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by digit8
Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I Bonds
Replies: 27
Views: 2904

Re: I Bonds

For me? Flexibility.Once the one year no-redemption period is cleared, one can reasonably consider I Bonds an emergency fund, a TIPS-alternative bond investment, or long term savings account for big ticket purchases. And as far as mental accounting goes, that purpose can easily be changed according ...
by digit8
Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is BNDX (total international bond) and its utilization in target date funds terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 1743

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

It is terrible.
Not the fund itself, which has a strong if not completely convincing argument backing it.
But IMHO, a fund class that's been offered for a handful of years simply doesn't belong in a target fund. They are a safety zone, not a testing ground.
by digit8
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Savings in CA Municipal Bonds
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: Savings in CA Municipal Bonds

What's the time frame for your purchase, and how solid is it? As a general rule, the more definite your plans are, the more safe your funds should be. If you're thinking you might start looking in 5 years, there is less of an argument against reaching for better returns than if you've got your eye o...
by digit8
Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are Bogleheads Buying I-Bonds 2016?
Replies: 73
Views: 8008

Re: Are Bogleheads Buying I-Bonds 2016?

I'm a huge fan of I Bonds, and when I can, buy regardless of current rates with a "keep for 30" mentality (though the flexibility to withdraw earlier is one of the reasons I like them). However, this year I'm expecting a number of big ticket expenses- the car and the roof are both likely t...
by digit8
Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond Market or CD Ladder.
Replies: 8
Views: 1212

Re: Total Bond Market or CD Ladder.

I'd consider TBM one of the few reasonable choices for a stand-alone fixed equity holdings. But I'd back it up with, say, 20% in CD's before the most commonly suggested secondary holdings like the International Bond fund.
by digit8
Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: "We Need to Fix the Bond Index"
Replies: 46
Views: 3873

Re: Bogle: "We Need to Fix the Bond Index"

For every person who feels TBM is Treasury heavy, I know someone who feels like it's Treasury light.....the mark of a good compromise is when nobodys happy.
by digit8
Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Recession on the Horizon - Sensationalist Noise or Actionable Information?
Replies: 36
Views: 3662

Re: Recession on the Horizon - Sensationalist Noise or Actionable Information?

Actionable if it's were the case? Meh. If I was about to retire and saw 2008 Part 2 (Electric Boogaloo) coming down the pike, I might have to sit down and do some thinking. Even then, though, it would be more about adjustments to cash and spending plan than investments. And at 20-some years minimum ...
by digit8
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Impact of Fed rate increase on CDs?
Replies: 12
Views: 1729

Re: Impact of Fed rate increase on CDs?

I have a PenFed 5 year CD maturing in about a week. If I follow my plan, I will roll it over to a Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) 5 year CD since NFCU is currently paying about 1/2% more than PenFed. However, neither rate is great.. Navy right now has a deal on a minimum $5,000.00 certificate for ...
by digit8
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]
Replies: 776
Views: 108137

Re: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]

digit8 (great handle!), Vanguard reports its expense ratios after the fact, because only then does it know for sure what the at-cost expenses added up to. PJW Ditto, and thanks to you and Epislon for the information. Also, since the CA tax board has come up, I have to say I place zero faith in thei...
by digit8
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]
Replies: 776
Views: 108137

Re: Might Vanguard owe $35 BILLION in back taxes?

To make this actionable, I'm wondering if anyone thinks it might be worthwhile to move at least some of their money from Vanguard to, say, Fidelity. Keep an index fund, low fee approach, but shield one's assets from this potential liability. On the other hand, what's the risk in waiting to see if V...
by digit8
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yahoo, a sad story and a good reason not to buy single stocks
Replies: 14
Views: 3813

Re: Yahoo, a sad story and a good reason not to buy single stocks

Today being the 10th anniversary of Enron declaring bankruptcy is another....
by digit8
Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Everything in Vanguard?
Replies: 14
Views: 3368

Re: Everything in Vanguard?

