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by venkman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard investor class shares on their way out?
Replies: 58
Views: 4934

Re: Vanguard investor class shares on their way out?

I don't see the merging of shares classes resulting in a fee increase given what happened with Fidelity and VGs own pricing of its ETFs. Also, VG already waives Admiral minimums in certain 401k and HSA situations. I could see the minimums change if Fidelity is able to make a significant dent in the...
by venkman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investment advisors- is regulatory burden higher on fiduciaries?
Replies: 32
Views: 1096

Re: Investment advisors- is regulatory burden higher on fiduciaries?

Yeah, I have mentioned to him that fees matter, but he seems to think his guy can pick the right active fund. Now I just say I have done the arithmetic and only use index funds. "When you know enough to choose a good financial advisor, you no longer need one." On the other hand, it sounds like your...
by venkman
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard investor class shares on their way out?
Replies: 58
Views: 4934

Re: Vanguard investor class shares on their way out?

An extra 10 basis points on an amount below the $10k minimum for Admiral index shares adds up at most to less than $10/year. If you plan to keep and add to your investments at Vanguard for the long term, you're much better off paying the higher ER on a small amount than you would be if everything go...
by venkman
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help to understand bonds maturity vs investment timeline
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Help to understand bonds maturity vs investment timeline

If you have plans to take the money at a certain time, you want your interest rate risk to decline as your time horizon decreases. The issue with most bond funds is that they maintain a more or less constant duration. A fund with a 5-year duration will still have a 5-year duration in 4.9 years, when...
by venkman
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Muni Bond funds and Capital Gains
Replies: 11
Views: 1098

Re: Muni Bond funds and Capital Gains

VG's national muni funds tend to own mostly premium bonds, so they typically won't have much in the way of capital gains.
by venkman
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial coaching - license / certificate?
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Financial coaching - license / certificate?

Hi everyone, Quick question: Do you need any kind of license / certificate to start a personal finance coaching business? I would believe you don't given the nature of the business itself (helping people look at their finances, not selling any kind of particular product). Where it gets tricky thoug...
by venkman
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yield in bond funds
Replies: 2
Views: 436

Re: Yield in bond funds

Since interest rates have gone up significantly over the past year, a lot of bond funds have a distribution yield that is lower than their stated SEC yield. Essentially, by buying a bond fund now, you're buying a lot of older bonds at below par value, which means part of that 3.35% yield will come i...
by venkman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bonds vs CDs
Replies: 39
Views: 4349

Re: Bonds vs CDs

One-month Treasury bills are currently yielding 2.21%, are exempt from state and local taxes, and can be automatically rolled over at many brokerages. If you expect interest rates to rise, T-bills look like the better deal right now.
by venkman
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I-bonds or CDs
Replies: 10
Views: 2075

Re: I-bonds or CDs

I would definitely wait until Nov. 1 and see what the new fixed rate on I-bonds is before making your decision.
by venkman
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there a case for Active in fixed income?
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: Is there a case for Active in fixed income?

The only way for FI active management to add value is to correctly predict the direction of interest rates. Almost nobody can do that on a consistent basis. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind paying the 0.20% ER for an actively-managed Vanguard Investment Grade fund, if I were looking for something ...
by venkman
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The End of Indexing?
Replies: 33
Views: 4235

Re: The End of Indexing?

There are no Megatrends that can change fundamental arithmetic. Combined, everyone in the market earns the market average, before costs. The long term winners are the ones who pay the least in costs.
by venkman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Total Bond Market Fund - interest rates rising!
Replies: 147
Views: 16538

Re: Total Bond Market Fund - interest rates rising!

And by no means am I knocking TBM. I like it a lot, as well. It's remains part of our FI and it's what I've recommended for the portfolios of those younger folks I care about and who at least profess to care a bit about what I recommend. I just wondered if others see CDs as a steadier and safer for...
by venkman
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why dismiss sectors?
Replies: 31
Views: 1741

Re: Why dismiss sectors?

