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by gwrvmd
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discussing a 529 with your kids
Replies: 40
Views: 1901

Re: Discussing a 529 with your kids

You are wondering when to "disclose the 529 info to the kids"? From the time my kids were about 10 years old, I had a short class with each kid at the end of the year as we went over their Year End 529 Statement. What is a 529, how does it work, what is it for, what company is it with, what is it in...
by gwrvmd
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 asset allocation question
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Re: 529 asset allocation question

To solve your dilemma do one child at 60/40 and the other at 80/20. Best of both worlds. You own both accounts so you can transfer assets from one account to the other with just a phone call I did a similar thing with my 2 kids. I put one 529 account in 2 stock mutual funds and the other 529 in a on...
by gwrvmd
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?
Replies: 92
Views: 9595

Re: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?

The White Coat Investor(WCI) is an excellent personal finance forum. Written for MDs but is good solid financial advise written with a learn and DIY bent.
Written by an ER physician Dr Jim Dahle from Salt Lake City UT. Excellent forum, he sometimes posts on here......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Contemplating a sector bet: India
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Contemplating a sector bet: India

I have had an investment in India for about 10 years through a Closed End Fund: MS India. There is also another India closed end fund: India Fund, the MS India Fund has done slightly better. Closed End Funds are listed every Monday in the WSJ. (MS stands for Morgan Stanley) It did well for a few yea...
by gwrvmd
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2017 Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns
Replies: 34
Views: 4046

Re: 2017 Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns

Todd....Thank you very much for posting, don't know how you did it, very impressive

Actually makes me very happy to be a simple S&P 500 investor......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Account Management [1-time fee vs. ongoing AUM fees]
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: Account Management [1-time fee vs. ongoing AUM fees]

Be sure you realize the one time fee is one time a year, it is not a one time fee. When you went to North WesternMutual for a 1.5% annual fee that must be almost as much as the CD was paying. You should have come to Bogleheads before you went to NWM This response is written to our guests as much as ...
by gwrvmd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Purchasing Mutual Funds with Unrealized Gains
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Purchasing Mutual Funds with Unrealized Gains

With mutual funds, when you buy you may inherit some of the previous owners capital gains. When you sell somebody inherits some of your capital gains......its a wash........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Modern Corporation and the Public Interest" by John C. Bogle
Replies: 13
Views: 1108

Re: "The Modern Corporation and the Public Interest" by John C. Bogle

Very, very impressive. It should be a topic of debate at every business school in the nation......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 710
Views: 183723

Re: Share your net worth progression

A new concept that goes along with Net Worth Progression is the Wealth Conversion Efficiency Ratio. The WCER is your Current Total Net Assets over the total money you have earned in your life. It is a measure of how efficiently you have turned your human capital into financial capital for use in the...
by gwrvmd
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 403(b) - pushing annuity?
Replies: 14
Views: 1368

Re: 403(b) - pushing annuity?

Are you kidding? If he came into my house and told me he wouldn't give me a written document because I wouldn't understand it, would soon realize his life was in danger. He better buy the annuity on himself and, for his wife's benefit, be sure it has a survivor benefit or it could be wasted money......
by gwrvmd
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edward Jones (again)
Replies: 28
Views: 2493

Re: Edward Jones (again)

Vanguard does not have a 12(B)-1 fee on any funds. A 12(B)-1 fee is an on-going fee paid to whatever company or person sold you the fund. Vanguard refuses to pay anybody a commission for selling its funds. That's why you don't see EJ or Raymond James offering Vanguard funds............Gordon Edit: I...
by gwrvmd
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Local Real Estate Agents recent ads - claim to have thousands of buyers??
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Local Real Estate Agents recent ads - claim to have thousands of buyers??

Everybody within a 25 mile radius that doesn't own a house is a potential buyer. That could easily be 5,000 to 8,000 in your area. Most all real estate agents in metropolitan areas could make the same claim.......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do retiree BHs actually run down their portfolios?
Replies: 73
Views: 8938

Re: Do retiree BHs actually run down their portfolios?

