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by vesalius
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: confused about HDMI cables
Replies: 18
Views: 1688

Re: confused about HDMI cables

I bought a new 4K tv and and am currently using a 10 year old HDMI cable for video. Should I buy a newer cable? Also, when I connect a soundbar, will I need to use an HDMI-ARC cable for audio? If I should be doing things differently please let me know. Thanks!! No, you don't need a new HDMI cable. ...
by vesalius
Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: From a 20-fund indexed portfolio, to a simple one
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: From a 20-fund indexed portfolio, to a simple one

Good selections of funds. Glad you found what works for you. That and a good contribution rate are really important. I settled on a simple easy to manage 4 fund portfolio. AQR Small Cap Multi-Style Fund Class I QSMLX DFA World ex U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio Institutional Class Shares DWUSX AQR Sty...
by vesalius
Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Not DFA - what are the best Value and MOM funds?
Replies: 20
Views: 2030

Re: Not DFA - what are the best Value and MOM funds?

AQR also offers funds that combine them (DFA only screens for negative momentum, thus avoiding negative loading on MOM but not getting positive). And there are multi factor funds like Goldman's new fund that get exposure to multiple factors. Larry If I just want to invest in a Value fund and a MOM ...
by vesalius
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DFA vs Vanguard (I know, I know)
Replies: 32
Views: 3381

Re: DFA vs Vanguard (I know, I know)

Just thought I'd give this post a bump. I believe anyone interested in DIY investing through VG, should at least actively consider the Advisor DFA route. Then if they choose DIY VG, they will have more conviction to stick to their plan. Interested to hear what others think. Dave Just switched to on...
by vesalius
Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM
Replies: 134
Views: 9131

Re: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM

For those not "buying the kool aid", do you believe the data? Do you think the benefit will be arbitraged away? Do you not trust it because it is a behavioral story rather than a risk story? Do you look at it in isolation rather than as a component of a multi-factor portfolio? Just looks ...
by vesalius
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM
Replies: 134
Views: 9131

Re: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM

Thanks Larry, I figured there was an obvious reason I was glossing over.

Have a great thanks giving
by vesalius
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM
Replies: 134
Views: 9131

Re: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM

Few thoughts to add. First, when we worked with Bridgeway to develop the Omni Funds we did include MOM in terms of a negative screening and have pushed Bridgeway to be a bit more aggressive in implementing it and they have done that, moving from about -0.1 loading (which is low for value fund) to s...
by vesalius
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Merriman 2 fund portfolio
Replies: 5
Views: 1209

Re: Merriman 2 fund portfolio

Sounds like a variant of the Larry portfolio, but it leaves out any international. You won't find consensus here or anywhere for this type of portfolio. Even those that use variants, myself included, will caution that unless you are fully convinced in the probability they will perform over time emot...
by vesalius
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch 2 Distance from iPhone?
Replies: 11
Views: 966

Re: Apple Watch 2 Distance from iPhone?

I like it, but it fits exactly what needed. I never had version 1 as I tend to always skip the first run or remake of any product. I needed waterproof and got it. Wanted thinner, but didn't need it. Wanted longer battery life, but have no basis for comparison and truthfully I get 2-3 days per charge...
by vesalius
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch 2 Distance from iPhone?
Replies: 11
Views: 966

Re: Apple Watch 2 Distance from iPhone?

Yes that should work as long as a couple of caveats are met. 1. The phone you have paired to the watch auto connects to your home wireless network. 2. The upstairs location can connect to that same wireless network. 20 Things Apple Watch Can Do On WiFi Without iPhone In Bluetooth Range http://www.re...
by vesalius
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Karate/Taekwondo for an 8 year old?
Replies: 35
Views: 1697

Re: Karate/Taekwondo for an 8 year old?

I have twin 8 year old boys and an older daughter in TKD for the last 2-3 years. They have a great Grand Master teaching them with multiple other black belts there during class also helping. He is tough and demanding but loves the kids he teaches. TKD has been great for their balance and flexibility...
by vesalius
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When should I upgrade my wireless router? (RT-N56U)
Replies: 43
Views: 3608

Re: When should I upgrade my wireless router? (RT-N56U)

5g is faster, but also shorter range, so not unexpected. A good 5gHz connection can more than handle your modest internet connection speed at full throttle without slowing it down. Caveats being the distance of your device from the router and what kind of obstructions, i.e. Walls, metal, brick and s...
by vesalius
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Not DFA - what are the best Value and MOM funds?
Replies: 20
Views: 2030

Re: Not DFA - what are the best Value and MOM funds?

