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by jginseattle
Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427894

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Drop, by Dennis Lehane. In 2014 it was made into a movie starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini.
by jginseattle
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why did VBR move to various tracking indices
Replies: 18
Views: 1352

Re: Why did VBR move to various tracking indices

My guess is that it's probably a cost of licensing issue. And my understanding is that the CRSP index is fine.
by jginseattle
Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hell or High Water. A very well-acted contemporary western thriller.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/movie ... .html?_r=0
by jginseattle
Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427894

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished Elmore Leonard's Riding the Rap. One of his best.
by jginseattle
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: High Yield Junk Bonds
Replies: 51
Views: 4383

Re: High Yield Junk Bonds

Here is a recent column by Jason Zweig about the money being poured into junk and emerging market bonds.

http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2016/07/ ... asy-thing/
by jginseattle
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston. One of the best movies of the year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/movie ... .html?_r=0

Ghostbusters. The women are very funny together, but, by the end, I felt pummeled by the relentless special effects.
by jginseattle
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427894

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Water is Wide: A Memoir, by Pat Conroy. I'm enjoying it immensely.
by jginseattle
Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best bond strategy going forward?
Replies: 23
Views: 2318

Re: Best bond strategy going forward?

A bond ladder of high quality securities would mitigate reinvestment risk.
by jginseattle
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427894

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished two by Elmore Leonard:

52 Pickup. Not bad, but not one of his best. It was made into a not very good movie.

Raylan. Very entertaining. Darkly humorous.
by jginseattle
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Switching to Fidelity's new Total International Index (includes small cap!)
Replies: 36
Views: 4095

Re: Switching to Fidelity's new Total International Index (includes small cap!)

Thanks for the info. I'm also interested in Fidelity's new Large Cap Value Index fund.
by jginseattle
Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Blow Out. (1981). Brian De Palma's superlative political thriller. Expertly crafted, it works on many levels.

Currently available for free in HD on On Demand.

Here's a very good review...

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts ... -gadgeteer
by jginseattle
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Lobster. A deliberately grim satire. For the more adventurous of moviegoers.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/ ... -civil-war

Weiner. This documentary about Anthony Weiner's train wreck mayoral campaign is, believe it or not, very entertaining.
by jginseattle
Sun May 29, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Core Bond Fund
Replies: 16
Views: 2302

Re: Vanguard Core Bond Fund

I would also take a look at Vanguard's Short Term Bond Index.
by jginseattle
Sat May 28, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Classic Bernstein 8 — Is Credit Risk Ever Worth Taking?
Replies: 20
Views: 2495

Re: Classic Bernstein 8 — Is Credit Risk Ever Worth Taking?

I think credit risk is, for the most part, an inefficient way to invest. I would limit it to short-dated, high quality securities.
by jginseattle
Fri May 27, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1788
Views: 427894

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Dough , by Mort Zachter. A breezy, funny/sad memoir. The author discovers that his parsimonious uncles, who ran the family bakery, were worth millions. Mr. Zachter struggles with his bitterness over the situation. His parents, who knew about this great wealth, and worked at the bakery for nothing ,...
by jginseattle
Fri May 27, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]
Replies: 338
Views: 36094

Re: New Book: Living off Your Money (Michael McClung)

Thanks for the recommendation. I put in a request for purchase at the local library.
by jginseattle
Fri May 20, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Bigger Splash. One of the year's best.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/ ... k-and-roll

The Nice Guys. A mess of a movie. However, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are quite entertaining.
by jginseattle
Mon May 16, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Money Monster. It works as a smooth, fast and funny thriller, not as an indictment of the financial industry.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/movie ... oster.html
by jginseattle
Fri May 13, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

CoAndy wrote:Saw two this past week..."Jungle Book" and "Captain America: Civil War". The kids and I give two thumbs up to both.


I enjoyed both of those, too.
by jginseattle
Fri May 13, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What's your EM tilt and why?
Replies: 43
Views: 2667

Re: What's your EM tilt and why?

I have 10% of equities in EM. In order to reach this target I had to add a dedicated EM fund. I did this about two years ago. And I wouldn't be opposed to increasing EM exposure, but not too much more.

Reason: EM is cheaper on a relative basis, and expected returns seem more favorable.
by jginseattle
Wed May 11, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??
Replies: 145
Views: 12964

Re: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??

Midnight Special is an excellent recent sci-fi movie, although it falters somewhat towards the end.

Highly recommended.
by jginseattle
Tue May 03, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??
Replies: 145
Views: 12964

Re: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??

Some favorite movies... This Island Earth. Forbidden Planet. The Incredible Shrinking Man. It Came from Outer Space. The Time Machine (1960). Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959). Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978). Planet of the Apes (1968). The Empire Strikes Back. Children of Men...
by jginseattle
Tue May 03, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good book(s) for the soon to be retired?
Replies: 25
Views: 3383

Re: Good book(s) for the soon to be retired?

I would add "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankel. You are entering a phase of life where your contribution to society will not be measured by how much money you make. Having lots of money won't do it either. You'll have to find your own purpose. I have seen too many people float a...
by jginseattle
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How strong is your belief in AQR?
Replies: 47
Views: 6079

Re: How strong is your belief in AQR Kool-Aid?

