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by Longtermgrowth
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: All-In VTSAX
Replies: 37
Views: 3866

Re: All-In VTSAX

HI BH friends, Thinking about getting rid of IEMG and VEA and all-in VTSAX . This is for retirement fund. I am asking for advice if getting rid of emerging market and international are acceptable from boglehead investment style? i.e, I am trying to consolidate more and more into 2 Fund portfolio. T...
by Longtermgrowth
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need to generate income
Replies: 27
Views: 2485

Re: Need to generate income

Unfortunately working isn’t a option. No my disability payment doesn’t cover everything. I wish it did. What is the monetary shortfall between disability and what you need? I’m looking at about 700 per month. I just input monthly income of 700 for 53 year old male at https://www.immediateannuities....
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: Look Past Expense Ratios
Replies: 71
Views: 5984

Re: Larry Swedroe: Look Past Expense Ratios

Using triceratop's spreadsheet for my own tax situation I found that IJS will cost me 54 bp including tax, while the Small Cap Value fund from Vanguard (VSS) will cost me 76 bp. So in my case, choosing the iShares fund with the higher ER actually reduces my total (ER + Tax) cost. Did you mean VBR (...
by Longtermgrowth
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpenter Bees- HELP!
Replies: 17
Views: 2046

Re: Carpenter Bees- HELP!

After spraying and filling all the holes, hanging a few carpenter bee traps on sunny eave corners helps a lot.

There are a number of them available, but the best ones have the clear jar/bottle trap on the bottom. They are easy to make if you have some spare wood, a saw and drill.
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If you tilt toward Small Cap Value, how much do you tilt?
Replies: 38
Views: 2581

Re: If you tilt toward Small Cap Value, how much do you tilt?

Just thought I would point out that Vanguard also has an ETF that tracks the S&P 600 value index: VIOV. I'm beginning to think I'm the only one on this forum tilting to domestic small value with DES (WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Dividend Fund). I also tilt to developed small value and emerging small val...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why won't Vanguard drop VTI & VOO expense to 0.03?
Replies: 39
Views: 3613

Re: Why won't Vanguard drop VTI & VOO expense to 0.03?

i posted above about the amount of lending done by Total Stock Market (VTSAX, VTI, etc.) and it is about 0.017% By contrast the S&P500 (VOO) appears to have a small fraction of that at 0.001% I don't think the highly liquid Large Cap stocks provide much opportunity to make money at lending, so the ...
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Opinions on iShares FLOT -- Floating rate bond ETF
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: Opinions on iShares FLOT -- Floating rate bond ETF

There are a few short-term bond ETFs that look better to me than the floating rate ETFs:

ICSH (iShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF)
https://www.ishares.com/us/products/258 ... income-etf

SHV (iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF)
https://www.ishares.com/us/products/239466/
by Longtermgrowth
Wed May 30, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VINEX vs VFSVX
Replies: 15
Views: 1025

Re: VINEX vs VFSVX

I have about 7% of my international in VINEX. Can somebody please tell me the difference between the two? Is it significant? Thank you for your time, Todd If I could only hold one Vanguard international stock fund, the ETF version of VFSVX, VSS, would be it (Vanguard FTSE All Wd Ex US Small Cap ETF...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat May 26, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Small mid value ETF instead of VXF
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Small mid value ETF instead of VXF

Just to further my knowledge of ETF structure, what would cause this distinction in tax-efficiency between these funds? FWIW I hold 20% of my portfolio in VIOV. Tried to hold only in my Roth but gave up and now hold in taxable too. Seems efficient enough, and I hope Vanguard won't ever close it due...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat May 26, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Small mid value ETF instead of VXF
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Small mid value ETF instead of VXF

If you didn’t care about the mid cap, SLYV [SPDR® S&P 600 Small Cap Value ETF ] is a great choice too. In a tax advantaged account, I agree. In taxable, the iShares (IJS) or Vanguard (VIOV) ETFs tracking the same index may be preferable. SLYV has a history of capital gains distributions: http://etf...
by Longtermgrowth
Fri May 25, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Savings Account emptied out!
Replies: 77
Views: 12509

Re: Chase Savings Account emptied out!

unclescrooge wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:30 pm
Credit reports are frozen. Bank account is closed!
Did you also freeze your ChexSystems report? From what I understand, it is usually pulled for bank/brokerage account applications.
by Longtermgrowth
Thu May 17, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VYMI Vanguard International High Yield ETF Good way to get International Value tilt?
Replies: 11
Views: 1192

Re: VYMI Vanguard International High Yield ETF Good way to get International Value tilt?

