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by Pennstateclj1
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Strategies for maximizing PA state retirement system options
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Strategies for maximizing PA state retirement system options

Hello, I know there are some social security gurus on the boards, so I am wondering if there are any PA state retirement gurus on the board that can help me understand the options available and how best to maximize them? I have a high earner friend that may be able to maximize the 403b and 457b, and...
by Pennstateclj1
Sat May 12, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard says I have Available Funds immediately after transferring?
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Vanguard says I have Available Funds immediately after transferring?

Anyone know what happens if the funds do not arrive in time? Assume no margin account. The transfer occurs via ACH (Automated Clearing House) which can take 1-3 days to actually arrive. In this instance the money, the transfer is done via a "pull" from the institution instead of a "push" like if yo...
by Pennstateclj1
Wed May 09, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring in kind from Fidelity/Schwab to Vanguard
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Transferring in kind from Fidelity/Schwab to Vanguard

I have employer ESPP stock in Fidelity and Schwab. I'd like to consolidate these into Vanguard to simplify and later sell at my convenience. Anyone know if "metadata" like grant date, FMV at purchase, qualified status etc. will also transfer? For Schwab- check this out- https://www.schwab.com/publi...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it possible to split a lot into two?
Replies: 13
Views: 735

Re: Is it possible to split a lot into two?

You cannot split a lot of the same security in the same account- there can be only one entry for the security in the account. The only way to accomplish this would be to open a separate account at the same BRK firm and journal the partial shares over (which is not a transfer in the ACATS system but ...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

I want to do a partial transfer. I think I have a solution to not sell the fractional. What if, in my example, I only transferred 6 out of 7.5 shares? The remaining 1.5 shares would remain intact without being liquidated correct? And the one lot would be split up so half of it transferred out while...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mail Check or Wire Funds from Vanguard IRA fund to Bank IRA CD??
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Mail Check or Wire Funds from Vanguard IRA fund to Bank IRA CD??

Not ideal, but have to play by their rules if you're doing a custodian to custodian transfer.
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Choosing an Optional Retirement Plan 403b
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Re: Choosing an Optional Retirement Plan 403b

It seems that most ppl prefer TIAA because of the lower fees but I was worried about their 10 year payout. Does anyone have any input on this? I have also attached the links to the info I could find on the funds they offer. TIAA: https://www.tiaa.org/public/tcm/msorp/view-all-investments?planId=151...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Looking for an individual 401k that will accept qualified plan rollovers
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: Looking for an individual 401k that will accept qualified plan rollovers

I am considering a career change, and an considering what to do with my retirement savings. I plan to open up an individual 401K to handle retirement contributions from consulting income. I would like to be able to roll over my retirement savings from my current company's 401k to the individual 401...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it possible to split a lot into two?
Replies: 13
Views: 735

Re: Is it possible to split a lot into two?

An alternative might be to buy a fraction of a share to create a whole share, not sure if you can do that. Interestingly enough, I have one equity that has fractional shares and I can't even place an order to sell them online, I either have to choose "sell all" or call. I had to call to find that o...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is it possible to split a lot into two?
Replies: 13
Views: 735

Re: Is it possible to split a lot into two?

Yes, when you do an ACATS transfer you can specify how many shares to transfer. I've never seen an ACATS transfer fancy enough to specify lots (i.e. I want to transfer 10 shares from the December lot and 25 shares from the January lot.) But maybe they exist. The only way to kinda do what you're men...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue May 08, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

No I didn’t work for either of them, but I frequently received calls from them and made calls out to them- and it’s ALL in who you get on the phone whether you get good info or not. Sad right? Check out this thread- https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=113387 Thanks. I called TDA again ...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

No I didn’t work for either of them, but I frequently received calls from them and made calls out to them- and it’s ALL in who you get on the phone whether you get good info or not. Sad right?

