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by Peculiar_Investor
Sun May 12, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camera Lens Recommendation - 50-250MM
Replies: 12
Views: 702

Re: Camera Lens Recommendation - 50-250MM

Iowa David wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 9:40 am
I am looking for a 50-250MM lens to capture both sport photos and long-distance, stationary objects for our Canon EOS Rebel 3i.
I've got the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens Review and would recommend it.
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed May 08, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: windfall management
Replies: 38
Views: 3384

Re: windfall management

canjoos wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 10:26 pm
i'm asking for guidance. I've read most of the posts and links about windfall and I've basically sat on most of this in a money market.
Have you also read the wiki article Managing a windfall?
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon May 06, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Starting investing as a Canadian working in the U.S.
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Starting investing as a Canadian working in the U.S.

Now, I am where I need to choose a broker. I was considering Vanguard, for one because they are present in the US and Canada, but I would appreciate if anyone has some experience with that kind of situation. Vanguard Canada does not offer brokerage services so if you are considered them for future ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Banff/Lake Louise Winter Trip
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: Banff/Lake Louise Winter Trip

I'm planning on taking a family trip to Banff/Lake Louise in January or February 2020. We will almost certainly fly into Calgary. Banff/Lake Louise in the winter is absolutely our favorite time to visit, particularly for the Ice Magic Festival in mid-January. We tend to stay at the Chateau Lake Lou...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: researching citizenship ?'s for Canadian spouse in US
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: researching citizenship ?'s for Canadian spouse in US

Any good books/blogs/wikis that address these issues or am I condemned to wading through tax treaties and internet charlatans or paying someone? A couple of resources you might consider the Canadian sister forum, Financial Wisdom Forum (FWF) and their wiki finiki, the Canadian financial wiki Canada...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

Lots of interesting discussion here but the original question remains unanswered? Are there any recommendations on either of the two Blu-Ray drives that I'm considering? They ones under consideration are the LG WH16NS40 and the ASUS BW-16D1HT. I have both of these drives. They are actually the same...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's a good external hard drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 891

Re: What's a good external hard drive?

I have about 6TB of stuff I need to archive. Most of these are really high quality photos (e.g. old family photos scanned at 2400 dpi TIFF), videos and music files. I started a discussion, Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving , about a similar need to archive. In my case I di...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What golf ball do you use?
Replies: 40
Views: 2014

Re: What golf ball do you use?

Hover around a 5.0 index and I play Titleist Pro V1x or Pro V1 when playing competitive rounds. For other rounds I find any of the top calibre balls from TaylorMade or Callaway work just as well. I generally don't purchase balls but rely on others at my club who buy the best and then lose them 🤣 I r...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Excellent site for bond basics
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Excellent site for bond basics

Added as an external link in the Bogleheads wiki Bond basics.
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How detailed is your review of your tax return when prepared by a professional?
Replies: 9
Views: 1132

Re: How detailed is your review of your tax return when prepared by a professional?

I decided to use a professional for the first time this year because my taxes are more complicated right now than they have been in the past. They just sent me an 180 page document to sign. I owe a few thousand this year whereas in past years I've received a large refund, but the explanation comple...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we have renters insurance?
Replies: 68
Views: 3451

Re: Should we have renters insurance?

Late last year my apartment was flooded by a broken pipe in the unit above. My renters insurance paid to clean, pack, and store my stuff while my unit is being renovated. It also has covered 10 weeks in a hotel (so far). So, yeah, get the insurance. My son had a similar experience due to the sprink...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Dumb question but it's been bugging me [What do the the topic icons mean?]
Replies: 12
Views: 2186

Re: Dumb question but it's been bugging me [What do the the topic icons mean?]

As a techie this is one of my favourite comics that I’ve used numerous times and lived many, many times. Image
Source: xkcd
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Seek advise: Canadian Citizen living in USA
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Seek advise: Canadian Citizen living in USA

Welcome to the BH forum. 😊

The OP has posted here at the suggestion of LadyGeek over on the Canadian sister site, Seek advise: Canadian Citizen living in USA - Financial Wisdom Forum, so there is some parallel discussion going on.
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Best book [to give to young people about investments]
Replies: 14
Views: 1142

Re: Best book [to give to young people about investments]

This question comes up periodically, such as the recent https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=269646 and https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=267165 and https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=265884. There are a number of common themes and books mention...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What did wise people do with their investments in 2008
Replies: 102
Views: 7390

Re: What did wise people do with their investments in 2008

I am currently 85% stocks 15% bonds and am comfortable with that. I'm just saying if a big drop in prices were to occur, I would consider buying more stocks. At current P/E of the S&P I would not be comfortable with more than 85% stocks. :oops: Still on my first cup of coffee this morning and just ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What did wise people do with their investments in 2008
Replies: 102
Views: 7390

