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by strcmp
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Turn key rentals
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: Turn key rentals

Appears to be a scam artist, so i'd stay away.

The very first link that shows up in google is this..

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Norada-Re ... -Ni-244527
by strcmp
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tennis racket recommendation for beginner (tennis elbow)
Replies: 27
Views: 4876

Re: Tennis racket recommendation for beginner (tennis elbow)

For those of you with tennis elbow or looking to avoid tennis elbow: Many reviewers have stated that this is one of the most arm-friendly racquets you can use: pro kennex kinetic 5g I suggested the same racquet to my 3.5 level friend w/ tennis elbow and his eventually went away so that he could retu...
by strcmp
Wed May 29, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TrueCrypt question
Replies: 22
Views: 2925

Re: TrueCrypt question

Truecrypt should have no issues running on any modern version of Windows today (Windows XP and above).

What the above poster said is correct. You just copy the file out of the encrypted container onto the regular drive.
by strcmp
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BigMoney Jobs(high school student wants to be rich some day)
Replies: 102
Views: 10533

Re: BigMoney Jobs(high school student wants to be rich some

Surprised no one has mentioned this yet. I forgot which book I read, but there was a book that showed a chart of salaries for top 10 hedge fund managers, top surgeons, top ceos, and top lawyers. If you want big money, working your way to become a hedge fund manager is the way to do it. Consider this...
by strcmp
Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dinner Guest Issues
Replies: 149
Views: 14612

Re: Dinner Guest Issues

I think some people out there need thicker skin and not be offended as much. #1 and #2 are ok requests in my book if in the bigger picture they are appreciative of being invited to your dinner. #1 is picky, but still somewhat reasonable. Perhaps they were looking for dessert wine or something sweete...
by strcmp
Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How are we doing at 35?
Replies: 27
Views: 4273

Re: How are we doing at 35?

Tax Rate: effective 16.74% Federal, 0% State Questions :- 1. What should I invest our cash reserves in? 2. Neither of us have Roth IRAs - should we create one? Why? 3. Should I scrap the ING Direct account altogether? Does anyone know of a high-yield online savings account where we could park our e...
by strcmp
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backup Software
Replies: 47
Views: 3701

Re: Backup Software

Check out Cobian Backup. It's free and it does all you've mentioned + more.
http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm
by strcmp
Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lowest trading commision broker to buy Vanguard?
Replies: 20
Views: 1933

Re: Lowest trading commision broker to buy Vanguard?

A reason not to use MerrillEdge is that you need to keep $25,000 out of your investments in a "deposit account" in order to get free trades. A deposit account is not an IRA or brokerage account. One would not have to keep $25,000 idle in a saving account or CD or checking account at Vanguard or Wel...
by strcmp
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Lowest trading commision broker to buy Vanguard?
Replies: 20
Views: 1933

Re: Lowest trading commision broker to buy Vanguard?

Why not use Merril Edge? 30 free trades per month if you have $25k in your account. Free trades are eligible to use on ETFs. http://www.merrilledge.com/m/pages/zero-dollar-trades.aspx You can rebalance + buy more ETFs to your heart's content every month. Since you have $150k, you qualify no problem....
by strcmp
Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best/your favorite keyboard for a desktop PC?
Replies: 30
Views: 2128

Re: What is the best/your favorite keyboard for a desktop PC

I used to use model Ms exclusively, but when you type a lot and very fast (I type 110-130 WPM), it starts to get tiring pushing down the buckling spring keys. I think the Cherry MX switch keyboards are the best to reproduce the feeling of model Ms, but without as much effort to push the key down. If...
by strcmp
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: State of Residence Impact on Net Worth
Replies: 33
Views: 4379

Re: State of Residence Impact on Net Worth

I used to live in a Chicago suburb, I would say that for a family of 4, the income of someone living and working in NYC needs to be at least 2x that of someone working in the Chicago area to ensure the same quality of life with respect to housing and education. Despite the claim by many politicians...
by strcmp
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do CPA's get you more money back???
Replies: 42
Views: 7488

Re: Do CPA's get you more money back???

