInjun
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: california homeowners - do you have earthquake insurance?
Replies: 42
Views: 3139

Re: california homeowners - do you have earthquake insurance?

Can California / Bay Area folks comment on how much their earthquake insurance costs them? I received a renewed quote for $3320 to protect me for $800K dwelling value, with a 15% deductible (that's $120K!). I'm continuing to lean toward not getting it, given the size of the deductible. Also, I'm cur...
by TxInjun
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS CP 2000 on 2015 HSA Filing
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: IRS CP 2000 on 2015 HSA Filing

I'm posting here just for closure, if this comes up in someone else's search. I used H&R Block TaxCut to file my 2015 taxes (I've used them for years and years). In form 8889, TaxCut left blank line 14(a), that should nominally be filled with the total distribution amount ($5563 in my case). Line 15...
by TxInjun
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a house around San Jose, CA
Replies: 36
Views: 3498

Re: Looking for a house around San Jose, CA

From my brief time iin the Bay Area, I believe Campbell, just west of San Jose, is an under-appreciated area from a quality of life perspective. Its schools are not great: but the vibe, restaurants, walkability, etc. are great. I believe the quality of schools has made Campbell more affordable, alth...
by TxInjun
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What a Low Return Outlook Means for Your Retirement?
Replies: 42
Views: 5318

Re: What a Low Return Outlook Means for Your Retirement?

That's partly why I'm planning for a portfolio large enough that a 2% withdrawal would be sufficient to cover our necessary expenses, until we start receiving SS benefits, which should easily cover them. Thank you for this. A few on this board have taken jabs at me for my 62.5 times expenses model ...
by TxInjun
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Living Off Dividends
Replies: 285
Views: 21901

Re: Living Off Dividends

Hi, I am confused as to the advantage of taking dividends vs reinvesting dividends and selling equities? For example say a person is in retirement and is in the withdrawal phase, why not reinvest the dividends and withdrawal ~4% a year? I chose not to reinvest dividends in my taxable account automa...
by TxInjun
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: california homeowners - do you have earthquake insurance?
Replies: 42
Views: 3139

Re: california homeowners - do you have earthquake insurance?

- No mortgage left, so less worried about wiping out capital TxInjun This statement confuses me, if you don't have a mortgage anymore shouldn't you should be more worried about "wiping out capital", not less? I can see it may be a confusing comment: a better way may be to say we can manage to self-...
by TxInjun
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: california homeowners - do you have earthquake insurance?
Replies: 42
Views: 3139

Re: california homeowners - do you have earthquake insurance?

Premiums vary to almost the neighborhood level. I live in central San Jose, and my premium was quoted at almost $4K per year. My guess is this is because the 'hood we live in used to be a marsh before it was drained, so the soil is softer than say in the hills like Los Gatos, and will liquefy more e...
by TxInjun
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Help with asset allocation - TIPS and Corporate bonds]
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: [Help with asset allocation - TIPS and Corporate bonds]

Sorry for the delay in my posts: first off, thanks to @Cruncher for your suggestion on FSIYX! Following Taylor's suggestion, here is my portfolio: but I do want to stress that this is not meant to be a humble-brag. I began by seeking opinions on my bond allocation. You'll see that I have more asset ...
by TxInjun
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Help with asset allocation - TIPS and Corporate bonds]
Replies: 3
Views: 485

[Help with asset allocation - TIPS and Corporate bonds]

[Moved into a stand-alone post from: Add TIPS and High Yield Corporate Bonds To Your Portfolio? --admin LadyGeek] Hello folks, My apologies if this looks like I'm hijacking this thread: I've had a similar concern nagging me for some time. I'm at a 65/35 allocation currently. Of my current bonds in ...
by TxInjun
Mon May 22, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS CP 2000 on 2015 HSA Filing
Replies: 2
Views: 671

IRS CP 2000 on 2015 HSA Filing

Hello fellow Bogleheads, Setup: I received a CP 2000 notice from the IRS related to my 2015 filing. I have a HSA with a HDHP (and I'm fully eligible - I'm not anyone else's dependent, there is only 1 plan in our household, etc. - very straightforward); and I contributed $6200 incl. employer matching...
by TxInjun
Wed May 03, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding the best savings account
Replies: 7
Views: 863

Re: Finding the best savings account

My credit union, of which I've been a member of for 25 years, offers 1.1% on both Savings and Checking accounts. They're headquartered in the South Bay.

