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by HJG0989
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin
Replies: 28
Views: 1541

Re: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin

Can't agree more with this. You really need to ask yourself why. Another highly competitive athlete (and former high-level triathlete like Lightheir) and exercise scientist for a living. I understand what both of you are saying. However, both of you are in the I’m guessing top 3% of the population ...
by HJG0989
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about job change but current job gives 9% salary into 401k..
Replies: 24
Views: 2429

Re: Thinking about job change but current job gives 9% salary into 401k..

OP,

Are the skills required more marketable at one company over the other? Keeping an eye on your career path is very important at your stage.

Just a thought to consider.
by HJG0989
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VTSAX vs. Fidelity Freedom Index Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 1443

Re: VTSAX vs. Fidelity Freedom Index Fund

OP, If you are investing for the long haul, a Fidelity index ETF is the way to go in your taxable account. Fidelity's ETFs don't generate end of year capital gains distributions, so that could save you some taxes as your income and investments grow. Also, an index fund is a great set it and forget i...
by HJG0989
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity PAS - starting the process to extricate
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Fidelity PAS - starting the process to extricate

Since he gets paid a bonus, he is not a fiduciary. The FINRA website will tell you what exams he has passed, like a CFP or a series 7x exam. Can you log in to your wife's account and see what her holds are? Do you know which PAS client they have you enrolled in? Will you ask them to sell their posit...
by HJG0989
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Torn between Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab
Replies: 180
Views: 21846

Re: Torn between Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab

I have been at Fidelity since 1983 and can't remember a single instance where I would call it a sales pitch. They always talked to me about what options and services are available to the investor only and if only I ask them about something specific. Never have they approached me and tried to sell t...
by HJG0989
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Starting the "Three Fund Portfolio"
Replies: 13
Views: 2064

Re: Starting the "Three Fund Portfolio"

For tax efficiency, consider Fidelity's ETFs. They won't kick out year end capital gains distributions.

https://www.fidelity.com/learning-cente ... efficiency
by HJG0989
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial adviser in Portland metro area
Replies: 11
Views: 1043

Re: Financial adviser in Portland metro area

I just found this person online and will call for an interview type of meeting. He is both a CPA and a CFP and will write up a plan for $250 per hour. http://pdxadvisors.com/services/financial-planning I need tax advice, but I also need someone who knows about Roth conversions, RMDs, ACA surtax, Med...
by HJG0989
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial adviser in Portland metro area
Replies: 11
Views: 1043

Re: Financial adviser in Portland metro area

We met with someone from Garrett Network in PDX for a financial plan and it was unuseable because of numerous errors. I'm not sure she is in business any longer. I met with an account representative at Fidelity (downtown PDX) to have funds transferred from Vanguard recently and had a horrible experi...
by HJG0989
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell or keep shares of a private company?
Replies: 46
Views: 3415

Re: Sell or keep shares of a private company?

Another thank you for the update. This is a very interesting thread.
by HJG0989
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity cash position
Replies: 42
Views: 4568

Re: Fidelity cash position

logat2 wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:13 pm
I'll call fidelity and find out. Also money market funds are relatively risk-free and just a tad bit more riskier than a FDIC-insured CD right given MMA's invest much of their money in treasury, etc
Will you let us know what you find out? TIA!
by HJG0989
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car for long-distance driving
Replies: 80
Views: 5131

Re: car for long-distance driving

We test drove a lot of cars and settled on a 2014 Subaru Outback for cross country road trips (good in snow, big enough to feel safe on the highway and a comfortable ride) and a 2015 Honda Fit for the city (small enough to park and fun to drive).

We are happy with our decisions.
by HJG0989
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor's New Book: The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio
Replies: 191
Views: 30015

Re: Amazon Customer Reviews and The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio

Starchild wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:53 pm
You’re a good guy Taylor.
+1

I would love to meet you some day, Taylor. Thank you for all you do to help the rest of us invest wisely.
by HJG0989
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Garrett Planning Network experiences
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

Re: Garrett Planning Network experiences

I went to a Garrett FP so my spouse could hear an opinion other than my own as to whether we could retire or not. The FP was an attorney who had passed the bar exam and had recently passed the CFP on the first attempt. The plan we received was so full of errors that we were given a full refund. Even...
by HJG0989
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How much of your taxable holdings is unrealized capital gains?
Replies: 58
Views: 5023

Re: How much of your taxable holdings is unrealized capital gains?

