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by rustymutt
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much money are you leaving your kids after you die?
Replies: 234
Views: 15038

Re: How much money are you leaving your kids after you die?

As little as possible. I don't owe them anything, and find parents who think they owe their kids to be rather lacking wisdom. :sharebeer They can have what's left over.
by rustymutt
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sears, a 125 year old company is now a penny stock.
Replies: 127
Views: 15588

Re: Sears, a 125 year old company is now a penny stock.

I remember working at Sears during my senior year in high school. Christmas time was jammed packed with families spending money on what they thought was cheap credit, @ 28% compounded annually. I recalling this shocked us at the time. High inflation does horrid things to the economy. In my mind anyw...
by rustymutt
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insurance slow to pay claims post accident - options?
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Insurance slow to pay claims post accident - options?

Contact the insurance commissioner in your state, and let them know through a complaint letter. You might also let your insurance company know your doing this. They are rated by consumer complaints, and hate dealing with them. You could also hire an attorney who specializes in insurance issues.
by rustymutt
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: It's not enough to mumble "Stay the Course"... INT'L Investing has been a disaster!
Replies: 1247
Views: 107057

Re: It's not enough to mumble "Stay the Course"... INT'L Investing has been a disaster!

Look at the same data for the period of 2000-2007. Without internationals, you'd been very unhappy with the results. Enough said.
by rustymutt
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cablevisions Bill
Replies: 31
Views: 1486

Re: Cablevisions Bill

I cut ties to cable back in 1994 and never have regretted it. They are the monthly ripoff kingpin in my book.You paid them to have ad piped into your home, and with that, they still raise rates often without much notice, stating they are adding channels. Will I can only watch one at time. This to me...
by rustymutt
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laminate Floor making 'popping' noise
Replies: 30
Views: 2772

Re: Laminate Floor making 'popping' noise

The fit will definitely change with the weather, and you should trim the spots where there is no gap. I'm not sure what to suggest for trimming along any toe-kick spaces. Your wrist is going to shake like crazy even with a high end oscillating tool. However, it will save time versus pulling up the ...
by rustymutt
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AT&T Stock?
Replies: 20
Views: 2758

Re: AT&T Stock?

I retired from AT&T, and have not owned them outside my ETF's. It's a value stock and does poorly for long periods. In exchange for what is dividends. Compared to what I've done with a balanced mix of international, home basis funds, ETF's, and government bonds, I wouldn't want try and pick stocks a...
by rustymutt
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laminate Floor making 'popping' noise
Replies: 30
Views: 2772

Re: Laminate Floor making 'popping' noise

Having laid down these floors myself, I'm guessing that you've got a bineup or area without the proper spacing for expansion, as that stuff can expansion considerably depending on humidity. I recall opening the boxes 48 hours before, to let them conform to the environment. Check around the edges for...
by rustymutt
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?
Replies: 505
Views: 115215

Re: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?

None, not a single regret to paying off any debt early. And now I live debt free. Thanks for the education everyone who contributes to this forum had in helping set me up. :sharebeer
by rustymutt
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Market Volatility? (Foreign stocks in freefall?)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: International Market Volatility? (Foreign stocks in freefall?)

I'm going to hang on to my memory of the 2000's in which for a large part was carried by internationals, developed markets.
And the US was not headed in that direction. It's part of a balanced portfolio of broad diversification :sharebeer , and has been, and well be. End of discussion.
by rustymutt
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What are you doing with cash?
Replies: 82
Views: 11157

Re: What are you doing with cash?

I carry my cash in my wallet. Clips don't get it. Coin purch is definitely out for me. I enjoy stuffing donation boxes at times. I carry cash in my wallet, but almost never spend the cash in my wallet. I use a credit card for groceries, gas and shopping, and use a rewards card for coffee at Starbuc...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What are you doing with cash?
Replies: 82
Views: 11157

Re: What are you doing with cash?

I carry my cash in my wallet. Clips don't get it. Coin purch is definitely out for me. I enjoy stuffing donation boxes at times.
by rustymutt
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?
Replies: 40
Views: 4008

Re: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?

