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by aristotelian
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should I contribute to 401k this year if retirement income will be higher?
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Should I contribute to 401k this year if retirement income will be higher?

$250-$300K spending does not necessarily translate into $250K taxable income . Many rich people pay zero tax. Do you have a Roth 401k option? That might be ideal. Definitely do backdoor Roth for your IRA, and look into muni bonds in your brokerage account. Honestly, it probably doesn't matter what y...
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?
Replies: 96
Views: 6612

Re: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?

One more thought. Could one intentionally overbid on a lot of stocks by $200, then immediately sell it for a loss?
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mutual funds / market correction
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Re: Mutual funds / market correction

It's too bad you couldn't have bought at the market in 2008-9. At this time, the market is aware of the risk of correction and has priced the market at its current level. Based on all known information, you will be paying a fair price to invest in the market if you put the whole lump sum in today. I...
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Housing affordability - what is your take?
Replies: 46
Views: 4116

Re: Housing affordability - what is your take?

Whatever the rent is for the cheapest place that meets your needs. Be careful about using guidelines for the average person.
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Inheritance investment
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Inheritance investment

Did you speak to an attorney about titling assets to sidestep Medicaid? Are you sure that keeping it in her name only will prevent that? +1, I had the same question. What if she is the one who needs LTC? The invest piece is much simpler but certainly less important than the Medicaid protection piece.
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why bonds when they return nothing over inflation?
Replies: 12
Views: 1757

Re: Why bonds when they return nothing over inflation?

Regardless of long term return, bonds are non-correlated to stock. Therefore, a combination of stocks and bonds can significantly reduce volatility while reducing returns incrementally. For many of us, that is a good tradeoff. If you are investing purely for return with a long horizon and high risk ...
by aristotelian
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help explain TIAA Traditional to me
Replies: 20
Views: 1326

Re: Help explain TIAA Traditional to me

I have the 1% guaranteed (4.25% total) version with no other options. I did elect to make it 50% of my bond allocation. I have considered their bond fund but the expense ratio is awfully high in my plan. Hopefully I am not making a mistake but so far it has paid off. At least in a Japan scenario, 1%...
by aristotelian
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How can I use the Rising Equity Glide Path?
Replies: 58
Views: 3204

Re: How can I use the Rising Equity Glide Path?

A simple approach would be to use years expenses instead of % stocks/bonds. Instead of "60/40", start your retirement with 15 years stocks/10 years bonds. If the market goes up, keep 10 years expenses in bonds but keep adding any surplus to stock. As long as you have 10 years expenses in bonds, you ...
by aristotelian
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review, Age 31, $1.5 million net worth
Replies: 27
Views: 5618

Re: Portfolio Review, Age 31, $1.5 million net worth

You still need an executor to be able to do stuff like get a death certificate, dispose of the body, etc. The "appointment" of an executor is a judicial act. If a Will is not presented and accepted for probate, there is no executor appointed. This does not mean that someone (personal representative...
by aristotelian
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 32 yrs old, lost, and needing guidance
Replies: 29
Views: 2554

Re: 32yo lost and needing guidance

Thank you so much for your reply! I thought about selling gradually as another poster mentioned above maybe with LTCG first. But each time I trade there is $7 commissions! I didn't care about it in the past but now I'm thinking about how that can have quite a bit of impact if I try to sell small am...
by aristotelian
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 32 yrs old, lost, and needing guidance
Replies: 29
Views: 2554

Re: 32yo lost and needing guidance

You seem very stressed relative to your numbers. You just graduated, you have plenty of time. You should not be thinking about a side job when you are making $320K and you have a two year old. The only question in my opinion is how soon do you want to retire? I would think that you are completely on...
by aristotelian
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Income vs Bond Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: Stable Income vs Bond Fund

I would not recommend trying to replicate an asset allocation in multiple accounts. It's complexity for no value. I don't mind complexity if I get something out it. Use the best accounts to implement the overall strategy. A 2% stable-value fund isn't great, but not terrible. Megacorp's is paying ab...
by aristotelian
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor HSA Investment Options
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: Poor HSA Investment Options

Lively lets you invest through TD Ameritrade's brokerage platform, including their whole list of commission free ETF's. I have my HSA in SLYV (Small Cap Value) and ITE (Intermediate Treasury). SPTM is their Total Stock Market fund. This will not be the solution for you if you strongly prefer mutual...
by aristotelian
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mid 30s Crisis: Personal budget, savings and goals
Replies: 35
Views: 6404

Re: Mid 30s Crisis: Personal budget, savings and goals

You have $1.5M and a nearly paid off house at age 35. What ever your problem is, it is not financial. I would do backdoor Roth as the contributions are still liquid and can be taken out any time. I would also pay off the mortgage and the car. There is no point in holding $400K cash earning less than...
by aristotelian
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor HSA Investment Options
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: Poor HSA Investment Options

Thanks for opening this thread, I did see many folks use lively for HSA. What are the funds/ETFs used in your HSA portfolio? Is it single ETF/FUND or multiple with AA? Thanks for sharing. Lively lets you invest through TD Ameritrade's brokerage platform, including their whole list of commission fre...
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax-Exempt Bond Fund, Reinvested Dividends, Wash Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 568

