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by Wagnerjb
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sobering article for my 25 year old self
Replies: 57
Views: 6570

Re: Sobering article for my 25 year old self

This article is one of the most compelling arguments for saving as much as possible I have found. Hopefully it will help some folks avoid getting into their 50s and suddenly realizing they have little hope of making it to financial independence. The good news in this article is if you save >50% inv...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I sell NSOs early?
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Should I sell NSOs early?

Welcome to the forum. Your NSO options represent less than 10% of your net worth, so at first blush I see no pressing need to exercise early. Furthermore, they have 7 and 8 years until expiration, so you have plenty of time. I vote that you sit tight. If it is driving you crazy, then exercise a frac...
by Wagnerjb
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When to use a non-qualified deferred compensation plan
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: When to use a non-qualified deferred compensation plan

I had a similar deferred compensation scenario (though my company is a true megacorp, so risk of loss is pretty low). I retired early a couple of years ago and I’m now spreading out the deferred compensation over 12 years as my main income. Works out well for me - lower tax bracket than before. I p...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Risk with just ONE Fund Family for Retirement
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Risk with just ONE Fund Family for Retirement

delamer wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:45 pm
Those are both legitimate concerns. We have most of our assets at Vanguard, but a good portion at two other custodians also.
Same here.
by Wagnerjb
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)
Replies: 65
Views: 8169

Re: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)

Can you say more about how the Nonqualified Deferred Compensation helps with AMT? By deferring income into the Nonqualified plan, you can lower your taxable income below the threshold for AMT. That is simply another form of tax deferral as well as tax arbitrage. Presumably, you are reducing your cu...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)
Replies: 65
Views: 8169

Re: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)

Doesn’t overpaying state estimated tax come back to bite you the next year? It doesn't if you overpay in a non-AMT year and get the refund in an AMT year. Oddly almost no "how-to-deal-with-the-AMT" articles mention this; editors must believe that no one sees it coming until they're actually in a ye...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)
Replies: 65
Views: 8169

Re: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)

I live in Texas, with no state income tax. But if I lived in a state with income tax, I would seriously consider bunching my tax payments too. One year you can "overpay" your state taxes using an estimated payment. This results in a higher deduction. The following year you have income from the stat...
by Wagnerjb
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)
Replies: 65
Views: 8169

Re: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)

Are you eligible for an executive deferred compensation plan at work (typically reserved for upper management)? If so, that is a great tool for tax optimization. Otherwise, the tools I use are: a) Property tax payments. You can bunch two year's worth of payments into one tax year. This works well if...
by Wagnerjb
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are you investing in Emerging Market small caps?
Replies: 25
Views: 1761

Re: Are you investing in Emerging Market small caps?

I find Swedroe's (?) idea of increasing risk within equities (more small, value, emerging) while keeping total equity AA limited to maintain expected return while minimizing tail risk persuasive. I like that idea a lot too, it really resonates with me. Did Swedroe write on this? If you've got a ref...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question: Why do people put/keep millions of dollars in investment accounts?
Replies: 66
Views: 8476

Re: Question: Why do people put/keep millions of dollars in investment accounts?

Why do people put so much money in investments if it is like gambling? If you feel the stock market is like gambling, I encourage you not to invest in equities. You are not cut out for equity investing. Maybe you should stick to investing in assets that don't ever decline, like real estate. :annoyed
by Wagnerjb
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Income from Uncorrelated Commodities
Replies: 26
Views: 1114

Re: Income from Uncorrelated Commodities

Have you asked yourself, "If it was this easy to earn 6-7% with little apparent risk, why isn't everybody doing it?"
by Wagnerjb
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Security
Replies: 66
Views: 6778

Re: Fidelity Security

With Fidelity you type the 6 digit code into a separate web page after putting in your password. Okay, but just to confirm (as I'm not sure a Fidelity rep would necessarily know or share): Symantec doesn't know your Fidelity password, right? I have been using the Symantec app for at least a year no...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k options for a brand new investor
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: 401k options for a brand new investor

With no match, your daughter should first save $5500 in an IRA. In that IRA she can choose low-cost passive funds to complement the limited lineup of decent funds in her 401k. In her 401k I would start with the Total Stock Market index fund. Depending on her asset allocation and the relative amounts...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dealing With Inherited Investments
Replies: 16
Views: 2128

