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by drummerboy
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: MM equivalent ETFs..
Replies: 13
Views: 1825

Re: MM equivalent ETFs..

This is a great list!! Thanks lack_ey !! What about STIP ? (iShares 0-5 Year TIPS Bond ETF) - Effective Duration: 2.4 years. It's very safe, doesn't have much term risk, and is inflation adjusted. Even in a taxable "safety" account, I would think the Taxable Equivalent Yield would be better than SHY...
by drummerboy
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab Announces new Auto-Rollover feature for CDs and Treasuries
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Schwab Announces new Auto-Rollover feature for CDs and Treasuries

Schwab has sent out this news today: We recently launched an online service that allows you to automatically rollover the principal of eligible CDs and U.S. Treasuries as they mature. The rollover process is seamless and makes it simpler to manage these fixed income investments. Learn more at . Schw...
by drummerboy
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Alternative to Schwab settlement fund
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Alternative to Schwab settlement fund

Depending upon your State Tax situation, you may also want to consider another Schwab money market fund: SNSXX. It is a Money Market fund based upon US Treasuries.

This should be state tax free, so the tax equivalent yield may be better with that fund vs SWVXX.
by drummerboy
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Counts in your Income Total for Tax Brackets?
Replies: 12
Views: 1654

What Counts in your Income Total for Tax Brackets?

Please clarify what counts towards "Income" that determines your tax bracket. Any Salary Ordinary Dividends Interest (bond interest, savings accounts) Distributions from a Traditional IRA or 401k Short Term Capital Gains?? What about Qualified Dividends? Or Capital Gains? Municipal Bond Interest cou...
by drummerboy
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 11146

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

Why? Why? Why?? I upgrade about every 4 years. Annual iOS upgrades are simple and support all my phones for 5 years easily. I upgrade at the 4 year window. The changes are pretty significant at that time frame. Yes, I've used an Android device. Some of the google apps integration is nice, but many ...
by drummerboy
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calling fellow schwabers [Where to park cash?]
Replies: 17
Views: 1805

Re: Calling fellow schwabers [Where to park cash?]

Treasuries can be attractive because of state tax benefits (namely, they aren't taxed by the state). I do a hybrid: Purchase an ETF that is based upon short duration nominal or inflation protected treasuries Two options exist commission free at Schwab. Either SCHO for short-term nominals, or STIP fo...
by drummerboy
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Subaru Outback?
Replies: 84
Views: 9019

Re: Alternatives to Subaru Outback?

Two decent options:
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Acura RDX (FWD, not the AWD) - if willing to spend a bit more
by drummerboy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with any experience with Warby Parker eyeglasses?
Replies: 37
Views: 3864

Re: Anyone with any experience with Warby Parker eyeglasses?

My wife and I both have 2 pair (normal and prescription sunglasses). Very pleased.

Nice styling and build quality. We have a local store here, so fitting and adjustments can be done in their store. They make it simple to apply for the vision insurance payment.
by drummerboy
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?
Replies: 80
Views: 9203

Re: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?

Two that might be an option: Greenville, SC - Furman University and others are there. Clemson is not far away. The downtown area has become a very trendy spot over the past several years. Midtown Atlanta, GA - Georgia Tech, Emory, and Georgia State are all close-by. A true "walkable" section of Atla...
by drummerboy
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with cash in Schwab?
Replies: 42
Views: 2939

Re: What to do with cash in Schwab?

Money Market - Schwab offers a bunch of MM funds: - SWVXX (Schwab Value Advantage Money Fund® Share Classes) gives 2.15% - SWKXX (Schwab California Municipal Money Fund) gives 0.95%, but the taxable yield equivalent is 2.09% - T-bills - not much experience with this, but it seems similar (functiona...
by drummerboy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you lower your annual expenses?
Replies: 145
Views: 14257

Re: How did you lower your annual expenses?

First of all, good for you for "tracking" your expenses. That is an eye-opener for everyone. If you don't raise your awareness of it, the money will just flow out to everything. Most of it unnecessary. How did we lower ours? Create some form of constraint (real or forced). For example, we moved to a...
by drummerboy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Quicken or Mint?
Replies: 9
Views: 911

Re: Quicken or Mint?

I chose neither. Data aggregators concern me, and I no longer participate in any of them. It takes only a few minutes to do it myself periodically. I agree. I use YNAB only with my checking and credit card accounts. Income and Spending. For tracking my investments, I use a simple spreadsheet that d...
by drummerboy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Quicken or Mint?
Replies: 9
Views: 911

Re: Quicken or Mint?

Give up on both Quicken and Mint.

