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by Gordon
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: managed futures
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: managed futures

THANKS FOR THE REPLY LARRY. YOUR REPLIES ARE ALWAYS ACCURATE AND HELPFUL

GORDON
by Gordon
Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: managed futures
Replies: 2
Views: 487

managed futures

Including up to 20% of total investments in managed futures funds enhances portfoiio diversity and therefore promotes greater independebce from general market moves . For academic studies of this techniqe for increasing portfolio returns while reducing risk , see the papers written by Dr. John Linte...
by Gordon
Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: buy and hold is dead?
Replies: 15
Views: 2527

buy and hold is dead?

that is what the talking heads on tv tells us. my portfolio is up as of today $4127,894.59 since july 25,2012. havent sold a stock for the last 20 years, just cashed in a dividend from time to time. indexers win. we are perfect market timers. gordon my year end guess was the S&P 500 at 1450 now it l...
by Gordon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: are etf's adequately diversified?
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

Re: are etf's adequately diversified?

thanks guys for the information

as always this is a good place to go for accurate information.

we help one another

gordon
by Gordon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: are etf's adequately diversified?
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

are etf's adequately diversified?

I have never read anything about diversification of etf's has anyone seen anything about this subject. I do know that Vanguard funds eliminate as much of diversifiable risk as economically possible as a service to ots customers. The reason that Vanguard does not offer a micro cap fund is the high co...
by Gordon
Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Helping the 90 year old
Replies: 19
Views: 2063

Re: Helping the 90 year old

AT THEIR AGES I WOULD BUY A FIXED ANNUITY, THEY WILL GET A RETURN OF ABOUT 12% OR SO FOR LIFE AS LONG AS ONE OF THEM IS STILL ALIVE.

BUY ONLY FROM NEW YORK LIFE THE ONLY INSURANCE COMPAMY LEFT WITH A AAA RATING

GORDON
by Gordon
Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE EXPERTS AT BOGLEHEADS 11
Replies: 33
Views: 7712

Re: YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE EXPERTS AT BOGLEHEADS 11

I see that the journal of indexing ran a whole issue on adding comodities to our portfolios and that doing so will increase returns slightly but make significant reduction in portfolio risk. i read that commodity pools are also becomming popular perhaps a comment on this subject will be useful. also...
by Gordon
Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Journal of Indexes on Commodities and Managed Futures
Replies: 0
Views: 333

Journal of Indexes on Commodities and Managed Futures

The entire July/august 2012 issue was devoted to the use of commodities in a portfolio that may be of interest to the group. The article included a study by morning star that showed a reduction in risk and increase in return when you add commodities to your portfolio. Anyone interested iIcan send yo...
by Gordon
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: test for commodity pool advisors
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: test for commodity pool advisors

Dear ever ready. I always get a helpful suggestion when I post a quesrtion on this forum. I have been an investor for 75 years and have built an eight digit portfolio thanks to being an indexer. Goldman Sachs lost money in May on their hedge fund for the third year in a row. My commodity pool trader...
by Gordon
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market Timing Question
Replies: 36
Views: 2435

Re: Market Timing Question

i am an indexer never sold a stock during a market downturn. I am a perfect market timer because I am in the market 100% of the time.

Gordon
by Gordon
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there skilled individual investors?
Replies: 155
Views: 13925

Re: Are there skilled individual investors?

Yes there are skilled investors that trade futures contracts every day starting at about 3:AM until 5PM Arizona time.The guy i know has been trading for about 40 years. last Friday I watched him trade for about four hours on my computer. His broker provides him with a program that displays tons of i...
by Gordon
Wed May 23, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: test for commodity pool advisors
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: test for commodity pool advisors

I have what is cinsidered the best book on the subject. But the scope of the material requries an enclypic amount of material. I havbe spoken with Rick who knew the scope of the test and Larry said he could not help. So since I have never posted a question on this that was not answered to my satisfa...
by Gordon
Wed May 23, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What impact does your health have on financial decision?
Replies: 29
Views: 2803

Re: What impact does your health have on financial decision?

Being a World War II veteran the VA takes care of me. I have a lab test and an appointment to see my care priovider every three months. When necessary I am referred to a specialist when necessary and the two of them work together. All my medications are provided by the government and I pay only $7.0...
by Gordon
Wed May 23, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: test for commodity pool advisors
Replies: 5
Views: 819

test for commodity pool advisors

I am going to take the test for a commodity pool advisor. Can anyone tell me the title of a guide prepared to pass just the test. I have read a very good book on options on futures but I need to know to prepare for the test whether it is slanted toward knowning all of the terms used in the trade, al...
by Gordon
Sun May 13, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there skilled individual investors?
Replies: 155
Views: 13925

Re: Are there skilled individual investors?

yes there are skilled investors. my friend and I will be forming a commody pool next year and our pool will return approximately 44% on our investment. He will obtain Commodity Pool Operator liscence and I will obtain my Commodity Pool Advisor liscence next year. The pool will return about 45% per y...
by Gordon
Thu May 03, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedge Funds
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Hedge Funds

I am thinking of starting a hedge funds for a small group of investors, There is in my opinion several advantages is having our assets in a hedge fund. Any comments on this?? Have any ofyou operated a hedge fund and if so what were the problems and advantages? Were you successful or was it too much ...
by Gordon
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top five regrets of the dying
Replies: 83
Views: 10400

Re: Top five regrets of the dying

At age 84 and with a disease I can't spell I have eight years to go. There are medications and mental exercises to slow down the progress of the disease but no cure. Looking back I have decided to write a book that may help my fellow creatures and I hope the book will be a positive contribution to m...
by Gordon
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there skilled individual investors?
Replies: 155
Views: 13925

Re: Are there skilled individual investors?

