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by sadie wess
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do people still use AAA?
Replies: 156
Views: 8786

Re: Do people still use AAA?

:sharebeer :sharebeer If people are relying on AAA to change a tire...you screwed up in life. THat should be a requirement for a drivers license. And if you're a guy a cant change a tire...pfffttt...nuff said. I'm a firm believer in efficient division of labor. I don't expect the tow truck driver to...
by sadie wess
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My 401k is almost all cash now. 1/2 Mil
Replies: 89
Views: 8978

Re: My 401k is almost all cash now. 1/2 Mil

My honest advice is to do some reading. Then after doing the basic reading of investing then come on here and ask questions. Without a foundation to ANYTHING it is impossible to be successful. Here are some recs. Easy books: Jack Bogle's edition to the Little Book series (I believe new edition is o...
by sadie wess
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hiring an executor for my will
Replies: 72
Views: 8201

Re: Hiring an executor for my will

Hmm, some excellent questions and answers here. I am facing the will/trust/executor issue. I have taken care of my assets held with the brokerage arm of Vanguard, as well my ROTH and t-IRAs, bank CDS, etc. However, I have NO family or savvy financial friends within thousands of miles of where I cur...
by sadie wess
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hiring an executor for my will
Replies: 72
Views: 8201

Re: Hiring an executor for my will

Hmm, some excellent questions and answers here. I am facing the will/trust/executor issue. I have taken care of my assets held with the brokerage arm of Vanguard, as well my ROTH and t-IRAs, bank CDS, etc. However, I have NO family or savvy financial friends within thousands of miles of where I curr...
by sadie wess
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Septic System for my Parents
Replies: 10
Views: 1068

Re: New Septic System for my Parents

The size of the septic system is usually determined by the number of bedrooms in the house. So you cannot undersize for a larger house just because your parents may not be using all the bedrooms. Usually you need a stamped drawing of the system to present to the township. The stamp is from a licens...
by sadie wess
Sun May 14, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping at All Inclusive Resort?
Replies: 67
Views: 6238

Re: Tipping at All Inclusive Resort?

Those employees make virtually nothing compared to what we all make. I tip at all inclusives. Bartenders, maid service, bell hops, the mini fridge guy, and a few bucks for service at each meal. I always get the feeling that it is very much appreciated. More than tips in the US are, that's for sure....
by sadie wess
Fri May 12, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do Bogleheads buy cars?
Replies: 71
Views: 8912

Re: How do Bogleheads buy cars?

Thanks fishmonger. I agree that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredos are overpriced, though I will still be happy if I could find one that is Certified Pre-owned with no more than 25K miles on it. I am trying to stay within a tight budget now and am not hopeful that I can find a Jeep. I do like the Subur...
by sadie wess
Thu May 11, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do Bogleheads buy cars?
Replies: 71
Views: 8912

Re: How do Bogleheads buy cars?

Trying to replace my 2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo for new or lightly used SUV. I have to have something excellent in snow. I am tired of the process already. I have test driven and ruled out a Toyota Rav4. I have test driven and liked the Suburu Forrester but nothing compares to the Jeep Grand Cheroke...
by sadie wess
Tue May 02, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Road Less Traveled" by John Bogle
Replies: 31
Views: 4662

Re: "The Road Less Traveled" by John Bogle

Obligatory comment about how the Frost poem is actually about how it doesn't matter which road you take, but it's easy to imagine it did, after the fact. Indeed, came here to make this same comment. :D In this case in particular the difference is significant, because I'm not sure there would be a s...
by sadie wess
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?
Replies: 170
Views: 22667

Re: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?

We could spend more on vacations but we have difficulty getting away for long because of elderly relatives that need minding. I don't wash them often because they get dirty just going down the driveway. I would think for general health and hygiene reasons you should wash them daily - even if they d...
by sadie wess
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Planning Today Course
Replies: 16
Views: 2106

Re: Retirement Planning Today Course

There may be some good content in the course, but expect a sales pitch later. From http://www.financialeducatorsnetwork.com/instructors.html : Industry practitioners teach these courses as a way to create awareness, expand their networks in local communities, and grow their advisory practices by de...
by sadie wess
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Harvard endowment beats S&P 500 by 2% a year over last 40 years
Replies: 50
Views: 7174

Re: Harvard endowment beats S&P 500 by 2% a year over last 40 years

How do you explain that? Probably, taking more risk than the S&P 500 and making investments that are less liquid than the S&P 500. You would expect to be compensated for both. Investments that are appropriate for Harvard are probably not appropriate for me. Harvard does not plan to retire at age 65...
by sadie wess
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I Addicted [to contribute to my taxable account]
Replies: 57
Views: 7539

