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by bdpb
Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car or not?
Replies: 30
Views: 2112

Re: New car or not?

If you have a Pharmacist's income I'd say just suck it up and buy a SUV or car with AWD. Peace of mind is worth something. If you are legitimately scared driving this car and you will be doing a lot of driving for work, at your income it's not worth any "savings" by driving the current ca...
by bdpb
Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Planning. Opportunities for extra cash to taxable investmens, rentals or mortgage.
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Help with Planning. Opportunities for extra cash to taxable investmens, rentals or mortgage.

I would never buy a property to rent to someone else now so that I could live in it ten years from now. The property just won't be the same as today. I would also not want the hassle of being a landlord, especially long distance in another country. I wouldn't buy the property until I was planning to...
by bdpb
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Critique my investment plan
Replies: 18
Views: 1401

Re: Critique my investment plan

Thank you for valuable feedback. From what I understand, the most I can deduct from tax is 29K. 18K for 403b + 5.5K for an IRA if I start one and 5.5K for a spousal IRA. Unfortunately, based on my recent income, even if I can save that much, I will still not be able to make the 15% tax bracket by a...
by bdpb
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Refinance, make bigger payments, invest in taxable, or do nothing?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: Refinance, make bigger payments, invest in taxable, or do nothing?

Admiral wrote:EDIT: I have to say I am really on the fence about this. It's super cheap money, but I also feel like it's not hard to beat this interest rate by investing.

Do you own any bonds? If so, sell them because it's not hard to beat their return by investing in stocks.
by bdpb
Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Critique my investment plan
Replies: 18
Views: 1401

Re: Critique my investment plan

What should be the highest priority then? Is this what I should do? 1. Max out 403b with 18K/year. 2. If 403b is maxed out, max out Roth IRA with 5.5K/year. 3. If Roth IRA is maxed out, put remainder savings in taxable account. Also, what is the advantage of funding 403b over Roth IRA, putting asid...
by bdpb
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions on my portfolio and requesting advice!
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Questions on my portfolio and requesting advice!

wikiradio wrote:Debt: No consumer debt; his student loan debt: ~70k @ 6.65%, hers: none

Assets: 150k fully paid home



Mortgage your house at around 3% tax deductible and pay off your student loan debt (probably partially or not deductible). Saves you an extra 2k to 3k per year.
by bdpb
Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need help deciding!
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: Need help deciding!

If you invested the $944 per month at 7% for 8 years you would end up with 120k (instead of 137k) and your dad would have his mortgage paid off. He wouldn't have to worry about you stopping payment for any reason (like disability, job loss or a falling out in your relationship). I would not mix this...
by bdpb
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 Plan
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: 529 Plan

Looks like you should make a contribution of up to 16k this year in Missouri. The state tax rate in IL is currently 3.75%. Looks like it's 6% in MO. In IL, you have to contribute to the IL 529 plan to get the IL state tax break. Since IL 529 direct investment includes low cost index funds, I would m...
by bdpb
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Member - Investment Allocation Advice Requested
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: New Member - Investment Allocation Advice Requested

You want to hold tax efficient funds only in your taxable account. That is, Total US index and Total Intl index. Sell everything else. Keep SP500 but don't add to it or reinvest dividends. Use the proceeds (about 30% of 400k = 120k) from above to pay off all your school debts (6.8%, 6.55% and 3.4 va...
by bdpb
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirment Account(s) Guidance
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

Re: Retirment Account(s) Guidance

Emergency funds: 3 months Debt: Mortgage: 205k @ 4.375%; Student Loans: 120k @ 6.5%; Car Loan: 25k @ 2.75% Tax Filing Status: Single Tax Rate: 28% Federal, 5.8% State Salary: 100k Contributions: Employer contributes 10% of salary into 403b monthly (~$1000/month) I contribute $300/month into Roth IR...
by bdpb
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 403b options... what should i Pick
Replies: 20
Views: 993

Re: 403b options... what should i Pick

I was thinking of doing 80/20 of stocks/bonds Skip the bonds.You will only be investing about 23.5k per year for a few years so you won't really have all that much at risk in the short term. In five years you will be investing 50k to 100k per year, it will overwhelm what you'll already have investe...
by bdpb
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement planning / portfolio help
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Retirement planning / portfolio help

carlos2 wrote:I could go with VTIAX in the Roth and VGTSX in the Traditional. That would put about 30.5% of my stocks in international.

Roth IRA
VASGX 0.15% --> VTIAX 0.12%

Traditional IRA
VTSMX 0.17% --> VGTSX 0.19%

Looks like a good choice, to me.
by bdpb
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement planning / portfolio help
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Retirement planning / portfolio help

Where is your International stock?

