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by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wrong about international bonds?
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Wrong about international bonds?

I think a small allocation is probably wise, but not necessary. When I consider adding a small allocation of anything I always do a back of the envelope calculation of what that small portion would mean to my overall portfolio if that allocation out performed by a whopping 10%. I usually come up wi...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wrong about international bonds?
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Wrong about international bonds?

No. Bonds are for safety. Why would you want to take on currency risk in your safe assets? Or do you want to incur the added cost of currency hedging instead? Looks like the currency hedging is pretty cheap. Dale In our view, investors remain far too complacent about the role that currency risk pla...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Roth Tax Accounts Distribution Code Errors
Replies: 16
Views: 517

Re: Vanguard Roth Tax Accounts Distribution Code Errors

As it turns out after spending quite some time on the phone with Vanguard as to why my Roth 1099-R was coded with a Code T instead of a Q ... I'm sorry Dave but what are you talking about? :D Do people actually get distributions from their ROTH's? I thought those accounts were for the grandkids. :b...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

You're obviously missing the point here, Doc. Even the online December 2018 version that claims to be YTD (I downloaded it to see) doesn't include all transactions for that year -- it's the same as the paper version. It would be nice if it did. You're apparently aware of that fact, since you talked...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wrong about international bonds?
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Wrong about international bonds?

Should International Bonds be a component in our asset allocation after all? No. Bonds are for safety. Why would you want to take on currency risk in your safe assets? Or do you want to incur the added cost of currency hedging instead? The reason that International Bonds outperformed the US TBM rec...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Super Short Term Bond Risks
Replies: 16
Views: 1353

Re: Super Short Term Bond Risks

The Vanguard Ultra Short Term Bond (VUBFX) seems like a great place to park short term funds. It has a SEC yield of 2.71% and a duration of only 0.9 years so the interest rate risk seems minimal. 1) Be careful with SEC 30 day yields that include December. Depending on whether a fund accrues dividen...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

In responding to me The previous statements from Vanguard DID include ALL transactions, so there's no obvious reason that they can't continue to do so. They can do it but it would increase costs. Vanguard wants to get rid of paper altogether but there are people who are computer limited and Vanguard...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

That's one possible explanation, Doc. However, IMO, they should punish traders who exceed a certain number and not punish all of the rest of us by taking away a valuable resource we previously had (one real YTD statement for each year). Nice idea but I don't think a broker is "allowed" to make that...
by Doc
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Group holds about $415 million of municipal bonds issued on behalf of PG&E Corp.
Replies: 9
Views: 1931

Re: Vanguard Group holds about $415 million of municipal bonds issued on behalf of PG&E Corp.

Doubtless it will take years to sort out in court. Saw a clip about PG&E on TV yesterday. California laws are different from what we usually think of. Liability accrues to a public utility without having to prove negligence. Even a long bankruptcy period will not likely effect bond holders which ar...
by Doc
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

That's one possible explanation, Doc. However, IMO, they should punish traders who exceed a certain number and not punish all of the rest of us by taking away a valuable resource we previously had (one real YTD statement for each year). Nice idea but I don't think a broker is "allowed" to make that...
by Doc
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

We really don't need ALL statement -- only one complete YTD statement for each year like we used to get. In another recent thread relating to Vangaurd stopping purchases of of some leveraged assets https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=269047&p=4318922#p4318922 there was a comment t...
by Doc
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to use Vanguard Portfolio Watch for rebalancing
Replies: 100
Views: 61707

Re: How to use Vanguard Portfolio Watch for rebalancing

Google Sheets works well for me and has for years. It imports fund prices and allows me to calculate percentages. No pie charts (that I know of), but I don't need them. Re-balancing makes me think a little and that's probably good. If Google didn't import prices then I'd be forced to use PW or M*, ...
by Doc
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard has switched to brokerage only accounts
Replies: 186
Views: 43755

Re: Vanguard has switched to brokerage only accounts

I was hoping for something more official looking than a spreadsheet. I don't understand why there is a need for a permanent copy of a broker transaction report. Cost basis yes but individual dividends, transfers and interest payments not so much. If you ever need info on a past transaction for the ...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

What were you trading? I asked a Schwab rep if there would be margin interest if I bought a Schwab mutual fund (not ETF) and sold the money fund the same day. He said no but I didn't ask 10 of them to get a consensus answer........and even then it might not be the correct answer. The issue involves...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

What were you trading? I asked a Schwab rep if there would be margin interest if I bought a Schwab mutual fund (not ETF) and sold the money fund the same day. He said no but I didn't ask 10 of them to get a consensus answer........and even then it might not be the correct answer. The issue involves...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard to stop accepting purchases in Leveraged or Inverse mutual funds]
Replies: 145
Views: 8328

Re: [Vanguard to stop accepting purchases in Leveraged or Inverse mutual funds]

Other retail brokerages like Charles Schwab Corp. , TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and Fidelity Investments still offer the products, though investors opting to buy them receive additional prompts to make them aware of risks. https://www.wsj.com/articles/vanguard-wont-let-investors-trade-these-popular...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

