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by gkaplan
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1711
Views: 401383

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: 12008

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: 1740
Views: 388569

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: 268

"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: 1711
Views: 401383

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: 699

"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: 4050

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: 225

"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: 2589

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: 510

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: 323

"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: 2768

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: 1711
Views: 401383

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: 1996

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: 9018

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: 1670

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.
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (June 2016)
Replies: 14
Views: 1040

Re: madsinger monthly report (June 2016)

As of June 30, 2016, my year-to-date return is 3.01%. My annualized quarterly, one-year, three-year, five-year, and ten-year rates of return are 5.49%, -1.80%, 4.56%, 4.07%, and 4.87%, respectively. My best performing fund year-to-date has been the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund Admiral ...
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Logging into your Vanguard account is now one touch away."
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

"Logging into your Vanguard account is now one touch away."

iPhone users: It's now easier and more convenient than ever to access your Vanguard account using our mobile app. Based on your feedback, we've added a feature that allows you to securely access your account using your fingerprint. . . . If you have an iPhone with iOS9 you can use Touch ID® to acce...
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1711
Views: 401383

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Richard the Second and Twelfth Night, or What You Will. I'm going to see the two plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival next month, so I wanted to read both plays beforehand.
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Financial planning in the new era of marriage equality."
Replies: 0
Views: 282

"Financial planning in the new era of marriage equality."

When Kathleen Roin, senior counsel at Vanguard, and her spouse moved in late 2011, their marriage (which occurred in New York) wasn't recognized by their new home state or by federal law. But within a matter of four years, two groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions with twin June 26 anniversaries, ...
by gkaplan
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "3 smart Social Security strategies if you've never married."
Replies: 7
Views: 1087

"3 smart Social Security strategies if you've never married."

If you're not married, you may notice the Social Security strategies for married couples and wonder which may work for you, too. After all, Social Security makes up a significant portion of retirement income for single people. It's almost half of total income for unmarried women aged 65 and older an...
by gkaplan
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property
Replies: 102
Views: 5892

Re: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property

njoyingdajourney wrote:Any way to get the kids to pay some rent?



Yeah, have them sign a lease agreement. Make sure you get a security deposit and first and last month's rent.
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "What drives your fund costs up or down?"
Replies: 0
Views: 148

"What drives your fund costs up or down?"

Unlike other mutual fund providers, Vanguard offers its funds "at cost." That means shareholders pay Vanguard only what it costs to manage a fund. Nothing more. What's an "expense ratio"? There are a number of activities that go into operating a fund, including investment managem...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood glucose meter and blood pressure meter
Replies: 26
Views: 1718

Re: Blood glucose meter and blood pressure meter

The VA supplied me with this blood pressure monitor, and it seems to work fine.


http://bloodpressuremonitorguide.com/lifesource-ua-767-review/
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "3 things you should know if you inherit an IRA."
Replies: 0
Views: 356

"3 things you should know if you inherit an IRA."

Inheriting an IRA may come with mixed emotions: happiness that someone cared enough to leave you some of his or her savings, sadness that someone you cared about has passed away, and, quite possibly, confusion about what you just inherited and how you should handle it. Knowing the three things belo...
by gkaplan
Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Jane Bryant Quinn: Plan for a long retirement and maybe even a 101st birthday party."
Replies: 66
Views: 6211

"Jane Bryant Quinn: Plan for a long retirement and maybe even a 101st birthday party."

Retirement in the 21st century is changing fast. We're generally living longer, are more active, and have more ways to spend our retirement years. The tradeoff, however, is that retirees need to be more vigilant than ever about making sure they don't outlive their money. In her latest book, How to ...
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help--forgot the name of this updated book!
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: Help--forgot the name of this updated book!

I recently read about the update to a book about what to do when you retire. I can't for the life of me find it. I don't seem to have luck when I try to "google". The book was to help decide for example: tax implications about taking ss at certain ages etc. Does this ring a bell to anyone...
by gkaplan
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for a soon-to-be MLB draftee
Replies: 48
Views: 5987

Re: Advice for a soon-to-be MLB draftee

Which team drafted him?
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emerging Markets
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Emerging Markets

What Is an Emerging Market?

MSCI will answer this question with its June 14 announcement regarding changes to its indexes....



http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=756187
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Find out if your [Vanguard] fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."
Replies: 17
Views: 2487

"Find out if your [Vanguard] fund is declaring a quarterly dividend in June."

The table below lists Vanguard mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that will distribute quarterly income dividends in June 2016. Each fund's per-share dividend rate is posted on the vanguard.com distributions page on the fund's declaration date. Once the distribution amount is posted, you...
by gkaplan
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Negative interest rates: What they are and what they mean."
Replies: 10
Views: 1608

"Negative interest rates: What they are and what they mean."

