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by mojorisin
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Preparing For "Early Retirement" In A Couple of Years
Replies: 77
Views: 7444

Re: Preparing For "Early Retirement" In A Couple of Years

I would not retire. Give it a few years. Take a nice vacation though. I also would ask if you would retire if the market tanked 30% and jobs were tight, and profits down. +1 You need to do a couple simulations. Take into account a 20% market drop for example. Could you live off that? Children will ...
by mojorisin
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Kids IRA and RMD's
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Help with Kids IRA and RMD's

Hello, my kids received an inheritance. The accounts are in the form of an IRA. The financial planner is telling me we need to take an annual RMD. My question is how does the taxes of an RMD work? For example: if the RMD for the year is $1500. How much taxes are owed? Does it hit my tax return? If t...
by mojorisin
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best way to sell annual stock grants?
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: Best way to sell annual stock grants?

livesoft wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:03 pm
I'd sell the shares with no taxable gains, too.

I might give the shares with the highest LT gains to my donor-advised fund, too.
Thanks livesoft for validating.

Question - what do you mean by donor-advised fund?
by mojorisin
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do you avoid bad market timing for lump sum investments?
Replies: 67
Views: 6927

Re: How do you avoid bad market timing for lump sum investments?

I didnt read the entire thread. So posting my thoughts at the end. Remember you need to build a balanced asset allocation. Your asset allocation should have correlation of assets. If the assets are doing different things, go ahead and lump sum invest. Or in a couple of chunks. When the market moves,...
by mojorisin
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best way to sell annual stock grants?
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Best way to sell annual stock grants?

I receive quarterly and annual stock grants. The stock has done well over the past couple of years. I want to sell off some shares to diversify, and roll into other investments. So the oldest shares are long and about 50% gains. The recent shares have no gain or loss, and are short. While I was abou...
by mojorisin
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting "web site business". Need an LLC?
Replies: 20
Views: 2037

Re: Starting "web site business". Need an LLC?

Agreed. I have some research to do.

Let me ask this: can I start work (paying) my web developer to start the project and pay him out of my personal checking, etc.

Its going to take a few months. It gives me time to get the project under development. Then go "live" after I figure out my LLC, etc.
by mojorisin
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting "web site business". Need an LLC?
Replies: 20
Views: 2037

Re: Starting "web site business". Need an LLC?

I've started two businesses, wouldn't have been able to sleep at night without the protection that an LLC (or other corporate structure) offers. One of the businesses was a web-based retail business. i was worried about: - credit card info being stolen - personal information being stolen - lawsuit ...
by mojorisin
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting "web site business". Need an LLC?
Replies: 20
Views: 2037

Starting "web site business". Need an LLC?

Hi all, I'm investing into a developer to assist me with a web site. My accountant told me to keep track of my expenses as they are tax deductible. My thinking is to spin up an official "business" however I have no idea where to start to register. I've done some internet reading, but in my state (TN...
by mojorisin
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New startup business: Tax Deductions?
Replies: 3
Views: 276

New startup business: Tax Deductions?

I'm considering investing into an internet site. The cost would be about $10k to $15k to launch phase 1. As I'm deciding how much I'm willing to put upfront, I'm wondering if there will be any tax benefits. The "business" will earn little to no revenue in year 1, so operate at a loss. As m...
by mojorisin
Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone hiding out in short term CDs while rates rise?
Replies: 47
Views: 4933

Re: Anyone hiding out in short term CDs while rates rise?

I moved a 6 figure amount out of Vanguard's short term bond index into 6 month, 3% CDs at Andrews. Seemed reasonable - harvested a small loss and will likely get a better return for 6 months. Who knows... in 6 months maybe there will be better CD rates available.. maybe not. Regardless I don't feel...
by mojorisin
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement with $8M in investments
Replies: 166
Views: 23806

Re: Retirement with $8M in investments

I have a NW of over 30mm (9mm real estate and 21mm stocks/bonds/cash) and no debt. I'm 51 years old and I would like to retire but I am not yet confident in doing it.... I'm not sure its enough. More money isn't going to make you feel more financially secure. I would suggest two books: 1) How to th...
by mojorisin
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Nashville / Mid-TN Chapter Master Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 6017