I retired at the beginning of 2006. I have a 100% stock portfolio, mostly tax deferred. My portfolio in 2017 is worth twice what it was in 2006. That includes 2008 (I didn't sell anything) and I have lived quite well. A crash soon after retirement doesn't have to be a catastrophe if you don't panic....
by gwrvmd
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bought crypto currency
Replies: 67
Views: 4566

Re: Bought crypto currency

Do you have any physical proof of this transaction or was it a virtual transaction........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please consider setting a time limit of 15 minutes to edit a post
Replies: 31
Views: 3428

Re: Please consider setting a time limit of 15 minutes to edit a post

I believe the Moderators do a great job and the policy should be left as it is
People often post symbols for stocks, mutual funds and ETFs. A one letter mistake can be serious
You should be able to correct it as soon as it is pointed out or you realize your mistake......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Percentage CASH are you?
Replies: 90
Views: 7356

Re: What Percentage CASH are you?

BW1985
I am also 85/15, 15% being cash, no bonds
If the market goes down, 15% cash represents 3 years spending, much cheaper than 40% bonds
Have done it all my life. Now there is a name for it, the new book "Investing at Level 3"......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I have enough to retire-retire from the military
Replies: 42
Views: 4348

Re: Do I have enough to retire-retire from the military

Retired military here
I think you are ok but if possible I would go for 24 years...that's 60% and the extra means a lot when it is indexed for, hopefully, 40 years.
It is also a couple extra years at probably the highest pay you will ever have. Good luck......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Celebrating 30 years with Vanguard!
Replies: 25
Views: 2606

Re: Celebrating 30 years with Vanguard!

I started with Vanguard in 1978. At the time Vanguard had 4 funds: Wellesley fund, Wellington Fund, Windsor Fund and S&P 500 Trust (later to become S&P 500 Index Fund). I bought Windsor which I now own as traditional and as tax deferred plus in 6 grandchildren's 529s I own 8 Windsor accounts, it has...
by gwrvmd
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dad as Investment Advisor for Kids
Replies: 51
Views: 4359

Re: Dad as Investment Advisor for Kids

Ten Pages ? Several years ago (I don't remember the particulars) there was a contest to see who could put the best and most complete "Guide to Personal Finance" on a 3x5 card. Some of the winners were very good and very complete You could put John Bogle's Ten Principles of Investing on a 3x5 card......
by gwrvmd
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 79
Views: 8669

Re: Drinking water price craziness

Indexed Annuities, lottery tickets and bottled water all have approximately the same value.....Gordon
by gwrvmd
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 7129

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

As long as capitalism exists, the stock market will go up long term. Think of that the next time somebody tells you that you should have 40% bonds........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security and military survivors benefits
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: Social Security and military survivors benefits

I can't give you answers but I can get you started
You will need the persons full name and SSN
VA Benefits and Services 800-827-1000
http://benefits.va.gov/benefits.......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transferring 529 ownership
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Transferring 529 ownership

No, because the money you put is was after tax money. Contributions to ESA 529s are not tax deductible.
Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Healthiest Beer for the Buck
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Healthiest Beer for the Buck

BanguetBeer I think your calculations are low. By your calculations a 12 oz can/bottle of beer is 96 calories. That's Lite: Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Coors Lite etc. A regular beer is about 150 calories and they don't taste sweet. But your post does recall the old PBR commercial "Less NFS...Non Ferment...
by gwrvmd
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Healthiest Beer for the Buck
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Healthiest Beer for the Buck

I don't know but I have been told: Beer is good for you, it is 95% water and keeps your kidneys flushed so you don't get renal disease Some guy also told me I am a GMO. He told me if I had all my genes analyzed, I would find out my genes aren't all like either my mammy or my pappy. Do you think they...
by gwrvmd
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington VWELX or 3 fund portfolio
Replies: 20
Views: 4076

Re: Wellington VWELX or 3 fund portfolio

jimbeam 22
You are wondering about switching to a balanced index fund
Wellington is essentially a 65% large cap index and 35% corporate bond index fund. If you want a balanced index fund with a great long term record...That's Wellington!.............Gordon
by gwrvmd
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Death of Buy and Hold
Replies: 31
Views: 6103

