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by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sell Home Depot?
Replies: 25
Views: 1427

Re: Sell Home Depot?

keep it. It's a very good stock. Do drip overtime and you are going to be end big. sell it. It's a going to be very poor stock. You are going to end up losing. And there you have it, 99% of stock advice threads. I'll throw my 2 cents in. HD is a very volatile stock, very sensitive to the economy. S...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529, taxes and school tax
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: 529, taxes and school tax

No, I would not advise you do that. Here are the potential ramifications if you do - you get audited, the deduction is disallowed, not only do you pay the IRS penalties, but you have to pay penalties for early withdrawal from 529 plan for unqualified withdrawals.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $399 - New Course - Fire your Financial Advisor - By WhiteCoat Investor - Anyone?
Replies: 107
Views: 4653

Re: $399 - New Course - Fire your Financial Advisor - By WhiteCoat Investor - Anyone?

I'm sure it’s mean for "busy" doctors who a) have hundred dollar bills dangling from their chins after eating at nice restaurants, b) don’t feel they have the time to learn by roaming either this site or whitecoatinvestor.com, and c) don’t value any advice unless they pay for it. If you have time t...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $399 - New Course - Fire your Financial Advisor - By WhiteCoat Investor - Anyone?
Replies: 107
Views: 4653

Re: $399 - New Course - Fire your Financial Advisor - By WhiteCoat Investor - Anyone?

Here’s a tip on how to fire your financial advisor. Pick up the phone and call Vanguard- tell them you want to move all of your assets to them in-kind. After the assets have been moved, call the financial adviser or drop them an email - You’re FIRED! $399 sounds a bit over the top, but then again I...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $399 - New Course - Fire your Financial Advisor - By WhiteCoat Investor - Anyone?
Replies: 107
Views: 4653

Re: $399 - New Course - Fire your Financial Advisor - By WhiteCoat Investor - Anyone?

Here’s a tip on how to fire your financial advisor. Pick up the phone and call Vanguard- tell them you want to move all of your assets to them in-kind. After the assets have been moved, call the financial adviser or drop them an email - You’re FIRED! $399 sounds a bit over the top, but then again I ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Short Commute or Nicer House?
Replies: 68
Views: 2379

Re: Short Commute or Nicer House?

Short commute. Yes, if you choose option b you will have an easy commute in the morning, but what is the commute like in the late afternoon or evening? I ask that because in the morning there are less people up and moving about, try that in the later hours of the day, your commute home may be longer.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sell Home Depot?
Replies: 25
Views: 1427

Re: Sell Home Depot?

keep it. It's a very good stock. Do drip overtime and you are going to be end big. sell it. It's a going to be very poor stock. You are going to end up losing. And there you have it, 99% of stock advice threads. I'll throw my 2 cents in. HD is a very volatile stock, very sensitive to the economy. S...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lost Job. Retirement/Portfolio Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 2403

Re: Lost Job. Retirement/Portfolio Advice

Is this real? With such detail provided what makes you question it isn't? The decumulation phase of retirement can be stressful for someone focused on accumulating it, couple that with an involuntary job leave can compound the anxiety. The OP has stated they have previously lost a home (assume it w...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington or Target Retirement 2025
Replies: 9
Views: 760

Re: Wellington or Target Retirement 2025

Have you seen one outperform the other? What is your objective? Have you researched the funds beyond annual returns? One is heavily allocated towards Large Value equity and intermediate corporate bonds, actively managed. The other is index based, managed only so far as glidepath unless the asset al...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lost Job. Retirement/Portfolio Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 2403

Re: Lost Job. Retirement/Portfolio Advice

Is this real? With such detail provided what makes you question it isn't? The decumulation phase of retirement can be stressful for someone focused on accumulating it, couple that with an involuntary job leave can compound the anxiety. The OP has stated they have previously lost a home (assume it w...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Considering a change in asset allocation; tell me if I'm approaching this the right way
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Considering a change in asset allocation; tell me if I'm approaching this the right way

It's well within reason to change your IPS. An IPS is a living document, it changes as the investors needs, ability and willingness change. As suggested, consider an upper range of no more than 70/30. If the market tanked by 50% tomorrow, your 85% equity allocation could be halved. Yes, yes, you wer...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [How to reserve funds for final expenses]
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: [How to reserve funds for final expenses]

You can prepay funeral expenses at a funeral home. My mother did that. She and I met with the funeral director and reviewed all her options including quality of casket. They provided a written plan for her funeral as a result. The funeral home insured her funeral through an insurance company which ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Feeding the market
Replies: 14
Views: 1040

Re: Feeding the market

If you believe we have a retirement crisis, if you believe people don't save enough, how can 401k deposits affect the market? And just wait until the boomers start selling to pay for their retirements. If you read any of the surveys out there, the majority of folks are not saving enough or anything ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investment Suggestion Needed!
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: Investment Suggestion Needed!

