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by House Blend
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard to offer private equity investments? Thoughts?
Replies: 66
Views: 5400

Re: Vanguard to offer private equity investments? Thoughts?

I look forward to "VREA" (to give TREA some competition). 8-) Is there any way to get exposure for a retail investor in properties directly? What is recommended? You can open an IRA with TIAA and add QREARX (TIAA Real Estate Account [TREA]) to it. Nope. While "everyone" can open an IRA at TIAA, the...
by House Blend
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1296
Views: 131490

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Thumbs up for Russian Doll , a short series (8 x 25 minutes) available on Netflix. The main character keeps dying and returning in a time warp back to her 36th birthday party. Initially it seems like a retread of Groundhog Day , but eventually it wanders off into new territory that for me makes it c...
by House Blend
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VTSAX - Low Q2 dividend
Replies: 15
Views: 3471

Re: VTSAX - Low Q2 dividend

Is this real? I’ve been doing my own taxes for close to 10 years and always trusted the QDI reported by Vanguard. Of course, during the years I did periodic transactions (typically sell & buy for tax loss harvesting) that were sometimes very close to the dividend date and for which the personal hol...
by House Blend
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VTSAX - Low Q2 dividend
Replies: 15
Views: 3471

Re: VTSAX - Low Q2 dividend

How does Vanguard distinguish between qualified and unqualified dividends. Is it the length of time the fund has held the dividend-paying asset? Or how long I have held different shares of the mutual fund? Or something else? It's how long the fund has held the asset. Everybody gets the same QDI, se...
by House Blend
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why are Vanguard's distribution dates all over the place?
Replies: 6
Views: 995

Re: Why are Vanguard's distribution dates all over the place?

When I look at BlackRock they seem to have a sensible policy about distributions. Yes, I have to say I prefer the blackrock approach. Up until a few years ago, Vanguard was very predictable too. I could reliably anticipate the distribution dates for Total Stock by finding an earlier year with the s...
by House Blend
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 148
Views: 20799

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

For any oenophiles... a plug for the Pontificus wine at TJ’s. It replicates an excellent Cotes du Rhône in every way but price! +2. As a result of a previous mention earlier in this thread, I gave Pontificus a shot... ...despite the fact that it sounds like a character from Asterix & Obelix. For wh...
by House Blend
Fri May 31, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Feedback on 403b meeting with school board member
Replies: 27
Views: 1446

Re: Feedback on 403b meeting with school board member

And apparently some of the "other 403b" plans (higher ed, other non-profits) are ERISA plans and some aren't. Is it just up to the plan admins who set it up whether they "want" to set it up as ERISA plans? To a first approximation, my understanding is that in higher ed, public university -> non-ERI...
by House Blend
Tue May 28, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What goes wrong after index enlightenment
Replies: 41
Views: 5241

Re: What goes wrong after index enlightenment

Your mileage will vary. House Blend, I am curious on what is your current opinion in regards to someone allocating their entire international to taxable investments for the FTC? Knowing what you know now and your experiences, would you continue to hold a majority of international in taxable if just...
by House Blend
Tue May 28, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What goes wrong after index enlightenment
Replies: 41
Views: 5241

Re: What goes wrong after index enlightenment

Here are a few modern concepts for tax management: I would add these to your list of 10: 11. Use Specific ID of shares for when you need to sell. 12. Understand how LT/ST gains and dividends are taxed, and how they interact with the taxes on the rest of your income. Tax software contributes to keep...
by House Blend
Tue May 28, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What goes wrong after index enlightenment
Replies: 41
Views: 5241

Re: What goes wrong after index enlightenment

Some people are saying not to put foreign stock index funds in a taxable account because it requires some extra work at tax time to claim the tax credit - a straight reduction in federal taxes owned - and instead they recommend foreign stock funds in tax-deferred accounts, where you don't get the t...
by House Blend
Sun May 26, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Three assets all with negative correlations?
Replies: 18
Views: 1529

Re: Three assets all with negative correlations?

A statistical requirement is that a correlation matrix must be positive semi-definite. +1. Add the restriction that the diagonal entries are 1, and you have all of the requirements. You can have n variables whose pairwise correlations are all equal to x as long as x is in the range from -1/(n-1) to...
by House Blend
Mon May 20, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion
Replies: 51
Views: 4049

Re: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion

Let's take an MFJ couple with a combined $48K SS benefit (that's $2K per person per month). For them, the SS tax hump begins at $8K of "other" (non-SS) income, and ends at $60,941 of non-SS income. Perhaps I don't understand this tax hump. I thought if you had $44K of other income, this meant that ...
by House Blend
Mon May 20, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion
Replies: 51
Views: 4049

