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by dbc47
Sat May 28, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Indexed Annuities: The Big Lie" by Don McDonald
Replies: 26
Views: 2702

Re: "Indexed Annuities: The Big Lie" by Don McDonald

My brother says he was sold an investment that either gives him the return of the S&P 500 or 6%, with no downside risk. The thing is reviewed every year in August and at that time he gets which ever is higher, "guaranteed". I don't know any other details. Does that sound like an Indexe...
by dbc47
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Download Youtube Playlists?
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Download Youtube Playlists?

I've been trying to find a "reliable and safe" program that would allow me to download Youtube playlists as MP3's and I can't seem to find a good solution. There are tons of programs out there and I've tried a couple such as DVD Videosoft and Freemake and upon installation my antivirus pop...
by dbc47
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2015 Premier Question [Must re-enter Intuit ID]
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Quicken 2015 Premier Question

Sounds like secure login :happy http://www.quicken.com/support/help/HOW25542 Thanks! This may be the answer. I looked on Ituit's site but didn't run across this article. My Quicken was set to use a secure log in and perhaps somewhere in the passed couple weeks I changed that setting. Don't remember...
by dbc47
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2015 Premier Question [Must re-enter Intuit ID]
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Quicken 2015 Premier Question

Thanks for the reply. I don't do the automatic updates nor is it configured that way (as far as I know) as I enjoy entering everything manually.
by dbc47
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2015 Premier Question [Must re-enter Intuit ID]
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Quicken 2015 Premier Question [Must re-enter Intuit ID]

Recently upon opening Quicken I not only have to enter my password (which I set up) but a new window pops up and it wants me to enter my Intuit ID. I can then click the link which will tell Intuit to email me a six digit number which I then enter into the field. It is only then that Quicken will ope...
by dbc47
Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Track Your Emails?
Replies: 16
Views: 1693

Do You Track Your Emails?

I use Gmail and have tried a couple email trackers, but I'm still not satisfied. I'm really not even sure what I want. I send some fairly important (at least to me) emails and I always wondered when and if my emails have been read by the receiving party. I always feel better when I can actually see ...
by dbc47
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power Wheelchairs
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Power Wheelchairs

Thanks everyone for you replies. I'm still researching and you've given me good ideas.

Thanks again,
Dan
:happy
by dbc47
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power Wheelchairs
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Power Wheelchairs

It's time for my Dad to get a power wheelchair as it is becoming more difficult for him to walk (he's 95). I've started researching wheelchairs and Hoveround brand looks pretty good. Anyone have any experience with these folks and/or provide some insight. Medicare will probably be used to make the p...
by dbc47
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gmail: Forwarding Messages Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Gmail: Forwarding Messages Issue

One possibility: Check the bottom of the message and look for a "..." (a light grey box with 3 dots) If you see it and click it, the forwarded message should appear. I think this is a Google problem. It took a day or two, but the message (s) I've forwarded have mysteriously self corrected...
by dbc47
Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gmail: Forwarding Messages Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Gmail: Forwarding Messages Issue

Was it on an Android smartphone? Had similar experience on Nexus 5 last week... my guess, as message was being sent, I lost my internet connection. Have not been able to repeat the problem. Sorry, I should have been more precise. Both of us are using desktop computers. I'm using Windows 8.1 and he'...
by dbc47
Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gmail: Forwarding Messages Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Gmail: Forwarding Messages Issue

Lately I've been forwarding some emails, using Gmail, to a friend of mine who also uses Gmail. However, when he receives the forwarded email, my address shows in the body of the email normally, but the message that I've forwarded to him does not appear. I can't figure this out! If it was working pro...
by dbc47
Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 & Microsoft Money
Replies: 6
Views: 4541

Windows 10 & Microsoft Money

Windows 10 appears to be coming out on July 29 + or - and from what little I've seen so far Microsoft Money Sunset Edition will not work. I really can't find out a whole bunch about it yet. Anyone else investigated this yet? I'm thinking of just saying goodbye to Money and just using Moneydance or s...
by dbc47
Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome Stalling Out
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Re: Google Chrome Stalling Out

Nope, no such problem. Put your mouse in the area below where the browser does it's display. Right click and select Start Task Manager. Click on the tab called Processes and see which process is using a lot of CPU. That will tell you the likely culprit. If Chrome got infected with a virus, a bad ex...
by dbc47
Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome Stalling Out
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Re: Google Chrome Stalling Out

Thanks!! I did the Google thing first like I always do, but I missed that article. Perhaps I was having another senior moment :D . Thanks again and I'll give it another try to see if those setting changes do the trick.

