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by samsmith
Sun May 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sell 2015 Subaru or Keep?
Replies: 31
Views: 2862

Re: Sell 2015 Subaru or Keep?

Congrats on purchasing a great car.
Eyesight is great safety feature.
Keep it for 10 years or more.
by samsmith
Sat May 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Much for 529 Plan
Replies: 32
Views: 2599

Re: How Much for 529 Plan

Illinois is $20K total for a married couple per year to get state deduction - not per beneficiary. And while I don't want to get into a debate on the relative value of public vs private college, but I would like to gently point out that if one of the OP's kids goes to a private school his estimate o...
by samsmith
Sat May 20, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Use 529 Money Or Not?
Replies: 19
Views: 1403

Re: Use 529 Money Or Not?

I looked in IRS PUB 970 before I typed my first answer. I don't see anything like your talking about (withdrawing in 2018 and counting against a 2017 expense). I do see "kindof" the opposite. Meaning if you take a 529 withdrawal in 2017 it can be used for a 2017 payment made in 2017 that w...
by samsmith
Sat May 20, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Use 529 Money Or Not?
Replies: 19
Views: 1403

Re: Use 529 Money Or Not?

To answer your question - I believe you get a 1099-Q when you take a 529 distribution. The 1099-Q lists the earnings and your "basis" for the distribution. You compare the total distributions from the 529 from that year to your educational expenses for that year. So put another way, if you...
by samsmith
Sat May 20, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on my ESPP
Replies: 19
Views: 1196

Re: Thoughts on my ESPP

Yes the six month holding period is a bit unusual for an ESPP and certainly adds individual stock risk. And yes 10% is not as good as the more common 15%. Having said that, the built in discount of 10% off the lower of the starting or ending price of the period means some periods will have even larg...
by samsmith
Sun May 07, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 vs trust
Replies: 6
Views: 631

Re: 529 vs trust

The most inexpensive "trust management" company would be yourself. The grantor trust that bsteiner mentioned should use your SSN. You should be able to be trustee and grantor of the trust - your kids are the beneficiary. Open up an account at vanguard or fidelity or Schwab (etc) in trusts ...
by samsmith
Tue May 02, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts taxes distributions
Replies: 22
Views: 1991

Re: Trusts taxes distributions

... I believe the trust could also distribute appreciated assets (like stock) to the beneficiary, the cost basis of the stock would stay unchanged and the beneficiary would pay the tax on the capital gains only when he/she sold the asset? Does anyone know if this "in-kind" distribution wo...
by samsmith
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Umbrela Insurance is it worth?
Replies: 21
Views: 2150

Re: Umbrela Insurance is it worth?

From my point of view. Almost certainly something you will never use.
And totally worth having.
by samsmith
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts taxes distributions
Replies: 22
Views: 1991

Re: Trusts taxes distributions

I have a somewhat related question on trust income. Again assume a testamentary trust with compressed tax brackets. If the trust has income and makes a cash distribution to a beneficiary - I believe the (in most cases) the distribution carries out the income to the beneficiary and the beneficiary ge...
by samsmith
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ORD Parking lot challenge - need quick response
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: ORD Parking lot challenge - need quick response

Agree with lazydavid. Park in Lot E and take tram. It's crowded but normally you can find a spot- might take 5-10 minutes. But sometimes 30 seconds. Lot G requires bus to tram and would leave that for last resort
by samsmith
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weird house buying experience
Replies: 123
Views: 6466

Re: Weird house buying experience

My two cents. First from reading this post, I don't think dbr has the exact scenario right when he says: So my understanding is that in the end you all agreed to a house priced with two golden winchers by mistake. They found their mistake and deleted one of the golden winchers but they didn't reduce...
by samsmith
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Successor Trustees
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Successor Trustees

Trust is irrevocable. For example, our clients generally provide for their children in trust rather than outright to keep their inheritances out of their estates for estate tax purposes and to protect their inheritances against their creditors and spouses. Usually each child effectively controls his...
by samsmith
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Successor Trustees
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Successor Trustees

LOL. I get your point. The original document said needed consent of trust protector. I complied with that - as trust protector signed. The original trust says nothing about the form naming a successor having to be notarized. So then I should be good. I complied with the terms of the trust as defined...
by samsmith
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Successor Trustees
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Successor Trustees

The key is to make sure that the Will or trust agreement provides a mechanism for appointing successor trustees, and that if you're the sole trustee, if there's no designated successor, and you have the power to name a successor, that you name one. Your successor shouldn't have any problem dealing ...
by samsmith
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Successor Trustees
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Successor Trustees

I wonder if people have had experience in changing trustees for trust accounts and having that accepted by brokerages. Assume I am the sole trustee of a properly drafted trust. The original trust named successor trustees as well as a mechanism (basically a one page form drafted by the lawyer) to app...
by samsmith
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thoughts on in-ceiling speakers?
Replies: 48
Views: 3141

Re: thoughts on in-ceiling speakers?

