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by pop77
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?
Replies: 117
Views: 10452

Re: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?

I think it is "whatever floats your boat". Some enjoy buying nicer shirts, some enjoy bigger houses, some enjoy first class tickets to Asia. The major question is whether any of this can bring you lasting happiness. Money is a means but not the end. Do we really need a stimulus (internal o...
by pop77
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Commodities in Your Portfolio? 'Hogwash...'"
Replies: 21
Views: 2513

Re: "Commodities in Your Porfolio? 'Hogwash...'"

Gee, it has only been a decade or so of under-performance. You have to give these things time - maybe a couple of generations, but think of the tail risks you avoid. You have to ignore the actual return of commodities and consider the risk adjusted return of the portfolio. Dale I remember the epic ...
by pop77
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ben Carlson Drawdown Chart
Replies: 17
Views: 3299

Re: Ben Carlson Drawdown Chart

Thank you so much. More reinforcement of "Time In the Market" vs. "Market Timing" J I saw no charts relevant to that? The best in days and best out days would have been a good addition because a heck of lot of people like you falsely believe the self-serving Wall Street propagan...
by pop77
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Commodities in Your Portfolio? 'Hogwash...'"
Replies: 21
Views: 2513

Re: "Commodities in Your Porfolio? 'Hogwash...'"

Gee, it has only been a decade or so of under-performance. You have to give these things time - maybe a couple of generations, but think of the tail risks you avoid. You have to ignore the actual return of commodities and consider the risk adjusted return of the portfolio. Dale I remember the epic ...
by pop77
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Proxies for IBond and Cash in Portfolio Visualizer
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Proxies for IBond and Cash in Portfolio Visualizer

Thanks Kevin. I will use Vanguard short term tips fund as a proxy for Ibond. Good to know about CASHX.
by pop77
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Proxies for IBond and Cash in Portfolio Visualizer
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Proxies for IBond and Cash in Portfolio Visualizer

I am trying to use portfolio visualizer for my portfolio. What is the proxy ticker symbols to use for Ibond holdings and cash (in Savings accounts and Cash in brokerages)?
by pop77
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Vs Backdoor Roth
Replies: 4
Views: 433

Re: Roth Vs Backdoor Roth

If your concern is being out of the market, but you are not sure if you will qualify to make a Roth contribution, how about putting the money into a taxable account and once you've completed your taxes for 2017, if you qualify, sell the taxable and put the money into a Roth. If not, leave it in tax...
by pop77
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Vs Backdoor Roth
Replies: 4
Views: 433

Roth Vs Backdoor Roth

I am trying to plan ahead regarding my retirement accounts. If things do not change much I will be eligible for Roth IRA contributions. But if I happen to switch jobs for a better salary or get a much larger bonus by end of this year, I may not be eligible for Roth. As I start contributing for my Ro...
by pop77
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Taxes and itemized deductions
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: State Taxes and itemized deductions

your tax software (assuming you're using the same package) picked up the refund, and it also gives you credit for this years itemized deductions for the taxes you paid to the second state as balance due during 2016. It's showing the refund you got from state 1, and if you go thru the menus or go in...
by pop77
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Taxes and itemized deductions
Replies: 5
Views: 400

State Taxes and itemized deductions

I thought this will be a simple question but I cannot seem to find answer to this easily by Googling.. Last year I had to file taxes for two states and I also itemized the deductions. For one state I got a refund and for another I had to pay extra. This year, my tax software adds just the refund to ...
by pop77
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Independence: How many years of living expenses saved?
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: Financial Independence: How many years of living expenses saved?

25x of the income requirements not covered by annuitized incomes you will be receiving. For example if you need $5000/mo and social security is paying you $2000, you need 25x of $36000. If you retire early you only need to bridge the gap before SS, pensions, etc. kick in. So say you retire at 56 an...
by pop77
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Independence: How many years of living expenses saved?
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: Financial Independence: How many years of living expenses saved?

25x of the income requirements not covered by annuitized incomes you will be receiving. For example if you need $5000/mo and social security is paying you $2000, you need 25x of $36000. If you retire early you only need to bridge the gap before SS, pensions, etc. kick in. So say you retire at 56 an...
by pop77
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 20% bonds: why bother at 48?
Replies: 131
Views: 7022

Re: 20% bonds: why bother at 48?