I think what you want is a tax strategist if you want to save $ on your tax returns. There is a difference between a CPA and a tax strategist. In general, a regular CPA just does things by the books / follows the rules , checks the numbers, and is pretty conservative. Whereas a tax strategist will k...
by strcmp
Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is technical analysis a complete crock?
Replies: 49
Views: 6916

I'll take the unpopular stance and say that it does work to a certain degree. :D To me there are 2 types of technical analysis.. The "astrology" kind based on visual patterns you see in charts. I'm not too fond of hokey visual patterns like cup and a handle, dojis, morning stars, etc. Then there's t...
by strcmp
Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is technical analysis a complete crock?
Replies: 49
Views: 6916

I think I remember Malkiel saying that it's possible to theoretically make a bit more money using technical analysis, but once you factor in taxes and trading costs any benefit is essentially lost in the real world. His analysis was done in the past when commissions were rather high for a retail in...
by strcmp
Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable "daily moisturizer with SPF 15 +" --for
Replies: 23
Views: 4832

I use a CVS sunblock one.. SPF 95+ it is a facial one too and does not block your pores so you're less likely to get breakouts. It is the highest SPF i've ever seen/used. It was a squeezetube one that is about $9 or so. The only thing that worries me about super high SPF sunblocks is that it could p...
by strcmp
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need some career advice...
Replies: 30
Views: 5122

If online poker does become banned, why not just move to Vegas or AC and play live? I thought that would be the most obvious logical progression if you are a poker player. They will never ban those. Either that or move to another country where it is legal to play online. I know you said you are not ...
by strcmp
Tue May 19, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where should one be at 30?
Replies: 103
Views: 38010

My own opinion.. Take it for what it's worth. :) For a Boglehead, I'd say by age 30, you should have $500k net worth. (Cash in savings, retirement accounts, and equity portion of your house) And this is assuming you are not married and don't have kids yet, and don't have any unforeseen emergencies....
by strcmp
Tue May 19, 2009 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where should one be at 30?
Replies: 103
Views: 38010

My own opinion.. Take it for what it's worth. :) For a Boglehead, I'd say by age 30, you should have $500k net worth. (Cash in savings, retirement accounts, and equity portion of your house) And this is assuming you are not married and don't have kids yet, and don't have any unforeseen emergencies. ...
by strcmp
Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds vs. Savings Acct
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Bonds vs. Savings Acct

Hi I was wondering if anyone can explain the advantages of putting $ into an index bond fund like Vanguard Total Bond Mkt Index (BND) vs. putting it into a savings acct earning 5+% APY interest. I am trying to understand the nuances of both. They both seem like safe investments and return approximat...
by strcmp
Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

Proposed AA

Hey I did some research/thinking and came up with the following AA. Do you guys think this would be good for me? I tried to add in a good amt. of diversification while making it simple for me to manage. I would be purchasing these ETFs in a commission-free broker, so I figured the less ETFs I break ...
by strcmp
Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

Re: Good Afternoon

Laura has given you excellent advice. She has trumped me :-). Congratulations on saving & investing at a young age. (I'm 25). I would look to have a retirement portfolio allocation seperate from any money you may have set aside for other goals, ie: automobile, school, house downpayment, emergency f...
by strcmp
Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

Re: A few questions

strcmp, Thanks for posting the details of your portfolio. I have a couple of questions that need to be answered before we can make any suggestions. 1. Which of these many accounts are receiving new money on a regular basis? 2. Can you convert any of your IRA accounts into a Roth? If you can you sho...
by strcmp
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

I am 24 years old with a pretty aggressive risk mindset with regards to investing. I believe in 100% stock equity portfolios. strcmp, There's been a few threads for young folks lately. Page 3 - Advice for young investors Page 4 - Ultimately want to slice & dice..... Regards, YDNAL Thanks, I will ch...
by strcmp
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

Are these your only investments? One thing I learned about 10 years too late,is to treat your entire portfolio as a whole..... this includes 401k, IRA< and after tax investments. From there, pick your desired allocation, and even for someone your age, I would have 90/10 stock bond split at a minimu...
by strcmp
Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:12 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

Asset Allocation Help for 24 year old

Hi all I've found this to be a helpful forum for financial advice and would like some help with my AA. Background Info that may or may not help: I am 24 years old with a pretty aggressive risk mindset with regards to investing. I believe in 100% stock equity portfolios. I put probably 90+% of my pay...