Check this post out. Still all relevant.

viewtopic.php?p=2421420#p2421420

MTUM iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor has a low ER and gets decent recommendations here from those among us will to go down that Path.
by vesalius
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Next-Generation Streaming Service for TV/Internet
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: Next-Generation Streaming Service for TV/Internet

AT&T is working on a wireless Internet service for rural areas that travels via line of site along power line poles. This kind of thing could also become available. AT&T’s AirGig uses power lines for multi-gigabit, wireless broadband How AT&T plans to deliver cheap, high-speed internet ...
by vesalius
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When should I upgrade my wireless router? (RT-N56U)
Replies: 43
Views: 3608

Re: When should I upgrade my wireless router? (RT-N56U)

Security-wise WPA/WPA2 with AES should be sufficient for the home. What is most likely more useful is that a new router should get regular firmware updates to fix any software security flaws. I am not familiar with the N-56, but Asus is pretty good about making firmware updates available. They are ...
by vesalius
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Next-Generation Streaming Service for TV/Internet
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: Next-Generation Streaming Service for TV/Internet

AT&T is working on a wireless Internet service for rural areas that travels via line of site along power line poles. This kind of thing could also become available. AT&T’s AirGig uses power lines for multi-gigabit, wireless broadband How AT&T plans to deliver cheap, high-speed internet o...
by vesalius
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DFA vs Vanguard (I know, I know)
Replies: 32
Views: 3381

Re: DFA vs Vanguard (I know, I know)

Obviously we are far, far away from this really becoming a problem, but I do wonder at what point competition for stocks that are rich in the fashionable factors could start to drive up their price. I think it could be definitely be a problem, but human nature and recency almost certainly keep it f...
by vesalius
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM
Replies: 134
Views: 9131

Re: A look at the research and evidence on time-series MOM

Just for fun, I just looked at VTI since QSPIX inception. 13 negative months. QSPIX had better returns than VTI in 12 of those 13 months. QMHIX had better returns than VTI in 10 of those 13 months. The one negative VTI month were QSPIX did worse, QMHIX was strongly positive. Sounds sort of like an ...
by vesalius
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Adding 5%+ ... Rebalance or Proportional
Replies: 12
Views: 1306

Re: Adding 5%+ ... Rebalance or Proportional

Rebalancing with new money is what I would do as well. Doing so now may obviate the need for more transactions in 6 months and overall decrease transaction cost, if there are any. At the very least it will bring your portfolio back to your preset risk tolerance now.
by vesalius
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why patience and discipline are key to investing, it's temperament not intellect
Replies: 38
Views: 4929

Re: Why patience and discipline are key to investing, it's temperament not intellect

That's really interesting data, Robert. It actually makes sense given just how strong large growth has been the last few years. I'd imagine flows into a couple of big companies like the FANGs of last year would dwarf gains in SCV. I think the bigger issue for the long term is whether publicly trade...
by vesalius
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Updating a slice and dice portfolio with Multi-factor funds
Replies: 8
Views: 1270

Re: Updating a slice and dice portfolio with Multi-factor funds

There are no AQR multistyle small intl or emerging variants as far as I can tell. Only large offered currently, well I think they may be total market style, but regardless they are both overwhelmingly dominated by large. ETF variants: all the caveats about liquidity and trading apply. Many are quite...
by vesalius
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe on Meb Faber Show
Replies: 15
Views: 2067

Re: Larry Swedroe on Meb Faber Show

At the end of this great discussion, Larry and Meb long for funds that have ETF tax advantages but trade at end of day NAV. Doesn't that already exist in Vanguard mutual funds that also have ETF share classes? It sounds exactly like Vanguard's unique patented structure, but they seemed to talk abou...
by vesalius
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe on Meb Faber Show
Replies: 15
Views: 2067

Re: Larry Swedroe on Meb Faber Show

Good listen. Thanks for posting.