I will reiterate what was said earlier - do not chase performance. The fastest way to lose money is to chase hot money. Boring is good, leave your money as is - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: too complacent?
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Re: too complacent?

Welcome to the forum! Complacent? No. We should be taking advice from you. :) What did you do in a past life to accumulate such large savings? A 65% allocation to equities implies a max drawdown of 32.5% if the equities markets correct by 50% (could, might it - no one knows). Even with that sort of ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Family death, house for sale, under-valued.
Replies: 19
Views: 2350

Re: Family death, house for sale, under-valued.

I wouldn't invest with a silent partner. What would happen if he should die soon after and his heirs want their share of what he had owned? Go with a bank, instead, if you insist on doing this. Received a quote for $100k loan @ 5%. Brother in law works at a bank and says he could probably get me 3 ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Timing the market
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Timing the market

Timing the market is a loser's game.
Not enough information to provide a proper response. See link at my signature - fill in the blanks and post it up for forum members to see. Then you will get more replies.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bernstein in 4 Pillars of Investing advises no Vanguard total international in taxable?
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: Bernstein in 4 Pillars of Investing advises no Vanguard total international in taxable?

I'mr reading through William Bernstein's excellent 4 Pillars of Investing, and was surprised to read that he advises not to hold Vanguard Total International fund (VTIAX) in a taxable account because "it is a fund of funds....as such it is not eligible for the foreign dividend tax exclusion", in ot...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Possible retirement?
Replies: 10
Views: 1058

Re: Possible retirement?

It's tight, if the market turns south you may find your capital depleting much faster.
It could work if your requirements were $50K after tax. Any possibility of you working part-time?
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Family death, house for sale, under-valued.
Replies: 19
Views: 2350

Re: Family death, house for sale, under-valued.

We're you already planning on doing the real estate thing? Otherwise would pass. Put your business cap on. When an opportunity presents itself one should at least fully evaluate it. Does that include using the services of an anonymous internet forum who may or may not know what they are talking abo...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: have about 400k of new money coming in
Replies: 8
Views: 1333

Re: have about 400k of new money coming in

panchilly wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:05 pm
Thinking about putting 100% of it in VEU.

Is this wise?
Ask your question in the context of the link in my signature - Asking Portfolio Questions.
Your question is much too vague to provide a response without rest of the data including what your asset allocation plan is.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are we in an Index fund bubble? Are we irrationally overlooking individual stock analysis?
Replies: 18
Views: 2568

Re: Are we in an Index fund bubble? Are we irrationally overlooking individual stock analysis?

Your scenario will never happen. The reason has to do with just one word: GREED! Greed will ensure that someone or perhaps a bunch of someones continue to actively trade the market in hopes of a better or bigger score. We can point the finger at a whole host of players --> endowments, pensions, hedg...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investment Advice for $50K in Taxable Account
Replies: 9
Views: 1093

Re: Investment Advice for $50K in Taxable Account

Hi All, I have $50K additional money that I would like to invest in the market. I am planning to invest this for a long term. Basically, I want to follow a set it and forget it approach. Cash Saved for Home down payment and related expenses: 200K Emergency Fund: 50K Location : NJ Debts : None Expen...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice on where to invest 400K
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Advice on where to invest 400K

Please post your portfolio in format shown in my signature- Asking Portfolio Questions.

Welcome to the forum.

You had stock grants - single undiversified risk and you are worried about investing in a low cost, diversified equity index fund? The stock grants had much more risk.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Adding 200k to Portfolio, don't want boring old VTSAX again -your criticism, suggestion for a little extra risk?
Replies: 39
Views: 4253

Re: Adding 200k to Portfolio, don't want boring old VTSAX again -your criticism, suggestion for a little extra risk?