Paul Merriman lists VYMI as an option for international large value if sticking with Vanguard funds. He lists EFV (iShares MSCI EAFE Value ETF) as best in class though. Note that EFV is developed markets only, and VYMI includes emerging markets. If you haven't already seen it, the best in class ETF ...
by Longtermgrowth
Wed May 16, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]
Replies: 126
Views: 10505

Re: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]

I'm a little late, but Happy Birthday! Thank you for everything you've done for investors!
It was both a shock and pleasure to see a post from the legend himself :D
by Longtermgrowth
Wed May 16, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?
Replies: 30
Views: 3842

Re: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?

I really like the Yahoo Finance app. I track all my funds tickers with it, and watch The Final Round (always starts 5 mins before markets close).
If I miss it, I usually go to their website and watch it later in the evening.
by Longtermgrowth
Fri May 11, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treasury Floating Rate Note-Has its Time Arrived?
Replies: 37
Views: 3188

Re: Treasury Floating Rate Note-Has its Time Arrived?

Replacements for Treasury MM funds: BIL and SHV. With a 30 day SEC yield of 1.74%, SHV is looking better than my "high yield" savings account at 1.6%. The NAV looks to have stayed very stable through the rate increases that have already occurred, and the fund would save me a bit on state taxes...
by Longtermgrowth
Tue May 08, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do so many Americans not own stocks?
Replies: 44
Views: 3774

Re: Why do so many Americans not own stocks?

Most around my age (20's, 30's) think it's a ripoff because of possible fluctuations of 50% or greater in net asset value of a stock fund. They also don't seem to know much about index funds in general, or have any type of concept of deep risk as Bernstein talks of. They have any excess funds (beyon...
by Longtermgrowth
Mon May 07, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Total Bond - SEC yield breaks 3%
Replies: 104
Views: 12877

Re: Total Bond - SEC yield breaks 3%

Not bad. I happened to check Vanguard Short-Term Treasury ETF (VGSH) today, and was surprised to see it's SEC yield at 2.36%.
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Edge "Money Account" Question
Replies: 17
Views: 2262

Re: Merrill Edge "Money Account" Question

When I joined the brokerage, the default account didn't pay anything in interest. I sent them a secure message inquiring about the bank sweep option that paid, at the time, 1 tiny basis point like their checking account. They replied telling me the change had been made. Edited: Just checked my last ...
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Capital Efficiency Trumps Fees In Search For Portfolio Diversifiers
Replies: 9
Views: 1070

Re: Capital Efficiency Trumps Fees In Search For Portfolio Diversifiers

For example, a more expensive small value equity fund may be a better option than a cheaper one. If the more expensive fund has deeper exposure to the size and value factors, less of it will be necessary to achieve the same factor exposure. That means using less of the more expensive SV fund and ad...
by Longtermgrowth
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETF equivalents of Wellesley/Wellington equity portfolio?
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Re: ETF equivalents of Wellesley/Wellington equity portfolio?

Looking at the funds page on Vanguard's site, under "Portfolio and Management", "Equity characteristics", Wellesley compares itself to the FTSE High Dividend Yield Index. VYM tracks that index, but doesn't have the 6% foreign stocks. Wellington compares its equity holdings to the S&P 500, but still ...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1028342

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Molly's Game. Great movie. Jessica Chastain is perfect, as usual. Just took the time to watch the preview for that movie. Think I'll rent it this weekend. The last one I watched was All The Money In The World. It was alright, nothing great. I felt like the older and younger characters were a cross ...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why not annuitize most of portfolio?
Replies: 104
Views: 8851

Re: Why not annuitize most of portfolio?

Most have already mentioned the concern of inflation. I like the idea of annuitizing a large chunk of bonds for monthly basic expenses, while keeping a good chunk in stocks to hopefully outpace inflation. My state guarantee limit is 250k, so I'm my case, I'd probably split between a few insurers whi...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any aggressive index funds in your portfolio?
Replies: 35
Views: 3854

Re: Any aggressive index funds in your portfolio?

I wouldn't buy a growth stock fund. Look at what the definition of a growth stock is. It doesn't mean your investments are going to grow faster. This! If you really want returns, and can tolerate the various years of underperformance vs a total market index (tracking error), look into small cap val...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SCV: Buy & Hold, or Trade Trade Trade?!
Replies: 5
Views: 1120

Re: SCV: Buy & Hold, or Trade Trade Trade?!

Looked at small cap value on portfolio visualizer when building my portfolio among various ETFs, and found that simply letting everything ride, ie not even reinvesting dividends, SCV comes out ahead (historically). I have a higher percentage in domestic SCV than you, and about half of international ...
by Longtermgrowth
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Value premium harvestable?
Replies: 39
Views: 2594

Re: Value premium harvestable?