Re: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion

...A Roth conversion beyond the 12% bracket becomes less compelling if the next (say) $20K of conversions beyond that will be tax taxed at the rate of 27%, and future RMDs will be taxed at the rate of 22% or 25%. My general recommendation on levelizing AGI looks at your projected age 70/70.5 AGI as...
by House Blend
Mon May 20, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion
Replies: 51
Views: 4049

Re: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion

Or 27% (30% after 2026), if you have significant taxable investments. A Roth conversion beyond the 12% bracket becomes less compelling if the next (say) $20K of conversions beyond that will be tax taxed at the rate of 27%, and future RMDs will be taxed at the rate of 22% or 25%. And folks with inco...
by House Blend
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion
Replies: 51
Views: 4049

Re: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion

The 12% marginal Federal income tax bracket for MFJ goes up to taxable income of $78,950 this year. I generally do not like the "convert to top of xx% bracket" concept for the following reason: A couple with Taxable Income of $77,000 would then do just under $2000 of Roth conversion this year, whic...
by House Blend
Mon May 20, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion
Replies: 51
Views: 4049

Re: Pre-RMD Retirement Sweet Spot - Accelerating IRA Withdrawals vs. Roth Conversion

Roth conversions, since they are voluntarily realizing additional untaxed deferred compensation as ordinary income are by definition "taxed at your highest current marginal tax rate or higher" depending on if the conversion is at you current marginal rate or bumps it into the next bracket. So no hy...
by House Blend
Wed May 15, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Simple Tax Planning and TLH Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: Simple Tax Planning and TLH Questions

1) -5/1/2019 Buy stock in -5/15/2019 Sell all stock at 10% loss and never buy again Can I write the losses off? Yes, but you don't get to write off the entire loss immediately unless it is less than $3K, or you have enough realized capital gains in the same year to deduct against it. If you harvest...
by House Blend
Tue May 14, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Composition and safety of TIAA traditional annuity
Replies: 28
Views: 2308

Re: Composition and safety of TIAA traditional annuity

TIAA does not have any magic investments. It holds a conservative portfolio and adjusts its crediting rates based on market returns. As with any annuity, it protects the annuitants by using mortality credits to pay those who have long lives. Between its traditional management and state guarantee fu...
by House Blend
Thu May 09, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Knowing when to TLH
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: Knowing when to TLH

I would like to hear from the TLH pros regarding what thresholds they use to decide when to pull the trigger. As an example, if the market drops so that a holding is .5% below its basis, do you sell or wait to see if it drops lower? Or, perhaps a dollar value? Since I'm US market centric, I really ...
by House Blend
Sat May 04, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Equity funds for taxable accounts
Replies: 23
Views: 2827

Re: Equity funds for taxable accounts

Rick Ferri wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 9:03 am
Be prepared to marry forever the equity mutual funds and ETFs you buy in a taxable account
And if you tax loss harvest, plan on bigamy.
by House Blend
Fri May 03, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taxable Equivalent Yield (TEY)
Replies: 19
Views: 4226

Re: Taxable Equivalent Yield (TEY)

I have always had a hard time thinking in terms of taxable equivalent yields. I much prefer comparing after tax yields. There really isn't any more math involved. +1. In some sense it is only reframing the issue, but I agree that after tax yield offers a better perspective. What matters is what you...
by House Blend
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: The Factors That Plague Factor Investing
Replies: 44
Views: 3224

Re: Larry Swedroe: The Factors That Plague Factor Investing

A couple things people misunderstand is that even though two assets are uncorrelated doesn't mean that both assets can't go in the same direction over time. In fact, if they are truly uncorrelated they should move in the same direction about half the time. If they always move in the opposite direct...
by House Blend
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your one favorite fixed income for retirement?
Replies: 46
Views: 6123

Re: What is your one favorite fixed income for retirement?

" TIAA Tradtional " was recommended is several posts in this thread. So can anyone invest in this? It looks like a good deal for fixed income. (I thought you had to be a teacher or have some related public sector job to have this. I know anyone can start an account in TIAA bank, but I had no idea y...
by House Blend
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4537
Views: 1168452

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw Shoplifters recently. Excellent movie about an unconventional family living in near poverty in Japan. Maintains sympathy for the subjects even while peeling back layers that reveal circumstances that wouldn't ordinarily evoke it. It shares some thematic elements with Leave No Trace from last yea...
by House Blend
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TSP RMD's
Replies: 38
Views: 3586

Re: TSP RMD's

rkhusky wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:50 am
If taxable is better, I suppose then you should not stop at the RMD, but withdraw up to the top of your tax bracket or maybe higher.
No. Better to Roth convert any amounts beyond the RMD than simply withdraw them.
by House Blend
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we convert all tIRA money to Roth?
Replies: 9
Views: 1201

Re: Should we convert all tIRA money to Roth?

