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by minesweep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Movie Collection?
Replies: 41
Views: 2639

Re: Your Movie Collection?

joe8d wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:42 pm
All my movies are free from my Public Library.
+1
by minesweep
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 3712
Views: 978995

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

rgs92 wrote:It was Oct. 19th, 1987, not Oct. 9th.
Thanks for correcting my typo error.
by minesweep
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 3712
Views: 978995

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

So a 0 .9% drop in the Dow and a 1.45% drop in the S&P is a reason for discussion. A 5% correction is sometimes healthy for the markets. It doesn’t even come close to history’s top 10 one day losses for the Dow. My guess is that the stock market was just looking for a reason to skim some cream off t...
by minesweep
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle Has Been Right About Investing In International Stocks
Replies: 505
Views: 31248

Re: John Bogle Has Been Right About Investing In International Stocks

dos palomas wrote:Wow. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

This one is destined to go to 10+ pages.

10 pages it is. Only took 8 days.
by minesweep
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839262

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Dunkirk. Excellent movie.
by minesweep
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?
Replies: 93
Views: 4360

Re: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?

Like me you live in the deregulated retail energy supply market of PA. Have you tried shopping for a lower cost energy generation supplier? My current generation and transmission charge is .0675 kWh (until the end of my contract term). My (regulated) distribution charge with my local electric utilti...
by minesweep
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2017 RMD Timing
Replies: 33
Views: 2511

Re: 2017 RMD Timing

I don't disagree with most of the suggestions. However I keep in mind that if I die in December and haven't completed the RMD, it doesn't leave much time for heirs to take my RMD and it could get forgotten. So it may simplify things for heirs to have it done earlier in the year. I don't think it is...
by minesweep
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap eggs... how bad?
Replies: 82
Views: 6503

Re: Cheap eggs... how bad?

I'm very into fitness and I consume lots of eggs (probably averages about 5 per day, whites only). I wouldn't be too concerned about the cheaper eggs being in any way inferior, take advantage of the price wars going on in food right now. The bigger concern, to me, is why are you purposely tossing t...
by minesweep
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prevention Magazine
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: Prevention Magazine

How about Prevention, anyone staying with it since they raised prices, cut ads and streamlined stories? More changes could be coming if a sale of the parent company of Prevention magazine becomes a reality. Amid difficult economic headwinds that have roiled the publishing industry, Rodale Inc. is c...
by minesweep
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Quincy Jones Streaming Music, Media & Entertainment ETF"
Replies: 13
Views: 1162

Re: "Quincy Jones Streaming Music, Media & Entertainment ETF"

This could be a music hit ETF. More then likely it will hit a sour note.
by minesweep
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Stocks - New thoughts
Replies: 83
Views: 6214

Re: International Stocks - New thoughts

I suppose I should have used the words:

In the grand scheme of investing........
by minesweep
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Stocks - New thoughts
Replies: 83
Views: 6214

Re: International Stocks - New thoughts

I have 20% of my stock portion in foreign. It’s a Goldilocks number for me. Not too hot (much) not too cold (little). It’s kind of a middle number in the debate that’s now going on. I figure in the grand scheme of things it can’t hurt me much one way or the other.
by minesweep
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Not reinvesting dividends
Replies: 22
Views: 3484

Re: Not reinvesting dividends

Do you invest in individual stocks? Funds only 92 43% Serious stock position 47 22% Small stock position 76 35% Total votes: 215 This from March 29,2015. In a later thread asking the same question (2016) with a larger sampling size, I saw 67% rather than the 57% you see here , just can't locate it....
by minesweep
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Box Spring?
Replies: 22
Views: 1341

Re: New Box Spring?

Note that most of what is sold today is NOT a "box spring" - it is a "Foundation". I am reminded of one road trip through SW Utah many years ago when I stayed at one of those motels that advertised rooms from $20 a night. I flopped down on the bed and was amazed that I didn't he...
by minesweep
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Box Spring?
Replies: 22
Views: 1341

Re: New Box Spring?

