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by beardsworth
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIAA Trouble [NY Times: TIAA pushes clients to high fee products]
Replies: 31
Views: 2662

Re: TIAA Trouble [NY Times: TIAA pushes clients to high fee products]

Meta critic said: "...That said, I actually like their life insurance products and hold term life insurance with them. Rates are competitive, and I can't imagine they won't honor the contract if/when it becomes an issue". What do you/other BH's consider 'competitive' life insurance rates ? I too ha...
by beardsworth
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's Global Wellesley Income and Global Wellington Funds in registration [now available]
Replies: 90
Views: 16035

Re: Vanguard's Global Wellesley Income and Global Wellington Funds in registration

How will Global Wellington significantly differ from a Target Date fund like the Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 Fund which is currently 65% stocks and 35% bonds? Other than the Target Date Fund will shift allocation more conservative as time goes on do you think Global Wellington will be worth the...
by beardsworth
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security - Maximizing a couples benefits
Replies: 35
Views: 2778

Re: Social Security - Maximizing a couples benefits

Thanks to some of you. Priceless 8-) And graceless. Everyone posting above has taken time from their own personal lives to help the OP, a total stranger; and everyone has given perspective and advice in good faith; and no one has been rude or snarky to the OP. Therefore, "thanks to all ," even to t...
by beardsworth
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 30 year tips auction-thursday 10/19, yield 0.86%?
Replies: 40
Views: 3707

Re: 30 year tips auction-thursday 10/19, yield 0.86%?

I am very much attracted to both TIPS (inside a retirement account, especially Roth IRA, to avoid the "tax on phantom interest" aspect) and I Bonds (outside retirement accounts). But I must count myself among those who cannot muster enthusiasm for long-term TIPS at such low real rates. I Bonds are a...
by beardsworth
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Advantage vs. Supplemental
Replies: 40
Views: 2446

Re: Medicare Advantage vs. Supplemental

When this thread was still young, I was exchanging Private Messages with the OP through this site. For just that reason, privacy, I’m not going to divulge anyone's personal details here. But it’s a fact, whether on this forum or elsewhere, that the quality of perspectives and recommendations can onl...
by beardsworth
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: IBonds - now or wait? [November 2017 rate]
Replies: 39
Views: 4209

Re: IBonds - now or wait?

The September CPI-U was released this morning.

https://www.bls.gov/schedule/news_release/cpi.htm

Can any of the resident experts calculate what it means for the inflation-based component of I Bonds to be issued during the six months beginning November 1?

Thanks.
by beardsworth
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Migrating e-mail from Outlook 2011 to Apple Mail
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Migrating e-mail from Outlook 2011 to Apple Mail

Seeing the length of my post, I feel like I might need to begin with an apology. I’m not a tech-savvy person, and I may be providing more background information than is necessary, because I'm not entirely sure what a more savvy reader might consider relevant, and the situation has multiple moving pa...
by beardsworth
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Bogleheads you would most like to meet and why?
Replies: 134
Views: 9030

Re: Bogleheads you would most like to meet and why?

Top of my list though is Taylor . . . If I ever meet him I envision it like arriving at the top of Mount Boglehead to speak to the wise sage. He hands me a piece of paper with three funds written on them... :happy Yes, but as a regular reader of this forum, you already know which three funds they'l...
by beardsworth
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I-Bonds?
Replies: 32
Views: 3571

Re: I-Bonds?

Hi everyone. I'm pretty new here; have been lurking for the last month or so. Question: what are your current thoughts about buying I-Bonds, rather than alternatives such as Vanguard Total Bond Market, for the portion of an AA devoted to fixed income? Although the real rate of I-Bonds currently is ...
by beardsworth
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I-Bonds?
Replies: 32
Views: 3571

Re: I-Bonds?

Hi everyone. I'm pretty new here; have been lurking for the last month or so. Question: what are your current thoughts about buying I-Bonds, rather than alternatives such as Vanguard Total Bond Market, for the portion of an AA devoted to fixed income? Although the real rate of I-Bonds currently is ...
by beardsworth
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US removing Kaspersky Antivirus from government computers
Replies: 38
Views: 3542

Re: US removing Kaspersky Antivirus from government computers

By they way, I recently learned that AVG, Avast and ESET are all based in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is full of Russians. Kaspersky was formerly the preferred product at my wife's employer, which also had some sort of bulk license and made the software available, free of charge, to empl...
by beardsworth
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else freeze their credit score?
Replies: 126
Views: 11375

Re: Anyone else freeze their credit score?

