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by JW-Retired
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do I contribute to a traditional IRA, literally?
Replies: 15
Views: 849

Re: How do I contribute to a traditional IRA, literally?

Does it come out of my bank account and then I get the tax reimbursed later? If the latter is true, then it seems like I am not getting all the advantages of pre-tax contributions since there is a lower amount of money in the account prior to getting a tax reimbursement. Not really. You know you ar...
by JW-Retired
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: avoiding capitol gains tax
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: avoiding capitol gains tax

we are closing are acc't and moving to vanguard. my f.a. said we will take a $10,000 hit on short term capital gains. Can we avoid this? Perhaps you could be patient and wait until the gains are long term? That should reduce the tax.......... possibly even to zero if you are in the 15% bracket. Giv...
by JW-Retired
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Conduit IRA Requirement
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Conduit IRA Requirement

Marginal tax rate is 33%. Yes - I have the 8606 forms. Basis is 38500 and IRA is at 79K, which results in a heavy tax burden, thus the thoughts of moving some of the pre-tax into another vehicle if at all possible. see http://fairmark.com/retirement/roth-accounts/roth-conversions/isolating-basis-fo...
by JW-Retired
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Backing out 2017 Roth contributions
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Backing out 2017 Roth contributions

Happens all the time. When I ran into it I called Vanguard (who held the Roth) and asked that question. They fixed it.
JW
by JW-Retired
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Conduit IRA Requirement
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Conduit IRA Requirement

The only non-taxable money in the tIRA is the after-tax contributions themselves. All their earnings will be taxable income when they are withdrawn or Roth converted. Did you submit IRS 8606 forms for all the years you made non-taxable contributions? If you did, the most recent 8606 will tell you wh...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question on When to Take Social Security
Replies: 14
Views: 1195

Re: Question on When to Take Social Security

I assume by ages now both were over 62 last January? IF so he can file and suspend and she can collect spousal at FRA Unfortunately, this file and suspend ploy doesn't work like that anymore. Husband can still do a suspension but the recent rules change now suspends her spousal benefit too if he su...
by JW-Retired
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working couple and social security questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: Working couple and social security questions.

SS has done away with this. They apparently did think it was too good to be true. Now, when you apply for ss you are deemed to be applying for both benefits. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/claiming.html It's being phased out, so not quite totally done away with yet. Someone born before 1/2/195...
by JW-Retired
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is the advantage of deferring taxes vs paying them up front?
Replies: 57
Views: 4853

Re: What is the advantage of deferring taxes vs paying them up front?

If you are still earning income, the question of how much to tax-defer and how much to pay taxes on remains, especially if your deductions are not very high. It is quite difficult to answer the question without an accurate crystal ball. I disagree if your age is within say 5 years of retirement. If...
by JW-Retired
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Vs Backdoor Roth
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Roth Vs Backdoor Roth

The only constraint that applies is you can each only contribute a total of $5500 to your Roth + tIRA combined. The conversion step has no dollar limit at all. But it is critical that you practice filling out an IRS 8606 tax form to see how documenting the backdoor works. Be aware that in line 6 a r...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coyote control
Replies: 65
Views: 3948

Re: Coyote control

What's a good way to deter coyotes? I'd get a shot gun, but there isn't a safe way to use it without potentially harming someone. I once bought a Wham-O slingshot and a box of moth balls to shoot at a large bunch of very noisy raccoons that were partying on our roof all night. It must have been a m...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Effective Rat Poison
Replies: 24
Views: 1238

Re: Most Effective Rat Poison

Nothing is perfect. I can testify that my snap rat trap in the garage did in a young possum. It was close enough to rat size to get in.

I don't believe he would have eaten rat poison.
JW
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet another pension thread -- take partial lump sum w/reduced annuity or normal annuity?
Replies: 29
Views: 1510

Re: Yet another pension thread -- take partial lump sum w/reduced annuity or normal annuity?

I went back to the pension site and was able to get it to generate an estimate for the lump sum + annuity with 100% survivor benefit and it's $1,625/mo vs $1,918 with no survivor or $1,760 with 50%. That's compared to $2,835/mo with no lump sum. So with 100% survivor benefits for both, pension is $...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to destroy hard disk with personal info
Replies: 99
Views: 6800

Re: how to destroy hard disk with personal info

I use secure erase software to delete everything on the disk. But you never know for sure about software. So then I've been following that up by putting the platters in a bench vice and whacking them with a sledge. I'm remembering they were something like aluminum and didn't break, just bent 90 degr...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet another pension thread -- take partial lump sum w/reduced annuity or normal annuity?
Replies: 29
Views: 1510

Re: Yet another pension thread -- take partial lump sum w/reduced annuity or normal annuity?

