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by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I on the right track?
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: Am I on the right track?

I have 2 bonds to choose from: Janus Henderson Flexible Bond Class N (FDFNX) or Putnam Mortgage Securities Fund Class Y (PUSYX). Am I on the right track here? I've been reading up on the 3 fund portfolio and it seems like I have the right idea. Yes, you are on the right track. Morningstar doesn't h...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which degree to pursue?
Replies: 18
Views: 1450

Re: Which degree to pursue?

At some point, usually after you have been working a while, the credential doesn't matter as much as the experience. Can't emphasize enough how accurate this is! +2. We've had such bad experiences hiring highly educated (science PhDs) with little work experience that we won't even interview them an...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I on the right track?
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: Am I on the right track?

I have 2 bonds to choose from: Janus Henderson Flexible Bond Class N (FDFNX) or Putnam Mortgage Securities Fund Class Y (PUSYX). Am I on the right track here? I've been reading up on the 3 fund portfolio and it seems like I have the right idea. Yes, you are on the right track. Morningstar doesn't h...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $3 Million in Cash at 31; Looking to Invest $2M of it
Replies: 16
Views: 3752

Re: $3 Million in Cash at 31; Looking to Invest $2M of it

So that will leave me with around $2 million to invest. I am leaning towards the simple three-fund portfolio. My main goal is to beat inflation and not risk all of my money. For that reason, I am thinking a ratio of stocks to bonds of 55%/45% or 50%/50%. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admir...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $800,000 Windfall. Love the 3-Fund portfolio approach. Wealth Managers in contact
Replies: 33
Views: 3916

Re: $800,000 Windfall. Love the 3-Fund portfolio approach. Wealth Managers in contact

Not only do you not need some wealth stealer, you really need to stay away from these thieves. The primary job of a wealth manager is: 1) Convince you that only he can fend off the boogie man 2) Create a huge number of fund/stock/non-liquid investments so you are too scared to touch it because mere...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $800,000 Windfall. Love the 3-Fund portfolio approach. Wealth Managers in contact
Replies: 33
Views: 3916

Re: $800,000 Windfall. Love the 3-Fund portfolio approach. Wealth Managers in contact

I have met with several wealth managers and financial advisers. My main take-a-way is that they seem to charge a fairly large percentage for what seems like a good sales pitch. A bit of googling seems like I may be on to something. You are definitely on to something. You don't need them. For someon...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: BH- Need advise for 45 year old
Replies: 22
Views: 1856

Re: BH- Need advise for 45 year old

Here is my question-Do I sell one of my investment property (both are a wash on cash flow and will net me approx. $500K each) to pay down my current house mortgage? This move will also dilute my real estate exposure in the Bay Area. My optimistic (greedy) part says let it ride but my fearful part s...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Dump a Pile of Money on Young Son?
Replies: 125
Views: 8297

Re: Should I Dump a Pile of Money on Young Son?

Upon son's graduation, wife and I offered to pay half of new car. He declined and said he is fine with the 22 year old car we had given him and that he continues to drive, with no A/C, in TX . I'd be worrying about his sanity. Sounds like you raised a great guy and he'd likely do just fine with the...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bond Investment vs. Paying Off Daughter's Student Loan and/or Rental Property Mortgage
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Bond Investment vs. Paying Off Daughter's Student Loan and/or Rental Property Mortgage

If you are financially able to write checks to each student loan company then go ahead and pay them off. Establish the loan terms with your stepdaughter but I think the best thing for you will be to look at it like a gift and if she doesn’t pay it back in full (for whatever reason) you can’t let it...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is my umbrella policy over priced?
Replies: 20
Views: 1493

Re: Is my umbrella policy over priced?

BBQ Nut wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:36 am
So, we wanted to up the limit for the umbrella and got the following quotes
$2M - $825/yr
$3M - $1,104/yr
$5M - $1,452/yr

That seems high to me.
Seems very high to me as well, but I live in Colorado. Maybe if you had one insurer providing all your coverages?
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial transparency
Replies: 19
Views: 836

Re: Financial transparency

If i can afford a 700k house but i want a 300k house, are the women allowed to accuse you of living like a pauper because of that? Of course. And you are allowed to tell them to go pound sand. There's an old saw that goes something like, "Women tend to marry up while men tend to marry down." Try to...
by BolderBoy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Vanguard Security Code Requirement
Replies: 77
Views: 6238

Re: New Vanguard Security Code Requirement

Not too bad with VG. Just tell it to only do the 2FA for computers it doesn't recognize. I set it up months ago and once the initial 2FA was accomplished VG hasn't asked for it again. (and I look at my account frequently, too) IP addresses in packet headers can be forged, and other machine “fingerp...
by BolderBoy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I'm about to inherit a single stock with a worth of just over 7 figures....
Replies: 103
Views: 8159

Re: I'm about to inherit a single stock with a worth of just over 7 figures....

