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by serbeer
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing Illinois Income Taxes Online
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: Filing Illinois Income Taxes Online

Do it every year. Actually use TTax, but file State taxes online afterwards to avoid electronic state filing fee of TTax (federal filing is included with sofware). It is really trivial and results always agree with TTax.
by serbeer
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barcelona Trip
Replies: 23
Views: 1643

Re: Barcelona Trip

jeffyscott wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:48 am
serbeer wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:35 pm
Barcelona, Spain? You surely meant Barcelona, Catalonia?
;)
You surely meant Barcelona, Catalunya? :)
:)
by serbeer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barcelona Trip
Replies: 23
Views: 1643

Re: Barcelona Trip

Barcelona, Spain? You surely meant Barcelona, Catalonia?
;)
by serbeer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

I think this move by TDA/SSGA could have a silver lining. I believe the AUM for the new SPDR Portfolio funds would grow significantly, and this would give us more choices of ETF TLH partners. Which partners? SPDR would be the only one comission-free , so you will not be able to not exchange into an...
by serbeer
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

I think this move by TDA/SSGA could have a silver lining. I believe the AUM for the new SPDR Portfolio funds would grow significantly, and this would give us more choices of ETF TLH partners. Which partners? SPDR would be the only one comission-free, so you will not be able to not exchange into any...
by serbeer
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA rates now live....
Replies: 228
Views: 14658

Re: 2018 ACA rates now live....

I am curious why rates for my family drop tremendously, eg from $1600 to $600 if "Eligible for Healthcare insurance at job" checkboxes for me and my wife are checked. In fact, the ACA costs for Gold plan becomes only 1/3 more than cost of similar insurance I buy for my family though my employer, tho...
by serbeer
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Magic Jack Go vs Obihai obi200- which one as landline replacement?
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Magic Jack Go vs Obihai obi200- which one as landline replacement?

Using Obihai for the past 5 years with no issues. Pay $15/year for emergency service provider, they make it easy to sign up for it.
by serbeer
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

Looks like not only consumers but also financial advisors are affected by this change and evaluating their options. http://www.etf.com/sections/features-and-news/td-ameritrade-drops-major-no-fee-etfs?nopaging=1 Myself, I am close to completion of personal evaluation. My number one choice, probably w...
by serbeer
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

There is a third option to keep their current holdings and use new commission-free alternatives for new purchases - and voila no capital gains and no ETF fees. That 3rd option would not work for those of us who want to be able to TLH when it becomes possible (definately will be the case at some poi...
by serbeer
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

It's as if you bought a jar of cookies. You worked hard all week to earn your money, and spent time going to the store and picking out your favorite cookies for your jar. Then one evening you feel hungry and head to your kitchen. Right when you reach for your cookie jar, it disappears! Before you f...
by serbeer
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

is there a glaring reason NOT to expect the new funds to perform similarly to the corresponding vanguard ETFs? seems like if the funds are tracking the same things, then they should perform similarly in the long run. Similarly, yes. But if you invest for very long run, even small difference in perf...
by serbeer
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is a crash coming soon?
Replies: 64
Views: 5677

Re: Is a crash coming soon?

Here is Kiplinger article that attemps to answer this question:
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/invest ... t-end.html
You can choose whether to believe it or not :)
by serbeer
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

This is a giant pain my neck more than anything else. I use commission-free ETF's at TDA for my retirement and taxable accounts, mostly because my 401k provider does self-directed portfolios there, and its easy to see aggregate percentages across all accounts. (In response to some questions above, ...
by serbeer
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]

Anyone planning to leave TD Ameritrade because of this? If you are planning to leave where will you be going? I will have to see what TDAmeritrade does for me. First, I have a taxable account of ETFs that will leave the no-commission list that I simply don't make trades in. The dividends go to my c...
by serbeer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads

I think the clients will be happy if they got more choices. If SPDR funds have lower ER and reasonable volume and commission-free I won't mind investing in them. However, I believe that the way TDA (and SPDR) is doing now will just upset their clients. More choices is good but only as long as these...
by serbeer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads

I just sent message to TDA telling them how disappointed and annoyed with this change I am. I think everyone who uses TDA and does not like this change should let them know. Simply put, this change makes TDA non-competitive in the area of comission-free ETF trading and will force my household to mo...
by serbeer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads

I just sent message to TDA telling them how disappointed and annoyed with this change I am. I think everyone who uses TDA and does not like this change should let them know. Simply put, this change makes TDA non-competitive in the area of comission-free ETF trading and will force my household to mov...
by serbeer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads

After logging into my HSA account at TDA, I saw a link to a PDF for the list of free ETFs as of 10/17/17. Also posted on the public site: https://www.tdameritrade.com/investment-products/etfs.page I only use VTI here and it is still an option. There are a total of 30 Vanguard ETFs available. I beli...
by serbeer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: Fellow TDA bogleheads

