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by SeeMoe
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

Here's a previous discussion of the questions you need to ask (of yourself or your advisor): Give your portfolio an annual checkup Wonderful post! Just mailed myself a copy and will adjust it to a senior retirees questionnaire for the Flagship Rep. , after he gives his standard spiel as I anticipat...
by SeeMoe
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incompetent home inspector - what to do?
Replies: 40
Views: 3385

Re: Incompetent home inspector - what to do?

We had a similar problem when selling our house and the buyer had a Government loan that required strict Inspection procedures. The house was fairly new, but the inspectors found several areas that needed fixing and reinspection. So we had them done and ate the costs! Did that with two properties th...
by SeeMoe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

My problem (and it's a good problem) is that almost all my holdings have substantial capital gains, so any tune-up of my portfolio will cost me money in taxes. At this point (I'm 80+) I think I will just hold on till the step-up in basis happens. It's mostly VG index funds, sort of the usual mix bu...
by SeeMoe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

I'm not sure that there's much Vanguard could do to help you out. It seems like what you have is working. It does seem like you are investing for your heirs at this point. If that's the case would you want to make any changes? Funny thing happened over the years as we aged and accumulated more weal...
by SeeMoe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

coffeehubcap wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:32 pm
Where's your 5 star CCRC community?
Where? Western Lancaster county. There are several excellent CCRC communities here in Lancaster county and the employees are first rate, hard working local people. Sure beats the big city, IMHO...

SeeMoe.. :beer
by SeeMoe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

My problem (and it's a good problem) is that almost all my holdings have substantial capital gains, so any tune-up of my portfolio will cost me money in taxes. At this point (I'm 80+) I think I will just hold on till the step-up in basis happens. It's mostly VG index funds, sort of the usual mix bu...
by SeeMoe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Re: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

I'm not sure that there's much Vanguard could do to help you out. It seems like what you have is working. It does seem like you are investing for your heirs at this point. If that's the case would you want to make any changes? Funny thing happened over the years as we aged and accumulated more weal...
by SeeMoe
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?
Replies: 14
Views: 1537

Flagship Services Include Free Annual Tuneup. Q.’s to Ask?

We have been exclusive Vanguard customers for many years, and our fortunes really benefited by a fluke of timing in August 2001 when we finally “ Let Go,...Let Vanguard “ investment services analyze our hodge-podge portfolio of their mutual funds. Their wonderful one time fee analysis for about a fl...
by SeeMoe
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State retirement pensions thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 3742

Re: State retirement pensions thoughts?

Even if the state pension is underfunded the employer(state) has an obligation to pay the state pensioners retirement pension in full, by law! So even if the pension plan has been mismanaged, the employer must still pay the pension in full. How? By raising taxes is one way. Reducing the state budge...
by SeeMoe
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State retirement pensions thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 3742

Re: State retirement pensions thoughts?

Even if the state pension is underfunded the employer(state) has an obligation to pay the state pensioners retirement pension in full, by law! So even if the pension plan has been mismanaged, the employer must still pay the pension in full. How? By raising taxes is one way. Reducing the state budget...
by SeeMoe
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If On Medicare Before SS, How Do You Pay?
Replies: 40
Views: 3165

Re: If On Medicare Before SS, How Do You Pay?

Interesting assumption. I didn’t think of that! Unless the SS administrators have something up their sleeve like watering down the cost of living allowance also?

SeeMoe.. :?:
by SeeMoe
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: social security maximize plan
Replies: 9
Views: 1084

Re: social security maximize plan

There are about 63 million SS recipients who are receiving monthly SS checks. The average payout is about $1,300.00 per month. That scares us, so we took SS as soon as allowed , treating it like a “ bird in hand” opportunity before there’s a sudden change in policy by the government that negatively ...
by SeeMoe
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to stop putting money into an older vehicle
Replies: 90
Views: 6422

Re: When to stop putting money into an older vehicle

Every three years we dip into our Vanguard investments and use whatever is doing well at the moment to payoff what’s due on the trade-in vehicle. Always make sure the trade-in has its warranty of under 50,000 miles too!

SeeMoe.. :beer
by SeeMoe
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you decide when to retire?
Replies: 54
Views: 8284

Re: How did you decide when to retire?