Check out this thread- viewtopic.php?t=113387
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

Fractional shares transfer for open-end mutual funds but not for stocks or ETFs. I would imagine you did not to speak to someone that specifically handles transfers and got bad info. Did you speak to someone in the transfer department of either of those firms or just general customer service? Becaus...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moving my Simple IRA from Ameriprise
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: Moving my Simple IRA from Ameriprise

I know about the 75$ a year to have the account, I was just wondering if that's the only expense of their brokerage account as my advisor told me. Other that that, is it really like holding the plan at Vanguard or Schwab? Depends what you're buying. You mentioned mutual funds, are you buying loaded...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

I see. If the ACATS system doesn't recognize individual lots, do the lots carry over to the new brokerage though? I would imagine your account holdings after transfer will show 7 shares. When you click on the lot details it will still give you the breakdown of the lots. When Vanguard sends the cost...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

Whoa... That sucks. So if I have 16 lots with fractional shares, I have 16 taxable events on my hands? Ugghh. Maybe I confused you a little. Eventually yes you'll have to report each lots cost basis for the non-covered shares. The covered shares will automatically report basis to the IRS and will s...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Moving my Simple IRA from Ameriprise
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: Moving my Simple IRA from Ameriprise

Is it really possible that keeping the Simple IRA in a brokerage account at Ameriprise would be equivalent to rolling it over at Vanguard, Fidelity or Schwab in terms of fees and expenses? She insisted that there would be non other charges than the annual account fee. I'm not really convinced about...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

Are they covered securities- meaning did you purchase them prior to 2012 or after 2012? https://investor.vanguard.com/taxes/cost-basis/covered-noncovered If so, the cost basis will transfer to the new custodian. If it was prior to 2011 you will need to keep the records for when you eventually sell ...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: edited [was: In-Service Rollover of Traditional Roth 401k --> Roth IRA]
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: In-Service Rollover of Roth 401k --> Roth IRA

I believe they are differentiating between your contributions and earnings. The return of roth contributions and then the money you earned in the market on those contributions is what they are labeling as "taxable" if you were to take them out of the Roth prior to the 5-year Roth 401k rule which sti...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: edited [was: In-Service Rollover of Traditional Roth 401k --> Roth IRA]
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: In-Service Rollover of Roth 401k --> Roth IRA

@Spirit Rider I assisted with transfer and rollovers at my previous firm in an inbound call center environment for about 5 years. During that time, I probably called out to 5,000 different employer plans to help people with rollovers. While not common- some plans allow in-service rollovers and it is...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon May 07, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question
Replies: 22
Views: 1077

Re: Transferring fractional ETF cost basis question

Are they covered securities- meaning did you purchase them prior to 2012 or after 2012? https://investor.vanguard.com/taxes/cost-basis/covered-noncovered If so, the cost basis will transfer to the new custodian. If it was prior to 2011 you will need to keep the records for when you eventually sell t...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri May 04, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mail Check or Wire Funds from Vanguard IRA fund to Bank IRA CD??
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Mail Check or Wire Funds from Vanguard IRA fund to Bank IRA CD??

This type of transfer cannot be done via ACATS. ACATS transfers are only from one brokerage account to another brokerage account of matching registration. The receiving firm ALLY will send the signed and dated transfer form to Vanguard along with the ALLY delivery instructions. Typically, checks are...
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2490

Re: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?

I would also look into the following insurances if you don't have them-
Umbrella liability
Long term disability
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2490

Re: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?

I'd keep it simple and go 50/50 stocks bonds, you could leave it that way for a few years, that's more conservative than either of those target retirement funds. Remember defense is more important the older you get, you have less time to ride the ups and more importantly the downs- With your 35k- (a...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2490

Re: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?