Re: What did wise people do with their investments in 2008

I very much admire all of you who stayed calm and managed to stay the course or even invest more during the great recession. As a novice investor I'm very curious how I will act during a next big downturn. My plan would be to go from 85/15 to 100% stocks in case of a crash but I realize this probab...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Extremely Short 'Stay Logged In' Time
Replies: 30
Views: 5415

Re: Extremely Short 'Stay Logged In' Time

I want to cry. I just wrote all my financial information and a really nice post and it was deleted!!! Why was I logged out? And why are you logged out if you're actively writing on the Bogleheads site? I am so bummed out. Do you still have your browser open? Hit the back button and you should get b...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What did wise people do with their investments in 2008
Replies: 102
Views: 7390

Re: What did wise people do with their investments in 2008

What did wise people do with their investments in 2008 when it was confirmed bear market? Since the OP just recently joined they may or may not be aware that the forum was operating during the period in question, so if you search you can find 'as it happened' details of how forum members felt and a...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Can Americans buy an ETF on Toronto Stock Exchange or is that considered a PFIC?
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Can Americans buy an ETF on Toronto Stock Exchange or is that considered a PFIC?

I am specifically looking at Horizons HXT ETF: The Horizons ETF that you mentioned uses financial engineering to accomplish its objective so I wouldn't categorize it as a 'standard' index fund. If you truly are considering it then I would strongly recommend reading the HXT Product Sheet More about ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: should I dispose of my Canadian RRSP? (and, if so, how?)
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: should I dispose of my Canadian RRSP? (and, if so, how?)

Before moving to the US, I had a small RRSP in Canada. What citizenship(s), particularly for tax purposes, do you have? What US state do you live in. From what I recall reading on the Financial Wisdom Forum (FWF), California has onerous tax requirements on a Canadian RRSP. Disclosure: I'm a member ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buffett's Shareholder Letter for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 4688

Buffett's Shareholder Letter for 2018

Warren Buffett's 2018 Shareholder Letter has been posted. I note that their site is running a tad slow this morning. I guess it is a popular download. I've taken a quick glance through it and I thought there might be another mention of Jack Bogle this year, but alas not. I'm just finishing brewing p...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 491
Views: 124303

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Feature Request: IGNORE Member That has been previously requested, Ignore list? . Previous answer, I post on a different site which uses this forum software. In the User Control Panel is a tab for Friends and Foes. On the other site, I can designate another user as a Foe and their posts will, by de...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you get spooked by the December 2018 fall and gave up on passive?
Replies: 133
Views: 7704

Re: Did you get spooked by the December 2018 fall and gave up on passive?

OP, if you got spooked by the activity in December, then your asset allocation is not appropriate for your risk tolerance. What is your current stock/bond mix? The refrain around here is "need, willingness, and ability" to take risk. You mention getting a late start, that may mean you are taking mo...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

Until one tests a restore from their backups, they don't really have certainty that their solution is actually working. That is done automatically by checking the "verify" box in the "burn disk" dialog. Agreed, but some software doesn't automatically set "verify" as true. I always make sure to "ver...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

I don't, personally, have a good answer on data preservation. I don't think it's a simple problem. With regard to both Blu-Ray and DVD, they are dying technologies: Samsung Gives Up on Blu-Ray, Will Not Release Any New Players in the US . How many years Blu-Ray has left before that will post a real...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4473
Views: 1155337

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

'Bohemian Rhapsody'. DW and I both loved it. DW said the critics didn't like it and indeed Rotten Tomatoes Critics is 59% and 49 on Metacritic but Audience is 93% and 85 respectively. I don't know if the critics missed the 70s and 80s and the HIV epidemic but it was a powerful depiction of the tria...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

Thank you. I suspected but didn't realize that the drives were the same hardware. I'm going to have to think about whether I've got speed (generally yes) and noise level (generally no) concerns or whether I just go lowest cost. You can just buy the lowest cost LG drive, and then crossflash the Asus...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you get spooked by the December 2018 fall and gave up on passive?
Replies: 133
Views: 7704

Re: Did you get spooked by the December 2018 fall and gave up on passive?

retire2022 wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:29 am
the 2019 was a typo
I knew that. I just thought it was humourous to see the juxtaposition of the back to back posts. I didn't mean to offend, typos are an everyday part of the interweb.
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

Lots of interesting discussion here but the original question remains unanswered? Are there any recommendations on either of the two Blu-Ray drives that I'm considering? They ones under consideration are the LG WH16NS40 and the ASUS BW-16D1HT. I have both of these drives. They are actually the same...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you get spooked by the December 2018 fall and gave up on passive?
Replies: 133
Views: 7704

Re: Did you get spooked by the December 2018 fall and gave up on passive?

