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by jojay
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How did you overcome your fear of investing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2549

Re: How did you overcome your fear of investing?

One more thing, please? Investing is like learning a language. You can't expect to learn the entire language in a day. Same thing with investing. A completely unknowledgeable,just starting out young person asked me the other day if I shorted stocks? Hmm. Looking at completing college before getting ...
by jojay
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How did you overcome your fear of investing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2549

Re: How did you overcome your fear of investing?

I haven't.

In truth, getting educated is the key. If you understand how the game is played, learn the rules and stay clam, it is a much easier process.
by jojay
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement planning--how many years of cash equiv should I aim to have?
Replies: 16
Views: 2477

Re: Retirement planning--how many years of cash equiv should I aim to have?

Keeping a few months expenses in cash makes sense to me just for simplicity. If you could also have a situation where additional funds will be needed, like for your first seven years of retirement until you start Social Security then having those funds invested in something like a CD ladder also ma...
by jojay
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement planning--how many years of cash equiv should I aim to have?
Replies: 16
Views: 2477

Re: Retirement planning--how many years of cash equiv should I aim to have?

We have 5 years in cash. Yes, that is not the best use of the money. Yes, it reduces our overall return. Yes, it is much longer than any historical recession or market downturn. However, we do not need a very high rate of return to maintain principle and still grow the portfolio. Our needed annual w...
by jojay
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement itch- when did you get it?
Replies: 145
Views: 15358

Re: Retirement itch- when did you get it?

Retirement might get harder for those who are close to satisfying their financial plan. Once you realize you can afford to go, it gets tough going to work. When I was 57, working hard and accomplishing a lot ( in my mind anyway) at work, I realized - especially with the help of my Boston Bogleheads ...
by jojay
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Financial] Habits of the Rich
Replies: 238
Views: 35923

Re: [Financial] Habits of the Rich

The themes within this thread are awesome. Add one more? Work your butt off. Even though I made good money doing what I did for a "living", I also worked a part time job for about 15 years of my adult life, arranging things around the family schedule. Work ethic is a huge factor in getting rich slow...
by jojay
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asphalt driveway replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 2129

Re: Asphalt driveway replacement

We recently (April 2018) redid our 24 year old wavy, cracked and bumpy asphalt driveway similar in design to yours. We have a high water table in the area which contributed to the mess. We are in southern NH. Several people have used the company and loved them Our contractor tore everything out. He ...
by jojay
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Good place to have a will done
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Good place to have a will done

We just had all of the fundamental estate planning documents done; will; legal proxy, medical proxy, etc. I was reluctant to spend the expected $2500 documents but their importance is paramount. I asked a friend who had his will done by a local lawyer who also happens to be involved with town govern...
by jojay
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another CD Ladder Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 2952

Re: Another CD Ladder Thread

We cannot predict the future with regard to rates other than we are in the point of the economic cycle where rates will continue to rise. How much and how often is, of course, unpredictable but they will go up for the short term. Another factor is the demand / supply of CDs in that market. I suspect...
by jojay
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMDs based on 1986 life expectancy versus today?
Replies: 23
Views: 2304

Re: RMDs based on 1986 life expectancy versus today?

Netpilot I was lazy in calculating those numbers. All I was trying to highlight is that due to advances in medicine and other factors, people can expect to live longer. Alohajoe, My point about the tax revenue is that while it does not represent a large portion of the overall budget, it is still add...
by jojay
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMDs based on 1986 life expectancy versus today?
Replies: 23
Views: 2304

RMDs based on 1986 life expectancy versus today?

Just looking for a discussion here. 1. As we know, RMDs are mandated in the year after one turns 70.5. From what I know, this was included as part of the 1986 Tax Reform changes. 2. In 1986, the life expectancy for women was 78 and for men, 71. 3. In 2017, that life expectancy is now 81 and 79, resp...
by jojay
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMD Law Alterations?
Replies: 1
Views: 441

RMD Law Alterations?