I have in-ceiling speakers for the two rears.
The two fronts and centers sit on shelves by the tv.
by samsmith
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me pick a computer
Replies: 71
Views: 3780

Re: Help me pick a computer

I have been following this thread (since I also needed a new computer). For what its worth, I went to Microcenter and purchased (based on much of the feedback in this thread). Intel Core i5-7500 Processor 3.40GHz Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM 1TB Hard Drive 250GB Solid State Dr...
by samsmith
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirement - what to do about healthcare?
Replies: 101
Views: 10976

Re: Early Retirement - what to do about healthcare?

I posted almost the exact same question about 10 days ago. And got about the same answers - or lack thereof. In my case, I am closer to retirement - maybe 18 months out and at that time will be about 60. So cobra gets me 18 months of the way to Medicare, but then I have a gap. And the ACA plans in m...
by samsmith
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying Health Insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Buying Health Insurance

Paying cash for the "docs you like" works for primary care docs and if you stay healthy. If you get sick - paying cash for out-of-network hospitals will get very expensive quickly. And the rates wont be the "discounted" ones that insurers get. Cobra currently does not allow exten...
by samsmith
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying Health Insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Buying Health Insurance

Would like to consider retiring in next few years (age 55). Does anyone have suggestions for purchasing health insurance? I can only cobra for 18 months. The ACA plans offered in my state seem to have a limited doctor/hospital network. I am not so much looking for any subsidies, rather any suggestio...
by samsmith
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: All investments with Vanguard - Should I diversify
Replies: 19
Views: 1931

Re: All investments with Vanguard - Should I diversify

A vote here for diversity.

i would opt for Fidelity or Schwab as my second choice. so if you don't like FIDO (for whatever reason), than I would look to Schwab. TD Ameritrade might be another possibility - especially if they have a local branch.
by samsmith
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Traditional 401k vs Roth 401
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Traditional 401k vs Roth 401

My daughter (24) has just started a job with a megacorp. Salary will put her in upper middle of 25 % bracket. Megacorp has both traditional and Roth 401k with a matching program. I am working on her to maximize as much of the match as possible. They will match money in either the t401 or Roth 401. M...
by samsmith
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Subaru Legacy(4Cyl 2.5L or V6 3.6R?)
Replies: 56
Views: 5082

Re: Getting Subaru Legacy(4Cyl 2.5L or V6 3.6R?)

Own the Legacy 2015 3.6R. Debated a lot between the 4 and 6. Ended up picking the 6. I am very happy with my decision. I think the 6 has a very smooth and quiet ride and has better "pickup" on the few times I need it. Now had I got the 4, my guess is I would have been satisfied with that. ...
by samsmith
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical practice partnership - schedule issues - advice needed
Replies: 41
Views: 2853

Re: Medical practice partnership - schedule issues - advice needed

what specialty? And how is your compensation calculated? Specifically, if you take more call (and presumably do more work) do you get paid more, based on the partner contract formula?
by samsmith
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling practice for a lump sum
Replies: 39
Views: 3873

Re: Selling practice for a lump sum

I don't think you have said what type of medical practice/specialty this is? Might affect my thinking. Also, what happens after 5 years? I assume at that time you will have "earned" your entire buyout. If so, what are the rules on leaving. Is there a local non-compete? I would expect you c...
by samsmith
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice on buying a new Outback/Legacy/Camry
Replies: 20
Views: 2240

Re: advice on buying a new Outback or Legacy

I have the 2015 Legacy 3.6R and I am very happy with it. I would consider paying extra for the Eyesight - as I think that is a very nice safety package. I went with emailing several dealers and worked off of invoice price - since the in-stock models tend to all have slightly different options and a ...
by samsmith
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard or Fidelity Brokerage
Replies: 28
Views: 3135

Re: Vanguard or Fidelity Brokerage

I have both (and Schwab). As others have said, I think Fidelity's service is a tad better than Vanguards - and I have a service center near my home which is nice. In the end, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these three, though I like the mutual fund options better with Vanguard or Fidelit...
by samsmith
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards
Replies: 310
Views: 51554

Re: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards

If I intend to do this - I would use a direct transfer from my current brokerage to ME. My plan would be to transfer in kind several ETFs. 1. By doing a direct transfer, I never touch the money and minimize the chance of the IRS characterizing this as a distribution? Does this sound correct? 2. Assu...
by samsmith
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast vs Uverse
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Comcast vs Uverse

Just received another Comcast rate increase and had a poor customer service experience with Comcast.
Thinking of switching to uverse - but would hate to be spiting myself.
Does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks
by samsmith
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Step in basis of Partnership?
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Step in basis of Partnership?