As far as security from hacking, fraud, etc, it's a glass half empty/half full argument. Splitting your assets with, say, Fidelity can be seen as both reducing your risk(It's very unlikely that both will be hacked at the same time), and in some ways increasing your risk (a hacker might be successful...
by digit8
Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: The future for TIPS (VIPSX)
Replies: 22
Views: 2550

Re: The future for TIPS (VIPSX)

My question is why you have a financial adviser you don't listen to. I figure either you get someone you trust and whose philosophy aligns with yours, or you fly solo, but maybe that's just me. +1 and from the sound of it, I'd vote fly solo. It sounds like you two are doing just fine and the struct...
by digit8
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emergency Portfolio with 30% Stocks
Replies: 53
Views: 4907

Re: Emergency Portfolio with 30% Stocks

The concept of a separate emergency fund is just a bookkeeping and mental construct, sometimes made more real by actually having a separate account for it. +1....although the emotional rewards can be worth it. I'll always maintain there are few moments in life more satisfying then dealing with a ma...
by digit8
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Shady behavior by Fidelity...sneaking sector funds into target date funds.
Replies: 35
Views: 3219

Re: Shady behavior by Fidelity...sneaking sector funds into target date funds.

nisiprius wrote:Just to be clear: I do not think Fidelity was being "shady" in including them.


Same here. I ran from the fund as soon as the addition was announced- but it was announced, and there was some logic and investor benefit behind it, just nothing I agreed with.
by digit8
Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why Have TIPS Been Such Poor Performers?"
Replies: 13
Views: 2285

Re: "Why Have TIPS Been Such Poor Performers?"

So is this an argument that, if you really want to get the full intended benefits of TIPS, you need to buy individually and hold for their life, rather than buy into a fund?
by digit8
Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Shady behavior by Fidelity...sneaking sector funds into target date funds.
Replies: 35
Views: 3219

Re: Shady behavior by Fidelity...sneaking sector funds into target date funds.

I think Fidelity added commodities to their target date funds way back , maybe in 2008 or 2009 or so. The percentage depended on the retirement years. Correct- I remember distinctly because Fidelity Freedom was my sole 401k holding at the time.This (and other) changes convinced me to do a major por...
by digit8
Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg Business - The Five Biggest Myths About Saving Money, According to a Millennial
Replies: 13
Views: 3834

Re: Bloomberg Business - The Five Biggest Myths About Saving Money, According to a Millennial

Obviously, I'm on board with challenging the Latter Factor. Some of the specifics are debatable, but the gist of it- take advantage of your youth, figure out what you really want, start dipping your toes into finance ASAP to do both of the former- makes sense.
by digit8
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is the expense ratio .16 for the Prime MM?
Replies: 13
Views: 1851

Re: Why is the expense ratio .16 for the Prime MM?

It's high for -most- Vanguard funds, but consistent with their other MM funds. Only the Federal and (closed) Treasury versions are lower. I'd consider that a vote for the "nature of the beast" angle, with the two exceptions probably tied to the highly specified risk/reward profile (tough t...
by digit8
Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I-Bond Reality Check
Replies: 10
Views: 2168

Re: I-Bond Reality Check

But you can also make partial redemptions on I-bonds, so I probably wouldn't buy 500 separate I-bonds unless you have a particularly compelling reason. +1. Allowable but not desirable. Ibond interest is monthly. Timing purchases for the end of a month and redemptions for the start of one maximize i...
by digit8
Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TBM and Inflation-protected Securities
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: TBM and Inflation-protected Securities

TIPS make a good "second step" bond fund, since they are not a part of the Total Bond portfolio and as Nisiprius points out have some potential to boost your bond returns. I'm going to predict, however, that you will get at least a few responses saying you should look into adding an intern...
by digit8
Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I-Savings Bonds
Replies: 53
Views: 7160

Re: I-Savings Bonds

I have up to now bought in small chunks every month, but got tired of it for reasons of bookeeping and aesthetics (Treasury Direct is clunky enough without trying to work through 25+ distinct entries). With the current zero rate I emptied out with a 3 month penalty of nothing, and starting January I...
by digit8
Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it risky to keep entire nest egg at a single brokerage?
Replies: 20
Views: 2966

Re: Is it risky to keep entire nest egg at a single brokerage?

We've already seen what overseas criminal hackers can do. What we haven't seen is what highly capable foreign governments can do when in open conflict with the United States. It is well-known that US military power derives from US economic power. If you want to inflict great pain to the American pe...
by digit8
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it risky to keep entire nest egg at a single brokerage?
Replies: 20
Views: 2966

Re: Is it risky to keep entire nest egg at a single brokerage?

I think splitting investments is a reasonable idea, so long as one remembers that one is changing the risk, not removing it. Split your money between two brokerages, and you're not keeping half of it "safe". You're exposing both halves to about the same potential of hacking, scamming, etc....
by digit8
Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where to place emergency fund
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Re: Where to place emergency fund

My point was with the fixed rates. My checking account does better now than the current fixed rate ever will. Unless you're going to have problems with the $15K/year limit, there really is no advantage to purchasing an I bond today. The fixed rate is, historically, a very minor factor in Ibond retu...
by digit8
Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where to place emergency fund
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Re: Where to place emergency fund

I generally agree with the I bonds, but not at the moment since both inflation is low and the fixed rate is at 0%. This may change next month, but I doubt it. If/when rates improve, then you should look closer at I bonds but now it's not really worth your time. To me it's not worth worrying about c...
by digit8
Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Use Target Date fund as part of lazy portfolio?
Replies: 18
Views: 1732

Re: Use Target Date fund as part of lazy portfolio?

