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by carolinaman
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Garrett Planning Network experiences
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Re: Garrett Planning Network experiences

Garrett is often recommended as a reputable fee only financial planning source. I have checked their website and there is only one in the entire Charlotte metro area of 3M people and only a handful in the entire state of NC. Depending upon where you live, it may be difficult to find one in your loca...
by carolinaman
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sudden appearance of multiple buyers real or negotiation tactic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1400

Re: Sudden appearance of multiple buyers real or negotiation tactic?

As mentioned earlier I’ve been negotiating to buy a new house over the past several days. The seller way overpriced and was sitting on the market for months as a result. All was going well and I brought the buyer down significantly and looked like I was about to close. Suddenly we get a strange ema...
by carolinaman
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Burn Out: Should I quit high paying job and take a sabbatical?
Replies: 38
Views: 3447

Re: Career Burn Out: Should I quit high paying job and take a sabbatical?

Thanks everyone for the replies! My plan for now is to try and stick it out until the end of the year so I can collect on the bonus and RSU payout. Meanwhile I will keep saving aggressively and adding to my stash. Also, if things don't improve I plan to have a talk with my boss and see if we can co...
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash Out Retirement Account vs Rollover to IRA
Replies: 32
Views: 1594

Re: Cash Out Retirement Account vs Rollover to IRA

I will give an un-Boglehead answer. Cash out your IRA. If you save a decent part of your new salary (and you should), you should do fine with retirement savings. You obviously are obsessed with doing this and I say go for it. I have one caveat. There are always be financial needs that withdrawals fr...
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Burn Out: Should I quit high paying job and take a sabbatical?
Replies: 38
Views: 3447

Re: Career Burn Out: Should I quit high paying job and take a sabbatical?

Too many jobs in a short period of time is a big red flag. Combine that with a gap in employment, i.e. sabbatical, and it is a double red flag. I have hired a lot of people and the biggest red flag to me was a gap in employment. Explaining it as a sabbatical will be looked upon cynically. Yes, I kno...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small company effect is overstated due to flawed dataset
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Re: Small company effect is overstated due to flawed dataset

I find it hard to believe that when calculating factor premium such as value and small, they would have overlooked this within the datat set. And using portfoliovisualizer during his stated timeframe. 1986 to present, there appears to be a significant premium for SCV. Would be interesting to hear P...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?
Replies: 109
Views: 8355

Re: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?

It's just a number. While it may be a goal worth noting, it's a bit like driving across the border from Ohio to Indiana...the landscape will not have changed much--financially or otherwise. You really aren't much better off than you were at $990,000. I agree, and I have never driven between Ohio an...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you include in your grocery budget?
Replies: 36
Views: 1515

Re: What do you include in your grocery budget?

UpperNwGuy wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:16 am
If I buy it at a grocery store, I budget it under groceries. That includes paper towels, cleaning products, wine, and over the counter meds. Prescription meds, however, go under medical.
Same here. It would be hard to track non food items separately. Much easier this way.
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Hire financial advisor?
Replies: 21
Views: 1235

Re: Hire financial advisor?

I believe you can handled your investments by yourself as you have already been doing that and seem to understand this well. Vanguard typically gives a cookie cutter solution similar to what Bogleheads recommends. The biggest need I see is to develop a tax strategy that optimizes your taxes once you...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home remodeling using design-build companies. Questions!
Replies: 4
Views: 492

Re: Home remodeling using design-build companies. Questions!

#3 seems the best choice of those you cited. I do agree that some research of your own to get ideas about what you would like to do is essential regardless of how you go about it. If you are planning room additions, kitchen or bath remodels or other extensive remodeling, and it sounds as if you are,...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: When you cut spending, what do you cut?
Replies: 64
Views: 4908

Re: Retirees: When you cut spending, what do you cut?

