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by Yankuba
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Fire 8 HD tablet with Alexa 32 GB for $59.99 (limited time offer)
Replies: 17
Views: 1637

Re: Amazon Fire 8 HD tablet with Alexa 32 GB for $59.99 (limited time offer)

I got a Fire HD 8 on Prime Day for $49.99 and returned it the next day. I don't get the appeal at any price and would rather spend on a extra on a used last generation iPad. It was sluggish, had rather poor screen quality, and the UI leaves a lot to be desired. It might be fine if those things aren...
by Yankuba
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: G Fund at 3%
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Re: G Fund at 3%

When it hits 5% I'm moving my entire TSP portfolio to G. I'll keep my stocks in my taxable accounts. A guaranteed 5% is better than a hypothetical 6% to 8%
by Yankuba
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: G Fund at 3%
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

G Fund at 3%

https://www.tspfolio.com/tspgfundinterestrate

Hasn't been this high in a long time
by Yankuba
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Index-ish fund that lacks FAANG?
Replies: 42
Views: 4232

Re: Index-ish fund that lacks FAANG?

A small cap index fund will omit FAANG. A large cap value index fund (VIVAX) will omit FAANG (but it has Microsoft).
by Yankuba
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Be Careful Using Mailboxes
Replies: 62
Views: 8975

Be Careful Using Mailboxes

There has been an epidemic of mail theft in Northeast Queens. Someone stole a charity donation my parents mailed and washed the check clean of ink and wrote the check out to an unknown third person. When my father checked his balance with the teller at the bank he discovered that his $10 check becam...
by Yankuba
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emerging Markets in Bear Territory
Replies: 65
Views: 8871

Re: Emerging Markets in Bear Territory

I noticed - every week I invest a couple of hundred dollars and it has all been going to Emerging Markets the last few months because it trails my other funds. I think it was my best performing index fund earlier in the year but now it is the worst. I have been in emerging markets for more than 15 y...
by Yankuba
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to evaluate charities to donate to?
Replies: 36
Views: 1484

Re: How to evaluate charities to donate to?

JMacDonald wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:50 am
This is one organization I use:

https://www.charitynavigator.org
Me too. I also read the IRS Form 990s whenever I can. If the 990 isn't online you can email the non profit for it. If they don't send you one it is a red flag in my book.
by Yankuba
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Installers- Tipping?
Replies: 22
Views: 1848

Re: Carpet Installers- Tipping?

I tip everyone that comes into my home to do work - including the cable guy. If I can afford a nice home in an expensive neighborhood I can afford $100 to $200 a year in tips on the rare occasions I have stuff done. I also buy lunch if it is an all day thing. When I worked for a telecom company, I ...
by Yankuba
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Installers- Tipping?
Replies: 22
Views: 1848

Re: Carpet Installers- Tipping?

I tip everyone that comes into my home to do work - including the cable guy. If I can afford a nice home in an expensive neighborhood I can afford $100 to $200 a year in tips on the rare occasions I have stuff done. I also buy lunch if it is an all day thing.
by Yankuba
Mon May 21, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comparing ways to protect ones financial identity
Replies: 11
Views: 1338

Re: Comparing ways to protect ones financial identity

Set up email/text alerts so you are notified of all account activity (bank, brokerage, credit card).
by Yankuba
Mon May 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Savings Account emptied out!
Replies: 77
Views: 12801

Re: Chase Savings Account emptied out!

This is a good reminder for everyone to sign up for e-mail/text alerts (bank, brokerage and credit card) so you get a notification whenever there is account activity.
by Yankuba
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One is replacing bank branches with coffee shops & ATMs. Wave of the future?
Replies: 39
Views: 2533

Re: Capital One is replacing bank branches with coffee shops & ATMs. Wave of the future?