We were forced into doing something like this for awhile- my 401k's target fund was the best of an extremely bad lot. My personal preferences about the specifics aside, (5% of REITS seems like like plenty to me, and paying .18% vs. .05% for what starts as basically TSM with a few percent of other st...
by digit8
Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bill Gross sues Pimco
Replies: 46
Views: 5095

Re: Bill Gross sues Pimco

Rule one: Never leave your employer until AFTER the bonus you are expecting has been paid. I remember one of the first books covering the crisis (blanking on the title) started with what was described as a common scene at brokerage houses, of employees lining up on Bonus Day while on their cells ac...
by digit8
Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New York Times Article -- Risk of Indexing
Replies: 43
Views: 7473

Re: New York Times Article -- Risk of Indexing

Only interesting tidbit is the mention that indexing is about 30% of the market at this point. Granted, most of my reading on investing is index-friendly so I'm biased, but that number still seems really low..... Helpful figure to point to the next time a "what happens if everybody indexes"...
by digit8
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Blog: The Coffeehouse portfolio
Replies: 16
Views: 3407

Re: Blog: The Coffeehouse portfolio

Wow. Those returns are excellent since 1991. Does anyone have a link to a similar returns chart (from the article) based on the 3 fund portfolio? Kensters Marketwatch link includes the option to compare the Coffehouse with 7 other Lazy Portfolios, including a couple takes on the 3 fund. Scott Burn'...
by digit8
Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: You won't get to the Promised Land by investing in stocks
Replies: 139
Views: 12041

Re: You won't get to the Promised Land by investing in stocks

By chance I've known a few people who hit the articles definition of the promised land, and they are welcome to it for what it cost them. The financial freedom to do work I like, take the wife out now and then, and leave a little something to charity is more than sufficent, thanks.
by digit8
Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International diversification may not be good for US retirees
Replies: 71
Views: 5574

Re: International diversification may not be good for US retirees

Keep in mind, this is just about retirees in the withdrawal phase, not someone age 30 with a very long horizon and deep risk of long-term underperformance of any given country. +1. I must confess I'm flummoxed at how rarely time frame of the investor comes up in the (many) versions of this discussi...
by digit8
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS - Did you give up?
Replies: 161
Views: 17058

Re: TIPS - Did you give up?

I'm more delayed then given up. Slowly converting my paranoia-level emergency fund to IBonds has me feeling pretty well covered, at least for the next few years. Vaguely planning to switch to buying TIPS instead of more Total Bond as my AA begins to do the last big shift to retirement at T minus 10 ...
by digit8
Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which single book would you recommend for an investing novice?
Replies: 35
Views: 3115

Re: Which single book would you recommend for an investing novice?

Toons wrote:"The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need"
Andrew Tobias.
Easy Read.Classic

+1. As a one and done book for newbies that intend to never go any further with the subject, there is nothing that manages to be so comprehensive yet entertaining.
by digit8
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]
Replies: 776
Views: 108137

Re: Vanguard sued for charging too little

No, institutions such as Blackrock, State Street, Fidelity, etc are explicitly not subject to the regulation in question. This is because the management company is owned by different entities than the mutual funds. Unrelated organizations can (in general, with some few exceptions) charge whatever p...
by digit8
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]
Replies: 776
Views: 108137

Re: Vanguard sued for charging too little

If Vanguard lost and was told to raise ER... could part of the decision include clawback ERs from current/former VG ETF/Fund holders? Any reason to get out now... pre-decision? The question would be, and go where? Vanguard is a pretty good gauge of the market floor in terms of ER. There are excepti...
by digit8
Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Could John Bogle Be Right About International Stock?
Replies: 100
Views: 11204

Re: Could John Bogle Be Right About International Stock?

I think time frame of the investor gets underrated in the debate on international. A 60 year old going all US for life is making a very different bet then a 20 year old doing the same thing.
by digit8
Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why doesn't the 3 fund portfolio have TIPS?
Replies: 38
Views: 2979

Re: Why doesn't the 3 fund portfolio have TIPS?

