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by jimmydean
Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to Visit in Europe - Free Plane Ticket
Replies: 39
Views: 8213

More Suggestions

Smurf: For outdoor activities I'd suggest: Interlaken, Switzerland; Garmisch, Germany or Tuscany, Italy. I think all three offer great escapes to go hiking, enjoy the scenery and eat great food.
by jimmydean
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP vs. Roth
Replies: 16
Views: 3451

idahospud

idahospud: Here's the rationale (as I understand it) behind PiperWarrior's math: The future value of money in a TSP account will be 5.1%, actually 5.5% with the TSP ER now at .015, greater than the future value of money in a Vanguard account (assuming equal returns before expenses). To arrive at tha...
by jimmydean
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:16 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP vs. Roth
Replies: 16
Views: 3451

TSP and Roth

Hi, I had the same question about whether to fully fund the Roth or TSP first. TSP wins. Here's the question and PiperWarrior's answer: I wrote: Laura and PiperWarrior: Why would you fully fund the TSP first? I think that if someone can't fully fund both, the person would want to fully fund the Roth...
by jimmydean
Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Need details on Samsonite
Replies: 9
Views: 2216

Here's Something I Found

There may be some people at the Morningstar Stock Picks Forum who can help you out. I found this website , not exactly what you're looking for but maybe it'll help. In the 1990's, this stock traded in the $45 range. Samsonite currently trades at $1.12 and was as low as $.80 cents in the last 52 week...
by jimmydean
Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Those more fortunate
Replies: 69
Views: 14010

Prairie

At USMA cadets say that they get a $200,000 education shoved up their A** a nickle at a time... I'd choose USAFA. At least I'd get to take a shower every night... um, I was typing I poem I learned at the South Hudson Institute of Technology about the differences between the academies but I forgot t...
by jimmydean
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way from London to Paris
Replies: 30
Views: 6841

Staying the night in Normandy?

If you plan on spending a night in Normandy, I know a wonderful family owned manor right outside Sainte-Mere-Eglise that only costs about 30 Euro a night for rooms. You can check out the 82nd Airborne Museum and the church in town along with some of the drop zones, then head down to Omaha (if you on...
by jimmydean
Tue May 27, 2008 4:34 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How often do you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 5613

Monthly and More

I invest in my Vanguard accounts at least once a month. I do automatic investments each month. If I have a little extra money with nothing to spend it on (probably happens, on average, once every three months but not in a predictable manner) I use the extra money to get closer to my desired asset al...
by jimmydean
Tue May 27, 2008 4:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Will you work instead of travel this summer?
Replies: 12
Views: 3372

Travelling for work

Hi, I'm doing both. I am travelling to the US for one month this summer because of work. I will be right outside Richmond, VA and have weekends off, so I plan to visit my parents in Northern Virginia and some friends in Raleigh, North Carolina. I haven't been to the US in about 4 years...can't wait.
by jimmydean
Sun May 25, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: History Channel Today - 101st Airborne
Replies: 17
Views: 4836

MickyD

MickyD...I believe you meant Fallujah. 1/1 AD and elements of the 1st MEF took Ramadi.

I just got back from visiting Normandy two days ago. Thank you all WWII vets.
by jimmydean
Sun May 18, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whats been your favorite commercial marketing ploy?
Replies: 18
Views: 4993

Where's the Beef

My favorite is the old Wendy's ad with the old woman saying "Where's the Beef?" I think that one also debuted during a Super Bowl.
by jimmydean
Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto Loan Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 992

Auto Loan Questions

Hi, I'm moving this thread to the Other Than Investing section. I appreciate any help. I will try to delete from the other section. Hi, I have auto loan and credit score questions. How long does it take for a credit score check to go away (I understand two checks in the same small period of time low...
by jimmydean
Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Favorite Overlooked, Practically Forgotten Actor/Actress
Replies: 51
Views: 12031

He may be famous now

I've always admired Philip Seymour Hoffman. He's great in every scene of every film. I saw movies just because he was in them (Owning Mahoney, Happiness, Love Liza). He may be too famous now because of the praise and awards he received for Capote.
by jimmydean
Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 238103

Florence of Arabia

[url=Fhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_of_arabia]Florence of Arabia[/url] is a light, fun book...much needed after the heart wrenching What is the What.
by jimmydean
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: what does your profile name mean?
Replies: 62
Views: 14317

jimmydean

My screen name is a combination of my first name and a nickname in college. put together informally it's the sausage. Put together formally, it's a famous dead actor.
by jimmydean
Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Wiki?
Replies: 21
Views: 6443

I agree

Since no one's replied yet, I want to bump this up a little and say that I would definitely find the forum wiki useful.
by jimmydean
Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: New Investor with Money to Invest
Replies: 15
Views: 3630

TSP Expenses

PiperWarrior: Thank you for your explanation, I didn't realize how big an impact the extremely low TSP expense ratios had...I knew there would be a difference, just not as much as you stated above. So, for my own understanding...most 401k type investments have higher expense ratios than a Roth IRA t...
by jimmydean
Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: New Investor with Money to Invest
Replies: 15
Views: 3630

Why Fully Fund TSP First?

