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by grp2c
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1979
Views: 338851

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Slightly better offer available if you call them. They transfer you to their local office who can plug in the offer once you open the account. Just transferred assets a week ago. They reimbursed close out fees from 2 separate brokerages too. What city or branch was this? Any idea what promo code th...
by grp2c
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1979
Views: 338851

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

E*Trade has a new (as far as I know) deposit bonus offer. If not, consider this a bump. https://us.etrade.com/what-we-offer/how-it-works/brokerage $100 -- $5,000–$24,999 $200 -- $25,000–$99,999 $300 -- $100,000–$249,999 $600 -- $250,000–$499,999 $1,200 -- $500,000–$999,999 $2,500 -- $1,000,000+ Sli...
by grp2c
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best camps in Kruger Ntl. Park?
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: Best camps in Kruger Ntl. Park?

fortfun wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:20 pm

Super helpful grp2c! Mind if I PM you for additional details?
Thanks!
Sure
by grp2c
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best camps in Kruger Ntl. Park?
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: Best camps in Kruger Ntl. Park?

I found our itinerary from 2015. We had an amazing time. Self drive with overnights at rest camps and private reserves. We flew into Johannesburg, rented a car and drove to the north end of the park. Then we made our way to the south end of the park. Then back to Johannesburg. 1 night at City Lodge ...
by grp2c
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity to $0 Commissions
Replies: 87
Views: 9554

Re: Fidelity to $0 Commissions

I'm curious -- how many Fidelity customers here are planning to switch from Fidelity TSM ETFs/MFs into VTI now? I'm curious about this as well. All my retirement accounts at fidelity hold fidelity index funds and I hold VTI/VV/VOO in my taxable accounts. I probably won't buy VTI/VV/VOO in my retire...
by grp2c
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CamScanner alternative?
Replies: 10
Views: 1269

Re: CamScanner alternative?

I'm very happy with genius scan.
by grp2c
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you find someone credible to do a Cash Balance plan?
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: How do you find someone credible to do a Cash Balance plan?

Also, I'm assuming Pinnacle is helping you figure out what your annual contributions need to be to meet the plans' goals? One more thing, how did you figure out what portfolio would be best to reach 5% returns per year? I have no problem managing my own portfolio, but shooting for those growth targ...
by grp2c
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you find someone credible to do a Cash Balance plan?
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: How do you find someone credible to do a Cash Balance plan?

I'm a sole proprietor and I setup a DB plan with Pinnacle in 2016. I've been reasonably happy. I had many questions prior to setting up the plan and they are very knowledgeable. They do cash balance plans also. I manage the investments myself at Fidelity and pay Pinnacle a flat annual fee that is no...
by grp2c
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1226
Views: 157341

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

Yes the purchase transaction will go through. Say you have 10k of SPAXX and 20k of SPRXX and you purchase 15K of SPRXX. Transaction is processed first by debiting SPAXX and then SPRXX and you end up with 30K of SPRXX.
by grp2c
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1226
Views: 157341

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

... Also, to reduce the manual transactions of buying FZDXX, I've setup an auto-investment of 15k of FZDXX twice a month after payday and I keep a minimum balance of 30k in the account. ... If the balance is insufficient to buy 15K, will it buy whatever the balance supports? I think if the balance ...
by grp2c
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1226
Views: 157341

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

Since transitioning to using the ATM/debit card with my fidelity brokerage account, I've noticed that an ATM withdrawal doesn't post to the account for 2-3 business days. Years ago when I used the ATM card with the fidelity CMA account, I thought it posted same day. Curious if others have noticed th...
by grp2c
Fri May 10, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are Defined Benefit Plans a rip off?
Replies: 58
Views: 10491

Re: Are Defined Benefit Plans a rip off?

Depends on your situation. For me definitely not a rip off. I'm 39 and for TY 2018, 128k into DB, 18.5k pretax 401k employee salary deferral, 36.6k 401k aftertax contribution rollover to roth ira. Large pretax deductions allowed me to take advantage of the section 199a deduction.
by grp2c
Thu May 09, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Brokerages with no-transaction fees for Vanguard funds
Replies: 36
Views: 3120

Re: Brokerages with no-transaction fees for Vanguard funds

VTSAX and VTIAX are no transaction fee funds at etrade. They might be free to trade at chase you invest as well.

https://www.etrade.wallst.com/v1/stocks ... AX&rsO=new

https://www.etrade.wallst.com/v1/stocks ... AX&rsO=new
by grp2c
Thu May 09, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Wealthfront lock-in (Direct Indexing) - leave and take the tax hit now, wait, or other strategy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1914

Re: Wealthfront lock-in (Direct Indexing) - leave and take the tax hit now, wait, or other strategy?