My brother and his wife are still using the Serta mattress (the best one they made back then) when they got married nearly 55 years ago.
by minesweep
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any online checking accounts that have checks?
Replies: 40
Views: 4918

Re: Are there any online checking accounts that have checks?

I'm looking for something similar to ING checking that will allow my to pay with a hard check option as well. I would also be nice to get a little interest. I was going to say that I would like to combine my emergency account, but I thought I would get ripped for it. I know that conventional wisdom...
by minesweep
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any online checking accounts that have checks?
Replies: 40
Views: 4918

Re: Re:

ally.com. They give you free checks. Earn inters of 1.09%. You are allowed to write 6 checks/month from the account. Sorry to bump an old thread but anyone know if ally still offers free paper checks? Not mentioned on their website (that I could find). I still write about 5 paper checks per year an...
by minesweep
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle Doubles Down on US Index Funds
Replies: 118
Views: 12947

Re: Bogle sticks with U.S. Stock (article)

Comments from an earlier posting on the subject matter:

Bogle Doubles Down on US Index Funds
by minesweep
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got a parking ticket - what to do?
Replies: 44
Views: 3254

Re: Got a parking ticket - what to do?

Disclaimer: This does not really address the question on what needs to be done because a) OP was not at fault b) the ticket does not have the correct licence plate information. Let me put on my Sherlock Holmes cap to deduce what might have happened. The parking attendant must have marked the car so...
by minesweep
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Naming boat
Replies: 62
Views: 2548

Re: Naming boat

More than a few more to add to the mix: Aquaholic Seas the Day Pier Pressure Favorite Mistake She Got the House Ship Happens Hydro Therapy Sea Esta Doctors’ Orders Feeling Nauti Moor Often Than Knot Aloan at Last Seanic Route Seacret Hide Aweigh Dock Holiday Unfathomable What’s Up Dock? Grounds for ...
by minesweep
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Naming boat
Replies: 62
Views: 2548

Re: Naming boat

Staying Above Water
It’s Only Money
Sea Ya
Cabin fever
Aquacadabra
Miss Behaven
Cast Away
Anchors Aweigh
Money Pit
Can’t Take it With You
Happy Ours
Sea Vu Play
Day Tripper
Keel Over
Voyager Class
Admiral Class
Accrewed Interest
by minesweep
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When a company spins off part of itself, do you keep the new company stock?
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Re: When a company spins off part of itself, do you keep the new company stock?

Looking at my portfolio, I have a couple of surprise stocks in there. By surprise I mean companies that I have never bought. They were spinoffs from a larger company, and I now apparently own two companies instead of just one. Three examples: Conagra --> Conagra + Lamb Weston PPL --> PPL + Talen En...
by minesweep
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead Board Game!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2435

Re: Boglehead Board Game!!

Boglehead version of the Monopoly game: You land on States (Avenue excluded) and invest 15% of your money (that you collected as salary from going Pass Go ) in the Vanguard Total Stock Index Admiral Shares. You land on Oriental (Avenue excluded) and invest 2% of your money (that you collected as sal...
by minesweep
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Adding beneficiaries to a non-retirement account
Replies: 14
Views: 1108

Re: Adding beneficiaries to a non-retirement account

I’ve made a change last year to my non-retirement account as one of my beneficiaries passed away. I had no problems making the change that you have described (no warning about seeking legal advice and “continue” button). I tried it now and I see the view/edit account link that is missing for you. Cl...
by minesweep
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Milestone
Replies: 44
Views: 4534

Re: New Milestone

Texanbybirth wrote:Awesome, congrats! :sharebeer

(It's nice to celebrate anonymously over the internet.)

