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by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Jettison QSPIX?
Replies: 19
Views: 880

Re: Jettison QSPIX?

grok87 wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:55 pm
...in unconventional success swensen argues for tips and real estate as assets worth adding to the conventional stock/bond mix in part because of the risk of periods like the stagflationary 70s/80s...
Neither of which is contained in QSPIX. Just saying.
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy CR2032 batteries?
Replies: 28
Views: 1246

Re: Where to buy CR2032 batteries?

I've bought CR2032's from an online vendor named BatteryBob, in quantities of about ten or fifteen (i.e. two or three strips of five batteries). I've also seen them in dollar stores on racks in packages of a dozen or so. The cost savings from paying a buck each, versus five bucks each at a typical d...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?
Replies: 38
Views: 3299

Re: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?

I don't think Heaviside's comment is relevant. If someone asks you to solve (say) X^2 + 2X + 3 = 123, I can produce the solution "10" by applying a formula from high school algebra that I might or might not be able to prove; by guessing; or by using a Ouija board. Whatever I do, the solution can be ...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any mutual fund or group of stocks which pay dividends
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Re: Any mutual fund or group of stocks which pay dividends

I don't personally believe in the supposed advantages of dividend stock investing. That's a long debate and I won't get into it here. There are two Vanguard funds that are specifically focussed on providing high dividend income. That is, if you wanted to invest in stocks, spend the dividends, and no...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evaluating Job Offer - Longer Commute
Replies: 39
Views: 1432

Re: Evaluating Job Offer - Longer Commute

About fifteen years of my career involved about a 75-minute commute by train and subway (with the ability to read or snooze en route). About twenty involved a 50-minute commute by car under "normal" conditions, often extending unpredictably and unexpected into a 75 to 90-minute commute, and perhaps ...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Jettison QSPIX?
Replies: 19
Views: 880

Re: Jettison QSPIX?

1) What percentage of your portfolio is it? 2) Have you actually lost money in it yet, or has it just made you less money than you hoped? 3) If you had not bought it, would would that money have been invested in, and how would it have done? Personally, I wouldn't have even considered purchasing this...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?
Replies: 38
Views: 3299

Re: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?

A Google Image search on the image finds me that chart in Seeking Alpha, Technically Speaking: Selling The 200-Day Moving Average . (Who is "selling" it, and to whom?) 1) That chart is "capital appreciation only" (i.e. price). Why? That's wrong . The chart below is $1000 invested in the S&P 500 in 1...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?
Replies: 38
Views: 3299

Re: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?

...I believe Meb Faber's paper that I read a long time ago is what got the idea in my head... Mebane Faber (I'm not a first-name basis with him) has written a lot of things. He writes well. He seems to be promoting some new strategy every three years or so. He never seems to explain whatever happen...
by nisiprius
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?
Replies: 38
Views: 3299

Re: Why is index investing better than other quantitative strategies?

Imagine a world with no index funds. If I asked you to come up with a successful algorithm for investing in the market, why would you pick owning the top 500 market cap stocks weighted by market cap? (Or any other broad index). Two tiny nitpicks: the S&P 500 is not the top 500 market cap stocks, it...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What does 20% extra of portfolio allocated to equities get you?
Replies: 97
Views: 4766

Re: What does 20% extra of portfolio allocated to equities get you?

I don't believe logic-chopping about the definition of risk matters much. Things that are risky in one way are apt to be risky in other ways as well. I'm really surprised to hear this from you nisi because it can be easily demonstrated to be false. Historically, T-bills have been the essentially lo...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What does 20% extra of portfolio allocated to equities get you?
Replies: 97
Views: 4766

Re: What does 20% extra of portfolio allocated to equities get you?

...I could be wrong, but I think this is equating risk with volatility.... Well, I suggest that you tell us some numeric measure of risk you prefer, and see how the LifeStrategy funds compare with each other according to your favorite measure. My favorite measure is "maximum drawdown." So I looked ...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I left Wealthfront
Replies: 61
Views: 15665

Re: Why I left Wealthfront

...They've changed their business plans enough times that there's no telling what it will be next year... This, to me, is the salient feature of Wealthfront and a good reason to avoid them. The company began in 2008, under the name "Ka-Ching!;" NYT headline, "Site Lets Investors See and Copy Expert...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What does 20% extra of portfolio allocated to equities get you?
Replies: 97
Views: 4766

Re: What does 20% extra of portfolio allocated to equities get you?