Larry Swedroe, who thinks highly of this fund, I think said that he himself had only put 3% of his portfolio into it. Although he might had said later that he had increased it. With 3% does it even make a difference in the entire portfolio? I was under the impression that you need at least 5-10% in...
by jginseattle
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater's latest is one of his very best. A fun time at the movies! http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/11/everybody-wants-some-and-miles-ahead-reviews http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/movies/everybody-wants-some-latest-from-dazed-and-confused-directo...
by jginseattle
Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Midnight Special . A first-rate supernatural thriller. The cast is outstanding. The following reviews contain spoilers. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/28/midnight-special-and-my-golden-days http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/movies/review-in-midnight-special-on-the-run-with-a-highly-unusu...
by jginseattle
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone else feeling a correction brewing?
Replies: 60
Views: 6669

Re: Anyone else feeling a correction brewing?

When dealing with financial markets, feelings are the last thing you want to rely on.
by jginseattle
Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a good time to invest in Treasuries?
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Is now a good time to invest in Treasuries?

It is difficult to say without more information. We're just looking at your fixed income holdings. How much of your portfolio is in stocks? I think: There is considerable risk in the funds you own. Treasuries are presently expensive, but that doesn't mean you should not own some. Treasury notes and ...
by jginseattle
Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best & Worst Financial Decisions?
Replies: 92
Views: 9113

Re: Best & Worst Financial Decisions?

Best: Embracing Indexing. Buying a home.

Worst: Overspending in the past.
by jginseattle
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Big Short
Replies: 176
Views: 20512

Re: The Big Short

The Big Short Inside Job Margin Call are 3 excellent movies about the credit crunch (Inside Job is a documentary). There are agendas in the film making, and to my mind Margin Call (the most obviously "fictional") is also the most insightful (re life inside a financial institution). But al...
by jginseattle
Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Confirmation . A very enjoyable new comedy/drama from first-time director Bob Nelson. Mr. Nelson was nominated for an Academy Award for his Nebraska screenplay. http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/movies/the-confirmation-father-son-tale-is-a-sweet-intoxicating-mix/ http://www.nytimes.com/...
by jginseattle
Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirees - What triggered you to retire?
Replies: 96
Views: 11029

Re: Early Retirees - What triggered you to retire?

My boss wanted me to do a lot of traveling.
by jginseattle
Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset allocation - latest from Rick Ferri
Replies: 38
Views: 6677

Re: Asset allocation - latest from Rick Ferri

I would also look into a portfolio of 80% equities and 20% long-term Treasury bonds.
by jginseattle
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Witch is a superlative horror movie.

Here's a link to a review...

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/ ... tch-review
by jginseattle
Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Book Recommendation for New Investor
Replies: 24
Views: 2763

Re: Book Recommendation for New Investor

The Economist Guide to Investment Strategy, by Peter Stanyer.
by jginseattle
Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Keep emergency cash in Vanguard's Short Term Investment Grade fund?
Replies: 31
Views: 3978

Re: Keep emergency cash in Vanguard's Short Term Investment Grade fund?

It's a perfectly reasonable risk to take if you're not too worried about needing money here (blue line). And since that's about a 6% drop, a sane person could say "I'm not too worried about it." One could simply increase their emergency fund by 6% or even 10% to take into account a potent...
by jginseattle
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1850
Views: 425493

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hail, Caesar! There are some funny moments in this silly Coen brothers comedy.
by jginseattle
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your favorite Financial Quote or Metaphor??
Replies: 179
Views: 12135

Re: What is your favorite Financial Quote or Metaphor??

ZumZabo wrote:“You are not truly diversified until you own something you are really uncomfortable with”
– Peter Bernstein


Here is another version...


In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

- Robert Arnott
by jginseattle
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just not interested any more [in investing]
Replies: 42
Views: 7960

Re: Just not interested any more [in investing]

Super relaxed is good. Just don't get complacent. :happy
by jginseattle
Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your favorite Financial Quote or Metaphor??
Replies: 179
Views: 12135

Re: What is your favorite Financial Quote or Metaphor??

The bottom line is that, looked at prospectively, much of risk is subjective, hidden and unquantifiable.

- Howard Marks
by jginseattle
Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your favorite Financial Quote or Metaphor??
Replies: 179
Views: 12135

Re: What is your favorite Financial Quote or Metaphor??

I recently came across this one. It's so grim that it's funny.

For all financial market participants, survival is the only objective that matters.

-Andrew Lo
by jginseattle
Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mount Rushmore of Investing
Replies: 31
Views: 4092

Re: Mount Rushmore of Investing

In addition to Graham and Keynes, etc., I would add Irving Fisher.
by jginseattle
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm Calling an Emerging Markets Bottom
Replies: 201
Views: 29192

Re: I'm Calling an Emerging Markets Bottom

I use large rebalancing bands when it comes to Emerging Markets.
by jginseattle
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: worst first four opening days in HISTORY for S&P 500
Replies: 125
Views: 14509

Re: worst first four opening days in HISTORY for S&P 500

letsgobobby wrote:what are GMO points?


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