Use YNAB instead. Great mobile app. Easy syncing. True "Envelope" Budgeting.
by drummerboy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Cities, potential for retirees
Replies: 102
Views: 11185

Re: Walking Cities, potential for retirees

Midtown Atlanta is very walkable. https://www.walkscore.com/GA/Atlanta/Midtown Stores, parks, transit, groceries, universities. Everything in that area. Very diverse population (ages, background) But, it is not a “retiree” area, just a growing population of people that have decided that city living ...
by drummerboy
Sun May 05, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: FIRE Plan Review - Are we ontrack or still ignorant?
Replies: 16
Views: 2501

Re: FIRE Plan Review - Are we ontrack or still ignorant?

The easiest way to keep costs low is to avoid expensive housing/cars. Visited some friends the other day who live two miles away. They have an infant, similar to us. They bought a big house bc they think an infant needs a lot of space :confused . Anyways, their home price $650k, ours $95k (+50k ren...
by drummerboy
Sun May 05, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: FIRE Plan Review - Are we ontrack or still ignorant?
Replies: 16
Views: 2501

Re: FIRE Plan Review - Are we ontrack or still ignorant?

Wow! Lots of questions. But you obviously have organized your thoughts around this... Questions: Can I quit stressing about this, and just let the plan work? Are their major issues I’m missing? You are 42/43 with a target of 55... You seem to be well on your way. The most encouraging thing is that y...
by drummerboy
Sat May 04, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving passwords on iCloud
Replies: 21
Views: 2418

Re: Saving passwords on iCloud

Do you have 2 Factor Authentication setup with your iCloud account? If not, you want to set that up!! Personally, a tool like 1Password can be much better for managing passwords. You can use it to generate unique passwords for every site, use it for TOTP (Time Authenticator as a 2nd Factor). Everyth...
by drummerboy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ--How Schwab Ate Wall Street
Replies: 82
Views: 10639

Re: WSJ--How Schwab Ate Wall Street

Not a fan of this bit: And Schwab says in regulatory disclosures it may require robo clients to keep up to 30% of the account in cash. Doing so, Schwab earns money from interest and lending the funds to others. Jon Stein, founder and CEO of robo-advising pioneer Betterment LLC, said these moves und...
by drummerboy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ--How Schwab Ate Wall Street
Replies: 82
Views: 10639

Re: Schwab article in WSJ today

[moved this post and a reply into the existing topic - moderator prudent] I would be curious to here comments from Bogleheads that use Schwab. Do they push higher cost products on clients who are not financially savvy? Been a Schwab customer for 4 years. Moved from one of those "big full service" b...
by drummerboy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TreasuryDirect - Don't let your survivor lose assets
Replies: 53
Views: 5457

Re: TreasuryDirect - Don't let your survivor lose assets

My biggest concern with TD right now is how DW will deal with it when I die. It would be nice to have everythign in her account when this happens. Right now I'm maxing purchasing i-bonds in both of our names up to the annual purchase limit. What do you think of the following: 1) Purchase annual lim...
by drummerboy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Kitces/Pfau rising equity glide path for early retirees with NQDC
Replies: 15
Views: 2296

Re: Kitces/Pfau rising equity glide path for early retirees with NQDC

Age 45-50 - maximum EE bond purchase of $30K/year, to act as totally safe $60k annual, bridging from age 65-70 (social security FRA) I thought each SSN has a total limit of $10k a year for Series EE. You could potentially buy $10k a year of I-Bonds too (which have the advantage of an inflation adju...
by drummerboy
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Kiplinger 6 portfolio
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Re: Kiplinger 6 portfolio

15.00% Vanguard Dividend Growth Inv (VDIGX) 15.00% Vanguard Equity-Income Inv (VEIPX) 45.00% Vanguard GNMA Inv (VFIIX) 10.00% Vanguard High-Yield Corporate Inv (VWEHX) 5.00% Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade Inv (VFSTX) 10.00% Vanguard Wellington Inv (VWELX) It looks pretty good to me and I'm th...
by drummerboy
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I switch my daily banking business to Ally?
Replies: 51
Views: 4622

Re: Should I switch my daily banking business to Ally?

Ally is fine. Their savings account rate is competitive (for an online bank). Their checking is pretty good too (but only a .10% rate). They also support Zelle for fast 1-day transfers. Fidelity Cash Management (with FDIC coverage) is .37% . Better than the big banks (e.g. BofA, Wells, Chase). Of co...
by drummerboy
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: David Swensen Bond ETFs
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: David Swensen Bond ETFs

Not sure about the TIPS portion, as there doesn't seem to be a 'total TIPS' fund/ETF. You might want to consider SCHP. Schwab's TIP ETF. Expense Ratio is .05% (Lower than the TIP ETF from iShares, and lower than VAIPX .10%). Vanguard should provide commission free for almost all ETFs. Average Effec...
by drummerboy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice
Replies: 22
Views: 1908

