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by danieljquirk
Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Every DFA fund (ex-S&P 500) has underperformed the S&P 500 for the past decade
Replies: 101
Views: 8841

Re: Every DFA fund (ex-S&P 500) has underperformed the S&P 500 for the past decade

I think it is also interesting to consider the asset weighted impact of DFA's results (and DFA copycat firms/funds). Today, DFA has over $400 billion in total assets, up from $40B in 2002 and $8 billion in 1991, and its founding in 1981. The flagship DFA small cap value fund (DFSVX) has an inception...
by danieljquirk
Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Price Per Watt?
Replies: 25
Views: 2663

Re: Solar Price Per Watt?

I am amazed at the cost of labor. Realistically, this is a 1-day project requiring 2 people, one of whom requires technical knowledge and the other who could be a laborer making $25/hr. How much is a day of work worth? $10,000? It seems like it should be closer to $1500. Add overhead/profit/margin a...
by danieljquirk
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIAA life insurance?
Replies: 26
Views: 2533

TIAA life insurance?

A friend of mine (honestly!) is looking at whole life insurance as an investment. Through previous conversations with him, he generally understands it is more efficient to buy term life and invest the difference. However, I have a hard time shooting holes in the proposal below. I also have some know...
by danieljquirk
Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is BNDX (total international bond) and its utilization in target date funds terrible?
Replies: 79
Views: 6291

Re: Is BNDX (total international bond) and its utilization in target date funds terrible?

Good comments. I actually don't think Vanguard has done a great job of marketing BNDX. If that was the case, a lot more people would be buying it as an individual fund. As I understand it, 90%+ of the flows are to the TDFs. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the folks on this board, but is th...
by danieljquirk
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is BNDX (total international bond) and its utilization in target date funds terrible?
Replies: 79
Views: 6291

Is BNDX (total international bond) and its utilization in target date funds terrible?

At the current time, BNDX (total international bond) is far inferior to BND (total US bond) for a couple of obvious reasons: 1- The yield is lower, 1.06% vs. 2.44% 2-The duration (risk) is longer at 7.4 years vs. 5.8 years 3- The credit risk is worse. The debt profile and risk of countries like Japa...
by danieljquirk
Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small value underperformance, DFA
Replies: 106
Views: 9277

Re: Small value underperformance, DFA

I understand that 10 years is not long enough to make an assessment, but 10 years also isn't the ultra-short term either. Relative to today, a tiny fraction of people were discussing small value in 1994 or 2000. In 2000, the vast majority of us were discussing internet stocks and the new economy. I ...
by danieljquirk
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small value underperformance, DFA
Replies: 106
Views: 9277

Small value underperformance, DFA

It has been far too civil on the boards lately, so I thought it'd be fun to stir it up a little bit! I imagine many investors did not become fans of small value tilting until about 2003. I suspect that on an actual asset weighted basis, a lot of money has been lost/foregone by chasing the elusive sm...
by danieljquirk
Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Currency-Hedged International Funds? Why?
Replies: 9
Views: 1435

Re: Currency-Hedged International Funds? Why?

I think I agree with Nisiprius on this issue. Vanguard hedges international bonds because currency adds volatility and no expected return. Presumably it can hedge pretty cheaply, or it wouldn't do this. Vanguard does not hedge international stocks because umm.....ummmm..... ummmm? Why doesn't the sa...
by danieljquirk
Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I tell my advisor to take a hike?
Replies: 35
Views: 4052

Re: Should I tell my advisor to take a hike?

I agree with others and think the advisor fees are reasonable at 0.5%. But the number of funds in here are ridiculous, redundant and appear to be "intentionally complicated" even if they are mostly DFA funds--which by the way are notably more expensive than Vanguard. I count 17 funds in th...
by danieljquirk
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: excellent summary of the Greek crisis by U of Chicago Professor
Replies: 45
Views: 9637

Re: excellent summary of the Greek crisis by U of Chicago Professor

12) Why not just bring back the drachma? The public will have little confidence in the IOUs that the government issues. Probably even less confidence if Greece opts to officially introduce a new currency. Reintroducing the drachma would be totally illegal under European law and form the basis for a...
by danieljquirk
Fri May 15, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA ballpark costs for 35-year old?
Replies: 1
Views: 342

HSA ballpark costs for 35-year old?

What is the lowest ballpark range in terms of monthly premiums for a single 35 year old male in California? I'm thinking its around $250. Thanks.

