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by stimulacra
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: vanguard balances as percentages?
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: vanguard balances as percentages?

Account Overview > Asset Mix will break it down to Stocks / Bonds / Short Term / Uncategorized.

For more granular breakdown I import the balances monthly into a Google Spreadsheet and it spits out a bunch of visualizations for me.
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations
Replies: 60
Views: 4338

Re: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations

I figured there would be a lot more crossover with Bogleheads and preppers, but maybe I'm in the minority. Being a little too over prepared isn't that dissimilar from LBYM, buying "safe" index funds, establishing an emergency fund, etc. I figured there would be more of us. :D I'm going to wager you...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations
Replies: 60
Views: 4338

Re: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations

Thanks for the responses everyone. After reading them I'm inclined to do some slight tweaks and updates to my current plan. Evacuation is definitely an option for next time (if I can get a 48 hour lead) although not sure if Austin is far enough inland. Re-evaluating my digital data backup system. A ...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Total Intl Index Fund:ADMRL vs INVESTOR
Replies: 8
Views: 1227

Re: Vanguard Total Intl Index Fund:ADMRL vs INVESTOR

Related question: With the expense ratio, over time, won't there be a price-per-share drift over a long enough timeline? That half-gallon container might be more like a 3/8 gallon container after a decade.
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Would you DCA from S&P 500 to TSM?
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

Re: Would you DCA from S&P 500 to TSM?

I'd do it all at once. The two indexes correlate closely enough that there isn't too much difference between the two (Doesn't the S&P 500 constitute about 75% of TSM?).
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief?
Replies: 41
Views: 2914

Re: Hurricane Harvey relief?

Three charities that are no-brainers in this instance: American Red Cross. You can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Greater Houston Community Foundation to donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. https://ghcf.org United Way of Greater Houston https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/fl...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations
Replies: 60
Views: 4338

Re: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations

What strikes me about the OP's post is that he is back to some semblance of "normal". Being 1500 mi. away from this tragedy, it is hard for me to put it in perspective from what I can see in the media. While there is an appalling degree of loss and misery to be sure, what I can't tell is what perce...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations
Replies: 60
Views: 4338

Re: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations

An important consideration is computer backup. If you keep some of your backup devices in a bank's safe deposit box, and both your home and your bank become flooded, you are likely to lose all copies of your files. Backing up to a cloud would solve this issue, but it brings up concerns about the cl...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations
Replies: 60
Views: 4338

Re: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations

I would have left town on 8/23 , I think that's your biggest mistake. You gambled and got lucky and your house didn't flood, but whats to say it would be the case next time. You could have decamped to Austin for a couple of days. On 8/23 I knew a tropical storm was hitting Texas, there was zero ind...
by stimulacra
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations
Replies: 60
Views: 4338

Hurricane Harvey has me rethinking my approach to disaster preparations

Was curious if there was a Boglehead consensus on disaster preparations? I live in Houston, just outside of downtown, and was fortunate in being largely unaffected by the storm this past weekend and all of the subsequent flooding. I know a lot of people that are not as lucky. Many have had their hom...
by stimulacra
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV thread (with a twist)
Replies: 44
Views: 4103

Re: SUV thread (with a twist)

I would look at: 1) Subaru Forrester (Tall compact crossover SUV). Pretty affordable and the interior ranges from spartan to nice. 2) Subaru Outback (Sedan based wagon with AWD). They can get pricey quick with the 3.6 engine but think they're very nice and hold their value well. 3) Honda CRV (Compac...
by stimulacra
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My girlfriend and her 401K, need to give her advice
Replies: 61
Views: 4955

Re: My girlfriend and her 401K, need to give her advice

Michael Alden wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:08 pm
She was in fixed income, i.e., money market. How did that give her benefit of bull bond market? Also, I've never been married, nor have any desire to ever do so, so my assets are not a consideration.
Sorry my bad. I understood “fixed income” to be bonds.
by stimulacra
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My girlfriend and her 401K, need to give her advice
Replies: 61
Views: 4955

Re: My girlfriend and her 401K, need to give her advice

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Based on the age you gave, it would seem like she at least had the benefit of a long bull bond market.

Could have been worse.

Blue is Total Bond
Red is Money Market
Orange S&P 500
by stimulacra
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My girlfriend and her 401K, need to give her advice
Replies: 61
Views: 4955

Re: My girlfriend and her 401K, need to give her advice

IMHO damage is done… 

If I were in her shoes I would direct all new money to equities and gradually shift over to 50/50 allocation.