The basis is the fair market value on the date of the death. If it hasn't gone up at all since then, your tax is zero. Sell it all right now. Once sold, ask what to do with the money. You'll get various answers, but I guarantee you, nobody is going to tell you to buy the stock it's in right now. +1...
by BolderBoy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Options to lower my tax liability with RMD’s
Replies: 12
Views: 1695

Re: Options to lower my tax liability with RMD’s

g2morrow wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:41 am
is there a deer in the headlights emoticon?
Yes! :shock:
by BolderBoy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 5500-EZ form question for individual 401K
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: 5500-EZ form question for individual 401K

What you are doing sounds good enough to me. I've twiddled the entries over the years without disturbing the force, apparently. There is little chance you'll invoke an inquiry as long as your $$$ figures make sense and you file on-time.
by BolderBoy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reevaluating mortgage payoff strategy
Replies: 55
Views: 4548

Re: Reevaluating mortgage payoff strategy

This mortgage is the only debt I have ever held (very fortunate). I do not lose sleep overnight by holding it, but I prefer to hold it only as long as it is somewhat beneficial. Age: ~32 At age 32 it likely doesn't much matter what you do with the mortgage either way. Insofar as a mortgage ever bei...
by BolderBoy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good to Go, yes/no?
Replies: 21
Views: 1821

Re: Good to Go, yes/no?

2pedals wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:49 pm
I am looking forward to retirement within this year or early next year but I want to ask the bogleheads what do you think.
Congratulations. Looks like you've handily won the game!
by BolderBoy
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Semi-Retire by 40-45, possible/realistic?
Replies: 21
Views: 3443

Re: Semi-Retire by 40-45, possible/realistic?

IMO, not realistic. You can have it as a goal, but don't despair if 55 is the earliest you can pull it off (even that could be a stretch).

You won't believe how expensive kids are.
by BolderBoy
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling mom's house
Replies: 50
Views: 3750

Re: Selling mom's house

If you walk away, get your name off the title. If it's in your name, then anything that happens there can get you sued. Or fined by the city for code violations. Quit claim. OP, it sounds like your relationship with this particular sibling is already in the toilet (she's a deadbeat). Where does $25...
by BolderBoy
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard's Small Business Retirement Plans
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Vanguard's Small Business Retirement Plans

VG offers 4 types of small business retirement plans: SEP-IRA, SIMPLE IRA, Individual 401k and Small Plan 401k. This link compares them side-by-side https://investor.vanguard.com/what-we-offer/small-business/compare-plans?Link=compareplans&LinkLocation=smallbusiness_overview Has anyone used the VG "...
by BolderBoy
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Vanguard Security Code Requirement
Replies: 77
Views: 6238

Re: New Vanguard Security Code Requirement

Just got a notification that Vanguard is implementing mandatory 2 factor authentication procedures. Not too bad with VG. Just tell it to only do the 2FA for computers it doesn't recognize. I set it up months ago and once the initial 2FA was accomplished VG hasn't asked for it again. (and I look at ...
by BolderBoy
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Mainland China - Cyber Security
Replies: 25
Views: 1946

Re: Travel to Mainland China - Cyber Security

VPN is your best bet. Your home router may even have VPN server functionality, so that all traffic from your devices in China go through your home router and then back out to the public internet. https://www.vpnuniversity.com/tutorial/how-to-setup-openvpn-asus-routers-asuswrt +1. VPN is the way to ...
by BolderBoy
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401k for 1099 income
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: 401k for 1099 income

You can't exceed a total of $18500 total employee contributions tax deferred for all qualified plans put together. However you could fund the employer match of a self employed 401k. It would only be approx.20% of self employment income, or $2400, so that may not be enough to be worth the effort. I ...
by BolderBoy
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does frugal cross the line to cheapskate?
Replies: 136
Views: 9484

Re: When does frugal cross the line to cheapskate?