I have been reading this forum for quite some time, paying attention to people's views on asset allocation, investment strategies etc. It seems to me that most Bogleheads dislike sectors. Doesn't it makes sense to overweight utilities, healthcare, and consumer staples this late in the market cycle?...
by venkman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: bond funds
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: bond funds

There's VGIT (Intermediate Treasury ETF) or VCIT (Intermediate Corporate ETF). And there are plenty of non-Vanguard ETF's that track intermediate bonds; but I don't know their ticker symbols offhand. Or you could just let the money sit in a MM account for the 30 days. The difference in yield is only...
by venkman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: would you buy bonds or corporate bonds now?
Replies: 19
Views: 1801

Re: would you buy bonds or corporate bonds now?

Nothing wrong with investment-grade corporate bonds.

As to whether or not NOW is a good time to buy corporates, that's a bit trickier. Credit spreads are still pretty low. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/BAMLC0A4CBBB
by venkman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help me understand growth vs value charts on bonds
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Help me understand growth vs value charts on bonds

The Growth chart shows how much you would have after a given time period if you had invested $10k at the beginning of the period. I don't see a Value option on the chart, but I assume you're talking about Price. That shows the fluctuations in the share price of the fund over the time period. It only...
by venkman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard changing my Admiral shares to Investor Shares
Replies: 26
Views: 4655

Re: Vanguard changing my Admiral shares to Investor Shares

Vanguard essentially operates at cost. If they give one client a discount, they have to make up for it by overcharging another client. This is why I'm happy to pay whatever fees VG charges--I know they're just covering what it costs to have me as a client; and they aren't ever going to charge me ex...
by venkman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why Jack Bogle Doesn't Own Non-U.S. Stocks"
Replies: 203
Views: 11274

Re: "Why Jack Bogle Doesn't Own Non-U.S. Stocks"

"Nobody knows nothin'. Except when it comes to whether or not you should own international stocks."
by venkman
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard changing my Admiral shares to Investor Shares
Replies: 26
Views: 4655

Re: Vanguard changing my Admiral shares to Investor Shares

Petty and foolish on the part of Vanguard - while they have the right to do it, it would be interesting to know whether they change ALL of their customer accounts to investor shares if the account balance drops below the admiral thresholds. It seems like they will be causing lots of waves and only ...
by venkman
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Start a Treasury Ladder... or not?
Replies: 17
Views: 2308

Re: Start a Treasury Ladder... or not?

That strategy is fine, as long as the other 50% of your portfolio is invested for reasonable growth.

If your primary goal is income, have you considered longer-term bonds and/or CD's?
by venkman
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: High risk. vs. high volatility
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: High risk. vs. high volatility

I would only recommend a high-risk investment that has an expected (not potential) higher return as compensation for the high risk. Things like Bitcoin are high-risk, but have no expected return. Volatility risk can usually be minimized by a long holding period. Risk that your investment will become...
by venkman
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Diversifying with a zero-correlation, zero-return volatile asset
Replies: 66
Views: 3650

Re: Diversifying with a zero-correlation, zero-return volatile asset

If you factor in taxes, it's a net loss. If you come out ahead in a given year, you owe taxes on the amount you won; but if you come out negative for the year, you can't deduct the losses. So, after-tax, your expected return is negative. After inflation, it's even worse.
by venkman
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: seeking advice: bond funds vs CDs/Treasuries
Replies: 3
Views: 735

Re: seeking advice: bond funds vs CDs/Treasuries

For maturities of 2 years or less, spreads between CD's and Treasuries are pretty low right now. If this is in a taxable account and you're subject to state taxes, Treasuries might be the better option.
by venkman
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whew! Stock market is no longer at all-time highs, so ...
Replies: 34
Views: 5454

Re: Whew! Stock market is no longer at all-time highs, so ...

Even though the market is down, my Dave Ramsey mutual funds are still on pace for their guaranteed annual 12% gain, right? :twisted:
by venkman
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: can i start a private investment firm?
Replies: 70
Views: 5211

Re: can i start a private investment firm?

When you making money and have proofs to back it up..you dont need advertisement. Yes there are frauds out there, BUT the whole entire world is not fraud. Point is some people are just made different. And also when you are very transparent, that makes things even easier. Requiring people to pass th...
by venkman
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Flattening yield curve
Replies: 55
Views: 4925

Re: Flattening yield curve

So if a flattening or inverted yield curve maybe causes a recession what causes the yield curve to be flat or inverted in the first place? Happening at the same time and causation are not the same thing. An inverted yield curve doesn't cause a recession; it's the result of the market predicting a r...
by venkman
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond Fund in 401k
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Total Bond Fund in 401k

Looking for some suggestions...We are basically using the 3 fund portfolio. We have Total Stock Adml and Total Int'l Stock Adml in our taxable accounts along with a tax free bond fund and Total Bond Adml in our 401k. The 401k Total Bond has lost about $10K this year. I'm wondering if there's a bett...
by venkman
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is it possible to rebalance too quickly when shifting from equity to fixed income?
Replies: 6
Views: 964

Re: Is it possible to rebalance too quickly when shifting from equity to fixed income?