Laura and PiperWarrior: Why would you fully fund the TSP first? I think that if someone can't fully fund both, the person would want to fully fund the Roth first. I am assuming he'll be in a higher tax bracket when he retires.
by jimmydean
Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:10 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: New Investor with Money to Invest
Replies: 15
Views: 3630

Roth before TSP

edit: I agree.

Hope this helps.
by jimmydean
Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: India's Savers Turn to Investing
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

India's Savers Turn to Investing

Interesting article in today's Washington Post. It mentions the meteoric rise in the Indian stock market, the number of new investors and their anxieties as the market is cooling off. Pawar is among hundreds of thousands of Indians who are nervously watching their investments after giving in to the ...
by jimmydean
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: America's top 10 favorite books
Replies: 34
Views: 6994

Message to Garcia

I followed the Wikipedia link Doc provided and serendipitously found A Message to Garcia on the list. I was required to read it in college and often re-read the essay when I feel the need. From Wikipedia: The essay celebrates the initiative of a soldier who is assigned and accomplishes a daunting mi...
by jimmydean
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:01 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: How to deal with Trolls Poll
Replies: 25
Views: 6329

Screen Name Bets

I guess I should stop trying to figure out how to introduce screen name bets to the Diehard Forum...I'm not being serious.

(Mr Lindauer as PetrocelliFan_500 just doesn't seem funny to me)

edit: Sorry, I forget if I voted to ignore, send books or just die. The three seemed like good options.
by jimmydean
Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: America's top 10 favorite books
Replies: 34
Views: 6994

Harry Potter

foodnerd and Chimp_pirate: Thanks for your responses. Didn't mean for the conversation to sway away from the other books on the list. I'll pick up the first Harry Potter book and see if I like it. Looking at the list again, in my opinion, some of the books were made into great movies and a couple we...
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: America's top 10 favorite books
Replies: 34
Views: 6994

His Dark Materials

Value Thinker: Thanks for the recommendation...my favorite thread on this board is What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? . CFS, brilliant post...oh, I also appreciate all the investment advise too. I'm off to look up the series. They are OK (at least the first one) but you would be better off reading...
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NCAA Tournment Predictions
Replies: 81
Views: 15011

gkaplan

Hey, just read your post about Tennessee and Stanford. If only I could convince the people in my pool that I thought the brackets were for the women's tournament. I might have won!
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: America's top 10 favorite books
Replies: 34
Views: 6994

J-e-L-L-o

I agree, I've seen two of the movies, enjoyed the first one I saw (forget which one in the series it was) a lot and didn't think the other movie was a waste of my time. I did read and enjoy a few of the Chronicles of Narnia books as a kid. I don't think I'd get the same enjoyment out of them now...b...
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: High School Seniors Get "F" in Finance
Replies: 21
Views: 3982

High School Seniors Get "F" in Finance

Hi, interesting article in yesterday's Washington Post. Don't know if you need a subscription, but here's the link: High School Seniors Get "F" in Finance . High school seniors, on average, answered correctly only 48.3 percent of questions about personal finance and economics, according to a nationw...
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: America's top 10 favorite books
Replies: 34
Views: 6994

Harry Potter

I sometimes think I'm the only person who hasn't read a Harry Potter Book. I've read all the other ones on the list but my favorite is War and Peace. This is a serious question: is there any particular value to the Harry Potter books?
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Who will win the 2008 World Series?
Replies: 12
Views: 2928

Phillies!!!

As usual, I have no idea what I'm talking about. Fortunately, that minor detail doesn't stop me from predicting that the bums will win it all.
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Create custom stock index?
Replies: 8
Views: 3445

Link for the lazy

Here's the link for people like me too lazy to type a web address:

Virtual Index Fund
by jimmydean
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 238103

People of the Book

Currently reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. It is a fictional history of the Sarajevo Haggadah . From Wikipedia: It is considered to be the most beautiful illuminated Jewish manuscript in existence and one of the most valuable books in the world. I don't think People of the Book is as ...
by jimmydean
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NCAA Tournment Predictions
Replies: 81
Views: 15011

NCAA Wrestling Tournament

Also, since I knew going in that I was at a severe disadvantage, I forced my office to also participate in NCAA Wrestling Pool. I swallowed my pride and picked Tom (Benedict Arnold) Brands' Iowa team to dominate...I won this pool in a landslide. Congratulations to All American, Matt Kyler (West Poin...
by jimmydean
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NCAA Tournment Predictions
Replies: 81
Views: 15011

