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by Watty
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Civil service: Long Shot Interview.. Would you go?
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: Civil service: Long Shot Interview.. Would you go?

The job market is very hot right now, and candidates are seeking glamorous jobs, not civil service. As a result, many agencies are opening up to external candidates, where in less tight job markets, preference was given to internal candidates. Go. You might surprise yourself. +1 Your local job mark...
by Watty
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel over thanksgiving holiday, drive or fly?
Replies: 31
Views: 1264

Re: Travel over thanksgiving holiday, drive or fly?

You also have the possibility of bad weather which could turn either option into nightmare. If a flight is cancelled trying to rebook four seats on the packed flights will be very difficult. Could you leave the kids at home and travel solo to the wedding? Even if you had to have someone help watch t...
by Watty
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retire in Florida or Alabama?
Replies: 72
Views: 4467

Re: Retire in Florida or Alabama?

In any of the areas that have been mentioned monthly condo rentals are common. It would be good for them to try renting for a month or more at different times of the year in several different locations to see what they like the best. It is also not uncommon for people to rent a condo for several mon...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car - advice requested
Replies: 36
Views: 2269

Re: Buying used car - advice requested

I agree with checking deals on new vehicles. I was looking for a used car, 2015-2016 with around 30,000 miles, but ended up buying a new 2018 Mazda3 Sport for $16,800 after dealer cash-back, etc. Not much more than a used vehicle would have been. +1 I ended up buying a new Corolla in January for ab...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marriage [How should finances be handled?]
Replies: 55
Views: 3973

Re: Marriage [How should finances be handled?]

How will taxes effect us? You can use tax software to do a dummy tax return to see what your taxes will be. I would highly suggest doing this so that you make sure that there are not any surprizes when you file your first joint tax return next next April 15th. Be sure to also look at your state tax...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asked my advisor about fees and here's their reply
Replies: 40
Views: 5022

Re: Asked my advisor about fees and here's their reply

So.....any thoughts on how this compares to other financial planning companies? Did I just get absolutely fleeced for the last decade? If I move to Vanguard I'm looking at dropping from 1.45% to below .3% right? I'm super uneducated financially but if I'm doing it right the 350K I have with them ha...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retire in Florida or Alabama?
Replies: 72
Views: 4467

Re: Retire in Florida or Alabama?

buying a house to live part of the year by the beach in either Florida or Alabama. Be sure to price what home insurance will cost with hurricanes in Florida or coastal Alabama, as well as flood insurance in either state. There is no family out there, they just are looking for a tax friendly, or fin...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc
Replies: 166
Views: 14356

Re: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc

On the question of when to update the numbers one thing I would keep in mind is that people will likely print off the results and show it to someone else so that the context of what has been changed will be lost. It the would be confusing to not update or blank-out the second sets of results when th...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc
Replies: 166
Views: 14356

Re: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc

This is indeed quite a surprise. I am so far unable to replicate such behavior. Could you perhaps provide the inputs you used? Here it is. Windows 10, I just did updates yesterday. Chrome version, Version 68.0.3440.106 (up to date). Input, only the things that were not defaults. Married Male DOB: 9...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc
Replies: 166
Views: 14356

Re: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc

Yes. For the proposed solution to be updated, you have to click the first "submit" button rather than the second one. The first button is the one that runs all the various possible options, whereas the second just runs one single PV calc with the dates you selected. It was the first button that I p...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc
Replies: 166
Views: 14356

Re: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc

Yes. For the proposed solution to be updated, you have to click the first "submit" button rather than the second one. The first button is the one that runs all the various possible options, whereas the second just runs one single PV calc with the dates you selected. It was the first button that I p...
by Watty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc
Replies: 166
Views: 14356

Re: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc

A minor suggestion. In the drop down boxes where you select the month you list 1,2,3, etc. If they were listed as 1-Jan. , 2-Feb. 3-March, etc. That would make data entry mistakes less likely. After seeing the first Recommended Strategy, and an alternative, I tried changing the discount rate and whe...
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please comment on our retirement allocation
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: Please comment on our retirement allocation

