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by prudent
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question on Source of Roth Funding
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Question on Source of Roth Funding

Topic is locked (use more detailed thread from OP here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=256344 ).
by prudent
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need advice on where to keep safe money
Replies: 10
Views: 1362

Re: Need advice on where to keep safe money

Topic moved to Personal Finance (Not Investing).
by prudent
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Celebrating the day you retired
Replies: 46
Views: 2819

Re: Celebrating the day you retired

My father worked his job for 35 years and was well-liked by the others in his department and his manager. As the day of retirement approached his manager told my father they wanted to go out to lunch with the whole group to celebrate. My father, never one to be the center of attention, said absolute...
by prudent
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Article: A family of 3 gets by in San Francisco without anyone working a job
Replies: 9
Views: 1503

Re: Article: A family of 3 gets by in San Francisco without anyone working a job

Topic is locked (not investing related). See: Non-actionable (Trolling) Topics
If readers can't do anything with the content of a topic other than argue about it, it does not belong here.
by prudent
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do billionaires reduce taxes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1119

Re: How do billionaires reduce taxes?

This topic is locked (not personal nor actionable). As a reminder, general comment threads are off topic in the forums with "Personal" in the title. See: A reminder that non-investing general comment threads are OT - It must be personal . In other words, you must be asking about your own situation....
by prudent
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is index Capital Gains for inflation happening? Good or bad?
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Is index Capital Gains for inflation happening? Good or bad?

Topic is locked (discussion about possible legislation, which is not allowed by forum policy). See: Politics and Religion In order to avoid the inevitable frictions that arise from these topics, political or religious posts and comments are prohibited. The only exceptions to this rule are: Common r...
by prudent
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Private Messages stuck?
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Private Messages stuck?

PM's stay in your Outbox until the recipient opens them. Then they move to your Sent folder.
by prudent
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If it were March, 2000, would you still allocate 50% to Stocks?
Replies: 94
Views: 4289

Re: If it were March, 2000, would you still allocate 50% to Stocks?

This thread has run its course and is locked (topic exhausted, getting contentious).
by prudent
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NT
Replies: 20
Views: 1228

Re: NT

Topic is locked, OP has been deleted.
by prudent
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lease/ buy a second car for cost savings?
Replies: 18
Views: 686

Re: Lease/ buy a second car for cost savings?

Don't know if this would help but in case you make regularly scheduled flights for your trips, I had a friend who needed to make the same Sunday-Thursday out of town trip every 2 weeks for a long time. What he did was buy round-trip flights that originated in the far city, which meant his round-trip...
by prudent
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NT
Replies: 20
Views: 1228

Re: Advisor trying to convince me to buy annuities

For these situations, I adopted the "I'm not interested, thanks" response. It works well if you refuse to explain your reasoning. Do. Not. Explain. "Mr. Prudent, what about the product makes you not interested?" <probing for a specific so he can refute it> I'm not interested. That's all. "I really b...
by prudent
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deciding between life insurance companies
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Deciding between life insurance companies

Topic moved to Personal Consumer Issues.
by prudent
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question to retirees - money or work/life balance?
Replies: 46
Views: 5238

Re: Question to retirees - money or work/life balance?

I'm not retired but I have intentionally limited my career path in order to have the work/life balance I wanted. Luckily it has worked out so far, it took some years before I realized things could have easily not gone well. But the various managers I worked for seemed pleased to have an outperformer...
by prudent
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Take on the 3 Fund Model
Replies: 66
Views: 2949

Re: The Guy with the Weird Portfolio

Topic moved to Investing - Help with Personal Investments.
by prudent
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds for high income individuals in taxable account
Replies: 18
Views: 1368

Re: Bonds for high income individuals in taxable account

Topic moved to Investing - Help with Personal Investments.
by prudent
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: soccer practice next to highway during rush hour
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: soccer practice next to highway during rush hour

This thread has run its course and is locked (related to health issues which are off-topic by forum policy). See: Personal Consumer Issues Note that this subforum has a much lower threshold for locking or removing posts than the financial and investing subforums. And Questions on medical issues are...
by prudent
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Gold Coin online for future Jewelry
Replies: 25
Views: 1168

Re: Buying a Gold Coin online for future Jewelry

I would not consider a gold coin for that purpose. a 1 ounce gold coin contains an ounce of gold but it also contains small amounts silver and copper, otherwise if its pure gold it would be too pliable for use as a coin. if you want pure gold, buy a .999+ gold "bar" which come in 1 ounce sizes. Not...
by prudent
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Invest in guaranteed return or stock market?
Replies: 73
Views: 3271

Re: Invest in guaranteed return or stock market?

