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by sometimesinvestor
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does anybody here have a good credit score with no credit cards?
Replies: 16
Views: 1441

Re: Does anybody here have a good credit score with no credit cards?

The usual suggestion for improving your credit score is borrowing money and paying it back with ontime payments. I think the credit card isa the easiest way to do that.I don't know if anyone will answer yes to your question bu I do think a credit card is the way to go provided you pay the money back...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Harvard Endowment Losses Tied to Value Stocks
Replies: 56
Views: 4479

Re: Harvard Endowment Losses Tied to Value Stocks

Just to clarify it is my understanding that active management outperforms indexing but does not do so net of fees. This is a reason Wellesley and wellington have outperformed the appropriate indices. I am fairly confident that Harvard pays still lower fees for stock and Bond investments so it may be...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: ["Wells Fargo Fined for Years of Harm to Customers"]
Replies: 129
Views: 7919

Since the wellsfargo thread did not discuss Vanguard's responsibility

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek] Next to Berkshire Hathaway I believe Vanguard is the second largest shareholder of wells fargo and consistently votes with the board including on executive compensation .Vanguard argues that they have influence behind the scenes, Not much I wou...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: RMD Strategy
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: RMD Strategy

will you be working until its time for rmds? I not you may wish to consider partial roth conversions in the years between your retirement year and the time when you have to take rmds Diversifying how your accounts are taxed can be helpful. other than that i agree that your plan is a good one
by sometimesinvestor
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When do I add bonds to my child's 529?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: When do I add bonds to my child's 529?

If you were 100% in stocks at the beginning of 2008 and made no moves you would have been even near the end of 2010 but in a bit of trouble in sept 2011. Basically I would treat it as be100% in stocks till roughly age 15 then if you think the market is high begin to significantly be out of stocks. I...
by sometimesinvestor
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Selling all equities, discuss why I'm wrong. :)
Replies: 226
Views: 28475

Re: Selling all equities, discuss why I'm wrong. :)

I believe that what the op mean as a benchmark was a figure that was appropriate to compare to to evaluate if he had made the wrong decision . Since an alternative he considered was lifestyle growth he concluded that he had made the wrong decision We now know but could not have known at the time was...
by sometimesinvestor
Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Federal employee seeking more ways to save for retirement
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

Re: Federal employee seeking more ways to save for retirement

Depending on risk tolerance a combination of something like Vanguards tax managed balanced fund and Total Stock market in a taxable account will probably work out/ An alternative to the balanced fund might be a state tax free municipal fund depending on what state you live in .
by sometimesinvestor
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need input on where to invest for my roll IRA with Fidelity
Replies: 13
Views: 540

Re: Need input on where to invest for my roll IRA with Fidelity

I think its ok to have an investment in IT services but as suggested it is too specialized to have more than 5% of your investments in it. It is NOT the one fund to have if you are having only one. For that FFNOX is a possible choice The Spartan 500 fun FUSEX would also be an ok choice Once you have...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Bond Option in my 457b - please advise
Replies: 8
Views: 672

Re: New Bond Option in my 457b - please advise

While past performance is no guarantee a sure thing is a sure thing Roll over the bond funds in your 457b into the G fund and otherwise do nothing hh
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do You Practice Ethical Investing?
Replies: 47
Views: 2146

Re: Do You Practice Ethical Investing?

I buy stock in my local utility as a hedge against larger bills . I buy Exxon as a hedge against higher gas prices I don't smoke so I don't buy altriag
by sometimesinvestor
Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is my fund selection logical for my goals?
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Re: Is my fund selection logical for my goals?

Given your desire fora significant value tilt, which I don't happen to agree with I think the portfolio is fine but i would put perhaps an additional 5-10% in a bond fund so you will have a source of funds to use to buy equities if the market fell significantly. This assumes that your statement that...
by sometimesinvestor
Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio for 75-year-old with minimal expenses
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: Portfolio for 75-year-old with minimal expenses

