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by skime
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dividend Buffer
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: Dividend Buffer

Interesting responses. I'll set forth a guideline. Let's say for instance that the s&p 500 dividend is the one you're using exclusively for withdrawals.

What buffer would you be comfortable with having to protect from eating cat food if s&p 500 dividends were cut?
by skime
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dividend Buffer
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Dividend Buffer

There are a number of opinions as to whether living on dividends/interest is a good idea or not. For those that are comfortable with living on dividends/interest, what is a margin of safety between annual expenses and annual dividends/interest that you are comfortable with? For instance double the a...
by skime
Sat May 05, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Boat
Replies: 47
Views: 4888

Re: Buying a Boat

If you're going to be in freshwater and the ocean, I'd look at either Pursuit or Grady White. They ride much better than a Whaler. The Whaler slaps through the water. That's fine for flat water lakes/rivers. But if you're in an ocean chop, you want a deep v hull. Things can go bad in a hurry on the ...
by skime
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trinity Study updated to 2018
Replies: 156
Views: 16290

Re: Trinity Study updated to 2018

What withdrawal rate and AA would you use at 50?
by skime
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 39
Views: 3693

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

Thanks for all of the responses. It's interesting to hear that the only complaint is fuel economy. It's also pretty evident from the responses that everyone seems to love it.
by skime
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 39
Views: 3693

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

Thanks for all of the great responses. Has anyone had extensive experience with it in the snow?
by skime
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 39
Views: 3693

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

Very low mileage or brand new.
by skime
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 39
Views: 3693

Toyota 4 Runner

I'm wondering if someone could share their ownership experience with the Toyota 4Runner. I'm looking for a new car and this is one I'm considering.
by skime
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire at 55, what's the magic number
Replies: 104
Views: 12757

Re: Retire at 55, what's the magic number

Also if you never want to retire. 40-50x is complete overkill, and impossible for the majority people to actually achieve before they die. At some point the house of cards falls down. $20T in debt and growing can't go on forever. Some very sobering decisions will have to be made at some point. I wo...
by skime
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire at 55, what's the magic number
Replies: 104
Views: 12757

Re: Retire at 55, what's the magic number

40-50x if you don't want to be looking over your shoulder. Also if you never want to retire. 40-50x is complete overkill, and impossible for the majority people to actually achieve before they die. At some point the house of cards falls down. $20T in debt and growing can't go on forever. Some very ...
by skime
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire at 55, what's the magic number
Replies: 104
Views: 12757

Re: Retire at 55, what's the magic number

40-50x if you don't want to be looking over your shoulder. Also if you never want to retire. 40-50x is complete overkill, and impossible for the majority people to actually achieve before they die. At some point the house of cards falls down. $20T in debt and growing can't go on forever. Some very ...
by skime
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire at 55, what's the magic number
Replies: 104
Views: 12757

Re: Retire at 55, what's the magic number

40-50x if you don't want to be looking over your shoulder.
by skime
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70
Replies: 53
Views: 5682

Re: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70

Bacchus01 wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:04 pm
I still am shocked at how many people here own a Subaru.
I'm curious as to what you're shocked about. Can you elaborate?
by skime
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large life style creep that was completely worth it
Replies: 112
Views: 14763

Re: Large life style creep that was completely worth it

I can't put a price on my time. That's my biggest luxury.
by skime
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Penn State Honors College Vs. Cornell ... Thank you! Post #1
Replies: 116
Views: 16328

Re: Penn State Honors College Vs. Cornell ... Thank you! Post #1

Hi Everyone, Looking for a little advice. My oldest son is going away to college next year. He has narrowed his choice down to Cornell and Penn State's Honor's College. He is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Now, we live in PA so Penn State is the more financially reasonable choice for my son. How...
by skime
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Muni Bond market
Replies: 29
Views: 3105

Re: Muni Bond market

DanL wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:47 pm
The muni market for individual bonds is difficult. Maybe too many foreign investors looking for higher yield? Which brokerages have the widest selection? Any comments on screening criteria also appreciated. Thank you in advance for your reply.
What is it that you find difficult about it?
by skime
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Elderly person’s muni bonds when moving to new state
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Elderly person’s muni bonds when moving to new state

Chip wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:58 am
skime wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:59 pm
It depends where she is moving from and to. Some states offer reciprocity for tax purposes.
What exactly do you mean by that and how does it apply in this situation?
For example: https://incometax.utah.gov/additions/mu ... d-interest
by skime
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Elderly person’s muni bonds when moving to new state
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Elderly person’s muni bonds when moving to new state

It depends where she is moving from and to. Some states offer reciprocity for tax purposes.
by skime
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What if you only live off dividends?
Replies: 316
Views: 35307

Re: What if you only live off dividends?

Use SDY. It destroys SPY long term. https://i.imgur.com/7ZaFFQW.png They look nearly identical to me. I'm not sure where your data came from, but here are two links to M*. http://performance.morningstar.com/funds/etf/total-returns.action?t=SDY®ion=USA&culture=en_US http://performance.morningstar...
by skime
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Deciding Between Treasuries and Munis in Taxable
Replies: 15
Views: 1738

Re: Deciding Between Treasuries and Munis in Taxable

If you are going to do Muni's, stick with AAA in states without credit issues. Stay away from CA, NY, IL, etc.
by skime
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What if you only live off dividends?
Replies: 316
Views: 35307

Re: What if you only live off dividends?