Re: Dealing With Inherited Investments

Why are you not planning to liquidate the BSHPRA? Because I don't know how -- It doesn't have a price. Perhaps it is completely illiquid or perhaps there is a big penalty. I'm pretty sure there is a way, but without investigating I don't know if that is the wisest thing to do. So, no plan -- yet. I...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Top Hat vs taxable dilemma
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: Top Hat vs taxable dilemma

It appears this Top Hat may be a good plan for some, just not the way I had it set up. I guess I'll stop further contributions (gotta still pay for this year til the end, though) and invest the post-tax money (almost 45% less :( ) in a taxable account. The top hat plan at my company was also very r...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obamacare even cheaper for millionaire early retirees
Replies: 22
Views: 7310

Re: Obamacare even cheaper for millionaire early retirees

I am currently controlling my income to arrive at the 138%-150% of poverty level to obtain both the subsidies and the silver plan low ded/out of pocket. This means no SS, minimum income from pension, dividends and taxable interest at low amounts... It appears we will only need the coverage for abou...
by Wagnerjb
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company Stock Strategy vs. Student Loans
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Company Stock Strategy vs. Student Loans

I would sell the vests RSUs immediately and pay down the student loans, effectively earning a guaranteed 6.9% rate of return. I am comfortable with holding the options, as they have a valuable time value that isn't present in RSUs.

Best wishes.
by Wagnerjb
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Schedule K-1 from trust and AMT impact
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: Schedule K-1 from trust and AMT impact

In your situation, I would first check to see what happens to my tax situation when I take a $3,000 capital loss (from your mother's estate) and reduce my taxable income. If that frees you from AMT, you may prefer to use the capital losses in that manner. Otherwise, I see nothing wrong with your str...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: Hazards Of Individual Stocks
Replies: 3
Views: 1282

Re: Larry Swedroe: Hazards Of Individual Stocks

I first learned this concept in the small value asset class, where the performance of the whole class is due to the performance of a few huge winners that no one can reliably predict in advance. Dave I think this concept (of huge winners) is pretty much confined to the small cap sector. A group of ...
by Wagnerjb
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the portfolio role of a leveraged bond fund like PONDX?
Replies: 55
Views: 3348

Re: What is the portfolio role of a leveraged bond fund like PONDX?

There is lots of crap out there that doesn't belong in a disciplined investors portfolio. Those investments are sold to people who are gullible or who have psychological issues causing them to want something unusual. Just say no. With an expense ratio of 0.79%, this fund serves to remove assets from...
by Wagnerjb
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stock Options and NQDC strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Stock Options and NQDC strategies

I'm feeling a bit anxious because my vested stock options are increasingly becoming a higher percentage of my NW, so while I don't want to be too concentrated in the NQDC accounts, I think it's a better alternative to diversify. A sensible risk management strategy is to set a limit for how much of ...
by Wagnerjb
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stock Options and NQDC strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Stock Options and NQDC strategies

I used the same strategy with my stock options and NQDC plan. Mike has given you some sensible thoughts on use of the NQDC plan. You don't want to contribute too much early in your career, you don't want to have too much of your nest egg in the NQDC plan, and you want to get it out quickly after ret...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vested NQ Stock Options - Cash out or sit tight?
Replies: 7
Views: 437

Re: Vested NQ Stock Options - Cash out or sit tight?

Marshall: it sounds like you have a very well-thought out plan, and I agree with it. You have considered the time value remaining, how the option value impacts your diversification, taxes and more.

Well done.
by Wagnerjb
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thoughts about tilting away from the sector you work in?
Replies: 32
Views: 2848

Re: Thoughts about tilting away from the sector you work in?

This is something that may be theoretically justified but is pretty hard to accomplish. In theory, accomplishing this would involve things like (in order of most to least reasonable) 3. Have a passive, buy and hold individual stock portfolio of stocks that aren't in the sector of employment Option ...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Looking into selling a structured settlement and need some advice
Replies: 66
Views: 4649

Re: Looking into selling a structured settlement and need some advice

Here is what I would do. I would keep the structured settlement and live off of it. That's my GUARANTEED cash flow that I can use to eat for the rest of my life. Next, I would work hard in my day job and save money. I don't need that salary to eat, so I can invest all that "extra" money to buy real...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When a company spins off part of itself, do you keep the new company stock?
Replies: 17
Views: 1075

Re: When a company spins off part of itself, do you keep the new company stock?