Just looking for a discussion here. 1. As we know, RMDs are mandated in the year after one turns 70.5. From what I know, this was included as part of the 1986 Tax Reform changes. 2. In 1986, the life expectancy for women was 78 and for men, 71. 3. In 2017, that life expectancy is now 81 and 79. 4. B...
by jojay
Thu May 10, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Got a Question for the Experts Panel at the Bogleheads Conference?
Replies: 44
Views: 11391

Re: Got a Question for the Experts Panel at the Bogleheads Conference?

Hi and thanks for asking. As a teacher of Personal Finance, I have always taught my students that long term financial gain will occur via stock bonds mix. I use the rolling 30 year backtesting to portray the value on investing long term. The students' eyes widen. However, given algorithmic trading, ...
by jojay
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New or used vehicle for new graduate with job?
Replies: 31
Views: 1870

Re: New or used vehicle for new graduate with job?

First off, congratulations to you and your son. Graduating from college is no small feat especially in civil engineering. The fact that he already has employment is another point worth acknowledging. Our soon to be 23 year old has a BS and will be getting her MS in June so she is in a similar condit...
by jojay
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New or used vehicle for new graduate with job?
Replies: 31
Views: 1870

Re: New or used vehicle for new graduate with job?

First off, congratulations to you and your son. Graduating from college is no small feat especially in civil engineering. The fact that he already has employment is another point worth acknowledging. Our soon to be 23 year old has a BS and will be getting her MS in June so she is in a similar condit...
by jojay
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Disney visit
Replies: 28
Views: 4317

Re: Disney visit

We have gone approximately 30 times since the 3 children were very youngand are going again in mid March. We have stayed on property and off. Our typical stay is 2 weeks and most often has been through our timeshare process where we have multiple bedrooms, baths and a full kitchen. You can go to a P...
by jojay
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 262
Views: 38288

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

Disenchanted? No, three years in and it is still a very, very enchanting lifestyle. Yesterday I: Got up at 615 to see the previous night's beautiful snowfall at sunrise. Never would have seen it while commuting to work in the dark. Read some bogleheads, cnn, looked at email, looked at email from pos...
by jojay
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Balance and Children's Athletics
Replies: 37
Views: 3042

Re: Family Balance and Children's Athletics

The key word in this topic is..."children". I coached my son in hockey for many years. Here are some numbers: Most teams have 15 players per team. Total 30 players not including goalies The games were 36 minutes long which equals 2160 seconds If each player were to touch the puck an equal amount of ...
by jojay
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 Retirement Checklist.
Replies: 16
Views: 3542

Re: 2018 Retirement Checklist.

Ditto on the medical. Ask your dentist to max out any work that is needed to take advantage of coverage. Glasses if you have vision coverage.
Max out any retirement contributions in order to reduce income AND assure company match to the max.
Good luck and congratulations!!
by jojay
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: DD just got married !
Replies: 39
Views: 4982

Re: DD just got married !

Congratulations.
You are really wonderful parents to do that for your daughter. What a great way for them to start their life together.
by jojay
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security at age 62 perhaps?
Replies: 57
Views: 6681

Re: Social Security at age 62 perhaps?

Thanks for the replies so far. I have discussed this with DW and we have some serious discussions and planning to do before making a decision. Several points: 1. We are not trying to maximize the overall payout. As pointed out, there is no way to plan the dates of our deaths. 2. Probably my biggest...
by jojay
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement / financial modelling tools
Replies: 6
Views: 938

Re: Retirement / financial modelling tools

Let's say it is the year 2014 and you are asking these questions before the most recent tax changes were approved. Things change. Firecalc has always been - if I recall - a decent "far off in the future" tool. does it give you the details you are looking for? No. But it does help you prepare to ask ...
by jojay
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plow Guy Raised Rates
Replies: 112
Views: 11022

Re: Plow Guy Raised Rates

Is he doing a good job?
Is he doing more than the prior plow guy did? Less?
Does he come three times per storm versus the prior plower who maybe came once or twice?