You should have between 20% to 40% of your stock in Intl. That would be 18% to 36% of your total portfolio. Use Vanguard Total Intl Stock Market Index in your tIRA or Roth.
by bdpb
Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Free File - College Student with $400 investment income
Replies: 16
Views: 1074

Re: IRS Free File - College Student with $400 investment income

2. I had another student who used the IRS Free File, and chose Turbo Tax, and had both W-2 and small 1099 income from another job. She told me that Turbotax kept insisting that she needed to use a paid version so she could do a schedule C -- for about $800 in income with no associated expenses. (Sh...
by bdpb
Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Internal Job Offer Negotiations
Replies: 12
Views: 2153

Re: Internal Job Offer Negotiations

In my specific situation, I recently just got my yearly bump at higher than average (6%). Am I wrong to think this should be independent of any potential upcoming offer as this should be reflective for last year's performance? Often times when you're on the road to promotion, previous years raises ...
by bdpb
Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Free File - College Student with $400 investment income
Replies: 16
Views: 1074

Re: IRS Free File - College Student with $400 investment income

Go here: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free and click on "Start Free File Now" which goes here: https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/jsp/index.jsp I used TurboTax ® All Free(℠) to help mother, brother and college student efile fed and state for free. Allows view...
by bdpb
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Feedback and Analysis Appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: Feedback and Analysis Appreciated

We do max out our Roth IRAs each year, partly with the RMDs. I do have access to a 457 plan, but we don't have much extra room in our income currently. Interesting take on selling taxable to pay off the mortgage early. I know our rate isn't ideal and it would feel amazing to be done with it, but I ...
by bdpb
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Feedback and Analysis Appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: Feedback and Analysis Appreciated

Debt: Mortgage - ~150k @ 4.375% Student Loan - ~10k @ 3.2% Tax Filing Status: Married Filing Jointly Tax Rate: 15% Federal, ~5% State Taxable -41% VTSAX Vanguard Total Stock Market- 28% VTIAX Vanguard Total International - 13% Traditional IRA - 1.5% VTSAX Vanguard Total Stock Market- 1.5% Roth IRA ...
by bdpb
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Re: Portfolio Advice

Just want to bump this up to see if I should pay off the car or use it to help build credit for my wife/me. My wife has zero credit history. Should i wait another 6 months before I pay it off. We have had it for about 6 months now. I think I have everything else handled. I don't think paying it off...
by bdpb
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Revamping portfolio after marriage; figuring out what to sell to fund grad school
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Revamping portfolio after marriage; figuring out what to sell to fund grad school

1. Sell these mostly in the following order: His Taxable at Schwab 8.1% Vanguard Total Bond (VBMFX) ER 0.2 (small gains here) - tax inefficient and small gains 7.6% Vanguard GMNA (VFIIX) ER 0.21 (small gains here) - tax inefficient and small gains 9.7% Vanguard PRIMECAP (VPCCX) ER 0.47 (moderate-big...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time To Quit My Job?
Replies: 53
Views: 4953

Re: Time To Quit My Job?

At 24, I wouldn't pass up this kind of income for this much work. Imagine if you were working only 40 hours a week and working on a Master's or Doctorate, too. It would be much more than what you're working now. Have you tried to ask the company you work for to reduce some of your travel time? How a...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth, Traditional, and the 15% Tax Bracket
Replies: 70
Views: 6387

Re: Roth, Traditional, and the 15% Tax Bracket

Thanks to FiveK for your persistence. Unfortunately, there seems to be a blind spot on this topic for many Bogleheads. Every so often we have a never ending thread on this topic and there is usually one or two persons supporting your position. Eventually, those folks supporting your position get bur...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement planning / portfolio help
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Retirement planning / portfolio help

1) Are my funds below in the best accounts to be the most tax efficient? 2) Do I have "good coverage" of the market? I read terms like "small cap" "mid cap" but don't know what they mean. 3) Do I need international funds in my portfolio? If so, why? 4) Is Traditional I...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Play nice with Betterment (pre- vs post-tax, etc.)
Replies: 6
Views: 818

Re: Play nice with Betterment (pre- vs post-tax, etc.)

Are you really in the 28% fed tax bracket? That would imply gross income over 190k.

If so, you should be contributing the max to both your 401k and her 403b as well as max to both Roth IRA.
by bdpb
Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Re: Portfolio Advice

Don't buy individual stocks. Their return is not worth their risk. Buy Total US and International market Index funds. You are in a relatively high federal tax bracket and very high state tax bracket. Max out your deductible 401k accounts before taxable investing. You can contribute up to 5500 each t...
by bdpb
Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Request for portfolio review - how to allocate new money?
Replies: 7
Views: 982

Re: Request for portfolio review - how to allocate new money?

