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by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Interesting ride so far - Crypto-curriencies
Replies: 25
Views: 1099

Re: Interesting ride so far - Crypto-curriencies

In addition to the cautions others have offered, I'll offer this. I'm a follower of the foundation provided by Ben Graham who began his classic book, The Intelligent Investor , in Chapter 1 with An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis promises safety of principal and an adequate...
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best option for large foreign currency transfer
Replies: 35
Views: 2472

Re: Best option for large foreign currency transfer

motorcyclesarecool wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:03 pm
No slight was intended on my part.
Apologies if I came on a bit strong. I'm annoyed with the owner of the "other" website for their lack of acknowledgement. I've previously alerted Norbert to the website and left it to him to decide if any follow-up was required.
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Notifications
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: Notifications

You might also want to read this post for user specific settings that might work for you.
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: How to Follow a Post
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: How to Follow a Post

I don't see a way to follow a particular post. Is there a way and is it working today? There is a setting in your User Control Panel (UCP), under Board preferences that might help. The direct link is https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/ucp.php?i=ucp_prefs&mode=post. Look at your setting for Notify me ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best option for large foreign currency transfer
Replies: 35
Views: 2472

Re: Best option for large foreign currency transfer

Is there a Danish equivalent to Norbert’s gambit? Buy a high volume liquid company traded both in Copenhagen and New York, journal the shares over to dollars and sell? For what it's worth, the real source is Norbert's gambit - finiki, the Canadian financial wiki which summarizes the discussion from...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 10824

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

I have two wireless routers, one by Linksys and the other by ASUS. A couple of days ago I re-checked the respective websites and both had released new firmware that addresses the KRACK WPA2 issue. For those interested in whether there is a fix for your specific router, check out GitHub - kristate/kr...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 247
Views: 21268

Re: Excel Macro using Yahoo Finance- not working

Peculiar_Investor, I read through the documentation and I am confused. smfGetYahooPortfolioView() Could you please provide an example of how to use this function to get a price quote of a ticker? Thanks in advance. KlangFool P.S.: I figured this out. It is too simple. smfGetYahooPortfolioView("MMM"...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 247
Views: 21268

Re: Excel Macro using Yahoo Finance- not working

A follow-up that I've also posted on FWF. There are some clues/workarounds to the Yahoo! download problem in SMF Add-in Announcements: New ZIP File -- Version 2017.10.31 . From what I can gather from some quick testing using his supplied smfGetYahooPortfolioView-Example.xls file, the update for the...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 247
Views: 21268

Re: Excel Macro using Yahoo Finance- not working

The admin in the Yahoo Finance group reports that they're working on the outage. Hopefully he is correct, and it's not a policy change. Any change you have a link for this information because it seems to be contradicted by This was posted on yahoo.uservoice.com: AdminYahoo Product Support (Admin, Y...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 247
Views: 21268

Re: Excel Macro using Yahoo Finance- not working

A follow-up that I've also posted on FWF. There are some clues/workarounds to the Yahoo! download problem in SMF Add-in Announcements: New ZIP File -- Version 2017.10.31 . From what I can gather from some quick testing using his supplied smfGetYahooPortfolioView-Example.xls file, the update for the ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor Larimore Member #495
Replies: 17
Views: 7449

Re: Taylor Larimore Member #495

denovo wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:01 am
How do we know our member numbers?
Click on the profile link, i.e for you it is memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=48065. You are user #48065.
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 247
Views: 21268

Re: Excel Macro using Yahoo Finance- not working

It has been reported in a number of places. For example, I use the Excel SMF Add-in to get quotes from Yahoo! via RCHGetYahooQuotes() function and that stopped working yesterday afternoon. Others are noticing as well, see https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/smf_addin/conversations/messages/33396. Th...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?
Replies: 115
Views: 5210

Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

My username often get shortened to PI (or some variation), hence the avatar.
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: S&P 500 -- Ten Years Thoughts?
Replies: 45
Views: 5284

Re: S&P 500 -- Ten Years Thoughts?

