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by lhl12
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Developing Complete Plan for Windfall
Replies: 37
Views: 3027

Re: Developing Complete Plan for Windfall

I would consider Fidelity's offering for very high net worth clients - their Fidelity Family Office Services group: You might decide to stick with Vanguard but Fidelity is generally viewed as comparable while having better service and better technology. At your asset size that tradeoff might be more...
by lhl12
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long have you had, or did you have, your HP-12C calculator?
Replies: 72
Views: 2794

Re: How long have you had, or did you have, your HP-12C calculator?

I have used one for going on thirty years. However I had to buy a new one recently and I find the build quality noticeably inferior. The rubber pads have come off, certain keys won't "fire" unless pressed in exactly the right way, and I have had issues with the display. My recent purchase was made i...
by lhl12
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?
Replies: 138
Views: 10969

Re: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?

Ignoring all other differences, is the weather in San Diego meaningfully different from the weather in Los Angeles?
by lhl12
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we temporarily reduce our retirement contributions in order to pay off our $400k mortgage in 7 years?
Replies: 83
Views: 7651

Re: Should we temporarily reduce our retirement contributions in order to pay off our $400k mortgage in 7 years?

I don't think you should redirect retirement funding to prepay your house. However if you do decide to accelerate debt paydown on your house then I would strongly consider refinancing to a lower rate mortgage whose term matches the projected term of your paydown. For example, if you expected you wer...
by lhl12
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I bother meeting with a Chase Private Client Rep
Replies: 56
Views: 5103

Re: Should I bother meeting with a Chase Private Client Rep

Another good example of this sort of thing is the B of A Premium Rewards/Merrill Edge package. If you have $100,000 in balances at Merrill Edge (which can be in a Vanguard mutual fund, Admiral shares) then you get a great package of services from B of A, including a 2.625% unlimited cash rebate on a...
by lhl12
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I bother meeting with a Chase Private Client Rep
Replies: 56
Views: 5103

Re: Should I bother meeting with a Chase Private Client Rep

I also agree. The private client/private banking divisions of these large banks can offer attractive and inexpensive (or even free) packages of services that might be a good fit for you. It doesn't cost anything to listen to the sales pitch. The key is to be very disciplined about saying yes only to...
by lhl12
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help in solving Tenant landlord issue
Replies: 26
Views: 2454

Re: Need help in solving Tenant landlord issue

I think paying a lawyer a few hundred bucks to send a letter (disputing all these charges and threatening legal action) might give you the most bang for your buck. Court is time consuming and can be costly and can quickly turn into a he said she said situation. I agree with this approach. I'd also ...
by lhl12
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to ask agent when seeking to cash out of Whole-Life policy?
Replies: 28
Views: 2052

Re: What to ask agent when seeking to cash out of Whole-Life policy?

If i understand it right, you paid $136/month * 12 months * 30 years = $48960 and you get $27000 now? You also got life insurance for 30 years. To determine your true net return you would have to add back whatever you would have paid for term life to get equivalent coverage for that entire period. ...
by lhl12
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whole Life - We're doing it. What to look for?
Replies: 128
Views: 8562

Re: Whole Life - We're doing it. What to look for?

[/quote] We've verified the WL policy would be written based upon the health of my SO at the time of her initial term policy (e.g., no medical concerns at that point). However, the WL policy would be written at the "standard" level of health (e.g., an average person), vice the "superior standard" (o...
by lhl12
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Hedge funds basically scams?
Replies: 36
Views: 3411

Re: Are Hedge funds basically scams?

