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by globalexpat
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary
Replies: 14
Views: 1552

Re: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary

Can you change your state residence before you go out of the country to avoid VA state tax during this time? VA uses your domicile (permanent home) as the basis for residency. To change your domicile, you must establish a domicile in another state, by doing such things as buying or renting a house ...
by globalexpat
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: More advice for BigLaw Survivor, please?
Replies: 119
Views: 12369

Re: More advice for BigLaw Survivor, please?

I'm 36 and (hopefully) decades away from these decisions, but I've found this discussion to be really interesting and extremely helpful. Thanks Bogleheads!
by globalexpat
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best credit card to get before booking flight tickets for an international trip
Replies: 17
Views: 1758

Re: Best credit card to get before booking flight tickets for an international trip

If I was in your shoes, I'd get the Citi Prestige. The card does come with a high annual fee ($450), but there are a plethora of benefits which would offset that high fee, especially for someone considering international travel. I've had the card for less than 4 months, but I've already received ~$1...
by globalexpat
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary
Replies: 14
Views: 1552

Re: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary

Can you change your state residence before you go out of the country to avoid VA state tax during this time? OP has rental income, so there is a tie. Correct. I will need to maintain my residence in VA while overseas. Even after reading the excellent articles by tfb on this subject, I am still not ...
by globalexpat
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary
Replies: 14
Views: 1552

Re: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary

As a federal employee, you do not qualify for foreign income exclusion.


That was my understanding, as well.

re: housing -- I won't be receiving an allowance. Housing is provided, but I won't be able to choose it.
by globalexpat
Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary
Replies: 14
Views: 1552

Help Federal Employee Manage a (temporary) Increase in Salary

I am a federal employee and will soon be taking a temporary position overseas that will significantly boost my income for 2 years. I need some help dealing with this, both in terms of tax implications and my overall asset allocation. About me: Age: 36, single Residence: Virginia Income: $ 90k Rental...
by globalexpat
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to San Francisco and Wine Country
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Re: Trip to San Francisco and Wine Country

Great info. Thanks very much!
by globalexpat
Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to San Francisco and Wine Country
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Trip to San Francisco and Wine Country

I'm meeting my girlfriend in San Francisco for her birthday in January and need to start planning the trip. I visited SF and Sonoma several years back and really enjoyed my time. This time, I'd like to do a couple days in the Russian River Valley visiting the wineries and seeing the countryside. Cou...
by globalexpat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 48 Hours in Hong Kong -- Recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 749

48 Hours in Hong Kong -- Recommendations?

I'll be heading to Hong Kong for a short stopover next month, and I thought I'd see if anyone has recommendations on things to see and places to eat (high priority). I'm staying right off Harbour Road next to the water, so I should be well-positioned in terms of public transit. Thanks in advance!
by globalexpat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overseas Travel Adventure - Africa
Replies: 18
Views: 1679

Re: Overseas Travel Adventure - Africa

I tend to self-plan all of my trips, and thus I don't have any experience with OATS. However, my parents have used them on at least four occasions and have absolutely loved each of the tours. In particular, they really liked the small group sizes and the guides in each of the locales were truly extr...
by globalexpat
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Borrowing a Friend's Car for 6+ months
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

Borrowing a Friend's Car for 6+ months

I currently do not own a car in the US, as I have no current need for one. A friend of mine recently asked me if I would be interested in using his 2012 Honda Pilot while he and his wife were living abroad. It just so happens that this offer coincides with a change in my work, in which I will need a...
by globalexpat
Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA

Thank you for your feedback, Duckie. If I'm reading it correctly, the Vanguard 2045 (VTIVX) [my approximate retirement age] currently has only 10% invested in bonds. You mention that even a 15% stake in bonds is really low for a 33 yr old. Does Vanguard tend to be aggressive in this respect? I note ...
by globalexpat
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA

Thank you for your feedback. If you were in my situation, what would your portfolio look like?
by globalexpat
Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Allocation Questions from Fed -- TSP and Roth IRA

First of all, thanks to all who responded to my original question: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=101371. I've read and re-read this and other posts and am now ready to make some changes. To recap: I currently contribute the maximum to my TSP and a Roth IRA. In each of those...
by globalexpat
Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.
Replies: 250
Views: 46422

Re: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.

I think this is an interesting piece on how multi-factor authentication was side-stepped: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-fact ... Compliance Also, if you ever wondered how security images and challenge-questions came from, it provides an answer. True, there have been exploits of various forms o...
by globalexpat
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.
Replies: 250
Views: 46422

Re: Vanguard is on the Password Hall of Shame.

With the proliferation of keylogging malware, it's hard to believe that more financial institutions haven't implemented two-factor authentication. I understand that most people find it to be an inconvenience and would not activate it, but I believe that institutions have an obligation to at least ma...
by globalexpat
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 10712

Re: Early retirement overseas?

I've lived extensively abroad over the past 10 years, and locke1141 sums it up very nicely. Ignore the advice of people who talk in terms of their experience overseas in weeks or months. You can't truly appreciate the challenges and rewards from living overseas without going through the various cycl...
by globalexpat
Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I hire an attorney for my closing
Replies: 26
Views: 2961

Re: Should I hire an attorney for my closing

I bought a condo in the NoVa area, and I wasn't initially planning on using a an attorney. Towards the end of the process, the seller and his real estate agent tried to change the terms of the sale. I promptly sought the advice of the attorney, who helped me put things back on track. I would never c...
by globalexpat
Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings

Thank you all for your replies. This has been very helpful!
by globalexpat
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Questions from Fed Employee on TSP, Cash Savings

Greetings, I'm an early 30s, unmarried federal employee, and I am to the point now where I consider myself on a solid financial footing. Nonetheless, I'd like to ensure that I'm making the best investment decisions. First, I currently max out my TSP contribution. Now that we have a Roth TSP option, ...

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