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by zzcooper123
Wed May 03, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Giving a Talk on Personal Finance & Investing - Advice?
Replies: 41
Views: 2533

Re: Giving a Talk on Personal Finance & Investing - Advice?

The average Boglehead has essentially a PhD in Personal Finance. Way too advanced and counter-intuitive for the average individual. I would be surprised if one out of a hundred audience members would bother to check the links suggested.
by zzcooper123
Tue May 02, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Giving a Talk on Personal Finance & Investing - Advice?
Replies: 41
Views: 2533

Re: Giving a Talk on Personal Finance & Investing - Advice?

Here are the topics I cover in my talks to medical students: Why should they listen? How are you different from a Financial Advisor? Life insurance. Avoid Whole Life Disability Insurance. Tax brackets. Employed vs. self employed What not to invest in. What to invest in...low ER stock and mutual fund...
by zzcooper123
Mon May 01, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are we all forgetting our taxable accounts?
Replies: 79
Views: 9638

Re: Are we all forgetting our taxable accounts?

Most people don't even understand marginal tax brackets, so why would they get Capital Gains rates?
by zzcooper123
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."
Replies: 336
Views: 36626

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."

Without Larry's advice I would not be retired today. I will thank you every day.
by zzcooper123
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which Larry Portfolio variation would you choose?
Replies: 30
Views: 3013

Re: Which Larry Portfolio variation would you choose?

Larry, If the SCV premium is so much higher than LCV, should someone "sophisticated" invest in Large Cap at all? If domestic growth stocks neutralize the Small Cap Value premium, should one invest in Growth at all? Should an investor avoid market beta ? I am currently 30/70 stocks/high qua...
by zzcooper123
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Terrible negotiator - need help with words to use [Buying a car]
Replies: 94
Views: 6854

Re: Terrible negotiator - need help with words to use [Buying a car]

I tried the email route for my last Honda purchase and got no where. No one could beat the $500 off for a repeat buyer and the dealership and another $500 off to finance at 0.9%.
by zzcooper123
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2683
Views: 733001

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Passengers"...very good. A love story in space.
by zzcooper123
Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees' Roth Conversion Conundrum
Replies: 24
Views: 2294

Re: Retirees' Roth Conversion Conundrum

I am lowering my RMDs either way...Roth conversion vs. taxable account. If the Market goes up predictably over the next decade, then yes, I will have more after-tax money in the Roth. If it doesn't, all I can do is re-characterize. In a taxable account, I seem to have more options. I can gift low ba...
by zzcooper123
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees' Roth Conversion Conundrum
Replies: 24
Views: 2294

Re: Retirees' Roth Conversion Conundrum

What do you really gain from Roth conversions? Seems like I am losing out on tax loss harvesting and step up basis at death by converting to a Roth. With the end of the stretch IRA option, what do I gain really ? Why not put the unneeded funds into a taxable account?
by zzcooper123
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Third year medical student, where to begin
Replies: 29
Views: 2403

Re: Third year medical student, where to begin

Be self-employed, at least in part. Learn business skills. Involve your spouse. Diversify. Develop medical skills and interests in areas maybe no one else wants. Start asset protection (malpractice, bad business deals) from the beginning. Learn the Rule of 72. Learn the US tax code. Follow whitecoat...
by zzcooper123
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The coming municipal bond crisis
Replies: 51
Views: 8366

Re: The coming municipal bond crisis

What are the 11 States?
by zzcooper123
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how to contribute 53k to 401(k) as employed doc?
Replies: 40
Views: 3255

Re: how to contribute 53k to 401(k) as employed doc?

Could you receive some income as a W2 employee, say up to the SS limits? Then form an LLC and be compensated as say, an EHR consultant and contribute these funds into a solo401k.
by zzcooper123
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I Pay Off 3.25% Home Equity Line of Credit?
Replies: 14
Views: 1732

Re: Should I Pay Off 3.25% Home Equity Line of Credit?

I am in exactly your situation. I have the funds to pay off my 3.25% HELOC at any time, but don't. My Home is not at risk. After taxes and inflation, these funds appear to be near free money. The asset protection is also nice. I am sure the bank would love it if I paid it off. If long term mortgage ...
by zzcooper123
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family winter beach vacation recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Family winter beach vacation recommendations?

Macro Island and Naples areas have relatively nice temps in January and February. Close to air-boat rides in Everglades, kayaking, good beaches, Naples zoo, fishing, art fairs.
by zzcooper123
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking Job Ideas for a disabled MD
Replies: 17
Views: 2265

Re: Seeking Job Ideas for a disabled MD

Google "non-clinical careers for physicians." SEAK is putting on a seminar in Chicago next month.
by zzcooper123
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Maximizing retirement spending power - Basic case study.
Replies: 23
Views: 3948

Re: Maximizing retirement spending power - Basic case study.