Hedge Funds are a form of commingled fund typically organized as a private partnership (rather than an open-end or closed-end mutual fund, which is the typical structure for standard mutual funds). Hedge Funds engage in a very broad range of investment strategies - so broad as to make the term "hedg...
by lhl12
Thu May 10, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Charitable Investing
Replies: 7
Views: 579

Re: Charitable Investing

When you say "charitable investing" do you mean making donations to a charity? Or something else? Assuming you're referring to charitable donations, I'm not sure why you think you need a brokerage account, especially for small sums. You could simply make a small donation to the charity each month. D...
by lhl12
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2017 Yale Endowment Report
Replies: 13
Views: 1371

Re: 2017 Yale Endowment Report

Along similar lines, this link has an interesting interview of David Swensen (manager of the Yale Endowment) by Bob Rubin (former US Treasury Secretary):

https://www.cfr.org/event/conversation-david-swensen
by lhl12
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 3329

Re: Coffee maker recommendations

I'd definitely go with a K-Cup machine. Keurig makes them, as do many others (licensing Keurig's technology). The pods keep a long time and you can fill the machine from your bathroom sink.
by lhl12
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Institutional Trustee?
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: Institutional Trustee?

It would be fairly typical in these situations to have your attorney draft the trust and for them to serve as trustee. This is a fairly standard thing in the real estate world. These are sometimes referred to as "nominee trusts".
by lhl12
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do with a 25 million windfall?
Replies: 47
Views: 3996

Re: What would you do with a 25 million windfall?

I would contribute the maximum deductible amount either to a newly formed private foundation or to a Donor-Advised Fund. I believe the limit is 20% of AGI but you should confirm this with an accountant. That will give you the largest possible charitable deduction without having to actually give the ...
by lhl12
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Annual Maintenance Contract - Worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 827

Re: Annual Maintenance Contract - Worth it?

Where are you located?

How many zones of heating and cooling are there?
by lhl12
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wife's Windfall/Inheritance/Retirement/Merrill Lynch
Replies: 37
Views: 5332

Re: Wife's Windfall/Inheritance/Retirement/Merrill Lynch

I haven't seen this mentioned but Merril Edge should be an option (in addition to Schwab/Fido/TDA). In fact, the transfer from one branch of ML to ME would probably be easier. As you have many single stocks, the free trades from ME you would be entitled to would be a nice touch as you reduce single...
by lhl12
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need to invest adult siblings trust money
Replies: 25
Views: 2258

Re: Need to invest adult siblings trust money

I agree that for a trust corpus of this size and a desire to have these payouts last a lifetime, a Single Premium Immediate Annuity (SPIA) is a great option.
by lhl12
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 840 credit score Million dollar farm.. low income cannot get Heloc?
Replies: 64
Views: 5514

Re: 840 credit score Million dollar farm.. low income cannot get Heloc?

You've described a HELOC, which is a product intended for a borrower's primary residence. Is this farm your friend's primary residence? If not, or if the HELOC idea doesn't work, he might consider exploring a business line of credit (which would be made out of the small business side of the bank, no...
by lhl12
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Philanthropy and related issues
Replies: 50
Views: 4505

Re: Philanthropy and related issues

I think a lot about this topic. Soon after I "hit my number", my thinking changed from "achieving financial independence to "leaving a legacy". "Leaving a legacy" can mean a lot of things. For some, it means avoiding as much tax as possible in the process of leaving everything you have to your kids....
by lhl12
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better way to get rid of old fridge?
Replies: 38
Views: 3380

Re: Better way to get rid of old fridge?

You might also consider this approach:

http://dontevenreply.com/view.php?post=50
by lhl12
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to learn about financial statement analysis?
Replies: 31
Views: 3764

Re: How to learn about financial statement analysis?

This is my first post. I found this book to be very helpful: Managing by the Numbers by Kremer, Rizzuto, and Case. It explains the relationships between the Balance Sheet, the Income statement, the Cash Flow statement, and the financial ratios, and explains how to run forecasts. Welcome to the forum!
by lhl12
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 330
Views: 47453

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

+1 to the "Ancillary" series ("Ancillary Justice", "Ancillary Sword" and "Ancillary Mercy") by Leckie - outstanding.
by lhl12
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attempted theft of bank funds via identity theft
Replies: 19
Views: 3187

