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by gkaplan
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night I watched He Got Game on Netflix. I'm not a big Spike Lee fan, and I thought the movie was overly drawn out, but Denzel Washington was great. Not a big surprise there.
by gkaplan
Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched The Lion in Your Living Room on Netflix last night. This is a Canadian documentary that explore the enigmas of the common house cat, from its history of domestication to the science behind its purring. If you like cats, which I do, you'll probably like this, which I did.
by gkaplan
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I move in order to save on taxes?
Replies: 19
Views: 1589

Re: Should I move in order to save on taxes?

I've lived in Texas and Nebraska. I'd rather live in Nebraska.
by gkaplan
Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percentage of international do you hold?
Replies: 107
Views: 3832

Re: What percentage of international do you hold?

2/3 of my equities are international. That would be forty percent of my overall allocation.
by gkaplan
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Radical Fix for 401(k)s"
Replies: 6
Views: 820

"Radical Fix for 401(k)s"

John Rekenthaler of Morningstar: Today’s 401(k)s are much better than their predecessors. Plan providers invented target-date funds to reach workers who could not make investment decisions no matter how many education seminars were offered. They launched automatic-enrollment programs to boost partic...
by gkaplan
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished A Man Called Ove , by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow. Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile. I have heard so many good things about this book that I just placed a hold on it at my library. I stand 265 in a queue of 265. Omg, hopefully your ...
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Blues wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.



I have heard so many good things about this book that I just placed a hold on it at my library. I stand 265 in a queue of 265.
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?
Replies: 57
Views: 4841

Re: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?

I bought a Dell desktop in March 2014. The mouse didn't last beyond the first year. I hated the keyboard and replaced it with a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard, which I absolutely love.
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm calling a bond bottom.
Replies: 31
Views: 5859

Re: I'm calling a bond bottom.

grap0013 called an emerging markets bottom January 15th, quite a prescient call I think.


https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=182107&p=2759849&hilit=bottom#p2759849
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on AA for the retired
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Thoughts on AA for the retired

I'm thinking that we will increase our allocation to equities as we get older. We are about 60/40 now around age 60. Every year we get older is one less year of longevity risk that we have to worry about. That is, every year we get older, the portfolio doesn't have to last as long as it used to. So...
by gkaplan
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Black Book , a Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carìce Van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf de Vries, and Michiel Huisman. Rachel (Carìce Van Houten), a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazi's during Wo...
by gkaplan
Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Night Manager, Based on John le Carré's novel of the same name, "The Night Manager" is a crime drama following the work of former British soldier Jonathan Pine. This is a BBC 6 part mini series staring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. Wow! this is great and even more appreciated as a l...
by gkaplan
Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What IS this? Salad tongs for elves?
Replies: 60
Views: 5008

Re: What IS this? Salad tongs for elves?

Garlic Press?
by gkaplan
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Preliminary Capital Gains Estimates"
Replies: 3
Views: 760

"Preliminary Capital Gains Estimates"

Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) typically distribute taxable capital gains to shareholders each December. Below is a list of Vanguard funds and ETFs that are expected, as of October 31, 2016, to distribute taxable capital gains in December 2016. To estimate your distribution for a fun...
by gkaplan
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Password issue....2nd time in 2 days
Replies: 1
Views: 450

Re: Password issue....2nd time in 2 days

You'd probably get better results if you contacted a moderator.
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Is a Top Pick."
Replies: 23
Views: 3323

Re: "Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Is a Top Pick."

Contrary to (my interpretation of) the M* position statement, this fund is actively managed and does not always hold 100% TIPs. It is required to hold at least 80% of its assets in TIPs: https://personal.vanguard.com/us/FundsStrategyAndPolicy?FundId=5119&FundIntExt=INT The fund's 06/30/2016 sem...
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Slow loading of pages.
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Slow loading of pages.

The forum seems awfully slow in loading pages at times today.
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Is a Top Pick."
Replies: 23
Views: 3323

"Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Is a Top Pick."

Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities is an excellent choice for investors looking for a pure-play inflation hedge. Its fees are among the lowest for open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds; it has excellent long-term performance; and it benefits from Vanguard’s strong stewardship. For th...
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "As More States Legalize Marijuana, Investors And Marketers Line Up."
Replies: 8
Views: 1028

"As More States Legalize Marijuana, Investors And Marketers Line Up."

Moderators, this may or may not meet with forum guidelines. Quietly on election night, overshadowed by the epic battle between blue and red, the map of America grew greener. Voters in four states — California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine — chose to legalize recreational marijuana. In Florida, Ar...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "What to make of the recent bond market volatility."
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

"What to make of the recent bond market volatility."

It's been an eventful week for bonds, and markets reacted swiftly as investors continue to digest news of what a Trump presidency may mean for the economy. The response is indicative of how markets are navigating uncertainty about future growth and inflation under new leadership. The yield on the b...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Cars
Replies: 96
Views: 7864

Re: Honda Cars

I had a Honda Fit that I really liked – a fun car to drive and excellent gas mileage. The only reason I don't own it now is that I donated it after I moved to Portland when I retired almost three years ago.
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portland or Dallas (Southlake area)
Replies: 28
Views: 2046

Re: Portland or Dallas (Southlake area)

I grew up in Portland (until age 25) and since 1997 have lived in Sacramento, Tempe and now Atlanta. Portland is a nice, relatively compact city with good public transportation and is accommodating to bicycles as well. Compared to the Phoenix and Atlanta, salaries in Portland are quite a bit lower ...
by gkaplan
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard investor moving to the UK
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: Vanguard investor moving to the UK

The answer is categorically NO to trying to keep your funds in Vanguard UK. Vanguard will not let you. If you really want to keep the funds, my strong suggestion is to NOT tell Vanguard that you are moving to the UK and keep a US address. Many expats do that. There is nothing illegal about owning U...
by gkaplan
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Not getting notified of new PMs
Replies: 7
Views: 767

Re: Not getting notified of new PMs

I sent a PM several days ago and did receive an email that the response to my PM was in my inbox.
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Dead diva, the soprano Isabella Sommita, was widely loathed, so much so that the problem is less a lack of suspects than an embarrassment of options. Though the grand country-house – and with it, the country-house murder mystery – was history by 1980, the author got around the problem by setting Pho...
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax 2016 purchase source
Replies: 35
Views: 3781

Re: Turbo Tax 2016 purchase source

I don't think there is any limit to number of tax returns that one can file with these programs if one prints and mails them in. Last year, Tax Year 2015, I e-filed my federal return the second week in February, because it was free, and my refund got direct-deposited about two weeks later. I snail-...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drain Cleaner or Plumber for slow drains?
Replies: 52
Views: 3747

Re: Drain Cleaner or Plumber for slow drains?

Plumbers don't like the chemicals because when they are used and don't work, a plumber ultimately is called, and the chemicals become an occupational hazard for the plumber working on the drain. It could be plumbers don't like chemical solutions because this method takes business away from plumbers.
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph

dm200 wrote:I went "low tech" (RETRO) about six months ago. I bought a windable (no battery, no self wind) watch from amazon.com for about $25. I had to get back in the habit (of 30-40 years ago) of winding it once or twice a day. :happy



And I thought I was a Luddite.
by gkaplan
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph

I'm open to more suggestions and recommendations, especially given my edited post.

Thanks.
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Clock change on this site
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Clock change on this site

It seems that in the past I have had to update my profile for time changes, but the time changed automatically today.
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph

Sorry. I clicked on "Submit" before I was finished composing my post.
by gkaplan
Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph

I lost my Casio watch/chronograph a week ago last Friday while running, although I'm not sure how. I've been looking on line for a new watch/chronograph. I may be suffering from paralysis by analysis, but I haven't found a watch/chronograph that fits my desires, which are as follows: 12 hour/24 hour...
by gkaplan
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard's Website - Bad, or just me?
Replies: 48
Views: 5219

Re: Vanguard's Website - Bad, or just me?

Wow, I'm blown away by all the responses defending Vanguard's website, which has been panned all across the internet, and rightly so. I agree 100% with the OP. It's the worst site of it's kind that I've ever used. It requires way too much digging to find the most basic info, if you can find it at a...
by gkaplan
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international?
Replies: 78
Views: 6237

Re: How much international?