Will Starbucks be getting into the banking business if Capital One is successful with this venture? :wink: It's hard for me to evaluate this business model in a positive light because I'm not the type of person that fits into the intended demographics. I don't go to coffee shops, I don't drink coff...
by Yankuba
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One is replacing bank branches with coffee shops & ATMs. Wave of the future?
Replies: 39
Views: 2533

Re: Capital One is replacing bank branches with coffee shops & ATMs. Wave of the future?

What about cashier's checks for real estate, cars, etc.? Guess they know millennials aren't buying homes or cars so they don't need cashier's checks!
by Yankuba
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?
Replies: 35
Views: 2426

Re: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?

Check it at home, keep a record, give it to your doc on exam day. +1 The machines they use in the walk in clinic and drugstores are always inaccurate for me. I use the Omron at home and at work and get the official reading at my annual checkup with an old school cuff and stethescope. As long as you...
by Yankuba
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Request for Investment and Finance Assistance
Replies: 16
Views: 595

Re: Request for Investment and Finance Assistance

I would focus on the debt before worrying about investing (although your investing looks fine to me). Start with the highest interest and work your way down. It takes great returns in the market to offset the negative returns you are getting by carrying debt. I estimate that my long term returns in...
by Yankuba
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Where to buy a Vanguard hat? An Update and good news
Replies: 148
Views: 27739

Re: Where to buy a Vanguard hat? An Update and good news

Yesterday, Vanguard posted a photo of their mug on Facebook and everyone asked where to get it and their social media person said to send a private message to Vanguard get one. If you "like" or add Vanguard on Facebook you can then send them a private message with your name and address. Fingers cro...
by Yankuba
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Where to buy a Vanguard hat? An Update and good news
Replies: 148
Views: 27739

Re: Where to buy a Vanguard hat? An Update and good news

Yesterday, Vanguard posted a photo of their mug on Facebook and everyone asked where to get it and their social media person said to send a private message to Vanguard get one. If you "like" or add Vanguard on Facebook you can then send them a private message with your name and address. Fingers cros...
by Yankuba
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I got a Roomba and think you should too
Replies: 41
Views: 4307

Re: I got a Roomba and think you should too

...Unless you have a pet... http://www.scarymommy.com/roomba-meets-pile-of-poop-jesse-newton/ LOL. You beat me to it! For those who didn't click on the link, someone activated their Roomba without supervision and it spread dog poop all over the home. So if you have pets you need to be careful letti...
by Yankuba
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Tax Forms Now Online
Replies: 39
Views: 3479

Re: Vanguard Tax Forms Now Online

Vanguarded upgraded me from mutual fund accounts to brokerage in 2017. The 1099s for the mutual funds are ready (covering one quarter of dividends and trades) but I will have to wait until February for the rest of the year’s dividends and trades. Kind of annoying
by Yankuba
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long do you save tax returns?
Replies: 39
Views: 3728

Re: How long do you save tax returns?

Can’t you get an old return from the IRS if you need it?
by Yankuba
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone received their IRS PIN?
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Anyone received their IRS PIN?

I got mine on January 7
by Yankuba
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much are you putting in a 529?
Replies: 111
Views: 10522

Re: How much are you putting in a 529?

NYS resident, two kids.

I contribute $5k per kid per year. NYS lets me write off the $10k but no more than that.

50% of the money goes to the conservative age based option

50% of the money goes to the moderate age based option

With only a 20 year timeline I didn’t want to be too stock heavy
by Yankuba
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ID theft and check cashing fraud
Replies: 97
Views: 7259

Re: ID theft and check cashing fraud

At which point and in which amount does it become worthy of investigation, in your estimation, and who should make that determination ? Sorry to hear about your troubles! I went through identity theft a few years ago. I didn't find law enforcement very helpful. My take-away was that identity theft ...
by Yankuba
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ID theft and check cashing fraud
Replies: 97
Views: 7259

Re: ID theft and check cashing fraud

What a depressing thread. The thief sounds like a real pro, which means there could be more nasty surprises in the future. It couldn't hurt to sign up to LifeLock - if the fraud continues they may assign someone to your case to help clean things up. But since the theft already happened and the thief...
by Yankuba
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HumbleDollar by Jonathan Clements
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: HumbleDollar by Jonathan Clements