I'm 48 and spouse is 52. I know that bonds reduce overall volatility. However, if I'm not concerned about a bumpy road during the next 10 years or so, why bother having any? If here's a global meltdown, 20% won't be enough to be meaningful. I am on board that within 5 years of retirement, I need to...
by pop77
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Foreign Exposure in Vanguard Bond funds
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: Foreign Exposure in Vanguard Bond funds

The characteristic of the asset class! New way to look at it. Makes sense. Thanks!
by pop77
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Foreign Exposure in Vanguard Bond funds
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: Foreign Exposure in Vanguard Bond funds

So how do you categorize the 10% non us bonds in Vanguard total bond market? Domestic Bonds or International Bonds. As Vanguard Total Bond Market is my main (99%) fund for my bond allocation, even 10% can add up.
by pop77
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Ned Said Effect strikes again
Replies: 52
Views: 4056

Re: The Ned Said Effect strikes again

I have quite often posted about the so-called Nedsaid effect which occurs when the investment you sell does better than what you bought to replace it. Recently I trimmed my position in Applied Materials selling shares at $31.79 a share. With the proceeds and cash left over from dividends, I added t...
by pop77
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2596
Views: 676791

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I stumbled upon a movie called 'Room' in Amazon Prime. Very well made..
by pop77
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Diversification Benefit of a specific asset class
Replies: 10
Views: 875

Re: Diversification Benefit of a specific asset class

I wonder whether there are any counter points from those who have multiple slices in their portfolio..
by pop77
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Diversification Benefit of a specific asset class
Replies: 10
Views: 875

Re: Diversification Benefit of a specific asset class

Good point. I think % Bonds is the key decision and provides most of the diversification, other slicing and dicing is all gravy..
by pop77
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Diversification Benefit of a specific asset class
Replies: 10
Views: 875

Diversification Benefit of a specific asset class

I am trying to simplify my overall portfolio, trying to assess whether the asset class I own provides any specific benefit or whether I should get rid of it and add the proceeds to another one. Is there a specific way to find diversification benefit of a specific asset class? For example, I own 3% i...
by pop77
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ok to pull plug and retire?
Replies: 52
Views: 7773

Re: ok to pull plug and retire?

You should be good to go. Just curious, do you like your job or cannot wait to get out. What is your line of work? If you have accumulated a good chunk in such young age, you should be loving what you are doing..
by pop77
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Annual Vacation Budget
Replies: 320
Views: 24873

Re: Annual Vacation Budget

Thanks everyone. There is a lot of useful information here. I agree with many here that spending money on vacation is more worthwhile than spending on things. The basis for my question was even for vacations, you might soon reach a point of diminishing returns. I want to get a gauge on what the aver...
by pop77
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Annual Vacation Budget
Replies: 320
Views: 24873

Annual Vacation Budget

What is your average annual budget/spending for vacations (Family of 2-4)?
I am trying to step up a little bit on my vacation spending (live a little!) but do want to spend too much. Currently I am thinking 8-10k for three people.
by pop77
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Picking Individual Stocks Is Dangerous
Replies: 58
Views: 5705

Re: Picking Individual Stocks Is Dangerous

Nedsaid,

Good luck. My portfolio is structured the same way though I have a higher proportion than you in individual stocks. For Emerging Markets, Small Cap, Bonds and Real Estate I rely on Index funds.
by pop77
Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Picking Individual Stocks Is Dangerous
Replies: 58
Views: 5705

Re: Picking Individual Stocks Is Dangerous

The point is that an individual could make truly disastrous stock picks if they had no idea of what they were doing. For example, a tech heavy portfolio chosen in early 2000 could have been pretty disastrous. My guess is that losses could have been 70% to 90% compared to about 50% for the index dep...
by pop77
Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Picking Individual Stocks Is Dangerous
Replies: 58
Views: 5705

Re: Picking Individual Stocks Is Dangerous

Bogleheads: I saved the January 2016 issue of Kiplinger magazine because it has a two page article featuring the Bogleheads. The magazine cover recommends " 8 Stocks to Buy Now ." I thought it would be interesting to see how these 8 carefully selected stocks have performed year-to-date (1...
by pop77
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Contrarian View - Buy Bonds - Wealthtrack
Replies: 12
Views: 2596

Re: Interesting Contrarian View - Buy Bonds - Wealthtrack

Yeah most say get out of Bonds, Utilities and FMCG but his advice was different so I thought I would share.
by pop77
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS vs. I-Bonds: any reason to prefer TIPS?
Replies: 20
Views: 3365

Re: TIPS vs. I-Bonds: any reason to prefer TIPS?

Looks like this [reinvestment of TIPS coupon interest] will be a disadvantage [for I Bonds] in the current environment. By "current environment" I assume you mean, pop77, that real interest rates are more likely to rise after purchase than to fall as they did in the example from my post a...
by pop77
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS vs. I-Bonds: any reason to prefer TIPS?
Replies: 20
Views: 3365

Re: TIPS vs. I-Bonds: any reason to prefer TIPS?