I haven't had a chance too look through the list yet, do we still have the ability to make a low-cost three fund portfolio? I used to use VTI, VEU&VSS, and BND. There are equivalents to VTI, VEU, and BND (and VWO), but not VSS. VTI = SPTM (3 bp) VEU = SPDW (4 bp) BND = SPAB (4 bp) VWO = SPEM (11 bp...
by serbeer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fellow TDA bogleheads [TDA dropping Vanguard ETFs from commission-free list]
Replies: 466
Views: 40950

Re: TD Ameritrade Drops Vanguard From Revamped Commission-Free ETF Lineup TD Ameritrade will nearly triple its overall c

Wow, that would be very very disappointing indeed. I hope they are at the very least keep comission-free the sale of currently owned Vanguard securities that were bought comission-free. I always hated that they had VGK comission-free but not VPL--as these are two sides of the same coin IMO and usual...
by serbeer
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How does everyone keep track of your portfolio?
Replies: 107
Views: 7087

Re: How does everyone keep track of your portfolio?

Fidelity has FullView tool that allows you to keep track of all accounts, including the ones external to Fidelity
by serbeer
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2016 Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances released
Replies: 4
Views: 896

Re: 2016 Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances released

Hm, 35-44 age group had the biggest growth of medium networth of all age groups and, at the same time, biggest drop of mean networth.
Not quite the same with income, but also the only group with signifiant drop in mean income while growth in medium income.
Any ideas how to interpret that?
by serbeer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity Solo 401k Electronic Transfers
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Re: Fidelity Solo 401k Electronic Transfers

I just mail a check once per quarter. Not big deal though inconvenience for sure.
by serbeer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did it take for Equifax to email you a security sign up?
Replies: 69
Views: 5630

Re: How long did it take for Equifax to email you a security sign up?

My email took 11 days to come. Since then I've had the same experience that a few others have had. When I go verify my identity it claims that I already have the product. I have tried doing the password reset but they have yet to send me an email to reset it. :annoyed My wife's experience exactly!
by serbeer
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did it take for Equifax to email you a security sign up?
Replies: 69
Views: 5630

Re: How long did it take for Equifax to email you a security sign up?

I never got one from my first attempt. I went back in today and was able to sign up. All the other three agencies where handled within about 3-5 minutes max. What a mess. Wait do you mean you went back and did the process again, then instantly got an email? It never sent an email. I got a confirmat...
by serbeer
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience selling car to Carmax?
Replies: 82
Views: 75789

Re: Experience selling car to Carmax?

Got quote from Carmax last year and it was bad low-ball, $6.2K if I recall correctly. Did not even consider it.
Did trade-in at dealer instead, they agreed to go up as high as $9+K (though their initial offer was $6.5K)
by serbeer
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience finding gas pump card skimmer?
Replies: 46
Views: 4436

Re: Experience finding gas pump card skimmer?

Gas pumps do not use chip function of CCs yet, at least in my area. Most of the stores now do. I think if chip transaction is used, skimmer would be useless since you need chip to be present to run the card. Not 100% sure though, perhaps one can get enough info to make the card usable at non-chip lo...
by serbeer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Percentage CASH are you?
Replies: 90
Views: 6964

Re: What Percentage CASH are you?

About 1.2% is kept intentionally as emergency fund. Plus, most of bond funds, REITS and many stock funds/ETFs keep some of assets as cash in reserve. It can reach 2-3% at times for some funds/ETFs! When this portion is summed up accross all our investments, even though we do not have direct access t...
by serbeer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Backpack qualified expense for 529 plan?
Replies: 19
Views: 1662

Re: Backpack qualified expense for 529 plan?

Oh, please. Like IRS is going to go after you for buying a under $50 backpack for taking books and laptop to classes.
Common folks, the question is not even worth discussing.
by serbeer
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it Safe to Get Your DNA Tested?
Replies: 71
Views: 7146

Re: Is it Safe to Get Your DNA Tested?

Just wait some and you will have this test done for you totally free--by your friendly government.
by serbeer
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you say when you cancel an account that you only opened for bonus?
Replies: 64
Views: 5496

Re: What do you say when you cancel an account that you only opened for bonus?

Simple evasion. You don't need to give a reason and if they ask for one they may not even care--they may just be asking to slow you down and impede you on the off chance you'll change your mind, or give them an opening for an "account retention talk." Just say, basically, "I'm closing this account ...
by serbeer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: from solo proprietorship to ... what?
Replies: 11
Views: 978

Re: from solo proprietorship to ... what?

Thank you for all the feedback, it is quite eye opening to me. Yes, primary W-2 Box 5 > the Social Security (SS) Maximum Wage Base, so no SS taxes are paid on her 1099-MISC income, only Medicare taxes. I did not realize Spirit Rider that it is mandatory for an employer (including an S-Corp) to deduc...
by serbeer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: from solo proprietorship to ... what?
Replies: 11
Views: 978

Re: from solo proprietorship to ... what?