Re: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice

Instead, you should buy the "Purchased Money Market Funds", they all have competitive money market rates. They range in yield from 2.34% for Taxable to 1.2% for muni money markets. These aren't amazing, but not awful. Is there a boglehead standard/preferred fund in taxable and non-taxable? I want t...
by drummerboy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice
Replies: 22
Views: 1908

Re: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice

Taxable at Schwab (1.7m, 59% of total) CACTX, $80k, 4.64% (crappy heavy load bond fund) CAGLX, $890k, 50.87% (crappy heavy load global equities) VWIUX, $290k, 16.42% (Vanguard intermediate munis) VWSUX, $80k, 4.5% (Vanguard short-term munis) Money Market $410k, 21.5% (as we all know, this is how Sc...
by drummerboy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice
Replies: 22
Views: 1908

Re: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice

First, tell Schwab that you want 250 Free ETF/Stock Trades and ALL Vanguard Mutual Fund purchases to be FREE of the $49 fee, forever. Find their best office manager or senior customer advisor in the office, explain your net worth to them, tell them these are REQUIREMENTS, or you walk to Vanguard. T...
by drummerboy
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice
Replies: 22
Views: 1908

Re: Larger portfolio: taking back control from crappy 'management' & need advice

OK, so you have $2.7m+ overall in your relationship with Schwab? That's fantastic. Congratulations on your achievements. Agree, your fund mix is a bit of a mess. Schwab as your brokerage isn't the problem, the funds are. I'd stay with Schwab. They've got a lot of perks (Great Checking Account, Great...
by drummerboy
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 3799

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

Does Schwab let you trade directly from a "purchased" money market fund, as fidelity does? Or do you have to move funds to the FDIC sweep to cover trades. Schwab will require you to "sell" the purchased money market fund to raise the cash. Fortunately, you can still request a trade, put in the sell...
by drummerboy
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Will Bond Fund's NAV rebound if I wait long enough?
Replies: 25
Views: 2208

Re: Will Bond Fund's NAV rebound if I wait long enough?

You reminded me of a great article by Jason Zweig:
http://jasonzweig.com/five-myths-of-bond-investing/

Read Myth No 5.
by drummerboy
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: comparing portfolio to 'average'
Replies: 11
Views: 610

Re: comparing portfolio to 'average'

Most benchmark sites won't have final 2018 numbers yet. (December is NOT over :D ) I created a simple 3-fund (65/35) in Portfolio Visualizer. https://www.portfoliovisualizer.com/backtest-portfolio?s=y&timePeriod=4&startYear=2018&firstMonth=1&endYear=2018&lastMonth=12&calendarAligned=true&endDate=12%...
by drummerboy
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Podcast: Rick Ferri – What Does the Future of Financial Advice Look Like?
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: Podcast: Rick Ferri – What Does the Future of Financial Advice Look Like?

That was a great podcast Rick.

I especially liked the sections where you discussed the 4 stages of Index investing.

Something along the lines of "depressed at old methods.... a-ha moment, then too much complexity of index funds, finally simplicity and fewer funds"

Great interview.
by drummerboy
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio for a military lifer, too conservative?!?
Replies: 27
Views: 2806

Re: Portfolio Review!!! Thanks.

I agree that the AW Portfolio was designed in hindsight and looks great when backtested. It certainly doesn't mean that it will have similar results in the next 30 years. I am confused a bit though as you mention volatile asset classes: gold and long-term Treasuries. I didn't think those were volat...
by drummerboy
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio for a military lifer, too conservative?!?
Replies: 27
Views: 2806

Re: Portfolio Review!!! Thanks.

BrandonP311, you ask a lot of good questions. It is natural for everyone to want all the answers and to seek out the "perfect" portfolio. Unfortunately, no one can predict the future, no one knows when / if / how long the next downturn will be. The more important question is your financial needs and...
by drummerboy
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 2766

Re: Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Questions

A timely question of mine: I have a chase freedom (no yearly fee) with 15K UR points and a chase sapphire preferred(first yearly fee in Jan) with 66K UR points. If i dont want to pay yearly fee on sapphire, can i move the 66K to 15K account? Yes, you could move from the Sapphire to the Freedom. But...
by drummerboy
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: are pre-fabricated / manufactured homes a bad investment?
Replies: 101
Views: 9032

Re: are pre-fabricated homes a bad investment?

The only exception to a typical low-grade manufactured home..... BluHomes out in California. These are "pre-fabricated" in a factory. Steel beams, high quality materials, then permanently built on a foundation. These homes are NOT cheap. https://www.bluhomes.com/homes-landing/breezehouse I guess it ...
by drummerboy
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best neighborhoods in Atlanta
Replies: 46
Views: 4246

Re: Best neighborhoods in Atlanta

I have plenty of friends who live in these neighborhoods and the walkable lifestyle you claim you had simply isn’t common. At all. I am very familiar with these parts of town. If anything, the weather isn’t favorable to walking and biking and it’s NOT a bike friendly city. People in these neighborh...
by drummerboy
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pairing Quicken with YNAB
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Re: Pairing Quicken with YNAB

I used to use Quicken.... Then I realized YNAB does the important stuff. I use YNAB same reason as you.... The budgeting is so superior. It connects to my credit cards / checking so I keep track of everything. What is Quicken good at? Reporting? Investments? What I do: Export the entire YNAB budget ...
by drummerboy
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Cloud-Based YNAB Worth It?
Replies: 51
Views: 4025

Re: Is Cloud-Based YNAB Worth It?