If you guys are planning on getting married maybe consider her retirement accounts to be the bond portion…
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 138
Views: 10343

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

There's a good talk by Mr. Money Mustache on Youtube somewhere about retiring at age 30 (by saving 60% of your take home salary). “Work is better when you don't need the money”. 1) You can do the work you truly care about. 2) You can be honest. 3) You can devote time to making your world a better pl...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Opening an HSA tomorrow...
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: Opening an HSA tomorrow...

Yes, in my instance, the custodial fees aren't noticeable yet. The $45 admin fees eclipse it by a magnitude. I have a few years to go, just started my HSA in Jan and there's some moderate out of pocket expenses I can use it for this coming fall so I'm debating what to do (pay out of pocket and save ...
by stimulacra
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Opening an HSA tomorrow...
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: Opening an HSA tomorrow...

I use Health Savings Administrators. It's very easy to assemble a three fund portfolio there (VTSAX, VTIAX, VBTLX). The annual account administrative fees are a smidge high ($45/year). Other than that no real complaints. The interface isn't great but I only log in 2-3 times a year. It's easy enough ...
by stimulacra
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: bitcoin makes you rich
Replies: 22
Views: 2652

Re: bitcoin makes you rich

Bitcoin was released in 2009. I didn't hear about it till 2012…  IMHO it's a speculative bubble… but am considering adding cryptocurrency to my allocation at some point eventually: it would augment or replace what I use gold for. Probably waiting for a correction on that front. No big rush or sense ...
by stimulacra
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Movie Collection?
Replies: 43
Views: 3314

Re: Your Movie Collection?

I gave away my moderately sized DVD collection a couple of years ago. Still have a decent amount of Blu-Ray movies but it's cumbersome to hook up my PS3 to play them. All of my films now are on iTunes, I pay full price for Disney and Pixar films (they seldom go on sale), everything else I wait till ...
by stimulacra
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Individual stocks for fun
Replies: 24
Views: 1713

Re: Individual stocks for fun

Question for the group: How much fun money do you shore up before buying an individual stock? A few hundred dollars and it seems like fees and transaction costs would be a drag…  For me somewhere around $3k – $5k seems to be the area where you can buy a meaningful block of shares, transaction costs ...
by stimulacra
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal vs Vinyl sheds
Replies: 25
Views: 1847

Re: Metal vs Vinyl sheds

One thing to note with metal sheds…  I had one in my last house and stored some fertilizer there. One box of fertilizer was leaning up on the interior wall and in between seasons had created a corroded hole due to the humidity in Houston interacting with the phosphate. The hole got pretty big over t...
by stimulacra
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me pick a car
Replies: 54
Views: 4334

Re: Help me pick a car

Short list of viable family cars that are not SUV's or Crossovers. Honda Accord (sedan) Subaru Outback (AWD wagon) Subaru Legacy (AWD sedan) Mazda 6 (sedan) Mazda 3 (5-door hatch) Nissan Maxima (sedan) Offbeat choice that's technically not a SUV and meets your criteria: 2017 - 2018 Honda Ridgeline (...
by stimulacra
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does the Tony Robbins/Ray Dalio portfolio make sense at today's low rates?
Replies: 17
Views: 1360

Re: Does the Tony Robbins/Ray Dalio portfolio make sense at today's low rates?

Tony Robbins' version is a dumbed down version without leverage. He wanted to create a lazy portfolio based on Ray Dalio's risk parity model; something that could be communicated in a self-help book. Ray Dalio uses leverage on the bonds portion (via bond futures) to increase volatility and juice ret...
by stimulacra
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paul Singer Says Passive Investing Is ‘Devouring Capitalism’
Replies: 24
Views: 2788

Re: Paul Singer Says Passive Investing Is ‘Devouring Capitalism’

I'm a fan of Bloomberg but the article doesn't make much sense. “In a passive investing world, small shareholders have little-to-no voice and no realistic possibility of banding together, while the biggest shareholders have no (repeat, no) skin in the game so long as the money manager does not under...
by stimulacra
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: belts for dress pants
Replies: 37
Views: 2410

Re: belts for dress pants

Usually it makes sense to buy dress belts when I buy dress shoes. You can get a good match on leather, finish and color. For office wear, I buy them at Allen Edmonds when I get a new pair of shoes. I typically wait for a coupon or semi-annual sale. Try to target $40-50 for a belt that lasts 3-4 seas...
by stimulacra
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Will my older self thank me?
Replies: 38
Views: 3124

Re: Will my older self thank me?