There are multiple versions of the 3 fund floating around, and some do expressly substitute Total Bond for TIP's- most notably, the Scott Burns Couch Potato. For the others, it's a rare supporter of the idea that will say "Only invest in these three funds. Anything else will result in failure.&...
by digit8
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many here follow Bogle's "no international" theory?
Replies: 82
Views: 5903

Re: How many here follow Bogle's "no international" theory?

10% of my equities, possibly to increase as time goes on but definitely staying somewhere in the "tilt" category. I'd compare the idea of going closer to 50/50 (on a much saner level) with the idea of investing heavily in physical gold: within my lifetime, if the value of US equities crash...
by digit8
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Stocks for the Long Run? Really?
Replies: 41
Views: 7534

Re: "Stocks for the Long Run? Really?

Cherry Picked Dates. let's take an average 15 year period going back and see which has higher returns. Don't have the energy to do it plus I already know the answer. Which Roth freely admits, saying that while his choice of dates "may not seem arbitrary, it is". The point of the article i...
by digit8
Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fund options for extended emergency fund
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Fund options for extended emergency fund

I do something like this, working taxable buckets I choose to think of separately from my tax deferred retirement investing. Worst case, it gives me some extra running room in a disaster before my long term plans are in danger. Best guess, I get lucky for enough years it becomes eff you money. I sta...
by digit8
Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Staying the Course- Barry Ritholtz in the Washington Post]
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Staying the Course- Barry Ritholtz in the Post

Nothing new here for Bogleheads, but another nice piece on tuning out the financial porn:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ ... 4&hpid=z15
by digit8
Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Money Mag:Why Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Doesn’t Like Investing in Foreign Markets
Replies: 64
Views: 7380

Re: Money Mag:Why Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Doesn’t Like Investing in Foreign Markets

Could personal situation be affecting Bogle's view? Bogle is quite elderly. He also is very financially secure. In the time remaining in his life, it's unlikely the American market will crash so badly that he won't be able to afford anything he wants. He doesn't need that diversification. For someo...
by digit8
Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Money Mag:Why Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Doesn’t Like Investing in Foreign Markets
Replies: 64
Views: 7380

Re: Money Mag:Why Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Doesn’t Like Investing in Foreign Markets

Change "America"/"US" in the above to "Japan" and dial the year to 1988 and many people in Japan were no doubt of the same opiniion. They were, of course, dead wrong. I don't believe that the US economy is so much larger/stronger now than Japan was in 1988 as to make s...
by digit8
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Money Mag:Why Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Doesn’t Like Investing in Foreign Markets
Replies: 64
Views: 7380

Re: Money Mag:Why Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Doesn’t Like Investing in Foreign Markets

The longer I've invested, the more I've come around to the view that most portfolio decisions just don't matter. Find some way to own a reasonably large number of stocks from a reasonably large number of industries. Have some bonds or cash or something that will help you get through the lean years....
by digit8
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Could John Bogle Be Right About International Stock?
Replies: 100
Views: 11204

Re: Could John Bogle Be Right About International Stock?

I have seldom seen a bigger group of intelligent people make better arguments on both sides, as with international stock on these boards.End result, I've stuck to the middle of the road with a moderate allocation.
by digit8
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VBILX for Emergency Fund
Replies: 10
Views: 1140

Re: VBILX for Emergency Fund

I am always curious about people who have emergency funds of such and such amount. Isn't your whole portfolio available as an emergency fund? To me the concept of an emergency fund is for people who haven't saved one dollar. What are you going to do when the garage door doesn''t open? . For me? Hav...
by digit8
Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How aggressive are you in Taxable?
Replies: 37
Views: 3418

Re: How aggressive are you in Taxable?

80/20. 80% is two small windfalls in Total Stock Market as my hope for pulling the pin early someday, and 20% in Ibonds to keep us afloat if someone else chooses to end my employment :happy
by digit8
Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS - Did you give up?
Replies: 161
Views: 17058

Re: TIPS - Did you give up?

My wife's 403(b) has a minimal matching amount (under 1%) and a TIPS option that seemed a natural match with her pension. We basically ignore both for planning purposes though, the margin for error that gives some confidence with calculators and estimates. Of the stuff that "counts", our r...
by digit8
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Target Date Funds Are Riskier Than You Think"
Replies: 45
Views: 7538

Re: "Target Date Funds Are Riskier Than You Think"

Just curious, does anyone know the oldest TDF still existing? To me, the heart of TDFs creation, and the majority (but by no means only) investor type would be all about the black box aspect. Put reasonable money in, get a reasonable retirement, no questions asked. The success or failure of the conc...

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