Is the S&P 500 still worth it overall? I see Buffet / Bogle advice recommending it, with a preference to all-market. However these are available hedged in the UK. That's the US centric home country bias coming into play IMHO. You have to consider that the U.S. economy has been the world's leading e...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: S&P 500 -- Ten Years Thoughts?
Replies: 45
Views: 5284

Re: S&P 500 -- Ten Years Thoughts?

Is the S&P 500 still worth it overall? I see Buffet / Bogle advice recommending it, with a preference to all-market. However these are available hedged in the UK. That's the US centric home country bias coming into play IMHO. Others have mentioned it above and given some thoughts on it. As a Canadi...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding a fee-only US-Canada advisor?
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Finding a fee-only US-Canada advisor?

You might want to check out the discussion forum at Serbinski tax forum which deals specifically with US-Canada tax issues.

Another resource is the sister Canadian forum, Financial Wisdom Forum, which has some posters who are familiar with cross-border tax issues.
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [US - Canadian Investment advice]
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Canada-specific investment advice

Bacon+Beans wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:22 am
This seems long and complicated; is there a book or blog that addresses this? Thanks.
The Bogleheads wiki article Taxation as a US person living abroad would be a good starting point.
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Vanguard's size a worry
Replies: 21
Views: 4412

Re: Bogle: Vanguard's size a worry

ruralavalon wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:02 am
Thank you RadAudit for furnishing the link.
Ahem ... :?
Peculiar_Investor wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:36 am
RadAudit wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:24 am
Link?
Bogle: Vanguard's Size a Worry
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Thank you Jack, Taylor and Mel!!
Replies: 27
Views: 2802

Re: Thank you Jack, Taylor and Mel!!

A couple of others also deserve mention. Without Alex Frakt and mingstar's efforts as site owners behind the scenes funding and operating the platform, this forum wouldn't exist in its current form. Their time and efforts very often occur in the background and aren't visible day-to-day.
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Canadian with $250 k (CAD) to invest. Need help with Asset Allocation.
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: Canadian with $250 k (CAD) to invest. Need help with Asset Allocation.

msk wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:48 am
There is a Canada-centric BH-type website here: http://www.financialwisdomforum.org/forum/index.php where you will get more specific advice. Do join and best wishes.
The OP has taken the advice, 250 k to Invest. Need Help With Asset Allocation, & Where to Invest. - Financial Wisdom Forum
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 10824

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

Further reading of KRACK Attacks: Breaking WPA2 indicates the problem has been known within the industry for quite a while, giving vendors time to address the issue before it became public. When did you first notify vendors about the vulnerability? We sent out notifications to vendors whose products...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 10824

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

From what I've read this morning, WiFi Key Reinstallation Attack breaks WPA2 encryption - gHacks Tech News , appears to be a major issue that everyone who has a home Wi-Fi router needs to understand. It also seems to have a major impact to Android users. Researchers have discovered a flaw in the Wi-...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Canada] Brokerage account recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: [Canada] Brokerage account recommendation

I'm one of those cross-posters from Canada. Since your dad banks mostly with BMO, for convenience sake BMO Investorline would probably make the most sense. They fit most of your criteria to the best of my knowledge. I use TD Direct Investing personally. A couple of useful links from the membership a...
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: accounting software for churches?
Replies: 24
Views: 1687

Re: accounting software for churches?

A few years back my father was involved in the treasury of his church and they used a program called PowerChurch. Other than the occasional "tech support" question about installing/running the software, I don't have any experience or recommendation/comment on the software. I just happen to know the ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Bogleheads you would most like to meet and why?
Replies: 134
Views: 9538

Re: Bogleheads you would most like to meet and why?

