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by maniminto
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Higher salary, but lower employer 401k match...still OK?
Replies: 34
Views: 2219

Re: Higher salary, but lower employer 401k match...still OK?

You'll come out ahead. However, beware of vesting schedule. Most employers nowadays have a cliff vesting of 3-4 years. Meaning if you leave the company before the vesting period, you forfeit the employer match.
by maniminto
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Everything keeps going up, this feels too easy?
Replies: 113
Views: 9018

Re: Everything keeps going up, this feels too easy?

I reduced risk as my need to take risk decreased , and a couple of years after I first posted my plan I answered some questions about it . I made my asset allocation a function of adequate funding, not age. I'm not saying others should do so. As I indicated, I didn't design it for the purpose of wr...
by maniminto
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Going from cash to equities now?
Replies: 47
Views: 4454

Re: Going from cash to equities now?

How much money are we talking about? and what percentage of your investable assets does it constitute
by maniminto
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does someone 60+ need more than 10 years expenses in FI?
Replies: 39
Views: 3999

Re: Does someone 60+ need more than 10 years expenses in FI?

I was referring to the conventional wisdom to have 30-40X of your expenses if you retire in the normal retirement band of 60-66 age. So, if your expected yearly expenses are $80K and you'll get $30K from SS + pension, the yearly amount you'll need will be $50K. The recommended retirement pool would ...
by maniminto
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does someone 60+ need more than 10 years expenses in FI?
Replies: 39
Views: 3999

Re: Does someone 60+ need more than 10 years expenses in FI?

Would you be retiring with 30-40X of your yearly expenses? Would you maintain a 50/50 or 60/40 AA during retirement? 10X in fixed income seems low to me, but then your pension +SS may be significant to warrant that. Based on 50/50 or 60/40 AA, I would think your fixed income should be in the 15-20X ...
by maniminto
Thu May 25, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on (fear of?) investing: money won vs. money earned
Replies: 27
Views: 2006

Re: Thoughts on (fear of?) investing: money won vs. money earned

To the extent that you have no obvious debts to pay off or could really use the money to spend it on something, and excluding tax-deferred retirement accounts, would you treat money won differently than money earned for medium to long-term goals? Why? In my mind there is a distinct difference in ha...
by maniminto
Sat May 20, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Structuring- REVISED- Please review
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: Portfolio Structuring- REVISED- Please review

What is the split between taxable and tax deferred investments for the $4M assets?
by maniminto
Sat May 20, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your priorities for retirement?
Replies: 56
Views: 5461

Re: What are your priorities for retirement?

As I was droning on in another thread I eventually ended up where I always do. I have certain priorities for my retirement, many of which are time sensitive, so it is important for me to match up resources to time frames. Here are some of my priorities for retirement, I would enjoy hearing some fro...
by maniminto
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension Choices and AA
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Pension Choices and AA

kishinev wrote:Total Investment Portfolio $3.6M



For your $3.6M investment holdings what is the split between taxable and qualified investments?
by maniminto
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension Choices and AA
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Pension Choices and AA

The breakdown is $24K pre-tax, $27K after-tax and $9K employer match for a total of $60K which the maximum IRS allows for someone over 50. I am contributing after-tax so I can do a "mega backdoor ROTH conversion" later this year; about 15% of my 401k are after-tax contributions.[/quote] Th...
by maniminto
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension Choices and AA
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Pension Choices and AA

New annual Contributions
$60K 401k ($9K employer matching contributions)

May I ask you how you are able to contribute $51K to the 401k plan with the present limit of $24K including catch-up contribution?
by maniminto
Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard funds for emergency cash
Replies: 14
Views: 2056

Re: Vanguard funds for emergency cash

Vanguard Municipal Money Market Fund (VMSXX) is completely liquid, exempt from federal tax and yielding 0.76%. For a high wage earner, the tax equivalent would be over 1%. Would this not be a better option than a CD where the money is tied-up for a year and yields 1% that is taxable?
by maniminto
Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard funds for emergency cash
Replies: 14
Views: 2056

Re: Vanguard funds for emergency cash

Vanguard federal tax exempt (MUNI) money market is yielding 0.76%.
This seems like an optimum option for taxable short term parking.
by maniminto
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pre-Retirement Income & Post Retirement Expenses
Replies: 15
Views: 1187

Pre-Retirement Income & Post Retirement Expenses

Can Retirees please provide information about what their pre-retirement income was and what their annual post retirement expenses are?

This is to gauge the commonly accepted principal that retirees need 70% of their pre-retirement income during retirement.