Is this really a huge issue with small/mid cap value? The dividend payments for most of these funds (VBR, VOE, IJS, ect) are only a bit higher than the S+P 500. Ishares and vanguard etfs don't really distribute capital gains either. Shoot, just look at triceratop's tax efficiency thread. IJS and Va...
by Longtermgrowth
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Value premium harvestable?
Replies: 39
Views: 2594

Re: Value premium harvestable?

Snarlyjack, the one misconception I keep seeing you talk about is the snowball effect: when a stock fund pays out a dividend, the NAV (net asset value) of the fund drops by the amount of the dividend! In essence the dividend distribution is no different than selling a few shares of a total stock ind...
by Longtermgrowth
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sad because I did not know what I was doing with inheritance
Replies: 34
Views: 7360

Re: Sad because I did not know what I was doing with inheritance

I would just consider it a learning experience. Buy low, sell high, they say. If an asset allocation is already established, that would simply be rebalancing between stocks and bonds. If it makes you feel any better, I lost much more in possible gains while taking my time reading, tying to understan...
by Longtermgrowth
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Primerica - a formative experience on the way to being a Boglehead
Replies: 8
Views: 2210

Re: Primerica - a formative experience on the way to being a Boglehead

A MLM (multi level marketing) company. They have to recruit many, to get a cut of their commissions, to really make much. So: pay for initial training, recruit everyone you know (while being as vague as possible so they don't google it before you can pitch them in person), and try to sell a few poli...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: % Portfolio Wieght Concerns?
Replies: 23
Views: 1441

Re: % Portfolio Wieght Concerns?

If concentration in a few large cap stocks is a concern, maybe looking up the small cap value premium would be of interest. Could go with VBR (Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF) for a domestic tilt, though it also includes some mid caps. For international, if allocating a percentage of portfolio to it, c...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total return vs dividends
Replies: 54
Views: 5278

Re: Total return vs dividends

Reading back through this, no one asked the OP what their current or proposed portfolio is! I automatically assumed the OP was looking at individual stocks, or high dividend stock funds along with possibly some risky bond funds. Maybe the OP is holding a Boglehead three fund portfolio and taking the...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 785
Views: 147745

Re: Boglehead Beer

I always like porters. Got a 4 pack of some expensive stuff recently ($8.99) that tasted terrible compared to Yuengling black n tan. Haven't seen it in ages, but Michelob porter was pretty good as well. I'm a true Boglehead with my recent beer selection price: 24 pack Budweiser select on sale for $1...
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total return vs dividends
Replies: 54
Views: 5278

Re: Total return vs dividends

I think the easiest and most logical way to view dividends is that they are part of the total return. Compare Vanguards S&P 500 ETF, VOO, with a dividend yield of around 2%, to Vanguards High Dividend Yield ETF, VYM, yielding around 3%. If future returns remain close for both funds, then not reinves...
by Longtermgrowth
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1028342

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron is the main actress. I think I enjoyed it, especially when I get to watch it free in business/first class on Hawaiian Airlines. Atomic Blonde is a great action film of the international intrigue genre. I have to admit that I have a crush on Charlize Theron, ...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok's Tip #8:Retire Worry-Free with TIPs as a foundation
Replies: 172
Views: 48135

Re: Grok's Tip #8:Retire Worry-Free with TIPs as a foundation

Would advice change if everything is in taxable? I always thought that a SPIA (single premium immediate annuity) to cover base expenses, along with the rest in stocks (besides emergency fund) to cover whatever inflation erodes from the SPIA, would be decent if SPIA didn't make up a huge portion of p...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bought myself a private island
Replies: 44
Views: 8610

Re: Bought myself a private island

Livesoft is certainly an OG of Bogleheads, and a successful market timer deserves some respect, aside from the many invaluable contributions to the forum. Many gansters would be crying like a baby attempting to execute trades as proficient as him, if even hoping to beat the market by a tenth of a pe...
by Longtermgrowth
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tires on a 15 year old car....Replace or not?
Replies: 79
Views: 5555

Re: Tires on a 15 year old car....Replace or not?

OP, here's a practical idea that's backed by data if you're going to age out a tire instead of wear it out, buy a higher speed rating! Usually price difference is minimal. I remember reading a while back how much better the construction of even an H speed rated vs a T speed rated tire is (130mph vs...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geico insurance rate increase: 26.24% APY?
Replies: 75
Views: 12929

Re: Geico insurance rate increase: 26.24% APY?