Re: Nashville / Mid-TN Chapter Master Thread

Hi all, what is the best day of the week to meet? Would you all be ok with a mid week meeting at Gerst Haus? How about if we try Wed Dec 14th? I'll setup an email address to RSVP. Will post when I get it setup. GERST HAUS - NASHVILLE 301 Woodland Street Nashville, TN 37213 Telephone: (615) 244-8886
by mojorisin
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Nashville / Mid-TN Chapter Master Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 6017

Re: Nashville / Mid-TN Chapter Master Thread

Hello all - I've been out traveling all this week, then next week again. I'll need a couple days to get this organized appreciate the patience. Looking forward to getting together in Nashville. Michael
by mojorisin
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to retire in 50's if savings is in 401k/IRA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: How to retire in 50's if savings is in 401k/IRA?

FiveK wrote:See How to withdraw funds from your IRA and 401k without penalty before age 59.5 for some thoughts you may find useful.


This is a great read. And good to keep in mind as a potential option to consider now, since it takes some future thought and planning.
by mojorisin
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to retire in 50's if savings is in 401k/IRA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: How to retire in 50's if savings is in 401k/IRA?

How mch of your non-401k savings are you willing to spend in your 50's to meet your expenses? Can you reduce your expenses? 60% of your wealth is in non retirement, correct? Yes, 60% non retirement. 40% in retirement accounts. Hopefully the non retirement ratio continues to go higher and the taxabl...
by mojorisin
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to retire in 50's if savings is in 401k/IRA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

How to retire in 50's if savings is in 401k/IRA?

So hit a milestone savings number of $2M this week about the same time I hit a milestone age of 45. Income and savings is still healthy, so it got me thinking about the ability to stop working in my late 50's. I'll hit my retirement "number" by the age of 52. However with 40% of my savings...
by mojorisin
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1042
Views: 252582

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

I just picked up an Omega Speedmaster for $3600 for my 45th birthday present though months of shopping and research from an online retailer. At the local retail store its about ~$5200 after discounts. With certain Omega and Rolex you can have high resale value anytime IF 1) its authentic with papers...
by mojorisin
Sat May 07, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 4% rule and interest rates
Replies: 28
Views: 4363

Re: 4% rule and interest rates

Subscribing... I'm interested in this topic as well.
by mojorisin
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lump Sum Retirement Strategy Conflict / Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Lump Sum Retirement Strategy Conflict / Advice

So my friend is 62, sold his business for $2.1M (after taxes), and is trying to figure out how to structure his annual income from the $2.1M. He's seen multiple financial advisors. He settled on a strategy that I thought was odd. His strategy: put $500k in a checking account to cover expenses indefi...
by mojorisin
Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting side business: tax questions?
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Starting side business: tax questions?

My annual work income is about $300k. Another $20k in dividends and interest. I'm interested in spinning up a side business for a hobby of mine, not looking to make big money the first 2 to 5 years. But to get it off the ground until I can do it full time in about 10 years. My question is regarding ...
by mojorisin
Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH Aftermath - Will this trigger a wash sale ?
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: TLH Aftermath - Will this trigger a wash sale ?

Executed a TLH from VXUS ==> VEU today. I had a sizeable enough loss in taxable (unfortunately) to make it worth while... I'll eventually roll back into VXUS for the lower fees.
by mojorisin
Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO: what a terrible performance!!
Replies: 79
Views: 10710

Re: VWO: what a terrible performance!!

Mojorisin, For the most part, anything under 5% of your portfolio is unlikely to make any substantial difference in your portfolio performance in the long run. I'm assuming that you're holding a diversified international fund that already has emerging markets in it. If this is so, then you're possi...
by mojorisin
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO: what a terrible performance!!
Replies: 79
Views: 10710

VWO: what a terrible performance!!

I have 2% of my portfolio in VWO Emerging Markets. $100 pre 2007, $50 early 2011, $31 early 2016. Gladly I'm only down about 5% or so overall. But geez... and everything I read just shows emerging markets to continue down. Its making it hard to continue to push new money into VWO to keep my allocati...
by mojorisin
Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: mortage vs saving - what would you do?
Replies: 18
Views: 2187

Re: mortage vs saving - what would you do?

