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by Sagefemme
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to NYC without a job
Replies: 33
Views: 4974

Re: Moving to NYC without a job

I recommend fleshing out in your head all the steps involved if you were to move to New York, not find work, and end up moving back to Seattle. If that would be disastrous for you, emotionally, financially, or logistically, then don't go until you have a job secured. If your evaluation of the worst ...
by Sagefemme
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Frustrating issue with VG website. Need advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 1721

Re: Frustrating issue with VG website. Need advice.

I have the same problem at Fidelity. Two accounts with zero balances from an employer I haven't worked for since 2008. I gave up trying to get Fidelity to delete the accounts and just opted in my settings to hide them. They are still there, but they don't bother me any more.
by Sagefemme
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moves to make after welcoming 1st child
Replies: 16
Views: 1826

Re: Moves to make after welcoming 1st child

You have gotten a lot of good advice. I can only add that if you are frugle there is a wealth of used baby items, clothes, etc available through many channels, friends, family, facebook/craigslist/etc. Not overspending on all of the items you think you need and buying used for as many items as poss...
by Sagefemme
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--Ongoing advice, please

Livesoft wrote: So sell Loomis Sayles today and let the money go to settlement fund (i.e. cash). Both are fixed income. Do not use the cash to buy a different bond fund in taxable. After today, you can decide what the next step should be. I have a good idea of what it might be, but I'll let you thi...
by Sagefemme
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For those who paid off house - how did you do it?
Replies: 97
Views: 7658

Re: For those who paid off house - how did you do it?

Bought the house in 1996 with a 30 year fixed. Refinanced for better rate on a 15 year fixed in 2002. Paid the usual amount every month for 15 years. I paid so little attention to the mortgage (direct withdrawal from bank account monthly) that it took me by surprise when I realized our last payment ...
by Sagefemme
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm weather getaway in December
Replies: 17
Views: 1800

Re: Warm weather getaway in December

Why not Costa Rica? I've had two great trips there that were pretty economical, because my sister and I agreed we would prefer non-resort type accommodations, which tend to be cheaper than resorts and you feel like you are actually experiencing the country as opposed to some manicured generic surrou...
by Sagefemme
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Waiving contingencies for co-op purchase?
Replies: 16
Views: 982

Re: Waiving contingencies for co-op purchase?

Citygal, this post will get more attention if it is moved to the Personal Finance (not investing) subforum. I think if you use the exclamation point at the top a moderator can move it to the appropriate subforum.
by Sagefemme
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 7810
Views: 1604444

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Well, I'm pretty new here, although not new to downturns because I've had retirement savings since 1984. In 2008, even though I had non-trivial amounts of assets in a 401K, I paid almost no attention to my own accounts during all the "carnage." I am just not much of a worrier in general. In 2018 how...
by Sagefemme
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Death Valley Trip Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 1266

Re: Death Valley Trip Recommendations?

DH and I spent a week in Death Valley two years ago in late March. The temperatures were perfect--in the 70s and low 80s, very dry of course, and great for hiking. However it was so windy the first night we literally could not set up our tent. It kept getting blown flat to the ground. So we slept th...
by Sagefemme
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lobbying for a bond index fund in employer 401K, approach?
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Lobbying for a bond index fund in employer 401K, approach?

Thanks, all, for this. I can probably work out when Double Line was added; employees get an email when the offerings change. I'll continue my enquiries with the local financial advisors by pointing out what Cuda said--not an apples to apples comparison between DBFLX (containing junk) and VBTLX (no j...
by Sagefemme
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lobbying for a bond index fund in employer 401K, approach?
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Lobbying for a bond index fund in employer 401K, approach?

Thank you!! I had not noticed the difference in bond ratings held in each fund. Great point and gives me some fuel for pushing for a bond index.
by Sagefemme
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lobbying for a bond index fund in employer 401K, approach?
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Lobbying for a bond index fund in employer 401K, approach?