OK, I'll assume "guaranteed" covers both the 4% return as well as the principal, and that it is a 100% iron-clad guarantee. I would consider - -length of time the money will be unavailable to me (I might not want to have my money locked up for many years) -my personal risk tolerance (guaranteed retu...
by prudent
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where can I rent a Volvo?
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: Where can I rent a Volvo?

Topic moved to Personal Consumer Issues.
by prudent
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large Variance in Credit Scores?
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: Large Variance in Credit Scores?

Not only are there different scoring models, some models use a different scale. FICO scores top out at 850. VantageScore 3.0 also tops out at 850. The earlier versions of VantageScore go up to 990. So you need to see what model they are using.
by prudent
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turned down for credit card
Replies: 35
Views: 2779

Re: Turned down for credit card

Have him go back to his bank and talk to the branch manager. Explain that he needs a bank that will work with him as his banking needs grow and he wants to know why, with $30K on deposit, they declined him for a credit card. I think that will get him a credit card. If not, there are many other banks...
by prudent
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Guilt at buying nice things for myself
Replies: 28
Views: 3643

Re: Guilt at buying nice things for myself

You know you're saving enough but you still feel guilty if you buy something - only you can resolve that. What I do is budget for a "personal happiness" category. As long as I stay within that budget, I'm not splurging because I planned for it, and I don't feel guilty. If you don't budget for such t...
by prudent
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thesaurus Help Please
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Re: Thesaurus Help Please

This thread is locked (below threshold for Personal Consumer Issues). See: Personal Consumer Issues
Note that this subforum has a much lower threshold for locking or removing posts than the financial and investing subforums...
by prudent
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I use Fidelity's BrokerageLink to avoid 401k fees?
Replies: 14
Views: 961

Re: Can I use Fidelity's BrokerageLink to avoid 401k fees?

Rules for these arrangements are plan-specific. Our 401k calls these plans "Self-Directed Brokerage Accounts". Our 401k custodian is Prudential and that's the brokerage we must use. It's $100/year to have an SDBA. Commissions on trades are high - $19.95. But our company absorbs the recordkeeping and...
by prudent
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of adding AC and change pipes to old house
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Cost of adding AC and change pipes to old house

Topic moved to Personal Consumer Issues.
by prudent
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Having first child - Life Insurance question
Replies: 37
Views: 2644

Re: Having first child - Life Insurance question

Topic moved to Personal Finance (Not Investing).
by prudent
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: New Forum User - how fast do PM get sent?
Replies: 7
Views: 589

Re: New Forum User - how fast do PM get sent?

They stay in your Outbox until the recipient reads it. Then it will move to your Sent Messages folder.
by prudent
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Card Denying Numismatic Material Charges
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Re: Citi Card Denying Numismatic Material Charges

You might try asking on the PCGS US Coin Forum - lots of folks there buy/sell coins on ebay regularly. If Citi has done this to others chances are somebody there has heard about it.

https://forums.collectors.com/categories/u-s-coin-forum
by prudent
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Annuity- Lincoln Level Advantage Indexed variable annuity
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Annuity- Lincoln Level Advantage Indexed variable annuity

What attracted you to an annuity?

The dividends that don't count towards your participation would be worth about 2%/year.
by prudent
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Local Bank Branch Consolidation - Huh?
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: Local Bank Branch Consolidation - Huh?

I think it's somewhat baffling also. I'm not sure why there is still a concept of " your branch". Went through the same thing when our bank sold some branches some years back. The branch they assigned us to wasn't anywhere near where we live but it was close to the branch where we opened our account...
by prudent
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard is really pushing their Personal Adviser Service
Replies: 65
Views: 6409

Re: Vanguard is really pushing their Personal Adviser Service

booch221 wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:30 pm
El Greco wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:55 am
My only wish is that Fidelity offered the same service with the same AUM so that all of ones money doesn't need to be in one place.
What's AUM mean?
Assets Under Management fee (the fee charged for managing the account, not including expense ratios/commissions)
by prudent
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is today's furniture market wackier than ever?
Replies: 18
Views: 2474

Re: Is today's furniture market wackier than ever?