These would seem to be much larger than any fees associated with HSA accounts.
by danieljquirk
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions for Financial Adviser
Replies: 18
Views: 1332

Re: Questions for Financial Adviser

One potential non-threatening strategy: #1 Tell him that you and your wife are going to meet with someone first and ask your father-in-law if he's interested in hearing what you learn. It is non-threatening, and you don't have to be the bad guy. # See if he would be interested in getting a second &q...
by danieljquirk
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International increase in Target Retirement & LifeStrategy
Replies: 235
Views: 32242

Re: International increase in Target Retirement & LifeStrate

Interesting thoughts, Johno. You obviously have experience with currency markets and Vanguard's approach. Can you remind me of how currency hedges should theoretically work? At the longer end of the curve, most global interest rates are notably lower than US rates. However, at the short end, where V...
by danieljquirk
Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International increase in Target Retirement & LifeStrategy
Replies: 235
Views: 32242

Re: International increase in Target Retirement & LifeStrate

I'm going to echo some comments. Increase in international equities is ok, but increase in international bonds is a bad idea. The increase in international equities is acceptable given the better yields (3.2% for VXUS vs. 1.8% for VTI), better valuation (PE of 17 vs. PE of 20), and substantial under...
by danieljquirk
Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Hussman is almost a Boglehead
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: John Hussman is almost a Boglehead

I happen to catch a recent article by Hussman, and then it led me to look at his performance since inception. Below is the link from his website, which claims 3.03% per year. http://www.hussmanfunds.com/pdf/hsgperf.pdf But this doesn't seem to jive with the fact that the current price of his fund, H...
by danieljquirk
Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: husband with bi-polar condition spending lots of $
Replies: 18
Views: 4470

Re: husband with bi-polar condition spending lots of $

Thank you bogleheads! I have relayed the sound suggestions from the group. --Dan
by danieljquirk
Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: husband with bi-polar condition spending lots of $
Replies: 18
Views: 4470

husband with bi-polar condition spending lots of $

Here is a scenario of a couple which was recently brought to my attention: A wife husband have done well financially over the years. In the past 3 years her life has changed dramatically due to her husband’s bi-polar condition. As a result of his condition, he goes in stints of having a very strong ...
by danieljquirk
Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DFA profitability results so far
Replies: 0
Views: 510

DFA profitability results so far

Has anyone seen any results or done an analysis on the changes they announced and started to implement throughout 2014?
by danieljquirk
Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forecasting Excel template - personal financial statements
Replies: 0
Views: 538

Forecasting Excel template - personal financial statements

I've been working on creating an Excel spreadsheet to create personal financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) with the ability to forecast/model the numbers out year by year based on various assumptions. i.e. savings, tax rate, investment returns, Social Security.... Is there anyth...
by danieljquirk
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Actual experience with California probate court?
Replies: 11
Views: 2279

Re: Actual experience with California probate court?

Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I did some digging and found a few of useful links: The first is a standard will form from the CA state bar. http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/publications/Will-Form.pdf The calprobate link below is from an estate attorney and she indicates the fee sched...
by danieljquirk
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Actual experience with California probate court?
Replies: 11
Views: 2279

Actual experience with California probate court?

I'd love to hear if any fellow bogleheads have direct experience with probate court, California in particular, but I think non-CA experiences would also be instructive. I'm pretty convinced that the vast majority of people will be better off using a will versus a revocable living trust. Why? Wills a...
by danieljquirk
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Prudent Investment Portfolio for 58-year Old w/20M Net Worth
Replies: 39
Views: 5585

Re: Prudent Investment Portfolio for 58-year Old w/20M Net W

I think 65-35 is reasonable, but certainly an educational conversation/tutorial about risk, tolerance, and return would be in order first. VTI: 45 (1.83% yield) VXUS: 20 (2.83% yield) Munis: 35 (VWIUX has 1.63% SEC yield, 3.03% distribution yield). If he's a CA resident, consider VCADX.) The SEC yie...
by danieljquirk
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on California Municipal Bond Funds
Replies: 32
Views: 4154

Re: Thoughts on California Municipal Bond Funds

Excellent information (and refresher) OGD! This post is just one of the many reasons I :sharebeer bogleheads
by danieljquirk
Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on California Municipal Bond Funds
Replies: 32
Views: 4154

Re: Thoughts on California Municipal Bond Funds

I appreciated all the posts on this thread. The OP noted that the SEC yield was 2.2%. I have found the SEC yield that is reported for many different funds to vary quite a bit and sometimes be wildly off. The calculation seems to be screwy. I'd love to hear comments on this general observation. I loo...
by danieljquirk
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: High net worth in CA - what % of bonds in munis?
Replies: 21
Views: 2179

High net worth in CA - what % of bonds in munis?

Assuming you are 100% in taxable accounts and are in the highest tax bracket in CA (meaning total federal and state tax rate is about 50%), what % one's fixed income should be in:

-CA munis,
-national munis,
-taxable bonds
by danieljquirk
Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?
Replies: 32
Views: 3204

Re: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?