We haven’t had to cut spending (yet?) in retirement, but here is what I think we’d cut back: Travel - currently budget $22,500 per year for travel so that’s an obvious target Eating out - could probably save several thousand $ per year by eating out much less often Postpone postponable purchases - ...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Small company effect is overstated due to flawed dataset
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Small company effect is overstated due to flawed dataset

An interesting article by John Rekenthaler of Morningstar. He interviewed Cliff Asness of AQR who claims that the small company effect is overstated due to flawed data. https://www.morningstar.com/articles/870397/investment-truths-arent-always-bitesize.html Key excerpt: "He is considerably more cert...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trustee for mom's estate: large reserve recommended
Replies: 21
Views: 1482

Re: Trustee for mom's estate: large reserve recommended

I was executor of my mother's estate which was much smaller than yours. Her lawyer advised me to withhold the majority of estate funds for a year. This did not make my sisters happy but I was the one who was responsible for the estate. Once you disburse the funds, getting them back would be very dif...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most vs. Least satisfying home impovements
Replies: 35
Views: 3249

Re: Most vs. Least satisfying home impovements

Some of the things you mention like painting and water heater are necessary maintenance items to sustain your house. They may not give a lot of satisfaction but are pretty important. Improvements, like new bathroom, may not be necessary but can give a lot more satisfaction. We have done extensive re...
by carolinaman
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is technology the reason for low inflation?
Replies: 57
Views: 2804

Re: Is technology the reason for low inflation?

Technology or more importantly, the applied use of technology is a key factor in lower inflation. Globalization is also a major factor in lower inflation as global competition lowers prices.
by carolinaman
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Steep rise in "Old Age Dependency Ratio"
Replies: 15
Views: 1904

Re: Steep rise in "Old Age Dependency Ratio"

Most developed nations have this problem. My limited economics understanding is that countries with this aging problem will have slower economic growth. Many of the countries in the emerging market category have younger populations and theoretically have a chance for greater economic growth. Hence, ...
by carolinaman
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 170
Views: 11533

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

I had a 44 year career in IT. I started as a computer operator and soon became a technical analyst/systems engineer for about 10 years and then spent last 30+ years in IT management. I enjoyed my career and have no regrets. If I were to do it again, I would either focus on the IT management track so...
by carolinaman
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cataract surgery - one or two?
Replies: 31
Views: 1095

Re: Cataract surgery - one or two?

Cannot cite anything - but there is some degree of risk just having any kind of surgery - so having one might entail lower risk. ?? With two separate surgeries, you have twice the chance of a problem. However, that problem would affect only one eye. With one surgery, a problem could affect both eye...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Special Needs Trust
Replies: 20
Views: 1385

Re: Special Needs Trust

... A primary purpose of a special needs trust is to not affect any governmental assistance (medicaid, etc.) with the trust. I would want to make sure the trust is written so the person is not disqualified from government services because of the trust assets and income. That's the easy part (in the...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Special Needs Trust
Replies: 20
Views: 1385

Re: Special Needs Trust

I think some people are confusing two different types of special needs trusts. Medicaid payback/first party trusts (funded with the beneficiary's own money One is the Medicaid payback trust (or first party trust in Medicaid parlance), funded with the child's own money, often the proceeds of a perso...
by carolinaman
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning how to fix/repair things
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: Learning how to fix/repair things

When we bought our home 45 years ago, I tried to fix things myself although not the best handyman. I had a good repair book that I used but the most helpful was this owner of a small independent hardware. He could tell you how to repair anything and sell you the parts you need. Nowadays, try that at...
by carolinaman
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearing aids
Replies: 10
Views: 1162

Re: Hearing aids

Costco is the largest hearing aid seller in the US. They have great prices. The ones I bought last were under their Kirkland brand name but I was told they were identical to the Resound brand at about 30% of the cost. I too like to research major items I will purchase. I found it difficult with hear...
by carolinaman
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: death certificates...hospice and 911
Replies: 32
Views: 2914

Re: death certificates...hospice and 911

My mother died in hospice at a nursing home. The hospice agency had a doctor who did the death certificate.
by carolinaman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in retirement - what did you do today?
Replies: 194
Views: 16565

Re: Life in retirement - what did you do today?