You aren't selling stocks at a low point, so I don't see any problem with moving too fast. 2 years is less than the maturity of most short-term bond funds, so your interest rate risk on the CD's is low.
by venkman
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sending checks to Vanguard
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Sending checks to Vanguard

How do I get Vanguard to automatically invest a check sent through my checking account's online bill payment system? Here's what I'd like to do: - Using my Ally checking account, send a check/"bill payment" to Vanguard. - Have Vanguard automatically use those funds to purchase VTSAX. The first step...
by venkman
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions about the Vanguard CD and Bond
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Questions about the Vanguard CD and Bond

My questions are: 1) Why CD's rate is lower than Treasuries? If treasure's return is no fed tax (my understanding), and I have to pay regular income tax for CD's return? So why people buy CD instead of treasures? 2) What are the agencies? With such a high return? How does it work? I just buy it, ex...
by venkman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why does rebalancing a 50/50 SP500/EAFE mix appear to increase return relative to an unrebalanced 50/50 mix?
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Re: Why does rebalancing a 50/50 SP500/EAFE mix appear to increase return relative to an unrebalanced 50/50 mix?

The key is that you're rebalancing between two asset classes that have the same expected return. When one outperforms, the other underperforms, and both are set up for an eventual reversion to the mean.
by venkman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: "Freedom, Freedom Index, or Freedom Blend: Understanding Fidelity’s Confusing Lineup Of Target-Date Funds"
Replies: 6
Views: 908

Re: "Freedom, Freedom Index, or Freedom Blend: Understanding Fidelity’s Confusing Lineup Of Target-Date Funds"

Personally, I think the name "Freedom Blend" would have been better suited for a special Starbucks brew that was only offered around the Fourth of July... :happy
by venkman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 99% invested in stocks, bond recommendations please?
Replies: 19
Views: 2566

Re: 99% invested in stocks, bond recommendations please?

EDIT: I'm not asking about the 1%, I'm thinking of moving to something like an 80/20 stocks to bonds ratio and wondering about what bonds to put the 20% in. (sorry original post probabaly wasnt clear) Vanguard's Total Bond Market Index Fund (VBTLX) is generally the default BH choice for bonds in a ...
by venkman
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: teaser savings rates - how long have they lasted?
Replies: 5
Views: 703

Re: teaser savings rates - how long have they lasted?

1-month US Treasury bills are yielding around 2.1% right now, and that interest is exempt from state and local taxes. I'm pretty sure you can set up an account at TreasuryDirect to automatically roll them over as they mature. If something comes up and you need access to the money before maturity, th...
by venkman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Siegel: 'stocks are overvalued on a long-term basis, but bonds are enormously overvalued on a long-term basis'
Replies: 74
Views: 8063

Re: Siegel: 'stocks are overvalued on a long-term basis, but bonds are enormously overvalued on a long-term basis'

Let me see if I understand how the bond market works and why Siegel is wrong. Say I buy a bond fund for $100 when yield is 2%. So they're gonna yield $2 a year. Then, without warning, yield rises to 4%. At that moment, people can get $4 for $100, so nobody in their right mind would buy my $2-yield ...
by venkman
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 31 year old needs 3 fund portfolio guidance
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Re: 31 year old needs 3 fund portfolio guidance

Questions: 1. Please help me understand the best way to simplify what I have. How do I take what I currently have and condense into a three fund portfolio? 2. In regard to my Roth IRA, what funds in a three fund portfolio make the most sense for me to put into my Roth? 3. Since I maxed out my Roth ...
by venkman
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing in the Rare Opportunity
Replies: 59
Views: 4587

Re: Investing in the Rare Opportunity

To me this is the absolute perfect move for Johnny to take. Opportunities like this are once-in-a-lifetime and potentially life changing. He’s already got $2 million so complete failure with the company equity won’t leave him starving. The barbell strategy is a reasonable attempt to balance risk. I...
by venkman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term
Replies: 48
Views: 4857