Many thanks in advance.
by maniminto
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gross Yearly Income needed in Retirement (Speculation)
Replies: 194
Views: 22375

Re: Gross Yearly Income needed in Retirement (Speculation)

By & large the consensus seems to be around $100K. How much money does an average Boglehead make?
by maniminto
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: long term divi investment portfolio feedback
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: long term divi investment portfolio feedback

I'd suggest to go with NVS rather than AZN
by maniminto
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we wait before buying in?
Replies: 52
Views: 5251

Re: Should we wait before buying in?

Obviously the Boglehead crowd is not a proponent of market timing. I myself think that there is nothing wrong with going or being on the sidelines if it is warranted. You should examine the facts and make an educated decision based on substance: This market has gone up on pure speculation since late...
by maniminto
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Monte Carlo Simulation in Portfolio Visualizer
Replies: 0
Views: 291

Monte Carlo Simulation in Portfolio Visualizer

Can you please provide some guidance on Monte Carlo simulator that is available in Portfolio Visualizer? What options should one be using for simulation period and simulation model? I would like to assess what the portfolio balance would be statistically if it's divided in various asset classes and ...
by maniminto
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Getting back into market after sitting on sidelines
Replies: 11
Views: 1362

Re: Getting back into market after sitting on sidelines

"Just for the record, I calculated that the current sum of my IRA would be equal to the sum of compounding my contributions since 1974 in only one fund. Wellesley Income. " What are you saying here? Had you made all the contributions you've made to your IRA since 1974 to Wellesley, you'd h...
by maniminto
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments
Replies: 16
Views: 1596

Re: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments

Thank you.
They seem to be equivalent to Wellesley & Wellington mathematically in performance, but the mid cap ETF holdings are completely different than Wellesley's or Wellington's equity investments.
by maniminto
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments
Replies: 16
Views: 1596

Re: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments

Could you please guide me to identify which ETFs have the same consistency as Vanguard Wellesley's and Vanguard Wellington's equity component. I am interested in creating similar asset allocation but with tax exempt/efficient bonds. Many thanks in advance. I think most here would say to use Vanguar...
by maniminto
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments
Replies: 16
Views: 1596

Re: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments

Wellesley's bond/fixed income component is not tax efficient. So, probably not as attractive for taxable investments. I'm assuming the same applies to Wellington.
by maniminto
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments
Replies: 16
Views: 1596

ETFs that Mimic VG Wellesley's & VG Wellington's Equity Investments

Could you please guide me to identify which ETFs have the same consistency as Vanguard Wellesley's and Vanguard Wellington's equity component. I am interested in creating similar asset allocation but with tax exempt/efficient bonds.

Many thanks in advance.
by maniminto
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

While it certainly wouldn't be a guarantee, I would suggest investing at least 50% of the funds in VWINX, Vanguard's Wellesley Income fund. It's current yield is 2.91%, and it's total return has been consistently in the 6-9% range for over a decade. Yes, you could lose money in this fund, but it's ...
by maniminto
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

A 5 year guaranteed annuity would pay you 3.15% according to immediateannuities.com How much risk are you willing to take to get that last 85 bps? Whatever that risk level is 0-40% put in equities and like livesoft suggests once the blended return hits your 4% number, take the equity chips off the ...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Thank you all for your input & advice. I had moved most of my investments to cash given the run up of the stock market and the political climate in the country. I intend to work in a structured fashion (as an employee) for another five years and then start consulting and take on projects occasi...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

You should also look at some version of the Larry Portfolio: 70% in 5 year Treasuries and 30% in the riskiest asset classes: small cap value, international small cap value, and emerging markets value. The maximum historic loss is in the high single digits and over time it's matched the S&P 500....
by maniminto
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

A 5 year guaranteed annuity would pay you 3.15% according to immediateannuities.com How much risk are you willing to take to get that last 85 bps? Whatever that risk level is 0-40% put in equities and like livesoft suggests once the blended return hits your 4% number, take the equity chips off the ...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Five years is a relatively short time period for stocks or bonds. I would use a CD ladder with a small amount of stocks and bonds (three fund portfolio). CD rates should rise as interest rates go up. CD's have no downside and are FDIC insured. It sounds like you've already made it, now you just don...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Can I please get your input & advice on the least risky method to invest $4M to get a 4% return/year for the next 5 years? $2M is taxable and $2M is in qualified accounts. I will not need these funds for the next 5 years and the 4% return I'm looking for would be the blended return between taxa...
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Thank you all for your input & advice. I had moved most of my investments to cash given the run up of the stock market and the political climate in the country. I intend to work in a structured fashion (as an employee) for another five years and then start consulting and take on projects occasi...
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Thank you all for your input & advice. I had moved most of my investments to cash given the run up of the stock market and the political climate in the country. I intend to work in a structured fashion (as an employee) for another five years and then start consulting and take on projects occasio...
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

What is the consequences if you don't get 4%? There are no guaranteed 4% returns, especially over such a short time frame. Also, are you considering inflation? The only consequence will be that I'll be farther away from the target amount when I start drawing on the investments. Perhaps more of a me...
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Something like 35% stocks in a Total Stock market and 65% in Total Bond market "should" get you 4% or more per year return and be low risk. But it may not be the lowest risk as no one knows the future. Life happens. And no one knows if this asset allocation will be right for you if the ma...
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

livesoft wrote:How about investing 100% in Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, then when that investment has returned 22%, switch everything to CDs?


