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by Taylor Larimore
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Personal Capital Target Allocation Tool - should I follow it?
Replies: 14
Views: 903

The Three-Fund Portfolio

ronno2018 wrote:Or maybe I just do the three fund portfolio and not worry about a more complex setup?
Sounds like a good idea to me.

The Three-Fund Portfolio

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SPIVA passive vs active fund scorecard for the US and many other countries
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: SPIVA passive vs active fund scorecard for the US and many other countries

Bogleheads:

This U.S. SPIVA Scorecard definitively answers the question, Managed funds vs. index funds?

https://us.spindices.com/documents/spiv ... d-2017.pdf

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emotional Investor - I'm a mess and need help!
Replies: 75
Views: 5087

Two suggestions

sruliz:

The suggestion to use low-cost Vanguard Personal Advisor Service free of conflict-of-interest was a good one.

It may help to read my "Simplicity" link below.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: REIT ETFs in Taxable Account: To sell or not ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1040

Wiki tax-cost article

David:

I had not seen the article you linked in the wiki about computing the cost to switch unwanted funds in a taxable account. It was badly needed. I'll bet you wrote it. Thank you.

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Paying_ ... itch_funds

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I Care About My Credit Score if Debt Free?
Replies: 34
Views: 2413

Re: Should I Care About My Credit Score if Debt Free?

watchnerd: I have one credit card which I use regularly. I do not care about my credit scores because I always pay my bills when due (mortgage and condo-maintenance are the big one's) I assume my credit is good and I don't anticipate needing credit. My credit-rating accounts are frozen for protectio...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I am thinking about using this Two Bucket Retirement Plan how does it compare to the three fund portfolio?
Replies: 11
Views: 1694

Re: I am thinking about using this Two Bucket Retirement Plan how does it compare to the three fund portfolio?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3E2Uv-N7CA One problem I see is the bear that started in 2000 it took about seven years to get back to even in the S&P 500. Others please share your ideas about this plan. He does make some good points. iamblessed: I watched about half the "2 bucket" presentation. T...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying VWIUX Today [Vanguard Intermediate-Term Tax-Exempt Muni Bond]
Replies: 38
Views: 3389

Re: Buying VWIUX Today [Vanguard Intermediate-Term Tax-Exempt Muni Bond]

I have some extra cash ($45k) in my Vanguard MM account and was planning to buy VWIUX (vanguard intermediate tax exempt muni bond fund) as soon as the balance hit $50k. Thinking hard about making the buy today with the fund at a 2 year low and looks like it may close even lower at the close. Obviou...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor's New Book: The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio
Replies: 210
Views: 35321

Re: Taylor's New Book: The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio

Mel Lindauer wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:33 pm
Don't forget to post your positive reviews on Amazon since that helps other readers decide if Taylor's book is right for them.
Bogleheads:

Every sale results in a donation to The John C. Bogle Center For Financial Literacy which helps support this forum.

Thank you and best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bond Fund Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1019

Four reasons I prefer Total Bond Market Index Fund

Hi.... I've previously posted bond fund questions and am still trying to get an understanding of Bond funds. I currently have money in the Total Bond Index fund as part of my retirement investments (following the 3 fund approach). I've been reading about the Short Term Investment Grade Bond Fund wh...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New to Investing, I feel lost
Replies: 43
Views: 1906

Re: New to Investing, I feel lost

LifeIsElectric:

Welcome to the Bogleheads Forum!

Please list the funds available in your 403b. Show: Name of Fund, Ticker Symbol, Expense Ratio.

In the meantime, read about the benefits of The Three-Fund Portfolio.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ESGV and VSGX
Replies: 2
Views: 185

"Vanguard Makes ESG Debut"

prince:

I agree with PFInterest (above) but I found this article:

Vanguard Makes ESG Debut

Best wishes
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Simple-minded sayings?
Replies: 37
Views: 2977

"Our lives are frittered away by detail"

Bogleheads:

This is my favorite saying. It changed my life. The author is the great philosopher, Henry David Thoreau:

Our lives are frittered away by detail. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: S&P 500 Forward P/E ratio - Are stocks highly valued?
Replies: 58
Views: 3773

Are stocks highly valued?

