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by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best HSA (2017)
Replies: 133
Views: 16643

Re: Best HSA (2017)

Just to share personal experience- Our megacorp is with mybenefitwallet. Megacorp pays the monthly fee ($2.90) and no additional user fees that we are aware of. I know mybenefitwallet has fees for individual accounts so I can't comment on that. After maintaining $1,000 in cash, we can invest in mut...
by hoppy08520
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Portfolio growth - Edward Jones vs Vanguard Target 2045
Replies: 14
Views: 1723

Re: Portfolio growth - Edward Jones vs Vanguard Target 2045

Be sure to account for EJ advisor fees on top of the fund expense ratios. The fee is probably a percentage of assets under management (AUM) which is likely around 1%. EJ might even charge a "convenience fee" to reinvest dividends.
by hoppy08520
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Software to track asset allocation (no tickers)
Replies: 41
Views: 3359

Re: Software to track asset allocation (no tickers)

Wow, Googlefinance is game changing! Had no idea I could pull in the current prices to my existing Googlesheet. Yes, I love googlefinance too. I use it to return price (NAV), but also "expenseratio", the fund name ("name") plus various CAGR values: returnytd, return52, return156...
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Software to track asset allocation (no tickers)
Replies: 41
Views: 3359

Re: Software to track asset allocation (no tickers)

Well, that's frustrating when a CIT won't have a public page to output fund share prices. I googled around and could not find anything either. Many of the CIT's do have a page that will have daily share prices. I guess that just means you're going to need to manually update your spreadsheet from tim...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Single most important investing advice?
Replies: 96
Views: 11016

Re: Single most important investing advice?

For me, it was when I was 22 years old, in my first "real job" on Capitol Hill, and the director of the office told me when I started, "This is the form for the Thrift Savings Plan. Fill this out and make sure you save 5% of your salary, and they match you dollar for dollar. It's free...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Hardest invest Q of all [when to retire]
Replies: 14
Views: 1762

Re: Hardest invest Q of all

Maybe don't do it all at once? Can you shift to part-time work? Maybe shift to work you really enjoy (if you're not already there)? If you can earn enough to cover your expenses, and not eat into your saved principle, then that might make you feel more comfortable in this transition.
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Software to track asset allocation (no tickers)
Replies: 41
Views: 3359

Re: Software to track asset allocation (no tickers)

I manually enter prices If your fund has a webpage somewhere that lists the current share price, and the page is a public page that does not require a login, then in Google Sheets you can use the ImportHtml() or ImportXml() functions to scrape the price value from the HTML of the page, and put that...
by hoppy08520
Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Sheet Tip - calculating inflation-adjusted current dollar amounts for past years
Replies: 0
Views: 187

Google Sheet Tip - calculating inflation-adjusted current dollar amounts for past years

If you want to take a dollar amount from a past year and calculate its present-value amount, in a Google Sheet, here is how. I do this to look at my investment values in the past, and convert them to present-day numbers, for educational purposes. I also do this to look at my salary history, to compa...
by hoppy08520
Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should individual disability insurance complement group coverage?
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: Should individual disability insurance complement group coverage?

Hello, I acquired an individual disability insurance policy through Guardian a few years ago. I might not recall the details exactly, but I was told by my agent that Guardian and the other insurers won't provide coverage (individual + group) beyond maybe 90% (?) of your salary. This is because they ...
by hoppy08520
Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to darken type in firefox or chrome?
Replies: 27
Views: 1736

Re: How to darken type in firefox or chrome?

Chrome has a popular browser extension/plugin called High Contrast. The plugin has several options the simplest being enhanced contrast but you can also invert the contrast to give you white fonts on a black background. It's up to you. The extension was developed by Google itself. It's not perfect b...
by hoppy08520
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which HSAs will download investment info?
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Which HSAs will download investment info?

Hello, I'm also a BenefitWallet participant through my employer plan. I'm also frustrated by the inability to download transactions from the investment platform (although you can download transactions from the "saving" HSA part) although it's not the worst thing in the world. It's very har...
by hoppy08520
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help, I'm stuck with John Hancock
Replies: 19
Views: 3301

Re: Help, I'm stuck with John Hancock

They also seem to be charging you a high additional house co-op fee, as the ER for JETSX is .56. Can you get JCAVX ? That particular 401(k) plan of the OP most likely is adding an additional 0.5% surcharge on top of the "base" expense ratio every fund. When I had a John Hancock plan it wa...
by hoppy08520
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help, I'm stuck with John Hancock
Replies: 19
Views: 3301

Re: Help, I'm stuck with John Hancock

I'm a little late to this thread, but better late than never. I once was a participant/victim in a 401(k) plan with John Hancock so I might be able to offer some advice. See John Hancock Funds - Bogleheads Wiki for more. I would pick the funds that complement your overall portfolio. Assuming that yo...
by hoppy08520
Sun May 08, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many funds in your portfolio?
Replies: 99
Views: 8814

Re: How many funds in your portfolio?