This New York Times article suggests some things to do. It also points out that (at least, as of a few days ago when the article was written) Equifax itself doesn't really seem to know who was specifically affected by the security breach, and the company's site seems to tell everyone who inputs the ...
by beardsworth
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Prime Money Market vs Federal Money Market?
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: Prime Money Market vs Federal Money Market?

It's nearly always a good idea to use that search box at the top of each forum page to see what's already been discussed about a topic. A search for money market federal prime produces several previous threads which you may find helpful. https://www.google.com/search?sitesearch=bogleheads.org&q=fede...
by beardsworth
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Freeze affects SSA online account
Replies: 22
Views: 2569

Re: Credit Freeze affects SSA online account

cheapedy wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:43 pm
I froze my credit with the five agencies over the last few days due to the Equifax breach.
Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, Innovis, and . . . who would be the 5th?

Thanks.
by beardsworth
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Lower Cost USA Cities to Live
Replies: 102
Views: 7592

Re: Best Lower Cost USA Cities to Live

If my wife were okay with the area, we'd move to Prescott (but she doesn't care for the feel, look and atmosphere of Prescott). Could you provide just some brief details behind that comment? Not about your relocation decision "relationship" with your wife :) but about why some people might consider...
by beardsworth
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relocate for Early Retirement?
Replies: 41
Views: 3765

Re: Relocate for Early Retirement?

Your choice of place, like any other, will depend on which things matter the most to you, since it's almost impossible to maximize all good things in a single location. If taxes matter to you, then there is a marked difference among the three states you name. Washington and Nevada have no state inco...
by beardsworth
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did Charmin UltraSoft TP become "UltraThin"?
Replies: 61
Views: 3839

Re: Did Charmin UltraSoft TP become "UltraThin"?

Anyone on the fence over the BH getting less interesting thread can now choose a side :wink: To keep this uninteresting thread even more so I don't find this thread uninteresting at all. But perhaps a sufficient number of opinions have been expressed that it's time to wipe it up, while the thread i...
by beardsworth
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did Charmin UltraSoft TP become "UltraThin"?
Replies: 61
Views: 3839

Re: Did Charmin UltraSoft TP become "UltraThin"?

It's called "Shrinkflation". In economics, shrinkflation is the process of items shrinking in size or quantity while their prices remain the same or increase. Ain't economics grand? https://www.google.com/search?q=shrinkflation&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 Just as 2x4 lumber is no longer 2x4. And cans of soup...
by beardsworth
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: IBonds - now or wait? [November 2017 rate]
Replies: 39
Views: 4209

Re: IBonds - now or wait?

The CPI-U for September, the last "puzzle piece" in the new I Bond inflation component rate which takes effect on November 1, will be announced on the morning of October 13. Here on Bogleheads, someone nearly always starts a new thread explaining what it means for I Bonds. https://www.bls.gov/schedu...
by beardsworth
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Becoming a Landlord: My Experiences
Replies: 108
Views: 16540

Re: Becoming a Landlord: My Experiences

I still remember reading a book about landlording, years ago, in which the writer said that one thing she did when evaluating prospective tenants was to look at the inside of their car. She didn't place much emphasis on whether it was a recent-model car or an old car, but she wanted to see how the p...
by beardsworth
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with TIAA-CREF
Replies: 15
Views: 1682

Re: Help with TIAA-CREF

Although it has recently had a lot of off-topic threads about the hurricane, the national government, medical research, etc., Morningstar has a discussion forum specifically about TIAA matters. The people there seem to be very knowledgeable, so you may also want to post your questions there. As far ...
by beardsworth
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: LTCI Experience
Replies: 16
Views: 1678

Re: LTCI Experience

Since John Hancock has been mentioned more than once in this thread, it's probably worth noting that Hancock, apparently unable to figure out how to make a reliable profit from this product, stopped issuing new LTC policies in late 2016. It will, however, continue to service its existing policies, ...
by beardsworth
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: LTCI Experience
Replies: 16
Views: 1678

Re: LTCI Experience

Since John Hancock has been mentioned more than once in this thread, it's probably worth noting that Hancock, apparently unable to figure out how to make a reliable profit from this product, stopped issuing new LTC policies in late 2016. It will, however, continue to service its existing policies, o...
by beardsworth
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: GLOBAL 1M$ Conservative Growth Portfolio?
Replies: 25
Views: 1924

Re: VHGEX & VFITX(VFIUX) 1M$ Conservative Growth Portfolio?

aramv, Since you're obviously interested in a global allocation for the stock portion of this portfolio which you intend to be "conservative," is there any particular reason you're not considering Vanguard Global Minimum Volatility Fund? https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=1194&Fu...
by beardsworth
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Demographic Headwinds for Stocks and Bonds?
Replies: 47
Views: 5116

Re: Demographic Headwinds for Stocks and Bonds?

