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by bcboy57
Mon May 29, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2017!
Replies: 252
Views: 34094

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2017!

January 4, 2017. Age 66
Graduated med school June, 1975
As John Bogle said in his book...... Enough !
by bcboy57
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Helping a friend move retirement $ to Vanguard
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Helping a friend move retirement $ to Vanguard

A friend is moving all his retirement $ from Edward Jones to Vanguard and asked me questions. He is 61 years old , has a good amount of money he transferred to Vanguard which is now in their retirement money market which he plans to put in a Target fund eventually. He is healthy and well compensated...
by bcboy57
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2016!
Replies: 234
Views: 32560

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2016!

Today was my first day of retirement !
So for lunch all I ate was cookies ! :D
by bcboy57
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gift money form to help child buy a house.
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Gift money form to help child buy a house.

A couple of years ago I gave my son some money to help with the down payment of a home purchase . Along with it, I sent him , and his realtor and his bank, a legal type form my bank provided me that stated that this was purely a gift and was not to be repaid to me etc. It was only a short paragraph ...
by bcboy57
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do others handle their withdrawals or distributions
Replies: 17
Views: 2250

Re: How do others handle their withdrawals or distributions

Thanks everyone for your comments.

My planning was in line with others, which I am pleased to see....

BTW Huey....I sat at your table for lunch about 3 or 4 years ago at a Boglehead convention near Philadelphia. It was a table of Canadians or former Canucks , such as I am........Doug
by bcboy57
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do others handle their withdrawals or distributions
Replies: 17
Views: 2250

How do others handle their withdrawals or distributions

I am about to retire and start my withdrawal or distribution phase of my investing life in another month. I'm 66 and can live comfortably on 2% annual withdrawal or on my dividends alone. They are essentially the same amount. I am not asking for advice here but am wondering how others handle this wi...
by bcboy57
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Safety in gold ?
Replies: 37
Views: 3304

Safety in gold ?

A friend , 73 years ol, still working , asked me about real safe places to put his money. He asked about gold, which I do really know much about I do not own any gold or other commodities
What should I tell him about gold or where to read about safety at his age ?

Thanks in advance....... Doug
by bcboy57
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Questions on withdrawing retirement $'s
Replies: 15
Views: 2389

Questions on withdrawing retirement $'s

I have a couple of questions for those who are withdrawing $ from their Vanguard investments once they retire. After 3 or 4 years of part time work and procrastination, I have decided to retire at the end of this year, 2016. I'll be 66 then. Almost all of my money is with Vanguard. My asset allocati...
by bcboy57
Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "How to Make Your Money Last" -- A Gem
Replies: 43
Views: 11088

Re: "How to Make Your Money Last" -- A Gem

I read this book a couple of months ago.....it is really a GEM !
by bcboy57
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on???
Replies: 149
Views: 17004

Re: What do you spend your money on???

Skiing, cottage on Lake Hurom
by bcboy57
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lowering taxes at RMD time
Replies: 26
Views: 3555

Re: Lowering taxes at RMD time

Thanks for all. I downloaded Kitces' article which was very thorough and I think the way I will be proceeding.

I still get emails from The White Coat Investor every couple of weeks and have 'spoken' with him through emails a couple of times.

Again, thanks for the replies and this site......... Doug
by bcboy57
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lowering taxes at RMD time
Replies: 26
Views: 3555

Lowering taxes at RMD time

G'day.....I will be 66 at the end of this year and think I'll hang things up from my part time work ( family doctor) at that time. Traditionally we are told to withdraw $ from taxable account first, when retirement time comes. I wonder if withdrawing from my retirement account first may lessen my ta...
by bcboy57
Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping adult son with a house down payment
Replies: 8
Views: 1170

Helping adult son with a house down payment

I've decided to help my son with a house down payment. ( I also posted about this about a year ago, and put on hold till now, ) An article in a recent Kiplingers Magazine suggested putting the money in their bank account for at least 2 months before making an offer as to not have the lender get susp...
by bcboy57
Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: 529

thanks for the replies......I'm the custodian of the account. It is for my 2015 taxes. Its through Vanguard's 529, therefore through Nevada's apparently.
by bcboy57
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

529

Last year I contributed $ 70,000....'5 year gift tax'.....towards my newborn granddaughter's 529 plan.

Can I write this off on this year's federal or state income taxes ? ....thanks....Doug
by bcboy57
Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you choose Health Plan (esp Medicare)...
Replies: 15
Views: 1493

Re: How do you choose Health Plan (esp Medicare)...

