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by n00b
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Schwab PCRA in 401k plan
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Schwab PCRA in 401k plan

I use the Schwab PCRA option in my Nationwide 457b. It costs me $50 per year and I save thousands per year in fees by purchasing Schwab ETFs with low expense ratios. Likewise -- except that the lower expenses don't yet save me thousands. I also appreciate the ability to connect directly to Schwab w...
by n00b
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend this month"
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

Re: "Find out if your fund is declaring a quarterly dividend this month"

I'm not sure if this is the definitive link for Schwab. I do know that several objects on the Schwab site are located in the wallst.com domain. These are both PDFs. Funds: http://ims.schwab.wallst.com/repository/?doc=SchwabDistSchedule ETFs: http://ims.schwab.wallst.com/repository/?doc=ETFsDistSched...
by n00b
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Possible messy Roth recharacterization on the horizon
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Possible messy Roth recharacterization on the horizon

Thank you, All, for your thoughts!

I like the idea of recharacterizing, if needed, after all the numbers are known.

It seems like the easiest way, going forward, would be to wait until the taxes are done before making the contributions but, who wants to wait? :)
by n00b
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Possible messy Roth recharacterization on the horizon
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Possible messy Roth recharacterization on the horizon

Greetings, Bogleheads! It appears that a Roth recharacterization may be in my future. DW and I are dollar-cost-averaging max Roth contributions for 2018 into Vanguard Total Stock Market Admiral Shares in existing Roth accounts at Vanguard but we are getting pretty close to the 22% tax bracket and ma...
by n00b
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Strategy and progress checkup
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: Strategy and progress checkup

1) Have a car fund to pay cash for your next car. No problem there! 2) Be sure to look at your numbers three ways, as a couple and as if one of your survives the other. With the pensions and Social Security the numbers can change a lot if one of your dies. Thank you for mentioning this! This is whe...
by n00b
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Strategy and progress checkup
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Strategy and progress checkup

Emergency funds: Yes Debt: 64k student loans at 3.375% Tax Filing Status: MFJ Tax Rate: 12% Federal, 3% State State of Residence: AZ Age: 45 Desired Asset allocation: 75% stocks / 25% bonds - adjusted for expected tax liability of deferred accounts. Desired International allocation: 20% of stocks - ...
by n00b
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you adjust side mirrors in a car?
Replies: 61
Views: 3767

Re: How do you adjust side mirrors in a car?

I'm pretty disappointed to hear about all the people who expressed confidence about their ability to see a car without a blind-spot check given that motorcycles and bicycles are so much harder to see.
by n00b
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How does everyone keep track of your portfolio?
Replies: 171
Views: 18076

Re: How does everyone keep track of your portfolio?

I track asset allocation in Excel with price/holdings data being supplied via External Data import from a Quicken report. I previously did the same with iBank and Open Office.
by n00b
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are Roth IRAs overrated?
Replies: 77
Views: 7908

Re: Are Roth IRAs overrated?

There is another aspect of Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA that I haven't seen mentioned in this thread. Because annual contribution limits are the same for each but one is tax deferred while the other is taxed on the way in, maximum contributions effectively store slightly more wealth in a Roth than ...
by n00b
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are Roth IRAs overrated?
Replies: 77
Views: 7908

Re: Are Roth IRAs overrated?

There is another aspect of Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA that I haven't seen mentioned in this thread. Because annual contribution limits are the same for each but one is tax deferred while the other is taxed on the way in, maximum contributions effectively store slightly more wealth in a Roth than T...
by n00b
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing in HSA for Retirement Purpose?
Replies: 24
Views: 2654

Re: Investing in HSA for Retirement Purpose?

Social Security Most benefits are also exempt from Social Security and Medicare tax. Exemption from Social Security tax is not necessarily a benefit; if you pay less in Social Security tax, you will have lower Social Security benefits. As a result, if the only tax savings from payroll deduction is ...
by n00b
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing in HSA for Retirement Purpose?
Replies: 24
Views: 2654

Re: Investing in HSA for Retirement Purpose?

