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by gasman
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Consistent Yield & Duration to Help Choose TIPS Fund
Replies: 93
Views: 22495

Re: Consistent Yield & Duration to Help Choose TIPS Fund

I have been dutifully building a TIPs ladder of individual securities over the last 5 years by buying individual 10 year TIPS at auctions. Given the shape of the yield curve, I have been thinking about chucking it and putting the whole lot into VTIP. Thoughts?
by gasman
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC weekend house: your experiences?
Replies: 18
Views: 2784

Re: NYC weekend house: your experiences?

If I had a choice, I would do the reverse. Live in Westchester or Long Island and keep an apartment in the city for weekends.
by gasman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Employer won't Match 401k. Why?
Replies: 52
Views: 5584

Re: Employer won't Match 401k. Why?

As a former small business owner that was involved in recruiting I can tell you that we did no get much bang for our buck for our generous 401k match. The large majority of candidates compared us to our competition on starting salary. That was what they chose to care about. So we went the safe harbo...
by gasman
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treasury Direct has awesome phone support! Thanks!
Replies: 21
Views: 1828

Re: Treasury Direct has awesome phone support! Thanks!

The only thing I consider a problem area is the website. More than once (apparently I am a slow learner) I have had to start over after using a browser's back button. :oops: Honestly, the vast majority of my Savings Bonds are in paper format, and I only use Treasury Direct to check on a few bonds I...
by gasman
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do Universities "Bait and Switch" Financial Aid?
Replies: 16
Views: 1450

Re: Do Universities "Bait and Switch" Financial Aid?

No there is no bait and switch. However if student doesn’t keepgrades up, they can lose aid. +1 This happened to DS. The grade point requirements were clearly explained from Day One. Fortunately, his school allows a student to appeal to have his FA continued if he loses it due to GPA. DS successful...
by gasman
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The stock market is shrinking.
Replies: 68
Views: 7623

Re: The stock market is shrinking.

1. Why is the number of publicly trade companies shrinking?
2. What can/should an investor do other than diversify as widely as possible?
by gasman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet burial
Replies: 26
Views: 2351

Re: Pet burial

Pets are family members. It is a purely emotional/personal issue. We had our dog cremated and buried his ashes by the mailbox which he peed on daily multiple times on our walks and journeys to bring in the mail. As you are renters, consider cremation and placing his/her ashes in a favorite spot. Als...
by gasman
Thu May 31, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do average kids from upper middle class families get any free college money (Scholarships / non-repayable grants etc)
Replies: 266
Views: 19169

Re: Do average kids from upper middle class families get any free college money (Scholarships / non-repayable grants etc

"Typically students who opt to join universities where they would be in Top 1% - 2% of the student body based on Grades/Test Scores/ECs get merit aid. Usually a student who has average stats for any university, will have to look at other universities 30 - 50 ranks below to become Top 1% - 2% of the ...
by gasman
Sat May 19, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping Adult Children (but not too much)
Replies: 152
Views: 13409

Re: Helping Adult Children (but not too much)

As long as our kids are making good choices we help generously. She is working diligently and saving 20% in 401K, so we put $5500 in Roth IRA for her as reward. Generous birthday gifts. Pay her expenses whenever she wants to fly to see us, or attend family functions. Keep her on our cell phone plan....
by gasman
Tue May 15, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sharing cars with two kids home from college?
Replies: 25
Views: 1778

Re: sharing cars with two kids home from college?

Depending on timing, Have kid take you or wife or both to work before doing their thing with the car and then pick you up when done.
by gasman
Thu May 03, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stock Buybacks as a Global Trend?
Replies: 42
Views: 3729

Re: Stock Buybacks as a Global Trend?

Is there any data about the nature of buybacks? I.e., How much of them actually go towards reducing the amount of shares outstanding vs. preventing or mitigating the effect of dilution of stock grants and options packages?
by gasman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in London - must dos?
Replies: 31
Views: 2231

Re: 3 days in London - must dos?

Agree with British Museum, changing guard at Buckingham palace and boat ride down Thames. Would add Churchill museum.
by gasman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2011 Acura RDX
Replies: 11
Views: 1208

Re: 2011 Acura RDX

Only complaint is that Acura dealer service seems to be more costly than Toyota and Honda service for similar service. I suspect that it is an upcharge for the luxury brand name. Why not just take it to a Honda dealer for service? Seems to get mentioned a lot on BH that a big advantage of Acura/Lex...
by gasman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2011 Acura RDX
Replies: 11
Views: 1208

Re: 2011 Acura RDX

Happy with my 2012. It is low mileage though. Only complaint is that Acura dealer service seems to be more costly than Toyota and Honda service for similar service. I suspect that it is an upcharge for the luxury brand name.
by gasman
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Factor in evaluating Physicians
Replies: 86
Views: 5744

Re: Factor in evaluating Physicians

Hey,

I am on the list. $47 for bagels and Panera sandwiches from several drug/device companies.
by gasman
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age is the best to give a child control of an inheritance?
Replies: 192
Views: 13882

Re: What age is the best to give a child control of an inheritance?