I guess by your definition I'm at overkill stage with eight :-)

US
VTI
VBR
VNQ

International
VXUS
VSS
VNQI

Fixed income
BND and Thrift Savings Plan F Fund (same index)
TSP G Fund
by hoppy08520
Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Total International Bond - worth another look after expense ratio reduction?
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Vanguard Total International Bond - worth another look after expense ratio reduction?

The Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund ( VTIBX / BNDX) has been discussed over and over, and I don't want anyone to have to regurgitate those past conversations in this thread. But here's a new wrinkle. A lot of the criticism/skepticism over this fund, and in international bond funds in ge...
by hoppy08520
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey - opposes Fiduciary rule for Financial Advisors
Replies: 17
Views: 2708

Dave Ramsey - opposes Fiduciary rule for Financial Advisors

Shocking. Dave Ramsey -- who profits from his referrals to non-fiduciary financial "advisors" -- opposes a fiduciary standard for these salespeople. Why Does Dave Ramsey Want To Stop You From Saving Money? - Huffington Post This Obama rule will kill the Middle Class and below ability to ac...
by hoppy08520
Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Accounts: Strategy for Isolating Tax-Exempt Contribution in a Roth IRA
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: TSP Accounts: Strategy for Isolating Tax-Exempt Contribution in a Roth IRA

Wow. This is complicated. All that I will add is the following: If you do wind up withdrawing from your military TSP, I would direct the tax-exempt contributions to a new Roth IRA and title it "Rollover Roth IRA", and keep this separate from the Roth IRA that you already have. Do not add n...
by hoppy08520
Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Maxing Out- Traditional or Roth 401K
Replies: 79
Views: 5894

Re: Maxing Out- Traditional or Roth 401K

Every time I read the Roth vs Traditional debate here, it turns into a calculus problem on how to maximize your outcome as though both outcomes (the Right Choice and the Wrong Choice) are equivalent to each other. But the various outcomes are not equivalent. The upsides and the downsides are very d...
by hoppy08520
Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Maxing Out- Traditional or Roth 401K
Replies: 79
Views: 5894

Re: Maxing Out- Traditional or Roth 401K

Every time I read the Roth vs Traditional debate here, it turns into a calculus problem on how to maximize your outcome as though both outcomes (the Right Choice and the Wrong Choice) are equivalent to each other. But the various outcomes are not equivalent. The upsides and the downsides are very di...
by hoppy08520
Sun May 03, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving our financial advisor over a period of months
Replies: 33
Views: 3491

Re: Leaving our financial advisor over a period of months

Mintee wrote:In addition, we know some funds will have to be liquidated (Dimensional, etc.).

I've read somewhere that you might be able to keep your DFA funds even if you leave the advisor, although you won't be able to buy new shares. Just a thought. See:

http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8598
by hoppy08520
Fri May 01, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how to account for TSP G Fund in allocation
Replies: 18
Views: 1428

Re: how to account for TSP G Fund in allocation

In this example, I use cash as a proxy for the G Fund. I might not understand fully what you're trying to demonstrate, but how can you use cash as a proxy for G Fund? The G Fund has consistently increased. Here a chart from TSP: Annual Returns : https://www.tsp.gov/investmentfunds/fundsheets/fundPe...
by hoppy08520
Fri May 01, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Engineer's Guide to Investing
Replies: 32
Views: 4337

Re: The Engineer's Guide to Investing

Two more thoughts. 1. Boom and bust. At least in tech, the industry is subject to boom and bust during recessionary times. Granted, every industry has that to some degree, but tech might be more vulnerable. I got into tech in the late 1990s and went through two busts, the 2002-era dot.com bust and l...
by hoppy08520
Fri May 01, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Engineer's Guide to Investing
Replies: 32
Views: 4337