When looking at asset allocation I like looking at a comparable target date fund to see what asset allocation they use. Here is the Vanguard Target date income fund. https://investor.vanguard.com/mutual-funds/profile/portfolio/vtinx I did not try to crunch the numbers but when you add in your emerge...
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $1M in cash - invest or pay down mortgage
Replies: 21
Views: 3413

Re: $1M in cash - invest or pay down mortgage

One thing that is not clear is the tax implications of selling the additional property. If they will be paying a lot of capital gains tax on the sale and they are older(80s+ ???) it could make sense to keep it as a rental then have the property eventually go to their estate at a stepped up cost basi...
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking to buy 1st home - How much to spend and which type of house to buy
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Looking to buy 1st home - How much to spend and which type of house to buy

However, we both are on H1-B work visa with I-140 applications approved..... What is your credit score? Depending on how long you have been in the US you might not have a lot of US credit history and getting a mortage while you have a H1-B visa could complicate getting a loan. It would be good to t...
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Housing affordability - what is your take?
Replies: 46
Views: 4078

Re: Housing affordability - what is your take?

Here is a "rent vs buy" calculator that might help. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html It was a long time ago but I was living in the Bay Area, which has always been expensive, when I was ready to buy my first house. I ended up moving to an area with better qual...
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how much car can we afford?
Replies: 125
Views: 5134

Re: how much car can we afford?

If you are married then you should more or less double your car purchase numbers since your spouse will likely end up with a car that costs a similar amount. A lot of decisions like this is really about the "opportunity cost" (Google this) on what you spend of the car. If you bought something like a...
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Understanding Medicare Options?
Replies: 39
Views: 1413

Re: Understanding Medicare Options?

I would highly recommend the book "Medicare for Dummies" despite the title. It was very good. Be sure you get the most current editions since there are lots of changes.
by Watty
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unlocked iPhone on eBay or Amazon?
Replies: 22
Views: 1285

Re: Unlocked iPhone on eBay or Amazon?

I went through this a few months ago with getting an iPhone for my wife since she was getting new hearing aids that worked better with an iPhone than her current Android phone. I ended up buying a new iPhone 6s after looking at used. The reasons were; 1) A lot of used iPhones have problems, I would ...
by Watty
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expensive house in HCOL area
Replies: 70
Views: 6620

Re: Expensive house in HCOL area

My nephew works for Google and his wife works for Cisco. They just bought a house in mountain view for 2.3M. They are both 30 and make a little more than you guys. But the property will appreciate and the incomes will go up. Buy the house and enjoy! Your stock options will build up to a nice retire...
by Watty
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California condo - what happens after earthquake?
Replies: 6
Views: 1070

Re: California condo - what happens after earthquake?

A bit different situation but I know someone that had a beachfront condo on the gulf coast that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan not long after they bought it. It is a bit of a convoluted soap opera but it turned out that the condo association did not have adequate insurance so the place is still jus...
by Watty
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving through Venice - Stay in Venice or Mestre??
Replies: 9
Views: 925

Re: Driving through Venice - Stay in Venice or Mestre??

If it is a rental car you could drop it off then pick up another one when you are ready to leave.
by Watty
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on changing job to lower title for the experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 849

Re: Thoughts on changing job to lower title for the experience?

In an odd sort of way having the lower job title could work out to be to your advantage since if you get promoted in a few years to full VP then you would likely get a nice bump in pay.
by Watty
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Advice - Retiring Soon
Replies: 18
Views: 1698

Re: TSP Advice - Retiring Soon

There seems to be much dis-information out there pertaining to "Non-Spousal TSP beneficiary payment"... If I were the OP, I would carefully look into this, however, suffice it to say that I Firmly believe it can be rolled over into an "Inherited IRA" See Sec. II "Method of payment " pertaining to a...
by Watty
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on changing job to lower title for the experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 849

Re: Thoughts on changing job to lower title for the experience?