I did an in kind transfer out of Wealthfront in December of 2017 to Fidelity. The account was about $130k. Only about 20% of that was in individual stocks. I think I had a total of 80 individual stocks. Fidelity gave me 500 free trades. For the individual stocks, over the next year I sold about half...
by grp2c
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help Try to Get Fidelity to Offer Online Contributions to Solo 401(k) Plans
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: Help Try to Get Fidelity to Offer Online Contributions to Solo 401(k) Plans

If you setup a fidelity CMA or brokerage account, then with a quick 5 minute phone call, a representative can make the contribution using funds from that account and make the election employee or employer.
by grp2c
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1226
Views: 157341

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

I've considered automatic investments as well. Yes the transaction should go through as long as you have enough "cash available to trade". Personally I think 31 monthly automatic investments would just clutter up my transaction history. I keep 15k in my brokerage account named "checking account" and...
by grp2c
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why aren’t Fido’s lower ERs a reason to switch from VG?
Replies: 43
Views: 3268

Re: Why aren’t Fido’s lower ERs a reason to switch from VG?

This simplicity of having all world stock holdings at market cap in a single mutual fund is something no other provider can currently touch. True, but now that the VTWAX etf share class, VT, is beating the fund by 1 basis point it makes bid/loss spreads less of an issue. And it is easy to hold VT a...
by grp2c
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1979
Views: 338851

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

I recently reached out to Fidelity promotions team to let them know I was looking at other brokerage bonuses to see if they would offer a retention bonus. They said no. Has anyone else been able to get a retention bonus from them recently?
by grp2c
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1226
Views: 157341

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

You can get ATM fees reimbursed on fidelity brokerage account if you qualify for premium service.
by grp2c
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: self-directed solo 401 k using Vanguard pooled account, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 5107

Re: self-directed solo 401 k using Vanguard pooled account, etc.

Just wanted to chime in as far as my experience with Fidelity. I hired Pinnacle Plan Design last year to administer a defined benefit plan and amend my solo 401k held at fidelity. So far I've been happy with Pinnacle and Fidelity. Fidelity did have a little hiccup with the direct transfer of assets ...
by grp2c
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity Four in One Fund for a Starter
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Fidelity Four in One Fund for a Starter

Fidelity's Four-In-One fund is good. It's just missing emerging markets. Could consider Fidelity Freedom Index Funds as well. They are slightly more expensive.

https://thefinancebuff.com/fidelity-fre ... funds.html
by grp2c
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone overbalancing?
Replies: 37
Views: 3186

Re: Anyone overbalancing?

I'm considering overbalancing as well. What metric are you using to decide your overall allocation? My IPS calls for 80% stocks /20% bonds. To determine the bond percentage if I were to overbalance, I'm considering using the equation below: 20% x (current price of VT etf / all time high price of VT)...
by grp2c
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1226
Views: 157341

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

The advantage of the Fidelity account is you can get that 2% savings/checking without the 6 transaction limit that real savings accounts have. Drawback is it's not FDIC. If you're concerned about FDIC insurance just buy the Fidelity Treasury Only Money Market Fund. Current yield is 1.87%. "The fund...
by grp2c
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th [2018]
Replies: 1012
Views: 107624

Re: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th

Just a quick post with my experience. TDA charged me $50 to transfer (all cash) to Fidelity. Today Fidelity informed me their updated instructions are that they do NOT reimburse that fee. Even though I had it in writing that it would be reimbursed, I'm out of luck. I'm not going to get my nose out ...
by grp2c
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Did Vanguard correctly apply the wash sale rule?
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Did Vanguard correctly apply the wash sale rule?

I'll try calling them. Not why they didn't just make 1 lot instead of 2 as they were both mutual funds exchanges. If they had, I don't think they would have made it a wash sale. In the end, will likely do livesoft's recommendation and sell the remaining shares of VLCAX in 2018. Currently, I have to ...
by grp2c
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Did Vanguard correctly apply the wash sale rule?
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Did Vanguard correctly apply the wash sale rule?

See actual transactions below. On 11/19/18, I exchanged VFIAX to VLCAX and VTSAX to VLCAX. Vanguard created 2 different lots for the exchange. On 12/11/18, I sold 1 entire lot of VLCAX and part of the other lot. The entire lot sale created a wash sale of $341.64. The partial lot sale allowed a loss ...
by grp2c
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th [2018]
Replies: 1012
Views: 107624

Re: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th

Though, as a good Boglehead, one shouldn't be subject to short-term trading fees anyway... :wink: Unless you're tax loss harvesting in a taxable account which is a very prudent boglehead trait. Now that commission-free etf short term trading fees were eliminated maybe I'll transfer my vanguard taxa...
by grp2c
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th [2018]
Replies: 1012
Views: 107624

Re: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th

My customer service experience with fidelity has overall been pretty good but it's not the first time I've been disappointed.
by grp2c
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th [2018]
Replies: 1012
Views: 107624

Re: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th

An update on my TD/lively to fidelity ACATS transfer. I called fidelity last wednesday to restart the transfer after TD received the the letter of release from Lively. Called fidelity today to check on the status. Well fidelity did not restart the transfer. :annoyed So they restarted it today and sh...
by grp2c
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lively HSA offers first dollar investing
Replies: 350
Views: 62362

Re: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee

Just an update on my transfer. The in kind transfer from TD to fidelity was held up because TD needs a letter of release from lively. This has been requested and once approved I'll need to reinitiate the process on Fidelity's end.

