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by gkaplan
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY BOGLEHEADS FORUM
Replies: 66
Views: 2862

Re: HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY BOGLEHEADS FORUM

VictoriaF wrote:Today is my 10-year anniversary of the Bogleheads Forum membership. I am grateful to the Forum for directing me to a successful retirement.

Victoria


This Friday, March 3, will be my ten-year anniversary.
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we wait before buying in?
Replies: 52
Views: 4378

Re: Should we wait before buying in?

"If investors are leery of putting all their money in the market, then they have the wrong asset allocation." Why do people keep saying this? It is not true! I am happy and comfortable with my 60/40, but I am not adding money to this market right now because I believe there is much greate...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Check Your Beneficiaries!
Replies: 53
Views: 4689

Re: Check Your Beneficiaries!

My TSP requires more beneficiary information than Vanguard requires for my Roth IRA and my money market fund.
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used German Luxury vs New Japanese
Replies: 50
Views: 3067

Re: Used German Luxury vs New Japanese

My brother and his wife just bought a Toyota Avalon to replace their Toyota Camry, which they're giving to my niece and her husband, who needed a car to replace the one that died. My brother and his wife said they decided on the Avalon because of its roominess and the numerous safety features. Germa...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we wait before buying in?
Replies: 52
Views: 4378

Re: Should we wait before buying in?

... Thanks in advance to anyone who contributes their thoughts on this. Hi Ginnysky, and welcome to the forum. Your question comes up frequently here. Let me add my perspective, rather than engage in fights with other posters in your inaugural thread. Presumably, before the move, you were invested ...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585998

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton. Focuses on the 40-50 year period (630-680 AD) immediately after the death of Muhammad, exploring the origins of the Shia-Sunni conflict in Islam. Thoroughly researched, extremely compelling read. Now started The Concrete Blonde by Michael Collins, 3rd book in t...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your overall portfolio weighted expense ratio
Replies: 153
Views: 10076

Re: What is your overall portfolio weighted expense ratio

0.104% is my overall portfolio weighted expense ratio.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CapEx for rental property - where to declare/depreciate?
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: CapEx for rental property - where to declare/depreciate?

I believe they should be capitalized, not expensed. You probably should read the following: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/tips-on-rental-real-estate-income-deductions-and-recordkeeping https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p527.pdf I meant to say the reverse: these expendi...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CapEx for rental property - where to declare/depreciate?
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: CapEx for rental property - where to declare/depreciate?

I believe they should be capitalized, not expensed. You probably should read the following: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/tips-on-rental-real-estate-income-deductions-and-recordkeeping https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p527.pdf I believe that you're right - in fact, it...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Reports Third Round Of Expense Ratio Reductions Resulting In $143 Million In Cumulative Savings For Investors
Replies: 13
Views: 1826

Re: Vanguard Reports Third Round Of Expense Ratio Reductions Resulting In $143 Million In Cumulative Savings For Investo

linenfort wrote:
gkaplan wrote:From what I could see, the linked article just shows the reduced expense ratios of EFTs, not mutual funds.

Scroll (me) further. You'll see the fund list at the bottom.



I see it now. Thank you.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: British National Hong Kong based Investor looking to retire in France
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: British National Hong Kong based Investor looking to retire in France

I can't help you, but I'm giving this a bump for those to see who can help.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AP: Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade
Replies: 45
Views: 3685

Re: AP: Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

I have noticed more mailings from local real estate companies offering to list my house for me. How generous of them :happy Me, too. In my case a condo unit that I purchased less than three years ago. I think I have been getting postcards from local real estate agents/companies since the the day I ...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585998

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

...I don't think this is unusual. Two crime writers I've read through the years are Ngaio Marsh and Sue Grafton. Marsh wrote from the mid-thirties up until her death in 1982. Her protagonist, Roderick Alleyn, never seemed to age. Likewise, Grafton started her Kinsey Millhone series in 1982 with &qu...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax info from Vanguard to Turbo Tax
Replies: 14
Views: 870

Re: Tax info from Vanguard to Turbo Tax

toto238 wrote:It takes me about 60 seconds to input the info from my Vanguard tax forms into TurboTax manually. I don't usually bother even trying to import things.


That's what I do.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Train Trip
Replies: 17
Views: 1355

Re: Train Trip

Years ago I did just that. On Amtrak. I suggest the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco, the Coast Starlight to Seattle, then the Empire Builder back to Chicago. Going in that sequence puts you in the most spectacular scenery during the daytime, barring severe delays. The first day out ...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely
Replies: 103
Views: 10204

Re: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely

I'm not interested enough to read The Wall Street Journal to jump through all the hoops to do so.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Beware the Pessimists!"
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Re: "Beware the Pessimists!"

livesoft wrote:You must be John Rekenthaler just re-posting what you wrote for morningstar. Otherwise, you would have quotes and an attribution to the real author. But I'm confused since the last time you were Christine Benz.


Thanks. I forgot to indicate that this was a quote. I edited my original post.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Beware the Pessimists!"
Replies: 3
Views: 687

"Beware the Pessimists!"

Gloomsayers may not hurt the overall economy, but by playing into older people’s fears they can create plenty of misery. . . . My wife’s friend was frantic. According to a video posted by The New Yorker, cash as we know it may be scrapped, replaced by electronic “Fedcoins” that would become the glo...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: US Small Value - Did i just luck out big time?!
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: US Small Value - Did i just luck out big time?!

I may be spoiled, since I have a Vanguard Roth and a TSP, but I don't think an ER of 0.51% is "reasonably cheap."
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "How are ETFs different from mutual funds?"
Replies: 1
Views: 220

"How are ETFs different from mutual funds?"