I may be in the minority but the current portfolio seems ok to me.I am sure most of us have underperformed this portfolio year to date and possibly over one year. There may be a good less expensive (ER) alternative to the Global income fund but this portfolio seems set up for Capital preservation wh...
by sometimesinvestor
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with 401k portfolio
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Help with 401k portfolio

yes , you are asking lot of people to look up that many funds . i recognize only two symbols prwcx (price capital appreciation , an excellent fund ) and Fcntx fidelity contrafund , also a good fund .Given those two I suspect that you can put together a good asset allocation whether or not you includ...
by sometimesinvestor
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving for college vs maxing out retirement accts
Replies: 24
Views: 1865

Re: Saving for college vs maxing out retirement accts

I think you should try to save enough money for tuition room and board at the best public college in your state .If your kid (s) can get into Harvard, Yale Princeton ,MIT, Stanford etc well those schools are pretty generous with scholarship money . Between the very top schools and your best state co...
by sometimesinvestor
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Today's the day, I finally bought bonds
Replies: 13
Views: 1090

Re: Today's the day, I finally bought bonds

THe concept is ok but why didn't you do it over time say 10 or 25k per month . Are there a limited number of trades allowed in your 403b that would prevent this strategy. I hope other commenters address the strategy of doing this at one time rather than dollar averaging into this and they may well d...
by sometimesinvestor
Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treat Social Security (and Pension) Like Bonds and Maximize Equities?
Replies: 16
Views: 1564

Re: Treat Social Security (and Pension) Like Bonds and Maximize Equities?

I do not think there is any question asked more often . It was in fact my first question I asked on this site THere are two comments generally made . One is the argument you made that you can afford to be bolder and own more stock funds . The other is that because you have other sources of income (t...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The G.I. Joe Fallacy
Replies: 29
Views: 4924

Re: The G.I. Joe Fallacy

Not sure this is the perfect thread but I do want to point out that so far the USA investing public handled Brexit very well and brought stocks on Monday and Tuesday.
by sometimesinvestor
Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: FIdelity /brexit
Replies: 1
Views: 564

FIdelity /brexit

Since there is a vanguard thread wirth a schwab link here is more info

https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints/mar ... -investors
by sometimesinvestor
Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Another Brexit question
Replies: 15
Views: 2924

Re: Another Brexit question

The US is probablya better place to invest at this time but probably does not mean certainly. I would do nothing for two weeks and then decide if you are comfortable with the then asset allocation. If not I would suggest an additional investment in US stocks using bonds as a fund source. If you are ...
by sometimesinvestor
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NY 529 plan investments as college looms
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: NY 529 plan investments as college looms

It was 18% but obviously investing at that point is not a sure thing plus the market may not drop that low or may go even lower. Inflation protected bonds provide greater returns when inflation increases and inflation usually results in higher interest rates and lower ordinary bond prices. Here isa ...
by sometimesinvestor
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stop playing the game in steps
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: Stop playing the game in steps

In my opinion its too optimistic. The Retirement portion is probably ok (I don't know your age ) but both college and the purchase of a new home are probably too close to be sure you will reach your goal and if for example you were almost ready to buy a house and the market plunged you would not be ...
by sometimesinvestor
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NY 529 plan investments as college looms
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: NY 529 plan investments as college looms

You can get a clarification but I assume one change means 1 day of changes so you could move a small portion of your conservative and moderate portfolios into a100 stock portfolio and or given your concerns about bonds into the inflation protected portfolio.. I don't know what the prime mm is provid...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Two fund portfoluio
Replies: 2
Views: 636

The Two fund portfoluio

While past performance is no guarantee It is rare that international investments outperform the U.S.. While it may be more volatile perhaps Total stock market +Total bond market in some proportion might be better. Certainly both Buffett and Bogle believe it.
by sometimesinvestor
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I need some help to understand why I should invest in bonds at such a young age
Replies: 235
Views: 14222

Re: I need some help to understand why I should invest in bonds at such a young age

In the good old days (say a few years before you were born bonds were not necessary (though it would have been a good idea to own them because since that time they have often outperformed stocks.for example at the market lows of 2011 bonds had outperformed stocks over the previous 30 year period) be...
by sometimesinvestor
Tue May 31, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 9047

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

it depends on the reviews and I don't know how much the actors rather than the play are praised. I confess the only time I have ever paid more than face value fora ticket (and it was about 50% more was when I wanted to see Linda Ronstadt in Pirates of Penzance after the show announced she was leavin...
by sometimesinvestor
Tue May 24, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bernstein says emergency fund part of your "asset allocation?"
Replies: 62
Views: 5740

Re: Bernstein says emergency fund part of your "asset allocation?"