One possible advantage of I Bonds over TIPS that I haven't seen discussed much is that interest earned on I Bonds is automatically reinvested at the fixed rate. This isn't the case with TIPS. If not spent, coupon interest received must be reinvested at real rates prevailing at the time. This is a c...
by pop77
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Adding to Small Cap
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Re: Adding to Small Cap

Do you blindly invest in an asset class if it hits a rebalancing band? If an asset class hits a rebalance band, that means another in your AA must have also hit that band. How is that blindly investing in one, if it's your plan to do so when rebalance bands are hit? Seems like that would be a plann...
by pop77
Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Adding to Small Cap
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Adding to Small Cap

I have watched Small cap go from strength to strength creating new highs. I typically look at the P/E ratios and P/B of the indexes I invest and the values for (VSCPX for example) were pretty high a year ago. Do you blindly invest in an asset class if it hits a rebalancing band? Do you pay attention...
by pop77
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Just don't panic
Replies: 61
Views: 9253

Re: Just don't panic

Would it make sense to use the cash reserved for IBonds in Nov for equity? Looks like the new administration will be more inclined to increase interest rates and that would possibly mean better fixed rates.
by pop77
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unauthorized Cable Charges
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Unauthorized Cable Charges

I recently switched cable providers and when I switched my new cable provider told be that he would give me three months of free premium cable (HBO, Showtime etc), to my dismay when I got my first bill I saw I have been charged for those premium channels. I called promptly and talked to them, the re...
by pop77
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How badly did I get ripped off? [Auto lease]
Replies: 21
Views: 3315

Re: How badly did I get ripped off?

What! Bogleheads talking about lease???
You had me at lease.. why would anyone lease a car unless there are some tax advantages (like running a business)?
by pop77
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Favorite Investing / Finance Podcasts?
Replies: 15
Views: 2158

Re: Favorite Investing / Finance Podcasts?

Morningstar
Wealthtrack
Doug Roller
Motley Fool
Paul Merriman
WSJ
by pop77
Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)
Replies: 102
Views: 9281

Re: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)

POP just check out 2008 when PFF lost about 23% and 5 year Treasuries earned about 23% and underperformance of 46% just when needed most, and then tell me it's good substitute. Any way you look at it preferreds should not be owned by any individuals Larry Great. It is funny how soon we forget! Than...
by pop77
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)
Replies: 102
Views: 9281

Re: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)

POP Funny you should ask as I get many questions about them as another alternative and the investment banks love to market them. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Just finished a piece on them which we'll publish shortly Larry Looking forward to it. Recently a friend of mine close to retirement showed me some analys...
by pop77
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)
Replies: 102
Views: 9281

Re: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)

How about preferred stock index funds as a substitute?
by pop77
Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emergency Fund Ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 1980

Re: Emergency Fund Ideas

I find it shocking that people would use credit card debt so freely. Yes, but it is a free loan if you pay off the balance, which I always do. Why not use someone else's money for short term needs if it costs you nothing? It is better than having my own cash sit idle, earning no return. Sure but it...
by pop77
Mon May 23, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?
Replies: 101
Views: 6976

Re: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?

Thanks for all the responses. Looks like it is easy to do but time consuming and can teach me patience :-). Ceiling height is 8 ft and 7 ft (in second floor).
by pop77
Mon May 23, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?
Replies: 101
Views: 6976

Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?

Want to paint the house interior. Mine is a relatively new house (about 2600 SQFT) and has the half white color that the builder painted when we bought the house three years ago. When I got a couple of quotes, the labor is five times the cost of the paint. And comes with a caveat that they will only...
by pop77
Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Calculating ROI on buying a home
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Calculating ROI on buying a home

Thanks Cruncher. This surely is a good shortcut. The reason I wanted to use XIRR is because, I did some refinancing and during refinancing I paid down mortgage a bit more, I also have some uneven payments where at the beginning where I made some extra payments towards principal. I also want to look ...
by pop77
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Calculating ROI on buying a home
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Calculating ROI on buying a home

I added up monthly mortgage interest (tax adjusted, meaning interest * (1- federal+state income tax rate)), property tax, Home Insurance, HOE fee, maintenance and additional utilities and compared to my rent. And it was a good deal, meaning I will have pay at least an additional $500 for an equival...
by pop77
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Calculating ROI on buying a home
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Calculating ROI on buying a home

This is probably discussed before, but my search returned too many results and I am not sure whether this angle has been discussed before. I want the forum to evaluate the logic and math here. Mortgage has two components, Principal and Interest. In addition to this you have property taxes, Home Insu...
by pop77
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"
Replies: 104
Views: 12726

Re: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"

Bought WPPGY today (2/8)@ 96.35
by pop77
Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"
Replies: 104
Views: 12726

Re: Picking winning funds in advance. A loser's game.

pop77: Sometimes we fail to remember our mistakes. In April, 2008, (your third post) you wrote: Postby pop77 » Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:45 pm I keep reading a lot of articles about lazy portfolios and index investing. However I am still not convinced that indexes cannot be beaten. I think it is against t...
by pop77
Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"
Replies: 104
Views: 12726

Re: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"

Please post your purchases here in real time so we can track them going forward. I probably will if you can post your purchases as well. I will probably do the stock and the price holding off quantity. That is more than I am willing to share. I want this tracked over long periods of time (decades) ...
by pop77
Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"
Replies: 104
Views: 12726

Re: "Picking Individual Stocks is a Loser's Game"

General reply not citing anyone, I have read somewhere that " A bad argument supporting what you believe is much worse than a good argument against you". Some arguments in support of individual stock picking like the one which said that they were able to get out of market just in time that...

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