ETFs and mutual funds are more similar than different. After all, they are both good ways to invest in index funds. So when does it make sense to invest in an ETF? Here are four questions that can help you decide: . . . . How are ETFs different from mutual funds? (Actually, Vanguard provides five q...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585998

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Love the TV show and have also read the first two books in the series, found another couple of books randomly at book sales but waiting to read them in order. I have read them all. The Poet books (there are two, I think) are the best of the bunch as I recall. I like the series but struggle a bit wi...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand Up Desk
Replies: 29
Views: 1495

Re: Stand Up Desk

We've had several threads on this topic. You might want to read through them. I bought a adjustable standup desk almost three years ago. I rarely sit at the desk. The only time I lower it is when I watch a video, and then I use my recliner. https://www.fully.com/desks/desks-by-brand/jarvis-desks/jar...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reason to delay using Turbotax to file taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1501

Re: Any reason to delay using Turbotax to file taxes?

I e-filed my federal and my Oregon returns on 02/12/2017, using TurboTax. The IRS says that my refund should be in my bank account this Thursday (02/23/2017). Oregon says it is manually reviewing my return, whatever that means, and that it might take twelve weeks. (I'm applying the entire Oregon ref...
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the big things to get right?
Replies: 58
Views: 6295

Re: What are the big things to get right?

My motto is, "Don't sweat the small stuff."
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613764

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Maltese Falcon , with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet. I love this classic. It is a classic because of the actors AND because of the great director John Huston. He's a really good actor too. See Chinatown. That and Casablanca are two of my all-time favorite movies.
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Flagship? [T. Rowe Price retirement funds]
Replies: 20
Views: 2174

Re: Flagship?

Well, I agree with Paul for all the reasons he gave.
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585998

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Ngaio Marsh's autobiography, Black Beech and Honeydew . Marsh wrote her one and only autobiography in 1965, some seventeen years before her death, so I would like to read at least one biography of her that was written both before and after her death. (Wikipedia says that there is a 1...
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax prep training recommendations?
Replies: 14
Views: 926

Re: Tax prep training recommendations?

You could receive training through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/volunteer-tax-preparer-training-scope-curriculum-delivery-methods-and-resources http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund to be renamed.
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Vanguard Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund to be renamed.

The following message was sitting in my Vanguard account inbox: On or about February 23, 2017, Vanguard Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund will be renamed Vanguard Municipal Money Market Fund. The investment objective, limitations, and attributions of the fund will remain the same, including the 20% limi...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Presidents' Day Holiday Hours at Vanguard
Replies: 0
Views: 251

Presidents' Day Holiday Hours at Vanguard

"Financial markets and Vanguard offices in the United States will be closed Monday, February 20, 2017, for the Presidents' Day holiday. . . .



Presidents' Day Holiday Hours at Vanguard
by gkaplan
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613764

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Several nights ago, I finished watching Season Four of The Americans on Amazon. Still going strong.
by gkaplan
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613764

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night, I saw Woman in Gold on Netflix, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Jonathan Pryce. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World ...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kids in Apartment Sharing Bedroom - Workable?
Replies: 55
Views: 3322

Re: Kids in Apartment Sharing Bedroom - Workable?

My brother shared a bedroom until I graduated from high school and enlisted two days later.
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Passive Style of Index Fund create artificial demand?
Replies: 21
Views: 1276

Re: Does Passive Style of Index Fund create artificial demand?

Isn't there another thread going on this topic.
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585998

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This evening, I finished Collected Short Mysteries , an anthology of Ngaio Marsh mysteries. Edited, and with an excellent introduction, by Douglas G. Greene, this anthology consists of two essays on the creation of Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn and of Agatha Troy; three short cases of Alleyn origi...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely
Replies: 103
Views: 10204

Re: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely

I don't do Facebook, so I guess I won't be reading The Wall Street Journal.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do Bogleheads buy phones?
Replies: 43
Views: 2618

Re: How do Bogleheads buy phones?

I don't have a mobile phone.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended Globus Europe Tour - Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 981

Re: Extended Globus Europe Tour - Thoughts?

My brother and his wife went on a Rhodes Scholar tour to Italy about two years ago and really liked it.


https://www.roadscholar.org/
by gkaplan
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613764

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Denial http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/denial about the defamation lawsuit which historian David Irving brought against Emory U History Professor D. Lipstadt for her calling him a "Holocaust Denier". Irving was a serious historian who became something much more fringe. It was argued in...
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Is the forum operating slowly?
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Is the forum operating slowly?

The forum seems to be operating slowly this afternoon/evening.
by gkaplan
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585998

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Last night, I finished reading Light Thickens by Ngaio Marsh. The bad news: This is the last in Ngaio Marsh's marvelous Inspector Alleyn series. The good: It's one of her very best. The secret to the success of Light Thickens may lie in its combination of some of Marsh's greatest passions, including...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attending Banff Mountain Film Festival
Replies: 37
Views: 2361

Re: Attending Banff Mountain Film Festival

For the first time in more than a century, plains bison are roaming in Canada’s oldest national park. Banff National Park is hailing their return as a “historic and cultural triumph.” Helicopters lower the shipping containers carrying bison into a valley, in video posted on CBC. Then the doors of t...
by gkaplan
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle Center Web Site Has a New Look
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Bogle Center Web Site Has a New Look

Mel, is there any way to make a donation online, instead of having to mail a check?
by gkaplan
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613764

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Tonight, I watched Adventureland , directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds, Margarita Levieva, Matt Bush, Wendie Malick, and Jack Gilpin. Good not great.

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