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by sleepysurf
Fri May 18, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?
Replies: 30
Views: 3009

Re: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?

Can't believe WAZE hasn't been mentioned yet! Although now owned by Google, it's much more useful, IMHO, than Google Maps. However, it's a heavy data user, so need to be careful if you have a limited cell data plan.
by sleepysurf
Tue May 15, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How did you fall in love with investing?
Replies: 49
Views: 2645

Re: How did you fall in love with investing?

For 15+ years I used 1% AUM advisors (with high E.R. active funds). I eventually stumbled upon Paul Farrell's Lazy Portfolios column, which piqued my curiosity. I built a "Bill Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio" (at the original TD Waterhouse), and eventually fired my advisors. I kept educating mysel...
by sleepysurf
Wed May 02, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway B
Replies: 65
Views: 6327

Re: Berkshire Hathaway B

Started buying BRK.B shares in 1998, unfortunately in a taxable account. Currently represents 3.6% of my total portfolio. Unfortunately, a (former) financial advisor sold 30% of it a few years ago without my permission (ostensibly to rebalance portfolio), triggering big tax hit. I fired him, and sho...
by sleepysurf
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Berkshire Hathaway classified as a Growth stock?
Replies: 19
Views: 1979

Re: Why is Berkshire Hathaway classified as a Growth stock?

Vanguard and the CRSP index consider it a value stock as does the Russell index. As others have posted - there are multiple metrics used... My reason for the original post was prompted by my difficulty calculating if/when to rebalance my "Slice and Dice" portfolio, which includes 10% Large Cap Blen...
by sleepysurf
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Berkshire Hathaway classified as a Growth stock?
Replies: 19
Views: 1979

Re: Why is Berkshire Hathaway classified as a Growth stock?

Morningstar uses more than just P/B to determine value... http://www.morningstar.com/InvGlossary/morningstar_style_box.aspx Thanks! Didn't realize Morningstar uses such a complicated metric! I presume Personal Capital just blindly imports the Morningstar data. Here's an excerpt of their valuation e...
by sleepysurf
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Berkshire Hathaway classified as a Growth stock?
Replies: 19
Views: 1979

Why is Berkshire Hathaway classified as a Growth stock?

Just curious. I have some BRK.B shares (purchased long ago in my "pre-Boglehead" days), and noticed that Morningstar (and Personal Capital) classify it as 100% Large Growth. The P/B ratio is currently ~1.4. Conversely, the S&P 500, with a P/B ratio ~3.25, is classified by them as Large Blend. I woul...
by sleepysurf
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Q&A WITH JACK BOGLE - ASK YOUR QUESTIONS HERE
Replies: 43
Views: 8182

Re: Q&A WITH JACK BOGLE - ASK YOUR QUESTIONS HERE

Has your son, who runs a boutique firm utilizing an ACTIVE investment philosophy, ever altered your own thinking about PASSIVE vs. ACTIVE?
by sleepysurf
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donor Advised Fund - Joint or Solo?
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: Donor Advised Fund - Joint or Solo?

When setting up a DAF (at least for Vanguard and Fidelity), you're asked to create a "Name" for the fund, which is included with donations to the recipient charity. IMHO, if using multiple "advisors" (i.e. Husband and Wife, or other family members, etc.), it makes sense to choose an "inclusive" DAF ...
by sleepysurf
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's New Podcast Series
Replies: 19
Views: 2870

Re: Vanguard's New Podcast Series

Looks like you can only subscribe to it through Apple Podcasts/iTunes right now. I sent them a comment, suggesting they make it available on Stitcher and other non-Apple platforms. Is there a good way to subscribe to this podcast series through something like Podkicker (which I use for podcasts I li...
by sleepysurf
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Making a Difference" by Jonathan Clements
Replies: 29
Views: 3465

Re: "Making a Difference" by Jonathan Clements

Shallowpockets wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:20 pm
... Funny that his web page has links to download a guide on "Options Trading for Newbies".
I find this to be hypocritical.
That's just a Google Ad, which I doubt he has specific control over. Nothing wrong with monetizing his site.
by sleepysurf
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 7689

Re: Kitchen features

-GE Advantium combination microwave and convection oven (pulls double-duty as 2nd conventional oven when needed). -Stacked lower cabinet drawers (instead of doors and internal shelves). -Storage, storage, and more storage. Would avoid getting a "touch on/touch off" faucet. Ours (Brizo) kept malfunct...
by sleepysurf
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to pay partners for working your call
Replies: 59
Views: 3924

Re: How to pay partners for working your call

...To this point, we have been running these schedules through the practice, but our ability to do that may end soon. We are employed by a national company (since 2009) and have very little choice in the matter... Have you spoken to your local or national management team about this? The Anesthesia ...
by sleepysurf
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the evidence against slice and dice?
Replies: 59
Views: 5034

Re: What is the evidence against slice and dice?