I believe that ocassionaly you will meet a skilled investor.I have a little group of investors who meet at my house every other Saturday. We exchange investing ideas and opinions about the market. One member spent 35 years as a serries seven broker and had a successful career. His knowledge of marke...
by Gordon
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Economic Conditions
Replies: 12
Views: 1377

Re: Economic Conditions

Sam Thank you I was not aware that The Economist was an Consulting company. I just knew that the magazine has been published for many many years. thank you for the information. I do remenber when I was in college that one would judge the accuracy of a book by its publisher, I believe that method of ...
by Gordon
Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Economic Conditions
Replies: 12
Views: 1377

Economic Conditions

I subscribe to the economist magazine which is a very expensive subscription but the information is very useful. Today I went on their web site to gather information on emerging markets and found out tat according to their economists emerging markets will contribute 80 % of world wide GDP to the wor...
by Gordon
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension Plan: Should I take a lump sum or monthly payments
Replies: 25
Views: 4010

Re: Pension Plan: Should I take a lump sum or monthly paymen

i I would see a tax attorney. Most pensions are now guaranteed by the government but the amount guaranteed is limited. Airline pilots were casught on this one and found out later that the guarantee was limited, as are annuities by the States. Also there is no insurance company in the U.S. that has a...
by Gordon
Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Hyperinflation
Replies: 14
Views: 1829

Re: HYPERINFLATION

No I read the report on Blumberg' web site. Now today if you Google hyperinflation you will see a link to the firm you mentioned.

gordon
by Gordon
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Hyperinflation
Replies: 14
Views: 1829

Hyperinflation

I read an article yesterday on Bloomberg by a Swiss economist who has tracked hyper inflation for the last fifty years. His observation was that in all cases of hyperinflation in some 50 countries that when government expenditures were paid for by 40% debt that hyper inflation occurred and that the ...
by Gordon
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are there skilled individual investors?
Replies: 155
Views: 13925

Re: Are there skilled individual investors?

Yes there are skilled individual investors. I meet with one every Saturday. We exchange information every week. He is a dedicated student of market cycles and I am a dedicated indexer. This week I will talk about two things 1. A system to locate companies that may go bankrupt using a system develope...
by Gordon
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Money Magazine is bad for me
Replies: 55
Views: 6225

Re: Money Magazine is bad for me

When Jason Zweig left Money Magazine I cancelled my subscription to Money Magazine. But I would never buy the WSJ so I'll just wait for his next book.
by Gordon
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Equity risk Premium has all but vanished
Replies: 48
Views: 5871

Re: The Equity risk Premium has all but vanished

I understand that most insurance companies are close to bankruptcy and that they look for a three percent return on their securities and are not making that.
by Gordon
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Equity risk Premium has all but vanished
Replies: 48
Views: 5871

The Equity risk Premium has all but vanished

In the March issue of the economist I read an article that stated that the equity risk premium has all but disappeared and that puts all pension plans in danger and investors such as indexers as well. Investopedia explains 'Equity Risk Premium' The reason behind this premium stems from the risk-retu...
by Gordon
Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax lien investing? Anybody get into this?
Replies: 25
Views: 2497

Re: Tax lien investing? Anybody get into this?

Just go to the auction and talk with those who get into the business. it can be rewarding.

gordon arizona
by Gordon
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: got lots of money to invest
Replies: 13
Views: 1770

Re: got lots of money to invest

I am overloaded in Europe but afraid of the Orient.

so you guys believe that I should just add to the present portfolio?

thanks for the advice

gordon
by Gordon
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: got lots of money to invest
Replies: 13
Views: 1770

got lots of money to invest

Current portfolio is properly allocated, but I am very bullish on the market and have tons of cash now.

thinking of loading up on small cap stocks and micro cap stocks.

Vanguard does not offer any micro cap funds so where do I go????

Fidelity???

Or should I load up on small cap stocks?

Gordon
by Gordon
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tips on International Indexed Stock funds
Replies: 43
Views: 3721

Re: Tips on International Indexed Stock funds

International equities make excellent additions tto domestic issues in a portfilio. Most of our experts use 20% or 30%. The best book I have found on building a portfolio is the one by Larry Swedroe titled The Only Guide to a Winning Portfolio you'll ever Need the 2005edition. His coverage of risk, ...
by Gordon
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do You Live Off Of Dividends?
Replies: 116
Views: 22311

Re: Do You Live Off Of Dividends?