My employer 401 K plan is at Fidelity. It's pretty light on index funds. In particular there is no bond index fund. The bond fund choices are: American Century Inflation Adjusted Bond Fund Investor Class (ACITX) 0.47% BlackRock High Yield Bond Portfolio Class K (BRHYX) 0.54% BlackRock Strategic Inco...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

I'm actually not entirely sure. My understanding is that you should be able to add to existing positions, but I could very well be incorrect. If that's the case, I probably would replace all of the DFA funds with Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) and adjust the mix in the tax-deferred accounts ...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

perfect! The free trades doesn't show up on your screen, but you will see it just before execution as 0.00 in fees/charges. They are very good about honoring that, but I too saved the chat record. I agree with knocking off the high Loomis today and get a taste of transactions (including settlement ...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:44 am vineviz wrote: ↑Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:40 am Here's what I'd do. Her Taxable Account at Schwab 21.74 % of total invested funds 7% DFSCX (DFA US MICRO CAP PORT INSTL) 4.86% 0.52% 1.12 7% DTMIX (DFA TAX MANAGED INTL VALUE) 1.9% 0.53% 0.38 8% DFGBX (DFA FIVE YEAR GLBL FIXED INCOME...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

Depends on whether Schwab received the basis accurately from the previous holding company, or was it always with Schwab? Hopefully this was recorded as the basis on date of death for step-up, but check with Schwab to be sure. Also, you can look up the NAV on that date to reconfirm. It gets tricky w...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

Here's what I'd do. Her Taxable Account at Schwab 21.74 % of total invested funds 7% DFSCX (DFA US MICRO CAP PORT INSTL) 4.86% 0.52% 1.12 7% DTMIX (DFA TAX MANAGED INTL VALUE) 1.9% 0.53% 0.38 8% DFGBX (DFA FIVE YEAR GLBL FIXED INCOME) 5.27% 0.27% 1.10 His 401K TIAA_CREF 29.49 % of total invested fu...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

An important piece to understand before you simplify your taxable account is what is the stepped-up basis from time of inheritance to now. This will help in determining how much cap gains you will realize due to this, and if there are cap losses you can harvest. This will add to your tax burden, an...
by Sagefemme
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Ready to Simplify Taxable Account--advice, please

I am finally ready to do some simplifying, especially in my taxable account, now that the financial advisors are out of the picture. I would love some guidance. To recap my situation, I inherited a taxable account when my mom died in 2015. It is mostly in DFA funds that were chosen and managed by th...
by Sagefemme
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True cost of a [dental] implant
Replies: 71
Views: 11356

Re: True cost of a [dental] implant

My sister needed 9 extractions and 11 implants. No insurance and no savings. She spent about a year researching "medical tourism" and eventually went to Costa Rica twice for the work. I went with her as I speak Spanish passably well, although this oral surgeon spoke perfect English, as did the resto...
by Sagefemme
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I see now why Rollovers can take FOREVER ....
Replies: 74
Views: 7936

Re: I see now why Rollovers can take FOREVER ....

In early summer (I think it was June) I asked my spouse to transfer an old retirement account at Fidelity with about $25,000 in it to TIAA (into his current retirement account). Eliminating this old IRA needs to happen in order to start a backdoor Roth for him. The back-and-forth among Fidelity, TIA...
by Sagefemme
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?
Replies: 81
Views: 5907

Re: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?

I love my 2012 Outback for camping and outdoor activities. DH and I spent spring break last year in Death Valley and the Outback came through in so many ways! There were a few nights that were so windy our tent got flattened repeatedly (tent walls against my face every time there was a big gust). We...
by Sagefemme
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: where to learn to sew?
Replies: 33
Views: 2096

Re: where to learn to sew?

Local community college, many have classes for non-matriculated students of all ages.
by Sagefemme
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2603

Re: time for new pair of glasses

I am a big fan of Eye Buy Direct. My glasses prescription is a little esoteric (I have progressives with a prism component, for example) and they have never gotten it wrong (meaning I've never had to send a pair of glasses back because the correction wasn't right). Once you get prescription glasses ...
by Sagefemme
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a cheap smartphone - no service needed
Replies: 29
Views: 2416

Re: Need a cheap smartphone - no service needed

I have bought phones a few times on "Swappa" an online marketplace for mostly pre-owned, but also some new, devices. You will find lots of options. Shipping is included in the price. I've been happy with my Swappa purchases and experiences.
by Sagefemme
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you go for annual Medicare preventive tests and screening?
Replies: 84
Views: 5194

Re: Do you go for annual Medicare preventive tests and screening?