I personally subscribe to building my strategy "with the end in mind". My end goal is to have $4M in total savings, which I can then live off 4% interest. When I hit that, I'm done working for good. So I start with that, then build my financial plan to get there. What is the best way to ge...
by mojorisin
Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO and 4% Dividend?
Replies: 3
Views: 1876

VWO and 4% Dividend?

I have a 5% slice of Emerging Markets via VWO. I notice it pays a 4% dividend. Is that accurate, or am I missing something? Do we get the full 4% in the U.S. for example?

If I was a trader, this would be a good fund to "trade". Seems to swing from 35 to 45 over periods.
by mojorisin
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate paperwork for sold/deceased over 5 years?
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: Real Estate paperwork for sold/deceased over 5 years?

Maybe scan and keep electronic copies. Just this week, I came across a situation where I needed a HUD from 7 years ago to qualify for a 4,000 tax refund. I tossed my copy, but thank GOD the bank still had an electronic scan!
by mojorisin
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH from VWO into EEM?
Replies: 4
Views: 430

TLH from VWO into EEM?

I found some older posts that state you can TLH from VWO into EEM. However they look like similar funds. Can anybody confirm? Thanks.
by mojorisin
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil ETF?
Replies: 14
Views: 2041

Re: Oil ETF?

I was looking at USO. However after doing more searching, determined not going this route. Looking at OIL instead.
by mojorisin
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil ETF?
Replies: 14
Views: 2041

Oil ETF?

Yes, this is speculation on my part. Not part of my core asset allocation.

Is anybody speculating and buying any Oil ETF's to hold for a longer term bump? If so, what are you buying (which funds)?
by mojorisin
Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to auto invest VTI/VXUS with no fees??
Replies: 9
Views: 2214

Re: How to auto invest VTI/VXUS with no fees??

Thanks for the responses. I called Fidelity again. I can do an auto invest with Fidelity Mutual Funds, with no cost. Fidelity equivalent of VXUS and VTI have the same annual cost as Vanguard. So I'll drop $10k into each of those funds, then setup my auto invest. I can set the fixed amount each month...
by mojorisin
Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to auto invest VTI/VXUS with no fees??
Replies: 9
Views: 2214

How to auto invest VTI/VXUS with no fees??

I am looking to setup a monthly purchase of VTI and VXUS. Most of my investments are held at Fidelity, which is where I buy/sell investments. Option 1 When I try to setup an auto investment it requires I select a mutual fund, not an ETF. Then if I try to buy a Vanguard mutual fund, it wants to charg...
by mojorisin
Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 103
Views: 22890

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

Excellent thread. I just turned 43. When I heard the term "mid life crisis" when I was younger, I always assumed it would equate to a need to buy a 2 seater sports car or a side girlfriend. Turns out my "crisis" boils down to me wanting to hit a specific amount of savings so I ca...
by mojorisin
Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help with data points on why passive vs. managed
Replies: 5
Views: 687

Help with data points on why passive vs. managed

I'm trying to find factual data points, numbers, on passive vs. active. When searching I find the reasons "why" but not the data to back it up. While I continue searching, if anybody has a link or data they can point me to that would be great. I've already bought into the strategy, but pul...
by mojorisin
Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Small Business: Massage Parlor?
Replies: 10
Views: 2630

Small Business: Massage Parlor?

We've moved from the north to the south, in a rapidly growing city. Back at "home" there are massage parlors everywhere, and I "hear" they do very well financially. As I'm doing some research on this, and contact some existing franchises, does anybody on this board have experienc...
by mojorisin
Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Golf Membership: Tax Deductable?
Replies: 5
Views: 814

Golf Membership: Tax Deductable?

I work for a large software company, so I do not get any tax deductions (mileage, office, etc). However if I joined a golf club and used it occasionally for work meetings and taking client to golf then could I deduct the membership and dues from my gross income? I'm in a 30% ($300k income) tax brack...
by mojorisin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to unwind a profitable position and rebalance?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: How to unwind a profitable position and rebalance?