I have received spin-offs over the years in my individual stock portfolio. In general, I look to dispose of those new shares. However, if the new holding is large and has a significant capital gain (It will have the same % gain as in the parent company), then I won't automatically sell. In that case...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgages for seniors
Replies: 8
Views: 1017

Re: Mortgages for seniors

I was retired and got a mortgage in 2012. I have no idea what criteria they used but I would think having assets to cover the mortgage made it a slam dunk for the bank. This wasn't true in my case. I took out a mortgage on a new build in 2014 when I was working. I retired in 2015, and last year I r...
by Wagnerjb
Sun May 28, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Unwinding a maturing UTMA to pay least taxes
Replies: 18
Views: 1456

Re: Unwinding a maturing UTMA to pay least taxes

? If son is age of majority, why is there a "kiddie tax" ? or are you just saying that as a young adult he has a possible tax liability? Perhaps still a dependent due to student status, etc. But it does raise the question: can the son wait a couple of years until he is limited not by the very low k...
by Wagnerjb
Tue May 23, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are all markets efficient?
Replies: 28
Views: 2051

Re: Are all markets efficient?

whodidntante wrote:Small, value and other factors are not sufficient to refute the EMH. If you could reliably train stock pickers to beat the market by acting on information in 10ks then you will have disproven the EMH.
Well said.
by Wagnerjb
Thu May 18, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for you high net worth individuals... [real estate investments]
Replies: 82
Views: 12034

Re: Question for you high net worth individuals...

retired recently wrote:Zero. High-paying job and frugal living.
Same here
by Wagnerjb
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stock options and tax planning
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Stock options and tax planning

There is a minimal deferred compensation plan I can enroll in (applies to bonus only, choose % to send into deferred compensation plan ahead of time), but next option to opt-in is at the end of 2017 for money that would normally be payed out January 2020. You can elect to defer 100% of your bonus t...
by Wagnerjb
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stock options and tax planning
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Stock options and tax planning

Are you eligible to participate in a management Deferred Compensation plan? If so, that presents a wonderful opportunity for tax management that could dovetail with exercising the options. Let us know...if you are, I will outline the strategy.

Best wishes.
by Wagnerjb
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $1m capital gains, worth it to simplify and index?
Replies: 46
Views: 4841

Re: $1m capital gains, worth it to simplify and index?

My takeaways are: 1) take a few years to unwind to stay in the 15% LTCG bracket 2) stop auto-reinvestment 3) sell disproportionate holdings from overweight sectors (unsurprisingly, there is much overlap here) 4) sell others from overweight sectors and other disproportionate holdings 5) look into a ...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you are financially independent, how much monywould you bother to make?
Replies: 31
Views: 4162

Re: If you are financially independent, how much monywould you bother to make?

For (1), I have no problem spending $1,000 in 3 months and no problem in payment, so $200 is an easy money. The reason that I did not apply is because that I already have too many credit cards and there may be better offer in the future, and $200 is not very much. I am completely retired and comple...
by Wagnerjb
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TaxAct not calculating capital gain harvesting properly?
Replies: 28
Views: 1991

Re: TaxAct not calculating capital gain harvesting properly?

I'm 15% MFJ and they did correctly $0 tax my QDs, though I didn't have much. I have already filed and I can still go in and mess with the forms/numbers. I even did a $20k fictional SEP deduction for my wife since she isn't self employed and then did the small $100 capital gain and it still said I o...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Weight loss and investing
Replies: 35
Views: 4605

Re: Weight loss and investing

Excellent list, and I agree 100% with the comparisons. Also, in both activities there is a lot of money to be made telling naive or lazy people what they want to hear and how easy it is to lose weight or retire early. "Lose weight without exercise"...."You can retire rich", etc. There is always the ...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: employer executive savings plan and 180k cash - prioritizing help
Replies: 14
Views: 1614

Re: employer executive savings plan and 180k cash - prioritizing help

Jason: I am 59 and I participated in a NQDC plan during my career, and the poster Hand has offered very sensible advice. Another risk not mentioned is that you might end up getting a 100% NQDC payout if you leave the firm before retirement. The huge tax burden on this distribution might more than of...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: value of stock options
Replies: 30
Views: 2447

Re: value of stock options

I would love to see such a study, if you would be so kind as to provide a link. Sure. Here is a paper fleshing out such a view: http://www.slcg.com/pdf/workingpapers/OptimalExerciseofEmployeeStockOptions.pdf Thanks. I was hoping for an analytical calculation of the value of poor diversification as ...
by Wagnerjb
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: everywhere we are encouraged to trade and to our detriment
Replies: 31
Views: 3674

Re: everywhere we are encouraged to trade and to our detriment

I was just thinking about progress in our "modern times." We as investors are encouraged to trade, trade, trade. The brokerage houses lowered commissions drastically from what they were years ago. Everywhere I go I see people intently watching their hand held computers even when crossing the street...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Living off loans to limit income?
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Living off loans to limit income?