I'm a heath care provider (not on Medicare myself yet). This thread is so depressing to me. If posters on this forum, who are generally smart, informed, and practical, have trouble deciphering these convoluted and Byzantine Medicare rules, imagine what less capable people go through?? Also, it's a p...
by Sagefemme
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joint Ownership of home with second wife
Replies: 184
Views: 12868

Re: Joint Ownership of home with second wife

As for appearing married without actually being married, my husband and I got married (really) 36 years ago in a judge's office, with one witness. I swear not once since then have I had to prove I'm married. We don't have the same last names. We have two kids. We have owned several houses together. ...
by Sagefemme
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sucking up to make more money?
Replies: 46
Views: 2249

Re: Sucking up to make more money?

Do what gives you the best night's sleep. If you are fretting about this as you fall asleep, it's not worth it. My two cents.
by Sagefemme
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Addition Finance
Replies: 48
Views: 2855

Re: Home Addition Finance

I am curious about living on your dream street. I understand the house itself is not great, but is living on The Street in The Neighborhood as wonderful as you imagined it would be? I am a big believer in the right location being key to happiness. I remember reading a study once where the researcher...
by Sagefemme
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The stock market is shrinking.
Replies: 68
Views: 7726

Re: "The Market is Shrinking, and That's a Problem"

Whoops, didn't see this was posted yesterday!! I guess I'll read those replies.....
by Sagefemme
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The stock market is shrinking.
Replies: 68
Views: 7726

"The Market is Shrinking, and That's a Problem"

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek] I was interested and alarmed by this short, pithy piece in the New York Times business section today. I guess I should know this is happening, but Jeff Sommer explained what it is, and why it's worrisome, so well that I feel like I've suddenly ...
by Sagefemme
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joint Ownership of home with second wife
Replies: 184
Views: 12868

Re: Joint Ownership of home with second wife

And please let us know what happens. This is an interesting situation reflecting modern-day marriage and could be of interest to many on this forum. BTW, what on-line forum is she seeking advice from, if you know?
by Sagefemme
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joint Ownership of home with second wife
Replies: 184
Views: 12868

Re: Joint Ownership of home with second wife

I'm with JoeRetire--you need an actual prenuptial agreement, reflecting your actual assets and concerns, not a generic one of no use to you for the house-buying issue and probably of no use for the other pieces of the financial arrangements that are guaranteed to come up. Get the attorney to do some...
by Sagefemme
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with Budget Please...(detailed income added)
Replies: 28
Views: 2357

Re: Help with Budget Please...(detailed income added)

Looks to me like you are doing very well for a family in an expensive time of life. I will chime in about lunches--if you take leftovers or simple foods from home it will pay twice: once at the time of the meal, and later when health care expenses are less because you ate less restaurant food..........
by Sagefemme
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: death certificates...hospice and 911
Replies: 32
Views: 3084

Re: death certificates...hospice and 911

My mom died at home in 2015 after being in hospice for about two months. Hospice advised me to call the mortuary in advance to start arrangements. When I called them I imagined she would live at least a few more weeks; in fact she died a few days later. No one "pronounced" her dead. I and my daughte...
by Sagefemme
Sat May 26, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Buying Mens Shoes for Work and Dating
Replies: 97
Views: 9362

Re: Help Buying Mens Shoes for Work and Dating

If you live anywhere near Nordstrom (a department store that got its start as a shoe store in the Pacific Northwest), go there. Just show up in the shoe department and tell an associate what your needs are. Nordstrom has excellent sales associates who know their products and have good people skills....
by Sagefemme
Fri May 04, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Too much cash - what to do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2816

Re: Too much cash - what to do?

Have you searched Craig's list and other "for sale" sites for a used Lexus? I wonder if you could find what you want, a few years old, and save quite a bit (and pay cash, of course). But I do think one way or another you deserve a nice Lexus as a reward for your frugality :happy
by Sagefemme
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edited 4/23 Please help with overall investment plan for retirement
Replies: 8
Views: 1246

Re: Edited 4/23 Please help with overall investment plan for retirement

Do I need to bump this after editing to get it to the top of the heap?
by Sagefemme
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: In-laws financial advisor rip off
Replies: 35
Views: 4558

Re: In-laws financial advisor rip off

Easy to imagine the fee is 0.25% per quarter, for 1% per year. When I had a FA that's how they billed the fees, quarterly.
by Sagefemme
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did I just mess up?
Replies: 9
Views: 1810

Re: Did I just mess up?