Duplicating some comment I would not consider it part of my AA and the reason is simple . I don't consider an emergency fund as a source of funds to buy stocks or bonds but as a fund source for the purpose of auto repair , fixing the roof and surprising medical expenses
by sometimesinvestor
Mon May 23, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A toughie... Trust and Will but no one to ask... what to do?
Replies: 12
Views: 1197

Re: A toughie... Trust and Will but no one to ask... what to do?

Agree with everybody . Get someone you have reasonable confidence at the moment and recognise you may change your mind at some point in the future at which time the person or persons you should name may be clearer
by sometimesinvestor
Thu May 19, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity's Total Bond Fund
Replies: 20
Views: 2030

Re: Fidelity's Total Bond Fund

Many including the John Bogle think the bond index is invested too much in Govt bonds. Based on the comments so far I suggest purchasing the Spartan total Bond index + the Ishares high grade corporate bond symbol LQD. This has no commission charge and an expense ratio of .15.Buy the amount that gets...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat May 14, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Timing for buying mutual funds?
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: Timing for buying mutual funds?

For some fund families (fewer than there used to be ) it can be right to buy international funds aftera strong day in the us market.The benefit only lasts one day unfortunately. The only thing you can do iss watch cnbc from 3:15 on. They will usually tell you about the status of the orders at close(...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat May 14, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Index Fund & ? for Taxable Account
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: Index Fund & ? for Taxable Account

I am astonished that I am the first to say this but it may be that a tax free bond fund is more appropriate. The correct decision depends on your state of residence and your tax bracket
by sometimesinvestor
Wed May 11, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of preparing Form 1041
Replies: 8
Views: 1293

Re: Cost of preparing Form 1041

If you can handle a moderately complicated 1040 + schedule A.B, D you can probably do it yourself if the estate income comes strictly from stocks, bonds mutual funds,bank accounts and perhaps the sale of a residence. With regard to the latter it would be a good idea to get an appraisal shortly after...
by sometimesinvestor
Wed May 11, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Health Care Index Fund VGHCX
Replies: 10
Views: 1747

Re: Vanguard Health Care Index Fund VGHCX

I guess I disagree with the advice to hold a health care fund for at least 20 years though that advice may work out. Peak demands on the health care system in the medium run occur sometime between 2025 and 2030. After that baby boomers start dying out at a faster rate than the smaller Gen x generati...
by sometimesinvestor
Mon May 09, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Value Fund vs. Total Bond
Replies: 14
Views: 1501

Re: Stable Value Fund vs. Total Bond

I thought Taylor's first comment was excellent; his comment regarding cons not so much. For example at least in my opinion almost all of the points made by the Laura Dogu quote are irrelevant in a 401k account . Basically if you pick one fund you will be right or wrong . If you go with two you will ...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat May 07, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Do Vanguard Funds Have Hidden Costs?"
Replies: 9
Views: 1969

Re: "Do Vanguard Funds Have Hidden Costs?"

Vanguard's most important hidden cost is that the expense ratio is apparently too low to prove decent service on telephone calls. See all the threads where people compare Vanguard service to TRP and Fidelity.
by sometimesinvestor
Tue May 03, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does T.R. Price add value for its investors
Replies: 43
Views: 5583

Re: Does T.R. Price add value for its investors

Couldn't help noticing that Larry didn't examine the performance of TRP capital appreciation which might be the most often owned TRP fund of people who visit this site. I assume the problem is that it is not comparable to any index fund or even a 60-40 mix which might be a reasonable comparison)
by sometimesinvestor
Tue May 03, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ally's Webroot Secure anywhere Antivirus software - any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: Ally's Webroot Secure anywhere Antivirus software - any good?

webroot secure is relatively idiot proof. it updates itself and warns you that a sight you are planning to go to is risky
by sometimesinvestor
Mon May 02, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stable Value Fees
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Stable Value Fees

JUst another vote for ignoring the expense ratio . Its the yield that counts given that you have a respectable firm (usually an insurance company ) that's providing the stable value fund
by sometimesinvestor
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax filing help!! standard vs itemized? passive or general category income?
Replies: 11
Views: 957

Re: Tax filing help!! standard vs itemized? passive or general category income?

if you are not concerned about possible privacy issues(unlikely to be a problem you might mention what state you are from which could help people give you a better answer on state tax issues/ as noted mutual funds as far as the tax credits concerned are passive income but if you are single you dont ...
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I Bonds before end of the month?
Replies: 20
Views: 4133

Re: I Bonds before end of the month?