Larry, where might I read about or research th e specific re-insurance fund I have seen you mention here and there a few times?
by vesalius
Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should you use component funds or core funds when allocating to factors
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Should you use component funds or core funds when allocating to factors

The factor construction approached by the Russell Focused Factor indexes is fascinating for this reason. They start with the Russell 1000, then weight on Value factors, then weight on smaller ones, then weight on quality, and finally weight on either yield, momentum, or low vol, while keeping the m...
by vesalius
Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percentage of a portfolio should be in international stocks ?
Replies: 101
Views: 6369

Re: "nobody knows"

Instead, listen to me, and don't invest in international at all, or if you do, no more than 20%, and if you do that, you will beat the market . This sounds like something you would find in an investment newsletter. Coming out of anyone else's mouth, many here would classify it as "noise",...
by vesalius
Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percentage of a portfolio should be in international stocks ?
Replies: 101
Views: 6369

Re: "nobody knows"

Instead, listen to me, and don't invest in international at all, or if you do, no more than 20%, and if you do that, you will beat the market . This sounds like something you would find in an investment newsletter. Coming out of anyone else's mouth, many here would classify it as "noise",...
by vesalius
Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percentage of a portfolio should be in international stocks ?
Replies: 101
Views: 6369

Re: What percentage of a portfolio should be in international stocks ?

Just playing devils advocate ... so tilting away from a total cap weighted market portfolio is reasonable, if jack says so, but not advisable if you tilt away from an all beta weighted portfolio? I guess recent backtesting is okay to believe in this situation as well. Seems clear as mud. :sharebeer
by vesalius
Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Smart beta? GSLC
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Re: Smart beta? GSLC

Any thoughts on smart beta funds i know there are a few low cost options now What do you think of Goldman's active beta etf With an ER of 1.54% it will have to way outperform the S&P500. Even 40, 50 or 60 bp better before fees still leaves you far behind VTI. The ER on the fund is only 0.09%. N...
by vesalius
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Opinions on this new fund: suitability for EM small and value
Replies: 10
Views: 916

Re: Opinions on this new fund: suitability for EM small and value

While more multi factor than just small value and a new fund, iShares Multifactor Emerging Market (EMGF) might deserve a look.
by vesalius
Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Myopic loss aversion and the equity risk premium puzzle
Replies: 76
Views: 4794

Re: Myopic loss aversion and the equity risk premium puzzle

I think loss aversion is very rational and not myopic. At $2 million, I retire with everything I need, and almost everything I want. Growing that to $3 or $4 million changes my life very little. Dropping that to $1 million changes my life immensely. From prior articles I am fairly certain Mr. Swedr...
by vesalius
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is ready for iphone 7?
Replies: 149
Views: 12311

Re: Who is ready for iphone 7?

My work will reimburse me for a new smart phone every 2 years. I plan to upgrade asap. I'll then wait for hopefuly the second iteration of an OLED iphone 2 years from now.
by vesalius
Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small value underperformance, DFA
Replies: 106
Views: 9280

Re: Small value underperformance, DFA

proven nothing has been proven. It's all theory that may falsify in the future or may hold true. True, similar to the premise that Stocks and Total market funds will beat bonds. The data I have read from larry suggest that the one I just mentioned and Larry's premise as outlined in the book Reducin...
by vesalius
Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the "Honda Accord" of bicycles?
Replies: 78
Views: 7177

Re: What is the "Honda Accord" of bicycles?

For a toddler, go to Wal*Mart and get what she likes. She'll outgrow it by the end of the season anyways. As she gets into the tweener years, look for the name brands. It would be silly to spend $700 on a bike that will be ridden 6 times then become too small. (I was a bike mechanic/sales guy back ...
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

GoldenFinch wrote: Morse code? :happy
Obviously no real morse code, Just trying to use descriptive terminology. 8-)
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

My husband was given a very old pocket watch from his uncle's estate and it is beautiful. Husband has a software business and is glued to his iPhone for work, but I just can't see the benefit of an apple watch when it is just a smaller iPhone. Or am I missing something? The easy and obvious answer ...
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

My husband was given a very old pocket watch from his uncle's estate and it is beautiful. Husband has a software business and is glued to his iPhone for work, but I just can't see the benefit of an apple watch when it is just a smaller iPhone. Or am I missing something? The easy and obvious answer ...
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