Retired 8 years. Today, I cleared and cut some brush for trash pickup, mowed grass, will do laundry and will facilitate in a ministry I serve in tonight. If I have time, I will review estate documents drafted by our attorney. Not all days are this busy. But it is surprising the little projects that ...
by carolinaman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire in 2 years at 55 - Can I do it
Replies: 26
Views: 3639

Re: Retire in 2 years at 55 - Can I do it

Congratulations! You have done well with your savings. You should be in great shape financially. Now the important question. Once you retire, what will you do after breakfast? This is a serious question. Some young retirees thrive in retirement and others have trouble adjusting to a life without wor...
by carolinaman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Umbrella Insurance Policy
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Umbrella Insurance Policy

Be sure to understand what an umbrella policy covers as that varies depending on the policy. Some policies will not cover rental liability which is what you are concerned about most.
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I need an umbrella insurance policy?
Replies: 16
Views: 2069

Re: Do I need an umbrella insurance policy?

What are your future earnings worth? Remember a large judgments could garnish your wages. Next how much is said policy going to cost? I pay $26 a month for a 1M policy. That is about $312 a year. Now an umbrella policy will come with a team of lawyers should I ever need it. How much do you suppose ...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much to budget for a week long vacation for 2?
Replies: 79
Views: 4275

Re: How much to budget for a week long vacation for 2?

So how much did YOU spend on your last 5 vacations per week per 2 people? +1. This is such a subjective question. Your answer really depends on your past vacations. Of course, if you have a bucket list of places you want to see, do some research to figure out what they will cost. However, these are...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Career/Moving advice needed
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Career/Moving advice needed

There should be plenty of cities that meet your criteria. I live in the Charlotte area. It meets most of your criteria although school quality will depend on where you live. Same for public transportation, especially in better areas which are underserved by public transportation. We do have 2 light ...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to spend on daycare?
Replies: 46
Views: 3457

Re: How much to spend on daycare?

My wife worked in a church day care for more than 20 years. They had lots of professional people keep their children at their facilities and it was one of the most desirable day care facilities in the city. I think you are overrating the education element for infants and probably up to ages 4 or 5. ...
by carolinaman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rethinking Pension Survivor Benefit
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Rethinking Pension Survivor Benefit

If you have not done so already, I would suggest you use a couple of retirement calculators to see what the impact of different survivor benefit scenarios are. That will give you the information you need to make a good decision.
by carolinaman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: pension
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Re: pension

jebmke wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:45 pm
I don't include my pension in my savings. I count it as income, thereby reducing the need to generate cash from other sources to pay for expenses [or alternatively, thereby allowing one to increase their expenses in retirement].
+1.
by carolinaman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?
Replies: 55
Views: 5149

Re: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?

The parts are under warranty and labor should be covered for the next few weeks until I reach the 1-year mark. I agree that sounds ridiculous if your unit is even roughly the right size. Do something such as send a certified letter to assert your warranty rights with proof of having done so in case...
by carolinaman
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NYT Story on Importance of Working Just a Little Longer
Replies: 27
Views: 4704

Re: NYT Story on Importance of Working Just a Little Longer

Seems like a good deal to me. Please note there are lots of variations in each individual's situation that could alter the assumptions above and lead to a different outcome. The above statement is so true. I could not access the research study referenced by NYT, so I do not know the assumptions mad...
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?
Replies: 57
Views: 3785

Re: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?

Regardless, I think I'm good enough to explore this field and feel that its niche enough (bridging medical knowledge - to ask the right questions and tailor the EMR/informatics to help doctors with the tech side-figuring out how to do it) that I would be marketable if done right for a hospital- adm...
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?
Replies: 57
Views: 3785

Re: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?

Regardless, I think I'm good enough to explore this field and feel that its niche enough (bridging medical knowledge - to ask the right questions and tailor the EMR/informatics to help doctors with the tech side-figuring out how to do it) that I would be marketable if done right for a hospital- adm...
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reading Suggestions for Retirement Planning
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Re: Reading Suggestions for Retirement Planning

Jane Bryant Quinn "How to Make Your Money Last" Also Larry Swedroe has a new book on the subject in the works which I am looking forward to reading. I agree with Quinn's book. I also recommend "Control Your Retirement Destiny" by Dana Anspach. Quinn's book is a good general overview of a lot of top...
by carolinaman
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friends with an EJ Advisor
Replies: 49
Views: 3972

Re: Friends with an EJ Advisor

That free dinner could become the most expensive meal you ever had. Give him a polite but firm No for his invite. It seems he is subtly using your friendship to put pressure on you to attend the event. Do not succumb to that pressure. Just say NO. It sounds like he is prospecting you. Otherwise, he ...
by carolinaman
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Theft-proofing a brokerage
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: Theft-proofing a brokerage

IMO, your parents fears are reasonable although they can mitigate them in a better way. I spent 44 years in IT and understand security and security threats quite well. I do not have connectivity between my bank and Vanguard for similar reasons. From a risk/reward perspective, there is too little rew...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Keep pension or roll over to IRA?
Replies: 14
Views: 1042

Re: Keep pension or roll over to IRA?