Agreed, not enough information. Any pensions or other guaranteed income besides SS in retirement? The issue is whether you will have something besides RMDs filling up the low tax brackets. Is your goal to retire as soon as humanly possible (or spend as much as humanly possible), or did you or spouse...
by House Blend
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Ups the Ante in an ETF Race to Zero - Fees are coming down on seven ETFs
Replies: 97
Views: 9294

Re: Vanguard Ups the Ante in an ETF Race to Zero Fees are coming down on seven ETFs, with combined assets of more t

Anybody bother to see if the financial statements allow the ER to be calculated to another significant digit? 9 vs. 11 could be much closer than it first appears due to rounding. For bond mutual funds you can reverse engineer differences in the expense ratios between share classes by monitoring the...
by House Blend
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Muni bonds have done well even pre-tax
Replies: 6
Views: 1340

Re: Muni bonds have done well even pre-tax

While on the topic of predicting the past, let me point out that VWITX (Intermediate Tax Exempt) has done well compared to VBMFX (Total Bond) even before discounting VBMFX for tax. For the 30 years from 1/1989 to 1/2019, portfolio visualizer reports 5.26%/yr for VWITX and 5.89% for VBMFX. That makes...
by House Blend
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TLH... Holding period not met for LTCG distributions...How to report?
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Re: TLH... Holding period not met for LTCG distributions...How to report?

Read the instructions for Form 8949 for the boxes to check and the codes to enter. Thanks for the explanation. But the 1099-B will show a $1000 short-term capital loss reported to the IRS with cost basis reported as well. So can you post a screen capture of the Form 8949 entries for your example pl...
by House Blend
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are Roth earnings calculated for recharacterizations?
Replies: 28
Views: 1127

Re: How are Roth earnings calculated for recharacterizations?

Gains are prorated--that's tax law, not Vanguard rules. So it doesn't matter if the 2018 contribution went to Total Bond and the 2019 contribution went to Total Stock, or vice-versa. The $5,000 in contributions owns some percentage of the gains in the entire account, and it is Vanguard's problem to ...
by House Blend
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TLH... Holding period not met for LTCG distributions...How to report?
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Re: TLH... Holding period not met for LTCG distributions...How to report?

I don't read anything there that would change things for VHCAX since it is not a REIT nor tax-exempt muni fund. You must be reading something else, because that passage makes it quite plain that it applies to all mutual funds, including VHCAX. OP, here's an example: You buy 100 shares of Fund X @ $...
by House Blend
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dividend holding period not met… simple QDI tax math/understanding correct?
Replies: 28
Views: 1025

Re: Dividend holding period not met… simple QDI tax math/understanding correct?

I agree and your logic follows. What doesn't seem logical is this CG topic does not seem to be discussed on this forum. It's at least as significant as the QDI issue. You might be surprised. A stereotypical Boglehead with a taxable account only owns Vanguard index funds (or ETFs) in that account. W...
by House Blend
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dividend holding period not met… simple QDI tax math/understanding correct?
Replies: 28
Views: 1025

Re: Dividend holding period not met… simple QDI tax math/understanding correct?

(But only our broker could know which distributions contained QDI, and which did not.) Not your broker, but the fund/ETF sponsor could know. One's broker only passes on the info from the sponsor. Some sponsors do actually show the breakdown for each of the quarterly distributions. Vanguard does not...
by House Blend
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: is rebalancing loosely akin to market timing?
Replies: 60
Views: 2957

Re: is rebalancing loosely akin to market timing?

"Rebalancing is Market Timing" or worse, "Everything is Market Timing" are useless reductionisms. Unless your objective is FUD. In any case, asking whether rebalancing is market timing is the wrong question and encourages posts from those who prefer to spend their time here arguing and scoring point...
by House Blend
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 2018 foreign tax credit forecast
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: 2018 foreign tax credit forecast

This year our foreign tax credit of our mutual funds is $710. Since it exceeds $600 (=2 x $300) for a joint return,we cannot skip Form 1116 to get a full credit and/or carryover. Are we allowed to claim $600 foreign tax credit without filing the Form 1116, by giving up a $110 ($710-$600) ? This was...
by House Blend
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unpleasant surprise 2018 Federal Tax - high level overview?
Replies: 114
Views: 16446

Re: Unpleasant surprise 2018 Federal Tax - high level overview?

Once I complete my 2018 taxes, I plan on opening TurboTax 2017 and inputting all the numbers to see the truth - what's my difference in Federal Tax between the prior tax rules and the new ones. My expectation is that I will be paying more. A simpler way is to view your tax history after you have en...
by House Blend
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The problem with TLH...
Replies: 31
Views: 2351

Re: The problem with TLH...

If you really don't want to be "stuck", then use your tax-advantaged accounts to your advantage. Sell for a loss in taxable, put the proceeds in money market. In an IRA, sell fixed income and buy a replacement that is not substantially identical. After 30 days, buy the original back in taxable and ...
by House Blend
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ignore small amount of post-tax contributions in Traditional/Rollover IRA?
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Ignore small amount of post-tax contributions in Traditional/Rollover IRA?