In talking with people who work at banks they sort of joked about the way banks use the job title "Vice President" or the variations of it and at some banks way too many people have Vice President in their job title. One thing I would look at is how many people you will have that work under you in b...
by Watty
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Advice - Retiring Soon
Replies: 18
Views: 1698

Re: TSP Advice - Retiring Soon

As I understand it, in this situation the kid could roll over the lump sum into an inherited IRA. Nope. See page 15 here; https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tspbk33.pdf Payment of Death Benefits From Your Account Death benefit payments made from your beneficiary participant account must be paid dire...
by Watty
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on 1st international vacation
Replies: 106
Views: 6395

Re: Need advice on 1st international vacation

We love art galleries, museums, and beautiful buildings. We aren't foodies, but enjoy good meals. We aren't going to spend 75 dollars a person on a fancy restaurant more than once on a vacation, but we like to use tripadvisor to find good recommendations. I guess when I think of going overseas it's...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expensive house in HCOL area
Replies: 70
Views: 6620

Re: Expensive house in HCOL area

Not that I can think of. We've both lived in the heart of the city for several years now (20 min walk to work), so it's a pretty significant change for us. We could be mis-estimating how much we'll like/hate bus+ferry commute. You could rent a place with a 45 minute commute for a week to try doing ...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 5223

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

OTH should we really be giving up 170K Total jobs for a 65K one and a move across the country to a new and unknown location? Regardless of where you end up you need to put the brakes on moving until you have a good job lined up. Looking for a job while you are employed is much easier than when you ...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New House or invest
Replies: 21
Views: 1942

Re: New House or invest

I'm suddenly leaning against the new house. Good idea. From what you have said you have a net worth of about $500K so taking on a large new mortgage would be very risky. I'm thinking on just putting it all towards principal on my current house. I'm afraid of the market for the next year or so. (I a...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Advice - Retiring Soon
Replies: 18
Views: 1698

Re: TSP Advice - Retiring Soon

My sad experience. My brother passed away recently with a TSP account. He said he submitted a beneficiary designation for a family member but when we contacted TSP, first it was hard to get anyone there who knew anything, then they said they never received it. TSP would not budge and refused to rol...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expensive house in HCOL area
Replies: 70
Views: 6620

Re: Expensive house in HCOL area

Be very careful when looking at commute times. When someone says a commute takes 30 minutes(or whatever) they typically means 30 minutes on a good day. It will vary but often there will be a couple of not so good days out of the 10 commutes each week, terrible days every month, and a couple of times...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting an appraisal before making an offer
Replies: 16
Views: 1146

Re: Getting an appraisal before making an offer

An idea for brainstorming. In some situations, like a divorce, the value of a house can be set by having both parties having an appraisal done then the price is the average of the two. There are typically contingencies in case one of the appraisals is very high or low and the price might not be bind...
by Watty
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For those who worked in tech and then changed industries, where did you go?
Replies: 14
Views: 1311

Re: For those who worked in tech and then changed industries, where did you go?

Just curious to see what others have done who have gotten out of the tech industry, and how old were you when you got out? Right out of college I was a software developer at several software companies. Among other things I worked writing inventory and warehouse management systems. By about 30 I shi...
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friends with an EJ Advisor
Replies: 49
Views: 4145

Re: Friends with an EJ Advisor

A good case can be made for not doing business with friends.
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............
Replies: 35
Views: 2629

Re: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............

Sorry about your bad experience. If you buy your next TV through Costco and use a Costco credit card you will get a 4 year warranty.

https://www.costco.com/concierge-two-pl ... ranty.html

In defense of Visio though it is possible that something like a power surge could have damaged the TV.
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on 1st international vacation
Replies: 106
Views: 6395

Re: Need advice on 1st international vacation

Unless there is something that you specifically want to see in a country then an alternative way to pick where to go is to watch out for a great deal to an interesting location then choose that as your destination. I like using the Google Flight map view to browse to see where there are good airfare...
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 6 hour layover on Heathrow
Replies: 54
Views: 4940

Re: 6 hour layover on Heathrow

I have not visited it but I have seen Windsor Castle when taking off from Heathrow and it is pretty close to the airport so I would think that would be doable if you will be there when it is open.
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: June in Paris: What to (or not to) wear, see and do?
Replies: 53
Views: 3040

Re: June in Paris: What to (or not to) wear, see and do?