Re: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term

The bond market (in Treasuries, at least) is efficient. All known information is priced in, and new information is assimilated almost instantly. Essentially, any change in market-based interest rates is unexpected; because if it were expected, it would already be priced in. I am with you until your...
by venkman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term
Replies: 48
Views: 4857

Re: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term

To your question: if intermediate rates rise, then the NAV of an intermediate fund will indeed go down. But a rise in the Federal Funds Rate will not necessarily trigger a rise in intermediate term rates. Nearly everyone believes the Fed will raise the FFR another .25% at the end of this month. Tha...
by venkman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best corporate long-term bond fund
Replies: 26
Views: 2113

Re: Best corporate long-term bond fund

For long-term corporate bonds, I'd go with the higher credit quality and active management of VWESX.
by venkman
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How likely is it for a corporate bond rated BAA3/BBB to fail?
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: How likely is it for a corporate bond rated BAA3/BBB to fail?

I read that all the time on this board. Corporate bonds are not worth the risk, and "take risk on the equity side" If that is true, wouldn't the lack of demand cause the price of corporate bonds to drop ( ie yield goes up) until they become worth it? In other words how is the average boglehead diff...
by venkman
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term
Replies: 48
Views: 4857

Re: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term

Except that since this thread started the NAV of Total Bond has continued to decrease and the YTD return of Total Bond is -1.89% while the YTD of Short Term Bond is -0.25%. Can anyone explain what the reasons are for this behavior? Interest rates have been rising over the past couple weeks. Bond fu...
by venkman
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How likely is it for a corporate bond rated BAA3/BBB to fail?
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: How likely is it for a corporate bond rated BAA3/BBB to fail?

The credit spread between corporate bonds and Treasuries bottomed out in early February of this year. It's rebounded somewhat, but it's still pretty low. I think corporate bonds can be worth the risk, as long as you're being rewarded appropriately for taking that risk. Right now, the reward just isn...
by venkman
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term
Replies: 48
Views: 4857

Re: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term

Question, how can one look up what the intermediate rates are doing? Isn't ^TNX the CBOE ten year treasury note (Ten Year Bond?) considered long term? Is there a ticker for intermediate term? Reason for asking: I am trying to figure out why the VBTLX Intermediate term bond index funds NAV, (not the...
by venkman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Personal Advisor - .30%
Replies: 23
Views: 3229

Re: Vanguard Personal Advisor - .33%

The funds automatically rebalance regularly. Can you guys clear this up for me? Anything in there I would lose if I stop the .33% advisor fee? Anything else I should be taking advantage of that I'm not? If you have separate individual stock and bond funds that automatically get rebalanced back to a...
by venkman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: “Costly race to bottom on mutual fund fees”
Replies: 13
Views: 1858

Re: “Costly race to bottom on mutual fund fees”

“ I have always been of the opinion that investors have done best in high-fee products with high transactions costs, bought and held over time, which are a built-in form of “advisor alpha.” I will change my mind when I meet my first Vanguard customer who is a billionaire. ” "But where are Jack Bogl...
by venkman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chasing Mutual Fund Performance - Follow the Momentum?
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Chasing Mutual Fund Performance - Follow the Momentum?

Moreover, our calculations did not include transaction costs, which are likely in excess of 1%. As a consequence, these results are more theoretical than practical. And, if we impose a minimum holding period of one year, performance chasing looks far less appealing. The best- and worst-performing f...
by venkman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CDs role in Fixed income part of portfolio
Replies: 31
Views: 2873

Re: CDs role in Fixed income part of portfolio

VG's Short Term Treasury Index (VSBSX) has an average maturity of 2.0 years, and a current SEC yield of 2.58%. Note: The YTD return of VSBSX is 0.10%. The one year total return is -0.31%. A CD ladder purchased a year ago would likely have a similar total return. SEC yield is a far more relevant pre...
by venkman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term
Replies: 48
Views: 4857

Re: Total Bond or Total Bond/short-term

Vineviz, I see this idea expressed often on the forum, and I'm not at all sure I understand what it means. I wonder if you or someone else can elaborate on it. Surely it can't mean that if interest rates rise, the NAV of a bond fund will remain unchanged—can it? What are the implications of this fo...