We found a solid 5 Star CCRC with excellent long term care facilities on campus near several top notch hospitals that are nationally known, and world class specialists are within easy reach. The CCRC has a substantial reserve for future improvements , and has good, caring managers. Very satisfied wi...
by SeeMoe
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund now available
Replies: 83
Views: 22611

Re: Vanguard Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund now available

john94549 wrote:
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:31 pm
It might be a viable alternative to VMMXX, but, then, anything is a viable alternative to VMMXX.
What is a “ VMMXX?” Myself , I think I’ll continue holding short term monies in the Vanguard Prime Money Market fund. It’s stable and trustworthy and has low expenses ...
SeeMoe.. :mrgreen:
by SeeMoe
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Delaying Social Security Until 70
Replies: 115
Views: 9496

Re: Delaying Social Security Until 70

We both took SS soon as possible although we both have good pensions and investments. So we invest the proceeds and watch them grow for one. A bird-in-hand now rather than later if the SS well starts running dry , or the government has an emergency and changes the rules! Life expectancy is another. ...
by SeeMoe
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I keep my financial advisor
Replies: 131
Views: 7925

Re: Should I keep my financial advisor

I periodically like an analysis done just to see if I’m drifting and also getting another opinion now and then. Trouble is finding anyone who will do it for a fair fee of, say,$300-$400 bucks...today!

SeeMoe.. :annoyed
by SeeMoe
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Amazed by Vanguard Wellington's Performance
Replies: 71
Views: 15813

Re: Amazed by Vanguard Wellington's Performance

We had Wellington fund for years and really liked it. It’s one of the oldest mutual funds, if not the oldest one in the USA! Then we had a portfolio analysis done in August 2001 by Vanguard. It changed our investment strategy just in time to catch the huge market decline in the days following the 9-...
by SeeMoe
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor - Vanguard
Replies: 23
Views: 2681

Re: Executor - Vanguard

VTS works with the executor or person with power of attorney if one is becoming senile. We had several family members as executor over the years who either dropped out, or began deciding how to spend our money! So our attorney is our executor now. Great relief too.

SeeMoe.. :wink:
by SeeMoe
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard REIT fund changes objective, name & index
Replies: 21
Views: 4577

Re: Vanguard REIT fund changes objective, name & index

I like it, so I’m buying into this fund. Offers a little more diversity in our retiree folios. It will only amount to about 5% for our stock portion of the folio which is currently 40/60. ( Our pensions more than cover expenses, and I was wondering where to put some of the year end RMD monies. So I...
by SeeMoe
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pulled the trigger
Replies: 15
Views: 2927

Re: Pulled the trigger

Bottle the first days and weeks of total freedom because it is so wonderfully intoxicating on just the natural highs of being free to do as one pleases. Small pleasures like watching Monday Night Football until the conclusion around midnight for example. The Today Show until we tired of it. Shopping...
by SeeMoe
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: retiring from military to federal job
Replies: 15
Views: 1706

Re: retiring from military to federal job

Retire from the military with a pension and annual COLA’s with benefits, then apply for a state or local government job with pension and benefits as well. That way there’s no conflict between pensions say employees I worked with who did just that.

SeeMoe.. :wink:
by SeeMoe
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rent vs Buy Beach House
Replies: 8
Views: 2171

Re: Rent vs Buy Beach House

We went with time shares that are fixed and in a prime location on Marco Island, Florida with oceanfront 2 bedrooms with Hilton. Had 6 weeks in February, March for years paying the annual maintenance fees. Renting them on occasion too. Finally sold them off past 2 years and actually broke even ,( th...
by SeeMoe
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An argument against self-insuring for long-term care
Replies: 214
Views: 11372

Re: An argument against self-insuring for long-term care

This , LTC, is an issue we have thought hard and long about. We are in our mid 70’s now and the prices for LTC would be prohibitive, I would assume! So we look at this way: I am a 100% service connected DAV and therefore have full access to V.A. Geriatrics if necessary. Probably could receive most n...
by SeeMoe
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help me understand TIPS.
Replies: 64
Views: 4713

Re: Help me understand TIPs.

I have a hard time recommending TIPS. Risk and return are linked and this is one of the safest investments out there. The only case where they would beat normal treasuries are in a situation where inflation increased unexpectedly. I'm not a huge TIPS fans myself, but the exception you provide is a ...
by SeeMoe
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Take 5% of Folio age 75 Onward?
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: Take 5% of Folio age 75 Onward?

Thank you all for your thought provoking posts. Very interesting and pertinent information for us. My wife says to live off of our current pensions and continue investing the excess. We live well on about $90k a year and sometimes have about $60-$70 k leftover now that we stopped the big vacations a...
by SeeMoe
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Learning the Boglehead way
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Learning the Boglehead way

The best way to do it is to get a professional money mangers advice and opinions on you and your investment objectives. Your preferred AA, risk tolerance and willingness to execute the advice on your own after looking hard at your biases. Get an advisor who is certified and fee only for a one time a...
by SeeMoe
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Change in Flagship Rep Service ?
Replies: 21
Views: 2442

Re: Change in Flagship Rep Service ?