Instead of looking at return, as if it were guaranteed, let's at least take a cursory look at risk-adjusted return as measured by Sharpe and Sortino ratios. Source for VASIX Source for VSCGX, VSMGX, VASGX VASGX (about 20/80), Sharpe 0.84, Sortino 1.28 VSCGX (about 40/60), Sharpe 0.64, Sortino 0.93 V...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is using an Asset Allocation Mental Accounting?
Replies: 43
Views: 1770

Re: Is using an Asset Allocation Mental Accounting?

TheTimeLord, I'm not sure where you're going on this. I will say, and have said, that during 2008-2009 I found that I was thinking of the downturn, not as a percentage loss, and not as a dollar loss, but as a loss of years of patient savings and progress toward our goal. The experience was not "my 4...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS

There are choices in between cap-weighting and equal weighting. The discussions of cap-weighting versus various departures from cap-weighing are interesting and complicated. My point was not to assert that cap-weighting is the only logical choice, it was that equal-weighting, specifically , is an il...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS

I am not a fan of equal-weighting as a core strategy, mostly because of the implementation challenges (i.e. higher portfolio turnover and the associated costs, especially for smaller and less-liquid stocks). Having said that, the characterization of cap-weighting as "not arbitrary" and equal-weight...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS

...Thank you (!) for including labels on the graph itself. I hadn't realized that was even possible... Nor I, Vineviz, how did you do it? Your link takes me to a screen labelled "Fund Performance Analysis," but "Fund Performance Analysis isn't a tool I see available on the PortfolioVisualizer home ...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS

From above: " However, it is very noticeable that the equal-weighted small-cap ETFs have disastrously underperformed cap-weighted funds. First, we will look just at EQWS so that we can get a range of years that includes 2008-2009. EQWS, blue; NAESX, the Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund, red ." Is the ...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS
Replies: 26
Views: 864

A look at equal weighting as we bid farewell to EQWS

As the PowerShares Russell 2000 Equal Weighted ETF, EQWS, enters its last days, we have our last chance to use it to take look at the "equal weighting" strategy. (Disclosure, I think "equal weighting" is an absurd strategy). First, let it be noted that I think the name of this fund and the index it ...
by nisiprius
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 110
Views: 9135

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

Vanguard has a nice tribute page... wonderful collection of photographs of John C. Bogle at different ages: John C. Bogle: A look back at the life of Vanguard's founder Interesting detail to me: At Mr. Bogle's urging, the firm diversified its product lineup in 1958 with the introduction of the all-e...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: PRHSX (T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund) vs VHT (Vanguard Health Care ETF)
Replies: 12
Views: 730

Re: PRHSX (T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund) vs VHT (Vanguard Health Care ETF)

Since you want to make a sector bet, you presumably have some rationale behind your decision to overweight that sector. State your reasons for thinking that stock in health care companies will be better, in some way, than other sectors... you don't need to post them, just be sure you know what they ...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 110
Views: 9135

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

Helaine Olen in The Washington Post: John Bogle made investors richer — and the financial industry poorer . He exposed to the masses the lie that is market timing, demonstrating that investors who didn’t seek to beat stock market indexes and instead simply match them would do better in the end than ...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving Amazon Kindle books or gift cards from the US to Mexico?
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Giving Amazon Kindle books or gift cards from the US to Mexico?

I tried to do a nice thing and created a nuisance. I'm not interested in trying to resolve the problem with what I did, let's write off what's spent and move on, but I'd like suggestions, based on personal experience , on what might actually work. I live in the US. My Amazon account is at amazon.com...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Government shutdown and US Treasuries
Replies: 14
Views: 2055

Re: Government shutdown and US Treasuries

S&P cut its rating on US Treasuries from AAA to AA+ in 2011, and has kept it there (it's still at AA+), while A. M. Best, Fitch, and Moody's kept it at AAA. At about that time, Vanguard--probably others, haven't paid much attention--began describing Treasuries as in a separate category called "U. S....
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you keep a calendar?
Replies: 62
Views: 2799

Re: How do you keep a calendar?