Thank you for bringing up the expected value of missed Social Security wages due to HSA exemption but I am having trouble squaring the recommendation with my calculations. If SS pays a percentage of the top-35 years then each dollar contributed needs to be divided by 35 to represent the value added ...
by n00b
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: solar power generation
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: solar power generation

Valuethinker wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:23 am
Whereabouts do you live?
Good point! The White Mountains of AZ -- we have a pretty good solar resource though more weather than people tend to think where they hear "Arizona."
by n00b
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: solar power generation
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: solar power generation

I've been off the grid since 2009 and can confirm that it works! :) Our first set of L16 flooded lead-acid batteries lasted 6-years and everything else is original. I'm not sure equipment recommendations would be relevant as I gather that the offerings have changed substantially since our system was...
by n00b
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is Nationwide a good company?
Replies: 10
Views: 1443

Re: Is Nationwide a good company?

FWIW, my Nationwide 457b allows access to a Schwab Self Directed Brokerage Option aka Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account for $50/year. Complexity is added by having to pass through the Nationwide account to Schwab but saves me about .4% due to better fund access and a Nationwide wrap fee. Als...
by n00b
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 403b Changes
Replies: 175
Views: 23783

Re: Vanguard 403b Changes

Gratefully, it looks like Mint has picked up our 403b accounts again. I still don't see it in the Quicken listing, can you tell if the Mint download is via Vanguard, Newport Group, or something else? Also, for other Mint users, Did you need to make any adjustments or did it just start working again...
by n00b
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 403b Changes
Replies: 175
Views: 23783

Re: Vanguard 403b Changes

Ever since the switch to Newport Group, Quicken refuses to update my account. Has anyone had success updating their Vanguard 403b Quicken account such that it automatically downloads transactions? Afraid we are in the same boat. I was able to get an account listing but the 403b doesn't seem to be i...
by n00b
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1924

Re: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?

It's been a while since I put much time on a bike without disk brakes but I'll take a shot at this. Quality disk brakes provide a better and more consistent feel at the lever and as you noted are not impacted by out-of-true wheels. They do not, in my opinion stop better than quality rim brakes in dr...
by n00b
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 403b Changes
Replies: 175
Views: 23783

Re: Vanguard 403b Changes

My wife got the letter today. $60/year seems expensive for record keeping. I was hoping for an exemption if paperless or something but no such luck. It will be nice to have access to admiral shares but this account has some room before it will reach break-even on that. Yes, it feels somewhat like a ...
by n00b
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 133
Views: 13590

Re: What do you splurge on?

I splurge on cycling but also commute by bike enough to subsidize my bike habit.

I splurge on camping gear and rarely stay in hotels.

I occasionally splurge on sushi but rarely eat out otherwise.
by n00b
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?
Replies: 68
Views: 8296

Re: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?

Being about ten-years out, maybe I'm not close enough to feel some of the things cited in this thread. For me, getting my financial house in order improved my work and my work opportunities. Having a better understanding of my employer's contribution to the retirement plan also helps me to feel more...
by n00b
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard adviser - advice when not carrying a mortgage into retirement
Replies: 57
Views: 5508

Re: Vanguard adviser - advice when not carrying a mortgage into retirement

willthrill81 wrote:I doubt that many of us would be complaining about having too much money in retirement. :wink:
Maybe not -- but for us, at the edge of the 15% tax bracket, it may not be optimal to have lived unnecessarily frugally for the joy of paying higher taxes and/or leaving more behind.
by n00b
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard adviser - advice when not carrying a mortgage into retirement
Replies: 57
Views: 5508

Re: Vanguard adviser - advice when not carrying a mortgage into retirement

I max out my 401k but still get these great emails from my 401k provider that I should contribute even more :) Ha! One of my accounts has a built in retirement calculator that I have used to double-check my independent work. The calculator says I am "Doing Well" with 2k/mo over projected expenses w...
by n00b
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does your asset allocation derate tax-deferred holdings to account for future tax liability?
Replies: 163
Views: 10495

Does your asset allocation derate tax-deferred holdings to account for future tax liability?

Bogleheads, Does your asset allocation derate tax-deferred holdings to account for future tax liability? What are your arguments for or against doing so? I think I recently saw it written that of course nobody would do something like that because it's too complex, but I have it built in to my asset ...
by n00b
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 457, Roth, and plan through employer
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: 457, Roth, and plan through employer

13k/month or 13k/year?