Re: The Death of Buy and Hold

What does a 5 star book on Amazon mean?..........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Expense Ratios, how high is too high
Replies: 72
Views: 5248

Re: Expense Ratios, how high is too high

It is amazing what has happened to the cost of investing in the past 30 years. 30 years ago anything over 1.85% was considered high (and it usually had a front end load) 20 years ago anything over 1.5% was considered high 10 years ago anything over 1.0% was considered high Today anything over 0.5% i...
by gwrvmd
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thinking out loud
Replies: 30
Views: 3840

Re: Thinking out loud

Friar1610 You asked if "Investing at Level 3" was the same if you had guaranteed sources of income such as pension, SS, etc I'll answer it this way: Another way to look at Investing at level 3 is never touching the stock portion of your portfolio when the market is down If you feel you need $60,000 ...
by gwrvmd
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thinking out loud
Replies: 30
Views: 3840

Re: Thinking out loud

Its interesting you have those doubts, this is a very conservative group When you invest in bonds you are increasing the risk of losing your long term purchasing power, bond don't pay well nor respond to inflation. The recent book 'Investing at Level 3" by Dr James Cloonan, founder of AAII (American...
by gwrvmd
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Selling Wife's Equal Sector Weight ETF - any landmines I'm missing?
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Selling Wife's Equal Sector Weight ETF - any landmines I'm missing?

Don't be afraid of the "equal weight approach" The Guggenheims S&P 500 Equal Wt ETF (RSP) is a commonly used investment. Generally it means that midcaps will have a greater effect on the asset than if it was capitalization weighed in which case large capitalization stocks would have a greater effect...
by gwrvmd
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: need help evaluating new 401k fees
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: need help evaluating new 401k fees

You said "DWs new 401k has a quarterly asset based fee of .2825. I hope that is a quarterly fee based on an annual fee of .2825. That's not great but if you have Vanguard funds its ok. If it is a quarterly fee, that's 1.2% a year, that's not good........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can American Funds be worth the load?
Replies: 17
Views: 2600

Re: Can American Funds be worth the load?

Yes, American Funds and American Century are two different companies American Funds are being hurt badly by the decreased expenses of index funds,ETFs, and regular mutual funds They are coming out with T shares (2.5% load and no 12(b)1 fees) and "clean shares " no load at all I believe Schwab or TD ...
by gwrvmd
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Commodities ETFs
Replies: 35
Views: 2002

Re: New Commodities ETFs

Some of these new commodities ETFs are like buying options in the commodities market
Options in the commodities markets are true gambling
Remember they are just using a Bloomberg Commodities Index, it is not Bloomberg that designed the ETF or is advocating it .......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice on Setting Up a New 403(b)
Replies: 12
Views: 786

Re: Advice on Setting Up a New 403(b)

This post could be an interesting learning exercise Many of us use Vanguard funds and know what the Expense Ratios (ER) are of the Vanguard Funds you have listed. Your 403(b) administrator is an insurance company, Lincoln Financial Group. You are being offered Vanguard funds through an insurance com...
by gwrvmd
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coyote control
Replies: 66
Views: 4987

Re: Coyote control

If you give them a drink, and then something to eat, they will definitely stay around...... Coyotes? Oh, I thought you were talking about Cougars.......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a house in FEMA flood zone X
Replies: 30
Views: 2469

Re: Buying a house in FEMA flood zone X

Talk to the neighbors, if there has been any problems they will tell you (complain to you)
If they are new, ask them who has lived in the area the longest, ask them
You will learn more from them then any municipal or FEMA map......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to find a financially like-minded significant other?
Replies: 140
Views: 10566

Re: Where to find a financially like-minded significant other?