Todd/Simplegift,

Has there been some change in your own thinking about this since your 2015 thread on the same subject?

viewtopic.php?t=168488
by beardsworth
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: change user name?
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: change user name?

I am new, please advise, how do I PM a moderator? I went to a forum, did not see the path. Here: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/memberlist.php?mode=team Suggest you start with forum administrator LadyGeek, who is, in my experience, always friendly and helpful. FYI, here is one of a number of prev...
by beardsworth
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: change user name?
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: change user name?

Any of the forum moderators can do this for you. Send a Private Message.
by beardsworth
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: IBonds: My worst bond investment over the last 5 years
Replies: 74
Views: 7593

Re: IBonds: My worst bond investment over the last 5 years

Ibonds, to the extent that as a non-USian I understand them, appear to provide a different function in the portfolio. 1. they hedge against unexpected inflation. Better than any other asset because the inflation gain is not taxable? (it is for TIPS as I understand them) For federal tax purposes, in...
by beardsworth
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Traditional Annuity as sole fixed income component
Replies: 84
Views: 9421

Re: TIAA Traditional Annuity as sole fixed income component

If you shift money out of TRAD, and then back in, the vintage is reset. So TIAA rewards you somewhat for contributions that "stay the course." Here's a link to the TIAA TRAD GSRA (fully liquid) information about accumulation and payout rates: https://www.tiaa.org/public/investment-performance/tiaat...
by beardsworth
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard seeks corporate disclosure re climate change risks
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Vanguard seeks corporate disclosure re climate change risks

Fellow Bogleheads participants: This is strictly a report of investment news from/about Vanguard. The forum's rules prohibit "political" discussions of climate change itself, or what should or shouldn't be done about it. "Vanguard Group on Monday said it has urged companies to disclose how climate ...
by beardsworth
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My (general) contacts with Treasury Direct re loss & liability
Replies: 14
Views: 2001

Re: My (general) contacts with Treasury Direct re loss & liability

The language quoted by lazyday, two posts above, concerning the Treasury Direct customer's responsibility for the use of his/her log-in credentials, is plain in the site's terms of use. That's why, as noted in my original post which started this thread, my inquiries to Treasury specified a loss situ...
by beardsworth
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How or if to use TIAA annuity
Replies: 32
Views: 2065

Re: How or if to use TIAA annuity

There may be some pieces of information missing here, or instances where different posters may seem to be talking about the same thing but are not. First, unless TIAA has introduced some new account type unfamiliar to me, TIAA Traditional with a 3% minimum accumulating rate is no longer available in...
by beardsworth
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 60432

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

In the time since the upgrade, I've been exchanging private messages with another forum participant. The site has not been sending me an e-mail to tell me that a new incoming PM is waiting to be claimed. It always did so in the past. Thanks for all you do, and for troubleshooting these latest small ...
by beardsworth
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "When's the Right Time to Take RMDs?" – (Christine Benz's Latest Column)
Replies: 34
Views: 4522

Re: "When's the Right Time to Take RMDs?" – (Christine Benz's Latest Column)

For IRAs, you can take an RMD from 1 account that represents the requirement of all your IRAs. As I I understand it, this is not so for multiple 401K accounts, you have to take RMDs from each account separately. Plus ROTH 401ks also require RMDs. Yes. For reasons I've never understood, probably rel...
by beardsworth
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My (general) contacts with Treasury Direct re loss & liability
Replies: 14
Views: 2001

My (general) contacts with Treasury Direct re loss & liability

I’m posting this in order to share information which may be of interest to other forum participants who buy securities, in particular I Bonds (U.S. Savings Bonds, Series I) through Treasury Direct. And the story is rather long because it involved multiple rounds of communication with Treasury. I wou...
by beardsworth
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Is the Munchkin MAN still alive?
Replies: 16
Views: 5210

Re: Is the Munchkin MAN still alive?