You are being facetious, of course. The proposition was to take the least risk
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Sheepdog wrote:4% for the NEXT 5 years?.....the next 5 years?.....4%? I wouldn't ..... I couldn't.


Thanks your attempt sheepdog
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Re: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

This is another one of those unresolvable conundrums. In this case the issue resolves around the meaning of "to get." The existence of risk means that one may not get the 4% one has specified and the statement does define any parameters for what is an acceptable range of uncertainty. Woul...
by maniminto
Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk
Replies: 83
Views: 9727

Advice for Investing $4M to get 4% Return with Least Risk

Can I please get your input & advice on the least risky method to invest $4M to get a 4% return/year for the next 5 years? $2M is taxable and $2M is in qualified accounts. I will not need these funds for the next 5 years and the 4% return I'm looking for would be the blended return between taxab...
by maniminto
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Bad was 2008, really?
Replies: 224
Views: 19928

Re: How Bad was 2008, really?

It was awful. I was predominantly in aggressive & energy based ETFs & MFs and was in my early fifties. Taking a 50% shave in my taxable accounts and 40% shave in my qualified accounts was painful. I did not move to cash but it left an indelible impression on me. I started keeping my savings ...
by maniminto
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?
Replies: 30
Views: 2308

Re: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?

If how you classify a bond fund relative to a couple of words is actually going to affect your investment decisions, then there is a lot of thinking that needs to be done. Can you explain why it would matter to you if the answer to your question were yes or if it were no. Yes, the whole concept of ...
by maniminto
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?
Replies: 30
Views: 2308

Re: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?

I think PJW does a great job of illustrating why the funds are equivalent to the underlying securities. So the more interesting question isn't whether it is a fixed income investment - but what is the nature of fixed income and the role it plays in you portfolio. The real difference between buying ...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Question Re Bond Funds
Replies: 13
Views: 1255

Re: Asset Allocation Question Re Bond Funds

Hi manuminto. You still choose not to post enough information for any of us to provide meaningful advice. You don't have to do that, but it's unreasonable to expect advice from us in its absence. I already responded to the questions in your post just above earlier in this thread , and more recently...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?
Replies: 30
Views: 2308

Re: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?

Classic definition of a fixed income investment is as follows: "A fixed-income security is an investment that provides a return in the form of fixed periodic payments and the eventual return of principal at maturity" Can bond funds and ETFs be considered a fixed income investment especial...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?
Replies: 30
Views: 2308

Should Bond Funds be Considered a Fixed Income Investment?

Classic definition of a fixed income investment is as follows: "A fixed-income security is an investment that provides a return in the form of fixed periodic payments and the eventual return of principal at maturity" Can bond funds and ETFs be considered a fixed income investment especiall...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Question Re Bond Funds
Replies: 13
Views: 1255

Re: Asset Allocation Question Re Bond Funds

Finally, a mutual fund or ETF is nothing more than a vehicle by which to own the underlying holdings. If you maintained a rolling ladder that roughly matched the characteristics of what the fund holds, your results would be about the same. Hi PJW, When you own actual bonds, you are assured that you...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 11156

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

I had the good fortune of living in SF Bay Area most of my adult life. I relocated to the DC area for 1-1/2 year, am in Albuquerque now and travel frequently to Oklahoma City. What I have observed is that the restaurant fare for high and low end restaurants is within 10% no matter where you are in t...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Suggestions for Low Duration Bond Fund
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Suggestions for Low Duration Bond Fund

True. I am no expert in this field. Merely a student. Pundits like Jeff Gundlach and Bill Gross indicate this bond rally being temporary with 10 year ending at 3% on the first leg and then 6% in 3-4 years. Bond cycles are fairly long relative to stock cycles. Bonds peaked in early 80's with yields o...
by maniminto
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Intermediate Bond Fund/ETF for Fixed Income AA
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: Intermediate Bond Fund/ETF for Fixed Income AA

Thank you for your input. I'm not trying to time the bond market, but would like to make the investment with my eyes open. Most commentators are predicting that within 3-4 years, the 10 year rate will be around 6%. With this in mind, how would you allocate the fixed income component for new money? W...

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