I recently went through the same problem. I relied on our office manager ( we have a large medical practice ), who had researched all the options extensively in the past, and is very knowledgeable about all those programs. We use Michigan Medicare Plus Blue. They have supplied us with a lot of infor...
by bcboy57
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone semi-retired? What's it like?
Replies: 16
Views: 3189

Re: Anyone semi-retired? What's it like?

I'm 64, I was going to retire at 61, instead then took a part time offer at 3 days a week. A family doctor, I was working long hours and days with little time off. Instead now I've signed up till Jan/17. I really enjoy it. Due to some excellent partners, I do no 'call', no hospital work, no weekends...
by bcboy57
Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: helping adult children with house downpayment
Replies: 30
Views: 3666

Re: helping adult children with house downpayment

My grandparents helped my parents with a down payment. My parents helped most of their children with a down payment. They helped me in a different way. Homes provide stability. Young people often have massive potential for future earnings, but not much in the way of accumulated wealth that can be u...
by bcboy57
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: helping adult children with house downpayment
Replies: 30
Views: 3666

helping adult children with house downpayment

I'm looking into helping my adult son with $'s towards his first house downpaynent. Have many here done so in the past for their children ? This would be a gift, not loan. I am more than set financially in my retirement plans , which is about 9-10 months away. The likely amount would be 40-60k. I he...
by bcboy57
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 plans
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Re: 529 plans

No SkierMom, I'm a Michigander. I didn't see a tax credit or match on the Tennessee plan , but will check it out again. The WIKI was very educational. Thanks for the suggestion. Tennessee does also use Vanguard as a provider for 529 plans, I wonder if me going straight to Vanguard who remove a burea...
by bcboy57
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 plans
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

529 plans

I have a new ( first ) grandchild just born a week ago and was planning to start 529 plan for her. I've never invested in a 529 program before and am thinking about using Vanguard's program. She lives in Tennessee. If any of you have used Vanguard's 529, what has been your experience and any words o...
by bcboy57
Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kotlikoff: When Should you Take Social Security?
Replies: 258
Views: 39247

Re: Kotlikoff: When Should you Take Social Security?

I read once, though cannot recall where, that if you're thinking about buying, or concerned about, long term care insurance, the best idea is to wait till 70 to claim Social Security. That's shaping by plans on when to take it out.
by bcboy57
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Most Hated Brokerage Firm? [or one that you love]
Replies: 95
Views: 14646

Re: Most Hated Brokerage Firm? [or one that you love]

AG Edwards...put my retirement fund in a variable annuity.....luckily I read a Jon Clements book in which the Vanguard Diehards site was mentioned and so totally turned things about for me.
by bcboy57
Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 14646

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

Ball Four, Friday Night Lights, The Road less Traveled, Parliament of Whores
by bcboy57
Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3055
Views: 902174

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

" Before I Go to Sleep"....in spite of a negative review from the Wall Street Journal, I thought it was excellent. I read the book early this summer....it was great too...
by bcboy57
Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2648
Views: 849339

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

" Before I go to Sleep"....by SJ Watson........ couldn't put this one down....
by bcboy57
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1469789

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

just finished " Before I Go to Sleep", by SY Watson.....a real page turner that I read in 2 days while on vacation last week.

I won't tell what its about, because that's the real surprise that's the first chapter.....strongly recommended ....Doug
by bcboy57
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public Speaking-help
Replies: 79
Views: 7954

Re: Public Speaking-help

once as a final year med student doing an orthopedic rotation, the assistant chief of orthopedics asked me to give a talk on a particular topic at Orthopedic Grand Rounds. I researched my topic well, but told him how nervous I was to give my talk in front of all the residents , students, orthopedist...
by bcboy57
Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit
Replies: 79
Views: 10722

Re: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit

anhttp://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09 ... ogs&_r=0#d

sorry, johnep and especially your orthopedist....I respectfully disagree with both of you. See the NY Times article included and Google jogging and arthritis for more..
by bcboy57
Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit
Replies: 79
Views: 10722

Re: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit

sorry ogd, I disagree. Jogging will do it. I've jogged over 30 years now. Started originally to lose weight, which came off rapidly, then got hooked on the buzz I got from it. I've been able to keep the weight off all these years by doing so. At your age, 10 years less than mine, get a stress test, ...
by bcboy57
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?
Replies: 30
Views: 3293

Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

I enjoy Business Week and look forward to it each Friday in the mail. I do not read it for investing advice, but for its up to date business news , and news in general, with expanded pieces on certain topics. Its article on GM's problems last month was especially well researched and written. Also th...
by bcboy57
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife was hit by car while riding on bicyle. Next Step?
Replies: 46
Views: 6492

Re: Wife was hit by car while riding on bicyle. Next Step?

our local TV stations are inundated, no, swamped with ads like [phone numbers removed --admin LadyGeek] for personal injury lawyers. I'm a doctor who frequently sees people with the most exaggerated, ridiculous, even fraudulent , claims of injury and "suffering", and volumes of paper to fi...
by bcboy57
Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1469789

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Friday Night Lights....I'm a real sports fan. Next to Ball Four, its the best sports book I've ever read.
by bcboy57
Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Bogleheads golf?
Replies: 81
Views: 6570

Re: How many Bogleheads golf?