So you can max out your 401k pre-tax to reduce your tax bill. It should be $23,000 you can contribute this year. If that puts you under $112,000 for MAGI you can also contribute $6,500 to a Roth IRA. As far as a taxable account, you are in a high bracket so a tax-exempt bond fund would be appropriat...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio/Investing help AD Military
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Portfolio/Investing help AD Military

Welcome to the forum and thanks for serving, Question 1- Steer clear of Dave Ramsey's investing advice as you noted. I started investing with American Funds when I was 18, and what a scam that was. Front load of 5.75%, you don't need the ELP advisor, RUN away from that guy. Go with Vanguard. Questio...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2490

Re: New 401k funds ! Which ones do I invest in ?

Welcome to the forum! Without listing your Expense Ratios for each account, it's hard to tell, but I'll go out on a limb and say the Vanguard funds would be the cheapest. What's your Asset Allocation or stock/bond ratio? Without your desired asset allocation we can't give percentage advice. Are you ...
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why max Roth IRA first and then 401(k)?
Replies: 61
Views: 15012

Re: Why max Roth IRA first and then 401(k)?

chemeng wrote:Fortunately, my company offers a good amount of options for 401k
Lots of options doesn't necessarily mean low cost. We prefer index funds or low cost active funds, something in the .2% expense ratio range or preferably lower.
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why max Roth IRA first and then 401(k)?
Replies: 61
Views: 15012

Re: Why max Roth IRA first and then 401(k)?

An important item you left out is marginal tax brackets for fed/state, that's another important factor.
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off mortgage with PenFed HEL and cash
Replies: 6
Views: 907

Re: Paying off mortgage with PenFed HEL and cash

Welcome to the forum, Owed: $120,426 Appraised value in March 2012: $126,000 You might have a problem here, because of the lack of equity, you'll most likely have to use some of that cash. Have you considered just paying it off completely with the inheritance money so you have no mortgage? You're pr...
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: refinance or pay off mortgage?
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: refinance or pay off mortgage?

They also have a five year home equity loan at 1.99% that should have low or no closing costs.https://www.penfed.org/home-equity-loan/ This. No closing costs as long as you don't pay it off in 2 years or something, it's in the fine print at the bottom. Then max all retirement accounts and taxable w...
by Pennstateclj1
Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund
Replies: 19
Views: 2526

Re: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund

FB01 wrote:Pennstateclj1,

Do you reinvest the dividend in VWITX which you have for emergency ?
Yes
by Pennstateclj1
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helaine Olen: Pound Foolish
Replies: 73
Views: 16176

Re: Helaine Olen: Pound Foolish

lmpmd wrote:She pushes index funds here. That seems wise:
http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ti ... 54956.html
I was waiting for her to plug Bogleheads the whole time, sadly it never happened.
by Pennstateclj1
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund
Replies: 19
Views: 2526

Re: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund

Maybe statewide there is, but it doesn't mean each municipality that the bond was issued to got their act together. CA inter term tax-exempt has 1008 bonds, all concentrated in CA, 20% of the bonds can be AMT bonds. https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0100&FundIntExt=INT#tab=2 If ...
by Pennstateclj1
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund
Replies: 19
Views: 2526

Re: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund

The general, VWiTX. I don't want to concentrate my risk to CA especially given current budget shortfalls and such.
by Pennstateclj1
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund
Replies: 19
Views: 2526

Re: Emergency Savings in Bond Fund

For one tier of our emergency fund, we use Vanguard Intermediate tax-exempt bonds. Hold more in the fund if you're worried about -10% fluctuations. $25,000 emergency fund with 10% cushion = $27,500.
by Pennstateclj1
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Compare your stuff with 60,000 others
Replies: 4
Views: 1599

Re: Compare your stuff with 60,000 others

I enjoyed it too, I'm finally above average at something. :beer
by Pennstateclj1
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K
Replies: 45
Views: 4027

Re: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K

If you use their car buying service, you can get their low rates. This is in addition to any dealer incentives. If you go the other way through the dealer, you might only get to take $1000 cash back, but get a higher interest rate. Or $0 cash back, and a 0% rate but pay a higher up front price for t...
by Pennstateclj1
Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K
Replies: 45
Views: 4027

Re: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K

The base Kia Forte through the Penfed auto buying service is $15,516 for the 4 dr automatic.