I may have glanced over this if it is already brought up in the thread, but I have seen anecdotal evidence of GEICO raising premiums after a credit freeze has been initiated. OP, did you happen to have put credit freeze recently? Interesting. That, however, was not the case. Amica is charging me ro...
by Longtermgrowth
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 25YR old with considerable amount of cash
Replies: 48
Views: 6862

Re: 25YR old with considerable amount of cash

Something posted this already, but I cannot over-state... Make sure no one except your immediate family knows about this. If people find out, they will try to snuggle up to get their share. People will start asking for loans. People will start asking you to pay for things. Life will be far easier i...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does anyone here with net worths north of $1 mil use financial advisors?
Replies: 249
Views: 35464

Re: Does anyone here with net worths north of $1 mil use financial advisors?

No, thanks mainly to this site. I actually found this site when researching variable annuities, having a bad feeling in my gut about putting a good chunk of what I wanted in stocks into one, which is what the family advisor *cough* salesman *cough* was pushing. I listened to a pitch from another ban...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International value etf in taxable account
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: International value etf in taxable account

Regarding VYMI, Paul Merriman lists it as large value proxy if sticking with Vanguard funds. If not, he lists EFV as the best for international large value: https://paulmerriman.com/best-in-class-etfs-for-ultimate-buy-hold-portfolio/ He doesn't discuss the reasons for his choices. I would prefer IV...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Funds vs ETF
Replies: 12
Views: 1695

Re: Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Funds vs ETF

I have both. It is a non-taxable event to convert from mutual fund to ETF (note cannot go the other way around). I moved to ETF most of my holdings because of lower expense ratio. I keep the mutual fund (I converted all but $1) for automatic investing which you can't do with ETF. Each quarter I cal...
by Longtermgrowth
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International value etf in taxable account
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: International value etf in taxable account

I hold some DLS and DGS in taxable. triceratop's 2017 Relative Tax Efficiency spreadsheet shows that they are more efficient than VSS in taxable: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19LQeE1RL3jstbgcIp1avZpez-WMNCetuufdqpKTB_tQ/ Regarding VYMI, Paul Merriman lists it as large value proxy if sticki...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2017 Relative Tax Efficiency
Replies: 74
Views: 11409

Re: 2017 Relative Tax Efficiency

This has become my favorite part of the New Year. Ball drop? Fireworks? Tax Efficiency thread? I'll gladly skip the first two, if I had to choose between them, and wait a bit for the Relative Tax Efficiency spreadsheet! Very informative and helpful :sharebeer
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chillin' in the BH Lounge
Replies: 46
Views: 5751

Re: Chillin' in the BH Lounge

Chillin like a villain actin all cool, maxin relaxin with my dividend stocks, actin a fool. Thinkin they're a perfect proxy for value, makin me drool. Livin off that dividend income, hopin not to exceed three percent, because I just don't want to repent :sharebeer
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 1099-DIV does not equal income dividends?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Re: 1099-DIV does not equal income dividends?

and all cases involving less than $300/$600 in foreign tax (Single/MFJ) Except to the extent that there is no tax liability. FTC is a non-refundable credit. Is there not also a possible situation, where portfolio income is the main source, and foreign income amounts to a certain percentage of total...
by Longtermgrowth
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: RBD alert [Really Bad Day]
Replies: 86
Views: 10957

Re: RBD alert

It appears we just had a bit of a flash crash, in the DJIA at least, followed by a decent dead cat bounce. Make of that what you will... I happened to be watching my fund tickers in yahoo finance when this happened. Am I the only one that got a good laugh out of it? Dead cat bounce, hmm... If it tu...
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best International Small Cap Option
Replies: 30
Views: 3465

Re: Best International Small Cap Option

Sometimes getting deeper into small value territory is worth the added expense. Of course that might come with more negative exposure to momentum and quality. And depending on the fund, perhaps you might overweight distressed "lottery tickets"--though I haven't looked for that in any fund. Haha, I ...
by Longtermgrowth
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Living on Dividends and Interest
Replies: 58
Views: 8575

Re: Living on Dividends and Interest

I'm curious what the stock to bond percentage is. I expect dividend income from stocks to easily drop over 30% in a depression...
by Longtermgrowth
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best International Small Cap Option
Replies: 30
Views: 3465

Re: Best International Small Cap Option

DLS is pretty sweet for developed small value, even given the expense ratio. I hold DLS, by the way. It is currently in Paul Merriman's best in class ETF list: https://paulmerriman.com/best-in-class-etfs-for-ultimate-buy-hold-portfolio/ Sometimes getting deeper into small value territory is worth th...
by Longtermgrowth
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small Value Premium - How Do You View It?
Replies: 95
Views: 7883

Re: Small Value Premium - How Do You View It?

nisiprius, could many just by seeing the word growth in the fund name think it's the best way to grow their portfolio? The comment above about quality screens for the S&P 600 helping somewhat would be interesting to see on a chart: comparing Russell 2k value and growth to S&P 600 value and growth, i...