Are stocks highly valued?
willthrill81:

There are many ways to value stocks. It doesn't matter to me.

I avoid market-timing and stay-the-course.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio advice. 3 fund?
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: Portfolio advice. 3 fund?

Zest:

You can read all about The Three-Fund Portfolio and its many benefits here:

The Three-Fund Portfolio

Or here:

The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Im going to die somewhere between Bankruptcy and $20 million
Replies: 39
Views: 7786

Re: Im going to die somewhere between Bankruptcy and $20 million

dvd7e: Any investment for something that is as important as being financially secure in retirement should not be a gamble. Instead, pick a suitable stock/bond allocation that becomes more conservative as you age. It is very important in and near retirement not to lose what we've got. Best wishes. Ta...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Simple-minded sayings?
Replies: 37
Views: 2977

"22 Reasons Why Daily Inspirational Quotes Are So Important In Your Life"

I've noticed boglehead threads are full of aphorisms Almost every time someone mentions buying a stock, someone will reply smugly "Why do you think you know more than the seller?" but in another thread someone will remind you to "Be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I bother meeting with a Chase Private Client Rep
Replies: 44
Views: 3409

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

Remember these words by Boglehead advisor Bill Bernstein: ACT AS IF EVERY BROKER, INSURANCE SALESMAN, MUTUAL FUND SALESPERSON, AND FINANCIAL ADVISOR YOU ENCOUNTER IS A HARDENED CRIMINAL, AND STICK TO LOW-COST INDEX FUNDS, AND YOU'LL DO JUST FINE." Wasn't that William J. Bernstein? BogleMelon: Yes, ...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar free "Portfolio Makeover"
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Morningstar free "Portfolio Makeover"

Bogleheads: Morningstar is offering to do a free "Portfolio Makeover" for five individuals. If you are interested, e-mail portfoliomakeover@morningstar.com. Include the following information: Your age and age of your spouse, if you have one Your life stage: still working or retired Approximate portf...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Philanthropy 101
Replies: 13
Views: 823

Re: Philanthropy 101

rosebrook:

Welcome to the Bogleheads forum!

Most large mutual fund companies offer a donor fund. This is a link to Vanguard's donor advised fund about which I have heard only good things:

https://www.vanguardcharitable.org/

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 243
Views: 16638

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

Bogleheads: My most expensive mistake was to use a broker for our investments from 1950 until 1986 when we moved to Vanguard. Thank you, Jack! Best wishes. Taylor Was this a mistake though? Were there options to buy investments without a broker in the 1950s? Genuinely curious. jags: I don't know th...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I bother meeting with a Chase Private Client Rep
Replies: 44
Views: 3409

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

I use a Chase bare bones account for everyday transactions and the convenience of a mega bank, but after moving some money through the bank for the down-payment on a house, I got a bunch of calls from this Chase Private Client person. I decided to go ahead and meet with them, but now I'm thinking i...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset allocation calculator
Replies: 50
Views: 3205

Need to take risk

Consider this Vanguard Questionnaire Thanks Taylor, appreciate your suggestion. I actually went through this questionnaire a while back. It considers willingness and ability to take risk, but it doesn't account for need to take risk. VA_Investor: Look again at Questions #1 & #10: #1. I plan to begi...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How likely is it for a corporate bond rated BAA3/BBB to fail?
Replies: 16
Views: 1378

Re: How likely is it for a corporate bond rated BAA3/BBB to fail?

I was looking at a new issue corporate bond. From Ford - a Credit Note. It matures in 2023 - not too far away. And its expected yield is 4.5% I like the yield... But the Moody rating is BAA3/BBB and the Moody outlook is negative. So, how risky would this be to participate? What percentage of these ...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Jack Bogle Book!
Replies: 40
Views: 5556

Re: New Jack Bogle Book!

Bogleheads:

I have all of Jack's books and have learned something (or been reminded of something important) in every one of them.