I'm looking to simplify my portfolio if possible. My questions are - 1) How should I allocate new money going forward to stay in line with my desired allocation? and 2) What, if any, rebalancing should I do now? Thanks. Desired Asset allocation: 20% large cap, 20% small/mid cap, 30% international, ...
by bdpb
Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Request for portfolio review - how to allocate new money?
Replies: 7
Views: 982

Re: Request for portfolio review - how to allocate new money?

I have been selling off the MegaCorp stock periodically but that's how I receive my 401k match so there will always be new contributions. If I sell that, where would I allocate the proceeds? I've been thinking that about STAR and Healthcare but they're both down from when I purchased. Should I go a...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Portfolio (Re)allocation
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Help with Portfolio (Re)allocation

Duckie has given you excellent advice. I'd suggest a few minor different options to ponder. I would split my taxable into Total US and Total Intl. It gives more opportunities for TLH. I wouldn't use the SP600 and SP400 in the 403b for US mid/small cap. Instead, I would use the Extended market in his...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with buying back in after broker transition to Vanguard
Replies: 14
Views: 1215

Re: Help with buying back in after broker transition to Vanguard

Choose your AA or how much you want in stocks and either dollar cost average or value average over some predetermined time period. Make those decisions now and make the investments mechanical without allowing behavioral aspects to take over. Do not try to time the market. It will only cause doubt an...
by bdpb
Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Portfolio (Re)allocation
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Help with Portfolio (Re)allocation

Thanks for the comments, in_reality. Her 403b portfolio was set up to be standalone, that's why it has the bonds and Intl funds. Definitely agree that I can compensate for those holdings in other accounts with better ERs. Good starting point. Look at all your assets as one portfolio and use the che...
by bdpb
Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Request for portfolio review - how to allocate new money?
Replies: 7
Views: 982

Re: Request for portfolio review - how to allocate new money?

Taxable at Vanguard 3.57% Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index VHDYX (0.16% expense ratio) Her traditional/pre-tax 401k 15.05% ESOP (MegaCorp stock) Fund (no ticker, benchmark is S&P 500 TR USD, 0.07% expense ratio) Her after-tax 401k 3.04% Emerging Markets Indexed Equity Fund (no ticker, benchma...
by bdpb
Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Time to halt mortgage prepayments and invest in taxable?
Replies: 20
Views: 2490

Re: Time to halt mortgage prepayments and invest in taxable?

Do you own any bonds in your 401k/IRA?

If so, and you want to own more stocks, sell your bonds and buy stocks.

In the mean time, pay down your mortgage with after tax assets. Bonds are yielding less than your mortgage rate.
by bdpb
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need advice on a cash out refinance
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: Need advice on a cash out refinance

purewater wrote:I was planning to convert some cash in to stock but have a strong feeling that the market can down further.

You're not going to find another investment other than stocks which has an expected return higher than your mortgage rate.
by bdpb
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth VS Trad 401k
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: Roth VS Trad 401k

Check both 401k for the ability to make after-tax contributions and in-service withdrawals. Then contribute the max to deductible 401k and put the remaining in after-tax 401k. You could also sell other taxable assets and contribute them as well. https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/401%28k%29#After-tax_4...
by bdpb
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice for Soon-to-be-Married Couple
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Portfolio Advice for Soon-to-be-Married Couple

Debt: modest car loans paid at 1.99% interest rates; no other debt Tax Filing Status: Single for each of us, Married Filing Separately starting next year Income: We make $170k-$200k combined Tax Rate: Her 25%/Me 28% Federal, 9.3% State State of Residence: CA Contributions (Retirement) $10,000+/year...
by bdpb
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nervous Newbie Investor
Replies: 24
Views: 2016

Re: Nervous Newbie Investor

Taxable: $200k 06% Vanguard REIT Index Fund If you're concerned about losing 11k, what are you going to do when the stock market goes down another 10% or 20% or 30%? That's what should drive your decision on whether you own too much in stocks. If you are going to sell stocks, you should sell this R...
by bdpb
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need advice on a cash out refinance
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: Need advice on a cash out refinance

What's your asset allocation? If you own any bonds, why not sell the bonds and buy stocks? Your safe bonds (comparable to mortgage on your house) are probably yielding lower than your mortgage rate. Ten year Treasuries are yielding around 1.75%. By selling bonds to buy stocks you are increasing your...
by bdpb
Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recently Retired - Seeking Input on Investments
Replies: 6
Views: 725

Re: Recently Retired - Seeking Input on Investments

Cricket69 wrote:Debt: $29,100(18 yrs. remaining on this mortgage), 5% interest, Mo. payment - $245

Cash - $ 72,000

Use this cash to pay off your mortgage.
by bdpb
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Made the switch! Updated 30 year old portfolio review.
Replies: 14
Views: 2222

Re: Made the switch! Updated 30 year old portfolio review.