I'm 61 and have 40% of my non-tax sheltered assets in unrealized capital gains and 0 capital loss carryover.
by HJG0989
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help, inheritance of $3.5M, read & read BogleH, & still in the dark
Replies: 33
Views: 4469

Re: help, inheritance of $3.5M, read & read BogleH, & still in the dark

My advice is to keep it simple, broadly diversified, tax efficient and low cost. You can achieve all of this by using the three fund portfolio approach. If you go with individual stocks you will have to monitor them and quite possibly sell at times when you don't need the money. This could result in...
by HJG0989
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Benefits of using CPA for taxes
Replies: 31
Views: 3959

Re: Benefits of using CPA for taxes

OP, Have you looked into Enrolled Agents? They specialize in taxes, unlike a CPA. I was able to find an EA who is also a CFP and charges a flat fee. If I like him, I may hire him to do my taxes. I have a lot of individual stocks and a lot of capital gains and I want to work with someone who understa...
by HJG0989
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Taking $1M+ Long Term Capital Gains
Replies: 73
Views: 7745

Re: Taking $1M+ Long Term Capital Gains

Hi viewer0, I'm in a similar situation with a $1million + capital gain in a taxable account. The gains are in individual stocks and I want to move the money into index funds. I would also like to move a rollover IRA into a Roth IRA, but that may not be feasible since I am 61 (I probably need to have...
by HJG0989
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard and Heirs, how was the transition?
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Vanguard and Heirs, how was the transition?

We had no problems. Our stocks were pushed from the other institution. Also used Fido with no problems on another occasion.
by HJG0989
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Large inheritance -- looking for advice
Replies: 56
Views: 6719

Re: Large inheritance -- looking for advice

To some of the weird people above, more capital gains means good, not bad. No matter if you are paying taxes on them, you are earning money, not losing. Selling the stocks early on and reinvesting in index funds would still result in capital gains, but a lot of the gains would never be taxed if pas...
by HJG0989
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Large inheritance -- looking for advice
Replies: 56
Views: 6719

Re: Large inheritance -- looking for advice

I'd sell ALL the stocks as soon as possible and not attach any sentimental value to them. The ones in a taxable account: Get them gone before any of the capital gains get bigger. I second this. My spouse and I each lost a parent in 2009 when the market was low. We should have sold then and moved th...
by HJG0989
Tue May 15, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]
Replies: 126
Views: 10484

Re: Yes, I'm 89 all right!

Thanks for your post, it's great to hear from you!

And thank you so much for keeping investment costs so low. You are a hero.
by HJG0989
Thu May 10, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Estimated Tax on Large Capital Gain
Replies: 34
Views: 2184

Re: Estimated Tax on Large Capital Gain

I think this thread proves our tax code is too complicated.
by HJG0989
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: "I won the Lottery" update -
Replies: 33
Views: 8445

Re: "I won the Lottery" update -

Nicely done, OP!

Depending on when you want to retire, you could keep your winnings invested and spend your pay checks. Enjoy life now while having solid savings for the future.

I hope you stay on the forum and keep us updated.
by HJG0989
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I have enough saved to pull the trigger now? Or wait 1? 3? years?
Replies: 52
Views: 7938

Re: Do I have enough saved to pull the trigger now? Or wait 1? 3? years?

I would say go for it and try to stick to 4% WR. Working additional 3 years won't change much. Assuming you save 50% of your salary in the next 3 years this will increase your portfolio value by ~150K, not a lot if you look at the big picture. Worst case scenario if you feel you need extra money, y...
by HJG0989
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 25YR old with considerable amount of cash
Replies: 48
Views: 6861

Re: 25YR old with considerable amount of cash

There is a lot of very good financial suggestions for you to ponder. I just wish to express how sorry I am for your loss. You are still young but you sound very mature and responsible. Your Mother did a good job of raising you. I wish you the best. Be especially kind to yourself during this difficul...
by HJG0989
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sell individual stocks to buy index funds?
Replies: 45
Views: 3865

Re: Sell individual stocks to buy index funds?