Thanks!
Dan
:sharebeer
by dbc47
Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome Stalling Out
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Google Chrome Stalling Out

For the past month or so when I type information in the search/address bar it can no longer keep up with me as I type. It will just stall out and eventually enter everything I've typed, but it takes a while. This is a consistent problem now. While using Firefox there is not lag time whatsoever so I'...
by dbc47
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quick Garmin Question
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Quick Garmin Question

You might try asking here: http://forums.gpsreview.net/categories/garmin-auto-forum-garmin-nuvi-forum Thanks. I got a reply from Garmin a little while ago. Currently there is no way to make the "bubble" disappear. Once I enter an address and Garmin locates it, it would just be nice if the...
by dbc47
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quick Garmin Question
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Quick Garmin Question

Toons wrote:I have found both their email and phone support excellent in the past :happy

https://support.garmin.com/support/sw/escalateForm



Thanks, tried that but got no response. Will try again.
by dbc47
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quick Garmin Question
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Quick Garmin Question

I've got a Garmin Nuvi 1300 navigator and it does something really irritating that I can't figure out how to fix. When I enter an address to navigate to it brings up the map with about a 1"x1" white bubble which shows the address along with a map pin on the location. That is all well and g...
by dbc47
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue

Have you checked your power settings. I have a similar machine. I never put it into sleep mode, it does this automatically after sitting idle for the time stated in power settings. Also, after going from 8.0 to 8.1 I had some power issues and got better after changing power settings from Dell to MS...
by dbc47
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue

Recently purchased (last week) a new Dell XPS 8700 desktop and I'm having an issue with the "sleep mode". Whenever I put the system on sleep mode (overnight), upon wakeup the next morning the system will no longer display the desktop shortcuts. The wallpaper shows and so does part of the t...
by dbc47
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ever Sold a Mortgage?
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: Ever Sold a Mortgage?

Thanks Gill, I'll do more research. Don't know if Dad wants to do this or not, but he ask me to look into this for him.
by dbc47
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ever Sold a Mortgage?
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Ever Sold a Mortgage?

Has anyone here ever sold a mortgage to another person or company? My Dad, who turns 94 this November, asked me to look into this for him. He has 2 commercial buildings where he is holding the first deeds of trust. One of the occupants is a real pain in the butt and is constantly causing him grief. ...
by dbc47
Tue May 27, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Large Purchase(s) Ever?
Replies: 45
Views: 3702

Re: Best Large Purchase(s) Ever?

Our biggest purchase was for our current home. We had it built from the ground up 7 years ago and were fortunate enough to be able to pay cash. :sharebeer
by dbc47
Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any Interesting Income Alternatives to Bonds
Replies: 15
Views: 2578

Re: Any Interesting Income Alternatives to Bonds

A NNN is a triple net lease REIT who leases its buildings to tenants on a long-term basis (10 to 15 years) where the tenant pays for improvements and repairs and the REIT receives a monthly rent that typically rises each year. Publicly trade NNNs inlude: O, NNN, ARCP, LXP and ARCM. Packer You might...
by dbc47
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much do you make a year in Dividends?
Replies: 72
Views: 7440

Re: How much do you make a year in Dividends?

$30K per year counting dividends taken in cash and/or reinvested. :greedy
by dbc47
Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whats the best way to invest 50k per year?
Replies: 57
Views: 4037

Re: Whats the best way to invest 50k per year?