My wife and I use a paper calendar which we hang in the kitchen. It is the only thing that works for us. By choice, an At-A-Glance or other office-supply-company calendar that has a) enough space to write on, and b) non-glossy surfaces that take pencil and accept erasures. They seem wildly overprice...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 10137
Views: 1786866

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

MJS wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:46 pm
"Well, it looks like the BM is over...
Seriously, do people use BM as an initialism for "bull market?"
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Differences in Investment Approach
Replies: 46
Views: 1550

Re: Differences in Investment Approach

Contentious topics also include personalities. For example, the opinions, writings, and press interviews of (in no particular order) gurus Dave Ramsey, Meb Faber, Jeremy Grantham and GMO, DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach, Marc Faber (Boomdoomgloom), Ray Dalio ("Risk Parity" strategy), Paul Merriman (st...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Differences in Investment Approach
Replies: 46
Views: 1550

Re: Differences in Investment Approach

"Skinflint" means what it says. For example, does a true Boglehead merely seek "low enough " expense ratios in mutual funds and ETFs? Or is a true Boglehead required to pick up pennies from the sidewalk, drive a 1979 Honda Civic, and lose sleep agonizing between Vanguard VTIAX with an 0.04% ER or Fi...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I increase my stock allocation to 90% stocks?
Replies: 59
Views: 4094

Re: Should I increase my stock allocation to 90% stocks?

I use this chart only as a guide to what the industry regards as conservative, moderate, and aggressive allocations. This is a chart I made from numbers in a Morningstar article on how they benchmark target-date funds. I added "age in bonds" for comparison. This chart actually shows two things. Firs...
by nisiprius
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I increase my stock allocation to 90% stocks?
Replies: 59
Views: 4094

Re: Should I increase my stock allocation to 90% stocks?

So, there was about one chance in seven that your stock holding would be worth less in purchasing power after seven years than at the beginning. Thanks for the detailed explanation! But if I set aside say 50k (I'm making this number up) for the downpayment money in something safe like cash for the ...
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When would you stop being a Boglehead?
Replies: 95
Views: 7365

Re: When would you stop being a Boglehead?

I wouldn't stop being a Boglehead, but I would stop being a do-it-yourself investor if my financial life became too complicated to manage. I don't know where I would draw the line exactly, but I once read a sample CFP exam, and the last big essay-style question illustrated the kind of situation wher...
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I increase my stock allocation to 90% stocks?
Replies: 59
Views: 4094

Re: Should I increase my stock allocation to 90% stocks?

You said this is money you will need in 6-8 years. From 1927 through 2017, inclusive, there were 12 seven-year periods over which stocks lost real value (i.e. inflation-adjusted). The last three times were 1999-2005, 2000-2006, and 2002-2008 inclusive. There were a total of 83 such periods. So, ther...
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Everyone Did The 3 Fund Vanguard Strategy, Would Vanguard Be Controlling US Companies?
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

Re: If Everyone Did The 3 Fund Vanguard Strategy, Would Vanguard Be Controlling US Companies?

With regard to "what if everybody indexed?" Imagine that it is 1861 and that you hear that John Wanamaker's in Philadelphia has put price tags on all of its items, and sells each item at the same price to everybody--fixed price, take it or leave it, no haggling. Then nine years later, you find that ...
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If Everyone Did The 3 Fund Vanguard Strategy, Would Vanguard Be Controlling US Companies?
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

Re: If Everyone Did The 3 Fund Vanguard Strategy, Would Vanguard Be Controlling US Companies?

Where do you see anything that talks about a "three-fund Vanguard strategy?" Taylor Larimore's book, The Bogleheads' Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio notes on page 49 that For many years after Jack Bogle introduced his three total market index funds, Vanguard was the only mutual fund company where ...
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle's Obituary From The Family
Replies: 43
Views: 10889

Re: Jack Bogle's Obituary From The Family

Gesu School's donation page

Blair Academy's donation page

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church's donation page, but obviously they weren't thinking of outside contributions as you first need to set up an account to do it electronically.
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 847
Views: 43421

Re: John Bogle has died at age 89

I am the Bogle. I speak for low fees.

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by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 110
Views: 9135

Re: Who Will Speak for US?

I was very pleased to see this come across my Facebook feed--I follow NPR but I don't think Facebook knows of my interest in Bogle. What pleased me is that it wasn't just Wall Street Journal news, it was news , period. And I was pleased by NPR's title. They got it. It wasn't "Bogle, Founder of Reall...
by nisiprius
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Microcap add diversification to Total Stock Market Index fund?
Replies: 20
Views: 1474

Re: Does Microcap add diversification to Total Stock Market Index fund?