Looking forward to the answer on the Governmental 457b if you get it, mostly as a matter of trivia.
by n00b
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Net Worth Diversification Concern
Replies: 10
Views: 2209

Re: Net Worth Diversification Concern

Do you have other sources of income? Social Security, Pension? Taken in that context maybe you're not entirely tied up in Vanguard. I have accounts with multiple firms and take some comfort in that for what it's worth. I also keep multiple checking accounts in case one should become compromised or I...
by n00b
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which luxury auto brand depreciates the most?
Replies: 38
Views: 5741

Re: Which luxury auto brand depreciates the most?

I'm not so sure about that manual transmission discount. I prefer manual transmissions and always felt that they command a premium over their automatic counterparts. Our difference in experience may be because I'm not afraid of a quality car with some miles on it so at that point the reliability of ...
by n00b
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA and Car
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: Roth IRA and Car

IHMO, neither. You should fix your current car or buy another you can pay cash for.

What year/make/model is the car, how many miles, and what kind of problems are you having?
by n00b
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice.. where do I go from here?
Replies: 12
Views: 1575

Re: Portfolio Advice.. where do I go from here?

PS. GwowthObsessed, if you're looking for something to obsess over, tax-efficiency should keep you busy for a while without the damage that obsessing on growth can bring.
by n00b
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Advice.. where do I go from here?
Replies: 12
Views: 1575

Re: Portfolio Advice.. where do I go from here?

Please pardon me if I'm missing something but aren't Required Minimum Distributions meant to terminate a tax-sheltered account and quite effective at doing so baring any change in law. My strategy would be to execute a tax-efficient migration based on where on the RMD curve this account is, simplify...
by n00b
Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?
Replies: 29
Views: 3057

Re: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?

This is great news, indeed. Much like n00b, my automatic deductions go into a 3 fund portfolio built around funds offered by nationwide. I intend to periodically transfer to the Schwab three fund portfolio referenced above. A downside concerns the Schwab bond funds. My understanding is that they ha...
by n00b
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?
Replies: 29
Views: 3057

Re: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?

Thanks for sharing the good news with me, Bodacious!
by n00b
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?
Replies: 29
Views: 3057

Re: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?

US total stock index SWTSX ER 0.03% US Aggregate Bond SWAGX ER 0.04% (new index fund) International index SWISX ER 0.07% (note: this fund doesn't include emerging markets or international small cap stocks) Bodacious, That's interesting. For me: SWTSX Gross ER 0.11% SWISX Gross ER 0.23% I can't find...
by n00b
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?
Replies: 29
Views: 3057

Re: 457 - help choosing between 2 good options?

I'm also a Schwab Brokerage customer by way of a Nationwide 457b Self-Directed Brokerage Option in AZ. I am unable to direct incoming funds directly to the Schwab account though I can and do automatically invest incoming funds in the Nationwide offerings. I then transfer money to Schwab a few times ...
by n00b
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Staging next year's Roth in Taxable
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Re: Staging next year's Roth in Taxable

My dumb plan keeps us from just loading up her 403b instead? It appears that maxing out two Roths + your 457(b) + her 403(b) is more than you plan to save per year, but if you leave out her 403(b), then the amount is less. If that's the case, then it seems to me you have no need to engage in short ...
by n00b
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Staging next year's Roth in Taxable
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Staging next year's Roth in Taxable

Hi, all. I consider our Roths to be the best space we have available. We typically contribute to our Roths from savings on the first trading day of the year which means that up to 11k of money we plan to invest is in cash savings waiting to be invested. I'm thinking about the upsides/downsides of bu...
by n00b
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 374
Views: 46231

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Hey, I like this game! My first Honda was an 87 Civic Si that I acquired with 200k on the clock and gave to a friend with a little under 300k and an oil-consumption habit. I dared her not to ruin the car by running it out of oil. She took it past 300k and I believe her kids are still driving it and ...
by n00b
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PSA - Bonds are on sale!
Replies: 5
Views: 1513

Re: PSA - Bonds are on sale!

It seems like there are a recent abundance of "Oh no, bonds are down!" posts so I thought I'd lighten the mood a little.