If your frugality is making someone unhappy, you've crossed the line. That someone could be somebody else ("stingy,") or it could be you ("miserly.") Not sure I entirely agree with this. 15 years ago a girlfriend and I went our separate ways. She said I was parsimonious (I had to look it up) and th...
by BolderBoy
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How is my money looking going forward?
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: How is my money looking going forward?

Income: 60K (plus 9% match on 401k, plus profit sharing -- 13% for 2017) Looks like you are doing pretty well for age 27. Amazing you can live on $13k/yr. I'm curious what the quoted line above means? Is "profit sharing" in your usage = to "bonus"? BTW, your 9% match on the 401k contributions is ve...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which degree to pursue?
Replies: 18
Views: 1450

Re: Which degree to pursue?

adamthesmythe wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:11 am
At some point, usually after you have been working a while, the credential doesn't matter as much as the experience.
Can't emphasize enough how accurate this is!
by BolderBoy
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone take naps at work?
Replies: 93
Views: 5366

Re: Anyone take naps at work?

pascal wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:22 pm
Just wondering if people take naps at work and if anybody has inputs on how they view such breaks?
If you do and someone awakens you, be sure the first word out of your mouth is, "Amen."
by BolderBoy
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: disability insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 832

Re: disability insurance

omerthegrouch wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:41 pm
1) the new employer will provide me with long term disability, they will cover the cost, the monthly maximum is 10K. Should I just keep my older policy as well?
Is the older policy an "own occupation" policy?
by BolderBoy
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What rate of return are you using for retirement projections?
Replies: 99
Views: 8922

Re: What rate of return are you using for retirement projections?

I'm 56 years old, and have been planning diligently for an anticipated retirement at age 60. I use a 30-year retirement duration for my planning purposes (60 to 90 years of age). My question: what rate of return do some of you use when you're looking at how long your nest egg will last? FIREcalc.co...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tech help needed. What programs/data to remove from MacBook before sending in for repair? And, how to restore it later?
Replies: 22
Views: 1437

Re: Tech help needed. What programs/data to remove from MacBook before sending in for repair? And, how to restore it la

Remove the SSD on my still fairly brand new MacBook Pro Laptop????? I did some reading about the MacBook Pro (I'm not a Mac guy) and found more support for the reason that I loathe Apple - because of its hardware shenanigans. The SSD is soldered to the mobo and removing it requires disassembly of t...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multi-unit garbage woes..
Replies: 20
Views: 1484

Re: Multi-unit garbage woes..

Is there any solution for this? I think they tried doing locks in the past, but the offenders would just throw trash on top.. I brought up cameras but they said it's a privacy issue (which I kind of agree with). Should I just keep reporting this? The HOA has been pretty good, so I'm sure they'd pur...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are these Bank & Credit Union Fees?
Replies: 16
Views: 1456

Re: What are these Bank & Credit Union Feesou wanted the bank to hold your paper statements if you were on vacation or o

lilblu wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:47 am
I want to open a new bank account at a local branch and deposit a check from my aunt. She claims there's enough to cover it, but I question that.
Can you go to her bank and cash the check there? In olden days I think we used to call this, "Hammering the check."
by BolderBoy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What I spent in 6 months on medicare
Replies: 148
Views: 10390

Re: What I spent in 6 months on medicare

dm200 wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:47 pm
Medicare (Kaiser) plan premiums $30/month...
Interesting the difference here. I'm in the Boulder/Denver Kaiser service area and our Medicare plan dues are $48/month.
by BolderBoy
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FIRE thought experiment
Replies: 24
Views: 2591

Re: FIRE thought experiment

skor99 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:02 am
I missed mentioning health insurance - thanks for bringing it up. But Is there anything such as a low paying job which provides health insurance anymore?
Hospital custodian (housekeeping staff) comes to mind?
by BolderBoy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?
Replies: 29
Views: 2281

Re: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?

I have a similar situation, where I need to view vertically-oriented PDFs while also viewing other stuff on horizontally-oriented main screen. The best answer is two monitors. Keep your current monitor as-is, and add a vertically-oriented monitor right beside it. When it is monitor-upgrade time for...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS: Great customer service?
Replies: 20
Views: 1975

Re: IRS: Great customer service?

I'd always advise sending certified mail with return request. It gets their attention because they know to a certainty that you have proof that will hold up in Tax Court if it reaches that point. Dream on. I know first hand how incoming mail to the local IRS service center is processed. Certified a...
by BolderBoy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it normal for federal and state taxable income to be wildly different?
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Is it normal for federal and state taxable income to be wildly different?

