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by dandan14
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Term life + ss survivors benefits
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Term life + ss survivors benefits

Hillview wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:14 am
Could be -- what about college savings? mortgage?
I figure the mortgage is just part of the yearly living expenses. I've never really understood the logic of planning to pay off a house when someone dies.

College savings are reasonably well funded already.
by dandan14
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Term life + ss survivors benefits
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Term life + ss survivors benefits

One thought: how much is the cost difference between term life that would cover - 1/4 of current living expenses, vs. - 100% or even 150% of current living expenses (kids' college, etc.)? And what fraction of current income is that difference? I'm only talking about cutting the policy on my life --...
by dandan14
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Term life + ss survivors benefits
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Term life + ss survivors benefits

Can you folks help me think through something? It seems at this point in my career, Social Security Survivor's benefits are fairly generous -- and would cover about 3/4 of our current living expenses should I die. (If my wife were to die, her survivors' benefits are much lower.) So my thinking is th...
by dandan14
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Research on bond portfolio with index call options?
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: Research on bond portfolio with index call options?

following up on my own post -- I believe I read this in a Zvi Bodie book.
by dandan14
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Research on bond portfolio with index call options?
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Research on bond portfolio with index call options?

As I get close and closer to my FIRE number, I'm thinking a lot about ways to avoid any big down years. As Wade Pfau points out, it is the few years leading up to and out of "retirement" that can have the biggest impact on success. I'm currently at a 50/50 allocation with some call options on the in...
by dandan14
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Lowering my risk profile (AA or options)
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Lowering my risk profile (AA or options)

I've been running scenarios all weekend. I'm leaning toward calls. I can shift my overall AA to 50/50 which will help me sleep better at night. Then I'll buy some 1 year calls every January for a cost of about 1% of my portfolio. (I've run some calcs, and I can make most of the shifts inside of IRAs...
by dandan14
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Lowering my risk profile (AA or options)
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Lowering my risk profile (AA or options)

Typically, I have been slowing shifting my AA more toward bonds as I've gotten older and closer to "winning the game." As I've grown increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of loss, I'm thinking of making a more significant shift to my strategy. I'm currently 75/25. I believe I have 3 options with ...
by dandan14
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth vs. Recharacterization
Replies: 24
Views: 1829

Re: Backdoor Roth vs. Recharacterization

1) Recharacterization is no longer allowed per new tax laws. You just have one shot. TravelforFun Hmm...my understanding is that recharacterizations are still allowed. For instance, you contribute to a Roth and, whoops, you made to much money. What you can no longer do is convert 3 buckets to a Rot...
by dandan14
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth vs. Recharacterization
Replies: 24
Views: 1829

Re: Backdoor Roth vs. Recharacterization

Thanks -- that's pretty much what I was thinking as well. I temporarily forgot about the 5 year rule -- because that is so unlikely to come into play here. But you're right -- that does add a little bit of a con to the conversion.
by dandan14
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth vs. Recharacterization
Replies: 24
Views: 1829

Backdoor Roth vs. Recharacterization

Looking into 2018, we'll likely be very close to the Roth income limits.
Is there any reason to prefer one of these options over the other?
1. Contribute to a Roth. Recharacterize if needed.
2. Contribute to a non-deductible and backdoor convert soon after.
by dandan14
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)

If worried about kids having too much control then allow them to be co-trustee with independent trustee and then they can be able trustee at designated age if they wish. ... Not sure if this is what you are thinking, but I'd shy away from any sort of mandatory distributions. For creditor protection...
by dandan14
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)

If worried about kids having too much control then allow them to be co-trustee with independent trustee and then they can be able trustee at designated age if they wish. ... Not sure if this is what you are thinking, but I'd shy away from any sort of mandatory distributions. For creditor protection...
by dandan14
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)