I was alerted to the fact while doing a transfer and figured I might as well bring my AA back inline at the same time.
by n00b
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PSA - Bonds are on sale!
Replies: 5
Views: 1513

PSA - Bonds are on sale!

I got a wicked-good deal on bonds the other day! Guess all the brokerages are still running a Black Friday sale or something...

:D
by n00b
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International stocks in free fall
Replies: 118
Views: 13395

Re: International stocks in free fall

I got caught in the crossfire whilst moving a significant portion of my domestic stock and all of my international stock to an account with slightly lower expenses. (Totally unaware of Brexit. I would have avoided moving during this time if I had known.) My exit from the market landed on a low day a...
by n00b
Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Gov 457b Notice of Administrator Change - Rollover Opportunity?
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Gov 457b Notice of Administrator Change - Rollover Opportunity?

I got the investment menu from Nationwide and will have a wider range of index funds available but not Admiral/Institutional level funds. There is also a plan administration fee of .30%. It looks like these factors will combine to double my net expense ratio to .50% in my 457b. Only about 10x what I...
by n00b
Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Gov 457b Notice of Administrator Change - Rollover Opportunity?
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Gov 457b Notice of Administrator Change - Rollover Opportunity?

I called Vanguard and they indicated that this is not a typical rollover opportunity. Brian at Vanguard indicated that it would be determined by the Plan Document or the custodian of the account.

I don't believe I have a copy of the plan document so my next step will be to procure one.
by n00b
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Gov 457b Notice of Administrator Change - Rollover Opportunity?
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Gov 457b Notice of Administrator Change - Rollover Opportunity?

Bogleheads, I just received a Notice of Administrator Change regarding my governmental 457b plan. Currently, the plan administrator is TIAA-CREF with a plan administration fee of .24% (.06% paid quarterly). This plan has a couple Vanguard index funds that I am invested in, Vanguard Mid-Cap (VIMAX ER...
by n00b
Sun May 11, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 338
Views: 39735

Re: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?

We live in a very small (420sf) home and never did have a mortgage on it. I always seem to feel the need to defend the place so I often summarize by saying something like, "It may not be much, but it's ours."
by n00b
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inflation question
Replies: 30
Views: 3253

Re: Inflation question

A revelation, for me, was that fractional-reserve banking and the need to adjust the money supply go hand-in-hand. When the public looses it's appetite for debt in a fractional-reserve system, the money supply needs to be otherwise increased if the overall supply is to stay stable.
by n00b
Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Access to Cash in Rural AZ - High ATM Limits?
Replies: 7
Views: 1100

Re: Access to Cash in Rural AZ - High ATM Limits?

The typical protocol for these transactions is "Cash talks, BS walks." Anything other than cash is likely to turn a good deal sour. @Nebster, Thank you! I had heard that there are 2k limit ATM cards at Schwab etc. A couple 5k cards would be very appealing from a last-ditch all-banks-are-closed persp...
by n00b
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Access to Cash in Rural AZ - High ATM Limits?
Replies: 7
Views: 1100

Access to Cash in Rural AZ - High ATM Limits?

Boglehads, Edit: To summarize - we decide what to buy and are flexible on the when and where. I suspect most people do it the other way around. My wife and I are car collectors - probably not in the way that you might guess but we enjoy having a small selection of cool older cars. This is not an inv...
by n00b
Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your top companies for customer service?
Replies: 76
Views: 5982

Re: What are your top companies for customer service?

I had a surprisingly good experience with the customer service of Coinstar recently.

Amazon as noted by others.
by n00b
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My employer needs a good 457b discount brokerage
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: My employer needs a good 457b discount brokerage

The first thing you need to do is find out if the loads are waived, which is pretty common in company plans. You might also want to get a list of available funds and post them with tickers, if any, and ERs. Do you also have access to a 401k? Paul I didn't know that loads were commonly waived. That'...
by n00b
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My employer needs a good 457b discount brokerage
Replies: 3
Views: 354

My employer needs a good 457b discount brokerage

Having looked at the options available in my employers 457b plan, I decided to go it alone in an IRA instead. I still would like the ability to buy reasonable funds in a 457b. The plans currently available are through Security Benefit and Nationwide. The signup sheets don't include ticker symbols bu...