Here are features that I expect in a smart-watch: - recording, storing, and uploading of all measurements below, - accurate, continuous monitoring of heart rate, - frequent monitoring of blood sugar, - monitoring of stress levels, - monitoring of food intake. Preferably, caloric value of food intak...
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

I'll get one if they become popular. That sounds shallow, but I'm not gonna spend $400-500 on a watch if the thing is going to flop and be discontinued. I'll wait till the 3rd or 4th iteration (assuming they release a new one every year). I'd like it to get thinner, possibly a round face, and signi...
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

Here are features that I expect in a smart-watch: - recording, storing, and uploading of all measurements below, - accurate, continuous monitoring of heart rate, - frequent monitoring of blood sugar, - monitoring of stress levels, - monitoring of food intake. Preferably, caloric value of food intak...
by vesalius
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

Better water and scratch resistance than I thought from even the cheapest sport model that does not have the highest end sapphire crystal and sports an aluminum body.

https://youtu.be/Sn0ovf_-uJY

They make it thinner and increase the battery life over the next few iterations and so far I am buying.
by vesalius
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to landscape an island and lawn tool recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 1463

Re: How to landscape an island and lawn tool recommendations

...just put cardboard on top of it then put your mulch or dirt on top of that. By the time the cardboard decomposes the grass will be long gone... I tried the buried cardboard strategy, and it failed. Grass is surprisingly strong and pernicious; it seemingly grows best where you least want it. This...
by vesalius
Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

I'm going to bet that 1/4 to 1/2 the folks here who have a compatible iphone, and state that they will not buy an Apple Watch, will indeed have one in 18 months. I am pretty sure I will eventually, if for nothing else than filtering intrusions out both at work and during family time. I just need a ...
by vesalius
Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling WiFi
Replies: 17
Views: 2593

Re: Traveling WiFi

If you have not checked in the last 6 months to a year, check with AT&T on your phones data plans. They made several changes that could give you you double or even quadruple the data for the same price as an older plan. I would continue with the tethering for a couple of months and see how much ...
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Asus computer to buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2918

Re: Which Asus computer to buy?

DDMP20 wrote:Linux isn't as scary as people make it out to be.

"proprietary screws and all"

Good one! :happy

No Linux isn't. I had my computer illiterate sister using Linux as her primary PC back around 2000.

Glad you took the sarcasm as a joke the way I intended it.
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 456
Views: 48088

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

I don't know. I am one of few people here who always wears a watch, and so I may be more receptive to a smart watch than others. I'll wait until Google or some other non-Apple company offers it. There are several options, but most are bulkier than the apple watch and need time and seasoning through...
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Internet Question
Replies: 31
Views: 3584

Re: Wireless Internet Question

f that doesn't work, then buy a cheap router and set it up as an access point by plugging it into an open ethernet connection that is closest to all the dead spots. Very few new routers do not have an access point mode. You should have no real drop off in network speed at the previously well covere...
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Internet Question
Replies: 31
Views: 3584

Re: Wireless Internet Question

Because the OP has Cat 5 run to each room, he would be better served to set up an access point than a wireless repeater. Sometimes people confuse the 2. For the OP in simplified terms: A Wireless repeater connects to your primary wifi router over the air and rebroadcasts the signal to create a secon...
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Asus computer to buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2918

Re: Which Asus computer to buy?

If you get a smaller SSD drive to load the system software on, whether it be a Linux distro or Windows, you will a perceptively faster computer on most common task with the $679 than the $900. Even though the higher priced model has 2x the RAM. Unless you are willing to build you own, which really ...
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Internet Question
Replies: 31
Views: 3584

Re: Wireless Internet Question

I agree with the last few post. I would first log into the router and slightly change the SSID name of the 5ghz network. The ipad and everything else wireless will then continue to log into the 2.4 ghz without a discernible network difference that you can tell other than potentially filling in those...
by vesalius
Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Asus computer to buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2918

Re: Which Asus computer to buy?

If you get a smaller SSD drive to load the system software on, whether it be a Linux distro or Windows, you will a perceptively faster computer on most common task with the $679 than the $900. Even though the higher priced model has 2x the RAM. Unless you are willing to build you own, which really i...

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