Apparently it is common among the uber rich to live off loans secured by property, avoiding income taxes. You can do it too. Just get a margin loan against your investments. And get a mortgage against your property. There is nothing so secret or sophisticated about borrowing against your assets.
by Wagnerjb
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: value of stock options
Replies: 30
Views: 2447

Re: value of stock options

So these are tricky. Standard models imply waiting until right before expiration. Standard models are missing a crucial factor, however, which is that if you have enough of these, they may represent a large portion of your net worth. If so, then they are putting you into a situation of being not pr...
by Wagnerjb
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stable value funds as interest rates rise
Replies: 43
Views: 3497

Re: Stable value funds as interest rates rise

This could have further implications such as whether or not you keep a retirement account after leaving an employer, to keep access to a SVF that won't exist in an IRA, when you don't yet know if you'll even want that SVF in the future. I began investing in our 401k plan in 1983 and at that time - ...
by Wagnerjb
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donations to charity for 2016 tax year (and 2017)...
Replies: 9
Views: 1312

Re: Donations to charity for 2016 tax year (and 2017)...

We also gave 5% of our AGI in 2016. As Jebmke suggested, we use a Donor Advised Fund and the 5% figure is the amount we requested to be granted to various charities in 2016. If you add the 100% charitable matching that my company offers, charities got an amount that is equal to 10% of my AGI. In add...
by Wagnerjb
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How much money do you need to generate $50,000 per month?
Replies: 60
Views: 8482

Re: How much money do you need to generate $50,000 per month?

Yes, but with a caveat. Someone who seeks $50,000 per month (pre-tax) also likely could live very comfortably on half that number (if needed). That's not true for someone who is looking to live comfortably on $50,000 per year. In both cases they would have to cut their living expenses by 50%. It is...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099-B question (date acquired 1/1/1900)
Replies: 22
Views: 1506

Re: 1099-B question (date acquired 1/1/1900)

Hi FiveK: I also volunteer in the AARP TaxAide program, and we have been instructed to mail in the 1099-B forms if we summarize. One of my colleagues had such a taxpayer last week, and TaxSlayer automatically printed out the form 8453 to accompany the 1099-B. Setting aside what people actually do, ...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099-B question (date acquired 1/1/1900)
Replies: 22
Views: 1506

Re: 1099-B question (date acquired 1/1/1900)

My understanding is that the OP won't have to send in his 1099-B if he lists each individual transaction from the 1099-B on schedule 8949. If the OP chooses to summarize a large number of individual sales transactions (that are listed on the 1099-B) and list only the subtotal on schedule 8949, then...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost Creep and Teen and College Years?
Replies: 52
Views: 4327

Re: Cost Creep and Teen and College Years?

Wagnerjb, By doing that, you had trained/coached/conditioned your children that they need to "keep up with the Jones". Depending on your point of view, it may or may not be a good thing. KlangFool I have a different view of the situation. I can afford summer camp, a decent used car for a 16 year ol...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Home - Design Center Options - making smart choices
Replies: 30
Views: 2993

Re: New Home - Design Center Options - making smart choices

Finally, after 2 month search - we narrowed down a lot in a community and a floor plan that we like. Home Price ( Base + Lot premium + structural upgrades ) is about $510K. Builder has offered $20K incentive towards home upgrades and if we stay at or below $20K, $510K will be our final price. We an...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost Creep and Teen and College Years?
Replies: 52
Views: 4327

Re: Cost Creep and Teen and College Years?

If kids do get into competitive club sports, you're looking at >2k/yr. Yes, that amount and likely a lot more. Even if your child is just on a sports team (not at an elite level), you could spend a lot of money on lessons, on equipment, on summer camps, on clothes. My children did tennis (boy) and ...
by Wagnerjb
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Carrying a mortgage into retirement
Replies: 39
Views: 5095

Re: Carrying a mortgage into retirement

It looks to me that you only have $300k to $400k in your taxable accounts, right? If so - and you choose to pay cash for the retirement home - then you will basically drain your entire taxable account. That leaves you with little liquidity and also the potential to have to dip into tax-deferred fund...