It's surprising that we don't get this question asked more frequently.
by gkaplan
Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Creating a dynamic and sustainable retirement spending plan."
Replies: 1
Views: 750

"Creating a dynamic and sustainable retirement spending plan."

I n today's low rate environment, we're often asked if the 4% retirement spending rule still holds true. In this interview, Colleen Jaconetti, a senior analyst in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, explores two of the most common spending strategies in retirement and also proposes what Vanguard bel...
by gkaplan
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford, and starring John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, Paul Schofield, Martin Scorcese, and Mira Sorvino. Excellent.
by gkaplan
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Night Manager, Based on John le Carré's novel of the same name, "The Night Manager" is a crime drama following the work of former British soldier Jonathan Pine. This is a BBC 6 part mini series staring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. Wow! this is great and even more appreciated as a l...
by gkaplan
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who disagrees with Jack. . .
Replies: 73
Views: 5439

Re: Who disagrees with Jack. . .

I disagree with Jack about investing in foreign equity funds. I also disagree with Jack about treating Social Security as part of one's fixed income allocation. I may disagree with him on other investing issues, but these two disagreements stand out.
by gkaplan
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Stocks have followed a rocky yet resilient path over the past 90 years
Replies: 1
Views: 783

"Stocks have followed a rocky yet resilient path over the past 90 years

Volatile financial markets test the resolve and patience of even the most sensible investors. Why invest in stocks when markets are turbulent? Why persist when return prospects for stocks are forecast to be subpar? At Vanguard, we believe that stocks are a primary driver of your portfolio's growth ...
by gkaplan
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rmd [Required Minimum Distribution - how often taken?]
Replies: 12
Views: 1104

Re: Rmd [Required Minimum Distribution - how often taken?]

I take my TSP RMD monthly, because the TSP offers only that choice.
by gkaplan
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Yesterday, I finished The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir ; translated from the Hebrew by Philip Simpson. After attending her father's funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. Not knowing her whereabouts or her intentions, the Mossad opens an u...
by gkaplan
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to Quit Smoking, Buying a Vape
Replies: 21
Views: 1829

Re: Trying to Quit Smoking, Buying a Vape

This reminds me of the quote from Annie Hall.

"I used to be a heroin addict, now I'm a methadone addict."
by gkaplan
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Yield and Return"
Replies: 29
Views: 2946

Re: "Yield and Return"

This article adds nothing to help a novice understand the use of the terms yield or return. ...The problem is just lazy and sloppy writing. “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”....
by gkaplan
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning I finished reading Shoot 'Em Up by Janey Mack. This is the third in the Maisie McGrane series. Meter maid turned undercover cop Maisie McGrane managed to survive her first sting operation with just a few minor stab wounds – and some lingering emotional scars. An assassination attempt on...
by gkaplan
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509873

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last Sunday night on Netflix, I watched A Conversation with Gregory Peck . A Conversation With Gregory Peck is a 1999 film directed by documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Kopple followed the actor as he embarked on a live speaking tour throughout the United States reflecting on his life and career...
by gkaplan
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: What are your passions?
Replies: 56
Views: 6432

Re: Retirees: What are your passions?

running and taking classes
by gkaplan
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (September 2016)
Replies: 9
Views: 1388

Re: madsinger monthly report (September 2016)

^gkaplan: why do you hold the much more expensive VFSVX when you could use VSS? Retirement plan restrictions? I'm not interested in ETFs, and I don't want to open a brokerage account. Eventually, Vanguard will create an Admiral Shares class for this fund. You might be in for a long wait. I asked Va...
by gkaplan
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (September 2016)
Replies: 9
Views: 1388

Re: madsinger monthly report (September 2016)

triceratop wrote:^gkaplan: why do you hold the much more expensive VFSVX when you could use VSS? Retirement plan restrictions?



I'm not interested in ETFs, and I don't want to open a brokerage account. Eventually, Vanguard will create an Admiral Shares class for this fund.

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