I've installed several roofs myself (rent houses) with ridge vents. While unsightly, I do not see any reason for the vent not to function properly. It appears the fasteners were overdriven. I would think it an easy fix for the roofer. I am not sure why they would not address it. On second look of t...
by rustymutt
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Advice You Never Took
Replies: 100
Views: 14576

Re: Best Advice You Never Took

When I went to work doing the exact job my father had done over 37 years with the same company, different subsidiary, he told me, "Keep your mouth shut and just do your job. I found that imposible. LOL
by rustymutt
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: is Having more and needing less normal?
Replies: 113
Views: 9329

Re: is Having more and needing less normal?

I think it varies from person to person. Working hard and saving money makes the person. It's hard to stop habits that are now just standard for your living, whatever that might be. Some might want things, and others might now care for things, but want relationships with things. Health issues change...
by rustymutt
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sherwin Williams paint
Replies: 52
Views: 4002

Re: Sherwin Williams paint

I used their paints for my entire home and the second best is better than the other best. Great paint. Very happy with their products. Prep work is also critical to a great paint job. Bad prep can make any paint look bad.
by rustymutt
Thu May 31, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pueblo, CO area places to live
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Pueblo, CO area places to live

Might be moving to Pueblo, CO. Just the wife and I. 2-3 years max. Prefer not to buy, but with the company footing the transaction costs, maybe. $500k budget, $3000 rent. I looked on Zillow and it seems we have our choice of anywhere in Pueblo or Colorado Springs. What areas should we be looking at...
by rustymutt
Tue May 29, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?
Replies: 40
Views: 4008

Re: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?

No, I see exposed nails. Do not pay them for that work.
by rustymutt
Mon May 28, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GFCI trips when toaster oven turned on
Replies: 33
Views: 2360

Re: GFCI trips when toaster oven turned on

Your toaster is ....well, toast. LOL The other outlet may be on another GFCI Breaker. My kitchen island is on different GFCI circuist.
by rustymutt
Mon May 28, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Alternatives
Replies: 27
Views: 3924

Re: Quicken Alternatives

When they are done supporting me and my 2017, I may be forced back to a physical checkbook. I'll not be held hostage to reoccurring charges that all areas of business seem hell bent on getting us all onboard with. The cable TV model I call it.
by rustymutt
Mon May 28, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio
Replies: 71
Views: 22950

Re: Thoughts on Paul Merriman's Portfolio

My thoughts are that I'm glad I found Paul's weekly Internet show in the early 90's and changed the way I think about investing. 8% average over the last 20 years. Didn't win any gold metals, but it worked, and for that I will forever be grateful.
by rustymutt
Mon May 28, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is inflation the greatest risk to retirement portfolios?
Replies: 100
Views: 8996

Re: Is inflation the greatest risk to retirement portfolios?

Perhaps deflation is really the bad thing we don't want. Long periods were prices keep slipping, edging, backwards, rather than increasing as historical it has in our society. No problem there, at least for the moment. Investing is a balancing act like none other. For the record I'm 10% TIPs.
by rustymutt
Fri May 25, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did this start?? [Restaurant tipping on total bill]
Replies: 58
Views: 4388

Re: When did this start??

I enjoy giving to others who serve. It lets them know they are appreciated. We all need to know that we're appreciated for doing the service we provide. I have in the past, paid for veterans meals at restaurants. No reason other than I could, and wanted them to know how much their service to our nat...
by rustymutt
Thu May 24, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningatar: sending portfolio info about OTHER PEOPLE?
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: Morningatar: sending portfolio info about OTHER PEOPLE?

