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by gkaplan
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best book on Taxes?
Replies: 9
Views: 913

Re: Best book on Taxes?

livesoft wrote:IRS Publication 17. It is free and downloadable.

Get it and go through your last tax return line by line.



I agree.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Black Mass (2015) Johnny Depp, Rory Cochrane, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton. Based on the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, crime lord of Boston, the same figure Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello was based on in The Departed. Depp plays him well, having a reserved but violent temper. I ...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS extends relief for 60 day rollovers
Replies: 6
Views: 769

"Relief for Missed Rollover Deadline"

One of the more common mistakes people make in handling their retirement accounts is missing the 60-day deadline for completing a rollover. If you have a good excuse, you can get a ruling from the IRS that avoids the negative tax consequences, but that process is painfully expensive in time and mon...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads: Asset-Allocation and Rebalancing
Replies: 74
Views: 5622

Re: Is Rebalancing Market Timing?

I rebalanced a couple of days ago too. That sounds soooo much better than market timing. :) MSDOGS1976: "Rebalancing" is not market-timing. It is maintaining our desired asset-allocation. "Market-timing" is making portfolio changes based on market forecasts. Best wishes. Taylor ...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: This is why a 100% stock allocation is a bad idea
Replies: 68
Views: 8229

Re: This is why a 100% stock allocation is a bad idea

Stonebr wrote:"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." -- Mike Tyson


Or until they get bitten on the ear.
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched The Rape of Europa on Netflix last night (and this morning). Imagine the world without our masterpieces. Interviews with eyewitnesses and historians and newsreel footage show how during World War II the Nazis systematically took or destroyed the art of Europe. It follows the the heroic Eur...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby
Replies: 100
Views: 3719

Re: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby

I am planning to drive from DC to Miami with wife and kids (one 3 years old and one 10 months old) during the Christmas/new years break. We are planning to sleep one night in a hotel somewhere. We will stay 8 days at my wife's parents house and come back also by car. We are doing this for the flexi...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Christine Benz: "401(k) Loans: Mythbusters Edition"
Replies: 16
Views: 2171

Re: Christine Benz: "401(k) Loans: Mythbusters Edition"

You're right. I forgot to do that. Fixed it.
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question about investing overseas....
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Question about investing overseas....

This topic has been discussed here ad infinitum. You might want to do a search.
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading The Widowmaker by Paul Doiron. After a mysterious woman gives Mike Bowditch disturbing news, the game warden goes looking for a family secret in a Maine ski town and discovers a vigilante who seems to be targeting sex offenders. (Description provided by publisher.) I have rea...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night, I watched Handel's Water Music: Re-creating a Royal Spectacular . Filmed on the River Thames with The English Consort directed by Andrew Manze. The renowned London Biographer Peter Ackroyd narrates the ambitious attempt of a team of historical experts to discover the remarkable story beh...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Morningstar: "How Should Younger Investors Think About Social Security?"
Replies: 34
Views: 4061

Morningstar: "How Should Younger Investors Think About Social Security?"

We outline some scenarios for Social Security that younger investors can use to determine their own savings rates. . . .



http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=765262
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Christine Benz: "401(k) Loans: Mythbusters Edition"
Replies: 16
Views: 2171

Christine Benz: "401(k) Loans: Mythbusters Edition"

The topic of 401(k) loans seems to ignite divergent--and passionate--responses from personal finance experts and investors. At one end of the spectrum are those who believe that 401(k) loans should be marked with a skull and crossbones; investors who take out the loans seriously jeopardize their re...
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Tonight I watched Janis: Little Girl Blue on Netflix. Originally broadcast on PBS, this Janis Joplin 2015 documentary is directed by Amy Berg and narrated by Cat Power. Her own words tell much of the story through a series of letters that she wrote home over the years and that are read by Chan Marsh...
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I doing this right? (Question regarding Vanguard Roth IRA)
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Am I doing this right? (Question regarding Vanguard Roth IRA)

