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by adman_c
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which BoA Credit Card to use?
Replies: 15
Views: 954

Re: Which BoA Credit Card to use?

I disagree. If the OP’s family travels a decent amount, and they even occasionally pay for a checked bag (4 bags per year total) then the premium rewards card is undeniably better, since the annual fee will be made up for by the reimbursement of airline incidentals. Airline incidentals are only rei...
by adman_c
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which BoA Credit Card to use?
Replies: 15
Views: 954

Re: Which BoA Credit Card to use?

The Premium Rewards card gives 2.625% on everything, redeemable in cash. $95 annual fee. There are a few additional perks, but that's mostly it. The Travel Rewards card gives 2.625% on everything, redeemable in statement credits for travel. $0 annual fee. If the OP's family travels a decent amount,...
by adman_c
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which BoA Credit Card to use?
Replies: 15
Views: 954

Re: Which BoA Credit Card to use?

My understanding of the new Premium Rewards card is that you get the increased base rewards rate of the Travel Rewards card (i.e. 2.625% at platinum honors), but that you can redeem the rewards for cash back, not just travel. The Cash Rewards (for groceries/gas/costco) and the Premium Rewards (for e...
by adman_c
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee
Replies: 91
Views: 7800

Re: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee

I just opened an account with Lively after learning that Alliant Credit Union, my current HSA provider, was getting out of the HSA game. So far I am impressed. I exchanged some email questions with Shobin before setting up my account, and I was satisfied with the answers, so I decided to move my sma...
by adman_c
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: personal capital
Replies: 19
Views: 2001

Re: personal capital

I have nothing particularly bad to say about PC, but I don't think they're well-suited to Bogleheads. If you (or your SO/family) want the "security" of having an actual human financial planner, they are certainly less awful than most AUM shops. Their investment plan is fine, but I doubt it would bea...
by adman_c
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: SEP IRA and backdoor Roth
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: SEP IRA and backdoor Roth

There may be a little more involved timing wise than DSInvestor described. As he pointed out, any balance in a pre-tax (traditional, SEP, SIMPLE) IRA on 12/31 will interfere in a low/no tax liability Backdoor Roth. So the best option is to rollover the SEP IRA to a 401k prior to 12/31. However, if ...
by adman_c
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid close in fee united
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Re: Avoid close in fee united

SrGrumpy wrote:They changed the rules Oct. 5 last year - not sure how this would have affected your situation.
Yup, I booked mine in February of 2016, so that would have been before they closed that loophole. Sorry OP, looks like you may be out of luck.
by adman_c
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid close in fee united
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Re: Avoid close in fee united

I was able to do this last year when I booked a flight less than 30 days out. Not sure if it still works, but I selected a flight that was not subject to the close-in fee that cost the same number of miles. Once it was booked, I went back and changed the reservation, and was able to make a change to...
by adman_c
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Makes No Sense to Contribute to 401K, right?
Replies: 20
Views: 2725

Re: Makes No Sense to Contribute to 401K, right?

It's not a huge difference, but if the OP is in Illinois (guessing based on username) he or she will save Illinois income tax by deducting 30k of income and then converting 30k of tIRA to Roth. Illinois does not charge income tax on IRA withdrawals, and Roth conversions are treated as withdrawals.
by adman_c
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby books with "non-chewable" covers
Replies: 8
Views: 834

Re: Baby books with "non-chewable" covers

Another recommendation for the Indestructables books. They live up to their name, although, as noted, the pages can wrinkle a little bit.