I don't think a dating group would help. I have been involved with AAII (Am Assn of Individual Investors) chapters for 25+ years. North Jersey Chapter for 15 years and now Coastal Carolina Chapter for 12 years. I could count the number of people under 40 on one hand, under 50 on 2 hands. The Coastal...
by gwrvmd
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need to find Loaded Index Funds
Replies: 64
Views: 5124

Re: Need to find Loaded Index Funds

Good show shorvath! It had me stumped, you are a more creative thinker than I........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit for Retirees
Replies: 16
Views: 2028

Re: Credit for Retirees

Salary is not a factor in the calculation of credit score . Amount of credit used and payment history are the two most important factors. Common question on financial literacy tests......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Change Auto & Umbrella Insurance after 52 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 2473

Re: Change Auto & Umbrella Insurance after 52 years?

SueG5123....There is a major, not well publicized discount that comes at 40+ years at USAA. It is worth about 30% of my insurance cost. Don't leave USAA until you investigate that......Gordon
by gwrvmd
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Permanent job (finally), curious 403b match; thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Permanent job (finally), curious 403b match; thoughts?

Most organizations with 403(b) retirement plans are government (police, teachers) or non profits (hospital, charities) and have low or no matches. 25% unlimited is unheard of. Take all you can get! I agree with CFM 300, I would not use tax deferred space to buy a bond fund with a .51 ER. You are you...
by gwrvmd
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP options
Replies: 16
Views: 1457

Re: Federal Employee First Alliance - Annuities ?

If you are military, don't get out of the TSP for anything from First Command If you are federal civilian don't get out of the TSP for anything from First Alliance Don't ever get totally out of the TSP, once you leave the Fed Gov you can't get back in I am sure you will get more responses from peopl...
by gwrvmd
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to find best but the cheapest red wine for better health?
Replies: 14
Views: 1370

Re: How to find best but the cheapest red wine for better health?

I went down to my local liquor store. There were 2 winos sitting on the curb. I asked them about resveratiol. One looked in his bottle and said " I don't see nothin reversin in there". The other said "Bring me out a bottle and I'll check it for you" They didn't look very healthy to me..................
by gwrvmd
Sun May 21, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NY vs Utah 529?? Can't decide!
Replies: 23
Views: 2762

Re: NY vs Utah 529?? Can't decide!

Wow! Have never been called "a wise person" before

Both NY and Utah are good

If you are not familiar check these websites:
SavingForCollege.com
Collegesavings.org
Both compare 529s from all states........Gordon
by gwrvmd
Sun May 21, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: please evaluate my portfolio, is it too risky
Replies: 13
Views: 1786

Re: please evaluate my portfolio, is it too risky

Robertlans This post is from a retired National Guard Officer 20 years into retirement I assume you are a senior NCO in a reserve component Your portfolio is NOT too risky. Having SS, military retirement, Medicare and Tricare takes almost all of the risk out of retirement You have proved you can han...
by gwrvmd
Thu May 18, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For those with $500k-$1m in investments...
Replies: 138
Views: 15250

Re: For those with $500k-$1m in investments...

Interesting thread....5 -6 years ago on this forum if you had over 50% in tax deferred you were an outlier, but as you can see that is not true today. Philosophy tended to be " Don't go into retirement owing all that money" I am 90% tax deferred, retired 12 years. Was 80% tax deferred when retired. ...
by gwrvmd
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage at 75 ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2612

Re: Mortgage at 75 ?

I retired at 70 from up north. Bought a $280,000 house down south with a $240,000 mortgage at 5% Refinanced several times, now 80 with a $100,000 mortgage at 3.5% (now 5 yr left on a 15). Wife wants to pay it off which we could easily do. Conventional wisdom says never go into retirement with a mort...
by gwrvmd
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?
Replies: 43
Views: 4661

Re: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?

Some student groups who rent a house keep it over the summer. Some find a summer job in the area, some return early for football camp, some go to summer school and if only one goes to summer school, they often recruit other summer students to live there to share the cost. The point is I wouldn't ass...
by gwrvmd
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a tree - expensive!!!
Replies: 85
Views: 9099

Re: Removing a tree - expensive!!!

You people must all live in the city. I see mention of trucks, booms, Cherry Pickers etc. Down south "Climbers" take them down from the bottom up then the trunk on their way back down. The man or men on the ground run the chipper. By the time the Climber is back down on the ground the ground is clea...