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by sksbog
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 68
Views: 5262

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

hello, are mccormick gourmet spices better than the regular mccormick spices? how about compare with simply organic? or 365 brand? i enjoy finding good spices to cook. but i am also curious why mccormick stock has gone up so much recently. thanks. blackwhisker, Talk to your Indian friends and ask t...
by sksbog
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 64 yrs old should I get into the stock market
Replies: 10
Views: 1538

Re: 64 yrs old should I get into the stock market

Absolutely! Just make sure your bonds -stock ratio is age appropriate.
by sksbog
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds for high income individuals in taxable account
Replies: 18
Views: 1356

Re: Bonds for high income individuals in taxable account

I have bonds in addition to 401k/IRa.

In taxable account I have vanguard intermediate term tax exempt, reinvest option. This is to achieve my 3 fund portfolio of taxable account.

I also do, buy series I Treasury bonds. They have generous tax free spent policy if you spend on education or healthcare.
by sksbog
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life Insurance for son and daughter-in-law
Replies: 58
Views: 2843

Re: Life Insurance for son and daughter-in-law

This is a good time to buy separate term life insurance to cover children's education and extra needed money if something would happen to one in 25-30 years. I bought mine at 26 and never regretted. Since then I have changed almost 9 jobs and never paid attention to what employer offers for life ins...
by sksbog
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Passive Index Investing, A Bubble Bound To Burst?
Replies: 114
Views: 11304

Re: Passive Index Investing, A Bubble Bound To Burst?

I always enjoy and try to understand new investing ideas. Usually I just don't understand them. Which means I just don't have enough knowledge. Then comes the 3 fund portfolio. Easy for me to understand and learn about what and why I invest and beleive in the 3 fund idea. So every time some new ide...
by sksbog
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Frugality and Cash Rewards: What to keep vs. what to let go
Replies: 16
Views: 2258

Re: Frugality and Cash Rewards: What to keep vs. what to let go

Everything on chase Sapphire reserve card to get points on travel. We travel every year so it makes sense for us. It's has $459 annual fee. You get $300 credit on any travel expense, right away. I usually get 2-3 air tickets out of points each year, that crosses the $150 balance. Sam's club Master c...
by sksbog
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how does vanguard personal performance chart show return?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: how does vanguard personal performance chart show return?

Vanguard does not say how the return was calculated.
by sksbog
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how does vanguard personal performance chart show return?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

how does vanguard personal performance chart show return?

Hello Bogleheads,

When I see personal performance chart in vanguard, it shows 9% return with a star on it, for the group of funds I have selected and for the year rangebi have selected.

Is this the total return or annualized return?
by sksbog
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 47 and clueless - direction needed
Replies: 60
Views: 8298

Re: 47 and clueless - direction needed

Wow they are screwing you over on the front end and the back end. I do not exaggerate here. That is beyond simple negligence that is simply exploiting of the I'll informed. I would get out as soon as possible. This is why a rule called Fiduciary, was in table for Congress. Sounds like common sense,...
by sksbog
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Critique my Portfolio, possibly too much cash?
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Critique my Portfolio, possibly too much cash?

Thanks. The question is that should I invest 150k and reap 7-8 % return and take 150k loan when I buy house?
by sksbog
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Critique my Portfolio, possibly too much cash?
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Critique my Portfolio, possibly too much cash?

Current loan balance is about 98 k. Was thinking of keeping the mortgage and renting it out when I buy home in a year or two. The rental income would cover the mortgage.
by sksbog
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Critique my Portfolio, possibly too much cash?
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Critique my Portfolio, possibly too much cash?

Him: 44 Her: 42 combined Income ~ 280K Retirement: 1.09 Mil 600 K in VPS IRA , vanguard managed Rest in Vanguard target retirement 73K in series I bonds bought over last 10 years Investments: 98K 43,800 in Schwab SIP robo managed 46,700 in Three Fund portfolio [ Stocks 75% {domestic/int 60%, 40%} , ...
by sksbog
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Foreign Taxes paid from Foreign Index fund in 401K
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Foreign Taxes paid from Foreign Index fund in 401K

Hello Bogleheads, As you all know, if we have foreign taxes paid via foreign funds in taxable account, we can take foreign tax credits. Similarly, is this possible for retirement accounts? Can we take credit of foreign tax paid, when we start paying taxes on the withdrawal during retirement? Thanks
by sksbog
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?
Replies: 53
Views: 5208

Re: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?