Paul Merriman's annual review of his "Ultimate Buy and Hold" 10 fund portfolio lays out a strong argument in favor of "Slicing and Dicing" the equity portion of a portfolio. He discusses it in his current podcast... https://paulmerriman.com/podcasts/ and in writing here... https://www.marketwatch.co...
by sleepysurf
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the evidence against slice and dice?
Replies: 59
Views: 5034

Re: What is the evidence against slice and dice?

willthrill81 wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:42 am
... Two versus one?
Paul would still win. :wink:
You're right! Perhaps Nisiprius would be a more impartial moderator!
by sleepysurf
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Article on Bogleheads in Philly.com--The Bogleheads celebrate 20 years of low-cost index funds with patron 'Saint Jack'
Replies: 17
Views: 1176

Re: Article on Bogleheads in Philly.com--The Bogleheads celebrate 20 years of low-cost index funds with patron 'Saint Ja

Great article! I, too, was intrigued by the referenced comment about Vanguard possibly lowering their advisory fees. Of note, the latest White Coat Investor podcast had a new (to me, anyways) sponsor... FirstMetric, who apparently charges 0.25% AUM fee (up to 5 Mil), then nothing additional after th...
by sleepysurf
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the evidence against slice and dice?
Replies: 59
Views: 5034

Re: What is the evidence against slice and dice?

I'd love to see a debate on this subject between Taylor Larimore and Paul Merriman, moderated by Jack Bogle. :D
by sleepysurf
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are REITs essentially taboo for years now with rising rates?
Replies: 55
Views: 5674

Re: Are REITs essentially taboo for years now with rising rates?

I have a 5% allocation to the Vanguard REIT (VGSLX), and will continue rebalancing, as indicated, per my IPS. I expect it to continue working well as a long term portfolio diversifier. No market timing for me, despite the rising interest rate environment.
by sleepysurf
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 68
Views: 6446

Re: What backup service to use?

jebmke wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:38 pm
sleepysurf wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:33 pm
I have it set to throttle back to 25% processor resources
That is probably an internet bandwidth throttle, not a processor throttle.
Yes. You're correct. Throttles bandwidth, not processor!
by sleepysurf
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 68
Views: 6446

Re: What backup service to use?

I went with iDrive, as they offered a 90% discount for former CrashPlan users. So far, I'm happy with it. It supports NAS drives, and has lots of control options. I have it set to throttle back to 25% processor resources when I'm using the computer, so the initial backup has been slow, but acceptabl...
by sleepysurf
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 10740

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

Hah! I just spent 2+ hrs yesterday trying to transfer Quicken 2016 to a new computer, with no luck (wouldn't accept my old Intuit ID nor my newer Quicken ID). Lo and behold, this download installed flawlessly! I agree their intent is probably to expand their subscription user base. It's certainly a ...
by sleepysurf
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax help - DAF contribution
Replies: 31
Views: 2230

Re: Tax help - DAF contribution

... there is nothing under the "gifted shares" tab except the following note: "You don't have any gifts of shares from your account at this time. Making a gift of shares is simple and can play an important role in your tax planning... I was having the same issue, with "Gifted" shares to a new Vangu...
by sleepysurf
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Do My Own Taxes Or Pay A CPA $500?
Replies: 65
Views: 6180

Re: Should I Do My Own Taxes Or Pay A CPA $500?

seamonkey wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:20 pm
IRS Free Fillable Forms...
Hah! Never even knew the IRS offered that! FYI, here's the link... https://www.irs.gov/e-file-providers/be ... able-forms

However, there are some limitations, so check the Read Before Starting links.
by sleepysurf
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The "Armchair Millionaire"- the "original" 3 fund portfolio?
Replies: 3
Views: 1365

The "Armchair Millionaire"- the "original" 3 fund portfolio?

Anybody remember The Armchair Millionaire book? It was published ~2001, with a somewhat Boglehead perspective, and had an associated website. The authors advocated an aggressive 100% Equity 3-fund portfolio... 1/3 U.S. Large Cap, 1/3 U.S. Small Cap, and 1/3 International (EAFE Index at that time). T...
by sleepysurf
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability Issues with Organizing Meetup Events
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Liability Issues with Organizing Meetup Events

I'm a Meetup Organizer for a local group, and also wondered how to address this. I looked at some other Meetup groups that had Liability Waivers on their site, and we ended up customizing our own, which is included on our main "About" page. Fortunately, we don't participate in higher risk activities...
by sleepysurf
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any retired boglehead doctors out there?
Replies: 78
Views: 10456

Re: Any retired boglehead doctors out there?