MisterBill, Take the annuity with the 100% survivor benefit to delay your SS until 70 so as to make your SS maximum for your widow if you pass first. Social security is by far the best annuity because it is taxed much less than pensions, so making that income bigger is tax friendly. Trading more SS ...
by JW-Retired
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help family member with finances
Replies: 19
Views: 1273

Re: Help family member with finances

This term is new to me. Is the survivor's benefit for SS or the pension or both? My understanding is that she's getting $19k/year for the rest of her life from the pension. As for SS, I really don't know. Will have to get in touch with her. It was basically half hers so the pension got split in the...
by JW-Retired
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help family member with finances
Replies: 19
Views: 1273

Re: Help family member with finances

Current Income: $28,200 = $9,000 from Starbucks + $19,200 from ex-husband's pension Location: Oregon Doesn't look like she is paying zero tax now. Using my favorite tax calculator, that taxable pension income means she will be in the 15% bracket and owe about $2200 in federal tax. Plus Oregon has a...
by JW-Retired
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does anyone use ANNUITIES for SOME of their retirement funds?
Replies: 61
Views: 4000

Re: Does anyone use ANNUITIES for SOME of their retirement funds?

I chose to take my employers non-qualified savings plan funds as a 5-year annuity. The idea was to use it as a bridge to age 70 social security. A reasonable plan, but it turned out I retired so late we didn't need a bridge. The catch was, once chosen years back the term couldn't be changed. Oh well...
by JW-Retired
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement question - withdraw pretax or post tax money first?
Replies: 40
Views: 2974

Re: Retirement question - withdraw pretax or post tax money first?

DKD, I see in an earlier thread you are 58 & you are thinking to take social security fairly early. If you are drawing SS and also the age 70 mandatory $100k+ RMDs from your $2M+ tax deferred, the tax on the RMD is going to be quite high. Depends on all your numbers, but I probably would try to ...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional 401(k) vs Roth 401(k)
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Traditional 401(k) vs Roth 401(k)

If you are single and had a $50k gross salary, I don't think your Roth 401k was a mistake at all. Most of what you were putting in the Roth would have been taxed at only 15% anyway. If your salary is now up to $70k the contribution is probably going to be all in the 25% bracket so I agree you should...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Our $101K "Problem" <--that much in cash savings
Replies: 16
Views: 2103

Re: Our $101K "Problem" <--that much in cash savings

1. Open a taxable account: my wife is very leary of this, we could try to talk through it more. I think we could balance our 100% stocks in retirement with something safer that generates some income taxed better for us in the 15% tax bracket .......... Why leery? Does she think you will take up day...
by JW-Retired
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Social Security Question

Thanks it makes sense to me now. If she's collecting at age 62, she would get half of what I would get if I were collecting at age 62. At age 64 she'd collect have of what I would collect if I were collecting at age 64. And it doesn't make any difference how long I wait to collect, her payments are...
by JW-Retired
Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I rollover an exiisting IRA to my current 401K account?
Replies: 49
Views: 2999

Re: Should I rollover an exiisting IRA to my current 401K account?

She proposed that I should convert my account into WellsFargo FundSource plan. With this FundSource plan, I will be paying 1% fee, but will have lower costs on the mutual funds. I am trying to decide whether I should rollover this IRA into my current 401K account. My rationale is: - I don't mind th...
by JW-Retired
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 401k and RMD, confused about what to do...
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: 401k and RMD, confused about what to do...

Any bogleheads in retirement currently facing this? I understand the math about it being favorable for normal withdrawals, but when me and wife are forced to withdraw a certain amount due to RMD and add SS money on top of that, how does it work? Yes, enduring this now. It's a good retirement proble...
by JW-Retired
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 401k and RMD, confused about what to do...
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: 401k and RMD, confused about what to do...

We are not eligible for IRA or RothIRA due to income limits and both me and my wife contribute maximum to our 401ks. If we continue to max out the 401k for the next 30 years @ $16000 per individual per year, and assume 7% rate of return, it looks like the net value will be ~ $5 million total? and w...
by JW-Retired
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents Social Security payments, deceased Father.
Replies: 8
Views: 828

Re: Parents Social Security payments, deceased Father.