Whether he honors the prior owner's price or not, the guy needs to be a more tactful business person.
by jojay
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prepaying 2017 real estate taxes
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Prepaying 2017 real estate taxes

I prepaid my next year's property taxes today. My town allowed it up to the level of the previous tax year. As far as I can tell, prepayments will be allowed to be included on year ending 2017 federal tax returns. If not, then I prepaid early. No great loss, despite the $9200 utility. If so, I saved...
by jojay
Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 894
Views: 94630

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

I have been a test shaver for a major razor company for nearly 25 years. I have enough blades to last me for several years.
I gave multiple blades to my son today - probably worth $100.
by jojay
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Looking for advice on retirement withdrawals
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: Looking for advice on retirement withdrawals

You mention that your standard deduction for 2018 will be 6350.
I believe it might now be 12000
by jojay
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 HELOC Rules, Foreign tax credit, ACA tax
Replies: 12
Views: 1348

Re: 2018 HELOC Rules, Foreign tax credit, ACA tax

I'm not sure this is the case.
Home equity of any kind is no longer tax deductible. In other words, no grandfathering.
It comes back to life in 2026 but is gone for now.
Can anyone verify this for the OP, please?
by jojay
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 14295

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

TheTimeLord, First off, what a nice feeling for you! Your dream and concept of financial independence has been realized. Ahhh. Like most of us, we knew that living below our means, saving, investing properly and so on would result in an accumulation of wealth. Also, like many of us, that manifestati...
by jojay
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stamp inheritance
Replies: 30
Views: 3514

Stamp inheritance

We recently received several books of collector type of postal stamps from a relative whose spouse recently passed away. There is no emotional link to the stamps and we think we received them just as a way for the spouse to get rid of the stamps or to make us feel as if we were remembered. There are...
by jojay
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does this happen to you? Educating friends about personal finance
Replies: 104
Views: 7702

Re: Does this happen to you? Educating friends about personal finance

I'm the OP. This has turned into an interesting way to spend a snowy Saturday in the Northeast. Getting 6" in southern NH. First, yes some of it may be my own ego. One of my friends is an expert on home electronics. When I asked him what should I buy when we upgraded last Spring, I followed his expe...
by jojay
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does this happen to you? Educating friends about personal finance
Replies: 104
Views: 7702

Does this happen to you? Educating friends about personal finance

Does this happen to you? While not an expert, like all of you, I have acquired a lot of personal financial knowledge over time. I do not know everything but I do know about 99% of what I need to know for someone in my age group and financial stage (two years retired). I have several friends at my ag...
by jojay
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Save all this money, what do you splurge on?
Replies: 193
Views: 21006

Re: Save all this money, what do you splurge on?

Splurging is very personal. For us, we bought a really nice television ( is that still the term?) and a terrific sound system to go with it - all under the watchful eye of a close and knowledgeable friend who installed them. While we have had good televisions over the years, a complete, high-end sys...
by jojay
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Last 80 minutes of my career
Replies: 64
Views: 12489

Re: Last 80 minutes of my career

Bikechuck,
Congratulations.
You are going to love Sundays.
by jojay
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stamp Value
Replies: 6
Views: 1338

Stamp Value

I was recently given several large books of postage stamps by a family member for helping clean out a house. There are literally thousands of stamps in these books representing a variety of US and international types. I have absolutely no knowledge of stamps, have no emotional attachment to them and...
by jojay
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did I make a big mistake here? [Tax on Roth distribution]
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Did I make a big mistake here? [Tax on Roth distribution]

In 2016, during which I was aged 60, I converted $26k from a Traditional to roth IRA. At the time, I paid $2600 in federal income tax as I was assuming we was going to be well under 15% tax bracket. Then later on in the year, I had $8k of the $26k sent to me in the form of a distribution. In other w...
by jojay
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab "Consultants" Vs. Vanguard PAS
Replies: 9
Views: 1570

Re: Schwab "Consultants" Vs. Vanguard PAS

Like chw, I'd endorse the Schwab counselor. I have experienced everything chw has but have also sat down with the the consultant several times. I too recently received my personal report and it was extremely detailed specifically for my wife and I. We have about 2/3 of our retirement portfolio with ...
by jojay
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with a giant popcorn container
Replies: 19
Views: 1948

Re: what to do with a giant popcorn container

Hi, A couple of more options? I use them for: 1. I fill it with sand fr use on the driveway when it ices up. 2. This is not an ash bin container but when our outside in ground firepit fire dies down, I use the bins to hold the ahses. 3. We had to ship a fragile item once and used the bin as an inter...
by jojay
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on getting out [of job]
Replies: 42
Views: 8100