As an IT guy, I'd vote for Ladygeek. I always like the people who keep the infrastructure running. I'm also grateful to our moderators. Have you seen some of the other (less effectively moderated) message boards out there? You should then include mingstar in that list, he's the major player behind ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62437

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

If you notice, none of the posts in that thread have them. All of them are from Aug 10 or earlier. I suspect the new feature only applies to replies created after the upgrade, which was Aug 12. That would be correct. Also, it only applies if the poster uses the board's quote buttons and doesn't edi...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: SITE OFFLINE Sunday 10 AM Eastern (14:00 UTC) - software upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1536

Re: SITE OFFLINE Sunday 10 AM Eastern (14:00 UTC) - software upgrade

Here's where I reveal (once again) how oblivious I am to things: have you always posted these announcements on every sub-forum? I don't ever remember seeing them before. The forum software allows announcements and stickies. An announcement can be designated as a global announcement so it appears on...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?
Replies: 255
Views: 17937

Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

I wish we could restart the polls that we use to have. Not sure why the moderators took them away. The polls were always interesting and starting them again would re-energize discussion. Alex's post on the subject, Polls Disabled After consultation with the Advisory Board, I have disabled polls on ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First time getting into the market. DCA?
Replies: 14
Views: 916

Re: First time getting into the market. DCA?

However, I am not sure if the right approach is to just use all the money right now or maybe gradually get into the market (put 10k/month for 10 months for example). I am fine with a bear market but I would feel awful if I put all the money today and the turn down comes tomorrow. What would be the ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k - Moving to Canada
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: 401k - Moving to Canada

The Canadian equivalent is an RRSP it looks like, but not sure if there are penalties for moving the money from US to this account. You are correct the Canadian equivalent is the Registered Retirement Savings Plan - finiki, the Canadian financial wiki . There is a sister forum of Canadians. Was the...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Email today from Quicken CEO...I assume changes are coming...
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

Re: Email today from Quicken CEO...I assume changes are coming...

I got an email from the CEO of Quicken today. I can only assume that changes are coming to the price or pricing model. :x There is a lengthier topic on the issue -- Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern in case you missed it. Thanks to Canadian Bogleheads such as Bylo Selhi (and others),...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62437

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

ETA: Plus, there is this whole "date and time" stamp at the far right side of a quoted post, just hanging out there....it looks ridiculous to me and breaks up the visual continuity of a quote. It makes me feel like I'm dyslexic, and I'm not. I find the new timestamp information quite useful to give...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soliciting personal recommendations for a Barcelona trip
Replies: 56
Views: 4685

Re: Soliciting personal recommendations for a Barcelona trip

In Barcelona get your tickets for Sagrada Familia well an advance and get them for when it first opens so that it will be less crowded. Also get the tickets ahead of time for one of the elevator towers where you take the elevator up and then walk down. We did the one in the Nativity facade and it w...
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places
Replies: 34
Views: 3654

Re: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

We've definitely decided on Royal Tyrrell - still undecided on Dinosaur Prov Park. Dinosaur Provincial Park is another 2+ hours east from Royal Tyrrell. We've done it once and didn't feel the need to go back with any of our visitors, it's just too much additional driving time. On the way to Royal T...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places
Replies: 34
Views: 3654

Re: Trip to Banff / Lake Louise / other places

I've been to Edmonton, AB, Canada several times and we have gone to Banff twice (and love it there). This trip we will be 5 days in Canmore (near Banff); 4 days in Edmonton (where she is from); 1-2 days around Lake Louise; Considering 1 day at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary (closest we will probabl...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62437

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Your first whine.....not a change for the better. :( Yucky. Yes, I know you don't get any choice.... Sorry for the delay. Are you using Chrome? There's a bug report for blurry icons. Just to see if that's the problem, try using Firefox or Internet Explorer. The blurriness of the forum and topic ico...
by Peculiar_Investor
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62437

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I don't use HTML codes (remember, I'm a troglodyte :mrgreen: ) How could HTML sneak into my BH forum posts? BBCode is just a wrapper around HTML code. These were probably BBCode tags in the post that you had saved as a draft. It sounds like the following is happening when you save a draft: rather t...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62437