I just finished: "The Overtaxed Investor: Slash Your Tax Bill & Be A Tax Alpha Dog." Really quite good, although I don't completely agree with his thoughts on dividends.
This should answer a lot of your questions.
by zzcooper123
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 168
Views: 16769

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

I feel your pain. Are there other concierge physicians in the area? Generally concierge physicians are personable and accommodating; almost as useful as being "competent." They must value high quality care if they have gone concierge. Consider calling independent Primary care docs in your ...
by zzcooper123
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 168
Views: 16769

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

I am a former Primary care physician. I was always surprised how patients would throw away a 20 year relationship for a $5 co-pay. My Practice had 5 full time employees just to deal with insurance issues. A very poor business model. Personally, I believe a generalist physician that you know and trus...
by zzcooper123
Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]
Replies: 357
Views: 45783

Re: Prime Harvesting anyone?

My portfolio draw down is more influenced by taxes than anything else. I use the Larry portfolio with a rising equity glidepath. Much of the Prime Harvesting method appears to be momentum play i.e. "don't sell your stocks too early."
by zzcooper123
Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What TYPE of books do you like to read?
Replies: 48
Views: 2913

Re: What TYPE of books do you like to read?

Talking books seem to stick better. I like books about motivation, neurosciences, human genetics, military fiction.
by zzcooper123
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Five Best National Parks to Visit?
Replies: 99
Views: 8944

Re: Five Best National Parks to Visit?

Make sure you read: "Conserving America's National Parks"
by Scott Abella before you go. Will make your visit much more interesting.
by zzcooper123
Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2314
Views: 689345

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived"
by Chip Walter
by zzcooper123
Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Living off dividend income
Replies: 44
Views: 8864

Re: Living off dividend income

The desire for dividend income confuses me. Doesn't the share price/NAV drop after a dividend? Now you have shares worth less and a taxable event. If one invests in high dividend stocks, doesn't that result in low diversification? Doesn't the Market know about the dividend and raise the original sha...
by zzcooper123
Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Book Recommendation for New Investor
Replies: 24
Views: 3069

Re: Book Recommendation for New Investor

"The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You'll Ever Need: The Good, the Flawed, the Bad, and the Ugly"...this book puts it all together. Shows what not to invest in and gives great insight into the retail markets.
by zzcooper123
Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Key West and everglades trip
Replies: 41
Views: 4525

Re: Key West and everglades trip

Big Cypress Preserve (was just there yesterday).
10,000 Islands Wildlife Preserve: kayaking, nature walks
Everglades Park
Everglades City, Airboat rides
Tigertail beach, Marco Island
by zzcooper123
Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are these two funds "substantially identical?"
Replies: 18
Views: 1005

Re: Are these two funds "substantially identical?"

Have the Bogleheads arrived on any consensus on the loss harvesting of tax exempt bond funds?
by zzcooper123
Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing for retirement vs. college
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: Investing for retirement vs. college

It is hard to beat long term compounded returns to build wealth. For a high earner, the upfront state tax savings and untaxed returns of a 529 might make sense. It didn't really for me with my two college kids. Tuition is going up 5-8% year and the College nickels and dimes me to death. Fees for eve...
by zzcooper123
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physician MBA?
Replies: 30
Views: 4107

Re: Physician MBA?

Why don't you start your own side business? You will learn more about Business that from any MBA. It is doubtful that an MBA will magically bring a fulfilling and high paying job into your life.
by zzcooper123
Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Doctor Strategies
Replies: 74
Views: 11593

Re: Doctor Strategies

The biggest question is: what is your student loan debt?
How you manage this greatly impacts your financial future.

Remember asset protection.
Start a home based business.
Don't forget to fully self-actualize
by zzcooper123
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PhD Mechanical Engineer --> Law School?
Replies: 47
Views: 5210

Re: PhD Mechanical Engineer --> Law School?

How about testifying in Court as an engineer? A high demand for qualified experts especially in engineering. Don't need law school to get this type of training. Look at SEAK courses.
by zzcooper123
Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Stock Index Not Going to Crash" vs. "Coming Stock Market Crash"
Replies: 11
Views: 1854

Re: "Stock Index Not Going to Crash" vs. "Coming Stock Market Crash"

I go to Real Clear Markets occasionally. You can look at the most bullish and bearish commentaries on the same day. Both cannot be correct. Both can be wrong.
by zzcooper123
Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to take advantage of 15% tax bracket?
Replies: 37
Views: 5283

Re: How to take advantage of 15% tax bracket?