The base Corolla 4 dr automatic is $16,200 through the same service.

.49% financing for 48 months.
by Pennstateclj1
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fund HSA or pay off CCs?
Replies: 13
Views: 1683

Re: Fund HSA or pay off CCs?

We have a sufficient emergency fund if you consider our savings account balances and what we've contributed to our Roths. I might just hold onto $1k in savings, plus what's in the Roths as backup and put the rest of the cash towards the CC's. You'll never win paying interest. Yes, we are contributi...
by Pennstateclj1
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please Comment My Situation. Thanks
Replies: 54
Views: 6121

Re: Please Comment My Situation. Thanks

Loan initiated in May 2006 Current principal: $116k @5.375% Monthly payment breakdown P&I: 743.73, Tax: 57.74, Insurance: 98.40, PMI/MIP :49.88 My questions are: 1) If we were to refi the loan at a lower rate, would that negate our FHA program loan agreement? (not sure of terminology) Chances are i...
by Pennstateclj1
Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newbie Portfolio Review
Replies: 6
Views: 1376

Re: Newbie Portfolio Review

Welcome to the forum, this is the investing philosophy we all try to follow: http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Bogleheads%C2%AE_investment_philosophy To be honest, I have not strategically managed my portfolio. I have just invested some money in a bunch of mutual funds, retirement accounts and an ESP. ...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K
Replies: 45
Views: 4027

Re: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K

You could also make your money back on that Volvo purchase later when you take the destruction derby scene by storm!
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: general opinion on how we are doing
Replies: 25
Views: 2423

Re: general opinion on how we are doing

At this age and these tax rates you should be contributing tax deductible 23k to both TSP. As a fellow fed, I agree with this. $23k each to TSP- $46,000 between you. $6,500 each to ROTHS- $13,000 between you. That's $59,000 before you should consider college stuff. You say they're in high school, h...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most annoying things on Vacation
Replies: 42
Views: 3400

Re: Most annoying things on Vacation

Don't get me started on Timeshares, we have two of them waiting for us in an estate, o joy We've got 5 waiting for us someday. As for vacations- We've had the biggest issues with airlines, a big SNAFU on our honeymoon where we missed a whole day in Maui, other times with big delays and layovers (no...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Match & Emergency Fund, What Next?
Replies: 13
Views: 1590

Re: 401k Match & Emergency Fund, What Next?

- $12,000 in student loans at 6.80% (we get a 0.25% deduction on interest for doing direct withdraw). We currently pay about $200/month the minimum payment). All extra money to this, your e-fund is good for now. - Roth IRA for me (invested in Vanguard target date fund - 0.19% ER) - Roth IRA for my ...
by Pennstateclj1
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K
Replies: 45
Views: 4027

Re: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K

I would surely recommend Nissan, for several reasons... 1. Hondas n Toyotas are always in great demand making them expensive. 2. Nissans (Altima, Maxima) about 6-7yrs old would fit in your budget range and their better models came out around that time. 3. They still hold their value decently and ar...
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Looking For Help On Portfolio Overhaul
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: Looking For Help On Portfolio Overhaul

kgingras wrote:Emergency funds: 9-12 months of living expenses.
What if you start changing these out to I- bonds? Tax-deferred, currently paying 1.76%
http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/I_bonds
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/res ... s_ibuy.htm
by Pennstateclj1
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Looking For Help On Portfolio Overhaul
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: Looking For Help On Portfolio Overhaul

Debt: Mortgage $96,000 @ 4.125%. I can't recall what kind of mortgage this is (balloon?) but even though it is ammortized over 30 yearsit will have to be paid off in 4 years or refinanced again. House is currently worth $210,000. I have no other debt. This doesn't sound ideal. I would refinance to ...