Use SDY. It destroys SPY long term.
by skime
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are REITs essentially taboo for years now with rising rates?
Replies: 55
Views: 5967

Re: Are REITs essentially taboo for years now with rising rates?

I've commented on here about O which has almost Buffett like returns since 1994. However with rates going up it's gone from $67 to $47 in no time at all with likely more pain to come. How long until REITs may again become good DCA options? I just checked, realized O is the ticker for Realty Income ...
by skime
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70
Replies: 53
Views: 5682

Re: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70

I've had 2 Outbacks. A 2010 and a 2015. It's the only car I've ever purchased twice. It's just runs. Nothing ever goes wrong with it. I've never driven a better car/truck in the snow. It's perfectly balanced because of the low center of gravity. We get about 400" a year and I don't use snow tires.
by skime
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Diego for 3-4 Days for a Couple
Replies: 25
Views: 1775

Re: San Diego for 3-4 Days for a Couple

Hotel Del Coronado is a great place for a few days.
by skime
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Asset Allocation in Early Retirement--a different Perspective
Replies: 18
Views: 3257

Re: Asset Allocation in Early Retirement--a different Perspective

I've never heard of this approach, but I'm of the opinion that if you can't live off of 2% or less, early retirement is a big gamble. If you find yourself at 75 or 80 years old and running out of money, you won't care what all of the studies said 30 years prior when you pulled the plug on your caree...
by skime
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Massive Muni defaults?
Replies: 9
Views: 1243

Massive Muni defaults?

This article makes some pretty substantial claims. Does anyone know how to verify these claims?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2 ... b4986d5cc4
by skime
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expat Living
Replies: 58
Views: 6641

Expat Living

Has anyone here retired outside of the U.S.? If so, what have been the pros and cons of doing so?

Learning about your experiences would be very interesting.
by skime
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Year 2000 retirees using the '4% rule' - Where are they now?
Replies: 363
Views: 41433

Re: Year 2000 retirees using the '4% rule' - Where are they now?

Interesting. I wonder what it would look like with a 3% withdrawal instead of 4%. Ask and you shall receive. :D https://i.imgur.com/vvWn0CD.jpg Had a 3% withdrawal rate been used instead, as of 12/31/2017, the inflation-adjusted remaining portfolio would have been worth $948,819 ($1,390,637 nominal...
by skime
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Living on Dividends and Interest
Replies: 58
Views: 8409

Re: Living on Dividends and Interest

If one wasn't reaching for yield, what would be your thoughts be if the interest was CD & Muni bond income and dividends were coming from SPY or SDY?
by skime
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Living on Dividends and Interest
Replies: 58
Views: 8409

Re: Living on Dividends and Interest

Very thoughtful responses. I appreciate the feedback. It's always a lively, insightful group here.
by skime
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Living on Dividends and Interest
Replies: 58
Views: 8409

Living on Dividends and Interest

What would be correct or wrong about living on the dividends and interest of your portfolio if you were able to do so with a 30% surplus or more? For this exercise, consuming capital by selling shares/individual bonds/cd's would be prohibited.

I'd be curious as to what this group thinks about it.
by skime
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Finding a] Worker's Compensation [Lawyer]
Replies: 2
Views: 307

[Finding a] Worker's Compensation [Lawyer]

I may have to hire a worker's comp attorney to represent me. I have experienced a major injury at the workplace that the employer is trying to deny coverage for. Has anyone here ever had experience with one? How would I go about finding a quality firm? Any positive or negative stories would be appre...
by skime
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Can you retire on] $5mm
Replies: 25
Views: 3143

Re: $5mm

Surely you're joking, Mr. Skime! I was just getting opinions on articles I have read. I've seen articles that show people that can and can't retire with $5 million. I have read articles from billionaires and for them $5 million is not enough. However I have read lot more articles from people with l...
by skime
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Can you retire on] $5mm
Replies: 25
Views: 3143

Re: $5mm

BL wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:46 pm
Surely you're joking, Mr. Skime!
I was just getting opinions on articles I have read. I've seen articles that show people that can and can't retire with $5 million.
by skime
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Can you retire on] $5mm
Replies: 25
Views: 3143

[Can you retire on] $5mm

I've read some articles on both the ease and difficulty of retiring on $5mm portfolio. I'm just curious what this group thinks of either the ease or difficulty doing it.

Could you do it? Why or why not?
by skime
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retire in my early 40s? Crazy or actually doable?
Replies: 77
Views: 12071

Re: Retire in my early 40s? Crazy or actually doable?

It's an individual decision. Mine was right for me. I ski 60 to 80 days per year. I have a ton of friends and I love my life. I'm not hurting anyone by doing it, so I see nothing wrong with it. My wife loves it as well. To each his own in my opinion.
by skime
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why NOT make more money?
Replies: 213
Views: 21793

Re: Why NOT make more money?

I think this is a very valid and personal question. I have made it to 48x annual expenses. I'm still concerned about my future at 48 years old. But to your point, I have watched a number of family members pass away at relatively young ages. I don't think they were concerned with their careers when f...