I quit about 30 years ago after the kids were born. I played a lot in high school and summers during college years and early work years. I did OK on the 1st 18 holes, but no end to troubles on the 19th though....
by bcboy57
Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Luxury and Happiness
Replies: 141
Views: 13211

Re: Poll: Luxury and Happiness

Last fall I spent bundle on new skis and new ski boots. Worth every penny...best year of skiing ever....
by bcboy57
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: calculating one's longevity
Replies: 0
Views: 308

calculating one's longevity

this month's Money Magazine mentioned an interesting website for calculating one's longevity...Livingto100.com.
by bcboy57
Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wait for Equity Pullback or Allocate Today?
Replies: 25
Views: 2771

Re: Wait for Equity Pullback or Allocate Today?

Jane Bryant Quinn, or is it Jane Quinn Bryant (?), once noted that the Market Timer's Hall of Fame is an empty room....
by bcboy57
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1469789

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

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Detroit City is the Place to Be.... an excellent book about the history of the city and events leading up to its modern day collapse.
by bcboy57
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finished Basement Ideas
Replies: 32
Views: 3942

Re: Finished Basement Ideas

I 'finished' my basement myself, except for the electrical, ( there's no plumbing down there), a few years ago. Afterwards my wife bought me a tee shirt with the inscription " measure twice, cut once " on it. It took a while, but I really enjoyed learning and doing it on my own. We live in...
by bcboy57
Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you filter your water?
Replies: 77
Views: 5346

Re: How do you filter your water?

Like Dutch , I use a Brita. I really like the taste and it saves a bundle over buying bottled water...
by bcboy57
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Cheapskate of the Year"
Replies: 87
Views: 11659

Re: "Cheapskate of the Year"

me....because to quote Vonnegut and Bogle....I have.....Enough...
by bcboy57
Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring at 50
Replies: 67
Views: 10370

Re: Retiring at 50

I was going to retire 2 years ago at age of 61. ( I used to work an average of about 50 hrs a week. ) My kids were incredulous- what are you going to do, dad ? (or maybe they were scared, since I'm divorced and single, I'd come and visit them too often or stay too long or not leave ? ). Anyway I tho...
by bcboy57
Mon May 27, 2013 5:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lake home instead of bonds?
Replies: 28
Views: 3111

Re: Lake home instead of bonds?

I think for 44 you are doing very well, with no debt and a good saving plans going forward. 30 years ago, long before I became a Boglehead, we bought a place here on the Lake Huron shoreline, where I am typing this right now. Interest rates were outrageous, 11 or 12 % as I recall. Both of our kids w...
by bcboy57
Sat May 25, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Year Round Living on a Sandy Beach
Replies: 55
Views: 6333

Re: Year Round Living on a Sandy Beach

As I write this, I'm overlooking the sunrise over our sandy beach on Lake Huron. Its half way between Au Gres and Tawas ( look on a map). Mostly vacation homes, with a few year rounders. Noreasters off the lake can be tough in winter though....
by bcboy57
Fri May 24, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Didn't save enough for retirement, what would you do over?
Replies: 38
Views: 7410

Re: Didn't save enough for retirement, what would you do ove

Don't invest with a friend who is a financial planner/broker !

Understand thoroughly what you're investing in.....Doug
by bcboy57
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Savings Account
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Health Savings Account

Do any people here have a Health Savings Account ? If so, who administers it ?

I was reading about this today in this month's Kiplinger Magazine and it looks something that may be appropriate for my situation.....
by bcboy57
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri [Selected as WSJ Industry Expert]
Replies: 19
Views: 3339

Re: Rick Ferri [Selected as WSJ Industry Expert]

Excellent for Rick and the WSJ online......
by bcboy57
Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1469789

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Ed King..... by David Guterson. Lots of surprises in this one....Doug
by bcboy57
Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1469789

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Zeppcoustic wrote:Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry



A classic...be sure to read the 3 other novels in that excellent series about Gus and Woodrow as well !
by bcboy57
Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on Edward Jones?
Replies: 44
Views: 6217

Re: Thoughts on Edward Jones?

A few years ago Edward Jones was implicated in revenue sharing accusations. I believe it was with American Funds....