Another vote for buying now. In recent year there mostly has not been any fixed rate> There is now so take advantage of it. An alternative is to buy half now and half after May 1 . That way you won't be very wrong
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I need an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Do I need an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?

I would wait till you have child before worrying about estate tax as the problem really arises with the second death. Re NY taxes if your estate is over 1.,05x $4.1 million dollars the whole thing is potentially taxable The figure is not an exemption but the first roughly $4.1 is taxed on the whole ...
by sometimesinvestor
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: what is the draw of active management?
Replies: 37
Views: 2446

Re: what is the draw of active management?

There could be a legitimate case to be made for higher income people who will have a higher marginal tax rate in retirement to make a portion of their retirement investments in taxable. This is because all withdrawals from tax deferred accounts are taxes at higher ordinary income tax rates. Whereas...
by sometimesinvestor
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Experience with Fidelity?
Replies: 51
Views: 4446

Re: Experience with Fidelity?

I think many of us and perhaps most would prefer if Vanguard charged a tiny bit more than they do and inprroved service and the website. If you want it Fidelity offers lots more webinars but most are not useful to people who won't change their asset allocation and or investments based on what the he...
by sometimesinvestor
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: what is the draw of active management?
Replies: 37
Views: 2446

Re: what is the draw of active management?

Such financial professionals may be thinking about the good old days o the 70s and 8os and the 50s and 60s too but professionals who know about those years are retired or soon will be.. A factor that let Peter Lynch outperform (and he did ) was that he had access to much better info than the average...
by sometimesinvestor
Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth vs. Traditional 401k
Replies: 54
Views: 4323

Re: Roth vs. Traditional 401k

i am surprised there is such a difference of opinion. This seems to me to be a fairly clear case though I may be overly optimistic about somebody who at age 26 is in the 25% bracket filing married joint will get promotions and other raises over the years/ I think most including me believe you should...
by sometimesinvestor
Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Five Best National Parks to Visit?
Replies: 99
Views: 7957

Re: Five Best National Parks to Visit?

Thanks for all the recommendations! I want to see everything eventually, but am leaning towards Yosemite for my first trip. That seems like it'd be the easiest to get to, since I can fly direct to San Francisco and just drive from there. I think you can also get there from San Francisco by train. F...
by sometimesinvestor
Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me reduce my 2015 AGI!
Replies: 22
Views: 4129

Re: Help me reduce my 2015 AGI!

is ira for you possible .my guess is that you would have thought of that
by sometimesinvestor
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I sell my Altria (tobacco) shares?
Replies: 18
Views: 2255

Re: Should I sell my Altria (tobacco) shares?

You see4m like you want to sell. I suggest you do an internet search and look at analysis of the stock on several web sites. THe search will help you decide. [OT comments removed by admin LadyGeek] Full disclosure I owned the stock when the dividend was over 5% and sold it when the yield dropped
by sometimesinvestor
Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Distribution of estate assets
Replies: 40
Views: 2034

Re: Distribution of estate assets

I am far from an expert in these matters but have the impression that taxes on capital gains for securities in a trust are often at a higher rate than for an individual if the capital gains are large This suggests that when you inherit it will be better if you sell so the taxation is at your rate. P...
by sometimesinvestor
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block and DC tax payment
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: H&R Block and DC tax payment

I don't know the answer to your question but I have had good results calling H+R Block at the 800 number on their web site

1-800-472-5625.
by sometimesinvestor
Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please help me choose new job's 401(k) mutual fund elections
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: Please help me choose new job's 401(k) mutual fund elections

A fund you are overlooking is the stable value fund. For such funds thee expense ratio is probably not crucial what counts is the yield Unless its unusual the stable value fund will be basically no risk and offering a fair yield . If its above 2% I would seriously considerate.No one on this board wi...

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