Folks, As I'm not sure who should I reach out to get an objective opinion/advise on my dilemma, so I thought I'd reached out to my BH community, I apologize if this is bit personal, yet a big financial decision. My issue is I cant yet decide if this is a real need or a want or a wish and if I can r...
by sksbog
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Schwab.com login trouble?
Replies: 21
Views: 3261

Re: Schwab.com login trouble?

schwab website is down, again today.
by sksbog
Tue May 29, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disconnecting Wi-fi of a device
Replies: 9
Views: 1084

Re: Disconnecting Wi-fi of a device

Hi, At a time, I will have 4-5 devices connected to wi-fi. Now, I have a Mac which I generally use. Is there anyway to disconnect the wi-fi of a device from my Mac book like going on some websites which will show the existing devices connected to my wifi and i click disconnect/connect or any app wh...
by sksbog
Sun May 27, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest ways to watch NBA playoffs
Replies: 37
Views: 3099

Re: Cheapest ways to watch NBA playoffs

livesoft wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 5:11 pm
I don't know and I didn't ask.
Very concerning. It means you have no idea what sites your son goes to and have no idea what he does with his computer.
by sksbog
Sun May 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why pay cash for a car?
Replies: 248
Views: 30535

Re: Why pay cash for a car?

RDHlooking4FIRE wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:43 pm
Before i paid off my car the interest rate was 1%. My online savings account is earning 1.3%.

I do really like being debt free though. But am i missing out on cheap money?
Take out taxes and fees on gains and you will be in minus
by sksbog
Wed May 23, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help needed to restore data
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: help needed to restore data

michaeljc70 wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:46 pm
I haven't used their service, but if I remember correctly, it is very expensive and there is no guarantee. There was no backup?
no backup. it is a NAS drive.
by sksbog
Tue May 22, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help needed to restore data
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

help needed to restore data

I have a seagate NAS drive, where we store family pictures. All os a sudden the folders disappeared and there is no data in the explorer. I need some help restoring the data. Worked with seagate support. They concluded that that there may be software failure and asked me to contact their data restor...
by sksbog
Mon May 21, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: done with Gmail
Replies: 114
Views: 12617

Re: done with Gmail

You could use office 365 subscription, I think it's $5 a month. Well worth the amount of product s you will get in the package.
by sksbog
Sat May 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803
Replies: 91
Views: 10361

Re: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803

I never decline updates. If they break something next update would fix it. Keep your backups upto date and always update on time.

Every update makes your PC stronger and more secure, in general.

19 years in IT and counting...
by sksbog
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Newborn- essential financial steps
Replies: 20
Views: 2165

Re: Newborn- essential financial steps

In addition to 529, you can buy series I bonds. You should be able to spend tax free earning on education or medical expenses, after 5 or so years.

Target is having new baby sale till May 3rd I think.
by sksbog
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Opinion on Vanguard Personal Advisor Services
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: Opinion on Vanguard Personal Advisor Services

oh, forgot to mention, part of their role is to keep clients calm at the time of hype and turbulence, and prevent them from making rash decisions.

can you control yourself when the market swings in either direction?
by sksbog
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Opinion on Vanguard Personal Advisor Services
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: Opinion on Vanguard Personal Advisor Services

for you, it will be 300 dollar per year.
i would say go ahead for a year and learn from them. ask questions, when and how they re balance. see them doing for a year.

and then cut loose.

for bigger portfolio, north of 300K, i would not use them, once i have learned when and how to re balance.
by sksbog
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats
Replies: 110
Views: 16415

Re: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats

I just sold my Accord to carmax and got a used Hyundai santa Fe sport. Best decision for my 2 hour daily commute. My back doesn't hurt anymore.
by sksbog
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop
Replies: 53
Views: 4581

Re: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop

FraggleRock wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Walk away.
Find another house and builder.

You are reminding me why I despise non-custom builders.
Absolutely disgaree. If you start walking away on little things like this, you would never be able to work with anyone.
This is not an unreasonable request.
by sksbog
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop
Replies: 53
Views: 4581

Re: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop

There will be a microwave above the cook top and we have two choices 1) Vent to the outside and pay $800 to do so 2) Recirculate the air after passing it through a filter This is not a custom home, there are only these two choices and the price cannot be negotiated. What say you Bogleheads, is it w...
by sksbog
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Move: Please convince me why I should not work in tech
Replies: 74
Views: 8528

Re: Career Move: Please convince me why I should not work in tech

Not sure what you are doing now but outsourcing is a huge problem for tech at the type of companies you are describing. I would avoid that at all costs or completely understand it. You will probably have many jobs as tech is no longer controlled by tech people but by finance people. What would you ...
by sksbog
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 338
Views: 25602

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

Before deleting, consider downloading Facebook's dossier on you.

Here is how to download a copy of everything Facebook has gather and sold about you.

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/03/23/h ... t-you.html
by sksbog
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to rent a specific car, Bogleheads way?
Replies: 26
Views: 1481

Re: How to rent a specific car, Bogleheads way?

Leesbro63 wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:08 pm
Maybe work backwards. If you live near a major airport, you might have the best chance of getting a specific vehicle by wandering their rental car center and finding the vehicle you'd like to rent.
Good idea!
by sksbog
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to rent a specific car, Bogleheads way?
Replies: 26
Views: 1481

Re: How to rent a specific car, Bogleheads way?