I can answer in a few months. I’m 61 yo, retiring in one month. Just finished my last night of call!! I’m not planning any kind of medical work after retirement. Ditto here! Retiring end of year at 63, but still have six 24 hr calls to go! Unfortunately, my group never implemented a "slowdown track...
by sleepysurf
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using PersonalCapital, Mint, etc.... - and fraud concerns
Replies: 23
Views: 3435

Re: Using PersonalCapital, Mint, etc.... - and fraud concerns

I posted this link re Personal Capital security measures in a previous thread... https://www.personalcapital.com/financial-software/security Personally, I feel MORE secure using Personal Capital/Yodlee for account aggregation, as I've enabled 2 factor authentication, and opted in for their daily ema...
by sleepysurf
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get Lexus service at Toyota and save?
Replies: 29
Views: 2186

Re: Get Lexus service at Toyota and save?

I've always taken my 2010 Lexus hybrid to local Toyota dealer for service. Typically <50% of the price for comparable Lexus service, and haven't had any issues. They even send me discount coupons specifically for my Lexus. They stamp my paper service record, and I manually enter the service dates in...
by sleepysurf
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2017 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
Replies: 192
Views: 31699

Re: 2017 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Did Rick Ferri attend?
by sleepysurf
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How does everyone keep track of your portfolio?
Replies: 171
Views: 18576

Re: How does everyone keep track of your portfolio?

... What I don't like about PC is that if keeps your cash separate from investments for overall portfolio... FYI, Personal Capital now has a checkbox, in the account "Edit" mode, where you can designate Bank Accounts (cash, CD's, etc.) to be included in your overall investment portfolio, for your t...
by sleepysurf
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jumbo 30mo CD 2.78%
Replies: 5
Views: 2040

Re: Jumbo 30mo CD 2.78%

Thanks! This looks like the best CD rate since the Andrews Federal deal ended earlier this year. GTE only has a "B" financial rating at DepositAccounts, but they've been around a long time in the Tampa Bay area. The add-on option is also a nice perk.
by sleepysurf
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most expensive gel car battery or cheapest? How often?
Replies: 32
Views: 2468

Re: Most expensive gel car battery oe cheapest? How often?

... the best battery failure insurance may be a set of 6 gauge or thicker(smaller gauge #) copper jumper cables with good clamps. I think modern cars drain their batteries when not driven for a few weeks worse than older cars did because of modern electronics memories that stay on constantly... Tru...
by sleepysurf
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Keeping Tabs on Investment Accounts
Replies: 13
Views: 1383

Re: Keeping Tabs on Investment Accounts

For those of you tracking your investment/bank accounts with Personal Capital (via Yodlee), you can opt-in for a daily email summary of all transactions... https://support.personalcapital.com/hc/en-us/articles/201169780-Daily-Email-Your-continuous-Money-Monitor For those concerned about security wit...
by sleepysurf
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are stocks going up only because all the alternatives are lousy?
Replies: 45
Views: 5564

Re: Are stocks going up only because all the alternatives are lousy?

Some pundits, such as Edward Yardeni, are calling this a market "meltup," presumably due to continued strong earnings... https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/28/market-melt-up-could-push-stocks-to-new-records-yardeni-says.html Personally, I'm starting to think about Buffett's "be fearful when others are gre...
by sleepysurf
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home
Replies: 67
Views: 5495

Re: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home

The gas grid relies on electric pumps to maintain pressure and integrity - once optimum pressure was lost the gas lines had ice crystallization in many places and it took weeks to get them back online. Here is one article that speaks about these situations and weakness's..... https://www.forbes.com...
by sleepysurf
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REITs a disappointment, yet still useful
Replies: 20
Views: 4154

Re: REITs a disappointment, yet still useful

I posted this in another REIT thread, but more relevant here... FWIW, Berkshire Hathaway recently invested $377 million in a REIT (Store Capital)... https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/26/warren-buffetts-berkshire-hathaway-takes-stake-in-reit-store-capital.html I presume they see some long term value there...
by sleepysurf
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: REIT
Replies: 52
Views: 4927

Re: REIT

FWIW, Berkshire Hathaway recently invested $377 million in a REIT (Store Capital)... https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/26/warren- ... pital.html

I presume they see some long term value there!
by sleepysurf
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selected photos from my ride across Western Europe -- Amsterdam to Passau, Germany
Replies: 21
Views: 2578

Re: Selected photos from my ride across Western Europe -- Amsterdam to Passau, Germany

Incredible adventure and photos! You're an inspiration!