Here is a link the wiki on dollar cost averaging, which would be investing each paycheck. https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Dollar_cost_averaging A big advantage of this is that over the course of a year you will buy stocks below the average stock price since you automatically buy more shares of stoc...
by gkaplan
Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series
Replies: 74
Views: 4053

Re: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series

burt wrote:I really enjoyed "Happy Valley" and "Last Tango in Halifax" with Sarah Lancashire.

burt



I wouldn't consider Last Tango in Halifax a mystery series by any stretch of the imagination.
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series
Replies: 74
Views: 4053

Re: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series

Broadchurch, Vera, Scott and Bailey, Happy Valley
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night on Netflix, I watched Tallulah , starring Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit, David Zayas, Uzo Aduba, Evangeline Ellis, and Liliana Ellis. This 2016 comedy-drama film was written and directed by Sian Heder. The plot: A young, freewheeling woman (Page) rescues a ba...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice about a stop in Chicago
Replies: 52
Views: 4357

Re: Advice about a stop in Chicago

It's not on the near north side, but I would recommend seeing Buckingham Fountain. https://www.google.com/search?q=buckingham+fountain+chicago&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwje5PfD27rOAhUT3GMKHVIND_kQsAQIHQ&biw=1920&bih=872 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckin...
by gkaplan
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr. The war is over. Bernie Gunther, sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956. Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for to...
by gkaplan
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Update: Emory & Columbia; New Fiduciary cases: 403b's at MIT Yale NYU & Duke Hopkins Penn Vanderbilt
Replies: 59
Views: 4594

"M.I.T., N.Y.U. and Yale Are Sued Over Retirement Plan Fees."

Three prominent universities were sued on Tuesday, accused of allowing their employees to be charged excessive fees on their retirement savings. The universities — the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Yale — each have retirement plans holding more than $3 billion in as...
by gkaplan
Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blocking robot calls.
Replies: 51
Views: 3661

Re: Blocking robot calls.

miles monroe wrote:don't recognize the number equals don't answer the phone.

if its a "real" call they'll leave a message.



This is what I do.
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Avoid International?
Replies: 99
Views: 7887

Re: Avoid International?

International stocks have underperformed for the last 20 years, as have all international index funds since their inception. There are no broad international index funds you can invest in that have outperformed the US. There is no proof besides backtests that there was ever any outperformance to da...
by gkaplan
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Grave Mistake by Ngaio Marsh.

This is another superb Ngaio Marsh book. One thing I enjoy about her books is that they are both character-driven and plot-driven.

Marsh would write two more books before she died in 1982.
by gkaplan
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

On Netflix last night, I watched The Painted Veil , directed by John Curran and starring Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Diana Rigg, Toby Jones, and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang. The screenplay is based on the 1925 novel of the same title by W. Somerset Maugham. Set in the 1920s, a young Engli...
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA MANDATORY cell phone based multifactor authentication [now RESCINDED]
Replies: 168
Views: 13159

Re: SSA MANDATORY cell phone based multifactor authentication

Fortunately, my local Social Security office is a five minute walk from me, so I don't see this as a problem.
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Khizhnik. Nearly a half-century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the octogenarian won the Internet. Across America,...
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Never owned a cell phone.
Replies: 41
Views: 1905

Re: Never owned a cell phone.

I don't own a cell phone either. Never have. I won't say I never will, but at this point it's not likely.
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to find resume professionals?
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: Where to find resume professionals?

Most libraries have workshops for this.
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading Dietrich & Riefenstahl : Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives by Karin Wieland (translated by Shelley Frisch). This dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century's greatest conflict. Both women were prodigie...
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm down 44.22% YTD, 48.93% in 52 weeks
Replies: 51
Views: 12104

Re: I'm down 44.22% YTD, 48.93% in 52 weeks

But I am so far away from spending any of this money I'm putting away (and getting further all the time) it seems like play money and just numbers on a screen to me. ditto. My VITVX is down 35%, Int'l down +45%, whatever is left is down 30-40%. Not including cash, bonds, cd's... I need to make one ...
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1854
Views: 426378

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The other night I watched Spotlight on Netflix. Pretty good.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Global stock investing: Broadening the borders of your portfolio."
Replies: 2
Views: 277

"Global stock investing: Broadening the borders of your portfolio."

