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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: 137

"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: 2142
Views: 582435

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: 1417

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: 1423

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: 50
Views: 4451

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: 2417
Views: 609603

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: 2145

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: 2142
Views: 582435

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: 909

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: 745

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: 244

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: 2417
Views: 609603

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: 2417
Views: 609603

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: 50
Views: 2908

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: 1212

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: 2142
Views: 582435

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: 86
Views: 8949

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: 2587

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: 968

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: 2417
Views: 609603

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: 266

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: 2142
Views: 582435

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: 2347

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: 673

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: 2417
Views: 609603

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.
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports Magazine or Online
Replies: 15
Views: 1384

Re: Consumer Reports Magazine or Online

I bought a new washer-dryer stackable recently. I used my library to access Consumer Reports. It was invaluable to help me narrow my choices and to make a final choice.
by gkaplan
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2417
Views: 609603

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last night I watched two Kristen Stewart movies on Netflix. The first was Camp X-Ray , a 2014 movie directed by Peter Sattler, starring Stewart, and costarring Peyman Moaadi, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, Joseph Julian Soria, Ser'Darius Blain, Cory Michael Smith, and Julia Duffy. A young soldie...
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?
Replies: 61
Views: 4709

Re: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?

I switched from Earthlink to gmail about three years ago when I moved up to Portland from Ventura after I retired. I just notified the people in my contacts list of the switch.
by gkaplan
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2417
Views: 609603

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Tonight, I watched an Israeli film, Fill the Void , directed by Rama Burshtein, and starring Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Shelig, and Chaim Sharir. The story is about a young orthodox Jewish woman whose family pressures her to marry her brother-in-law after her sister dies in childbirth, rather ...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any books really change your outlook on life?
Replies: 264
Views: 40049

Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

I'm not sure if it changed my outlook on life, but I have been reading Give Me One Wish by Jacquie Gordon off and on for almost thirty years. Give Me One Wish is the story of Ms. Gordon and her daughter Christine Nelson (the daughter of Jerry Nelson of Muppets fame) trying to make sense of life and ...
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2142
Views: 582435

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. As everyone seems to have said, this is a great book.
by gkaplan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to file income tax
Replies: 12
Views: 1542

Re: When to file income tax

I believe I've finished preparing my 2016 return (it's asking me whether I want to e-file), but when I start up my H & R Block software, it tells me that "not all federal forms are final", and that they expect an update Feb. 9. I recall from last year I kept seeing repeated notices ab...
by gkaplan
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best Proxy Symbol for TSP G Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Best Proxy Symbol for TSP G Fund

Thanks for that Morningstar article.
by gkaplan
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2417
Views: 609603

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I finished watching Season Five of Homeland Sunday night.
by gkaplan
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donating an old car
Replies: 26
Views: 1582

Re: Donating an old car

When I retired and moved to Portland nearly three years ago to the date, I donated my car to the Jewish Community Center, because I didn't want to drive anymore, and I can get around Portland without a car easily enough. It was a pretty painless process, and I got a pretty good write-off.
by gkaplan
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "7 Questions to Ask About Your 1099"
Replies: 3
Views: 652

"7 Questions to Ask About Your 1099"

Here's the latest from Morningstar's Christine Benz: They're a harbinger of tax season: the flurry of 1099 forms that start hitting your mailbox (and/or email inbox) in January and continue apace for the rest of the month and often beyond. Most investors are familiar with the basic 1099-DIV and 1099...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2142
Views: 582435

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning, I finished reading The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk During the World War : Book One by Jaroslav Hasek. The Good Soldier Svejk is a series of tales about an ordinary man's successful quest to survive and to enjoy life in the face of the endless absurdities imposed on him...
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best Proxy Symbol for TSP G Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Best Proxy Symbol for TSP G Fund

Can someone recommend a ticker symbol that I could use for the TSP G Fund that I could use in the Morningstar Portfolio X-Ray?

Thanks.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2016 Oregon Form 1099-G shows Kicker instead of Refund
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: 2016 Oregon Form 1099-G shows Kicker instead of Refund

My 2016 Oregon 1099-G shows my actual refund.
by gkaplan
Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The market knows, except for mutual funds
Replies: 39
Views: 3263

Re: The market knows, except for mutual funds

Anyone think we're being trolled?
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 12
Views: 1300

Re: Podcasts

We have numerous threads on this topic. Do a search.
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: All in VANGUARD is that ok??
Replies: 51
Views: 5330

Re: All in VANGUARD is that ok??

Thank you for that explanation.
by gkaplan
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: All in VANGUARD is that ok??
Replies: 51
Views: 5330

Re: All in VANGUARD is that ok??

Is "all in" in Vanguard a SPOF and reason to use multiple brokerages to break up large sums? Is "all in" in Vanguard not a SPOF if the funds are not all Vanguard funds? Is "all in" in Vanguard funds regardless of brokerages a SPOF? SPOF? SPOF: Single Point of Failure O...
by gkaplan
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: All in VANGUARD is that ok??
Replies: 51
Views: 5330

Re: All in VANGUARD is that ok??

Sandtrap wrote:Is "all in" in Vanguard a SPOF and reason to use multiple brokerages to break up large sums?

Is "all in" in Vanguard not a SPOF if the funds are not all Vanguard funds?

Is "all in" in Vanguard funds regardless of brokerages a SPOF?



SPOF?

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