Re: Tax-Exempt Bond Fund, Reinvested Dividends, Wash Sale

I would either go with selling all shares, or switch to SpecID and make sure you sell the last dividend along with whatever shares are showing losses. Either way, turn off dividend reinvestment and then buy another fund with similar risk exposure, perhaps short term tax exempt. You can then sell aga...
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moving from Vanguard to Fidelity
Replies: 49
Views: 6094

Re: Moving from Vanguard to Fidelity

Not sure about Fidelity, but I did a transfer to Schwab last year. As long as I do not buy, I am able to sell old mutual funds at no charge. If Fidelity will do the same, it is not necessary to convert to ETF.
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth or Taxable Accounts
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: Backdoor Roth or Taxable Accounts

At your income you should easily be able to do both. If forced to choose, Roth is better, tax free gains with no downside.
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I pay 6000.00 to repair wife's car....
Replies: 77
Views: 4475

Re: Should I pay 6000.00 to repair wife's car....

I am not familiar with door check but since it is not a mechanical issue I would try to keep the car. Have you tried to get a second opinion from a body shop? They must be able to jerry-rig something.
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Turkey/Turkish Stocks down 32% - approaching 2008 levels
Replies: 96
Views: 9619

Re: Turkey/Turkish Stocks down 32% - approaching 2008 levels

Why is such a small country/market having such a disproportionate effect on the US stock market today? I’m not doing anything with my investments but it baffles me why events like this are so (temporarily) toxic at home. US stocks are barely down at all. Seems about right when a whole country's eco...
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Crossroad of what to do next?
Replies: 37
Views: 2532

Re: Crossroad of what to do next?

If one of your 403B plans will accept rollovers, you can roll your pretax IRA into your employer plan and then open up Backdoor Roth. Otherwise, my approach was to split between paying down debt and investing in brokerage account. Rationally, it would make sense to prioritize the mortgage, but I wou...
by aristotelian
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSAs - Rollovers
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: HSAs - Rollovers

To be honest, I feel like the rollover provision is designed for people who have a medical emergency and need the withdraw IRA money without getting destroyed by taxes. Generally, I don't think HSA rollovers are a great strategy if you are in the "I've maxed all my other options and I want to hide ...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need some advice - self employed
Replies: 13
Views: 994

Re: Need some advice - self employed

Are you actually self employed? I am not a real estate investor but my impression is that the IRS considers real estate to be passive income, in which case you could not do Solo 401k or Roth.
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying Individuals Stocks In A Roth IRA?
Replies: 13
Views: 1860

Re: Buying Individuals Stocks In A Roth IRA?

Yes you can. My Roth is $50k less than my wife's due to some poor picks before I discovered index funds. I prefer to keep my play money in a brokerage account now so I can at least harvest the losses and I don't do anything stupid with my precious Roth space.
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Have you rebalanced to bonds this year?
Replies: 25
Views: 2121

Re: Have you rebalanced to bonds this year?

Just did some yesterday and new money will go to bonds as well.
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Leaving Payflex HSA - avoid account closure fee?
Replies: 12
Views: 789

Re: Leaving Payflex HSA - avoid account closure fee?

without getting penalized? I'm still with current employers, don't plan on leaving in the foreseeable future. Wondering if it's worth the hassle doing the transfer on a regular basis going forward since we contribute to our HSA from our bi monthly paychecks. Yes, I believe it is 60 days. Whether it...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA-CREF 401k, recently changed jobs
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: TIAA-CREF 401k, recently changed jobs

TIAA-CREF R2 is ok but there are better alternatives. However, I do like TIAA Traditional. Before you transfer out, please take a look at it and see whether it will fit your investment objective. +1 for this approach. I would much rather get the 4% yield of Traditional rather than the bond index yi...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Leaving Payflex HSA - avoid account closure fee?
Replies: 12
Views: 789

Re: Leaving Payflex HSA - avoid account closure fee?

The529guy, Were you successful in transferring out your HSA money or did you spend it down and leaving one cent in the account? Spouse and I have a HSA with Payflex and another HSA with HSA Bank through our current employers. We're wondering which account to invest in and if they will give us troub...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CD Index?
Replies: 3
Views: 357

CD Index?

The other day I was looking at Treasury rates vs Treasury funds, and also happened to notice that across the yield curve, brokered CD's seem to have higher yield than Treasuries. I had never really considered CD's before but I know they are popular with some Bogleheads. I had always figured that CD ...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Poor HSA Investment Options
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: Poor HSA Investment Options

Just transfer for investment account to Lively or another custodian of your choice.
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HBO Hard Knocks Clip - Compound Interest Clip
Replies: 10
Views: 1282

Re: HBO Hard Knocks Clip - Compound Interest Clip

Jayhawk11 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:54 am


“So you’re telling us that all we got to do is put $100,000 in the bank and let it just sit there?” a teammate asks.


