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by rixer
Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percentage of international do you hold?
Replies: 127
Views: 5689

Re: What percentage of international do you hold?

International is 15% of the portfolio.
by rixer
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Here We Go Again: SWR 2.5% or 5.5%?
Replies: 111
Views: 10926

Re: Here We Go Again: SWR 2.5% or 5.5%?

I don't have a spreadsheet to show the best outcome of my withdrawal. I am starting the first year of spending from my portfolio. I don't have a pension, only SS and our IRA's. I am going to draw 5% each year for 5 years and then review. The reason is that we won't be able to travel as well or as of...
by rixer
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your Asset Allocation before and after retirement?
Replies: 91
Views: 8037

Re: What was your Asset Aloocation before and after retirement?

I didn't find this place soon enough. I was always too conservative with my portfolio. I was 40-60 before and by the time I realized it was a mistake, I was entering retirement. So I will likely remain 40-60 for the duration. It is what is and I don't want to ratchet up risk at this point.
by rixer
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Take SS at 62 or wait ?
Replies: 74
Views: 7615

Re: Take SS at 62 or wait ?

I have delayed so far but will take it after the first of the year. I'll be 68.5 and that's good enough for me. I am glad I have delayed because for a married couple, the survivor benefit is huge for us. Plus we got to this point without a major drawdown as the wife was still working a few years aft...
by rixer
Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: retired and want to change investments
Replies: 28
Views: 2684

Re: retired and want to change investments

You could also just get a lifestrategy moderate growth fund. It's a self balancing fund with low cost that makes it simple.
by rixer
Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which state to move for milder weather
Replies: 104
Views: 9920

Re: Which state to move for milder weather

California. Mild weather and high tech jobs.
by rixer
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2090
Views: 513161

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We saw "The Magnificent Seven" yesterday. It was a little different than the original but it was very good.
Denzel Washington is always good.
by rixer
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Finance Question for the Retired
Replies: 27
Views: 3248

Re: Personal Finance Question for the Retired

We're retired for a couple of years now. We got a late start saving for retirement so we had been living below our means and saving as much as we could for a long time. Now that we are retired and not that we tons of money, but we don't have to save for retirement anymore. This allows us to spend mo...
by rixer
Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much Do you pay for your Medicare?
Replies: 58
Views: 4384

Re: How Much Do you pay for your Medicare?

I'm retired in N. California also.
Medicare A: free
Medicare B: $105
Medicare Plan F-HD: $40
Medicare Plan D: $17.
by rixer
Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chocolate Recommendations
Replies: 64
Views: 3569

Re: Chocolate Recommendations

For me, nothing beats those individually wrapped Doves milk chocolates you buy in a bag at most grocery stores and pharmacies. They're the best and they don't even cost that much.
by rixer
Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with 66yr old mother
Replies: 28
Views: 2853

Re: Help with 66yr old mother

As far as lifestrategy vs target date funds, lifestrategy remains the same allocation and target dates automatically reduces down the equity portion. Since I am retired, I want my AA to remain the same at 40/60 so the lifestrategy is the better fund for my situation.
by rixer
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do Bogleheads use Robo Advisors?
Replies: 39
Views: 3822

Re: Do Bogleheads use Robo Advisors?

I just use the lifestrategy balanced fund. It seems to offer good diversity at a decent price so I'm not sure if a robo would be a real benefit.
by rixer
Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Switching my Roth ira to Schwab
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: Switching my Roth ira to Schwab

I am with Schwab and though I don't pay for an advisor, they assigned a personal consultant to me for any questions I might have. I can visit him at their office nearby or I have his direct phone number I can reach him at anytime.
Great service.
by rixer
Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incapacity: who should determine: Doctor or 2 trustees?
Replies: 20
Views: 2050

Re: Incapacity: who should determine: Doctor or 2 trustees?

I had to do this with my f/l. The trust was written so that it took his treating physician and a neurologist. I want to have at least one neurologist claim I'm incapacitated. I wouldn't want just some doctor to make that decision and lose control of my assets. Not that I have anything, it's just the...
by rixer
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab vs Vanguard
Replies: 30
Views: 3673

Re: Schwab vs Vanguard

I'm retired and hold Vanguards lifestrategy fund in my Schwab account. I love the customer service and their website at Schwab. There is always help available in the few times I've needed it. They also have a brick and mortar building I can go to if need be. I have thought about going to vanguard to...
by rixer
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Bogleheads Bucket?
Replies: 89
Views: 8020

Re: Do Bogleheads Bucket?