I would like to commute with that car in morning to get real feel.
by sksbog
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to rent a specific car, Bogleheads way?
Replies: 26
Views: 1481

How to rent a specific car, Bogleheads way?

Ever since I started driving 2 hours a day, started having back pain. I am tall and have a Honda Accord sport. DW has a theory that .y car is not comfortable enough and I should try an SUV. Looked at consumer reports and it has good ratings in my $$ range , for comfort to Buick enclave and Hundai Sa...
by sksbog
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer
Replies: 10
Views: 821

Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

there may not be a position open, so i would like to suggest to keep me in mind for any future opportunities. I don't want to call and put person on spot . i would like them to think through where would be a good fit.
by sksbog
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer
Replies: 10
Views: 821

what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

Hi Bogleheads, I have a very specific dilemma, i wanted to get your thoughts on this. I switched my company for career advancement, but after few months, realizing this is not my cup of tea, even though more money and responsibility. I plan to contact my previous employer to let them know I am inter...
by sksbog
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Enterprise Architecture worth building career upon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1171

Re: Is Enterprise Architecture worth building career upon?

OP, 1) Can you find the next job as Enterprise Architect? I am not confident. have TOGAF certification, but really feel its not of much sought for anymore. 2) How could someone outside your organization (aka future employer) know that you are a good EA? What is your industry-recognized credential? ...
by sksbog
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Enterprise Architecture worth building career upon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1171

Is Enterprise Architecture worth building career upon?

Hello Bogleheads, I have been in IT all my life, starting from a developer. Now in mid forties and stumbled into EA from a re-organization. Been in this field for the last 7 years. This level, still is individual contributor, but considered as senior management level. Of course, the money is more th...
by sksbog
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: what is marginal tax rate?
Replies: 29
Views: 2675

Re: what is marginal tax rate?

A person's marginal tax rate is the highest rate at which an individual's maximum earnings (the last dollar of taxable income that an individual earns) is taxed. Your first dollar of taxable income is taxed at the lowest rate. When your income hits the second tax bracket, THOSE dollars are taxed at...
by sksbog
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: what is marginal tax rate?
Replies: 29
Views: 2675

what is marginal tax rate?

Hi Bogleheads,

very basic question. What is marginal tax rate?
Turbotax shows my tax bracket 28% and effective tax rate 18.5%.

What is my marginal tax rate?

Thanks
by sksbog
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to exchange dollars to euros?
Replies: 18
Views: 1458

Re: Best place to exchange dollars to euros?

student wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:33 pm
Use ATM. If you have Fidelity and Schwab, they reimburse the fees charged by the banks who own the ATMs.

I second his...
by sksbog
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to approach previous company for a job you are interested in
Replies: 9
Views: 992

How to approach previous company for a job you are interested in

Hello Bogleheads; I switched my job 7 months ago. Now realizing that the commute is taking a toll for the family. Especially wife. Also to that the new job is not as good as the recruiter/ hiring manager promised in the beginning. I am still in contacts or in good terms with the senior managers from...
by sksbog
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rule of thumb for how much to spend on rent?
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Rule of thumb for how much to spend on rent?

NYTimes has a neat calculator which recommends which one is better, based on your answers.
Check it out.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... 0002&abg=0
by sksbog
Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Two-Way File Syncing Software
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: Automatic Two-Way File Syncing Software

Have you tried the OneDrive.
Free !
by sksbog
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice - Jumping in when the market is high
Replies: 24
Views: 2001

Re: Portfolio Advice - Jumping in when the market is high

For retirement accounts, I would stay the course. It's probably going to be untouched for more than 30 years, so i don't even think about market timing. For taxable accounts, if money is not needed for long time ; > 5 years; I would dollar cost average . Divide the money into 24 months ( or 36 or wh...
by sksbog
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice - Jumping in when the market is high
Replies: 24
Views: 2001

Re: Portfolio Advice - Jumping in when the market is high

For retirement accounts, I would stay the course. It's probably going to be untouched for more than 30 years, so i don't even think about market timing. For taxable accounts, if money is not needed for long time ; > 5 years; I would dollar cost average . Divide the money into 24 months ( or 36 or wh...
by sksbog
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Re: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?

I check clarkdeals.com from time to time.
by sksbog
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Important Documents Online
Replies: 27
Views: 1658

Re: Storing Important Documents Online

I wish I could get comfortable with the concept of digital storage for personal information. An event earlier in my career where we had to convert a huge amount of data from one storage format to another has made me skittish. To be able to rely on info stored in digital form you need - media that s...
by sksbog
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Important Documents Online
Replies: 27
Views: 1658

Re: Storing Important Documents Online

I faced this issue recently and, call me paranoid, but I decided that I simply was not comfortable trusting any online method, even after encrypting the information. Do you have a bank safe deposit box? Really want somewhere I can access from anywhere, so I can access in the event I’m traveling and...