It's like having a Fan Club.:D
by minesweep
Sun May 21, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes on Series EE bonds issued in 1987
Replies: 13
Views: 1126

Re: Taxes on Series EE bonds issued in 1987

My late sister’s husband purchased a number of EE bonds ($500 & $1,000 denominations) back in the 1980's. The yield (according to Savings Bonds Wizard) was 5.16%. When they matured in 2015 & 2016 she paid taxes on $96,600 of interest.
by minesweep
Thu May 18, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For those with $500k-$1m in investments...
Replies: 138
Views: 13716

Re: For those with $500k-$1m in investments...

74% Taxable 26% Tax Advantaged (89% TIRA - 11% RIRA) TIRA portion is 100% bonds. RIRA is 100% in small cap value. Mixture of stocks and tax-exempt bonds in taxable. I took an early retirement package back in January of 2001. The company I worked for didn’t allow its employees to invest the IRA in st...
by minesweep
Wed May 17, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?
Replies: 51
Views: 6684

Re: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?

I never tried a My Pillow . But several years ago I purchased a memory foam pillow. I’m a side sleeper and after about one hour my ear was hurting. I returned it to Kohl’s and exchanged it for a memory fiber pillow and discovered that it was just what I needed. It was $20+ but with the 30% discount ...
by minesweep
Tue May 16, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Will Burst the Next Bubble?
Replies: 66
Views: 7143

Re: What Will Burst the Next Bubble?

I understand that, and I'm not asking anyone to predict when. My point is that with all the posts I read asking, "Where should I park my cash?" and "Should I wait to invest," it seems like people would have a specific, underlying issue to point to other than the fact that the ma...
by minesweep
Fri May 12, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you buy SNAP?
Replies: 116
Views: 10788

Re: Did you buy SNAP?

It appears that the OP made a SNAP judgment.
by minesweep
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 369
Views: 28725

Re: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?

I served 18 months aboard a U.S.Navy minesweeper.
by minesweep
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap Plan F Increases
Replies: 37
Views: 2684

Re: Medigap Plan F Increases

My plan goes through Tower Watson too. So I receive a healthcare reimbursement arrangement from my former employer as well. It's a fixed amount ($487.50 a quarter). Probably not; we (me/wife) get funded on an annual basis for a total of $5k/year. - Ron I removed my comment about possibly working at...
by minesweep
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap Plan F Increases
Replies: 37
Views: 2684

Re: Medigap Plan F Increases

Eastern PA, with AARP UHP Plan F: 2015 rate: 0.0% increase (from 2014 initial age 65 rate) 2016 rate: 7.5% increase 2017 rate: 6.3% increase It might not be the cheapest plan around (current monthly rate of $152.92) but it's fully refunded via my former company's retirement HRA. To get the reimburs...
by minesweep
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap Plan F Increases
Replies: 37
Views: 2684

Re: Medigap Plan F Increases

For the first 9 months of 2016 I was paying $212.93/month for Medigap Plan F. In October 2016 the monthly payment increased to $227.84. For 2017 I switched my healthcare provider from Mutual of Omaha to Cigna Total Choice. My monthly payment for 2017 is $201.57 (a 13% decrease from the October incre...
by minesweep
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Prime Money Market Fund vs. Federal Money Market Fund
Replies: 36
Views: 5768

Re: Prime Money Market Fund vs. Federal Money Market Fund

I believe the Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund is closed. If you have it, you can still use it, but it is not available for new accounts. Doesn't appear to be closed. Didn't see a note that it was closed on the web page. Went into my account and went through the buy screens until I got to the on...
by minesweep
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Where to buy a Vanguard hat? An Update and bad news
Replies: 72
Views: 10186

Re: Where to buy a Vanguard hat?

Nowhere can I find you your hat, but here's a mug with which you can drink the drink in which you might want to drown your sorrows: https://punchout.swervepoint.com/media/catalog/product/cache/13/image/650x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/c/e/ceramic_bistro_coffee_mu-01.jpg Thanks to the lower exp...
by minesweep
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle Interview CNN - Sat.
Replies: 71
Views: 5796

Re: John Bogle interview: is "deep risk" growing?