Re: Am I Addicted [to contribute to my taxable account]

Does anyone else find themselves constantly contributing to their taxable account? Besides my 403(b) and Roth IRA, I contribute all "spare" money to my taxable account (total stock market - vtsax). For example - I found $10 on the floor and sent it directly to vanguard. Am I addicted? Anyone else h...
by sadie wess
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used German Luxury vs New Japanese
Replies: 89
Views: 9817

Re: Used German Luxury vs New Japanese

I owned several BMW's. There's lots to like with the styling and the drive experience, but maintenance issues drove me away. Their engines have gotten so hi-tech that they need constant tinkering (especially above 50k miles, i.e., after the warranty runs out), always at $2k to $4k a pop. A simple b...
by sadie wess
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AP: Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade
Replies: 45
Views: 4748

Re: AP: Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows. I'd say this misstates the situation. The reason people have rushe...
by sadie wess
Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age, income, and NW would you buy a $50k car?
Replies: 174
Views: 13773

Re: At what age, income, and NW would you buy a $50k car?

sambb wrote:I always wonder in these threads what someone would say if you wrote the same income and NW but Asked if you could afford donating 25k to 50k to a charity.

+1
by sadie wess
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle tilts toward Value in his own portfolio
Replies: 34
Views: 4940

Re: Bogle tilts toward Value in his own portfolio

Nisi. Your post is quite helpful to me. I sometimes make use of a yearly consult with a CFP at Vanguard, and natch, I do not have to agree with them nor follow their formulaic advice. Their position regarding international stocks and international bonds over the past decade has changed quite a bit. ...
by sadie wess
Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Widow&Loan from Morgan Stanley
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: Widow&Loan from Morgan Stanley

Thanks Livesoft and whodidntante. I agree the 5 percent APY was decent. MS called the loan a "liability access loan". I now get how they offered it. Not too bad a deal. I do not have an account with any full service brokerages, though they all want my business because of my assets in Vangu...
by sadie wess
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Widow&Loan from Morgan Stanley
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Widow&Loan from Morgan Stanley

A widow friend of mine recently downsized her home and bought a condo. Needing the equity from the home she sold to buy the condo, Morgan Stanley lent her money at 5 percent APY to tide her over until she got her money from the house she sold. I am wondering if this was a good strategy or would it h...
by sadie wess
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Large Cap Gain in Cash and AA has to be redone.
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Re: Large Cap Gain in Cash and AA has to be redone.

Watty and others, Yes, Phase out and ATM all happening. Also, I am paying 20 percent cap gain rate due to income level I got bumped into. I am diligent paying 100 percent of my EST taxes for 2016, based on earnings of 2015. CPA assured me I do not have to pay for 2016 taxes until April 15, 2017. I h...
by sadie wess
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Large Cap Gain in Cash and AA has to be redone.
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Re: Large Cap Gain in Cash and AA has to be redone.

Hmmm...municipal bond fund is a possibility. As for EST payments, CPA assured me I do not have to pay the taxes owed until April 15 of 2107. Something about Safe Harbor and it being a onetime merger of the company I had stock in. I meet with a CPF at Vanguard in a few weeks and in the past the CFP w...
by sadie wess
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Large Cap Gain in Cash and AA has to be redone.
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Large Cap Gain in Cash and AA has to be redone.

Time for me to increase my Bond Portfolio over the next few years. I do not have room in my IRA, so it will have to be in my Taxable accounts. I have a large amount of CASH from a stock merger and the tax consequences are significant. I met with a CPA and he said not to have ANY more taxable investm...
by sadie wess
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CPA cost for handling Tax Return - Is this too much?
Replies: 18
Views: 2931

Re: CPA cost for handling Tax Return - Is this too much?

... I'm looking to have a CPA handle my tax return this year. I just talked to one today, and he mentioned that their "base fee" for filing a tax return is $650, which seems crazy high for filing a tax return no matter what is included. .... For what it's worth, the guy was very knowledge...
by sadie wess
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalancing, another study
Replies: 130
Views: 14823

Re: Rebalancing, another study

Okay, okay. I admit it. I have not rebalanced my portfolio after the last downturn. I know, I know. I am a bad example to my fellow Bogleheads. So I suppose I will be lashed with wet noodles on this forum. My take on rebalancing is that sometimes there is a rebalancing bonus and sometimes there isn...
by sadie wess
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Real Estate vs. The Stock Market
Replies: 38
Views: 3807

Re: NY Real Estate vs. The Stock Market

...was a better investment... Here's the tricky part: conflating a good outcome with a good strategy. From the 1980s until today, NYC real estate (whether a rental property or a primary residence) beat the pants off of investing in a stock market index fund. But, for that matter, buying individual ...
by sadie wess
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Recession on the Horizon - Sensationalist Noise or Actionable Information?
Replies: 36
Views: 5164

Re: Recession on the Horizon - Sensationalist Noise or Actionable Information?