So your goal in life is to be a 35 year old single guy who lives with his parents and has a $100k+ income with minimal effort? actually at 35-40 id be moving out. i just dont want to be 35-40 making 60k a gross and thats it. This thread is wrong on so many levels. :twisted: Move out of the parents ...
by dbc47
Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?

Thanks to all! I cured the problem, I hope.

As suggested earlier, I disabled all of the extensions then re enabled them and that appears to have done the trick. I haven't checked all of my secure type sites, just the important ones like Vanguard, my bank, gmail, etc. Thanks again!

:sharebeer
by dbc47
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?

If it happens on all https sites, either your computer has been infected by malware or, more likely, It's an extension issue. Chrome will show that message if there is any non-secured content on an otherwise secured page. If you have an extension or malware that inserts some kind of outward call in...
by dbc47
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?

Not sure what you mean by showing "insecure". When I look at an HTTPS site it shows the little padlock and the connection type shows that the certificate was verified and it is using encryption. Sorry, I should have been more clear. My padlock shows a red X through it and the HTTPS is in ...
by dbc47
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Google Chrome: All sites show "insecure"?

Using Windows 7: Chrome browser showing all sites that should be secure as insecure for some reason (IE, Gmail. my bank, Vanguard, etc.) I've got the latest version, etc. Is it just me?
by dbc47
Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: vanguard quality of service
Replies: 63
Views: 4774

Re: vangurd quality of service

I just finished helping my Dad move some stuff over from Fidelity and a couple others and we got excellent service. I couldn't have asked for better. We had a whole bunch of forms to fill out, and some that were more than tricky. Over the years I can't think of one time I haven't been happy with the...
by dbc47
Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velocity Micro Computers
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Velocity Micro Computers

For a starting price of $899, I would expect a little more "oomph" under the hood. At the very least, at that price I would expect a discrete graphics card instead of using integrated graphics, or that a monitor was included if going with the integrated graphics. The H81 motherboard chips...
by dbc47
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velocity Micro Computers
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Velocity Micro Computers

Anyone have any experience with Velocity Micro Computers? I'm just starting to window shop and this brand caught my eye. I'll dig deeper when the time comes. The Vector Z25 looks interesting. :happy

Thanks!
by dbc47
Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome showing "not secure" Notifications
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Google Chrome showing "not secure" Notifications

My guess is your computer's clock is wrong, so it thinks all the sites' security certificates are expired or not yet valid. Am I right? Alternatively, maybe your ISP is trying to man-in-the-middle your SSL connection (this is often the case if you are using a work computer, they will generate a fak...
by dbc47
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome showing "not secure" Notifications
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Google Chrome showing "not secure" Notifications

New issue since yesterday I think. Everytime I go to a site that is supposed to be secure, such as Vanguard, the secure symbol in the address bar shows the site as not being secure. I've tried every site that I would need a secure connection with the same results. So at this point I can't log on to ...
by dbc47
Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The ACA and VA Health Care
Replies: 3
Views: 414

The ACA and VA Health Care

I received a bulletin from the VA in regards to the ACA and VA Health Care. Among other things in the bulletin, the FAQ that stood out in the bulletin is as follows: I am enrolled in a VA health care program. Would I be eligible for assistance to pay health insurance premiums on the Marketplace if I...
by dbc47
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Covered California (ACA) site security
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Watch Covered California (ACA) site security

The ACA site for California is called coveredca.com and is not always secure. I was finally able to create an account which finally became "secure". After signing in I was directed to create 5 answers to security questions however that page was showing as "insecure" in the addres...
by dbc47
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Health Insurance premium increases 55%]
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

Re: [Health Insurance premium increases 55%]

In addition to comparing coverage, you need to compare the network. An "identical" plan in an exchange may have fewer provider choices. This is one way the insurers will manage the cost. That isn't necessarily a bad thing but you need to know if there are docs/hospitals that are not in th...
by dbc47
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Health Insurance premium increases 55%]
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