My fashion sense at age 26 was a bit cringe-worthy 13 years later. All that stuff eventually went to Goodwill and in my head I thought about what it could have been worth if I invested in a 3-fund portfolio. I still dress nicely but adhere to more of a capsule wardrobe philosophy (Google “personal u...
by stimulacra
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401k Eligibility: Should I have to wait 17.5 months?
Replies: 8
Views: 939

Re: 401k Eligibility: Should I have to wait 17.5 months?

In a previous job I was told one thing about my 401k eligibility during the initial job negotiations with the owner/CEO and was told something else after the fact by the HR representative when I was onboarded. I forget the specifics but I was kept out of the company's 401k for a few months more than...
by stimulacra
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100K milestone - Thank you BH!
Replies: 15
Views: 2024

Re: 100K milestone - Thank you BH!

Congrats! At your age I was further behind you financially. You're in great shape.
by stimulacra
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg article on the impact of passive investing.
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Bloomberg article on the impact of passive investing.

What Impact Is Passive Investing Having on the Market? Try None https://bloom.bg/2uS6Qyh Interesting read for those worried that passive index funds might be distorting the market. After running the numbers, Macro Risk Advisors’s Pravit Chintawongvanich estimates that $3.3 trillion, or 14.4 percent...
by stimulacra
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Honda Odyssey Problem - Need Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 3610

Re: New 2018 Honda Odyssey Problem - Need Advice

The new Honda Odyssey is not built on a truck (body-on-frame) platform … quite the opposite; the Pilot, Acura MDX and Honda Ridgeline are built on the Odyssey (unibody) platform. Car dealerships are not in the business of taking back vehicles after the first complaint or inkling of buyers remorse. Y...
by stimulacra
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?
Replies: 47
Views: 4482

Re: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?

I bought my own device off of Amazon; never had any issues. The tech guys, when they come to my place to troubleshoot, just shrug when they find out it's not a Comcast lease. It's all the same to them. Anytime I can eliminate a subscription or rent from my monthly budget with a purchase, it usually ...
by stimulacra
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 17050

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

Index investing may only get "fair share of returns". If you're looking for future winning lottery tickets, you're on the wrong forum. Trying to get more than your fair share of returns goes against what Jack Bogle advocates: Index investing allows you to get your fair share of market returns at a ...
by stimulacra
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the portfolio role of a leveraged bond fund like PONDX?
Replies: 55
Views: 2794

Re: What is the portfolio role of a leveraged bond fund like PONDX?

Seems like you could use it to try to emulate Ray Dalio's Risk Parity (or All Weather) portfolio. If I understand correctly, all weather portfolios try to equalize risk by underweighting equities (Say 30 or 35% allocation). Bonds are somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50%. To help juice up returns ...
by stimulacra
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options
Replies: 75
Views: 4797

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options

I've never understood why people are reluctant to buy Subarus. The company has a pretty admirable business model, they always rank highly in auto reviews, and for 4wd cars they are incredibly efficient. CVT is a totally reliable transmission that basically just exists to get more mpg's. I own a Sub...
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging market funds
Replies: 30
Views: 2275

Re: Emerging market funds

I use VEMAX (Vanguard Emerging Markets Admiral Shares) to tilt (10%). It's done well for me this past year. Emerging Markets is part of my overall allocation strategy so if it does well, great. If it does poorly I just buy more of it with new money. I think the overall trend is that EM will do reall...
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options
Replies: 75
Views: 4797

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options

Didn't realize this would be in NYC…  With that in mind my top three choices would be: 1) 2017 Mazda CX-5: They just had a nice mid-cycle refresh so you get a sharper newer visual design but all of the major platform bugs have been shaken out. 2) 4th or 5th gen Honda CR-V: I'm still on the fence abo...
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options
Replies: 75
Views: 4797

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options

With three kids I would reconsider adding a minivan to your consideration list. Rent one for the weekend. School age kids LOVE them, especially great for transporting their friends and cousins around… their value becomes apparent when doing multi-stop errands around town with multiple kids in tow; l...
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pausing 401k to Pay Debts?
Replies: 48
Views: 2273

Re: Pausing 401k to Pay Debts?