Mr. Bogle, if you listen to his thoughts over many years, always expresses notes of caution, even long-term caution, so this is nothing new. I think that is a message to those who always get excited during bull markets and rush into 100% stocks in their portfolio [/b[b]](or those, often on the advi...
by minesweep
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Keep JNJ or invest everything in index funds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1395

Re: Keep JNJ or invest everything in index funds?

Hugely risky, but you're in a good position to take risk. If you had to own one single issue, there probably wouldn't be a much safer one than JNJ. I think it's the only company with S&P AAA rating now. XOM got bumped. Maybe Microsoft is AAA, not sure. Anyway, another plus is it's excellent, ab...
by minesweep
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to expand my vocabulary?
Replies: 102
Views: 6437

Re: Best way to expand my vocabulary?

I did a simple Internet search on how to improve one's vocabulary and found a number of suggestions.
by minesweep
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buffett interview Monday 2/27
Replies: 38
Views: 4902

Re: Buffett interview Monday 2/27

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett says stocks are comparatively cheap based on where interest rates are.

BUFFETT: Stocks are not in bubble territory
by minesweep
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we wait before buying in?
Replies: 52
Views: 5302

Re: Should we wait before buying in?

These OP's had similar concerns. I wonder if they're still waiting for the right time to invest. May, 2013: Anyone still waiting for a market dip before investing? November, 2013: Advice: Should I invest when Stocks are at all time high May, 2014: Wait to invest since stocks are high? March, 2015: W...
by minesweep
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839262

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched groundhog day, again, no pun intended. lol that was on tv last week, I just can't get enough of that movie. Any other fans out there? I watched the movie again too. It's one of my favorites. One of my favorite lines is the second day Phil Connors (Bill Murray) wakes up and goes downstairs...
by minesweep
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with all this rollover money
Replies: 23
Views: 1752

Re: What to do with all this rollover money

This is your lucky day (you just don’t realize it yet). Follow the suggestions that you receive at this forum and you will likely be better off because of it (there have been testimonials to that effect over the years). Check out the Bogleheads Wiki at your leisure. But first start here.
by minesweep
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Invest with Multiple brokerages or just one
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Invest with Multiple brokerages or just one

This question has been asked a number of times over the years.

Here's one from just 12 days ago: All in VANGUARD is that ok??
by minesweep
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with Fed/State tax
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: Help with Fed/State tax

The instructions for your state IT-540 should state what documents to include when filing your amended return. Have you done an Internet search for your state’s IT-540? I did and came up with Louisiana. Is that correct?. If so, see page 1 of instructions here These are the instructions for filing th...
by minesweep
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mom wants an air fryer?
Replies: 29
Views: 3413

Re: Mom wants an air fryer?

I don't see the purpose of pretty much any counter top cooking devices aside from a toaster, toaster oven, or crock pot..... You forgot the most important... coffee maker. Oh yeah, I guess I don't drink coffee so it didn't cross my mind. I guess really any frequently used cooking device can be just...
by minesweep
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stocks Down - My Fault
Replies: 26
Views: 4231

Re: Stocks Down - My Fault

Can't blame me. I'm just staying the course.
by minesweep
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 28 Yr. Old Male, Where Would I Start?
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: 28 Yr. Old Male, Where Would I Start?

Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum!

You can begin here at the Bogleheads Wiki:

Getting started
by minesweep
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dollar-Cost-Average over HOW MANY years?
Replies: 61
Views: 4644

Re: Dollar-Cost-Average over HOW MANY years?

You have said that your desired asset allocation is 80/20, but the question that you asked seems to indicate that you are not really comfortable with that allocation. Perhaps revisit your IPS. Ralph +1 I gathered from a prior post that the OP and his wife are 52/48 respectively. Apparently, a Vangu...