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
JoinToday wrote:
ETA: Jerry55, with an asset allocation of 80/20, has bigger cashews than I have. :wink:


Not so, Jerry55 has a pension, therefore his risk portfolio can be 80/20 when his "floor" is secure.


Exactly! If he had no pension to rely on, then the cashews would be big.

:happy
Sadie
by sadie wess
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expired Credit card...account closed.
Replies: 5
Views: 1120

Re: Expired Credit card...account closed.

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the input.

Sadie
by sadie wess
Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expired Credit card...account closed.
Replies: 5
Views: 1120

Expired Credit card...account closed.

Hi Fellow Bogleheads. I only use 2 credit cards on a regular basis and have I great credit. I opened a 3rd credit card a few years ago with an airline I thought I would use. I never used the airline, nor the MasterCard associated with the airline. The issuing Bank, Barclays, has closed the account b...
by sadie wess
Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: LTC insurance AGGHH !!! Can I self-insure ?
Replies: 53
Views: 6533

Re: LTC insurance AGGHH !!! Can I self-insure ?

LittleOlMe - I don't mean to challenge your post, but if this is accurate, why all the hysteria about LTC rate increases? All of the rate increases (and hysteria) are for pre-2003 policies? None are for post-2003 policies? Nationwide? I'm not disputing your post, but this is new information to me a...
by sadie wess
Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guilty pleasures?
Replies: 123
Views: 16626

Re: Guilty pleasures?

Tools - I tend to collect, and use all the time. Air compressor, top of the line welder, drill press, full complement of air-tools... Lathe or a Mill are coming next - cant wait Do you do a lot of projects? Every project is an excuse to buy a new tool. Her: "Honey, the garbage disposal isn't w...
by sadie wess
Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ron Delegge Disses Bogle....and Bogleheads
Replies: 15
Views: 3155

Re: John Delegge Disses Bogle....and Bogleheads

Since the source is FOX, why take it seriously? And, due to the font on my computer, the "cl" part of the word "clicks" looks more like a "d". So, you can imagine my double take this morning when I saw what Emergdoc has posted! CL or D...icks, Emergdoc is on the money. ...
by sadie wess
Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 30-Year TIPS Auction October 22 2015
Replies: 51
Views: 5010

Re: 30-Year TIPS Auction October 22 2015

Thanks for the input Grok. I have been wanting to add TIPS to my fixed income allocation, however, I doubt I will live long enough for 30 year TIPS to be worth it. It is just not in the cards, nor do I have heirs. Any other suggestions? I appreciate your input to this forum and lurk often. My best r...
by sadie wess
Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Common Misconceptions about Safe Floor Retirement Planning
Replies: 93
Views: 13312

Re: Common Misconceptions about Safe Floor Retirement Planning

Very helpful posting indeed.

Thank you.

BTW, what is the book that Emergdoc is talking about?
by sadie wess
Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is private high school "worth it"?
Replies: 130
Views: 10216

Re: Is private high school "worth it"?

I went to public schools (we have great public schools where we live) and my wife currently teaches at a public school so I can't really comment on the private school vs. public school discussion, but we do have local Catholic schools that tout great graduation rates, ACT scores, etc. From my wife'...
by sadie wess
Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Property Tax] To contest or not to contest
Replies: 27
Views: 2796

Re: [Property Tax] To contest or not to contest

I am getting ready to appeal on one of my properties right now. Does anyone have a best/easiest way to find comps for sold properties from 9 months ago? Our tax assessor office is required to keep the records that they use to calculate their assessment and to make them available to the public. For ...
by sadie wess
Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Plunge Protection Team (PPT)
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Plunge Protection Team (PPT)

+1 and a smile. Thx Bill.
by sadie wess
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Availability of doctors accepting Medicare
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: Availability of doctors accepting Medicare

EmergDoc wrote:Happened to my parents a dozen times. They ended up getting primary care in a low income clinic- they were the only folks in town who took Medicare.