Our trusts dictate 1/3 at age 30. 1/3 age 35. 1/3 age 40.
by gasman
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for physicians-- is my taking call worth it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7473

Re: Question for physicians-- is my taking call worth it?

See if you can come up with a mechanism to give away the call within the group for those who are hungry enough to pick it up. S maybe you do it just 3-4x per year. Craft a mechanism where the amount of notice that you have to give to not do this anymore is defined. A day is going to come where you s...
by gasman
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I’m looking for a word...
Replies: 114
Views: 10649

Re: I’m looking for a word...

herd mentality.
mob mentality.
by gasman
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Boglehead contradiction, constant asset allocation is market timing
Replies: 100
Views: 9696

Re: Boglehead contradiction, constant asset allocation is market timing

Rebalancing is not market timing. It is a bet on mean reversion. Which I guess, could be described as a form of market timing. Eating a PB&J could be described as a form of market timing if you defined market timing to include eating jelly sandwiches. I guess one should have a useful definition. As...
by gasman
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Boglehead contradiction, constant asset allocation is market timing
Replies: 100
Views: 9696

Re: Boglehead contradiction, constant asset allocation is market timing

Rick Ferri wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:54 am
Rebalancing is not market timing.

It is a bet on mean reversion. Which I guess, could be described as a form of market timing.
by gasman
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe’s New Book Available: Reducing Risk Of Black Swans
Replies: 130
Views: 15350

Re: Larry Swedroe’s New Book Available: Reducing Risk Of Black Swans

I am mystified as to why this forum seems to worship Swedroe when he is continually changing course and recommending new portfolios that are supposed to give the investor some advantage. The portfolios are based on academic research which is, in turn, always based on backtesting, since no one can r...
by gasman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How does one emotionally keep it together during market swings?
Replies: 118
Views: 10974

Re: How does one emotionally keep it together during market swings?

Sell down to the sleeping point. I have always felt better after adjusting my IPS downward on equity ownership.
by gasman
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to pay partners for working your call
Replies: 59
Views: 4428

Re: How to pay partners for working your call

jacoavlu wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:30 am
gasdoc

I'm curious how the national company comes in? Do they come to your group and make a friendly offer? Or go to the hospital for the contract, and then come to you?
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
by gasman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: two year treasury instead of 2 year cd?
Replies: 9
Views: 1927

Re: two year treasury instead of 2 year cd?

you are not missing anything. The treasury is a better deal.
by gasman
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wine Investment
Replies: 28
Views: 3430

Re: Wine Investment

“What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?”
―Karen Blixen
by gasman
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 30 yr tips auction 2/15: 1.0% yield?
Replies: 174
Views: 19076

Re: 30 yr tips auction 2/15: 1.0% yield?

Dudley wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:52 am
No. But I'm drawn to the 5yr TIPS at >0.5%
yup. been nibbling in this range.
by gasman
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rolex
Replies: 45
Views: 5629

Re: Rolex

My understanding is that rolex limits the floor that retailers are not allowed to sell new watches below. I believe that they are free to mark up above that. For used watches, that does not apply. Consider buying out of state and shipping to save on state sales taxes. If you buy, Save your box, rece...
by gasman
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris Hotel Recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

Re: Paris Hotel Recommendations

hotel jobo in he marais
by gasman
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Municipal Bonds - 100% When All You Need is the Income
Replies: 55
Views: 6509

Re: Municipal Bonds - 100% When All You Need is the Income

Thanks -- it's weird to think of having "won the game." I'm really uneasy about it. As for the investments, I think the credit risk on these funds is pretty well-managed, but there's certainly some interest-rate risk (as with all bonds). I also think you're right about the tax issue, I worry too mu...
by gasman
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Your bond allocation when you were 48
Replies: 125
Views: 7767

Re: Your bond allocation when you were 48

65/35 at 48.

now 55/45 at 55
by gasman
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: COBRA alternative for 1 month? (it's $2,400 per month!)
Replies: 69
Views: 4719

Re: COBRA alternative for 1 month? (it's $2,400 per month!)

You might want to confirm the start date of coverage with new employer. Years ago my wife took job where coverage did not start till the first of the month plus 90 days after employment commenced.
by gasman
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 188
Views: 24530

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

I know several docs who have more than enough to retire. Working till they can't. They keep working a full load including night call. I think the reason is that they have nothing else. Cultivated no hobbies. Essentially lived separate lives from their families while working so hard for so long. They...
by gasman
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money and Morality
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

Re: Money and Morality

Few days ago, I was looking for the book "Enough" by JB that I though I bought it, but I couldn't find it. Went to library to borrow one carrying along with me on the trip and read while I was on the plane. Also, while browsing topics on Quora, I found someone posted a link to this article talking ...
by gasman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Growing Peril of Index Funds: Too Much Tech
Replies: 67
Views: 6890