THE PROBLEM IS FIXED!! SCHWAB VOIDED THE TRANSACTION!!

I'm doing a jig of happiness. BUT I learned so much by this mistake, and the advice and knowledge from all of you. Thanks Bogelheads!!
by Sagefemme
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did I just mess up?
Replies: 9
Views: 1810

Re: Did I just mess up?

Thanks, everyone. Yes I'm confused and now I see the source of my confusion, and have it sorted out. I would love to undo the damage (transfer that $6500 back to checking!). This all happened at Schwab. I guess I should call them and see if the transaction can be reversed (I did it with the click of...
by Sagefemme
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did I just mess up?
Replies: 9
Views: 1810

Re: Did I just mess up?

I'm getting more confused by the minute. Going back to read basic stuff on retirement plans, because now it seems to me that I can't fund an IRA at all if I have an available employer sponsored 401k plan. Back to the drawing board.
by Sagefemme
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did I just mess up?
Replies: 9
Views: 1810

Re: Did I just mess up?

Thanks, guliver. Arrrgh! I wish I had not done this, it seems to just complicate everything! Up until today, this IRA contained only pretax contributions and earnings from a previous employer's 401K. After I turned the 401K into a rollover IRA I never contributed anything more to it, just had it inv...
by Sagefemme
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did I just mess up?
Replies: 9
Views: 1810

Did I just mess up?

I just did something I think I can't undo, but maybe it's not a huge SNAFU. I was online at Charles Schwab looking at a rollover IRA I recently moved from Fidelity to Schwab, and had the brilliant idea to make the catch-up contribution I had not yet made for 2017 to that account. I was on the phone ...
by Sagefemme
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to understand my 401K
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Re: Trying to understand my 401K

PhD--I can roll my rollover IRA into my company 401k. There is no after-tax option; just 401k and 401K Roth. I'm still digesting Wikis on these things. I hope sometime soon I'll understand why "401k Roth" and "after tax option" are not the same. In my current imperfect understanding the 401K Roth is...
by Sagefemme
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edited 4/23 Please help with overall investment plan for retirement
Replies: 8
Views: 1246

Re: Please help with overall investment plan for retirement

Thank you Chip! I appreciate your thoughts. To be honest I knew when I was writing this post that I needed to be refiguring percentages of funds across all accounts. But it was getting very late last night, and I couldn't figure out how to save the entire draft of the post (when I said "save" it sai...
by Sagefemme
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edited 4/23 Please help with overall investment plan for retirement
Replies: 8
Views: 1246

Edited 4/23 Please help with overall investment plan for retirement

I've been posting on random subjects but finally got to putting this "big picture" together this evening. My husband and I have not looked at our retirement accounts together, ever, so there is some shifting around we should likely do to get optimal allocation across all accounts. The taxable accoun...
by Sagefemme
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Trying to understand my 401K
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Re: Trying to understand my 401K

Earl--this is what I'm trying to figure out--whether I should contribute to Roth 401k. Seems like one way to end up with a Roth IRA eventually; if I understand correctly funds in Roth 401k can be converted into a Roth IRA at some point. My state income tax is 9%. Federal 28% for 2017 which I guess i...
by Sagefemme
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mozart in the morning, please
Replies: 18
Views: 2645

Re: Mozart in the morning please

I'm jealous of anyone who needs waking up at 7 am. I have not set an alarm for years, because by 6 am every day I am fully awake. I'd love to be sleeping still at 7 am but in never happens, no matter what time I go to bed.
by Sagefemme
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: As an expat with no US address, can I move my 401k?
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Re: As an expat with no US address, can I move my 401k?

I have used Schwab for years for both investing and banking. I always opt for electronic everything/paper nothing and never get a single piece of mail from them. They love to save paper and postage. It's hard to imagine Schwab ever doing anything to verify where your actual corpus is in the world. T...