Star One Credit Union
by TxInjun
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!
Replies: 84
Views: 12516

Re: Ally Bank - Savings Account Rate Increased!

Check your local credit unions. My bank, Star One Credit Union offers 1.1% in the standard savings account.
by TxInjun
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: [Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]

Thank you @ved and @retiredjg. You have given me clarity on this issue, and I'm no longer petrified in place with the names and choices!

Cheers

TxInjun
by TxInjun
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: [Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]

Yes. What you are describing is what is known around here as Mega Back Door Roth conversion. Thanks for getting my nomenclature straight, @ved. So to get back to my original questions, I would expect the answers are: - The maximum post-tax contributions I can add to the account will be 54K - 18K - ...
by TxInjun
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Backdoor Roth - do I understand it ?

Thank you for all your responses! I clearly have a lot to learn. An "In-Plan Roth Conversion" is not the same as the Backdoor Roth IRA method which has nothing to do with employer plans and it's not even the same as the Mega Backdoor Roth IRA method which does involve employer plans. In-pl...
by TxInjun
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]
Replies: 9
Views: 622

[Questions about my company's "In-Plan Roth Conversion"]

[Moved into a stand-alone thread from: Backdoor Roth - do I understand it ? --admin LadyGeek] Hello, I have some questions about an "In-Plan Roth Conversion" that my Company's 401K is offering - which I believe is the same as the Backdoor Roth. I hope this is a reasonable thread to answer...
by TxInjun
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Question - Stay or Go
Replies: 17
Views: 1915

Re: Job Question - Stay or Go

Congratulations on the ESOP growth: but you have way too much of your Net Worth in one asset. You should come up with a plan to divest from that asset and invest in a much more diversified plan like you can find on this website. It sounds like your assets / expenses ratio is quite good, and you want...
by TxInjun
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Alternative to FTEXX for Fidelity Brokerage Account
Replies: 10
Views: 2665

Re: Alternative to FTEXX for Fidelity Brokerage Account

I believe FSLXX was eliminated as a consequence of the new regulations affecting money market funds. The following seem to be similar retail funds available from Fidelity: SPRXX Fidelity Money Market Fund 7-Day Yield: 0.69% Min. initial investment: $2,500 FZDXX Fidelity Money Market Fund Premium Cl...
by TxInjun
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Alternative to FTEXX for Fidelity Brokerage Account
Replies: 10
Views: 2665

Re: Alternative to FTEXX for Fidelity Brokerage Account

Pocanutin wrote:this post is about nine years old.


Yes, the thread is 9 years old, but my post is just 15 minutes old :happy . Since this thread talked about the same funds, I was re-using it instead of starting a new thread.

I'm still interested in any collective wisdom to my questions - thanks.
by TxInjun
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Alternative to FTEXX for Fidelity Brokerage Account
Replies: 10
Views: 2665

Re: Alternative to FTEXX for Fidelity Brokerage Account

Hello, I'm looking for places to park my cash positions at Fidelity. Currently my core position is in FCASH. The alternatives I see for my Core Position are SPAXX (Fid Gov't MMF @ 0.2% yield) and FZFXX (Fid Treasury MMF @ 0.15% yield). Both seem weaker alternatives to FTEXX (Fid Muni MMF @ 0.37% nom...
by TxInjun
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord cut strategy for young family
Replies: 67
Views: 7426

Re: Cord cut strategy for young family

If the OP keeps internet through his cable company, can a single coax cable support both the internet signal and the antenna signal? I'm not an expert, so please don't take my word for this, but I thought the OTA signal would interfere with the internet signal from the cable company? Again, I might...
by TxInjun
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord cut strategy for young family
Replies: 67
Views: 7426