BlueMarlin, Hope you feel better! Why would a 70 year old want a $4 million policy? At that amount, as I understand it, there is no estate tax benefit given that the estate tax exemption is $5million for singles ($10 million for couples). For mega wealthy, it could make theoretical sense given that ...
by danieljquirk
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?
Replies: 32
Views: 3204

Re: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?

Yes! Insurance companies aren't stupid. And if the purpose of the individual is to collect on the life insurance , the insurance will be priced accordingly. I am interested in hearing or validating some real world numbers. Is $5M per year in premiums realistic for $100M payout on a 70 year old? (i.e...
by danieljquirk
Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?
Replies: 32
Views: 3204

Re: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?

Thanks. So if you are 70 years old and worth $200M, what does a $100M life insurance policy look like to a 70 year old? Is it the same (on a mortality and % basis) as a $1 million policy for a 70 year old. i.e. the like expectancy of a 70 year old is about 17 years. So is the annual premium going to...
by danieljquirk
Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?
Replies: 32
Views: 3204

Do the mega wealthy need life insurance?

I know this is a question of pressing relevance to most bogleheads... but if you are worth, let's say $100 million, should you get life insurance? Obviously, the need to provide for your family is not a reason. Maybe, if your assets aren't liquid (i.e. it is mostly land)? But lets assume most of you...
by danieljquirk
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do preferred stock dividends get favorable tax treatment?
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Do preferred stock dividends get favorable tax treatment?

Generally, do they qualify for the same low rates as common stock dividends?

I'm looking at it from the perspective of an individual in a high tax bracket.

It doesn't seem to be very clear in the land of the internet.

Thanks!

Dan
by danieljquirk
Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Let's say we live for 150 years...
Replies: 20
Views: 4181

Re: Let's say we live for 150 years...

Interesting post, Rick. Is the conclusion to increase the strategic allocation of equity portfolios? i.e. if you were to look at a bunch of target date funds (i.e. Vanguard, Fidelity Freedom, T.Rowe, JPM SmartLiving...), do you think they are all a bit too conservative? (I believe the average target...
by danieljquirk
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What do you think about "Reverse Mortgages"
Replies: 56
Views: 7771

Re: What do you think about "Reverse Mortgages"

I found this post because I have been researching reverse mortgages. If anyone has information on good low-cost reverse mortgage lenders, please let me know. I'd also love to know how things worked out for you, unmtgtdcrst. If you are still on the boards, please drop a line and let us know, if you d...
by danieljquirk
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low cost reverse mortgage lenders?
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Low cost reverse mortgage lenders?

Anyone have a recommendation on a good reverse mortgage lender with low fees and low rates? Thanks.
by danieljquirk
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Real Estate Account, bond-like or Madoff-like?
Replies: 79
Views: 10747

Re: TIAA Real Estate Account, bond-like or Madoff-like?

This isn't a Ponzi scheme. TIAA-CREF is very legitimate. There are a couple of interesting things about this fund. 1-It's not readily apparent, but it holds 20-25% of its assets in cash. This is a reason why it was less volatile in 2008. It is also the reason why long term performance lags the publi...
by danieljquirk
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Case for Index Fund Portfolios
Replies: 39
Views: 6201

Re: The Case for Index Fund Portfolios

Great article Rick! With the data that you have, can you estimate the impact of federal and state taxes consequences? (For state taxes, I might run three scenarios and assume 0%, 5% and 9% as the plugs). I know Rob Arnott wrote a piece in 1999 analyzing the impact of taxes on actively managed fund v...
by danieljquirk
Thu May 30, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reconciling history of nominal GDP vs. S&P 500 return
Replies: 10
Views: 1312

Re: Reconciling history of nominal GDP vs. S&P 500 return

Thanks for the thoughtful replies. It seems like the dividend payout (1-3% over time) along with stock buybacks (1-2%) could be the explanation. I'll have to think about that some more.... So, if one is trying to estimate the future returns from equities it should be real global GDP + inflation + di...
by danieljquirk
Wed May 29, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reconciling history of nominal GDP vs. S&P 500 return
Replies: 10
Views: 1312

Reconciling history of nominal GDP vs. S&P 500 return

Many smart investors/economists/pundits equate long-term nominal GDP growth with earnings growth for stocks. It seems logical to assume that the S&P 500 in aggregate cannot grow faster than the overall economy over the long run. Yet, since 1928, the S&P 500 has returned about 9.3% per year h...
by danieljquirk
Tue May 28, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: P/B valuations for small and large back to 1926
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Re: P/B valuations for small and large back to 1926