The tendency to stick with investments within one's home country is common among investors worldwide. This predisposition is so common that there's an investment term to describe it, home bias. Even those who recognize the potential benefits of broad diversification may still feel reluctant to hold...
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Several days ago, on a trip down to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, I finished Vichy France and the Jews by Michael R. Marrus and Robert O. Paxton. This book examines the Vichy regime's anti-Semitic policies and practices and documents French cooperation in the Nazi effort to eliminate t...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Investing in an uncertain world."
Replies: 7
Views: 720

"Investing in an uncertain world."

On TV, on social networks, in newspapers and magazines, investors are frequently bombarded with scary financial and economic news. So how should you react when there's speculation the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, when it seems China's economy is tanking, or when experts wring their ha...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Bonds - Update
Replies: 55
Views: 4323

Re: International Bonds - Update

abuss368 wrote:Bogleheads,

This has been an excellent and informative thread.

Thanks!



I notice you always say this about threads you started.
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Tax efficiency: A decisive advantage for some index stock funds.
Replies: 0
Views: 256

"Tax efficiency: A decisive advantage for some index stock funds.

Broad-market index stock funds and ETFs may be more tax-efficient than actively managed stock funds and ETFs. Just as some ways of managing investments are more tax-efficient than others, certain types of investments are, by their nature, more tax-efficient as well. What makes one mutual fund more ...
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many "investment" accounts do you have?
Replies: 35
Views: 2682

Re: How many "investment" accounts do you have?

Two:

Vanguard Roth

TSP
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: paying IRA disabuation tax
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: paying IRA disabuation tax

disabuation?
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Food (and funds) for thought on Mr. Bogle's 65 years in the investment industry."
Replies: 3
Views: 345

"Food (and funds) for thought on Mr. Bogle's 65 years in the investment industry."

When Vanguard founder John C. Bogle and columnist Jane Bryant Quinn met for lunch about 40 years ago, the data and documents on the table didn't leave much room for salad and sandwiches. Mr. Bogle was promoting Vanguard's First Index Investment Trust, now Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the first-ever ind...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encyclopedia, World Book, Complete Set, 1960 Ed.
Replies: 37
Views: 2867

Re: Encyclopedia, World Book, Complete Set, 1960 Ed.

I have a 1940 set of the Britannica at my cabin which I have been skimming volume by volume for the past 4 years. About a month ago I was reading in the "G" volume about guerrila [sic] warfare. The article was interesting but it was discussing in detail the 1917 campaign in Arabia. At the...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1790
Views: 428362

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished The Ex by Alafair Burke. After agreeing to defend her ex-fiancé when he is arrested for a triple homicide, top criminal lawyer Olivia Randall begins to have doubts as the evidence mounts against him. This is a standalone crime novel. Reviewers compare it to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Excel is 9 yrs old(2007). Update??
Replies: 28
Views: 2025

Re: My Excel is 9 yrs old(2007). Update??

I'm still using Excel 2000.
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fixed 60/40 AA in retirement
Replies: 105
Views: 9246

Re: Fixed 60/40 AA in retirement

I think Larry's advice is apropos here. He frequently says that the three important factors to consider when developing one's financial plan, and specifically in determining one's asset allocation are the ability to take risk; the willingness to take risk; and the need to take risk.
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is your credit card APR?
Replies: 40
Views: 1742

Re: What is your credit card APR?

Sheepdog wrote:
TheTimeLord wrote:Actually don't know or particularly care since I pay my bill in full monthly.

Me either. In my over 50 years having a credit card I have never known my card's APR...I never needed to.



Ditto.

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