I cancelled my new membership because of connection issues that I couldn't figure out. Oh well.
by rustymutt
Fri May 18, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Bugs
Replies: 42
Views: 4981

Re: Bed Bugs

Could they have produced those bed bugs to gain your wealth? Sounds to me like fear marketing driving their business model. So many crooked service businesses. Check them out with the BBB, and other agencies locally. To me it's like the Lifelock marketing strategies, which use fear to gain customers...
by rustymutt
Thu May 10, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 6569

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

Farm country, yeah, release the hounds. Location, location, location.
Regardless of whether or not your dog runs free, you are responsible for your animals, animal. Many cities have ordinances against dogs running free. For good reason, as dogs are pack animals by nature.
by rustymutt
Sat May 05, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For all ETF users "must read" [Morningstar: 5 Tips for Trading ETFs]
Replies: 4
Views: 914

For all ETF users "must read" [Morningstar: 5 Tips for Trading ETFs]

This MourningStar article was very informative, and I'd like to share it with others. I'm a premium member, and not sure how that works. Here is a link to it.

http://www.morningstar.com/articles/863 ... -etfs.html
by rustymutt
Tue May 01, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance
Replies: 24
Views: 1727

Re: Flood Insurance

Contact your local county extension office, or city, and ask them about the flood maps for your area. 1000 year flood field would shed light on your needs for this insurance. This is how developers go about starting a development. This way you learn more information about your neighborhood, and weat...
by rustymutt
Tue May 01, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to get a better school district 457 plan?
Replies: 15
Views: 1137

Re: How to get better plans?

I'm actually with a school district. Are there costs to the district for offering a different savings vehicle if they're not doing any types of matching? In my mind, they're essentially saying to a provider, "Here, you take my employee's money". I'd assume there'd be some fee passed on to me, the e...
by rustymutt
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to get a better school district 457 plan?
Replies: 15
Views: 1137

Re: How to get better plans?

So I've been contributing to a 457b for a few years when I realized how bad the fees actually were. Went to my employer and asked how to get a better plan for our employees but either they blew me off or truly had no idea what to do. They did tell me they were open to other options and I could call...
by rustymutt
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 12527

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

So it’s $10/month, up from $8.33. Psychologically $119 seems like quite a bit more than $99 though. I get quite a bit of value out of Amazon Prime Video and Amazon is very convenient for shopping. But I am being more careful now to check prices. That’s the biggest dealbreaker for me, if they start ...
by rustymutt
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?
Replies: 55
Views: 6671

Re: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?

I'm a pilot, and wouldn't board any MD plane in service, and certainly not Allegiant. That manufacture isn't around anymore to take care of the planes. Rode on MD to St Louis a decade or longer ago, and the noise, metal pops, and gear noise was the loudest I've ever heard. Decided then that I wouldn...
by rustymutt
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why traditional IRA better than Roth IRA
Replies: 87
Views: 9340

Re: Why traditional IRA better than Roth IRA

Misinformation is all about. IRAs are taxed as ordinary income. Make no major financial decisions without first getting professional advice. This is true especially if you're just starting out. Be eager to learn about your own financial situation.
by rustymutt
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not going to be buying chicken for a while...
Replies: 65
Views: 11971

Re: Not going to be buying chicken for a while...

Could be over cooking chicken which does dry out and tuffin up the meat. I use a temp gauge to 165 center of breast. Perfectly moist and tender every time. Also I marinade the breast in oil, liquid smoke, herbs, and garlic for at least an hour in fridge. With brown rice, sweet potato, and green bea...
by rustymutt
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?
Replies: 39
Views: 6087

Re: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?

I've become cautious about anything I don't start in communications of any sort nowadays. Voice is still the best and most primary of all form of communications. Video is nice if all parties have it in use. Way to many ladys wouldn't want a call first thing in the morning in the form of video, nor m...
by rustymutt
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not going to be buying chicken for a while...
Replies: 65
Views: 11971

Re: Not going to be buying chicken for a while...

Could be over cooking chicken which does dry out and tuffin up the meat. I use a temp gauge to 165 center of breast. Perfectly moist and tender every time. Also I marinade the breast in oil, liquid smoke, herbs, and garlic for at least an hour in fridge. With brown rice, sweet potato, and green beans.
by rustymutt
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: Don’t Count Out Commodities
Replies: 51
Views: 7237

Re: Larry Swedroe: Don’t Count Out Commodities

I'd be concerned that I'd end up with a yard full of corn that I couldn't move. I have to side with Rick on this discussion. Commodities don't belong in my portfolio. Now if I was as rich as Warren Buffet, or Bill Gates, then maybe some of my wealth could be in some commodities. Better yet, I could ...
by rustymutt
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stock/Bond fund ratio?
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Stock/Bond fund ratio?