OP, my spouse and I both inherited portfolios of stocks in 2009 when the stock market was really low. We were both too distraught to do anything. Well, the stock market took off and we were both in our high income years and didn't want to incur capital gains so we continued to do nothing. We now hav...
by HJG0989
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Kirkland Brand Toothpaste
Replies: 22
Views: 3178

Re: Costco Kirkland Brand Toothpaste

I tried to buy some about three months and they didn't have any. The employee I talked to didn't know whether it was just out of stock or discontinued.
by HJG0989
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I’m not renewing my Costco membership.
Replies: 80
Views: 8226

Re: I’m not renewing my Costco membership.

We have purchased two cars from Costco. I will never go back to haggling on my own.
by HJG0989
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: With 25x Annual Expenses in Bonds, Does Asset Allocation Really Matter?
Replies: 28
Views: 3293

Re: With 25x Annual Expenses in Bonds, Does Asset Allocation Really Matter?

As an aside it's amazing to me that people can decide, at least claim to decide, what to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars after 3 hours of internet discussion. I have a harder time understanding how people can turn their money over to someone they don't really know and ask them to manage th...
by HJG0989
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help Sell FIRE to spouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3917

Re: Help Sell FIRE to spouse

I was in a similar situation. I retired five years ago at age 56. She finally retired a year later. We are having the time of our lives and she hasn't regretted retiring for a minute. You guys have more money than you need to retire. What you don't know is how many years of good health you have left...
by HJG0989
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: free dinner investing seminar
Replies: 318
Views: 26304

Re: free dinner investing seminar

mouses wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:08 pm
I would not go to any of those things. I would view it as stealing the cost of the dinner, etc.
I would view it as an exchange of my time for a meal. If they offered a good vegan meal I might attend.
by HJG0989
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need some advice on my financial situation
Replies: 21
Views: 1584

Re: Need some advice on my financial situation

You are doing very well, congratulations on being so responsible. And, that is really awesome that you helped your siblings out, you sound like a great person. I echo what others have said, keep your apartment. It has a huge impact on your quality of life and you deserve it. I would not buy anymore ...
by HJG0989
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Switch from Morgan Stanley to Vanguard Personal Advisor Services?
Replies: 22
Views: 1674

Re: Switch from Morgan Stanley to Vanguard Personal Advisor Services?

Drovor wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:08 pm
I say yes do it! I moved from Morgan Stanley to Vanguard. Also helped my dad move over as well. Been happy since! We were in 10+ funds at MS.

From what I remember, MS charges $75 to close each account and transfer over.

Fidelity will pay the closing fees. Just don't use their PAS services.
by HJG0989
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally going to invest, brother is FA
Replies: 89
Views: 7113

Re: Finally going to invest, brother is FA

Why don't you let your brother read this post and the other posts on Edward Jones? I think your brother has some soul searching to do. Edward Jones has done a lot of harm to people who are trying to do the right thing.
by HJG0989
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ: Advisers at Schwab, Fidelity, and TD Pushing Products
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: WSJ: Advisers at Schwab, Fidelity, and TD Pushing Products

Vanguard PAS has a maximum of .3%, and they won’t put you into expensive funds. Both fidelity and schwab have cheap products, (fidelity go and intelligent portfolios), but also much more expensive products. This is just a vindication of why the goto advice here is vanguard, as the “worse case” at v...
by HJG0989
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thinking about leaving Ameriprise
Replies: 52
Views: 5445

Re: Thinking about leaving Ameriprise

$125 to close an account!!! Then again, it may be the best $125 ever spent.
by HJG0989
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pulling the plug on Scottrade
Replies: 22
Views: 2602

Re: Pulling the plug on Scottrade

I see no reason not to move a Scottrade account to Fidelity, Merrill Edge, or Schwab. Fidelity and Schwab both have great NTF/no-load mutual funds and no-commission ETFs available, and M-E has good bonuses and free trades if you've over $50k, so you can get whatever ETFs you want. TDA's no-commissi...
by HJG0989
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pulling the plug on Scottrade
Replies: 22
Views: 2602

Re: Pulling the plug on Scottrade

I just moved the rest of my accounts from Vanguard to Fidelity. If you are investing in index funds and index ETFs, Fidelity is a good choice. I really like Fido's website and I think my spouse will be able to master it as well.
by HJG0989
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite beach vacation destination?
Replies: 64
Views: 5708

Re: Your favorite beach vacation destination?