Beyond the Grave is a pretty good read. It has some interesting examples where the best laid plans when horribly wrong. It will give you things to think about and consider for your own estate plan. I do not want to be too controlling, however I also do not want my kiddos entire inheritance to be sq...
by dandan14
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Trust for my kids (in the event of my death)

It has been about 10 years since we revised our wills. We just started working with an attorney to update them. I've been thinking about setting up a trust that would last in perpetuity, funded by our assets and the payouts from life insurance (in the event my wife and I both die). This would give t...
by dandan14
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: RTP, NC Chapter Meeting 11:00 AM Sat December 2, 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

Re: RTP, NC Chapter Meeting 11:00 AM Sat December 2, 2017

While the 1200 mile round trip commute makes it tough for me to make the meetings, I still enjoy reading these summaries!
I'm really impressed that you guys have kept this going!
by dandan14
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else freeze their credit score?
Replies: 126
Views: 13487

Re: Anyone else freeze their credit score?

Sure. I've had mine frozen for about 10 years. I thaw it a few times a year for a specific reason. Takes about 10 minutes to thaw all 3.
by dandan14
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Detroit Area Bogleheads - Master Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 13689

Re: Detroit Area Bogleheads - Master Thread

Oh shoot, I should have googled that address. I didn't realize you were so far north. That makes it about 90 minutes for me -- which probably doesn't make sense.
Do you know of any groups around Ann Arbor?
by dandan14
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Detroit Area Bogleheads - Master Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 13689

Re: Detroit Area Bogleheads - Master Thread

daytona084 wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:45 am
The next meeting of the Detroit Chapter is planned for September 9th, 2017. It will be at the usual location (Multi-Lakes Conservation Association - scroll up for information). Hope to see everyone there!
Is it 10:30-noon?
by dandan14
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CD Rates so much higher than bonds?
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: CD Rates so much higher than bonds?

I guess the 250k fdic limit would keep out institutional money.
by dandan14
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CD Rates so much higher than bonds?
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

CD Rates so much higher than bonds?

I know that Allan Roth often promotes the strategy of buying CDs over bonds -- and there are some good reasons for that. (You can typically cash out for a low penalty if rates go way up.) On the secondary market, you lose that benefit, and they behave much more like bonds. For that reason, I typical...
by dandan14
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Notice of Deficiency from IRS
Replies: 81
Views: 14480

Re: Notice of Deficiency from IRS

Good question. I don't know. But it's been 5 years ago. As I recall, most of my expense was in the CPA that I paid to audit the whole thing and confirm that I wasn't crazy.
by dandan14
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Notice of Deficiency from IRS
Replies: 81
Views: 14480

Re: Notice of Deficiency from IRS

It was a long painful year of me appealing, appealing, and appealing again. No one would use 10 seconds of common sense to discover that the numbers couldn't possibly be right. Finally it was set to go to court. I said great. It was assigned to an attorney on their side who actually listened to what...
by dandan14
Sat May 20, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a group for group LTD
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Need a group for group LTD

A few years ago, when I was self-employed, I was able to purchase Long term disability through a trade association I joined. It was worth the $200 or so to join the association because the LTD was a good deal and easy to purchase. I just took a job with a new company that does not offer LTD. I no lo...
by dandan14
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Virtual online chapter - Master thread]
Replies: 100
Views: 16438

Re: Online group meetings via web conference? [Virtual online chapter]

If we want to do this right, I suggest that we use business-grade tools -- either gotomeeting/gotowebinar or webex.
Doing this on the cheap is likely going to result in frustration.

Decent tools would be about $600/yr to host up to 100 people. (Similar pricing for webex and goto.)
by dandan14
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Virtual online chapter - Master thread]
Replies: 100
Views: 16438

Re: Online group meetings via web conference? [Virtual online chapter]

Wow, my 4 year old post got some new life today! Since there seems to be some interest, I would be interested in working on this. I use webex daily for work, but that's not something I want to pay for. Others mentioned free tools. What are the best free tools for webex-like web conferences? dan
by dandan14
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sequence of returns risk. Using puts to hedge.
Replies: 26
Views: 2658

Re: Sequence of returns risk. Using puts to hedge.