Bottomfisher, Thanks for the added color on P/E valuations. The six portfolios are based on the classic fama-French research. The chart indicates no valuation differences between large and small stocks on a P/B basis. I wanted to use the ken French P/B data because it goes back to 1928. I will try t...
by danieljquirk
Mon May 27, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Proportion of 403(b) Account to Annuitize
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: Proportion of 403(b) Account to Annuitize

Interesting thread. Good comments. Given the fact that it seems like she will continue to pay rent or a mortgage in retirement, figuring out monthly income is a big deal. Big difference between being able to spend $4,000 before rent and $2-3000 after rent. What is her rent? It seems that even if she...
by danieljquirk
Mon May 27, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: P/B valuations for small and large back to 1926
Replies: 4
Views: 918

P/B valuations for small and large back to 1926

This will probably bore a lot of people or rehash old debates, but I was fairly certain that small cap valuations had expanded substantially relative to large caps. (My concern is that unsustainable valuation expansion has provided a lot of the favorable return over the last 13 years.) I actually we...
by danieljquirk
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DFA Growth funds?
Replies: 47
Views: 7668

Re: DFA Growth funds?

I apologize if I missed it, but can anyone point to the actual study that shows the data? Or if there is a link to an understandable interpretation of the data, that would be even better. My gut instinct is to be skeptical of this fund and the behavioral story, but I'd like to look at the data for m...
by danieljquirk
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Finally arrived: The Vanguard Total International Bond Fund
Replies: 187
Views: 31518

Re: Finally arrived: The Vanguard Total International Bond F

In theory, I think it's fine to add this to a portfolio. I believe the biggest risk one is mitigating against is US government default. However, given how integrated world economies are, I am doubtful that the rest of the world's bonds (particularly the largest weights of Japan, France, Germany, and...
by danieljquirk
Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MVO for Excel
Replies: 14
Views: 1920

Re: MVO for Excel

Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. This is why Bogleheads rock!

I realize the output of MVO is very much GIGO. This is more of a mathematical, puzzle-type of exercise for me.

Grayfox, I may ping you privately for some help with my spreadsheet.
by danieljquirk
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MVO for Excel
Replies: 14
Views: 1920

Re: MVO for Excel

Another issue came up with some colleagues, regarding standard deviation input assumptions for some of the asset classes. Specifically, there was debate over whether straight-up annual volatility should be used or if monthly annualized volatility should be used. The straight-up annual standard devia...
by danieljquirk
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MVO for Excel
Replies: 14
Views: 1920

Re: MVO for Excel

MVO is mean variance optimization. It is a mathematical technique (I'm trying to build it in Excel) to arrive at an efficient portfolio, which is one that maximizes expected return for a given amount of standard deviation, or given a standard deviation, maximizes the expected return. Bogleheads intu...
by danieljquirk
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MVO for Excel
Replies: 14
Views: 1920

MVO for Excel

I'm working on a bit of an academic project and am interested if there is a good Excel-based MVO spreadsheet out there that I can copy and paste. I've already created tables of roughly 15 different asset classes (I know--far too many, but I'm trying to indulge some other colleagues) with expected re...
by danieljquirk
Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Innovation that drives growth
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Innovation that drives growth

I noticed that a thread on 3-d printing was locked. I wanted to open up the discussion to the larger idea of innovation, productivity gains, growth in GDP, improvement in living standards, and of course, the stock market. Below is a list of some of the innovations that I think might truly transform ...
by danieljquirk
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Distribution yield vs. 30 day SEC yield
Replies: 15
Views: 1596

Re: Distribution yield vs. 30 day SEC yield

I find many of the reporting services (i.e. Yahoo Finance) often interchange the two yields. Distribution yield is not very useful. Are there ever discrepancies in a 30-day SEC-yield when a fund is making distributions monthly vs. quarterly? Or put another way, will the 30-day SEC yield sometimes be...
by danieljquirk
Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Equity Line to Pay for Grad School
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Home Equity Line to Pay for Grad School

Getting an MBA while you're working and having the company pay for part of it is smart. Just pay as and when you need, using the taxable trust account as well as money saved from your job over the next couple of years. Don't bother with the home equity loan. Keep your life simple. Continue to save a...
by danieljquirk
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Asset Class Selection Process
Replies: 50
Views: 2882

Re: My Asset Class Selection Process

2) The valuations are quite high. Taken on a pre-tax cash earnings basis, REIT P/E ratios are approximately twice that of the S&P 500. P/E is completely irrelevant in the REIT world. REITs use FFO - Funds From Operations. I would recommend the excellent book "Investing in REITs" by Ra...

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