Debt: No debt except 55K left on mortgage 4.875% New annual Contributions 20% of salary his Roth 401k (employer matching 100% first 3%, 50% next 2%) Available funds Funds available in his Roth 401k His company is a small company and goes through an Edward Jones advisor and only offers American Fund...
by bdpb
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 10 years to Retirement, Roth IRA?
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: 10 years to Retirement, Roth IRA?

Both my husband and I have recently received modest inheritances, and we are using this to get our finances in order, 10 years from retirement. I currently contribute 10% to 401K invested in Vanguard Target Retirement 2025, we receive $1K monthly in rental income, and both my husband and I will rec...
by bdpb
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need Help Cleaning up our Edward Jones Mess
Replies: 23
Views: 4422

Re: Need Help Cleaning up our Edward Jones Mess

Debt : Mortgage $150k @ 4.75% mortgage (Three years left on 15 year mortgage) Contributions Taxable: $800 monthly to Vanguard ($9,600 annually) $1,800 monthly to EJ ($21,600 annually) Instead of future investing in taxable, you should pay down your mortgage. You could use any taxable cash to pay do...
by bdpb
Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Check - Considering using Personal Capital or Vanguard Personal Advisor
Replies: 18
Views: 2305

Re: Portfolio Check - Considering using Personal Capital or Vanguard Personal Advisor

Since you live in IL, instead of contributing to a Roth IRA directly, you should contribute to a tax deductible IRA and immediately convert it to a Roth IRA. I was under the impression that I should do this only if my income was too high for a Roth IRA. You are referring to a backdoor Roth IRA. If ...
by bdpb
Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Check - Considering using Personal Capital or Vanguard Personal Advisor
Replies: 18
Views: 2305

Re: Portfolio Check - Considering using Personal Capital or Vanguard Personal Advisor

Are you both funding Roth IRAs? With your expected pensions, I would think you would want as much in Roths as possible. We are not but that's one of the things I'm taking care of in the next few days. I bought mine for the first time last year and will purchase some in my wife's name soon. Since yo...
by bdpb
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Job: Health Insurance PPO vs HSA?
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: New Job: Health Insurance PPO vs HSA?

I probably go to the doctor outside of a physical 3-4 times a year, with one of those usually being a specialist. So those visits likely would cost me about $1000 a year on the HSA (opposed to $100 on the PPO). The $1k number seems high for 4 visits. You should only be charged a negotiated rate. Ma...
by bdpb
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I keep my term life insurance in force?
Replies: 22
Views: 2075

Re: Should I keep my term life insurance in force?

cadreamer2015 wrote:I'm sure my premature death would be a financial hardship for my wife,

Sounds like you may need more insurance.
by bdpb
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best wireless providers for managing shared data plans?
Replies: 15
Views: 1168

Re: Best wireless providers for managing shared data plans?

It is our 17 year old that is the problem. She is just irresponsible about data management and seems to always be on Pandora or Spotify when she is driving around and she spend a lot of time in the car because her afternoon job as a nanny has her picking up kids from 3 different elementary schools ...
by bdpb
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Checking In After Four Years
Replies: 20
Views: 5312

Re: Checking In After Four Years

Congrats! You're a very good listener and learner. Only remaining question is what to do with the cash left . I will leave $10,000 in checking as an emergency fund, but the remaining $10,000 I'm thinking should go into a taxable brokerage account and into a short/intermediate-term bond fun or some t...
by bdpb
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Request Help with Our Plan to Simplify Our Retirement Accounts
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

Re: Request Help with Our Plan to Simplify Our Retirement Accounts

Pay off your mortgage today. I looked into paying off the mortgage, but since it is at the end of the mortgage life, there is not much interest left, about $2000. So I don't think we will pay off our mortgage. You're looking at this the wrong way. It has nothing to do with being at the end of the m...
by bdpb
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pay down mortgage or stuff retirement accounts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2754

Re: Pay down mortgage or stuff retirement accounts?

Noticed your username. Are you saving for or have savings set aside for kids' college funding? If so, use the IL 529 Bright Start Direct plan. It's low cost and gives an IL state tax break up to 20k per year on a joint return. Where did you ever come up with the 6.5% IL state tax number? It's curren...

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