“Yep, 100%. Don’t f—ing touch it. It’s called interest, and it’s so f—ing easy.”
Lol, you probably want to increase your savings rate a little more than that.
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best HSA w/ Vanguard
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Best HSA w/ Vanguard

Vanguard does not offer HSA's, so you are best off picking from the "best HSA" threads. I understand that but there are certain HSA's that let you invest the money w/ Vanguard. While it's easy to figure out who those are - which is not what I'm asking - none of those threads explain people's experi...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to LA - Tips Wanted
Replies: 26
Views: 1997

Re: Moving to LA - Tips Wanted

You don't want to live in Burbank. Why? Just not a nice area. Lots of industrial with all the big studios (adult and Hollywood) and the airport. Compared to the other communities you mentioned, it's unlikely you are going to have nice parks and amenities within walking distance. But maybe I am read...
by aristotelian
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to LA - Tips Wanted
Replies: 26
Views: 1997

Re: Moving to LA - Tips Wanted

You don't want to live in Burbank.
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k for small business owner
Replies: 15
Views: 610

Re: 401k for small business owner

The reason to match as an employer would be to offer competitive benefits so as to attract and retain good employees. On the employee side, it is a great benefit if you are in a higher tax bracket since most of us do not have much taxable income in retirement. Taxable income is almost always higher ...
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best HSA w/ Vanguard
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Best HSA w/ Vanguard

Vanguard does not offer HSA's, so you are best off picking from the "best HSA" threads.
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites
Replies: 84
Views: 6313

Re: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites

I used to get generic shaving cartridges that fit my proprietary razor, but they stopped making them. Switched to safety razor, but that's another story.
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insurance refusing to pay for car accident
Replies: 26
Views: 2319

Re: Insurance refusing to pay for car accident

It sounds like Liberty is going to fight your claim, as they should since their car was not at fault. Sounds like filing a claim with your company is your best bet. Do you actually have uninsured motorist protection?
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Treasury Bonds are the Only Bonds You Need
Replies: 112
Views: 11211

Re: Treasury Bonds are the Only Bonds You Need

Practical question. Currently, I invest $1k in TBM per month using Vanguard automatic investment. How do I auto-invest $1k per month in Treasury? Just invest $1k into Vanguard Intermediate-Term Treasury Index Fund Admiral Shares (VSIGX). This fund has a $10K minimum though, so you would need to sta...
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?
Replies: 96
Views: 6612

Re: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?

How about taking a community college class and taking the tuition deduction? It is above the line and comes off AGI.
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?
Replies: 96
Views: 6612

Re: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?

Looks like I need to figure out a way to reduce my income for 2018 so that I'm not kicked into a higher Medicare Premium rate. Looks like I'd have to pay an additional $600 or so in premiums, and if I can lose about $200 I'll be back under the threshold, for a net savings of $400. What are some qui...
by aristotelian
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Would you pay this mortgage off?
Replies: 51
Views: 4033

Re: Would you pay this mortgage off?

When in doubt, diversify and do both.

One thing I would not do is sit on $100k+ cash earning less than the mortgage. Pay in off the mortgage gives guaranteed 4% return, stocks give you chance of higher returns. Cash earning less than inflation is the worst option.
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal liability issues as a result of hiring uninsured & unlicensed handyman
Replies: 33
Views: 3493

Re: Personal liability issues as a result of hiring uninsured & unlicensed handyman

We had a roofer fall off our two story house. Fortunately he did not sue but now I make sure to ask anyone working on the house if they are insured. You are certainly doing the right thing but ultimately your dad is an adult and will have to accept the consequences of his decision.
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grind and Brew Coffee Makers - worth it?
Replies: 30
Views: 2126

Re: Grind and Brew Coffee Makers - worth it?

I have a stand-alone Kitchen Aid burr grinder that has served me well for almost ten years. After grinding the coffee, I put it in a Chemex filter and use the pour over technique to make my coffee. Simplicity! This. A good burr grinder is the key. After that, any brewing method will do. I use Frenc...
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I on track for FI? (Review with questions)
Replies: 10
Views: 1126

Re: Am I on track for FI? (Review with questions)

OP, you seem to have a low risk tolerance, or at least anxiety about loss, yet you are 100% stocks. Consider scaling that back and adding bonds.Your 401k would be ideal. You should be able to do Backdoor Roth regardless of your income. You seem to be fixated on dividends. In general, this is regarde...
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?
Replies: 96
Views: 6612

Re: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?

Ask your employer for an afternoon off without pay?
by aristotelian
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Starting Roth IRA: What would you do?
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Re: Starting Roth IRA: What would you do?

I do Total market in my Roth. I then do international and S&P/growth/Russell 1000 etc in taxable. This allows me to tax loss harvest without worrying about my Roth creating wash sales.
by aristotelian
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 64 YOA. Withdraw from 401k to buy I BONDS
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: 64 YOA. Withdraw from 401k to buy I BONDS

Where the money comes from is irrelevant. The question is, do you want to increase your allocation in I Bonds? If the answer is yes, then the next question is how to do it in the most tax efficient way possible. One possibility would be to cash in some of those 0% fixed rate I Bonds and use the proc...