Re: The Engineer's Guide to Investing

A few more thoughts. Some of these might apply more broadly than just to engineers, but here goes: ⋅  As noted by Livesoft, it seems that a lot of startups and tech companies tend to have bad 401(k) plans. The bigger and more established the company, the better the likelihood of having a g...
by hoppy08520
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Allocation in a 401k
Replies: 47
Views: 3761

Re: International Allocation in a 401k

PNW_Hunter I contribute 6% of my salary into it as a Roth contribution, and my employer matches .50 cents for every dollar, up to 6% total. Are you sure they match your Roth. Companies generally match pre-tax contributions, not the Roth 401K. Who pays the taxes on their match? The matching contribu...
by hoppy08520
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Allocation in a 401k
Replies: 47
Views: 3761

Re: International Allocation in a 401k

Do not think of investing as a dart hitting the bulls eye on your dart board. Think more like grabbing a handful of spaghetti and meat balls and throwing it at the dart board. Stuff is going to go everywhere, but most of it will be on the dart board. That is close enough. :D Will someone alert Tayl...
by hoppy08520
Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to best utilize TSP in retirement, particularly G Fund
Replies: 22
Views: 3026

Re: How to best utilize TSP in retirement, particularly G Fu

If 30% of their retirement assets are in the TSP, and if they would like to be 50% stocks and 50% bonds overall, then it strikes me that this is a simple one: put the entire TSP into the G Fund. That covers 30% of the bond allocation. The remaining 20% of the bond allocation can be held in Vanguard....
by hoppy08520
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Investment - New to Investing
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: Help with Investment - New to Investing

Welcome to Bogleheads. A few thoughts: ⋅  The annual IRA contribution limit is $5,500 per individual, per year, at your age, but you wrote $11,000 for you and $11,000 for spouse. You might have meant to say $11,000 combined for you and spouse. ⋅  See After-tax 401(k) - Bogleheads...
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring in two months - what to do with TSP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2895

Re: Retiring in two months - what to do with TSP?

In regards to the G Fund proposed changes, I believe you are referencing the wording found in the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget - Fiscal Year 2016 Align the G-Fund Investment Return with an Appropriate Risk Profile. The resolution assumes savings by correctly aligning the rate of return on U....
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring in two months - what to do with TSP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2895

Re: Retiring in two months - what to do with TSP?

​​We are wondering what to do with my TSP. Originally I was thinking to leave it there in retirement, but have been reading that Congress is planning to reduce the rate of return on the G fund and have heard the Government is borrowing against the TSP. I would think long and hard before withdrawing...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New to retirement planning - TSP and Roth IRA
Replies: 17
Views: 1411

Re: New to retirement planning - TSP and Roth IRA

Welcome to Bogleheads. If you can max the TSP and IRA then you should. The only question is whether you might direct some of those contributions toward the loans instead. Regarding asset allocation, be aware that L2050 is 85% stocks 15% bonds. If you want a 70/30 fund, then choose L2030 which is 65/...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Great List of Useless Financial Porn Phrases
Replies: 30
Views: 5230

Re: A Great List of Useless Financial Porn Phrases

"downside protection" A retired relative of mine, who is otherwise a very intelligent man with a Ph.D. in a STEM field, nevertheless invests at Ameriprise or something like that. He pays an AUM of around 0.75% and has the usual barf buffet of actively managed funds with ER of around 1.5%. ...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401K Contribution Question
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: 401K Contribution Question

I'm as paranoid and cynical as the next guy, especially when it comes to our overlords in the financial services industry, but I doubt there is anything sinister with your 401(k) plan custodian timing the market with employee/employer contributions....although it could be a clever way for them to gr...
by hoppy08520
Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP ==> Vanguard or not
Replies: 15
Views: 2049

Re: TSP ==> Vanguard or not

See this page for some good reading on why you should keep the TSP: TSP withdrawals - Bogleheads . Even if you decide you want to withdraw it to an IRA -- which I recommend against because you get only one lifetime partial withdrawal so use it wisely -- I would still leave behind $1,000 or so in the...
by hoppy08520
Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Allocation in a 401k
Replies: 47
Views: 3761

Re: International Allocation in a 401k

You do bring up a good point. Many people starting out think that this investing thing is and should be very precise. The fact is that there is nothing precise about it and nothing you can do will make it so. The market changes daily, by the second in fact. Trying to be precise is a bit like herdin...
by hoppy08520
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I lower my 401k Contribution?
Replies: 9
Views: 1902

Re: Should I lower my 401k Contribution?