Re: Entire Social Security Wiped Out

So some more information would be helpful for us to meaningfully help you. (1) What state and county do you reside in? (2) Do you qualify for medicare, e.g. over 65 and/or disabled? Was your current plan some sort of supplement? etc? (3) Have you investigated if you qualify for a subsidy towards on...
by dbc47
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Health Insurance premium increases 55%]
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

[Health Insurance premium increases 55%]

Got a letter from Blue Cross yesterday saying that the health insurance plan my wife and I now have will no longer be available after January 1st. My option is to go with another plan that they suggest which will have a monthly premium of $1176 per month for myself and my wife or go with the Afforda...
by dbc47
Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard - Track your transfer
Replies: 22
Views: 2762

Re: Vanguard - Track your transfer

I have got that "Track your transfer" too. But it's good news if VG finally gets around to integrate the brokerage and mutual fund sides. Can someone explain the "integration"? I have both funds and a brokerage account at Vanguard and I can see both just fine when I log in. Not ...
by dbc47
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I just don't get this rise in interest rates
Replies: 104
Views: 8461

I just don't get this rise in interest rates

I've been reading this forum for a few years now and whenever someone brings up the "Bond Bubble, etc. there seems to be very little cause for alarms, etc. There have been a few out there I suppose, but don't recall too many at the moment. I do remember seeing charts displayed of the Total Bond...
by dbc47
Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help for My 94 Year Old Aunt
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: Help for My 94 Year Old Aunt

Thanks for the feedback. I think she just wants to know, and get reassurance, that everything is OK. She doesn't sound too concerned about things, but I guess she just wanted another opinion. I'll pass along what I've learned and I'm sure that should be sufficient to ease any concerns she may have. ...
by dbc47
Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help for My 94 Year Old Aunt
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: Help for My 94 Year Old Aunt

I was just thinking that I forgot to include that information :oops: . Anyway, she has enough monthly income coming in that is more than enough to pay for the rest home. She has had these funds for years and has never withdrawn from them. She just reinvests the monthly dividends each month. Wonder w...
by dbc47
Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help for My 94 Year Old Aunt
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Help for My 94 Year Old Aunt

My Aunt is in a rest home and is still doing fairly well. I'm able to visit her and when I do she always presses me about what she should do with her money. She knows I'm no expert, but wants to know what I think about stuff. She showed me a statement which turns out that she has all her investments...
by dbc47
Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Yield Seekers Shouldn't Go Out on a Limb
Replies: 30
Views: 4208

Re: Bogle: Yield Seekers Shouldn't Go Out on a Limb

Great interview - thanks for posting. Some comments that struck me (and I paraphrase): Don't reach for yield. Accept the market yield. TBM is over weighted in treasuries and so you need more corporates to balance things out. Retirees who need yield should consider more exposure to dividend paying s...
by dbc47
Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is "buying organic" food worth it?
Replies: 89
Views: 5931

Re: Is "buying organic" food worth it?

I have a friend who has a garden every year and brags that his crop is "strictly organic", bla, bla, bla....... One day when he was bragging about how healthy his stuff was I interrupted him and told him that folks have been eating organic foods since they first started walking the Earth. ...
by dbc47
Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Files Between Cloud Drives
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: Moving Files Between Cloud Drives

I use dropbox. And there all of the files are on the computer and in the cloud. So if I wanted to start a new cloud service all the files are on the computer. Would that help? Thanks, but that is what I'm trying to avoid I think. I use Google Drive and Skydrive as my main places to archive stuff. I...
by dbc47
Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Files Between Cloud Drives
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: Moving Files Between Cloud Drives

Thanks for the feedback. I can't give you the exact wording of the "edit" permission I mentioned before. It was just a quick pop up when I went to register. My intention was to find a "free" service that would allow me to transfer files between Google Drive and Skydrive. That wou...
by dbc47
Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Files Between Cloud Drives
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Moving Files Between Cloud Drives

I'm looking for recommendations for an online service which can move files from one cloud drive service to another (Google Drive to Skydrive for example). I've looked at several and at the moment Backup Box looks good. I went ahead and registered with them and they need permission to access and &quo...

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