Re: Thoughts on getting out [of job]

Hi, I am the OP of this now old post and thought it might be worthwhile to file an update. The purpose of this update is not to bring you up to speed, but more to let others who may be struggling from similar circumstances aware of some of the decisions we made and what resulted. One of the more pro...
by jojay
Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Retirement"
Replies: 6
Views: 3174

Re: "5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Retirement"

Hi, Every year, I visit my Schwab folks where I have most of my retirement savings. The visit is free and I use the time to ensure I'm knowledgeable about my understanding of the laws, tax changes, etc. No advertisement here but they have always been great to bounce things off of. Last week was my 2...
by jojay
Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Take the money or hold out?
Replies: 18
Views: 3401

Re: Take the money or hold out?

I'd sell. You appear to be in an emotional constraint more than a financial one. You're talking at most $2k. You are already getting a better deal than you could have otherwise received. Think of it like a stock - you're making money on the deal. Do you really want to risk losing the offer in order ...
by jojay
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Condo for daughter - treat as investment property?
Replies: 10
Views: 1501

Re: Condo for daughter - treat as investment property?

WHY did you originally buy the property as 3 co-owners? WHY do you now want to buy?? her out and charge rent? Are you trying to take advantage of tax breaks or help your daughter own stable housing? Your motives may be contradictory here. What were your wife's motives and your daughter's? To all, t...
by jojay
Tue May 31, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Condo for daughter - treat as investment property?
Replies: 10
Views: 1501

Condo for daughter - treat as investment property?

First, thanks to everyone who has posted in the past. Every day I log on, I learn something new. In August, 2015, I bought a condo for my oldest daughter. The condo had just come on the market and we had to pay cash. It was a terrific deal. The property has hoa fees of $360 per month and taxes at ro...
by jojay
Wed May 25, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can I just let my money compound now?
Replies: 51
Views: 7506

Re: Can I just let my money compound now?

So, as you've heard by now, the answer is no. But, you also deserve congratulations. $100k is a terrific start to someone at 25 years of age especially when you consider the national averages, etc. Do the math. If you have $100k now and can continue to save on a similar pattern, you'll be extremely ...
by jojay
Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive golf in orlando / kissimmee
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Inexpensive golf in orlando / kissimmee

Thanks. I have been quoted as low as $12 for a round with a cart. I've played the course before and it's okay- not Pebble Beach but I'm not a Pebble Beach player either. I cannot book online yet but rates are being quoted for play this week and there are options for very little money. I'll go to gol...
by jojay
Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive golf in orlando / kissimmee
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Inexpensive golf in orlando / kissimmee

Hi, My wife and I are planning a few weeks of vacation in the Orlando / Kissimmee area in March and we are looking for inexpensive golf in the area. Some courses seem to be very expensive while there are others where you can play for less than $25. We are looking for places in the $25 or less range....
by jojay
Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private School Financial Aid Question
Replies: 17
Views: 2502

Re: Private School Financial Aid Question

After completing the "Personal Financial Statement (PFS)" and realizing that we weren't going to qualify for need based aid, we didn't send in our tax returns and W-2s. Should we have sent them in? How do you apply for merit based aid? As odd as it sounds, you should file your w2s. If nothing else ...
by jojay
Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private School Financial Aid Question
Replies: 17
Views: 2502

Re: Private School Financial Aid Question

No. We did not require them to pay for high school. they are required to pay for some of their college. The $10k refers to college.
by jojay
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private School Financial Aid Question
Replies: 17
Views: 2502

Re: Private School Financial Aid Question

Just some recent history. The price tag of a year in college is like the MSRP of a car. Rarely does anyone pay that amount. There are primarily two types of aid provided to students; need and merit. There is a whole other range of financial aid offered to you in the forms of loans etc. Need is based...
by jojay
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Milestone >$100k in my retirement investment portfolio
Replies: 30
Views: 4418

Re: Milestone >$100k in my retirement investment portfolio

Physicsgal, Congratulations. You did a great job over the last 4 years. As others have mentioned, soon your interest will be generating $100k per year. ( Well, not soon but it will happen). The last 4 years have been banner times so I'm glad you got in when it started. Make sure you set realistic go...