This part isn't right; irrespective of getting settled funds from sale on account on settlement day for the buy, it would represent a free ride because over the first night both the purchased T+2_settlement holding and the T+1_settlement mutual fund holding would be "in the market"; that is, the tr...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard to stop accepting purchases in Leveraged or Inverse mutual funds]
Replies: 145
Views: 8328

Re: [Vanguard to stop accepting purchases in Leveraged or Inverse mutual funds]

Vanguard won’t let investors trade these 400 popular funds and securities — here’s why The risky products are attracting scrutiny from regulators https://www.marketwatch.com/story/vanguard-wont-let-investors-trade-these-400-popular-funds-and-securities-heres-why-2019-01-12 Little info here but link...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

I would assume the money market interest would be the same with or without margin? Or did you intend to imply that in a margin account, the money would collect interest on that day? I don't know. I think at Vanguard if you sell a T1 and buy a T2 on the same day the money for the sale does not sweep...
by Doc
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

But if both orders were submitted timely and executed on the same day I don't see why tmcc was charged a night's margin interest; Schwab should be called on that. If I place a transfer out and sell SWVXX the same day I get charged margin interest. IIRC if you buy SWVXX and sell an ETF the same day ...
by Doc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

Now, under the new system, you have to keep the entire year's worth of statements if you want a true YTD of all transactions. No you don't. You can get all the transactions downloaded in several formats and print it if you want. But those formats do not include the "year to date statement". I just ...
by Doc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

Fortunately, you can still request a trade, put in the sell amount later in the day. And as long as the cash is in the account on "settlement" day, it all works fine. Sell later in the day is fine but I got gigged for the same settlement day recently in the cash account. Schwab interprets the trade...
by Doc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts
Replies: 70
Views: 7178

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Accounts

Now only if Vanguard would update the account statements to provide a year to date statement listing all transactions for the year. One could then print the year end final statement and have a full accounting for the year. I know Mel had mentioned that he mentioned this to Vanguard. I really do not...
by Doc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab SWSXX going away
Replies: 37
Views: 2583

Re: Schwab SWSXX going away

Schwab moved the sweep accounts in both of our accounts to Schwab Bank sometime last year.. I'm now using Schwab Value Advantage MM (SWVXX) which is a purchase MM account not a sweep account so it takes an extra day to "settle" sometimes. That's not an issue in our taxable account because it is a ma...
by Doc
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your Vanguard Page
Replies: 32
Views: 2847

Re: Your Vanguard Page

I log on to Vanguard several times a week but what's an account page?
by Doc
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: wash sale rule question
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: wash sale rule question

There is no question that is not a wash sale. You have an actively managed fund and an index. Having the same general investment objective is a far cry from being substantially identical. The wash sale rule applies to things that are the same thing in everything but name, not things that are merely...
by Doc
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard to stop accepting purchases in Leveraged or Inverse mutual funds]
Replies: 145
Views: 8328

Re: More Nanny State From Vanguard

There have been a number of comments about whether a broker can ban some mutual funds. But my question was whether they could ban ETF's listed on an exchange like NASDAQ. The idea of discriminating by setting a different fee structure is different from a Vanguard actually banning a listed Schwab ETF...
by Doc
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard to stop accepting purchases in Leveraged or Inverse mutual funds]
Replies: 145
Views: 8328

Re: More Nanny State From Vanguard

I don't understand how a broker could be allowed to ban a legitimately traded security. Could they also disallowed an ETF whose name begins with "Schwab"?
by Doc
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard has switched to brokerage only accounts
Replies: 186
Views: 43755

Re: Vanguard has switched to brokerage only accounts

If a true year-to-date statement is not possible, then how can I get a December only statement, that follows the same logic that is used for statements January - November? From the December statement "Some or all of this information may be reported to the IRS on Form 1099-B Proceeds from Broker and...
by Doc
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Avoid rebalancing between risky assets. Let bulls run.
Replies: 33
Views: 2742

Re: Avoid rebalancing between risky assets. Let bulls run.

In the very long run equities will out outperform fixed income because they are more risky. Duh! Stop trying to use limited term return or even risk adjusted return to try to make some point. If you never rebalance you would wind up with a very high AA in the long term. Is this what you want? A ver...
by Doc
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Avoid rebalancing between risky assets. Let bulls run.
Replies: 33
Views: 2742

Re: Avoid rebalancing between risky assets. Let bulls run.

To the extent that rebalancing makes any difference at all, yearly rebalancing seems harmful, while a very wide rebalancing "band" of 10-15% seems to often increase returns slightly and decrease volatility slightly. In the very long run equities will out outperform fixed income because they are mor...
by Doc
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Avoid rebalancing between risky assets. Let bulls run.
Replies: 33
Views: 2742

Re: Avoid rebalancing between risky assets. Let bulls run.