So you're wanting the asset allocation of your investments. Equities, and bonds. The ratio of stocks to bonds.
by rustymutt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction woes
Replies: 30
Views: 3355

Re: New construction woes

I don't see why you would hire an inspector when you already know whats wrong. Like others have said, write up a punch list and the conversation with the builder should be about what they are going to do to get these items resolved and when. Get timelines in writing and if they don't follow through...
by rustymutt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Big umbrella increase: anyone else's risen dramatically?
Replies: 26
Views: 2961

Re: Big umbrella increase: anyone else's risen dramatically?

randomizer wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:36 pm
Insurance. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
As an Insurance agent year ago in Kansas, I have to agree. They are without morals, when it comes to their profits.

If my policy goes up that much, it's like they want us to drop them. So be it.
by rustymutt
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction woes
Replies: 30
Views: 3355

Re: New construction woes

Never build a home without hiring an Architect. They can make sure it's built to a higher standard. :moneybag
by rustymutt
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets or Total International Market?
Replies: 22
Views: 3850

Re: Emerging Markets or Total International Market?

Why not split it between the two. Have some of both?
by rustymutt
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Vanguard Security Code Requirement [2FA: Two-factor authentication]
Replies: 185
Views: 14293

Re: Two- Factor Authentication at Vanguard

You can choose 2FA every time you log in or only when you log in from a new device. I chose the “new device” only. It must leave a tracking cookie or something. First time I logged in from my home desktop (Win10) it sent a code to my phone. Then when I first logged in from my tablet (iPad). After t...
by rustymutt
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manual typewriters?
Replies: 43
Views: 2802

Re: manual typewriters?

The nicest "feel" on a manual typewriter, and the pleasantest (and least likely to hurt your fingers if you are really typing for a long time), are the full-sized 30? pound desk machines, but they may be unreasonably heavy and bulky. The ones I grew up with and typed on for decades looked like this...
by rustymutt
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Vanguard Security Code Requirement [2FA: Two-factor authentication]
Replies: 185
Views: 14293

Re: Two- Factor Authentication at Vanguard

Hey, just do it. You know you'll sleep better at nights. :sharebeer
by rustymutt
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Evidence that retirement account ID theft is increasing
Replies: 31
Views: 5067

Re: Evidence that retirement account ID theft is increasing

bikechuck wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:42 am
This scares the BEJESUS out of me.

THEN YOU NEED THE ADDED SECURITY OF LIFEHACKED.

lol :moneybag
by rustymutt
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: <gulp> Expensive mistake
Replies: 56
Views: 10592

Re: <gulp> Expensive mistake

One of the hardest parts of investing for me has been the phyc part of it. We all make mistakes. Smart people learn from them and don't make them twice. Like buying loaded funds. Most of us did that at some point in the past, before learning the truth about investing. In hindsight, we all see huge m...
by rustymutt
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 157
Views: 12047

Re: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]

No, I wasn't married as of yet. But I sure as heck would have. Not ashamed of what a ring is suppose to mean between two lovers. For the record, I'm divorced.
by rustymutt
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many of you use the "4% rule" during retirement?
Replies: 68
Views: 10356

Re: How many of you use the "4% rule" during retirement?

Yes to your question of do I use this rule. But, and let you explain my position. I was taught to be flexible with what I do remove. I good years 4% applies, but in bad years I'm setup to not withdraw even 2%. It works. Thanks to Paul Merrimen for this advice on drawdown studies. He got his message ...
by rustymutt
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Attention Sqawk Box viewers
Replies: 16
Views: 1931

Re: Attention Sqawk Box viewers

As their name implies, they make lots of noise, or squawk to much for me. Gives me a headache watching it. Makes no sense to me as to my investments. Definitely a wall street type production to cause churn, or market manipulation.
This is my opinion, and the reasons I don't tune in.