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by Mitchell777
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for Medicare by credit card
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Paying for Medicare by credit card

Artsdoctor and Informal Guide - Thank you so much for responding to my question. That helps.
by Mitchell777
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for Medicare by credit card
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Paying for Medicare by credit card

I am going onto Original Medicare Parts A and B in a couple months. Not yet taking SS and no plans to start soon. I see the four ways of paying for Medicare. One is cc. Is there a fee for paying by cc? I know with taxes they add on a fee for cc payment that makes it not worthwhile. Thanks
by Mitchell777
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Retiree seeks feedback
Replies: 4
Views: 818

Re: New Retiree seeks feedback

I would ask myself if I will rebalance annually if my equities should drop 50%. If so seems reasonable.
by Mitchell777
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare supplemental, etc.
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: Medicare supplemental, etc.

For Medigap supplement , wife uses Equitable , I use Atena (Colonial Life) . You can change this every year. IMHO, avoid AARP. What problems have been experienced with AARP? In my area I'm finding it difficult to find anyone I know who is not using AARP UnitedHealth supplemental. I'm not hearing of...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Thanks Kevin - I have a CD that matured at a local bank. I was trying to get 2.85%+ but not seeing it on the secondary market at Vanguard in 50 or more lots. Same with three year at 3.1%. I saw some recently and bought but not in the past few days
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Kevin - Have you purchased any callable CD's? I just started buying CD's on the secondary market and have in the past bought some new issue. Never callable. I see a JPMorgan 48128FNS7 two year callable after one year (Vanguard). It looks like worst case I would get 2.85% after one year, or it is not...
by Mitchell777
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold in caulk of shower
Replies: 21
Views: 2121

Re: Mold in caulk of shower

I had a real problem where the tub meets the tile, very dark and unsightly caulk. Several hours of bleach soaked cotton balls and it was pure white again. On the other hand I tried the same on a few spots between tiles and it did not work at all.
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-Year Treasury Note Auction
Replies: 17
Views: 1746

Re: 2-Year Treasury Note Auction

Kevin - what is the calculation that gets you from 2.657% to 2.984%? Thanks
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turned down for credit card
Replies: 35
Views: 2733

Re: Turned down for credit card

My 27 yo son have applied for a credit card, and been turned down twice. He’s told its because he has no credit history. He has a college degree, makes 70k, has 30k in the bank(the same bank that turned down his cc request). He has no debt, hasn’t ever had a loan. He’s married and both he and his w...
by Mitchell777
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone sell their car to Carmax or webuyanycar.com?
Replies: 30
Views: 2557

Re: Anyone sell their car to Carmax or webuyanycar.com?

Tried we buy any car a few years ago. Got price. Then talked to my mechanic who buys and sells used cars. He offered me 20% more so sold it to him.
by Mitchell777
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G
Replies: 40
Views: 3198

Re: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G

Short answer - because it is not profitable enough. Insurance companies like to make money. Not lose money. You could always call 'em up and just ask. But all you will probably get for your trouble is some bull**t answer like "Our research has shown that our customers prefer xxx and we also agree t...
by Mitchell777
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G
Replies: 40
Views: 3198

Re: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G

As I read the link, I think it says you could enroll in G today at age 65 or later, and still have the option of moving to Plan F at any time (before or after 2020) if you can pass medical questions. Is that correct? But then, that is not "Guaranteed Issue" is it? Guaranteed Issue is no underwritin...
by Mitchell777
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G
Replies: 40
Views: 3198

Re: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G

As I read the link, I think it says you could enroll in G today at age 65 or later, and still have the option of moving to Plan F at any time (before or after 2020) if you can pass medical questions. Is that correct?
by Mitchell777
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G
Replies: 40
Views: 3198

Re: Appears that Medicare Guaranteed Issue Plan F will be replaced with G

I'm trying to decide between F and G now. I thought my insurance agent said I could take G now and still move into F in the future if I decided to make that change (if medical underwriting accepted). My bigger concern is F closing in 2020 to new people. Seems like for the most part the youngest peop...
by Mitchell777
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting a mattress directly on the floor
Replies: 25
Views: 67566

Re: Putting a mattress directly on the floor

I did this in my younger days. Now I might need someone to pull me up in the morning.
by Mitchell777
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Be Careful Using Mailboxes
Replies: 62
Views: 8648

Re: Be Careful Using Mailboxes

I use the corner mailboxes every month or two. The last time I noticed the box only opened a few inches. I had a very small soft package that did not fit without forcing. Actually I assumed the mailbox was broken until I got to the next one and it also only opened only a few inched. This is new in m...
by Mitchell777
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone take naps at work?
Replies: 93
Views: 5684

Re: Anyone take naps at work?