Re: Attempted theft of bank funds via identity theft

theplayer11 wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:09 pm
op, did you have a freeze with chexsystems?
Not as far as I know.
by lhl12
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attempted theft of bank funds via identity theft
Replies: 19
Views: 3187

Attempted theft of bank funds via identity theft

I was recently the attempted victim of a theft of funds from a bank account via identity theft and I thought I would share how the thieves tried to rob me in hopes that it might help others in the future. Through some sort of data breach, the thieves got my full name, SS# and mailing address. They t...
by lhl12
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whole Life Policy Analysis
Replies: 53
Views: 3678

Re: Whole Life Policy Analysis

Who owns the policy presently? You? Your parents? a trust? Who is the beneficiary of the policy? Your spouse? Your parents? I own the policy, and the current beneficiaries are my parents and brother. Plan to change to my wife if I keep paying. Does your wife need the insurance? Or is she all set wi...
by lhl12
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whole Life Policy Analysis
Replies: 53
Views: 3678

Re: Whole Life Policy Analysis

Who owns the policy presently? You? Your parents? a trust?

Who is the beneficiary of the policy? Your spouse? Your parents?
by lhl12
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which BoA Credit Card to use?
Replies: 24
Views: 2464

Re: Which BoA Credit Card to use?

I believe the brand new Premium Rewards card is better than either Cash Rewards or Travel Rewards
by lhl12
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boston area Relocation...major decision points
Replies: 34
Views: 3861

Re: Boston area Relocation...major decision points

I would explore living in Winchester. It is a beautiful little town just south of Woburn. It is nicer than Woburn, a little closer to Boston, and with a Commuter Rail station that will allow you to take the train into Boston if you wish.
by lhl12
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please define "cash"
Replies: 31
Views: 2834

Re: Please define "cash"

I hope this doesn't muddy the waters too much, but it is also worth noting that debt is cash with a negative sign in front of it (as long as it is prepayable at any time without penalty).
by lhl12
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you value your time?
Replies: 97
Views: 5594

Re: How do you value your time?

Decades ago I consulted a lawyer, and he charged me $250 an hour. I decided that thenceforth I will value my time at the same level. I never did adjust for inflation. Presumably that same lawyer now charges around $500 an hour, but if I need to spend hours chasing something, e.g. an insurance claim...
by lhl12
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $10 million+ - Still Working and LBYM
Replies: 162
Views: 20439

Re: $10 million+ - Still Working and LBYM

It’s not an investment if you live in the home Wrong. It’s not an investment if you must continue to live in the home. I beg to differ. You're both wrong. It's not an investment if it doesn't pay you every month. So by default, investing1012 is actually right. Since 401k and IRA don't pay you every...
by lhl12
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?

I calculated the rate of return on the Death Benefit rather than cash value on the theory that he WILL hold the policy until death and the only question is what incremental return he’s earning on the premium (if he continues to make the payments). So, if he dies the day before making the next paymen...
by lhl12
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?

Does he need life insurance? Will the trust be out of his wife's estate and his children's estates? Did he elect GST exemption or no allocation? No, he does not need life insurance. This trust was set up as an estate planning vehicle. I was not part of the conversation at the time he set it up, oth...
by lhl12
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?

6/7/17 Statement: Death Benefit: $244,417 Cash Value: $154,560 Dividend: $5,890 6/7/16 Statement: Death Benefit: $236,806 Cash Value: $143,689 Dividend: $5,646 The annual premium is $6,716. I calculated the fixed income return as the rate of change in the Death Benefit (not the Cash Value) so the ef...
by lhl12
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?

I agree that he shouldn't have bought the policy to begin with, but that's water under the bridge. The question is what to do from here. My FIL doesn't need the money for the premium payments during his lifetime, so the payments are not a burden. The funds he is using to make the payments are coming...
by lhl12
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Whole Life question - when to stop making annual payments?