My Father died about 3 years ago and being unprepared it was a bit chaotic with his finances, social security etc. Bottom line is my Mom now gets a SS check monthly for 1687. She worked part time for my father who was a doctor. As I understand it she is entitled to his SS payment as a survivorship ...
by JW-Retired
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When to start taking Social Security for 64 year old
Replies: 26
Views: 1905

Re: When to start taking Social Security for 64 year old

Sometimes I think this Social Security delay question is a little overdone. I notice that a 3 year delay provides about $330 a month extra, of course inflation-adjusted. IMO, that must be an estimate for a pretty low or short SS earnings record. If you had a more high end PIA of $2500/month, a 3 ye...
by JW-Retired
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Social Security Question

Social Security is a big deal, you really need to go through this carefully. I recommend you get Mike Piper's book, it is only 5 bucks as a Kindle purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Social-Security-Made-Simple-Retirement-ebook/dp/B06WVNZDHS/ DKD, Yes, a big deal. Get the book........... in your ...
by JW-Retired
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When to start taking Social Security for 64 year old
Replies: 26
Views: 1905

Re: When to start taking Social Security for 64 year old

He retired as a civil engineer a year and a half ago, and they now they self support themselves as missionaries. If we assume he has 35 years of high civil engineer wages so he has the maximum possible SS age 66 FRA benefit of $2639, that would mean an age 64 claimed benefit of 86.7% of that amount...
by JW-Retired
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sanity check - please comment on my plan for taxable account.
Replies: 4
Views: 546

Re: Sanity check - please comment on my plan for taxable account.

I should have about $750K to $850K in retirement accounts when I pull the trigger. SS will be about $40K/year and I figure I can draw about $30K/year from the retirement accounts. We won't be living high, but we don't like cruises or Las Vegas, so that should do. $40K SS and $30K from tax deferred ...
by JW-Retired
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: vetting/finding a financial advisor
Replies: 58
Views: 2089

Re: vetting/finding a financial advisor

Your parents might be put off by it, but I recommend you read William Bernstein's very short beginning investor booklet. It has a section on what to be wary of in picking advisers.
You can get it from Amazon or download a free pdf here........
http://www.etf.com/docs/IfYouCan.pdf
JW
by JW-Retired
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incorporating uncertain pension amount into net worth calculation
Replies: 35
Views: 2061

Re: Incorporating uncertain pension amount into net worth calculation

I calculate net worth largely just to see how I'm doing compared to most Americans, but it has little to no practical value. I include the pension, but again its not a directly actionable exercise. If you include the pension then your comparison is going to be way off. Never heard of anybody includ...
by JW-Retired
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial advisor question
Replies: 53
Views: 4127

Re: Financial advisor question

We switched to an AUM (and wrote a check when we met with him 2 to 4 times/year). For the last 5-10 years, we haven't "paid" anything. So I asked and he's being a bit obtuse. He sent back an analysis of a portion of our account (~2/3 of our assets) to show how the average annual fee went ...
by JW-Retired
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Analysis of my portfolio as I contemplate early retirement?
Replies: 8
Views: 945

Re: Analysis of my portfolio as I contemplate early retirement?

You are only 51 so your $6M portfolio might have to last another 30 or 40-something years. If your expenses are $150k before taxes, that might mean (guessing) $200k is needed after paying Federal and CA taxes. That's a 3.3% draw-down. Historically, that should be OK but it's not a really huge safety...
by JW-Retired
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why bonds when one's investment horizon is long?
Replies: 59
Views: 4241

Re: Why bonds when one's investment horizon is long?

At least for myself and the original poster both mentioned having long term horizons, 20+ years. As one nears retirement or needing the funds (5-10 years out) absolutely sequence of return risk is real and should be acknowledged. That long term horizon is subject to things going more or less as pla...
by JW-Retired
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why bonds when one's investment horizon is long?
Replies: 59
Views: 4241

Re: Why bonds when one's investment horizon is long?

IMO, the main reason for bonds in your retirement portfolio is to be as prepared as possible for a long term economic emergency. A Boglehead type 1-year emergency fund is great for a temporary job loss but it's not going to go far enough for a prolonged depression. In the Great Depression bonds held...
by JW-Retired
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $14,000 inheritance wind fall
Replies: 9
Views: 1580

Re: $14,000 inheritance wind fall

Jags4186 wrote:Max the Roth today for 2017.

Max your 401k--use the remainder of the $14,000 to bridge the gap if maxing your 401k would cause you to be short on your bills.

fabis,
This. No reason to mess with a taxable account if you are not even close to maxing the 401k & Roth.
JW
by JW-Retired
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Forced to Convert 401k to IRA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1243

Re: Forced to Convert 401k to IRA?

All I can add is I've left my 401k with the employer several years past RMD age. Nothing changed about the account when I retired. No problem taking RMDs at all. At one point I talked to the 401k administrator company about something else and they reminded me I could roll the 401k to an IRA. I said ...
by JW-Retired
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should equals take SS at FRA or Early to preserve portfolio?
Replies: 30
Views: 2671

Re: Should equals take SS at FRA or Early to preserve portfolio?