I do not use a small-cap or a small-cap value tilt. I believe that the "prime directive" is "stay the course." I think you will find that most factor advocates will agree and say something like Jared Kizer: Any transparent strategy, which applies to everything outlined in this piece, is capable of e...
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 847
Views: 43421

Re: John Bogle is dead at 89

I have to say that the first thing that went through my mind were these lines of poetry: But yet I know, where'er I go, That there hath past away a glory from the earth. With John C. Bogle's death, "there has past away a glory from the earth." (I understand that they don't really apply; the poet, Wi...
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 847
Views: 43421

Re: John Bogle is dead at 89

Oh, no. Words fail me.
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?
Replies: 214
Views: 14890

Re: Why are your NOT buying rental properties?

...So, I have to ask... if you are willing to hustle and you have the money, why are you not buying rental properties? Yes, you can buy RE ETF but that is like buying S&P 500. There is no leverage. Leverage is what makes RE investing special but of course leverage is great on the way up but painful...
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do Money Market Fund Yields and Expense Ratios Work?
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: How do Money Market Fund Yields and Expense Ratios Work?

As with other mutual funds, "what you see is what you get." Just as you'd hope. You don't need to subtract the expense ratio from the performance numbers or anything like that. If Schwab's performance chart shows you this, https://imgur.com/CtxkJJI.png then if you put bought $10,000 of SWSXX on the ...
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Real value of NYC real estate, 1899-1999.
Replies: 50
Views: 4255

Re: Real value of NYC real estate, 1899-1999.

[ ...Nope, historical total return of real estate is comparable to equity (see https://www.cbsnews.com/news/history-says-home-real-estate-is-a-bad-investment/ ). ... :?: :?: :?: You supported a claim that "historical total return of real estate is comparable to equity" with a link to an article that...
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Type of Annuities Did You Choose and Why
Replies: 18
Views: 1060

Re: Which Type of Annuities Did You Choose and Why

I bought two "SPIAs," single premium immediate annuities. They have no investment component, nothing "variable," no "accounts" or "portfolios" inside them. They are simple contracts (less than a page for the essentials, then several pages of legalese about where the company is domiciled and how they...
by nisiprius
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When/why have you needed customer service from Fido, VG, Schwab etc.?
Replies: 30
Views: 1485

Re: When/why have you needed customer service from Fido, VG, Schwab etc.?

As nearly as I can remember, almost every time--I can't remember the others--involved glitches in moving assets from institution to institution. The four institutions were TIAA-CREF, Vanguard, Schwab, and Fidelity. And to the best of my knowledge, in no case was customer service of any particular he...
by nisiprius
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "College Endowments Badly Trail The Market"
Replies: 18
Views: 1941

Re: "College Endowments Badly Trail The Market"

Stunning.

I can already hear the excuses.

If it underperformed after 2009, "it shouldn't count because it was such an unusual bull market in stocks."

If it underperformed in 2008-2009, "well, for heaven's sake, that was during the Global Financial Crisis"

...etc.
by nisiprius
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: End of an era - Boeing 727
Replies: 35
Views: 2403

Re: End of an era - Boeing 727

Always liked that plane. That's the one where it looked as if the wing was coming completely apart during a landing, right? And got off the ground really quick on takeoff?
by nisiprius
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Active Stock Fund Slump (Morningstar discussion)
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Active Stock Fund Slump (Morningstar discussion)

This is likely explained by the impact of a few factors, including the shrinking margin of outperformance before fees; styles like value and size performing more alike; and the "wrong" styles, such as large-cap and growth, leading. While it's reasonable to assume that some of these trends will abat...
by nisiprius
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An Annuity Hater Revisits SPIAs
Replies: 22
Views: 2868

Re: An Annuity Hater Revisits SPIAs

But, unless an inflation-adjusted SPIA is chosen, the longevity insurance does not provide steady spending power. One must consider whether inflation over dozens of years of compounding is riskier than a long life. Choose an inflation-adjusted SPIA. Problem solved. It’s very expensive to insure aga...
by nisiprius
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Message from United Consumer Financial Services (UCFS). A Scam?
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: Message from United Consumer Financial Services (UCFS). A Scam?

I get many scam emails that are like this, but none specifically from UCFS. My impression is that they just use names of companies that are so big that there's a good chance that if they send out 100,000 of them, 10,000 of them will be to people who actually are customers. Do you, in fact, do busine...