Where, pray tell, are your parents seeking medical care?

Sadie
by sadie wess
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the BH consensus on international bonds?
Replies: 54
Views: 6830

Re: What is the BH consensus on international bonds?

nisiprius wrote:
tetractys wrote:Vanguard is broadening its bond base worldwide to support it's huge and growing clientele. The supply of US bonds is not large enough any more for that clientele. -- Tet
I like it. It's pure guesswork on my part but I think something like this is the real reason.


Very plausible.
+1
by sadie wess
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: We miss Larry Swedroe
Replies: 38
Views: 12356

Re: We miss Larry Swedroe

I'll second the missing of Mr. Swedroe and Mr. Ferri. It is one of the most unique features of this site that such respected authors drop my and discuss investing with the "regular" folks along with Mr. Roth and Dr. Bernstein. If we can get Mr. Clement to join the crowd then the compilati...
by sadie wess
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is VG Portfolio Tool too aggressive?
Replies: 17
Views: 1782

Re: Is VG Portfolio Tool too aggressive?

[quote="nisiprius"]There is no objective answer I know of to this. What is disturbing to me is the number of people who seem to think there is, and project their personal risk tolerance onto others and say that someone "should" be more or less risk-tolerant than they think they a...
by sadie wess
Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "You're invited to...." (nonsense talk and dinner)
Replies: 108
Views: 14708

Re: "You're invited to...." (nonsense talk and dinner)

bsteiner wrote:If you go to the free dinner seminar and you're the one who buys the annuity, the living trust, the timeshare or the bridge, then not only did you pay for your free dinner, but you paid for the free dinners for everyone else in the room.


+1 !!!
by sadie wess
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 229
Views: 17608

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

The Millionaire Next Door -- Frugality if fine, but the book promotes it at the expense of class, as in "classy." Victoria I loved The Millionaire Next Door but of course I am a super cheapskate. I loved it too. Author, Quentin Crisp, made a tangential support of frugality in his book: &q...
by sadie wess
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto off-lease: Take an auto loan at 2.49% or buy outright?
Replies: 14
Views: 1846

Re: Auto off-lease: Take an auto loan at 2.49% or buy outrig

livesoft wrote:Have you tried to negotiate a lower price for the car?

*BINGO*
by sadie wess
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 87 Year Old Grandmother Has $600,000 In the Bank
Replies: 42
Views: 7245

Re: 87 Year Old Grandmother Has $600,000 In the Bank

Addressing a woman you don't know as "grandma" is demeaning. It strips her of any personality and achievements, except the fact that she has grandchildren. The OP has properly identified the woman in question as his fiance's grandmother. In all follow-up discussions, she should be conside...
by sadie wess
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is the goal in sight? Should I relax?
Replies: 19
Views: 2996

Re: Is the goal in sight? Should I relax?

If Firecalc told you in 14 years you can retire with $100k in income and a 95% chance of $1 million left as an estate after 30 years, would you feel you were well on the way? All this assumes a contribution of $15k a year from here on out until retirement day. I'd crack open an ice cold one and cel...
by sadie wess
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Ode to Nisiprius, investing, AA, and, other life choices.
Replies: 6
Views: 1983

Ode to Nisiprius, investing, AA, and, other life choices.

[b]I am quoting one cool dude. Yep, I say "dude" and yep, he is young at heart and very wise. Please note that the following posting is several years old and is a Nisiprius response to someone trying to make some AA choices and full of fear. It remains posted on the bulletin board above m...
by sadie wess
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):
Replies: 144
Views: 19606

Re: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):

What kind of professions require a degree in Humanities? My brother was an English major for his undergrad and later went on to get his MBA. He has excellent communication and writing skills as a result of his English / lit studies and it has served him very well in the business world. That said, I...
by sadie wess
Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Family member as Financial Advisor
Replies: 35
Views: 4186

Re: Family member as Financial Advisor

I think all these replies are missing the point. If your father is an independent financial adviser and planning on handing his business over to you some day, that's an absolutely overriding consideration. Or to be more specific, if that's likely to happen if you continue investing $500/mo, and not...
by sadie wess
Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newbie whole life insurance policy question
Replies: 30
Views: 3613

Re: Newbie whole life insurance policy question

:oops: Indeed. You do realize 18 months x 223 = 4K. And the benefit is 1K now? How great for you. Drop it. Cut ties with your, ahem, adviser. Tell him you don't need to fund the upkeep on his boat, or something. Physician? Or just great income? Either way this blog should be helpful: The White Coat...