I live on my portfolio dividends, income from our immediate annuities and social security. we make being thrifty a big game in our house.our only big items iare my traffic tickets, the groomer for the dog and her vet fees. we never go to the movies, a bar or on a cruise any more. The VA pays for my ...
by Gordon
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: looking for someone who is a member of aaii
Replies: 1
Views: 408

looking for someone who is a member of aaii

got some questions for you I am a new member and looking for some guidance.

send a private message

gordon
by Gordon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do You Live Off Of Dividends?
Replies: 116
Views: 22311

Re: Do You Live Off Of Dividends?

yes with dividends, social securiry and my immediaties i have enough. my big annuity at age 84 returns 14%
by Gordon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?

I will increase the cost in my Vanguard account by some estimate and they carry it as a bond so i get the benefit in my portfolio of reducing the standard deviation in the portfolio. i am also looking to buy a microcap etf from another broker and getting it into that other investment cattegory
by Gordon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?

I will increase the cost in my Vanguard account by some estimate and they carry it as a bond so i get the benefit in my portfolio of reducing the standard deviation in the portfolio. i am also looking to buy a microcap etf from another broker and getting it into that other investment cattegory
by Gordon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: LOW RISK PORTFOLIO NEEDS MORE RISK?

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO 3/7/2012 CASH $170.000 13. % ANNUITIES $142,000 12% (8.8% RETURN (AAA RISK) I BONDS $65,000 5% (RETURN 6% (AAA RISK) SHORT TERM DEBT $253,000 20% (AAA RISK) EQUITIES $639,500 50% (14% RETURN 9.8% RISK) ALL DIVERSIABLE RISK ELIMINATED (50% DOMESTIC, 50% FOREIGN) (14% TOTAL RETURN...
by Gordon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: first aid for a market crash
Replies: 0
Views: 253

first aid for a market crash

Indexers are advised to stay the coarse which some times is extreamly hard to do and requires a lot of courage. Now comes those who know all about the brain works. Faced with a violent market meltdown, listen th Betoven's sixth syphony and in seven seconds the impluse to sell your entire portfolio w...
by Gordon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Low Risk Portfolio Needs More Risk?

My portfolio patterened after one of our authors has a standard deviation of 9.4% so it could take some microcap share to boost return. I called Vanguard and told them that I have $142,000 in immediate annuities from a AAA rated insurance company and they allowed me to post the $142,000 in the outsi...
by Gordon
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how you weathered the 2008 financial downturn
Replies: 147
Views: 13104

Re: how you weathered the 2008 financial downturn

Over the next 40 months my portfolio added $185,000 in value.
by Gordon
Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where to put 800K that's 100% safe for 6 mos?
Replies: 16
Views: 2539

Re: Where to put 800K that's 100% safe for 6 mos?

Approach your creditor and seeif he will take less for cash now.

worth a try

Gordon
by Gordon
Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Found winning active fund manager?
Replies: 51
Views: 2682

Re: Found winning active fund manager?

With 8000 actively managed funds I believe the last guru to beat the market for 15 years the chap Muller Ibelieve turned in a performance exactly one would expect befire failing to beat the market since.
by Gordon
Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard on "Market Timing"
Replies: 8
Views: 2142

Re: Vanguard on "Market Timing"

Our securities lawyer and author,Scott Simon one of my favorite iauthors , I remind you that indexers are better market timers than the public.

By being in the market 24/7 we are always in the market when it takes off on the next big rally.
by Gordon
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how you weathered the 2008 financial downturn
Replies: 147
Views: 13104

Re: how you weathered the 2008 financial downturn

I had been waiting for some time for an opportunity to buy equities. My living experses were covered by immediate annuities so I was able to sell my bonds and invest in equities. I increased my allocation for domestic equities and dove into foreign equities with ETF's I am now reaping the results of...
by Gordon
Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: investing software
Replies: 3
Views: 499

investing software

Does Vanguard have a program and the data that allows us to prepare a portfolio using Vanguard funds and exchange traded funds to prepare an asset allocation where the input would be the degree of risk and the investor's age. They must have how each Vanguard correlates with each other including fore...
by Gordon
Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 377255

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

I am reading The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer. It is about how you acquire beliefs and then find ways to reinforce your beliefs.

if you think that you are very smart as I do the scholarship of this author will humble your opinion of your thinking,

Michael humbled me.

Gordon
by Gordon
Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computer virsus programs
Replies: 10
Views: 1274

Re: computer virsus programs

thanks for the info


gordon
by Gordon
Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computer virsus programs
Replies: 10
Views: 1274

computer virsus programs

On my computer I keep getting offers to scan my computer for virsuses , spyware and other damaging programs. when this occures I always run the Microsoft Security essentials program and it never finds anything. My question is is the program called Microsoft Security Essentials reallky from Microsoft...
by Gordon
Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard safety?
Replies: 5
Views: 1174

Re: Vanguard safety?

For a period of about three weeks when I tried to access my account the computer was asking for backup password information before I could see my account., did not know what it was about.

now i wonder if my account was being hacket?

maybe I should notify Vanguard