About 20 years ago, my father-in-law (now age 82) purchased a whole life insurance policy on his life with my mother-in-law (now age 77) as the primary beneficiary and their three children (one of whom is my wife) as secondary beneficiaries at the time of my MIL's death (assuming he predeceases her....
by lhl12
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Endowment - Investment & Spending Policy
Replies: 7
Views: 1120

Re: Endowment - Investment & Spending Policy

What is the approximate size of each of your three buckets? That might affect the answer. Short-term reserve: $3MM (possibly too large an amount given annual operating budget. But that is another topic for another day.) Long-term Reserve: $4MM Endowment: $5MM I would not establish three separate po...
by lhl12
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 3776

Re: Estate Questions

I would hire a highly experienced trust attorney , in your state, to represent you as a beneficiary. Thanks for the advice. My attorney has looked it over. You need to follow Larry's explicit recommendation. Estate and Trust law is a very complicated specialty, just ask bsteiner. With the amount of...
by lhl12
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Endowment - Investment & Spending Policy
Replies: 7
Views: 1120

Re: Endowment - Investment & Spending Policy

What is the approximate size of each of your three buckets? That might affect the answer.
by lhl12
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I won the Lottery. Need sound advice.
Replies: 220
Views: 29863

Re: I won the Lottery. Need sound advice.

My one piece of advice is never to buy lottery tickets in the future - they are a form of voluntary taxation and have a negative expected value. :-)
by lhl12
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Daughter with Autism and Spouse Almost 13 Years Younger
Replies: 45
Views: 7168

Re: Daughter with Autism and Spouse Almost 13 Years Younger

What is the interest rate on the loan that retires the credit card debt?
by lhl12
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pocket money allowance for college student
Replies: 48
Views: 3842

Re: Pocket money allowance for college student

Our son is a sophomore. For his freshman year we gave him $500/month. I wanted to give him $200/month but my wife thought that was too little and suggested $500/month instead. I strenuously objected and stuck with my guns at $200. You can see where we ended up. His bank account is a joint account w...
by lhl12
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pocket money allowance for college student
Replies: 48
Views: 3842

Re: Pocket money allowance for college student

Our son is a sophomore. For his freshman year we gave him $500/month. I wanted to give him $200/month but my wife thought that was too little and suggested $500/month instead. I strenuously objected and stuck with my guns at $200. You can see where we ended up. His bank account is a joint account wi...
by lhl12
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Upper Middle" Class - ditch WLI or ride it?
Replies: 37
Views: 9020

Re: "Upper Middle" Class - ditch WLI or ride it?

Doesn't it feel great to have that car fully paid for and to be debt free? Remember that feeling when you are thinking about trading in for a new car (if you're not able to pay cash for it at that time).
by lhl12
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Advise On Getting to Patriots Game, Foxborough
Replies: 13
Views: 1588

Re: Need Advise On Getting to Patriots Game, Foxborough

I have taken the train once before and it was great! A few things to be aware of: 1) The train departs from South Station at the specified time, on time, so be sure to get to South Station in plenty of time to make the train. 2) If you want to take the MBTA (the subway) from Back Bay, your best bet ...
by lhl12
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Don't know where to start at all
Replies: 21
Views: 2107

Re: Don't know where to start at all

Tips are reportable and taxable (including SS and Medicare taxes) to the IRS. Here is one page from the IRS with some info: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/tip-recordkeeping-and-reporting This is why I always tip in cash. I hope the server does not report it as income,...
by lhl12
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a real estate agent to buy home
Replies: 21
Views: 2182

Re: Hiring a real estate agent to buy home

I always prefer to work through the agent listing the house rather than through a separate agent. That way the agent gets both commissions. This gives them a much stronger incentive to get the deal done with you (rather than with another buyer who has his/her own agent), and makes them willing to re...
by lhl12
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13848

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

For those interested in the history of finance and economics, the following are all highly recommended: Niall Ferguson's two volume "biography" of the Rothschild family - "The House of Rothschild". Ron Chernow's "The House of Morgan" Ron Chernow's "Titan" (on John D. Rockefeller and the rise of Stan...