Toons wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:57 pm
Vanguard Explorer Fund Admiral Shares( VEXRX)
Enjoy



:mrgreen:
Not in taxable, distributions can be deadly in taxable.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ‘Fun’ Money
Replies: 15
Views: 972

Re: ‘Fun’ Money

... 25%:Vanguard Total Stock Market EFT (VTI, .11 ER) 25%: Vanguard S&P 500 Index EFT (VOO, .04 ER) .... Skip the S&P 500, put 50% into Vanguard Total Stock Market I’m new to this whole thing, can I ask your insight on why? There is significant overlap between the S&P 500 fund and Total Stock. Tota...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lump sum vs Pension question for 40 yo
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: Lump sum vs Pension question for 40 yo

You can expect any return you want, what you receive may be totally different. The markets have been good over the last 10 years, more or less, however the pension is guaranteed while the markets will give you what they give you. A high equity portfolio may return 7% but given the high returns over ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I Bond Rate and Yield
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: I Bond Rate and Yield

I have a few old I Bonds and was looking at the Treasury Direct inventory of my bonds. There is a "Rate" listed at 4.99% and a "Yield" listed at 5.18%. They were issued in Oct, 2001. How are these interpreted? Is one a composite number? What are these bonds currently earning? Thanks in advance for ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension service credit purchase: yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 889

Re: Pension service credit purchase: yes or no?

Are you in TRS3 (or TRS2 or TRS 1)? Something important happens at 20 years of service. When calculating my wife's TRS3 pension, I stumbled into this. She can't buy service from teaching elsewhere, so she just needs to work (they may also have a plan to outright buy service credits, but we don't pl...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help me stop my addiction to stock market peeping!
Replies: 66
Views: 4403

Re: Help me stop my addiction to stock market peeping!

aristotelian wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:50 pm
It's so much fun when the market goes up every day.
It's even more exciting when the market is going down - all those bargains to be had!
If you want to test your resolve, that is the time to do the peeking.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Getting out of Whole Life Insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 1011

Re: Getting out of Whole Life Insurance

Life insurance is not an investment. You were "taken" by this adviser (salesman in disguise). You've already realized this given your detailed post, after you've decided what alternative to take, the next step would be to FIRE the adviser. If you wish to purchase term life insurance, visit this site...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension service credit purchase: yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 889

Re: Pension service credit purchase: yes or no?

An 11 year deferred annuity for a husband/wife joint survivor with an initial lump sum deposit of $73,535 will yield $480 a month of non-Cola'd income. You can calculate this yourself at www.immediateannuities.com. I think its a great deal for you, to take what is offered. The state of WA is saying ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Frontloading retirement accounts?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Frontloading retirement accounts?

Front load if you can. Most participants in employer provided plans simply do not have the liquidity to front load contributions. As noted, when markets are rising front loading can reap the benefits, when markets are declining, front loading will feel the effects. However, retirement accounts are l...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should we be using high equity retirement portfolios? - Some cFIREsim scenarios.
Replies: 58
Views: 6163

Re: Should we be using high equity retirement portfolios? - Some cFIREsim scenarios.

We have been 80/20 to 95/5 in stocks for a long time, depending on rebalancing bands. Our plan is to have a "withdrawal" account of $250k in cash/CDs upon retirement. Our withdrawal plan from the portfolio is to start with 3.75% for the first 5 years, then drop to 3.5% when DH elects SS at his full...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do bonds generally go up when the stock market crashes?
Replies: 27
Views: 1471

Re: Do bonds generally go up when the stock market crashes?

investing1012 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:36 pm
Do bonds generally go up when the stock market crashes?
No. Not all bonds are equal. Depends what kind you are holding. Ask junk bond holders how they made out in 2008.
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If I have a million with Edward Jones, in 10 years, how much money has my FA made off me?
Replies: 48
Views: 6269

Re: If I have a million with Edward Jones, in 10 years, how much money has my FA made off me?

[ She does hold a few individual stocks that have been great performers, including FB (57% annualized return), AAPL (29%) and Amazon (55%). BRK has averaged 14.5% during her hold period. Of course she holds some underperforming stocks as well, including Ford and AT&T, but the FANGs more than made u...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Almost a pathological fear of debt, to my detriment?
Replies: 79
Views: 4355

Re: Almost a pathological fear of debt, to my detriment?

