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by davewi
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 4129

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

I've got a 2008 AWD Sienna. The run flat tires were a joke. They cost twice as much as regular tires, last only half as long, and don't work well in snow (which was the reason to get the AWD in the first place). After quickly wearing out a couple sets of run flats, I switched to regular tires and am...
by davewi
Tue May 07, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aulani Disney resort
Replies: 15
Views: 2095

Re: Aulani Disney resort

My experience at Aulani was a mixed bag. My young kids loved it. My wife really liked it. I couldn't stand it. It's really expensive. The food is mediocre. There are a zillion things for the kids to do. It's not really Hawaii. It's a Disney theme park imitation of Hawaii. The beach is fake, with tru...
by davewi
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor of Will - Selling House in Poor Condition
Replies: 84
Views: 6596

Re: Executor of Will - Selling House in Poor Condition

I was just in a similar situation. Here is what I did: 1. Have the relatives meet at the house and pull out the relatively few items of sentimental and financial value. Divvy them up in as fair a way as you can. 2. Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK or similar company to clear out the rest of the stuff. You can ha...
by davewi
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 529 distribution as Obamacare income?
Replies: 1
Views: 229

529 distribution as Obamacare income?

I'm putting together my plan to retire early and want to keep my taxable income below the Obamacare subsidy threshold of $106K for my family of 4. As I'll have kids in college during this time, can anyone tell me if the 529 distributions that I plan to use to pay tuition would count in any way towar...
by davewi
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Megacorp Interview Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1758

Re: Megacorp Interview Advice

I've worked at a megacorp for 26 years. In my experience, interviews for internal postings are pure theater. Hiring decisions are made long before the interviews and the interviews are held for two reasons: to comply with company policy that interviews be held, and to shield the company from potenti...
by davewi
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Medallion Signature guarantee?
Replies: 46
Views: 4910

Medallion Signature guarantee?

My mother recently passed away and I am the executor of her estate. She held some stock in an individual account that I need to transfer to an estate account prior to distribution to the heirs. Unfortunately, I need to get a medallion signature guarantee on the forms requesting the transfer to the e...
by davewi
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Value of an Elite MBA
Replies: 58
Views: 6968

Re: Value of an Elite MBA

Everyone, I am blown away by the thoughtful responses, and really thankful for you all taking the time. I'll try to address some comments in turn. I'm an MIT MBA from the 1990's. I can honestly say that every single alum I'm in contact with considered their time at MIT to be life changing and absol...
by davewi
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Value of an Elite MBA
Replies: 58
Views: 6968

Re: Value of an Elite MBA

I'm an MIT MBA from the 1990's. I can honestly say that every single alum I'm in contact with considered their time at MIT to be life changing and absolutely worth the time and expense. I have never heard anyone voice regrets over attending.
by davewi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tulum? [Mexico]
Replies: 10
Views: 1590

Tulum? [Mexico]

My family is planning a spring break 2018 trip to Tulum (mom, dad, 14YO boy, 10 YO girl). Any suggestions on where to stay and what to do? Thanks!
by davewi
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Edge account being closed/Vanguard Flagship transfer
Replies: 14
Views: 2847

Re: Merrill Edge account being closed/Vanguard Flagship transfer

Merrill gave me three options in the letter that told me they were closing my account: 1. They could cash out everything and send me a check 2. They could send me the stock certificates for all my holdings (this is the default option) 3. They could transfer the assets wherever I want (my preferred o...
by davewi
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Edge account being closed/Vanguard Flagship transfer
Replies: 14
Views: 2847

Merrill Edge account being closed/Vanguard Flagship transfer

I just received a notice that Merrill Edge was closing my account. No reason was given, but I assume it's because I haven't been trading enough (and generating fees for them). I plan to transfer the assets in my Merrill Edge account into my existing Vanguard Flagship account. Has anyone done this be...
by davewi
Mon May 08, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Vancouver with kids
Replies: 19
Views: 1916

Re: Seattle and Vancouver with kids

If you are an active family here are a couple of other ideas: 1. Lake Union electric boat rental: https://theelectricboatco.com/ 2. Lake Washington ship canal kayak rental: http://aguaverde.com/ Rent two double kayaks, with a kid in the front and an adult in the back. It's a very safe and fun way to...
by davewi
Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Megacorp offered a pension lump sum option today...
Replies: 87
Views: 13032

Re: My Megacorp offered a pension lump sum option today...

My benefit statement refers to the Pension Value Plan and only shows one number (with a caveat that it includes the "heritage benefit"). Although I have 23 years with the company, I did leave for a while and returned to the mother ship in 2001.
by davewi
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Megacorp offered a pension lump sum option today...
Replies: 87
Views: 13032

Re: My Megacorp offered a pension buyout today...

I'm a 23 year employee of the same "Things with Wings" company in Seattle. I just turned 55, so this thread is of great interest to me. I went to the company's retirement planning web site and looked up my pension payout as a single annuity and a lump sum, assuming I retired in mid-2016. I then plug...