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by Batavus
Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: parent -> child gifts
Replies: 14
Views: 1683

Re: parent -> child gifts

There is the possibility that the law could be changed. The exclusion could be lowered to $1 million. Certainly that could happen at the state level. Or maybe the government would eliminate the step up basis and the inheritor/estate will have to pay capital gains on some portion of the estate. It se...
by Batavus
Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Effective average Adjusted Livesoft tax rate?
Replies: 73
Views: 9279

Re: Poll: Effective average Adjusted Livesoft tax rate?

Great poll, thanks for putting it together. A couple of thoughts, 80k is a long way from 160k and 5% is a long way from 10%. I wish it could be more granular. Also, you do not mention an employers share of FICA contributions - and maybe it shouldn't but that would raise the ALI another (what?) 7%. T...
by Batavus
Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 21634

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

I have found http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/world-war-2-in-colour/ facinating. It is shown regularly on my PBS station. This documentary on WW1 was also interesting: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/world-war-1-in-color/ . But as you can imagine the film quality is a little poor. One more vote for the...
by Batavus
Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462574

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Elizabeth George's - "A Great Deliverance" based on a recomendation in Part I of this thread.

Also David Maraniss' - "Rome 1960", its going slow.
by Batavus
Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462574

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

My question is: Huh? What's the deal here? Why the cult status? Why the perma-position on the best seller lists? This is not good writing. And, where is the appeal of these story lines, these characters, and the rather stark descriptions of violence and sexual assualt to female readers? I read the ...
by Batavus
Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462574

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished Fredrick Forsyth's "The Cobra". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Forsyth I have been a Forsyth fan for years but this one didn't do much for me. Also recently finished Robert Parker's "Trouble in Paradice". It was a loser, seemed so cookie-cutter.
by Batavus
Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe's " The Right Financial Plan"--A Gem
Replies: 54
Views: 15589

OK, thanks Bob. I had assumed the reference was to asset allocation or need to take risk but this is different. I see Larry is discussing a plan B for spending. The best advice is to buy or borrow the book and read Larry on Larry. dbr, Thanks for the help. You might say that about every comment or q...
by Batavus
Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe's " The Right Financial Plan"--A Gem
Replies: 54
Views: 15589

Thanks for the summary Taylor, one question though, what does Larry say in reference to "plan B"? "Plan B should list the actions to be taken if financial assets drop below a predetermined level." My mind races with questions, scenarios, options. Does he offer examples? Does he s...
by Batavus
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you/will you have a pension?
Replies: 210
Views: 30834

Perhaps a one sided view of this debate can be found tonight on C-Span Book TV: Plunder!: How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation The one reviewer on Amazon points out that the most dangerous jobs are private sector jobs like loggers and ca...
by Batavus
Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life changeing books recommendations for twenty-somethings.
Replies: 114
Views: 17755

FWIW, When I was in my twenties, the books that stuck with me were: Og Mandino's University of Success ~ Og Mandino What's Ahead for the Economy ~ Louis Rukeyser What Color Is Your Parachute? ~ Richard N. Bolles The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need ~ Andrew Tobias I would feel lucky if I could...
by Batavus
Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NCAA Champion...One guess only
Replies: 80
Views: 9593

Louisville (over Duke in the final)

Roy Williams (NC) doesn't make it to Detroit.
by Batavus
Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone increased their equity allocation?
Replies: 125
Views: 22733

Where are the Value Averagers? I have a fairly conservative Value Averaging Plan set up for my equity portion. My neutral position is % bonds = 95-age or 43% equities but now my value averaging spread sheet is calling for me to be at 51% to set equities back on their path. I pulled money out of equi...
by Batavus
Fri May 16, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity Low Priced Stock Fund
Replies: 17
Views: 5154

Just to add to the discussion, according to this chart: m FLPSX has tracked the Vanguard Midcap ETF (VO) since the ETF's inception over 4 years ago. The fact that it hasn't lost to the index is a good thing, the fact the the manager has only made enough to cover his expenses, not so good. Fidelity d...
by Batavus
Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: college costs
Replies: 28
Views: 5748

Paying the Talent There was a James Surowiecki article in the New Yorker last year discussing how the cost of labor intensive “tasks” and the cost of superstars in all occupations are outpacing inflation. And there seems to be no end in sight. An interesting piece of advice I once saw was to save a...
by Batavus
Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Indoor Exercise - Need Advice
Replies: 57
Views: 16313

We have a Tunturi elliptical trainer. We've had it for years, use it hard and it has held up without complaint.

http://fitness-en.tunturi.com/pages/bulkgroup_v2/s2/30000000000004-20000000000065/tu+cross.aspx Tunturi...
by Batavus
Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any Good Music?
Replies: 69
Views: 32858

I hope this is FINALLY my 4th post. I keep trying to post without links but with dot com in the text and and some sort of anti-spam software eats my message. As I said in my now eaten post - Petro, thanks for the Pandora tip! Those that haven't been there should go. Sorry I can't supply a link, I mi...
by Batavus
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 228514

I just read Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer which is a very serious account of tragedy on Everest. I've done some crazy things but paying $65,000 and risking it all for a chance to climb to the top of Everest outweighs them ten fold.
by Batavus
Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jimmy Rogers on CNBC
Replies: 23
Views: 4664

He seems to be a regular on Bloomberg, even though he has now moved to Singapore. You can search there and find the interview in question. I had a link but can't post it until I achieve 4 posts (and at this rate that may never happen).