Re: Cord cut strategy for young family

Thanks for the detailed instructions! From your description, it sounds like if I can do a roof or attic antenna that I can connect the coaxial cable to where my current cable/phone hook up is? Once, hooked up there I won't need to re-wire it all the way to the TV that I need will I? The TV I need i...
by TxInjun
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord cut strategy for young family
Replies: 67
Views: 7426

Re: Cord cut strategy for young family

I live in San Jose, and only use OTA for the last 2.5 years. All the major broadcast towers are in SF, about 70 miles away (and over many a hill). Luckily, they are mostly in the same direction, so I only have to face the antenna in that 1 direction. I installed a roof antenna, which is quite compac...
by TxInjun
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Milestone and gotta tell someone
Replies: 61
Views: 6475

Re: Milestone and gotta tell someone

Congratulations!

If you don't already have one, please get an Umbrella Policy. It's just a barrier between your property and someone placing a lien on it if a tree branch fell on them, or they slipped on the sidewalk, what have you.
by TxInjun
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Places to Live in US?
Replies: 123
Views: 12406

Re: Best Places to Live in US?

This thread just highlights what a great country this is! So many awesome choices, just one life to live.

My personal list of awesome places to consider:
Portland OR
Austin TX
Boulder CO
Seattle WA
Bend OR
Santa Cruz CA
by TxInjun
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Endeavor/Exercise in Middle Age
Replies: 118
Views: 9143

Re: Hard Endeavor/Exercise in Middle Age

I was not very outdoorsy growing up, but had some sort of awakening when I was in college, and took part in intramural sports, and continued with group soccer, sculling and biking through my 30's. I'm now 47, and pretty much just averagely skilled in athletics. I've also had ACL surgeries on both my...
by TxInjun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Private Wealth Management - Vanguard or ML
Replies: 29
Views: 3483

Re: Private Wealth Management - Vanguard or ML

Can someone - perhaps OP - clarify exactly what service the Private Wealth Management group provides,that is worth 0.3% of portfolio? I assume this levy is on top of the ERs of the individual funds / ETFs that these managers manage. Just creating revocable and irrevocable trusts is done for pretty l...
by TxInjun
Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Explain interest rate rise and effect on bond price
Replies: 59
Views: 7538

Re: Explain interest rate rise and effect on bond price

Novice investors learn that "when interest rates rise, bond values fall." This seems a little surprising at first and it's important to know, but it is only about 1/10th of the whole story. ..... You need to understand three factors that are affected by an interest rate rise. a) The tempo...
by TxInjun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brexit: What does Vanguard think?
Replies: 29
Views: 6117

Re: Brexit: What does Vanguard think?

I'm in the "Don't just do something, just stand there!" crowd too: I haven't traded in any of my accounts since I rolled some end-of-year bonus money in-line with my AA in February. I had an ironic moment today: I opened up my lil old AA calculator assuming I'll see a big rebalancing requi...
by TxInjun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice - Temporarily in 100% cash positions, ready to reinvest but would like help/advice
Replies: 14
Views: 2320

Re: Advice - Temporarily in 100% cash positions, ready to reinvest but would like help/advice

Hi @vandownbytheriver, Do a google search on "Efficient Frontier". There is a Wikipedia article on this topic, and Bill Bernstein has written a book on asset allocation that makes the same point: that you can add bonds to a stock portfolio, and assuming they are uncorrelated*, you can get ...
by TxInjun
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Upgrade (Bay Area)
Replies: 19
Views: 1922

Re: Home Upgrade (Bay Area)

Fasterfene, These are just my $0.02, obviously filtered by the fact that I don't know your situation very intimately. At your income level, you can afford the mortage, especcially if you are planning on rolling the $425K equity into the new home (hey that's exactly 25% of $1.7M!). However, you shoul...
by TxInjun
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's the ideal safe retirement net worth target?
Replies: 225
Views: 33846

Re: What's the ideal safe retirement net worth target?

... The key to retirement targets is to know factually what your annual expenses are. You should at least have concrete figures over the last five years to see what they are. I prefer concrete numbers rather than the ball park thoughts that many use +1. This is a really important point. Knowing whe...