Best wishes
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Warren Buffett and Jack Bogle agree on the formula for long-term success: 'Buy and hold' "
Replies: 6
Views: 990

Re: "Warren Buffett and Jack Bogle agree on the formula for long-term success: 'Buy and hold' "

nisiprius wrote: Taylor probably has a long list of "gems" on the subject. nisiprius: You are right. Here is the list: Frank Armstrong, advisor and author of The Informed Investor: "Endless tinkering is unlikely to improve performance, and chasing last period's stellar achiever is a losing strategy....
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Manager - Cancer Diagnosis
Replies: 15
Views: 1723

Re: Manager - Cancer Diagnosis

Bogleheads: In 2004 I had my first cancer diagnosis: throat cancer. I told the surgeon that if I could not speak to let me die on the operation table. The surgeon did not obey. I underwent a laryngectomy operation and can no long speak without my electronic "buzzer." Since then I have been diagnosed...
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 243
Views: 16638

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

Bogleheads:

My most expensive mistake was to use a broker for our investments from 1950 until 1986 when we moved to Vanguard.

Thank you, Jack!

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "7 Retirement-Portfolio Withdrawal Mistakes to Avoid"
Replies: 13
Views: 2141

"7 Retirement-Portfolio Withdrawal Mistakes to Avoid"

Bogleheads: Christine Benz, Director of Personal Finance for Morningstar and a member of our "Panel of Experts" at next month's Boglehead Conference, has written an excellent article titled "7 Retirement-Portfolio Withdrawal Mistakes to Avoid." These are excerpts: "But other errors can have more ser...
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Jack Bogle Bobblehead
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Jack Bogle Bobblehead

Bogleheads:

My offer still stands. Your purchase should be tax-deductible.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on Portfolio/certain fund
Replies: 15
Views: 420

The Three-Fund Portfolio

Mr400meterdash:

It is hard to go wrong with The Three-Fund Portfolio and its many benefits:

The Three-Fund Portfolio

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on Portfolio/certain fund
Replies: 15
Views: 420

Re: Thoughts on Portfolio/certain fund

Please no negative comments as this is not what I own but it is something I may look into.
Mr400meterdash:

If you are going to be a successful investor, you should understand that negative comments are just as useful as positive comments.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Asset allocation calculator
Replies: 50
Views: 3205

Re: Asset allocation calculator

I am in the process transferring funds from advisor-managed portfolio to a 3 or 4 fund portfolio at Vanguard. I've been using MaxiFi to back out what level of return I need to achieve retirement goals. Once I have that number, I'd like to work out correct stock/bond allocation to achieve that retur...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Critique my High-Risk Factor Portfolio
Replies: 31
Views: 2442

Re: Critique my High-Risk Factor Portfolio

Hi all, Long time lurker, first time poster here. I recently came in to a modest inheritance and became interested in taking investing more seriously. I had previously been contributing to my 403b, but without much thought. I read John Bogle's Common Sense on Mutual Funds , William Berstein's 4 Pil...
by Taylor Larimore
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whole Life vs Universal Life Insurance
Replies: 30
Views: 1631

Re: Whole Life vs Universal Life Insurance

All, thank you for the feedback and glad that I asked here first before doing anything! you are right in that a 250k whole life policy is about $160 a month vs $30 a month for term. going with term and investing that extra $130 a month does seem like a better payout and plan moving forward. cmauss:...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Age in Bonds - Still Recommended?
Replies: 142
Views: 10241

Re: Age in Bonds - Still Recommended?

HEDGEFUNDIE and nasrullah: I think it is dangerous to maintain a 100% stock allocation right up to the day you retire. What happens if we have a bad bear market the year before retiring? Answer: There goes your retirement. :( It is no accident that ALL target funds decrease their stock allocations b...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Advisor suggesting 7 Bond funds for my 40%
Replies: 44
Views: 5187

Re: Vanguard Advisor suggesting 7 Bond funds for my 40%

Decided to have Vanguard look at my all Vanguard portfolio (60% stock/40% bonds) with a push for simplification. The proposed stock changes I understand. For bonds, I previously only had 3 Vanguard bond 'funds'. Mostly the Total Bond Market Index fund, GNMA fund and one Treasury Note (TIPs). The su...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Age in Bonds - Still Recommended?
Replies: 142
Views: 10241

Re: Age in Bonds - Still Recommended?