Oops, sorry I just saw you recommendations for July. I would still recommend Australia, but I haven't been there myself then. Probably still warmer than Maine :D
by HJG0989
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite beach vacation destination?
Replies: 64
Views: 5708

Re: Your favorite beach vacation destination?

We've been wintering in Australia the last two years. The exchange rate this year gives us a 25% discount. The beaches, cities, people and weather are wonderful. And the animal life is incredible. I'm not really into birding, but the colors and sounds of the birds are something to behold. I don't th...
by HJG0989
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trip cancellation insurance
Replies: 47
Views: 2746

Re: Trip cancellation insurance

We are leaving in the morning for a 3.5 month trip to Australia including a 40 day cruise back. We didn't get trip insurance, it seemed really expensive. I was a bit nervous last week when I came down with the flu. Fortunately it wasn't as bad as some people have had it, I did get the shot. My feeli...
by HJG0989
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did a good deed today [talked friend out of VULI]
Replies: 9
Views: 1294

Re: Did a good deed today [talked friend out of VULI]

I think you earned your wings today! :D
by HJG0989
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Diary of a Bear Market
Replies: 24
Views: 3145

Re: Diary of a Bear Market

My poor Dad graduated from college in 1930 (yikes!) and retired around 1972 with two kids in high school who he put through college. I don't think he cared so much about the stock market, he was stressed about the rate of inflation.
by HJG0989
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Difference between AUM fee and fees included in the expense ratio
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: Difference between AUM fee and fees included in the expense ratio

sport wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:36 pm

In my experience, 12b-1 fees, if any, are part of the ER. BTW, Vanguard does not have any 12b-1 fees.
I thought you were wrong but I looked it up and investopedia agrees with you.

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/1/12b-1fees.asp
by HJG0989
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: GE and the myth of "safe blue-chip stocks"
Replies: 140
Views: 20670

Re: GE and the myth of "safe blue-chip stocks"

Your wife should look at DEC in October of 87 (black Monday). How could the second largest computer company possibly not come back. The stock price never did and it never did. I took a bath on it. GE looks even less sure of where it's going at the moment to my amateur eyes. I was a new hire back th...
by HJG0989
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard opens special offices for $1 million clients
Replies: 115
Views: 28631

Re: Vanguard opens special offices for $1 million clients

Vanguard has one less Flagship customer now. I finally transferred the rest of our assets to Fidelity. If something happened to me there is no way my spouse could navigate the website or figure out the administrative tasks. I'm hoping Vanguard will gets it's website together. Vanguard's PAS would be...
by HJG0989
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does anyone here with net worths north of $1 mil use financial advisors?
Replies: 249
Views: 35453

Re: Does anyone here with net worths north of $1 mil use financial advisors?

I went to a fee only FA from Garrett. I wanted my spouse to have another opinion that we were financially secure before we retired at age 56. There were so many errors in the plan that we received a refund. We currently have about $4 million in investable assets and I don't see it as any more work t...
by HJG0989
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I buy a business or suck it up at a job(s) with a pension.
Replies: 82
Views: 6420

Re: Should I buy a business or suck it up at a job(s) with a pension.

I was where you are mentally and emotionally 8 years before retiring. I am so glad I hung in there. My spouse and I now have Federal BCBS for life for a low monthly premium. I worked on improving my attitude and worked toward being fully engaged in my tasks. I also started using vacation time for lo...
by HJG0989
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Save all this money, what do you splurge on?
Replies: 193
Views: 19185

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

We like to help out family and friends Donate money and time to charities And travel We saved up to 50% of our gross while working, plus we each received an inheritance. We aren't use to spending. We are drawing about 1% of our assets plus two small pensions. We are leaving for two months in Austral...