I gave up long ago on predicting the future. no I was not worried, as of tonight I'm approx 40K from all time high August 27, 2019. You two need to talk.😊 Getting back to the topic at hand, during my investing career I've survived Black Monday , the Dot-com bubble , and Financial crisis of 2007–200...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Slide presentation to teach others
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: Slide presentation to teach others

The wiki has quite a collection as well, see Bogleheads® financial literacy project.
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

I've done the standard Google searches and have narrowed the possible contenders down to two, the LG WH16NS40 and the ASUS BW-16D1HT. There is a slight difference in features and the ASUS costs a bit more. Have any Bogleheads moved in the direction of using a Blu-Ray drive for data storage and arch...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

If I may be so bold, I can’t conceive of a use case where any individual has a critical need for more than a gig or so of personal data. Maybe if you’re an amateur movie maker and have tons of personal family movies or something. I've got ~ 190 GB of photos alone. I'm a semi-serious amateur photogr...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Globe & Mail interview with William Bernstein
Replies: 20
Views: 5061

Re: Globe & Mail interview with William Bernstein

Time flies ... and The Globe and Mail has once again interviewed William Bernstein, How one of the most influential investors of our era manages his portfolio - The Globe and Mail (For subscribers, i.e. paywall) Can you tell us which strategies have been most helpful to your portfolio? The strategie...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stock Quotes - Downloadable
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Stock Quotes - Downloadable

For years I utilize YaHoo stock data to update a spreadsheet that tracks my portfolio and watch list. In fact, I built a rather complex spreadsheet around that data. Late in 2017 YaHoo (actually Verizon) unceremoniously blocked access. I substituted Google Sheets, which provided similar data but no...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: recommend your African safari
Replies: 16
Views: 1239

Re: recommend your African safari

As I've previously posted on some similar topics, we did Botswana for 7 nights and I would highly recommend it. The Okavango Delta was amazing. Not necessarily cheap, but priceless.
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3818

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

Peculiar_Investor, I disagreed. You can get a fully functional PC for $300 to $700. At that price, you can dispose off the PC after a few years. Only a gamer need a much better PC. OP is not a gamer. KlangFool I understood and was trying my best to extrapolate current needs from the previous histor...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3818

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

Loosing my resumes and all my docs, pictures, etc was hard enough. Was there another post about this? Most of the time, documents and photos can be easily retrieved from a hard drive or PC that no longer boots. If you don't know how to do this, Best Buy's Geek Squad would be able to do this for you...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Outbox
Replies: 13
Views: 2683

Re: Stuck in Outbox

The FAQ is where I looked first - but it doesn't address this "stuck in outbox" question. The behavior is unusual AFAIK so a FAQ entry on it would be a good idea. Unfortunately the FAQ is the stock FAQ as supplied by phpBB (the forum software). The 'workaround' is to check Posting FAQ for the Bogle...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Welcome to the new forum layout
Replies: 54
Views: 6796

Re: Welcome to the new forum layout

The keen eyed observer might also note the little " - " sign at the right edge of each forum category. That's because it allows users to collapse and minimise forum categories with a simple click. Very useful when viewing the Board index page and some of the categories aren't of interest to you. Jus...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Legos as alternative asset class
Replies: 36
Views: 2850

Re: Legos as alternative asset class

On the other hand they occupied my kids for so many hours, Legos were easily our best toy value on a cost per unit time basis. Very Bogleheadish indeed! I got endless enjoyment out of Legos, as did my children. If or when we have grandchildren I'm expecting they too will get to play with Lego. Abso...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Legos as alternative asset class
Replies: 36
Views: 2850

Re: Legos as alternative asset class

But Lego is a Danish company and I thought the consensus was Bogleheads don't need international :D
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay for 1 week in Madrid?
Replies: 25
Views: 1153

Re: Where to stay for 1 week in Madrid?

Another suggestion for Madrid although not where to stay but what to do. Make sure you visit the Royal Armoury of Madrid. When we visited the Palace there wasn't clear signage to indicate that it even existed, we stumbled upon it while exploring the courtyard. The displays are stunning.
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Optimal equity home bias for non-U.S. investors
Replies: 46
Views: 2164

Re: Optimal equity home bias for non-U.S. investors

I live in Canada. My equity position is 1/3 Canada, 1/3 US, 1/3 Intl. My fixed income is all Canadian except a small amount of USD fixed income that came from a US inheritance. Canadian equities get a favourable dividend tax treatment here in Canada which creates some incentive to hold them. I aske...
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay for 1 week in Madrid?
Replies: 25
Views: 1153

Re: Where to stay for 1 week in Madrid?

Yet another vote for day trips to both Toledo and Segovia using the train service. Both were fantastic. The Aqueduct of Segovia is a wonder.