It's okay. It's pretty basic. Reformed Broker is good
by Yankuba
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E-reader for ebooks - Pros and Cons
Replies: 74
Views: 4543

Re: E-reader for ebooks - Pros and Cons

I love my B&W Kindle Paperwhite. You can subscribe to Bookbub for a daily email blast of books under $4.00 and Amazon also has a page for daily books under $4.00. You should be able to find one or two books a week for under $4.00 - many former best sellers and classics. I rarely pay full price for b...
by Yankuba
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai quality and reliability
Replies: 41
Views: 4373

Re: Hyundai quality and reliability

My father has owned four Sonatas and has been happy with all of them
by Yankuba
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Year of Extreme Frugality
Replies: 48
Views: 5331

Re: A Year of Extreme Frugality

OP should post his/her monthly budget so everyone can weigh in. Otherwise just use the Google machine and search for "frugality tips"
by Yankuba
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Charitable Deduction Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1929

Re: Charitable Deduction Question

All my charities accept credit cards or PayPal. It's almost 2018!!!
by Yankuba
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ROBO and BOTZ
Replies: 4
Views: 891

Re: ROBO and BOTZ

maybe you missed some of the earlier posts? Always good to do a search before posting. Your question may have already been asked/discussed. Read more here: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=232724 https://www.google.com/search?sitesearch=bogleheads.org&q=botz regarding BOTZ, here...
by Yankuba
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ROBO and BOTZ
Replies: 4
Views: 891

ROBO and BOTZ

I am a big believer that robots and software will eat humans’ lunch. What are your thoughts on these two robotics and automation ETFs? ROBO BOTZ I know I already own the American companies in these ETFs via my index funds but a good chunk of these ETFs are foreign and my foreign exposure is low. Tha...
by Yankuba
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: opinions requested on student college decision / financial related
Replies: 87
Views: 5304

Re: opinions requested on student college decision / financial related

My vote would be for the state school route. My daughter chose a competitive BSRN program at a SUNY school over an equally competitive New York State private school. She never regretted the decision and the all in cost for her BSRN was less than 40k (2007 grad) Fast forward five years, DD obtained ...
by Yankuba
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Consolidation of Vanguard accounts after getting married
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: Consolidation of Vanguard accounts after getting married

I think I would advocate to maintain the individual accounts, as well as the joint accounts. Keep in mind that with the joint account any one person may decide to drain the account if the relationship goes bust. Not saying it will occur, but in my opinion it is a bit too drastic to only have joint ...
by Yankuba
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Receiving unexpected SMS security codes
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: Receiving unexpected SMS security codes

OK. I will fess up. I have made a mistake on one of my usernames and caused some person I will never know to receive codes and have their account locked. I am not denying the possibility of a hacking attempt. But, a mistake by a fellow customer is probably at least as likely. Once I tried logging i...
by Yankuba
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: opinions requested on student college decision / financial related
Replies: 87
Views: 5304

Re: opinions requested on student college decision / financial related

I vote state school. What doors will top three open that top twenty will not? If there is a big difference I will reconsider my vote but a $160k difference in the two options is a big deal.
by Yankuba
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new sofa with two young kids?
Replies: 36
Views: 2888

Re: Buying a new sofa with two young kids?

How can juice get spilled on the couch? The rule in our house was no food outside the kitchen. Seriously, DS came home from college and I had to reassure him that he was an actual grown-up adult and it was ok to eat an apple in the family room. Because the No Food Outside The Kitchen rule was firm....
by Yankuba
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What to do after losing $117k in stock market?
Replies: 199
Views: 28124

Re: What to do after losing $117k in stock market?

Invest minimum to obtain any 401k matching and attack the student loans with a vengenge with every extra dollar. Make it a game to see how fast you can do it to add some excitement. +1 I agree 100%. Invest enough to get the 401k match and then eliminate the student loans. Stay away from individual ...
by Yankuba
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Going to College to become a Teacher - 19 Started Roth IRA.
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

Re: Going to College to become a Teacher - 19 Started Roth IRA.