No, no problems here. The Representative even calls me wanting to discuss my folio and asks if I want a money manager to give me a tune-up. We have no complaints with the Flagship services and feel satisfied overall.

SeeMoe.. :mrgreen:
by SeeMoe
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using Vanguard’s advisors
Replies: 72
Views: 9853

Re: Using Vanguard’s advisors

A good service for the price, but I like a one time fee only analyst to look my folios over then submit a written “ how to” paper for my perusal . Then I can decide what needs changing and try to see how my personal biases interplay with the suggestions. Execution is the hard part, and an advisor wi...
by SeeMoe
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Take 5% of Folio age 75 Onward?
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: Take 5% of Folio age 75 Onward?

Will you increase that 5% for inflation each year? Does social security or pension meet your basic expenses? Do you have a plan if you need long-term care? If the market crashes and you live to 105, what might things be like for you? Are you someone who will be able to adjust that 5% downward in re...
by SeeMoe
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Take 5% of Folio age 75 Onward?
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Take 5% of Folio age 75 Onward?

I’m curious to know others thoughts regards taking more off the top with your retiree investments as one ages. 3% appears to be a wise decision when First retired in ones early 60’s onward to, say, 75 years of age. Then, if still in decent health with just a couple of chronic maladies that are manag...
by SeeMoe
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Advisor for a Little Bit/One Quarter
Replies: 7
Views: 928

Re: Financial Advisor for a Little Bit/One Quarter

Go with a fee-only advisor - e.g., Garrett Planning Network, or use the Finance Buff's advisor scout service: https://adviceonlyfinancial.com/how-to-find-advice-only?utm_source=thefinancebuff.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=menu Thanks. Just what I’m looking for since Vanguard stopped this kin...
by SeeMoe
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much should i expect to pay for car insurance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1498

Re: How much should i expect to pay for car insurance?

LIke everybody else says, we cant give you a number. It depends on: Your age Your gender Your marital status Your driving history The make /model of car How many miles you drive Whether you use the vehicle for business Where you live Where you work What coverage and limits you select What special d...
by SeeMoe
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yes, It’ll Happen - Jonathan Clements
Replies: 33
Views: 7365

Re: Yes, It’ll Happen - Jonathan Clements

It reemphasizes the value of a pension. For example if your pension is 40K a year it equivalent to withdrawing 4% on a 1 million dollar account. Agree. Some money managers suggest those with regular pension income calculate their total net worth this way, including any retiree benefits packages suc...
by SeeMoe
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yes, It’ll Happen - Jonathan Clements
Replies: 33
Views: 7365

Re: Yes, It’ll Happen - Jonathan Clements

It reemphasizes the value of a pension. For example if your pension is 40K a year it equivalent to withdrawing 4% on a 1 million dollar account. Agree. Some money managers suggest those with regular pension income calculate their total net worth this way, including any retiree benefits packages suc...
by SeeMoe
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: GE and the myth of "safe blue-chip stocks"
Replies: 140
Views: 21709

Re: GE and the myth of "safe blue-chip stocks"

I have some great GM bonds I can sell you. My infamous last words; "GM isn't going to go bankrupt." Remember the 1950’s slogan “ So goes General Motors, So goes the nation!” I do, and recall great railway companies such as Penn Central going bankrupt when trucks took over hauling freight. Or so Peo...
by SeeMoe
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CNBC: Social Security buying power has slipped by a third for retirees
Replies: 95
Views: 7479

Re: CNBC: Social Security buying power has slipped by a third for retirees

HAH! Another reason for delaying social security as long as possible -- less time for inflation to screw you! Now I would take exactly the opposite approach. Take SS at the first opportunity. Get your money before inflation erodes its value. That much ballyhooed 8% per year of delay loses a lot of ...
by SeeMoe
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire at 50: Should I?
Replies: 93
Views: 13097

Re: Retire at 50: Should I?

We did at 53 and 54 years old , but with good pensions, medical and no bills! Took big foreign vacations for many years plus 5-6 weeks in S. Florida until recently as we got tired of it by 75. Still able to invest and watch the folio grow into Flagship status while moving from a country cottage on a...
by SeeMoe
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retiree do's and don't's in a rising rate environment by Christine Benz
Replies: 14
Views: 3033

Re: Retiree do's and don't's in a rising rate environment by Christine Benz

Just saw a Vanguard post suggesting the rule of 100 per age and bonds is still operational. I’m 75 and so , for safety, My folio AA should be 25/75. Instead it is about 45/55 and I include prime MM with the bonds. Everyone is different and in our case our pensions more than pay the bills for us, so ...
by SeeMoe
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why pay cash for a car?
Replies: 250
Views: 32977

Re: Why pay cash for a car?