I have not, but I worked for a Japanese company, in the USA, and it was completely acceptable for the Japanese managers/executives (office managers) to nap. They would begin their workday around 9 AM and often work until 10 PM or later, so napping was part of their work day. They did not all nap but...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Radon

So as I'm reading through some of the links it looks like most people use the vent pipe system and fan which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside. I assume the contractors also seal any openings.
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Radon

I just re-read the posts and see that the OP ran two separate Accustar alpha track test kits for 4 1/2 months. Residential radon testing doesn't really get any more reliable than this. Since these highly reliable long term charcoal tests came back with a reading of 4.9 (were they both the same?), i...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continuing Care Community versus 55 + (no LTC and modest assets)
Replies: 61
Views: 4001

Re: Continuing Care Community versus 55 + (no LTC and modest assets)

Entry fees in our area are in low to mid 6 figures depending on size of unit. Fee is much less if it a Type C contract which does not cover your health care when you need it, nor does it guarantee you a place in the assisted living or nursing sections. Type C is a fee for service when you need help...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Radon

I used "Two-Pack: Accustar Alpha Track Test Kit AT 100", Purchased through Amazon. It looks like they are referred to a "alpha track foils".
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continuing Care Community versus 55 + (no LTC and modest assets)
Replies: 61
Views: 4001

Re: Continuing Care Community versus 55 + (no LTC and modest assets)

Entry fees in our area are in low to mid 6 figures depending on size of unit. Fee is much less if it a Type C contract which does not cover your health care when you need it, nor does it guarantee you a place in the assisted living or nursing sections. Type C is a fee for service when you need help...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Radon

How "tight" is your basement? If there are leaks and places air might get in/out, put a fan in the basement to circulate the air. The door from the upstairs living area to the basement can be made more "tight". This alone might be enough to reduce you to below the EPA level. I think it's pretty tig...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Radon

I’ve been reading old posts regarding radon. Thought I’d post my specific situation for any feedback. I used one of the devices that you set out for three months or more (4.5 months in my case). Came back 4.9 in the basement and 2.5 on the first floor (4 is the EPA action level). Uncertainty level i...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continuing Care Community versus 55 + (no LTC and modest assets)
Replies: 61
Views: 4001

Re: Continuing Care Community versus 55 + (no LTC and modest assets)

Interesting comments. Where are seven figure entrance fees? Most all the people I've known in CCRC could not come up with anywhere near that amount. Some had pensions and could meet a fairly high monthly fee.
by Mitchell777
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is warren buffet okay with no owning any bonds?
Replies: 48
Views: 4663

Re: Why is warren buffet okay with no owning any bonds?

Since he was still young he was investing first for his heirs and a bit later for charities. So, equities is the way to go with that long a time frame.
by Mitchell777
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

I purchased my first CD on the secondary market at Vanguard. 36 months at 3.109% Discover Bank. I'm nervous to go out longer than that. I used to buy all my CD's locally, usually at credit unions one county over, because the rates were better than Vanguard. Not the case any longer. I'm losing the op...
by Mitchell777
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

doneat53 wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:38 am
Probably a stupid question but do brokered CD's "roll" at their term or do they just cash out to your account?
They cash out
by Mitchell777
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Still learning. I am looking at 55266CJZ0 in Vanguard secondary market. I see quantities "250 5" and "1 4". When I click on anything that I can click on I get the screen where you enter the quantity but the quantity reads " 1 to 4". No choice for "250 5". But I can key in a quantity of 1 to 4 and al...
by Mitchell777
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Thanks. So, if you buy through Vanguard, do you get something between the bid and ask price, but you do not know exactly what until the transaction is completed (sort of like a market order on a stock)?
by Mitchell777
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Still not sure I understand the secondary market. When I look at 140420A59 (Vanguard) I see "250 5 3.498%" and just below that 10 10 3.15%. Like there are two choices which I do not follow. When I click on BUY and plug in different quantities to buy I see calculated interest rates that are in the 3....
by Mitchell777
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401K vs IRA Asset Protection
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: 401K vs IRA Asset Protection

These laws have confused me each time I read something new. Perhaps it's the gray areas when I'm looking for something concrete. The last thing I read suggested if an IRA was rolled over, or transferred, from a 401K then it had the same protections as the 401K. I was sort of hoping that was the case...
by Mitchell777
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: EE savings bonds “doubling” in 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1476

Re: EE savings bonds “doubling” in 2019

If we continue to hold them, will interest going forward compound on the newly adjusted higher face value amount, or only on the underlying principal value absent the Treasury guarantee? Can’t find this nuance addressed on the Treasury Direct website. The interest going forward is based on a recent...
by Mitchell777
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18
Replies: 68
Views: 13031

Re: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18

Thank you Maywood. That worked.
by Mitchell777
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Breaking Up and Staying On Good Terms with an Advisor
Replies: 28
Views: 3295

Re: Breaking Up and Staying On Good Terms with an Advisor

Tell him however you feel comfortable, but I would tell him directly. He may handle it well, especially since he handles your parent's money, or he may not. I had a situation many years ago where we moved my mother's money in a similar situation. That advisor did not take it too well but it was not ...
by Mitchell777
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Don’t cheat yourself with the 4% rule
Replies: 159
Views: 18540