Well folks, I surely appreciate all the opinions. At the same time I cannot help by notice that little consensus is emerging :) physiorol: I totally agree about the fact that the person will not stay long once they learned the ropes. This is exactly what I told my wife. But she is just bored somewha...
by serbeer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: from solo proprietorship to ... what?
Replies: 11
Views: 978

from solo proprietorship to ... what?

Folks, my wife has a small part time business on the side (in addition to her full time job). She works for commissions in service-oriented industry earning commissions that she splits with the company she is employed by (the company provides infrastructure, support, credentials, etc while my wife f...
by serbeer
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Maximizing Tax Advantaged Space
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Re: Maximizing Tax Advantaged Space

Most comprehensive list I've seen on this forum is in this locked thread:
viewtopic.php?t=105229
by serbeer
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Benefits of waiting to convert $4,000,000 in IRAs into Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5234

Re: Benefits of waiting to convert $4,000,000 in IRAs into Roth

BanditKing wrote:Also don't forget to take State taxes into account too. If you don't convert it, and then relocate to a state without income tax, or that doesn't tax retirement funds, (assuming you are in one that does now), you could save some more.
Per OP, "There is no state income tax."
by serbeer
Sat May 13, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping at All Inclusive Resort?
Replies: 67
Views: 6119

Re: Tipping at All Inclusive Resort?

When we are in all-inclusives, and are not assigned personal butler, we spend about $60 in tips per 7 night trip. I actually take 60 $1 bills with me for that. Leave tips for maids, always at sit-down dinner, and occasionally to barman when they are doing more than simply throwning liquids together....
by serbeer
Mon May 08, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most Common Financial Mistakes
Replies: 108
Views: 15483

Re: Most Common Financial Mistakes

I don't think these have been mentioned: 1. Not making health a high enough priority. 2. Spending way too much in/on college, often for poor returning major. 3. Refinancing mortgage without big enough improvement. 4. Believing renting is most always bad. 5. Believing Roth > traditional. 6. Having l...
by serbeer
Tue May 02, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side gig, 1099 strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 1570

Re: Side gig, 1099 strategy

Do #3, open Solo-401K and contribute just under 20% (need to calculate exact %) to it as Profi Sharing if you max out 401K at your first job. That minimizes taxes to the extent legal and is simple. Not so simple is using S-Corp and paying yourself a salary, avoiding payrol taxes on the rest. Not wor...
by serbeer
Tue May 02, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of purchasing a Kindle "Voyage"
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Thinking of purchasing a Kindle "Voyage"

I have both Paperwhite gen 3 (that I use myself) and Voyage (which I purchased for my wife as b-day gift). Both are great readers, you cannot go wrong with either one. Voyage is slightly more compact, and that IMO its the most significant advantage, the rest are mostly gimmics. Yes, if I wanted to t...
by serbeer
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a Billiards Table?
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: Do you have a Billiards Table?

No, but I do have ping-pong table :)
by serbeer
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Excel Solver for Portfolio Rebalancing across Multiple Accounts
Replies: 24
Views: 3463

Re: Excel Solver for Portfolio Rebalancing across Multiple Accounts

Take a look at http://www.flexibleretirementplanner.com/tools/PortfolioAssetAllocationTool.xls I used this spreasheet as starting point and pretty much quadrupled it in size through years adding a lot of custom features on top of its original main engine (tracking of securities on account-level, aut...
by serbeer
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Excel Solver for Portfolio Rebalancing across Multiple Accounts
Replies: 24
Views: 3463

Re: Excel Solver for Portfolio Rebalancing across Multiple Accounts

Adding $5500 to your Roth is unlikely to trigger your rebalancing bands in most cases. It's just not that important. Agreed. But in most cases the real question is what type of assets to invest these $5500 into in this Roth account. Good rebalancing spreasheet shows you what assets are below the ch...
by serbeer
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dedicating your bonus to something
Replies: 30
Views: 3375

Re: Dedicating your bonus to something

I put mine into kid's 529 account usually
by serbeer
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wife wants to start retirement investing- Suggestions please
Replies: 10
Views: 1145

Re: Wife wants to start retirement investing- Suggestions please

401K plan is always for an individual. No retirirement accounts can be joint, all of them--IRA, 40K, Roth IRA, etc--are for individual only. If you open Solo 401K for her, you can be designated "plan administrator" which gives you access to account information and ability to sign contribution forms ...
by serbeer
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: reduce workplace tax witholding to afford more retirement contributions
Replies: 10
Views: 665

Re: reduce workplace tax witholding to afford more retirement contributions

If you are W-2 emloyee, I do not think they will let you reduce federal/state witholdings to 0. The best you can do is to to increase number of allowences you claim on W-4 form, but not sure if it is legal to do even that--without proper calculation on the worksheet. Now, if you wanted to withold mo...