It is hard to beat a 0% tax rate.
Why not take all your cap gains now and worry about Roth conversions later?
Remember the brackets go up a little every year.
by zzcooper123
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Throwing in the Towel (paying off mortgage)
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

Re: Throwing in the Towel (paying off mortgage)

A long term low rate mortgage is a precious commodity...why pay it off? Asset protection and an inflation hedge wrapped up in one package. At your ages, you don't have any better uses for the cash? Why does a paid up mortgage make your spouse happy? The mortgage obligates the Bank more than it does ...
by zzcooper123
Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Annual Primary Care Premium
Replies: 20
Views: 1909

Re: Annual Primary Care Premium

I for one, appreciate the value of a PCP that knows me and wants "my business." The idea of your own personal physician is fading fast. Patients don't know what they are missing. Instead they will interact with a rushed Primary care doc, if not a NP or PA, who is more interested in generat...
by zzcooper123
Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rebalancing in a taxable account
Replies: 7
Views: 746

Re: Rebalancing in a taxable account

In my taxable account I am slowly moving stocks to bonds until I reach a 30/70 mix . Trying to keep taxable income in the 15% bracket to avoid cap gains. May take 3-5 years depending on the Markets.Gradually moving from S&P 500 type funds to small cap value and international. After a few years, ...
by zzcooper123
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TLH for absolute dummies [Tax Loss Harvesting]
Replies: 262
Views: 33540

Re: TLH for absolute dummies [Tax Loss Harvesting]

Have we come to consensus on the six month Rule for tax loss harvesting tax free bond funds? Has anyone done this on Vanguard?
by zzcooper123
Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TLH for absolute dummies [Tax Loss Harvesting]
Replies: 262
Views: 33540

Re: TLH for absolute dummies [Tax Loss Harvesting]

:twisted: Now if we can just get the IRS to offset dividends with capital losses...
by zzcooper123
Wed May 27, 2015 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Removed credit freeze, lender still can't pull report
Replies: 8
Views: 1474

Re: Removed credit freeze, lender still can't pull report

I recently went through the same thing. The mortgage company insisted that all agencies were not open. I checked with each agency and all were unfrozen. The mortgage agency tried again and it worked.
by zzcooper123
Tue May 26, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pediatric Practice
Replies: 15
Views: 2599

Re: Pediatric Practice

A solo pediatrician?...not a viable business.
Are you aware of the reimbursement for vaccines?
Call schedule?
by zzcooper123
Sun May 17, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?
Replies: 47
Views: 7048

Re: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?

A false dichotomy. Don't restrict yourself to one employer. Think like you are the CFO of your own life. Private practice is not likely to be viable very long. Maybe concierge. Unless you are making money for somebody you will get canned. Either way things are changing fast. Develop multiple skills ...
by zzcooper123
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: long term capital gain tax vs. roth conversions
Replies: 50
Views: 5971

Re: long term capital gain tax vs. roth conversions

Right now I am taking it year-by-year. If I can use up the cap gains by age 65, I will aggressively Roth convert for 5 years to age 70 and live off my high basis taxable account. If death seems imminent over that period, then I stop gains harvesting to snag the step-up basis for my heirs. You never ...
by zzcooper123
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: long term capital gain tax vs. roth conversions
Replies: 50
Views: 5971

Re: long term capital gain tax vs. roth conversions

I am in a similar situation. I am trying to take my maximum capital gains to remain in the 15% (0% rate) bracket. Roth conversions will have to wait until my cap gains have been used up.
I am aware that this will increase my future RMD's.

Is this correct thinking?
by zzcooper123
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 235
Views: 26218

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Anything by Steven Baxter. I loved "Evolution" and the Vortex series.
by zzcooper123
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physician tail coverage
Replies: 20
Views: 3561

Re: Physician tail coverage

Consider paying for a part time policy with the same company. Pay this discounted premium to wait out the Statute of Limitations (one year from discovery in Ohio) and then drop the policy. If OB or peds are involved this will not work, although Ohio has a 4 year Statute of Repose. Not fool-proof by ...
by zzcooper123
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]
Replies: 132
Views: 14197

Re: physicians

Change your attitude.Think outside-the-box. There are multiple, low-burnout, part-time opportunities for physicians. Get out of the "I have to be in Practice" mode.
by zzcooper123
Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Eek - I was terminated!! Quick Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 3557

Re: Eek - I was terminated!! Quick Questions

I can see pre-paying the Auto loan if the finance company requires lower insurance deductibles than you normally have paid.
by zzcooper123
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The lowest stock allocation you plan to stay with
Replies: 79
Views: 7895

Re: The lowest stock allocation you plan to stay with

Just retired this year. Currently at 35/65. Anticipate going to 30/70 in 2016 with another capital gain harvest. Then rising equity glidepath to 50/50 over next 5 years.
by zzcooper123
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2015!
Replies: 237
Views: 38930

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2015!

Finishing up in clinical Medicine January 31, 2015.
by zzcooper123
Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Livesoft - Thank you
Replies: 44
Views: 7428

Re: Livesoft - Thank you

Livesoft has definitely changed my investing style. I credit his advice with my ability to retire early.


Have been waiting for a livesoft book or blog or something....

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