Negative interest rates are a confusing concept. For insight on what they are and what they mean for the economy and investors, we turned to Peter Westaway, Ph.D., chief economist and head of the Investment Strategy Group for Vanguard Asset Management, Limited, Vanguard's European entity.... Negati...
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Crazy housing market
Replies: 77
Views: 8754

Re: Crazy housing market

In my area (Seattle), housing market became crazy. Buyers bidding for houses. Paying cash. Looks like people buying houses as investment. If they are paying cash, does it mean they are selling stocks? I mean if this is a trend- people not believe in stock market any more and want to preserve money ...
by gkaplan
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Equity Crowdfunding
Replies: 18
Views: 1416

Re: Equity Crowdfunding

boglerocks wrote:Garland, when you were picking stocks did you include penny stocks? Those are the ones I go after predominantly and they can be pretty well undiscovered....


Munchkin Man, is that you?
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 8455

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

No. There is no show I want to see that bad (and I see a good number). I wouldn't pay 6x face/retail for anything. Patience is a virtue (and money saver). I'll add that giving a big number of Tony's to one show is the new thing and doesn't indicate a great show. My brother and sister-in-law saw it ...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1711
Views: 401383

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished reading Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by Blair Tindall. By sixteen, the author of this memoir was dealing marijuana, bedding her instructors at a performing arts high school, and studying the oboe. Later, her blossoming career as a freelance musician in New Yo...
by gkaplan
Tue May 31, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund now tracking new FTSE index."
Replies: 22
Views: 2647

"Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund now tracking new FTSE index."

The Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund, including its ETF (VEA), will begin tracking a new index. Effective with the start of trading on June 1, the FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Index will be the fund's new benchmark....




Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund now tracking new FTSE index.
by gkaplan
Tue May 31, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Here's how you know [Vanguard] email survey is valid."
Replies: 8
Views: 927

"Here's how you know [Vanguard] email survey is valid."

If you receive an email from "eonline.e-vanguard.com" that invites you to participate in a research study, you can confirm it's valid if it contains one of the following subject lines and meets all of the validation points below....




Here's how you know Vanguard email survey is valid.
by gkaplan
Tue May 31, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Financial planning in the new era of marriage equality."
Replies: 0
Views: 437

"Financial planning in the new era of marriage equality."

When Kathleen Roin, senior counsel at Vanguard, and her spouse moved in late 2011, their marriage (which occurred in New York) wasn't recognized by their new home state or by federal law. But within a matter of four years, two groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions with twin June 26 anniversaries, ...
by gkaplan
Fri May 27, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1711
Views: 401383

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Ricola wrote:Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham. Grisham for me has always an enjoyable read. Main character has similarities to John Connelly's Mickey Haller character.
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You mean Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller character, I'm sure.
by gkaplan
Thu May 26, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you own Vanguard actively managed Equity funds?
Replies: 48
Views: 3887

Re: Do you own Vanguard actively managed Equity funds?

Only if you consider the Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (VAIPX) an actively managed fund.
by gkaplan
Wed May 25, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 359
Views: 32810

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I have four credit cards, but I only use two on a regular basis: American Express Blue Cash Preferred and Bank of America MasterCard. I use the American Express card for all grocery purchases, except for Farmers Market, where some vendors don't take credit cards. I use the MasterCard for all other p...
by gkaplan
Wed May 25, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "How to get the inheritance conversation started."
Replies: 5
Views: 1542

"How to get the inheritance conversation started."

If you haven't yet discussed wealth transfer with your loved ones, you're in good company. Dennis Duffy, a leader with Vanguard Flagship Services®, explains why talking about the topic is so important and offers suggestions about how to get the conversation started.... Why is it so important to hav...
by gkaplan
Tue May 24, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Tips to help you become a tax-efficient investor"
Replies: 3
Views: 737

"Tips to help you become a tax-efficient investor"

... Jacklin Youssef, a senior wealth planning strategist in Vanguard Personal Advisor Services®, [advises] how investors can make tax efficiency part of their everyday investing strategy....



Making tax efficiency part of your everyday investing strategy.
by gkaplan
Mon May 23, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 400
Views: 72164

Re: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?

I'm not a happy camper with them. Opened a brokerage account and was on the phone for north of 20 minutes to unlock my account after I accidentally locked it. They need to hire more staff. Still didn't unlock it, need to try again. At this rate I may move my account if I can ever unlock it. Being I...
by gkaplan
Mon May 23, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 91
Views: 3359

Re: WW2 Books & Education

Great suggestions! I was interested in resistance and used the public library to find many great books. This is decades ago before internet. The one novel/play that I still keep coming back to is John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down . I believe there is also a movie on it. It has nothing to do with th...

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