I am retired but have yet to withdraw from retirement accounts. I am invested in a lifestrategy balanced fund and there’s no buckets. I will sell what I need once a year for my annual income and remain in balance. For me, this is the easiest way to "stay the course". I hope it works out. ....
by rixer
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1086
Views: 185145

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

Retired. 40/60 Vanguard lifestrategy conservative growth. 7.56%
by rixer
Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How will you survive a melt up in stocks?
Replies: 10
Views: 2679

Re: How will you survive a melt up in stocks?

Because I am never sure about what the right moves are at times, I put it in a lifestrategy fund and take what it gives me. It will likely be as good as I can do so I just roll with it.
by rixer
Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should most people use a one fund portfolio or robo?
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: Should most people use a one fund portfolio or robo?

My question is: given the very poor results of the average investor, how many of people are cut out to be DIY bogleheads? Would it be better to emphasize one fund portfolios or a robo unless an individual explicitly states a desire to manage their own portfolio? It is my understanding that most of ...
by rixer
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1086
Views: 185145

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

Right now it's 6.5 with 40 stocks 60 bonds.
by rixer
Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Washington, DC
Replies: 27
Views: 2093

Re: Visiting Washington, DC

When we visited DC last year we were lucky enough to stay at a hotel that was a stop for the hop on hop off trolly. They were running a sept special of 2 days for the price of 1. Since we've never been there before we didn't know the transit system or where we were going. The hop on hop off trolley ...
by rixer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medigap Insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 1482

Re: Medigap Insurance

I have been on Medicare for 3 years and Plan F High Deductible has worked out great for me. I pay it annually and it is about $470 for the year. Other than the low premiums, what do you like about it? Have you had enough out-of-pocket costs to trigger payment by the plan? I ask because I'm seriousl...
by rixer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medigap Insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 1482

Re: Medigap Insurance

I have been on Medicare for 3 years and Plan F High Deductible has worked out great for me. I pay it annually and it is about $470 for the year.
by rixer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on visit to Yosemite
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: Advice on visit to Yosemite

You will be fine. September is a great time to explore Yosemite and although the Valley is always crowded, you just don't want to miss any of it. Especially if you have never been there. It's a special place and Kings Canyon will pale compared to Yosemite. Park the car and take the free shuttle in t...
by rixer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reasonable cost for a will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Reasonable cost for a will?

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by rixer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reasonable cost for a will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Reasonable cost for a will?

Low cost? Look at Legal Zoom.
by rixer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reasonable cost for a will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Reasonable cost for a will?

We used a lawyer to do our Living Trust.
It was $1,500.
by rixer
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: No use for managed bond fund I assume?
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Re: No use for managed bond fund I assume?

Wellesley does pretty good with managed bonds.
by rixer
Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Family trust. Why?
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: Family trust. Why?

You will avoid probate is one reason I was told.
by rixer
Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finding a Vanguard fund to invest $40,000 for 30 years (401k account)
Replies: 46
Views: 3419

Re: Finding a Vanguard fund to invest $40,000 for 30 years (401k account)

I would choose a lifestrategy fund, probably the growth fund in your case.
by rixer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Interaction with Edward Jones
Replies: 43
Views: 3573

Re: Interesting Interaction with Edward Jones

That's funny because the same thing happened to me at home last week. An EJ salesman knocked on the door to introduce himself as the local EJ guy. I told him I was happy where I was at but he became aggressive. Then since he was being rude I told him I had been with EJ previously and it didn't turn ...
by rixer
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Online Banks okay ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1503

Re: Online Banks okay ?

Ally is very user friendly plus they pay 1%.
by rixer
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 4% rule - Asset Allocation
Replies: 66
Views: 6540

Re: 4% rule - Asset Allocation

I heard somewhere that with the 4% rule, along with the inflation added to withdrawal, a 1% mgmt fee was figured in also. Is this right?
by rixer
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many folks choose to give inheritance to their children in unequal portions?
Replies: 193
Views: 17659

Re: How many folks choose to give inheritance to their children in unequal portions?