If I had filed forms 8606, it seems I could get a tiny break on tax on my yearly RMDs, but I didn’t save my ancient tax returns . And due to 2018 tax law, now that I am old enough, I am donating my RMD’s to charity. Typically, treating your basis as zero when it isn't can only increase your taxes. ...
by House Blend
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Tax 2018 Forms Now Online
Replies: 65
Views: 4866

Re: Vanguard Tax Forms Now Online

Can those of you who have 2018 tax forms tell us the final qualified dividend percentage for Vanguard Total Stock? Vanguard Total International (VTIAX) is 74.58% for me. The QDI percentage for Total Stock is 94.01%. I don't have my 1099-DIV yet, but you can figure this out and a lot more if you are...
by House Blend
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Predicting future Exp. Ratio changes on Vanguard funds...
Replies: 20
Views: 1596

Re: Predicting future Exp. Ratio changes on Vanguard funds...

[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek] For example, some might find it interesting or useful to learn that you can get advanced notice of changes in ER for Vanguard funds by monitoring the Semi-Annual and Annual Reports. The ER experienced by the fund in the previous year, which is something that a...
by House Blend
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Roth In Plan conversion is now available to me.
Replies: 5
Views: 749

Re: A Roth In Plan conversion is now available to me.

2) To me, for the future I don't foresee the need to look into Roth rollovers if I can do an in-plan conversion at any time, but maybe I am missing something. The 457 plan has good funds & expenses, and age withdrawal restrictions shouldn't come into play, so why go through the extra steps of a rol...
by House Blend
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why No Mid-Cap TIAA Index Fund?
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: Why No Mid-Cap TIAA Index Fund?

Any rationale for TIAA to not offer index fund(s) that more directly complement or cover market capitalization? 1. Well, back in the day, TIAA had index funds targeting all 9 of the morningstar style boxes. (Except maybe large cap blend, which you could argue as being covered by the 500 index fund....
by House Blend
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Around 43K in dividends last year - feel good about it ?
Replies: 188
Views: 20429

Re: Around 43K in dividends last year - feel good about it ?

Yes, the livesoft comment is nonsense. Having $14K in taxable dividends is, by itself, nothing to feel bad (or good) about. Nor is paying tax on taxable dividends. Not following. OP should feel bad about receiving dividends, as should anyone. Not that it's his fault for receiving dividends, or that...
by House Blend
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are index fund managers forced to sell stocks when incurring greater trading?
Replies: 28
Views: 2101

Re: Are index fund managers forced to sell stocks when incurring greater trading?

Does this put index funds at a major disadvantage vs. ETFs? Go look at the data. Look at the actual real-world results. The blue line is an S&P 500 index fund, the Fidelity 500 Index Fund, FXAIX. (I am deliberately not using Vanguard products, so that I don't go down any rabbit holes about Vanguard...
by House Blend
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Around 43K in dividends last year - feel good about it ?
Replies: 188
Views: 20429

Re: Around 43K in dividends last year - feel good about it ?

You should feel terrible about the $14K in taxable dividends. Terrible? Seriously? Sometimes I think some people on this forum live in an alternate universe. You should feel proud. That is an excellent accomplishment. Your total dividends is more than my annual salary. Keep up the good work. Agree ...
by House Blend
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Differences between Short-term and Long-term Capital Losses
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Differences between Short-term and Long-term Capital Losses

I'm having a difficult time understanding the differences between implications of having short-term vs. long-term losses . Can you recommend a webpage that provides descriptions of how the two differ? My recommendation is to unravel the line by line instructions for Schedule D, which is where it pl...
by House Blend
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What am I missing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1188

Re: What am I missing?

I often move cash around between institutions, such as from Ally Bank to Vanguard etc. It seems when I do so, particularly at Vanguard, I start earning interest on the money the day I put the order in. But the money doesn't exit Ally Bank for a couple of days. Am I actually earning interest in both...
by House Blend
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth and TIRA with dividends
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Backdoor Roth and TIRA with dividends

My wife has a Traditional Rollover IRA account that has the traditional 401K contributions that she brought from a previous employer. ($40,000) We made no further contributions into this Rollover IRA I had started a new Traditional IRA with non-deductible contribution of $5500 and did the ROTH conv...
by House Blend
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why large cap index fund is more tax efficient than Small cap index fund ?
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Why large cap index fund is more tax efficient than Small cap index fund ?

Please help me understand why the large cap index fund is more tax efficient than small cap index funds in a taxable account? For example, VSMAX(Vanguard small cap index admiral) versus VFIAX(Vanguard 500 index admiral). Looks like Both have pretty much zero short term/long term capital gains. Look...