I was perusing my 2017 TurboTax printout and noticed my Federal and North Carolina taxable income were quite different. My state taxable income was substantially higher. Is this typical? I thought that states just used federal taxable income. Most states use either FTI or FAGI as their starting pla...
by BolderBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Considering adding VWALX; pros-cons
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: Considering adding VWALX; pros-cons

Was hoping that others with more knowledge than I could speak to the pros and cons of this fund relative to VWIUX, especially in the current time of rising interest rates. The primary purpose of bonds in a portfolio is to mitigate risk. A common wisdom is to take your risks on the stock side of you...
by BolderBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Changing from Average Cost basis to Spec ID
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Changing from Average Cost basis to Spec ID

jj wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:51 am
If I sell the whole position, I have a small loss <$10,000, and then buy the same fund back again in 31 days+ can I then start over again with Spec ID?

I'm not sure if the IRS rules allow a change like this.
I don't know what the IRS rules say, but I've done exactly this and Vanguard allowed it.
by BolderBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Value of a Military Retirement
Replies: 30
Views: 3466

Re: Value of a Military Retirement

I do enjoy being a physician in the military. I'm not itching to leave. There are some uncertainties and some things that could make my life much harder. And I don't have the option to scale back in the military; it's pretty much full speed ahead until retirement, more stress and responsibility ove...
by BolderBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How far can I go to ask Morgan Stanley to fix their mistake?
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: How far can I go to ask Morgan Stanley to fix their mistake?

I am trying to escalate this but I honestly don't how far can I go or what could I get out of this. This will disturb my plans for the whole year unfortunately and I am pretty frustrated at them. They already acknowledge that the mistake is clearly on their part and they are "looking into what they...
by BolderBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to evaluate charities to donate to?
Replies: 36
Views: 1390

Re: How to evaluate charities to donate to?

Yankuba wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:32 am
Me too. I also read the IRS Form 990s whenever I can. If the 990 isn't online you can email the non profit for it. If they don't send you one it is a red flag in my book.
I agree with this and do it in every case. Rule out orgs that pay their CEOs outrageously (United Way?)
by BolderBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surprise - Costco sells - but does not install vehicle batteries
Replies: 85
Views: 5692

Re: Surprise - Costco sells - but does not install vehicle batteries

Rupert wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:02 am
Who charges $50 to do that? Auto Zone does it for free if you buy your battery there.
Only if the battery is "under the hood".
by BolderBoy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: General Electric booted from Dow Jones Industrial Average
Replies: 52
Views: 6385

Re: General Electric booted from Dow Jones Industrial Average

Rick Ferri wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:24 pm
Who cares? The DJIA should have been retired a long time ago.
Agreed, who cares? Also, this has been expected for a LONG time.
by BolderBoy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Illinois Land Trust. DIY Options and Attorney Representation
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Illinois Land Trust. DIY Options and Attorney Representation

Tico_75 wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:24 pm
This is simply to avoid probate in the -long- future, the properties are under my name.
Why not use this method to avoid probate on those properties? http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/il ... apterID=60

IANAL.
by BolderBoy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Value of a Military Retirement
Replies: 30
Views: 3466

Re: Value of a Military Retirement

Are you enjoying being a physician in the military? Or are you merely putting up with it while you ponder the pension and lifetime healthcare bennies? If the former, then no question - stay for the retirement perks. If the latter, well... As mentioned earlier, it seems more of a lifestyle question.
by BolderBoy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on job change consideration
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Advice on job change consideration

LukeHeinz57 wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:00 pm
Based on the information you have provided I would take the prospective job.
Likewise.
by BolderBoy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you think it is smart to disclose that you have passive investments to other people?
Replies: 43
Views: 4381

Re: Do you think it is smart to disclose that you have passive investments to other people?

Let's say that you are a private practice lawyer, doctor, or some other sole proprietor with clients and that you own passive real estate rentals or other relatively passive cash-flowing businesses. Is it smart for you to disclose this to your clients when you are too busy to be as available for th...
by BolderBoy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Installers- Tipping?
Replies: 22
Views: 1642

Re: Carpet Installers- Tipping?

Kywildcat wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:35 am
I am having carpet installed through a Lowes (free installation promo). Is there an expectation to tip the installers. I'm a relatively new homeowner and don't have much experience dealing with contractors. Thanks in advance.
When I was younger, no. Now, yes.