YNAB is worth every penny. The iPhone app is so easy to use. It does a fantastic job memorizing and keeping my budget on track.

Compared to some of the “free” solutions ( Mint, Personal Capital).... YNAB is so much better. You get what you pay for!
by drummerboy
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 5447

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

Required: Internet Access: AT&T Fiber Cellular Service: Verizon 1Password Password Manager for Family iCloud (backup of photos and phones) YNAB (You Need a Budget, FANTASTIC software) Valuable: Amazon Prime (shipping, discounts) Netflix Dropbox (shared storage always available) Backblaze (offsite ba...
by drummerboy
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help! Pick which stocks to sell off
Replies: 11
Views: 1119

Re: Help! Pick which stocks to sell off

I had a similar issue a few years ago, trying to move from individual stocks to a market index fund. My recommendation, take the emotion out of it. Yes, there are some good brand names in your list. But, that can't predict future results. I created a spreadsheet. Identified each stock by its industr...
by drummerboy
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab Intelligent Portfolio is crashing...
Replies: 36
Views: 4442

Re: Schwab Intelligent Portfolio is crashing...

After much research, a lot on this board, I decided to leave EDJ and roll my money into Scwab, this was in April 2018. After speaking with one of their reps, I decided to go with the Intelligent Advisory, solution. They also setup a brokerage account for me with about 15% of my assets. I had a tota...
by drummerboy
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Best options for cash in Schwab brokerage accounts?
Replies: 59
Views: 38870

Re: Best options for cash in Schwab brokerage accounts?

Is Schwab's site confusing? I guess it is all about what you are used to. I've used Schwab, Vanguard and Fidelity. I think all 3 could use some improvement in terms of usability. The key to learning about investments on Schwab's site: Click the "Research" tab at the top, then choose what you are cur...
by drummerboy
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 4359
Views: 838643

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

What do the Schwab Amex Gold and Platinum offer that "regular" Amex Gold and Platinum do not offer? Especially the Plat, as that is what we currently have. Do the Authorized User fee/benefits differ? RM Actually, I'd recommend the "normal" Amex Gold (the points back was revised recently) paired wit...
by drummerboy
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 4359
Views: 838643

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

In the Combo Amex Gold/Schwab Platinum, the Net Annual Fee is: $130 (Schwab credits $100 a yr if assets over $250k, $200 a year if assets over $1m). Basically, for me the Gold card is $30 a year, the Platinum is $100. (and that INCLUDES a $175 fee for the additional card members). I'm not following...
by drummerboy
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 4359
Views: 838643

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I'm currently a Chase Sapphire Reserve / Chase Freedom Unlimited User. It's been great. But, I think Amex has changed the game. (Especially if you are a Schwab customer). In the Combo CSR/CFU world, the annual fee is Net: $200 (after the $300 travel credit + $25yr for Global Entry) + ($75 a year for...
by drummerboy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best neighborhoods in Atlanta
Replies: 46
Views: 4246

Re: Best neighborhoods in Atlanta

If you want walkable neighborhoods, definitely stay "ITP" (Inside the Perimeter). Brookhaven and Decatur are two towns with decent school districts. If you truly want walkable, you might want to look at Virginia Highlands. Anything along the eastside of the Beltline trail (Midtown, Inman Park, Virgi...
by drummerboy
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Bonds Always Safe? — A Second Look at U.S. Portfolio Disasters
Replies: 108
Views: 10499

Re: "Bonds are for Safety" ?

Bogleheads: There are many different kinds of bonds. Some risky. Some safe. YEAR--INFLATION--BOND INDEX 1976-------4.9%--------15.6% 1977-------6.7-----------3.0 1978-------9.0-----------1.4 1979------13.3-----------1.9 1980------12.5-----------2.7 1981-------8.9-----------6.3 1982-------3.8-------...
by drummerboy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Basic 30-year TIPS vs 30-Year Treasury Bond Question
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Basic 30-year TIPS vs 30-Year Treasury Bond Question

What Shilling really does is (gulp!) buy 30-yr strips which is (making up ballpark numbers here for illustration) something like 75-100% cap gain *assuming* interest rate goes down to 2%. I'm assuming an easy way to implement this would be to own: EDV or ZROZ. Perhaps a fixed income portfolio of: M...