Roth IRA is a great idea. As you accumulate more savings, consider adding a cash or bond component you can use to invest specifically when there are large dips. You can also consider adding an international fund. Working outside of academia while getting your degree is a great idea not only financi...
by Yankuba
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: P/E ratio only 18??
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Re: P/E ratio only 18??

I don't believe any of the numbers coming out of individual companies are accurate (accounting is gray and these companies are massive as well as complex) so I'm not surprised there's no consensus on something as important as a P/E ratio for an entire index. I know people who won't touch stocks, mut...
by Yankuba
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Draft a will with legalzoom or other online legal help
Replies: 104
Views: 10499

Re: Draft a will with legalzoom or other online legal help

What is the going rate for a will in a major city? My attorney who does our real estate closings wants $2500 and a friend just paid $2500. I was only charged $1500 for the the real estate closings which I imagine require more hours of labor than plugging a few names into a document. Our will should ...
by Yankuba
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Car: Ever make sense to lease?
Replies: 143
Views: 15307

Re: New Car: Ever make sense to lease?

Re: the discussion about ICE vs. electric, there is some recent press on the challenges of supplying enough materials for the car batteries:

https://jalopnik.com/we-may-not-have-en ... 1820008337
by Yankuba
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What information needed for insurance (auto; home; liability) quotes
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: What information needed for insurance (auto; home; liability) quotes

You may want to unfreeze your credit if you shop for auto insurance. I froze my insurance and shopped around recently and everyone wanted 3x what I am paying now. I assume I am getting beat up because they can't see my credit and they are assuming the worst. "The first thing you should know is that ...
by Yankuba
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Account security - Hackers gain access to mobile and then break havoc
Replies: 159
Views: 15740

Re: Account security - Hackers gain access to mobile and then break havoc

My phone died this weekend. I went into the local Verizon store, handed over my drivers license and bought a new phone. I told the representative I have a PIN on the account and he looked at me like I had two heads. My number went from the old phone to the new phone without any problems. Did you ha...
by Yankuba
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Account security - Hackers gain access to mobile and then break havoc
Replies: 159
Views: 15740

Re: Account security - Hackers gain access to mobile and then break havoc

I put a PIN on my Verizon account - I was under the impression that when you request service on your account in person or over the phone you have to provide the PIN and/or identification. My phone died this weekend. I went into the local Verizon store, handed over my drivers license and bought a new...
by Yankuba
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honest Contractor Reviews
Replies: 10
Views: 998

Re: Honest Contractor Reviews

Angie's List. It's free to set up an account
by Yankuba
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm thinking about cashing completely out of equites....
Replies: 75
Views: 9997

Re: I'm thinking about cashing completely out of equites....

You can change your allocation but I would do it gradually and not all at once. I increase my bonds by 1.25% a year - manually. You may live another 40 years and there may be really cool things to buy in the future (robots!). What seems like a lot of money today might not be a lot of money in 20 yea...
by Yankuba
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paper checks, how safe are they?
Replies: 31
Views: 2644

Re: Paper checks, how safe are they?

Fraudsters won't take the information from a check and steal your identity. They will make counterfeit checks and buy things drawn on your account. Or they will order legit checkbooks with your name, address, routing number and account number. The USA is the last modern nation to use checks. Here i...
by Yankuba
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paper checks, how safe are they?
Replies: 31
Views: 2644

Re: Paper checks, how safe are they?

Fraudsters won't take the information from a check and steal your identity. They will make counterfeit checks and buy things drawn on your account. Or they will order legit checkbooks with your name, address, routing number and account number. The USA is the last modern nation to use checks. Here is...
by Yankuba
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft
Replies: 393
Views: 67895

Re: Identity theft

Vanguard now lets you do a voice verification thing - you say a sentence three times and they record you. If someone calls up pretending to be you they can't pass the voice verification.