We have the funds so we always payoff the new cars. Everything else too! Don’t like giving others usery fees. We have one credit card and always payoff the monthly charges before the 30 day free period expires on the card.
SeeMoe.. :greedy
by SeeMoe
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: What If Your Plan Fails?
Replies: 49
Views: 5318

Re: Larry Swedroe: What If Your Plan Fails?

Even though our pensions more than pay for our expenses and medical insurance, we still have a 45/55 retiree folio and 100% bonds in the TIRA accounts for the end of year RMD’s. The RMD’s and excess pension monies are reinvested in the taxable folio. But this year more is going into the Prime MM fun...
by SeeMoe
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 24 years old starting my first rothIRA
Replies: 14
Views: 1264

Re: 24 years old starting my first rothIRA

I/we preferred the Traditional IRA during our working years for the significant tax savings allowing us to also invest in the tax deferred, as well, 457b plans where we both worked. Always had extra money for occasional big vacations and a new car every 3 years until we retired in our early 50’s on ...
by SeeMoe
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 5526

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

We lived and worked and made our pensions grow exponentially in Philly, but never liked the city and the crime. Hot sticky summers and cold, snowy winters with little visible plowing on side streets. So we bought a cabin in the upstate mountains and spent as much time as possible in the cool mountai...
by SeeMoe
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: UPDATE My Medigap Plan G went from 115 to 251
Replies: 33
Views: 3840

Re: My Medigap Plan G went from 115 to 251

Wonder what this Medigap G Plan would cost the 2 of us if we had to pay the premiums...Any suggestions? It depends where you live. If you live near MtnBiker, above, you each would pay $122 * 12 = $1,464. That is without a drug plan. In my California zip, around age 70, you would each pay about $192...
by SeeMoe
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: UPDATE My Medigap Plan G went from 115 to 251
Replies: 33
Views: 3840

Re: My Medigap Plan G went from 115 to 251

Medigap is something we take for granted because my former employer pays the fees and it is a top notch plan so it must be a high letter around a Medigap G Plan. Plus we get good discounts on prescription medications that are not generic, which I prefer. Broke my L. Femur last year playing golf and ...
by SeeMoe
Sat May 26, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The "4% withdrawal rate"- would it apply to someone "retiring" in their 70s?
Replies: 54
Views: 5042

Re: The "4% withdrawal rate"- would it apply to someone "retiring" in their 70s?

I’m in my mid 70’s and the G.I. Doctor tells this will be your last colonoscopy at your age if it’s ok like the last one. The Urologist Doctor also says my latest PSA is ok , and not to worry about prostate concerns anymore. So , based on those facts of life, I see no reason not to go for the Olde 4...
by SeeMoe
Thu May 24, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio
Replies: 71
Views: 22523

Re: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio

Paul is The Man with the investment plans! I’m good with it, but now have just 6 stock index funds in the taxable folio along with 3 tax exempt bond funds and a Prime MM that I am loading up on for @1.87% yield. Plus 4 bond funds in the T IRA. Works well and am averaging 6.7% annual return says Vang...
by SeeMoe
Sat May 19, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Executor's Duties
Replies: 13
Views: 1372

Re: The Executor's Duties

Since our lawyer is also the executor it makes no difference whom he pays first, does it now! We finally appointed the lawyer as the executor after several extended family members showed little knowledge or interest bring the executor , or began telling us how to spend our retirement monies on proje...
by SeeMoe
Fri May 18, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Keep it Simple With Index Funds"
Replies: 8
Views: 2094

Re: "Keep it Simple With Index Funds"

We are indebted to Doctor Bogle for making very inexpensive Index Funds available to us over the years. Some of our bond funds are managed, but our total Vanguard portfolio(ER) expenses are an astonishing low 0.09%, Thanks to indexing! We’ve saved tens of thounds of dollars because of indexing, plus...
by SeeMoe
Sun May 13, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military Retirement Direct Depost hijacked?
Replies: 15
Views: 2278

Re: Military Retirement Direct Depost hijacked?

Heads up to retired military people -- While at my elderly Dad's yesterday, a letter came from the Dept of Veteran Affairs stating that his Direct Deposit Information had been changed. The letter was dated 5/4, and arrived 5/11. At this point, we consider this to likely be a hijacking, as he did no...