I am kind of stunned by the number of people here who are admitting to holding no bonds. I am one of them, but I never expected there to be so many of us. HEDGEFUNDIE: We have been in a long-term bull market for stocks when many of us wish we held 100% stocks. After suffering during a long-term bea...
by Taylor Larimore
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are the "best" factors?
Replies: 23
Views: 1767

Re: What are the "best" factors?

I was looking at moving from a portfolio of market-cap weighted indexes to factors and I find the choices available a little overwhelming. Which ones would you allocate capital to? I frequently see references to Quality, Value, Size, Momentum and Yield. Do you need all these? How would you construc...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you're FI, or close to FI, are still fighting to climb the Corp. Ladder?
Replies: 118
Views: 11124

Enjoy your job?

Bogleheads:

There can be few things worse than spending half our waking hours unhappy in what we are doing.

I believe that people who enjoy their jobs are among the most fortunate. Unfortunately, it seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investment Books
Replies: 42
Views: 2828

Books I Have Read

Bogleheads: This is from an earlier post: Investment books I have read. Post by Taylor Larimore » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:53 pm Bogleheads: Nearly everything I know about investing I learned from experience (the hard way) and reading books. To avoid re-reading the same books, I keep a list of books I've ...
by Taylor Larimore
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Four Ways to Boost Investment Returns Without Additional Risk"
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

"Four Ways to Boost Investment Returns Without Additional Risk"

Bogleheads: One of my favorite websites for successful investing is "Physician On Fire." In his latest newsletter, the author copies an article from Jim Dahle, The White-Coat Investor: " Four Ways to Boost Investment Returns Without Additional Risk ." These are excerpts: "Many investors are still un...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Index allocation question.
Replies: 13
Views: 739

Investing life ?

People generally enjoy only a few decades of investing life. Bogleheads: I believe this statement is incorrect. Most of us invest from the time we start work until we die which can be a very long time. I started investing in 1950 at the age of 26. I am now 94. That is 68 years of investing. Best wi...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Small cap tilt
Replies: 86
Views: 5498

Re: Small cap tilt

I realize this is probably the millionth small cap discussion on this forum, but I just wanted to see how many of you Bogleheads have a tilt towards small cap, whether it be a small cap index or small cap value. As for me, I'm not sure I completely buy the evidence that there is a small cap "premiu...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to stay the course when you “think” you can outsmart the market
Replies: 36
Views: 2207

Re: How to stay the course when you “think” you can outsmart the market

I truly believe indexing is the best way to invest but sometimes “ideas” get the best of me. For example with the hurricane approaching I thought it would be a smart move to buy Generac, already down 5%. I was curious how often other boggleheads trade short term and how the smart ones have the disc...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you're FI, or close to FI, are still fighting to climb the Corp. Ladder?
Replies: 118
Views: 11124

Re: If you're FI, or close to FI, are still fighting to climb the Corp. Ladder?

Bogleheads: When I felt I had reached FI (Financial Independence) in my job as chief of SBAs South Florida Financial Division, I decided I would blow the whistle on an agency program that was wasting millions of taxpayer money "42% of SBA borrowers ended up in default and out of business". According...
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Value of Vanguard's Allocation Chart? Putting the present in a larger context? Or ???
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Vanguard Chart

Jim (Sandtrap):

Thank you for this interesting and important Vanguard Chart to help us determine the risk and return in our asset-allocation plan.

Best wishes.
Taylor
by Taylor Larimore
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do we adopt CORE and Explore using 3 Asset class portfolios?
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: How do we adopt CORE and Explore using 3 Asset class portfolios?

Can you detail a little more what that Core & Explore is? mikeguima: You can read about "Core & Explore" here. In my opinion, it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick to sell more funds. Scott Burns, creator of The Couch Potato Strategy: "The advocates of complexity are generally people who are ...
by Taylor Larimore
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity TSM Institutional Premium vs Vanguard TSM Admiral?
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Fidelity TSM Institutional Premium vs Vanguard TSM Admiral?

Hi there, is there any advantages of the 0.015% exp, 0 minimum investments Fidelity TSM Institutional Premium class when compared to Vanguard TSM Admiral? As common investors who don't have a 5 million dollars can easily invest in both. Is Vanguard TSM Admiral still superior to Fidelity TSM? vu8: N...