Wade Pfau and others have put a lot of thought into "sequence of returns" risk, which definitely applies in this scenario. One thing I was running the math on last night was potentially buying long term (LEAPS) puts against the S&P. If I buy puts at a strike price of 20% less than current price, th...
by dandan14
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sequence of returns risk. Using puts to hedge.
Replies: 26
Views: 2658

Re: Sequence of returns risk. Using puts to hedge.

They do make LEAPS for 2+ years. The good news is that a 2 year leap on the S&P seems to be priced at the same 2.1% per year. So for about 4.2%, i could buy 20% downside protection for 2 years. So the "rolling risk" of 2 down years in a row would be insured as well.
by dandan14
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sequence of returns risk. Using puts to hedge.
Replies: 26
Views: 2658

Sequence of returns risk. Using puts to hedge.

I'm considering an "early retirement" in the next year or so -- at least to the extent that I make a conscious decision to get off of the corporate merry-go-round and do something that likely pays a fraction of my current salary. Depending on what that is, we may or may not be able to live purely of...
by dandan14
Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moved in with in-laws - Implications?
Replies: 11
Views: 2119

Re: Moved in with in-laws - Implications?

I can't answer all of those, but if they put it explicitly in their will that the house goes to you, I can't see why there would be an issue. Since they are the sole owners, you would receive the house at a "stepped-up value."
by dandan14
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should Bogleheads start a Kiva Group? (Team Now Formed)
Replies: 50
Views: 7001

Re: Should Bogleheads start a Kiva Group? (Team Now Formed)

I'm glad to see some renewed interest in this thread and we have several new members to our "Team Bogleheads" on Kiva as a result of that. Here are some stats: Since our team inception Jan 4, 2011, Team Bogleheads has lent $11,725 through 454 loans. There are 29 members -- so that averages to 15.7 l...
by dandan14
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Letter of Final Instructions"
Replies: 52
Views: 12818

Re: "Letter of Final Instructions"

Excellent. I need to start working on this.
by dandan14
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Professional mid-life crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 5410

Re: Professional mid-life crisis

You can pursue both paths.
Start putting some feelers out, go to some networking events, but don't go into full "job-hunt" mode.
In your current job, look for ways to break out of the blahs. On the other front, you may just stumble into something you never even thought of.
by dandan14
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?
Replies: 37
Views: 3250

Re: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?

The short version is that if you think of a deferred annuity as fire insurance to protect against living beyond age 85, 90, 95 -- it could be effective risk pooling. A problem with this that if you are 65 and buy a deferred annuity that starts at 85 then you will still need to fund a 20 year retire...
by dandan14
Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?
Replies: 37
Views: 3250

Re: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?

Why not just wait until you are 85 and see whether living to 100 seems possible. Buy a SPIA then if you want longevity insurance. Maybe I'm missing something. Isn't the advantage of a longevity annuity vs an SPIA, that the longevity annuity is cheaper because you pool the risk and get the benefit o...
by dandan14
Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?
Replies: 37
Views: 3250

Re: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?

Why not just wait until you are 85 and see whether living to 100 seems possible. Buy a SPIA then if you want longevity insurance. Maybe I'm missing something. Isn't the advantage of a longevity annuity vs an SPIA, that the longevity annuity is cheaper because you pool the risk and get the benefit o...
by dandan14
Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?
Replies: 37
Views: 3250

Re: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?

Why not just wait until you are 85 and see whether living to 100 seems possible. Buy a SPIA then if you want longevity insurance. Delaying social security to 70 is also a must for longevity insurance. Or simply save more to give you a buffer to live to at least 100. Using a combination of SPIAs and...
by dandan14
Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?
Replies: 37
Views: 3250

"Roll Your Own" Longevity Insurance (i.e. Deferred Annuity)?