AAR

Okay, I am now the official last place loser of my office pool. As the loser, I must write an After Action Review detailing my thought process of the stupid decisons I've made along the way (I wrote on this board that George Mason would win...truthfully, I has Tennessee beating Stanford in the final...
by jimmydean
Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Global Stock Index Fund
Replies: 2
Views: 1129

Thanks

Thank you for posting the link. I probably should have searched for it on Google.
by jimmydean
Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Global Stock Index Fund
Replies: 2
Views: 1129

Global Stock Index Fund

What are your thoughts on the Global Stock Index Fund that Vanguard plans to launch? From Morningstar The ETF share class will charge 0.25%--nearly 1 full percentage point less than the typical no-load fund in the world-stock category. The traditional retail share class will charge 0.45%. I searched...
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Diehard on Jeopardy!
Replies: 51
Views: 12727

"Question"

I'm guessing that the question was something to do with Frankfurt.
by jimmydean
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Diehard on Jeopardy!
Replies: 51
Views: 12727

Congratulations

Were there any answers/questions you suprised yourself on guessing correctly?
by jimmydean
Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Diehard on Jeopardy!
Replies: 51
Views: 12727

How did you do?

After it's aired, please come back on and say how you did. I won't be able to watch the show. Like AThiker, I feel like saying good luck for some reason.
by jimmydean
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mr. Black Swan
Replies: 4
Views: 1851

Link

by jimmydean
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting "Econophysics" Article
Replies: 5
Views: 1587

Interesting "Econophysics" Article

I read this on a website called Cocktail Party Physics and found it interesting. Maybe some of you will too. It mentions Burton Malkiel and the Random Walk Hypothesis. Econophysics is a relatively new field, emerging in the mid-1990s thanks to the work of several physicists who decided to apply the ...
by jimmydean
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: USAA for checking
Replies: 18
Views: 6565

Thanks

Thank you for the explanation. I guess it's not advantageous in my situation. I have my checking account go to near zero each month and put short term and emergency money in the USAA savings account.
by jimmydean
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: USAA for checking
Replies: 18
Views: 6565

Sweep feature

Hi Greenbury, what is a sweep feature? I have pretty much the same set up as you, but my USAA checking account is the normal one and have just enough in it for them to not close it down. I also have Overseas Military Bank for the monthly bills I have to pay in Euro and for my monthly expenses (I do ...
by jimmydean
Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How much does everyone save for retirement?
Replies: 55
Views: 15451

30 Percent

I currently save around 30% of net income. This fully funds my Roth IRA and TSP. It also allows me to put a little into my taxable account each year. I find that I can't buy as many cool toys as the other people making the same amount at work and my car is not as nice as some, but am comfortable wit...
by jimmydean
Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NCAA Tournment Predictions
Replies: 81
Views: 15011

I suck

I had USC going to the Sweet 16. I am in absolute last place of my office pool. I guess that's why I chose index funds over actively managed ones. I'd never be able to pick the winner.
by jimmydean
Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Join the fight to limit TSP trading costs
Replies: 18
Views: 3977

Sam B.

My representatives are Warner, Webb and Moran as well. I've written them on the frequent TSP trading and a request for TSP to include a Roth option. Based on the responses I've received, I have concluded that the staffers responsible for answering constituent letters have no understanding of persona...
by jimmydean
Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lemonade stands
Replies: 9
Views: 2448

Crepe stand

I read this thread yesterday and enjoyed thinking back to my youth. I couldn't remember the last time I saw a kid with a lemonade stand. So what happens? I'm driving home, and I see two kids on the side of the road with a Crepe stand. I pulled over and paid for a delicious Nutella and Banana crepe.
by jimmydean
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: re: Gee investing seminars are full of s**t
Replies: 5
Views: 2051

96.5%

The 96.5% is what made me realize it was fake. If they guaranteed the system being right 96.537% of the time, then I'd have no choice but to be impressed.
by jimmydean
Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 238103

What is the What

Now reading What is the What by Dave Egger about the Lost Boys of Sudan.
by jimmydean
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who owns America?
Replies: 5
Views: 1925

Gummy's website

Wow, I hadn't visited Gummy's website for few months. I've got to remember to visit more often.
by jimmydean
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which of these names would you call obscure?
Replies: 11
Views: 2780

Hector P. Garcia

I admit, and as a Soldier am glad I did, that I had to look up Hector P. Garcia. Thanks for the history lesson.
by jimmydean
Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Italy vacation exchange rate
Replies: 12
Views: 3106

I'd exchange money in the States

LH: I would exchange the dollars in Euro in the states, hopefully at a local bank. You're much more likely to get a fair exchange rate than a small exchange both at an airport or in the cities. I would also find out what international ATM fees my bank charges and remember the fees when drawing Euro ...