I am hoping I will be able to leverage my mix of Taxable and Tax Deferred accounts I have to minimize taxes once I retire and hopefully end up with only a small portion remaining in tax deferred. Or I am being a dum-dum. Can't be very specific without knowing what your income streams are going to l...
by JW-Retired
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should equals take SS at FRA or Early to preserve portfolio?
Replies: 30
Views: 2671

Re: Should equals take SS at FRA or Early to preserve portfolio?

Taxes are the other huge consideration. SS income is highly federal and state tax advantaged. Trading a reduced tax deferred investment portfolio for a bigger SS benefit might cut your taxes in half. Run some scenarios through your tax software. I make the assumption it would be an increase in a Ta...
by JW-Retired
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should equals take SS at FRA or Early to preserve portfolio?
Replies: 30
Views: 2671

Re: Should equals take SS at FRA or Early to preserve portfolio?

given that ........individual Social Security benefits cease when the beneficiary dies would it be better to take our benefits at FRA or even a couple years early to deplete less of our investment portfolio instead of delaying until 70? No. The survivor will always get an amount equal to the higher...
by JW-Retired
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Work Roth 401k, check my math
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Work Roth 410k, check my math

I've read over and over the differences of traditional vs roth. Can you explain your thought process for why you suggested a traditional might be better? We can't know which is better without guessing what your marginal tax bracket is now, and also what your tax bracket is likely to be when you are...
by JW-Retired
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to recover cost basis of Roth IRA?
Replies: 15
Views: 1260

Re: How to recover cost basis of Roth IRA?

BFRAME,
I assume your parents were contributing to a Roth in your name? Did you have the proper W-2 or other taxable compensation income to make that legal?
https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/tr ... -roth-iras
JW
by JW-Retired
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edward Jones
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

Re: Edward Jones

3redgeraniums, .....snip.......... I suggest you seek answers to your questions here on this forum. It's all anonymous and you will get advice from a number of very experienced investors. There will be no conflict of interest as there will be at EJ or at other for-profit companies. Thousands of inv...
by JW-Retired
Wed May 31, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Choose muni or index to avoid SS tax
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: Choose muni or index to avoid SS tax

I always go to a tax estimator and put in all the different flavors of income you might have. Then increment each flavor to see the marginal tax effect. It can vary all over the place if you are taking SS. I've found the H&R Block one to be the quickest and easiest to use for this. You do defini...
by JW-Retired
Wed May 31, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Really trying to understand no bonds in taxable
Replies: 46
Views: 3259

Re: Really trying to understand no bonds in taxable

I'm shooting for the moon with no bonds in taxable. I have equities in my Roth IRAs and they are doing great. I like bonds in tax-deferred because that leaves room for equities in taxable and in Roths. When my taxable account goes way up, I won't have to pay taxes on it because I won't be able to s...
by JW-Retired
Tue May 30, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: i am my own "guy," but not sure I should advertise that
Replies: 107
Views: 13888

Re: i am my own "guy," but not sure I should advertise that

This is one reason why I like to recommend the "If You Can" booklet: It is only 16 pages, probably about the limit of what folks would read. It is instantly available as a PDF or Amazon Kindle book. It suggests the 3-fund portfolio. It warns about "advisors". It gets into person...
by JW-Retired
Tue May 30, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio at EJ but have regrets now
Replies: 37
Views: 3186

Re: Portfolio at EJ but have regrets now

A 1.35% fee would be okay only IF the investments did really, really well. But from what I've heard from other EJ customers, they say it's lackluster performance, most of the time. No, it wouldn't be OK. See http://www.buyupside.com/calculators/feesdec07.htm for the long term effect of a 1.35% fee....
by JW-Retired
Mon May 29, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio at EJ but have regrets now
Replies: 37
Views: 3186

Re: Portfolio at EJ but have regrets now

They have been forced by a new law to change their fee approach from load funds and high expense ratio fund picks (with annual 12b-1 fees going to EJ), to basically an assets under management (AUM) fee like your 1.35% per year. Maybe you won't be paying very much more than than under their old syste...
by JW-Retired
Mon May 29, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: After tax efficient investment
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Re: After tax efficient investment

I do not know what backdoor Roth IRA is. I just have a regular IRA and currently putting 5500 per year into it. My tax bracket is 28%. Assume you mean a regular Roth IRA because a tax bracket of 28% isn't compatible with deductible tIRA contributions if you have a 401k at work. A backdoor Roth is a...
by JW-Retired
Sun May 28, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: A more modest inheritance
Replies: 16
Views: 2584

Re: A more modest inheritance

Some of it, about $20,000, is in bullion coins. Some in AT&T stocks, ........ Sell everything in the inheritance and convert it to your presumably more appropriate choice of investments. If the inheritance is at all different from what you would buy now if it was cash, then it makes no sense to...

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