What makes those funds so "inefficient" vs. an index fund? I have all index and individual muni's in my taxable.
by mojorisin
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Lease as part of a compensation package
Replies: 27
Views: 2391

Re: Car Lease as part of a compensation package

At a minimum you need to provide them a choice of manufacturer. Not everybody likes to drive an import. I would suggest Cadillac if you sell to any American customers.
by mojorisin
Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android Tablet
Replies: 42
Views: 4718

Re: Android Tablet

I have a Surface RT, Surface PRO, and iPad. Of the 3, I use the Surface PRO 99% of the time. I use the RT if I need extra battery life. The iPad is pretty much for consuming only, you cannot get any real work done so I gave it to the kids for playing games. The PRO is awesome, runs full version of W...
by mojorisin
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I get motion sickness from the office
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

I get motion sickness from the office

I've been having this issue for a while. I get a form of motion sickness when I'm working at the office. Its like I can feel the building vibrating. I used to be on the 20th floor, where it was really bad. Now I'm on the 4th floor, and while not as bad, it still makes me sick after a few hours. I'm ...
by mojorisin
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mortgage vs. using cash to buy a house
Replies: 29
Views: 4739

Re: Mortgage vs. using cash to buy a house

I am in this same situation. I have enough taxable (liquid) savings to pay cash for my home, plus still have a decent deal of money left over. Plus retirement savings. So how do you decide to do a mortgage vs. pay cash? For me this is all about my pool of money for retirement. My goal is to have $xx...
by mojorisin
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VTI / VXUS Dividend
Replies: 7
Views: 1692

Re: VTI / VXUS Dividend

Thanks for the info. Question - the vanguard shows a quarterly dividend with a distribution yield of 3% for VXUS. Does that mean a 3% annual dividend? Its not paying 3% per quarter? Thanks.
by mojorisin
Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VTI / VXUS Dividend
Replies: 7
Views: 1692

VTI / VXUS Dividend

Is there a consistent timeframe which dividends are paid out? Also: how is the annual dividend determined? Thanks.
by mojorisin
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Average cost to build a 5000 sq feet house
Replies: 56
Views: 60769

Re: Average cost to build a 5000 sq feet house

We are building a custom home with high end finishes. You should estimate $200 a sq foot (including $18k in appliances, etc).
by mojorisin
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advantages of contributing after tax $ to a 401K
Replies: 110
Views: 17882

Re: Advantages of contributing after tax $ to a 401K

this one is intriguing, so what is the advantage of rolling it over versus directly investing in the Roth? Can exceed the $5000 annual IRA limit? Yes, you can. Last year I contributed $23k after-tax, and I rolled them over to my Roth in january. My employer allows one "in-service withdrawal&qu...
by mojorisin
Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Asset Correlation Chart
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Interesting Asset Correlation Chart

Hi all, came across the following and thought it was interesting

http://www.assetcorrelation.com/majors/183
by mojorisin
Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to Determine Your True Risk Tolerance...
Replies: 64
Views: 9771

Re: How to Determine Your True Risk Tolerance...

This may be heresy, but I do not ascribe to idea that the standard deviation(SD) of yearly return is directly proportional to risk in the sense that I think of as risk. (E.g being in a plane crash or getting hit by a bus) The biggest issue in equities is short term volatility. If you need the money...
by mojorisin
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VWAHX (High Yield MUNI) and AMT?
Replies: 8
Views: 1926

Re: VWAHX (High Yield MUNI) and AMT?

So you only received $360 of interest on $50k investment?
by mojorisin
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VWAHX (High Yield MUNI) and AMT?
Replies: 8
Views: 1926

VWAHX (High Yield MUNI) and AMT?

I'm looking at VWAHX to round out my bond allocation, in my taxable account. However I read that this particular muni fund isn't a good choice for individuals who hit AMT, so I will have to pay taxes on gains.

Can anybody explain what AMT is, and how it impacts this particular muni fund? Thanks.
by mojorisin
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Nashville / Mid-TN Chapter Master Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 6017

Nashville / Mid-TN Chapter Master Thread

[Title was "There's Now a Local Chapter in Nashville & Mid TN", see below. --admin LadyGeek]

Moved to Nashville in Jan 2013, looking for any local groups or meetings. Thanks.
by mojorisin
Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hines REIT vs. Vanguard ETF REIT
Replies: 9
Views: 2691

Hines REIT vs. Vanguard ETF REIT

I have researched, and I know this topic has been posted before. However I am looking for more recent opinions. I used a securities group / broker to purchase muni bonds in the state of texas for my taxable account. I have 30% of my portfolio on muni bond ladder at 3.9% annual. He contacted me regar...