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Doesn't it say "Private Messages" next to it? It depends on the device being used to visit the site. On desktop/tablet type devices there generally is explanatory text and helpful information in hover bubbles for most icons. On smartphones, the responsive design of the interface removes many of the...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 427
Views: 62437

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I am also seeing a problem with the formatting when I have multiple items. ^^^ Nothing changed on how to do a list. The icons in the post editor changed, that's about it. Hover you cursor over each button in the post editing toolbar to see its corresponding "tool tip". You can practice here: Please...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Software Updated to phpBB 3.2.1
Replies: 38
Views: 3018

Re: Software Updated to phpBB 3.2.1

The double quotes look like cartoon eyes following me around. A little creepy. To me those quotes seem to be looking over my left shoulder. It's like they see someone sneaking up behind me! It is a byproduct of using Font-Awesome icons for many of the core features/functionalities. From what I unde...
by Peculiar_Investor
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Should this site highlight posts from the OP?
Replies: 7
Views: 2322

Re: Should this site highlight posts from the OP?

With software anything can be done. But the standard phpBB software that is used on this forum doesn't provide the feature. The admins have stated many times that customization of the forum software would add significant workload to the volunteers, hence the standard phpBB feature set is used.
by Peculiar_Investor
Fri May 12, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to South Africa in November - Advice
Replies: 24
Views: 1959

Re: Trip to South Africa in November - Advice

Having done the trip a few years back, I'd also agree that you'll need to make sure your actual vacation time is long enough compared to flying time. We flew Calgary-London (overnight, then 8 hour layover), then London-Joburg (overnight), then Joburg-Cape Town. From departure until arrival was about...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: US citizen living in Canada, looking for advice
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: US citizen living in Canada, looking for advice

The Vanguard Canada ETFs are PFIC holdings, I want to avoid those. Oops. I didn't realize that Vanguard Canada has structured them in that fashion. The point of the question was more around if there was some purpose in investing specifically in the country that I am living in. SInce your expenses n...
by Peculiar_Investor
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: US citizen living in Canada, looking for advice
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: US citizen living in Canada, looking for advice

If I lived in the US, I would use Vanguard, and build a balanced portfolio with their index funds, but because I am outside of the US, I can't technically use them (yes, I know that some people maintain a US address so they can do this). There is a Canadian Vanguard, but because I am a US citizen, ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Notifications not working correctly
Replies: 12
Views: 1475

Re: Notifications not working correctly

The Wizard wrote:
Peculiar_Investor wrote: ...The board software defaults to deleting notifications after 30 days BTW.
So why do I have to 246 of them?
It depends on your Notification settings. Do you bookmark or subscribe to many topics and notifications turned on for them? Do members quote you often?
by Peculiar_Investor
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Notifications not working correctly
Replies: 12
Views: 1475

Re: Notifications not working correctly

Sorry, I replied and then realized you answered what I answered later in your post. So, was a useless reply. Deleted. Next time just edit your post to say "deleted" or "nevermind" or whatever you'd like. That way people like me don't lose our minds ;) I'll disagree. I'd much rather not see a post, ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 468
Views: 56508

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

I would also add, that it's not just the cost of developing and maintaining the software, it's also the cost of developing and maintaining the back end of web scraping scripts that allow you to automatically download transactions from 14,000 plus financial institutions through Express web connect. ...
by Peculiar_Investor
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weird Situation - Working remotely for USA company - Living in Canada - HELP!
Replies: 12
Views: 1985

Re: Weird Situation - Working remotely for USA company - Living in Canada - HELP!

- RRSPs (Canada's 401k) are *not* compatible with US taxes as far as I can tell. We had one poster here moving to California, Canadian wife, and the best they could do was encash the RRSP, pay the 25% withdrawal fee, and start again. California would have simply taxed the assets even though they we...