I'm like you. When I had a mortgage, I prepaid principal each month and then when the balance got down to a certain level I just paid it off. Do what makes you comfortable, even if there's a financial advantage to do otherwise. It’s a good strategy providing you have sufficient liquidity in case of...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??
Replies: 70
Views: 5368

Re: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??

bloom2708 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:11 am
At least be 100% stocks with Total US + Total International.

Diversify people! :wink:
At least? Are you suggesting the use of margin to juice it?
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??
Replies: 70
Views: 5368

Re: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??

Lets be honest, how many of you are 100% VTSAX in your portfolio? I know I am :sharebeer No, absolutely not. Our portfolio, is: 27% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares (VTSAX); 12% Vanguard Small-cap Value Index Fund Admiral Shares (VSIAX); 13% Vanguard Total International Stock I...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Resource on good financial practices for a graduate student?
Replies: 17
Views: 533

Re: Resource on good financial practices for a graduate student?

Many people attest to this for budgeting: Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey
You can watch his shows on youtube - very practical advice.

For a primer on investing and just staying out of trouble financially, read this ---> https://www.etf.com/docs/IfYouCan.pdf
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??
Replies: 70
Views: 5368

Re: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??

Lets be honest, how many of you are 100% VTSAX in your portfolio? I know I am :sharebeer No, absolutely not. Our portfolio, is: 27% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares (VTSAX); 12% Vanguard Small-cap Value Index Fund Admiral Shares (VSIAX); 13% Vanguard Total International Stock I...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paid mortgage: Now what do I do?
Replies: 21
Views: 2588

Re: Paid mortgage: Now what do I do?

I paid off my 15 year mortgage on my townhouse. Now that I've paid my mortgage are there things I need to be aware of or do? I'm vaguely aware that I need to pay my property taxes directly (though I'm fuzzy on the details on what exactly I need to do) What things do I need to take care of, change, ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: why do banks bother offering lousy CD rates?
Replies: 49
Views: 4640

Re: why do banks bother offering lousy CD rates?

I know people who...are afraid of sending money to a place that they cannot walk into within 5 miles of their home. This is applies to both my parents and my in-laws. I've been trying to educate them on internet bank for years - they'll have none of it (for the reason livesoft mentioned). At least ...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??
Replies: 70
Views: 5368

Re: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??

If your portfolio is 100% stocks and you're over 50 years old, I suggest you watch this PBS Frontline special from 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3htnbwFgoM I've watched that video several times. Interesting. On the otther hand, Mark Cuban quips "Diversification is for idiots." Entrepreneur...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??
Replies: 70
Views: 5368

Re: 100% VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm)??

If your portfolio is 100% stocks and you're over 50 years old, I suggest you watch this PBS Frontline special from 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3htnbwFgoM I'm 36. I will have a guarantee retirement for serving 20yrs in the military in 2 yrs. :) Then you are not 100% allocated to equities....
by Grt2bOutdoors
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company Sponsored Financial Wellness Program
Replies: 6
Views: 543

Re: Company Sponsored Financial Wellness Program

No sales pitch. It's a company provided benefit - they are paying AYCO to provide independent objective advice for employee. What are the benefits? - Improve Employee Morale, a distracted employee worrying about how to fund retirement, personal financial matters like budgeting, spending, saving will...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If I have a million with Edward Jones, in 10 years, how much money has my FA made off me?
Replies: 48
Views: 6269

Re: If I have a million with Edward Jones, in 10 years, how much money has my FA made off me?

You misunderstand. Brokerage Firm A - customer holds individual securities (Dow 30 equities) valued at $100,000. The 150% margin balance only applies if the OP's mother is borrowing against her own portfolio value. It has been 10 years but this used to be my day job. This is not how it works. The c...
by Grt2bOutdoors
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If I have a million with Edward Jones, in 10 years, how much money has my FA made off me?
Replies: 48
Views: 6269

Re: If I have a million with Edward Jones, in 10 years, how much money has my FA made off me?

The costs could be yet higher if the adviser actively switches funds, each time reducing principal by the front load. So a case worse than just the AUM fee plus high ER funds is an adviser that on top of that switches you through funds. E.g. 3 switches with a front load of 5% in that time frame wou...