I also miss him, and his unique online "voice." I had the recollection that he lives/lived in Norfolk, VA. I did a Google search for "Norfolk Munchkin Man," and this was among the results, containing a post from last September. I have no idea of his current status other than this. http://forums.eog....
by beardsworth
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund (VUSXX)
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund (VUSXX)

In addition to my post above, describing "how things came to be this way" concerning this fund, I should note that, while it takes $50,000 to open an account in VUSXX, you don't necessarily have to continuously kee p $50,000 in it thereafter, especially if it's held in a Vanguard IRA. Like many othe...
by beardsworth
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund (VUSXX)
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund (VUSXX)

The answer to the OP's question derives from the history of the fund. For years before the financial crash, Vanguard had Investor Shares (Vanguard fund 0050) and Admiral Shares (Vanguard fund 0011) of Treasury Money Market. With the coming of near–zero interest rates, so that the investment yield on...
by beardsworth
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 6613

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

But I keep wondering how many people on this forum are still buying at current prices (especially through voluntary purchases, as opposed to automated payroll contributions) and how many have been wary by the constant setting of new record highs and have decided to stop. Well, depends on how you lo...
by beardsworth
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 6613

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

There's no doubt that anyone who hung on from 2009 forward is sitting pretty. But I keep wondering how many people on this forum are still buying at current prices (especially through voluntary purchases, as opposed to automated payroll contributions) and how many have been wary by the constant set...
by beardsworth
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 6613

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

There's no doubt that anyone who hung on from 2009 forward is sitting pretty. But I keep wondering how many people on this forum are still buying at current prices (especially through voluntary purchases, as opposed to automated payroll contributions) and how many have been wary by the constant sett...
by beardsworth
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Using VMVFX Vanguard [Global] Minimum Volatility fund for international.
Replies: 18
Views: 2012

Re: Using VMVFX Vanguard Minimum Volatility fund for international.

I like the fund. I like its quant-driven effort to dampen volatility. As the prospectus and reports say, this is intended to produce smaller losses in down markets, even if it also means reduced gains in boomy-markets. That's fine with me. "Slow(er) but steady(er)" suits me fine. I like the fact tha...
by beardsworth
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: All at once or bit by bit?
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: All at once or bit by bit?

geltman, enter "lump sum DCA" in that search box at the top of each Bogleheads page, and you will find many previous discussions of this. If this thread follows the trend of its many predecessors, the preponderance of posters will urge you to put the whole batch of money in at once. I disagree. Doll...
by beardsworth
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone invest in I Bonds and why?
Replies: 17
Views: 1995

Re: Anyone invest in I Bonds and why?

Type "I Bonds" into that search box at the top of each Bogleheads forum page and you will see a large number of previous discussions.
by beardsworth
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle Has Been Right About Investing In International Stocks
Replies: 505
Views: 34005

Re: John Bogle Has Been Right About Investing In International Stocks

Intending to supplement the discussion rather than distract from it: Whenever I read such threads, many of whose posts mention currency fluctuation concerns, I always wonder how, or if, this is an issue for Vanguard Global Minimum Volatility Fund (VMVFX). To the best of my recollection, from reading...
by beardsworth
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's your personal savings rate?
Replies: 135
Views: 11947

Re: What's your personal savings rate?

Incendiary,

Using that search box at the top of each Bogleheads page for the terms "saving rate income" and "savings rate income" will generate multiple previous threads on this subject which you may find helpful.
by beardsworth
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard VTINX [Target Retirement Income Fund]
Replies: 8
Views: 1037

Re: Vanguard VTINX

roh8372,

If you use that search box at the top of each Bogleheads page, and do searches for "VTINX" and "Vanguard Target Retirement Income," you'll find quite a few previous threads which may be helpful.
by beardsworth
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ibond purchases on treasurydirect
Replies: 11
Views: 1434

Re: ibond purchases on treasurydirect

As already noted by letsgobobby, logging into your electronic Treasury Direct account produces only a display of your electronically owned bonds, not your paper ones. And Treasury doesn't directly issue periodic statements for either. The interest on your paper bonds can therefore seem sort of "invi...
by beardsworth
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can anyone convince me I need international stock in my portfolio?
Replies: 162
Views: 9121

Re: Can anyone convince me I need international stock in my portfolio?

Use of the forum search box at the top of each page shows that a thread very similar to this one, even down to a thread title in which the OP asked people to "convince" him about international, ran a couple years ago. There's not a whole lot new under the sun. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewto...
by beardsworth
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are stock market returns doomed by the Baby Boomers?
Replies: 27
Views: 3196

Re: Are stock market returns doomed by the Baby Boomers?

This may be a topic already discussed. If so, I apologize in advance.... Entering "boomers" and "market" in that search box at the top of the forum page does show multiple previous discussions which you may also find thought-provoking. https://www.google.com/search?sitesearch=bogleheads.org&q=boome...