Re: Don’t cheat yourself with the 4% rule

The frightening part is if you read that article on Yahoo and then read the comments people make regarding the article.
by Mitchell777
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18
Replies: 68
Views: 13031

Re: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18

I thought I had the Wizard to Calculator working. Now when I go to the screen that shows Total Price and Total Value numbers, click on "Go to Savings Bond Calculator", then use Value as of 6/2018 an hit Update", nothing happens.
by Mitchell777
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's Health on Medicare
Replies: 19
Views: 1934

Re: Men's Health on Medicare

If the Wellness visits do not cover blood work, BP, and PSA what do they cover? Although I can't find it now I thought I read in Medicare and You booklet that blood work was covered every five years. How does that work for people with high cholesterol and known heart disease?
by Mitchell777
Wed May 30, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Planning roadblocks - ideas?
Replies: 18
Views: 1953

Re: Estate Planning roadblocks - ideas?

LarryAllen wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 6:52 pm
Charities for beneficiaries and private professional fiduciary for medical/financial decisions. Easy.
I haven't found it to be easy especially for medical decisions. Who or what are some examples of private professionals for medical decisions?
by Mitchell777
Tue May 29, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

I'm not sure what to believe. Another one popped up cusip 01748DBC9 with 6-15-20 maturity and 12-13-19 last coupon (semi annual)
by Mitchell777
Tue May 29, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Kevin, or others. Does this mean you get no interest for the last month? Matures 6/8 but final coupon is 5/6 - Thanks CUSIP 949763RD0 <snip> I doubt it. Either it is a mistake, or they're lumping in the last interest payment with the principal repayment. I believe you are seeing this at Vanguard, a...
by Mitchell777
Tue May 29, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Kevin, or others. Does this mean you get no interest for the last month? Matures 6/8 but final coupon is 5/6 - Thanks CUSIP 949763RD0 Security type Certificate of deposit Issuer Wells Fargo Bank, National Association Maturity 06/08/2020 Coupon 2.800 Debt ranking Unknown Security notes — FDIC no. 351...
by Mitchell777
Mon May 28, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: CD question
Replies: 5
Views: 696

Re: CD question

The 1.75% is probably an annual yield unless it's some sort of Special to get you in the door, in which case you probably would not be able to keep rolling it over at that rate
by Mitchell777
Sun May 27, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your experience inheriting assets held at Vanguard?
Replies: 24
Views: 2278

Re: What was your experience inheriting assets held at Vanguard?

When my mother passed it went smoothly. I've had other recent interactions with Vanguard customer service that did not go so smoothly, but the inheritance seemed to go through a separate dept and they were experienced. They will ask questions and require info, which they should.
by Mitchell777
Sat May 26, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 5 yr CD up to 3.41% APY, NO EWP for seniors in IRA, but with catch
Replies: 43
Views: 5741

Re: 5 yr CD up to 3.41% APY, NO EWP for seniors in IRA, but with catch

please explain..........faster settlement As a side note, a new-issue CD sometimes starts trading on the secondary market at a higher net yield before its first settlement date, which is another reason I prefer the secondary market. Kevin - If it is new issue. how does it get onto the secondary mar...
by Mitchell777
Wed May 23, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Thanks Kevin. I'm going to print this one. Very insightful.
by Mitchell777
Tue May 22, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

I see now that it reads "known future coupon rates" CUSIP 48125YZ98 Security type Certificate of deposit Issuer JP Morgan Chase Bank NA Maturity 05/20/2021 Coupon 1.250 Debt ranking Unknown Security notes — FDIC no. 628 State OH Coupon type Stepped: Known Future Coupon Rates Next coupon 11/20/2018
by Mitchell777
Tue May 22, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today
Replies: 379
Views: 52210

Re: 2-year CDs at Vanguard and Fidelity Today

Is a multi-step coupon (CD) just a step up CD (different yields for later time periods)? I always thought the owner controlled if and when the step up occurred and I'm not sure how that would work with a secondary CD through Vanguard. Would the yield Vanguard shows take that all into account? Thanks
by Mitchell777
Mon May 21, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alzheimer's Disease, Long Term Care, and your Retirement Finances
Replies: 83
Views: 8215

Re: Alzheimer's Disease, Long Term Care, and your Retirement Finances

In my mother's case they wanted to know every asset she had or transferred in the past 5 years. As far as a facility giving away your bed when you are in the hospital, I'm sure some will try anything. I'd have an attorney calling them real fast.
by Mitchell777
Mon May 21, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alzheimer's Disease, Long Term Care, and your Retirement Finances
Replies: 83
Views: 8215

Re: Alzheimer's Disease, Long Term Care, and your Retirement Finances

Even those with the ability to self insure, a long tail yearly claim of 100,000 in today's dollars for 10 or more years is a very tough pill to swallow. I can't speak to Alzheimer's but have experience with full nursing care. At least in my area, if you choose a facility that accepts Medicaid you n...