Seeing the Mona Lisa was very interesting just for the people watching. As to a painting it could be that I just don't "get it" but even I had the room to myself I would not find it all that interesting compared to a lot of the other art work. They also started with English with my wife and she is G...
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If I began investing at 22 by maxing my 401K, how much would I have today?
Replies: 17
Views: 2088

Re: If I began investing at 22 by maxing my 401K, how much would I have today?

ahmadcpa wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:42 pm
Anyone knows of a website that can do this?
You can do that in Firecalc and it will show you how that it would have done in the past.

One thing to keep in mind that is that the maximum amount may have changed over the years.
by Watty
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial Strategy for temporarily moving out of USA
Replies: 7
Views: 844

Re: Financial Strategy for temporarily moving out of USA

I also have some friends and family members who reside in USA so incase I need a valid mailing address, I have that too. That state would expect you to file state income tax returns and apparently some of them can be aggressive about trying to collect income taxes from people that are temporarily l...
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just bought condo; crazy to take out HELOC to buy a parking spot?
Replies: 28
Views: 2910

Re: Just bought condo; crazy to take out HELOC to buy a parking spot?

middistancerunner wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:12 pm
I didn't know there could be HOA fees/property taxes. I will have to enquire about that!
I am not familiar with condo insurance but you should also check with your homeowners insurance and that will likely go up too.
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I fix the car or get rid of it?
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Should I fix the car or get rid of it?

Even if you wanted to get rid of it it would likely make sense to fix it before you sell it.
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving UHaul
Replies: 20
Views: 2099

Re: Driving UHaul

If you are moving into an apartment or condo then be sure to check on the rules for when when you can park and unload. You may have to have a time reserved.
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replaced beater car, oh how ever to regain feelings of financial superiority?
Replies: 29
Views: 3482

Re: Replaced beater car, oh how ever to regain feelings of financial superiority?

Just for reference the Cavalier has a driver death rate of 150 or 171 depending on if it was a 2 door or 4 door making it one of the worst from era. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/sr/statusreport/article/42/4/1 In comparison a 2014 CX-5 is has a driver death rate of 29 which is not outstanding by modern s...
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Save old mortgages, etc.?
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: Save old mortgages, etc.?

Specifically, I have many old paid-off mortgages from houses that we've owned in the past. The fact that they've been paid off is a matter of public record, and images of them are stored in our local county's records. So do I need to hold on to the original paper document, with signatures, rubber s...
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Beach condo vs mountain cabin investment property
Replies: 30
Views: 2640

Re: Beach condo vs mountain cabin investment property

....but would like clarification on some experiences, whether good or bad. My next door neighbor bought an investment condo near Gulf Shores down the coast from Panama City Beach. This was about two months before Hurricane Ivan hit and wiped out the building so that all that is there now is a concr...
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4450

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

While it has been at least partially been rebuilt the Aqueduct at Segovia which is north of Madrid might be of interest if you are in the area.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqueduct_of_Segovia
by Watty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cheap options for retirement?
Replies: 17
Views: 2542

Re: Cheap options for retirement?

How much Social Security will you get? Great question. I'm not going to kick off any political debates but I do not believe SS will exist at my retirement date. Also, I work in IT and age discrimination is enormous there. I'll be lucky if I won't be kicked off till 50. So let's concentrate on savin...
by Watty
Thu May 31, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to HCOL, worried, need help.
Replies: 14
Views: 2190

Re: Moving to HCOL, worried, need help.

.... my wife has no real skills or job experience (besides being self-employed in a failed business) so likely she won't bring in any income. If she can pass a drug test, no felony convictions, and can speak at least basic english she can get a job that does not involve flipping burgers with no pro...