I've been thinking a lot recently about the benefits of longevity insurance (i.e. a deferred annuity that pays off in the unlikely event that I reach age 90 and pays until death). For reference, see this Larry Swedroe article: http://www.etf.com/sections/index-investor-corner/swedroe-investors-shoul...
by dandan14
Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby
Replies: 100
Views: 6772

Re: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby

Pack little "gifts" that you open up every hour or so. Depending on the ages, this can be as simple as a box of tissues. When we had babies, that was something that they could play with for a while. Look for other dollar store stuff that they can open, make a mess, play with, explore, etc. Another t...
by dandan14
Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Young Investor [Below minimum amount to invest - possible?]
Replies: 10
Views: 1706

Re: Young Investor

I believe he/she has to have "earned income" equal or greater than a roth contribution.

For example, if he/she only earned $1000 this year, they can't contribute $1500 to a Roth.
by dandan14
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fixed Annuity -- what's the deal?
Replies: 53
Views: 5420

Re: Fixed Annuity -- what's the deal?

Likely a smart move. Any potential good is far outweighed by the potential bad.
by dandan14
Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tricky job offer
Replies: 17
Views: 3242

Re: Tricky job offer

I think you have to ask yourself if the extra 20k is worth the added hours and weekends. Depending on where you are on the salary scale, 20k can be very significant or not all that significant.
by dandan14
Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: thinking of opening a franchise
Replies: 21
Views: 4453

Re: thinking of opening a franchise

We've looked at several through the years. The best thing you can do is pick up the phone and start calling owners. Most are very open to talking with you and sharing their experiences. Of the 3 that I've looked into, there were some common themes: 1. Riskier than it seems. Even if the location does...
by dandan14
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I (physician) get an MBA?
Replies: 31
Views: 5753

Re: Should I (physician) get an MBA?

Perhaps worth it, but not if you have to stop practicing to do it. You may be able to do nights and weekends in an Executive MBA program.
We had at least 1 MD in my executive MBA program. His goal was similar to yours -- and I think he got some benefit from it.
by dandan14
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you buy a house in cash if you had enough?
Replies: 59
Views: 8666

Re: Would you buy a house in cash if you had enough?

The answer about asking yourself if you would take 4% as an investment is a good way to look at it. But you also have to consider the affect of taxes on both the mortgage and an investment. Another idea is to take a 15 year mortgage -- which is probably 3% if you shop it. After taxes, your hurdle wo...
by dandan14
Sun May 04, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru vs Mazda
Replies: 17
Views: 4266

Re: Subaru vs Mazda

I just bought a 2014 Forester about 6 months ago. My main reason for choosing that over the Mazda or Toyota was the safety rating. Consumer Reports and the IIHS rate the Forester as one of the safest cars on the road. It is one of the few that does well in the crash test where the impact is off-cent...
by dandan14
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Easy way to view graph of portfolio?
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Easy way to view graph of portfolio?

Does anyone know of an easy way to combine charts to get a daily/weekly/monthly view of a mix of symbols? For example, from time to time, i pull up Google Finance and look at Total Stock Market, Total Bond Market, Total International, etc. And in my head I think, ok -- i'm probably up a bit this mon...
by dandan14
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Investing" in gift cards
Replies: 32
Views: 4230

Re: "Investing" in gift cards

I've played those sort of games in the past, but I don't think it is typically worth it. In this case, you'll have to pay off that $200 in the next billing period -- maybe before you need the gas. So you have to weigh the $10 profit against parting with your money earlier than you had to. Another po...
by dandan14
Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Healthcare HSA Option with Pregnant Wife?
Replies: 6
Views: 1078

Re: Healthcare HSA Option with Pregnant Wife?

Is the HSA deductible per person or per family? (Mine has both a individual and a family deductible.)
If it is per person, there would be a possibility of some stuff being billed under your wife and some under the baby.