Hi, I was a victim, er, participant, of a JH 401(k) plan as well. Unlike your particular plan, our plan had a JH total stock market index fund - JETSX, in addition to a 500-index fund, a mid-cap index fund and a small-cap index fund, all from JH. All had the same ER. I used the TSM fund. You might w...
by hoppy08520
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Allocation in a 401k
Replies: 47
Views: 3761

Re: International Allocation in a 401k

In case you haven't seen this: Approximating total international stock market - Bogleheads wiki . Per this page, you can come very close to approximating TISM with this: 62% Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund (VDMIX) (0.20%) 20% iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) (0.69%) 11% Vanguard FTSE Al...
by hoppy08520
Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any of you folks pay mortgage with credit card?
Replies: 29
Views: 5294

Re: Any of you folks pay mortgage with credit card?

I looked into his, just to get points, but it seemed hard to pull off. Google this and you'll see that it's not easy to do.
by hoppy08520
Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: new job - how to decide on 401k rollover choice?
Replies: 12
Views: 1149

Re: new job - how to decide on 401k rollover choice?

TylerDavis, don't assume the fund expense ratios are the only fees you pay -- many are paying more. Many 401(k) plans charge participants more than just the fund expense ratios. My 401(k) plan, for example, has Fidelity Spartan Index funds at the same retail expense ratio that an investor who buys t...
by hoppy08520
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mistakes, Regrets & Stupidity - collection of past threads
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Mistakes, Regrets & Stupidity - collection of past threads

One of my favorite Boglehead forum topics is personal stories on our best and worst mistakes, decisions, advice, etc. Nothing brings out a Boglehead like sharing their biggest screw-up. It's funny how these threads keep sprouting up over and over, like mushrooms or daffodils...or insurance salesmen....
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Single best piece of personal finance advice ever received?
Replies: 90
Views: 9622

Re: Single best piece of personal finance advice ever receiv

Twenty+ years ago, my office manger said to my 21-year-old self: "Make sure you sign up for the TSP and put it all in the C Fund since you're young." I did. [The TSP is the government version of a 401(k) and the C Fund is its S&P 500 index fund. Back then that was the only stock fund i...
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Poll] regarding Keeping that old 401k.
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: [Poll] regarding Keeping that old 401k.

It's difficult to google any information on this because any kinds of search terms get interpreted as "I want to roll the 401k from my former job into my new job" instead of the more unusual case of wanting to roll over a 401(k) (or IRA) into a plan held at an employer where you're no long...
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Poll] regarding Keeping that old 401k.
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Keeping that old 401k.

This might be a good thread for a poll.
by hoppy08520
Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newly Married and Need Investment Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Newly Married and Need Investment Advice

All good advice above !!! The ONLY thing I can add is to separate your ROTH TSP and your Regular TSP accounts for simplicity. Contribute to your TSP, but Keep your ROTH Separate. Investigate the withdrawals of those funds. Use Vanguard as your ROTH IRA, but invest in your TSP Funds and keep them se...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to analyze portfolio recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 1896

Re: How to analyze portfolio recommendations

Are you sure this salesman is actually a CFP? I thought the CFP requires that CFPs act as a fiduciary. Clearly this salesman is not. Glad you found this board.
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newly Married and Need Investment Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Newly Married and Need Investment Advice

Welcome to the forum. Everyone here will recommend the TSP. Also see the "Military finances" page in the Bogleheads wiki for more advice.

Also, you seem to be suggesting that you are saving for house and kids, but also try to target some savings for long term retirement.
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio & Allocation Qs, Taking Control, Leaving Advisors
Replies: 12
Views: 1410

Re: Portfolio & Allocation Qs, Taking Control, Leaving Advis

Hello and welcome to Bogleheads. A few thoughts: ⋅  One can contribute $18,000 annually to a 401(k) but you have you and wife down for $12,500 and $12,150. Why not the max? ⋅  Given that relatively small amount in wife's first 401(k), I would just roll that into her second 401(k)...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Personal investment
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: New Personal investment

Hello, welcome to Bogleheads. This is hard to answer with so little information. It's almost like someone asking what's a good career, or where's a good place to live, when you don't know that much about the person asking the question. I recommend reading this: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Gettin...
by hoppy08520
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Help
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Portfolio Help

Welcome to Bogleheads. 1. Where I currently have my Roth IRA, the expense ratios are outrageous now that I have looked into Vanguard. Does it make perfect sense to roll these funds over to Vanguard to take advantage of the significantly lower expense ratios? It is where I have parked my money since ...

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