I have a son who is doing well and a daughter who struggles. I'm seriously considering changing the trust so she gets the house for herself. I have no idea how much money will be left so it could be very uneven when it happens. Still, we think it will make us feel better knowing she'll have a home a...
by rixer
Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $500,000 in cash in retirement account. Now what?
Replies: 29
Views: 4547

Re: $500,000 in cash in retirement account. Now what?

I had a good amount to put in taxable. I purchased funds with half of it and waited. I ended up paying more when I bought the rest. They're are both up now.
Anyway, I'd say just do it.
by rixer
Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with Rover.com?
Replies: 9
Views: 679

Re: Any experience with Rover.com?

We looked into Rover but ended up using DogVacay. We were concerened because our dog hasn't interacted with other dogs and is pretty pampered here at home. We did a couple of meet and greets and settled on a couple who will take up to 2 dogs. She is a stay at home mom so she is there is 24/7. Our do...
by rixer
Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When do YOU rebalance?
Replies: 65
Views: 4835

Re: When do YOU rebalance?

I'm retired also and am not adding new money. I've got a lifestrategy fund so I don't have to worry about what's the best time to rebalance. I don't know if this is the best strategy for me but it does take care of all the indecisions.
by rixer
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for ready-to-eat Costco meals?
Replies: 28
Views: 5034

Re: Recommendations for ready-to-eat Costco meals?

Don't forget the Potato Salad in the refrigerator section.
by rixer
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco - Executive vs. Gold Membership
Replies: 17
Views: 2692

Re: Costco - Executive vs. Gold Membership

One benefit the Executive membership we use is Delta Dental Insurance through Costco. I also use the car rental sometimes but I'm not sure if you need the exec for that.
by rixer
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paid off the mortgage today
Replies: 67
Views: 6427

Re: Paid off the mortgage today

Congratulations! It's a great accomplishment to pay off the mortgage. Pat yourself on the back. We worked hard to pay it off and its a great feeling. The funny thing is that we never really noticed any difference in our lives because we were still living below our means and contributing everything w...
by rixer
Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inevesting Mistakes or Regrets
Replies: 49
Views: 4975

Re: Inevesting Mistakes or Regrets

I've been too conservative but as I'm now retired I don't want to become more aggressive at this point.
by rixer
Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another "should I pay off the mortgage post?"
Replies: 29
Views: 3503

Re: Another "should I pay off the mortgage post?"

If you were or are willing to do that, why didn't you go with a 15-year fixed to begin with? (or 10-yr for that matter). Surely that was an option, and they're virtually always at a lower rate as compared to the 30-yr. I liked the flexibility that the 30 year gives me in case we run into trouble. T...
by rixer
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Advisor Services suggests plan....
Replies: 41
Views: 5256

Re: Vanguard Advisor Services suggests plan....

I'm using the lifestrategy fund just because of what the OP is talking about. It keeps everything in balance and funded when I would struggle with myself to make those decisions. The cost is reasonable to me at .13.
by rixer
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying Vanguard funds in other brokerage accounts
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Re: Buying Vanguard funds in other brokerage accounts

I've been a Schwab client for years, I like their customer service and their website is extremely user friendly. My situation is different because I'm now retired but I have Vanguards lifestrategy fund. Schwab charges a fee to purchase it but there's no charge to sell. Because I do not contribute to...
by rixer
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Comparable 4 fund portfolio?
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Comparable 4 fund portfolio?

What would be wrong with just getting a lifestrategy fund and be done with it?
by rixer
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early payoff of the house or investment
Replies: 31
Views: 2529

Re: Early payoff of the house or investment

The nice thing about a 30 year loan is if things are tight, you can get by with a lower payment. Anyway, I'd pay down the loan with monthly installments and keep the proceeds ($60,000) from your rental sale safe. You can use that to pay the final balance off when the time comes and it will be there ...
by rixer
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1086
Views: 185145

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

We are at 3.45% with a 40/60 split. Pretty much lifestrategy conservative growth.
by rixer
Tue May 24, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy a house?
Replies: 43
Views: 2620

Re: Should I buy a house?

OP, 1) You will be "House Poor" after buying the house. We know fair amount of stories of what happened to "House Poor" people. The story always start with "I do not want to waste my money with rent and I want to build equity". Many of them ended with foreclosures and ...

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