Re: The Growing Peril of Index Funds: Too Much Tech

I still remember Vanguard sending out a letter to its shareholders in late 1999 or early 2000 highlighting the effect that the tech run up had on index 500 and particularly index growth fund's lack of diversification.
by gasman
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Volatility of Vanguard Intermediate-Term Tax-Exempt Fund
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Volatility of Vanguard Intermediate-Term Tax-Exempt Fund

Muni bonds have been more volatile than similar duration treasury or corporate bonds for the last month or so. I believe that it is related to uncertainty how proposed tax legislation will affect the municipal bond market.
by gasman
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heading to ER, surprise bills [update: home again]
Replies: 44
Views: 6443

Re: Urgent! Heading to ER, surprise bills

Update. I've been discharged. I've only been asked to pay the co-pay. Let's see if more bills come in. I have a question regarding resident physicians. Both the ER physician and the radiologist during this visit are residents. I didn't see an opthamologist. I know residents are on salary - obscenel...
by gasman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going First Class
Replies: 42
Views: 3483

Re: Going First Class

If you are tall or wide, full pay first class is well worth it for this tall and wide bogelhead who still drives a Camry and lives in a house that costs less than one year's salary.
by gasman
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare patients pay FAR MORE at 1300 rural Critical Access Hospitals
Replies: 55
Views: 4593

Re: Medicare patients pay FAR MORE at 1300 rural Critical Access Hospitals

Costs for care at rural hospitals are generally higher. The reason being is that it is considered in the best interests of public policy that people have reasonably close access to a hospital. Medicare will pay more for these critical access hospitals. Quality of care is generally lower. Reason bein...
by gasman
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-Governmental 457(b)
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Non-Governmental 457(b)

Read the Plan document. Your options should be there. You might be able to leave it there for awhile and pick a distribution date in the distant future.
by gasman
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: first time CD through V Brokerage: any cautions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1685

Re: first time CD through V Brokerage: any cautions?

Stay under $250,000 FDIC limit.
Likely to get slightly better yields by buying on secondary market as opposed to new issues. Likely will have to pay a little above par. The fraction above par is not FDIC insured.
by gasman
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Picking College and College Scholarships
Replies: 643
Views: 75442

Re: Picking College and College Scholarships

You cannot overestimate how competitive the top schools have become. National Merit Scholarship winners with perfect grades routinely get rejected from the ivies, MIT, Stanford, U Chicago, etc. Little if any merit money to be had from this group. If your son is a national Merit Scholar there will be...
by gasman
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spinning off 23 Year Old Son (Car)
Replies: 17
Views: 1902

Re: Spinning off 23 Year Old Son (Car)

Might also want to check rates where he is going to be keeping the car. Philadelphia had absolutely brutal insurance rates compared to the rest of the state when we lived there a long time ago.
by gasman
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you hire an obese nanny?
Replies: 81
Views: 4678

Re: Would you hire an obese nanny?

As long as I wasn't paying her health insurance, I would hire her.
by gasman
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Landlord - collections
Replies: 13
Views: 1671

Re: Landlord - collections

It goes both ways. Many years ago I rented an apartment from a landlord that had a bad record of returning security deposits. Lots of charges deducted. The company required two months security. Based on this information, I declined to pay the last two months. When he protested, I said send me an ite...
by gasman
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail
Replies: 29
Views: 3900

Re: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail

Costco cuts their steaks too thick.
Lobels is awesome but very expensive.
Allen Brothers is slightly lower quality but a much better value.
Local Butcher can be awesome if you have a have access to one.
by gasman
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fed unloading bonds?
Replies: 19
Views: 3242

Re: Fed unloading bonds?

Everyone knows about the Fed's plans. So this should be built into current prices.
Also, other foreign central banks could take up the slack and print money and buy US Treasury bonds.
Nobody knows nothing.
by gasman
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Municipal Funds in a Traditional IRA?
Replies: 24
Views: 1884

Re: Municipal Funds in a Traditional IRA?

I think that there is a very rare (maybe once a generation case) to be made for buying muni bonds in a tax advantaged account: If you are willing to market time and and believe that municipal bonds are cheap relative to taxable bonds. In the last decade, (POST MEREDITH WHITNEY) the muni/treasury rat...
by gasman
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has the "bond bubble" caused you to change your allocation?
Replies: 90
Views: 12295

Re: Has the "bond bubble" caused you to change your allocation?

Slight tinkering. A little shorter duration as the yield curve as flattened. A little more in CDs as opposed to corporates as the corporate to treasury spread has narrowed. Nibbling at TIPs in the 7-10 year range whenever real yield gets above 0.5%.
by gasman
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 13434

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

first sip of a martini on friday afternoon with good weather that I don't have to work the weekend.
by gasman
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent 1st world problem [coffeemaker]
Replies: 48
Views: 4484

Re: Urgent 1st world problem [coffeemaker]

Love our technivorm