“--->$7k remains on one car loan @ 5.95% (2004 suv - trade-in would be $7k)” I would ditch this car and get a $1-2k beater ride for whoever doesn't need to transport kids around… a year from now you'll be in a better spot I think. If possible, maybe consider being a 1-car family for a short time… in...
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pausing 401k to Pay Debts?
Replies: 48
Views: 2273

Re: Pausing 401k to Pay Debts?

What's your car situation?

If driving a $40k 3-row SUV, I would consider downsizing to get rid of the car note.

There's a nice glut of reliable late model vehicles to consider.
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pausing 401k to Pay Debts?
Replies: 48
Views: 2273

Re: Pausing 401k to Pay Debts?

If servicing your debt takes up (at minimum) a third of your income I would hit pause on the 401k contributions/employer match until at least all of your consumer debt (cc and car) is paid off. Your situation would be a good candidate for Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps. His snowball approach (paying the...
by stimulacra
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing Education and Mansplaining
Replies: 128
Views: 8270

Re: Investing Education and Mansplaining

Sounds like a market opportunity IMHO…  If someone can successfully package Jack Bogle's advice for millennials… (VICE, BuzzFeed) it would be a huge hit. I feel like Mr. Money Moustache (blog) or Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey's daughter) are tackling some of the lifestyle/thrift aspects of it but we hav...
by stimulacra
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1462
Views: 259808

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

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article162679638.html I heard that CalSTRS was up 13% for the year and that prompted me to look. I was surprised to find out I'm up 11.16% YTD, which is right around where you are. I'm surprised many other folks are only reporting mid ...
by stimulacra
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1462
Views: 259808

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

10.9% YTD

75% stocks
20% bonds
5% gold
by stimulacra
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New compact hatchback or used small SUV?
Replies: 17
Views: 1941

Re: New compact hatchback or used small SUV?

Now my questions: 1) Any experience with replacing a minivan with a small SUV such as RAV4 or Honda CR-V? It will take over the role of Corolla and a minivan because I want to keep Accord as nice and long as possible. In other words, it should be small and occasionally handy for trips to Home Depot...
by stimulacra
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Houston Chapter
Replies: 41
Views: 9095

Re: Houston Chapter

Hi, interested in meeting up with likeminded folks in Houston. Live in Montrose, work in Spring Branch.

Feel free to inbox. :)
by stimulacra
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your Favorite Vanguard Fund
Replies: 56
Views: 7000

Re: Your Favorite Vanguard Fund

“A warrior should not have a favorite sword” ~ Miyamoto Musashi If you read Musashi's “A Book of Five Rings” there's numerous stories of swordsmen who make the deadly mistake of relying on a favorite weapon or trying to replicate a previous success during a sword fight. I don't think investing is as...
by stimulacra
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: is offering this [Vanguard] website feature feasible?
Replies: 29
Views: 2288

Re: is offering this [Vanguard] website feature feasible?

My understanding is that Vanguard wants investor to buy the whole market, or broad sectors of it, and hold it over time. By providing an X-ray tool to let passive investors zoom in on individual tickers within each fund, or across multiple funds, and parse out the info, that seems like a distraction...
by stimulacra
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: is offering this [Vanguard] website feature feasible?
Replies: 29
Views: 2288

Re: is offering this [Vanguard] website feature feasible?

I use a similar free service from T.Rowe Price (Portfolio X-Ray) that does an individual security breakdown as a % of investments as well as market value of each security whether held individually or within an active or passive mutual fund, so I think it is feasible and possible. Does it make sense ...
by stimulacra
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera - new baby coming
Replies: 64
Views: 4463

Re: Good camera - new baby coming

I was in a similar boat to you when our daughter was born. Ended up getting a Canon 60D with some lenses to help capture all of her first milestones. That was back in 2010 so I think the current model to get would be the Canon EOS 80D dSLR (it should be around $1100 - 1200 for a decent kit), Canon 7...
by stimulacra
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone else gotten totally bored with investing?
Replies: 127
Views: 14401

Re: Anyone else gotten totally bored with investing?

Yes, I was in the same boat for a bit. My solution was to allocate 20% of my equities to individual stocks, to the extent possible I try to minimize overlap with my core holdings but I'm sure there is some. Others might disagree but it keeps me entertained and engaged in investing. It's not like I'm...