Does her contribution earn interest if she keeps the funds in the pension system. If so, it may be worth keeping money in the system a few years if you think there is a chance she may return to a public pension job. I say that because I was vested in a public pension system, quit and withdrew my fun...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Advice You Never Took
Replies: 100
Views: 13497

Re: Best Advice You Never Took

My first significant job was as a computer operator in the 1960s. After 3 years, I got a promotion to programmer analyst. The operations manager told me not to take that job because there was no future in software programming. I ignored his advice and was glad that I did.
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Umbrella Insurance Policy
Replies: 18
Views: 1966

Re: Value of Umbrella Insurance Policy

Perhaps the greatest value is that the insurance company lawyers are in your corner. They are on the hook for the first million and will defend you vigorously to limit the payout. I cannot tell you whether to increase your coverage or not. I am now at $3M, mainly because the coverage is so cheap and...
by carolinaman
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:26 pm
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: 17594

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

Our granddaughter had very good grades, but a notch below where the serious scholarship money was doled out. She also had an impressive extracurricular record. She was editor of school newspaper which won several national awards and was rated best in the South, plus numerous other accomplishments. S...
by carolinaman
Thu May 31, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank overpaid contractor and wants my daughter to be responsible
Replies: 25
Views: 3567

Re: Bank overpaid contractor and wants my daughter to be responsible

livesoft wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 4:50 pm
Lawyer up. Yesterday.
+1. She definitely needs legal help to untangle this mess. Get legal help ASAP. Make sure there are no relationships between lawyer and bank (lawyers are ethically required to assure this, but make sure!!)
by carolinaman
Thu May 31, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need some advice in regards to A/C System
Replies: 29
Views: 1623

Re: Need some advice in regards to A/C System

Howdy Excellent advice from livesoft. Reading your post my impression is that the guy is attempting to sell you a bunch of stuff you don’t need. The best investment you could probably make at the moment for cleaning up the system, if it does indeed actually need it, is changing the filters a couple...
by carolinaman
Thu May 31, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Mom's Retirement Portfolio
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Help with Mom's Retirement Portfolio

It would help to know what her monthly expenses are, what her SS income is and what income is currently generated from investments. What will be her withdrawal rate from her investments? I agree with a simple 2, 3 or 4 fund portfolio of low cost index funds. I am not familiar with the Schwab Intelli...
by carolinaman
Tue May 29, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best retirement places for shy senior singles
Replies: 32
Views: 3899

Re: Best retirement places for shy senior singles

So, where are some retirement places that might fit someone like me? Is anyone out there like me who lives in one? I understand your desire to meet people more like yourself. But do you need to find people just like you? Limiting yourself to "blue dots" or academics may be too restrictive. Perhaps ...
by carolinaman
Tue May 29, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...
Replies: 103
Views: 7435

Re: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...

We have a wacko neighbor whose home and adjacent rental are prominently displayed as one turns onto our street. It is hard to describe the appearance of his properties in a few words, but everyone who comes to visit us asks what is up with this guy. He is not in a HOA neighborhood and the town is li...
by carolinaman
Tue May 29, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find a retirement planner?
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Re: How to find a retirement planner?

Hourly Fee Only CFP https://www.garrettplanningnetwork.com Garrett is frequently recommended as a source for a fee only planner. Out of curiosity, I put in my zip code and there is only one listed for a metro area of 2.5M people. I am not sure that is representative of the entire country but certai...
by carolinaman
Sun May 27, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Professional negotiator
Replies: 21
Views: 2431

Re: Professional negotiator

I used a negotiator once in business. My organization was buying a major software system which cost several million dollars. They told us to get a best and final offer, they would advise us on how to negotiate a better price and in return get 25% of the savings. It worked beautifully. They were able...