Not sure anyone would have an answer. But does anyone know how a step up in basis would work if someone left a partnership interest (LLC taxed as partnership) to a beneficiary in a will. Imagine the partnership only holds cash and marketable securities. The will leaves the partnership interest to a ...
by samsmith
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does a trust need to have a financial advisor involved?
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: Does a trust need to have a financial advisor involved?

Certainly would not think you need an adviser for the trust FBO of yourself. As for the trust that is FBO of your sister that might be a bit trickier - depending (in my my opinion somewhat on your relationship with your sister). While i understand you as trustee have the Fiduciary responsibility - I...
by samsmith
Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Due diligence before becoming a shareholder in a medical practice
Replies: 30
Views: 2964

Re: Due diligence before becoming a shareholder in a medical practice

I doubt he would get into the nitty gritty of the expenses/overhead as the shareholder agreement I sent him is very broad and does not mention compensation formulas at all. There has to be something in writing regarding the compensation formula. It should not be this vague. While I would want to kn...
by samsmith
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Due diligence before becoming a shareholder in a medical practice
Replies: 30
Views: 2964

Re: Due diligence before becoming a shareholder in a medical practice

You should be able to get a very clear understanding on how overhead is calculated and how it is distributed/assigned to each doctor. There is no "right" way. There are many different formulas. The formula / methodology that your group is using should be clearly explained. Also are all the...
by samsmith
Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any ESPP Advice?
Replies: 23
Views: 1581

Re: Any ESPP Advice?

I am with the others. I max out my company's ESPP (15% discount) and then sell immediately every six months.
I just view it as additional ordinary income and pay the tax as such.
by samsmith
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who has needed to use their umbrella insurance?
Replies: 70
Views: 7837

Re: Who has needed to use their umbrella insurance?

I just increased my umbrella coverage. Never used it.
by samsmith
Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Identity Protection Help Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 1080

Re: Identity Protection Help Needed

Yes to police report
It was $10 per freeze - so I just did them quickly and paid the $10 (as opposed to sending the police report in attempt to get for free).
by samsmith
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Identity Protection Help Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 1080

Re: Identity Protection Help Needed

No luck on finding discarded documents.
Bank notified.
Credit card company notified.
State department notified.
credit freeze with all three bureaus in place.
Medical insurance company notified (least helpful)

Thanks for all the advice.
by samsmith
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Identity Protection Help Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 1080

Identity Protection Help Needed

My son just had his wallet, passport, checkbook and drivers licences stolen from a parked car. Getting past the question of why he left it in the car, he has already notified credit card company and bank. I am worried about identity theft protection going forward. Any suggestions? Lifelock? Other co...
by samsmith
Sun May 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 3152

Re: Buying land in West

Thanks for all the replies. I did not realize the water issue. I kind of thought of trying to buy ~ 80 acres and the putting something "simple" on it. I would view it as kind of "play" money (as one poster put it). My current position allows me to work pretty much anywhere (with ...
by samsmith
Sat May 21, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land in West
Replies: 30
Views: 3152

Buying land in West

Would like to diversify a bit from just stocks, bonds, cash. My thought is to buy land real estate that might appreciate over the years. Plus would like to use the real estate as a summer place for my family. Anyway my idea is to look for something in North Dakota or Momtana. Does anyone have any ex...
by samsmith
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: generator [Thinking about a generator]
Replies: 38
Views: 3090

Re: generator

I got a Generax. Hooked into a natural gas line with auto start. And...

No power outages in the 12 months since the install
by samsmith
Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Subaru VIP program question
Replies: 16
Views: 3952

Re: Subaru VIP program question

Similar to others. Invoice price us available at multiple online sites. I purchased my Subaru at Grand in Chicago. Get their internet price.
by samsmith
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Term Life Insurance - Evaluate My Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

Re: Term Life Insurance - Evaluate My Plan

Seems like a lot of insurance to me. I would consider "laddering" some into a 20 year policy - since as you get older the need for insurance should decline and I would expect a fairly significant premium increase between 20 and 30 year term. Might also consider setting up a life insurance ...
by samsmith
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Elderly in-laws moving in: what to consider?
Replies: 66
Views: 10896

Re: in-laws moving in

The addition is estimated to cost ~ $100k. About how much is your house currently worth?
by samsmith
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: solo 401k question
Replies: 8
Views: 631

Re: solo 401k question

Plus - I believe if your S-corp pays you a W2 wage, then the S-Corp also has to pay Social Security Tax
by samsmith
Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?
Replies: 47
Views: 7048

Re: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?

are you married? SO? Would be a factor to consider.
by samsmith
Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?
Replies: 47
Views: 7048

Re: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?

Done both.
#2 seems like a very good private practice job. #1 seems like a pretty weak academic job.
I would opt for 2
by samsmith
Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Subarus reliable?
Replies: 81
Views: 13737

Re: Are Subarus reliable?

Own a 2015 Subaru Legacy.
Very happy with it after one year.
Seemed to me the best value with significant safety features not yet available on comparably priced Hondas or Toyotas.

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