My wife and I are planning a Backroads biking vacation in Banff/Canadian Rockies next year!
by sleepysurf
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap notebook for surfing/watching videos
Replies: 18
Views: 1873

Re: Cheap notebook for surfing/watching videos

I'm reading this thread, and posting, from my Asus Chromebook, with full keyboard and touchscreen, plus ability to rotate screen 360 degrees so it also works as a tablet. Highly recommended for email, web surfing, and watching online videos. Can also download and run some apps/games from the Google ...
by sleepysurf
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing/ Finance podcasts
Replies: 16
Views: 1781

Re: Investing/ Finance podcasts

Many great podcast suggestions here. I'm a big fan of Paul Merriman and Dough Roller (and they've started teaming up on some podcasts)! Some additional tips... Download the podcasts via wi-fi in advance, to avoid cell data charges while driving. Also, you can squeeze in more podcasts by listening at...
by sleepysurf
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent 1st world problem [coffeemaker]
Replies: 48
Views: 4154

Re: Urgent 1st world problem [coffeemaker]

I pre-ordered one of the Spinn centrifugal grinder/coffee-maker, which got lots of internet hype, but still hasn't shipped... https://www.spinn.com/ Looks good in theory, but they recently announced they're ~6 mo behind in development, with manufacturing still on hold. Time will tell if it was just ...
by sleepysurf
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Grandson's request for advice
Replies: 37
Views: 4266

Re: Grandson's request for advice

How about offering a 50% match for his initial investment *IF* he goes with the S&P 500 or Total Stock Index ETF, but offer a 100% match if he also reads William Bernstein's If You Can?
by sleepysurf
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Interesting Tax Guide - 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 3345

Re: Interesting Tax Guide - 2017

The author, Bill Harris, WAS the CEO of Personal Capital, but he just stepped down. He also formerly headed Intuit and PayPal, so should be a useful read!
by sleepysurf
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone else taking less risk
Replies: 115
Views: 12583

Re: Anyone else taking less risk

Went from 60/40 to 50/50 over the past year, but just following my updated IPS, anticipating retirement next year, and wanting a better "sleep well at night" allocation.
by sleepysurf
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Superb annual "asset class performance" chart by Ben Carlson
Replies: 0
Views: 522

Superb annual "asset class performance" chart by Ben Carlson

Here's his annual ranking chart for 2016 asset classes, along with 10 yr ranking. Unlike some others, this one includes REITS.

http://awealthofcommonsense.com/2017/03 ... -for-2016/
by sleepysurf
Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unsolicited Wall Street Journal
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: Unsolicited Wall Street Journal

We had this exact situation a couple years ago. Turns out our son (who lives in D.C.) had gotten a free WSJ subscription offer and submitted our address, thinking we'd get more use out of it than he would! We thanked him, but told him to cancel the free trial before he'd start getting billed.
by sleepysurf
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles help me with setup
Replies: 48
Views: 4537

Re: Audiophiles help me with setup

Audiophiles help me. Record player vs iTunes vs Streaming? Sonos speakers vs others? I've heard record players have the best sound quality but are a hassle. Streaming services are higher quality now. You need to clarify your goal... -Single room vs. multiple room audio -True "audiophile" quality (C...
by sleepysurf
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Personal Capital.com
Replies: 16
Views: 3105

Re: Personal Capital.com

It's been a known issue since 12/5. You can keep checking this link for an update if/when fixed... https://support.personalcapital.com/hc/en-us/sections/200564554-Known-Issues This is the longest time (in the past 2 years I've been using it) that it's had issues with Vanguard. Pretty frustrating, as...
by sleepysurf
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation and long term market declines.
Replies: 19
Views: 2713

Re: Asset Allocation and long term market declines.

Paul Merriman has a table on his website with that information (since 1970), however, it's based on his "sliced and diced" Ultimate Buy & Hold Portfolio... http://paulmerriman.com/fine-tuning-ass ... bles-2016/

Still very useful!
by sleepysurf
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Double Oven Ranges
Replies: 13
Views: 1682

Re: Double Oven Ranges

If, by chance, you are getting new appliances all the way around, another option is to get something like a GE Advantium (microwave, convection oven combo). We have a GE Monogram gas range (with large single oven), and use the Advantium as a secondary oven (occasional use).
by sleepysurf
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Strategy for TLH Munis in Taxable?
Replies: 37
Views: 4508

Re: Strategy for TLH Munis in Taxable?

FYI, pulled the trigger today, and sold all negative lots except for 10/31 reinvested dividends. Curious why you didn't sell this? It was a negative lot too, and would seem to me to be a wash sale. Actually, I was just curious to see what would happen, as that 10/31 dividend was a small amount. Her...