Topic moved to Personal Consumer Issues.
by prudent
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car for long-distance driving
Replies: 80
Views: 5322

Re: car for long-distance driving

Driving that round-trip every month for a year is around 17000 miles (plus whatever other driving you'll be doing). When you narrow your choices down, you might want to check with your auto insurer before deciding to see what your premiums would be for the different options. What is your price range?
by prudent
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I wasting money on my old car?
Replies: 34
Views: 3484

Re: Am I wasting money on my old car?

I agree that much-improved safety is a great reason to ditch a 20-year-old car. Also consider that repairs on a car that old are not going to affect the car's value. We once had done major repairs on a 15-year-old car that was still under 100k miles and very solid - it just needed some work that a c...
by prudent
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: family histories
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Re: family histories

This thread is locked (below threshold for Personal Consumer Issues). See: Personal Consumer Issues
Note that this subforum has a much lower threshold for locking or removing posts than the financial and investing subforums...
by prudent
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early retirement myth
Replies: 14
Views: 1549

Re: Early retirement myth

This thread has run its course and is locked (general rant, not actionable).
by prudent
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Valuing an extended powertrain plan
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Valuing an extended powertrain plan

A quick look seems to indicate Ford-issued extended warranties only go to 8 years. So this is probably the dealer's own plan or a third-party company. I wouldn't buy either one. Like the above post noted, you can't count on them being around if you need them. And I wouldn't want a warranty that mean...
by prudent
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifting trip for inlaws
Replies: 22
Views: 2638

Re: Gifting trip for inlaws

We had a somewhat similar situation for a parents' milestone anniversary some years ago. Parents were not that comfortable traveling due to fear of the unknown related to the "hows" of traveling ("What do we do if the hotel says they don't have a room for us?") . Ended up buying them a week-long tri...
by prudent
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Shorting Amazon
Replies: 44
Views: 4539

Re: Shorting Amazon

I removed a number of off-topic posts and comments about other companies that were derailing the topic. Please limit comments to Amazon to allow the thread to continue.

Also moved topic to Investing - Help with Personal Investments
by prudent
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I break the tape in 5 years?????
Replies: 27
Views: 3480

Re: Can I break the tape in 5 years?????

turkman, welcome!

What will you be getting from Social Security?
by prudent
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the largest charitable action you have performed in your life?
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: What is the largest charitable action you have performed in your life?

This thread has run its course and is locked (not personal nor actionable). General comment threads are off topic in the forums with "Personal" in the title. See: A reminder that non-investing general comment threads are OT - It must be personal . In other words, you must be asking about your own s...
by prudent
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMD Law Alterations?
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: RMD Law Alterations?

This thread is locked. Speculation about future legislation is prohibited by forum policy, see: Unacceptable Topics Politics and Religion In order to avoid the inevitable frictions that arise from these topics, political or religious posts and comments are prohibited. The only exceptions to this ru...
by prudent
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help me with my FIL and an Insurance investment for my child
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: Help me with my FIL and an Insurance investment for my child

Topic moved to Investing - Help with Personal Investments.
by prudent
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank Bonus - Is this different?
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Bank Bonus - Is this different?

So if the bank gives you a kick back, they are essentially give you interest. I did not know banks did this. I wonder what their motivation is. I assume somehow they benefit by you using a debit card. Just as with credit card bonuses, debit card bonuses are offered because they hope you'll get in t...
by prudent
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank Bonus - Is this different?
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Bank Bonus - Is this different?

My understanding is that bank bonuses are taxable since they will report the bonuses on 1099 forms. Credit card bonuses are considered a "rebate" and are not taxable - there's no 1099 issued.
by prudent
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can anyone help me with a 1960's music trivia question
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Can anyone help me with a 1960's music trivia question

This thread has run its course and is locked (trivia questions are below acceptable threshold). See: Personal Consumer Issues Note that this subforum has a much lower threshold for locking or removing posts than the financial and investing subforums. In general, controversial, offensive, pointless,...