Rebalancing is to control risk not maximize return. As a general principle higher risk assets should produce higher return. If they didn't we wouldn't invest in them. No stocks, only T-Bills. Attempting to choose a rebalancing strategy by looking at returns is counter productive. Just pick a strated...
by Doc
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Case study Broker trade executions
Replies: 261
Views: 31123

Re: Case study Broker trade executions

Probably not relevant but last Friday I placed a market order to sell 200 shares of a very liquid stock and got a "Price Improvement" of $0.72. :D

Obviously not a significant amount but nevertheless the price was better than the bid. The typical spread on this security is $0.01.
by Doc
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Case study Broker trade executions
Replies: 261
Views: 31123

Re: Case study Broker trade executions

Would Vanguard allow you to swap fund shares from your IRA with an equivalent amount cash from her IRA? I doubt that is something they do, but maybe it is. If not, then why is it a problem for you to do what you did? Depending on the details. I can make the swap from joint to my ROTH. But that is n...
by Doc
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

The guess I mentioned earlier is that Schwab doesn't want to deal with the apparently high quotes for the two earliest maturities. Eh... It seems to me that they would need a better reason than "doesn't want to deal with ..." The SEC has guidelines. Of course I have no idea what the guidelines are.
by Doc
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

Most of our ready cash is sitting at Schwab which is not showing a market for the April note and I don't feel like moving it for a very short term investment so I think I'm going to pass. Yes, I verified with a CUSIP search that Schwab does not offer this one (not that that's surprising, since it d...
by Doc
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

I am mostly seeing these short-termers as more hassle to evaluate than they are worth. A 3.5% APY for a $10k investment is just about two Starbucks per week. :D But if there is runaway inflation in the next couple months... :moneybag :wink: I am not worried about Starbucks raising their price of a ...
by Doc
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

jeffyscott wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:23 pm
I am mostly seeing these short-termers as more hassle to evaluate than they are worth.
A 3.5% APY for a $10k investment is just about two Starbucks per week. :D
by Doc
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

Inflation factor for April 2019 is not known. The latest known inflation factor is for Feb 1, 2019. February not April? What's a few months when I get 2018 and 2019 confused? :oops: I bought a few of the April 2019 ones today, I had chunk of funds to invest due to HSA transfer and wanted some of th...
by Doc
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

This seems to make a lot of sense. The higher bid/ask spreads for the shortest maturities also might be supporting this notion: higher risk -> lower demand -> lower liquidity -> higher bid/ask spread. This may be the answer to my basic question. If the inflation factor for the April 2019 is known w...
by Doc
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do "Settled Funds" work when attempting to TLH/swap ETFs?
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: How do "Settled Funds" work when attempting to TLH/swap ETFs?

TropikThunder wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:01 pm
When you buy with unsettled funds, there’s a pop up cautioning you about not selling the new fund before settlement of the first transaction.
That may be true for VBS but it is not necessarily universal.
by Doc
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: December 31st transaction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1900

Re: December 31st transaction?

Missed the boat, 31st being monday totally screwed up my internal clock I thought it was still sunday. :( Oh well, I guess I can always grab the losses for 2019. Thanks for all the replies, I hope this thread helps others in the future. If the trade date was Monday it should go on your 2018 return....
by Doc
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

I wouldn't buy a TIPS maturing in less than a year with any intention of selling it before maturity; i.e., I would not consider it part of my liquid funds, which would be cash and securities maturing in the timeframes I expect to need cash. Given the "weird" data I completely concur. Schwab only sh...
by Doc
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: December 31st transaction?
Replies: 11
Views: 1900

Re: December 31st transaction?

I placed a market sell order at 10:50 E. It executed immediately. AT 2:07 I got an email trade notification. Everything has today's date.
by Doc
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

I want to expand on the idea that maybe short term TIPS are riskier than nominal over short time frames. (This does not apply to the shortest ones, where the inflation factor at maturity is known and they have become essentially a nominal.) I just did a search at Schwab: Maturity Jan 2019 to Decemb...
by Doc
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do "Settled Funds" work when attempting to TLH/swap ETFs?
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: How do "Settled Funds" work when attempting to TLH/swap ETFs?

He gave same day sale/buy as a reason. Both the sale and the buy will settle in the future on the (same) settlement date. If the actual settlement for the buy occurs just before the settlement for the sale, then a penalty could occur. Margin accounts eliminate this risk. One needs to be careful whe...
by Doc
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

Different brokers display the search results differently. Schwab displays the accrued interest and estimated total price for the quantity entered in your search criteria Kevin, does the WSJ data provide consistent data with the various brokers and your calculations. Ignoring the large quantities of...
by Doc
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

The nominal curve is inverted at the low end (2 months):

Date 1 Mo 2 Mo 3 Mo 6 Mo 1 Yr

12/28/18 2.39 2.47 2.40 2.48 2.57 :?

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-cente ... data=yield
by Doc
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

That January TIPS was at about nominal 2% annualized and that was actually less than the similar maturity nominal . The WSJ had the January 15, 2019 TIPS at 4.625 at Friday close. This is a market yield not some calculation that we amatures are making. The January nominals were 2.19 to 2.41 dependi...
by Doc
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end
Replies: 125
Views: 7455

Re: TIPS yield curve inverted at short end

That's because a CPI decline of about 0.3% over the ~ 3 week period to maturity is baked in. Ok there is some deflation that is baked in. But it's not just the calculations that Kevin and #cruncher are making. It's also the actual bid/asks from the market that is giving the same high yield. Wouldn'...