Fidelity said they would reimburse the $50 TD transfer fee.
by grp2c
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lively HSA offers first dollar investing
Replies: 350
Views: 62362

Re: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee

I started the transfer of assets process at fidelity from my Lively/TD ameritrade HSA account. I plugged in the TD ameritrade account number (not Lively) and requested assets be moved in-kind. I noticed that the TD statement says LIVELY INC TR LIVELYHSA FBO "My name" I wonder if they will block the ...
by grp2c
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th [2018]
Replies: 1012
Views: 107624

Re: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th

HSA is not listed under "common compatible account types" when I select the transfer assets from another institution Click on 'More transfer options' located at the bottom right hand corner of the pop up. HSA not listed under "See compatible account examples". https://www.fidelity.com/customer-serv...
by grp2c
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th [2018]
Replies: 1012
Views: 107624

Re: Rumor mill - Fidelity starting individual HSA's Nov. 15th

Reporting back on my experience this morning...My Fidelity rep walked me through the process of transferring assets in kind from HSA Bank and TD Ameritrade. Everything accomplished online. I just needed to input account numbers and attach the most recent statement from both. Online signature accept...
by grp2c
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using drug discount coupons affecting deductible?
Replies: 26
Views: 2208

Re: Using drug discount coupons affecting deductible?

So insurers have started "copay accumulator programs". Here's a link. http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-healthcare-copay-accumulators-20180427-story.html I personally it is a fair program. It just means the amount of the coupon cannot reduce your deductible only the amount you ac...
by grp2c
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: California municipal money market vs vanguard prime money market
Replies: 19
Views: 3552

Re: California municipal money market vs vanguard prime money market

I use Kevin M's shared google spreadsheet. Make a copy and plug in your own marginal state and federal tax rate. Thanks Kevin M.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... 1074987830
by grp2c
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone using VanguardAdvantage with free checking, Visa Gold Debit/ATM, electronic bill pay, direct deposit, plus more?
Replies: 38
Views: 7128

Re: Anyone using VanguardAdvantage with free checking, Visa Gold Debit/ATM, electronic bill pay, direct deposit, plus mo

If you are premium status with fidelity then all ATM fees are reimbursed with the standard fidelity brokerage account. Core position options are SPAXX or FZFXX which earn more interest than the fdic insured core in the CMA. The cash manager feature on the CMA account is not available on the fidelity...
by grp2c
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Ally online: Online Access Temporarily Blocked
Replies: 4
Views: 1045

Re: Ally online: Online Access Temporarily Blocked

I tried logging in on Saturday night. But security code was not being sent to either phone or email. Called customer service and they said a big security update was going on and security codes were not being sent for a 4 hour period. Tried to log in today but online access was blocked from too many ...
by grp2c
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Question Regarding Five Year Rule for Roth IRA Withdrawals (Alan S. Please Help!)
Replies: 34
Views: 3355

Re: Question Regarding Five Year Rule for Roth IRA Withdrawals (Alan S. Please Help!)

I haven't been able to completely review the irs examples, but this Recapture Amount—Allocation Chart states "**Only include any contributions (usually Form 1099-R, box 5) that were taxable to you when made and rolled over to a Roth IRA." So I believe only contributions to Roth 401k prior to convers...
by grp2c
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Touch ID on Vanguard's mobile app for Android
Replies: 12
Views: 2589

Re: No Touch ID on Vanguard's mobile app for Android

Fidelity App on android does not have touch id either
by grp2c
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Checking/ System for Cash Management/ Sweeping?
Replies: 19
Views: 3072

Re: Best Checking/ System for Cash Management/ Sweeping?

I just transferred my checking to Fidelity. With a brokerage account, you can get an atm card, checkbook, and online bill bay. Core position is either SPAXX or FZFXX. At premium level in brokerage account all atm fees are reimbursed. Or there's a cash management account (CMA) which has an FDIC insur...
by grp2c
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Solo 401k - fidelity vs. vanguard
Replies: 28
Views: 4471

Re: Solo 401k - fidelity vs. vanguard

etrade has an in-plan roth rollover option, but apparently no option for aftertax non-roth contributions that I can see.

https://content.etrade.com/etrade/estat ... an_App.pdf
by grp2c
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Solo 401k - fidelity vs. vanguard
Replies: 28
Views: 4471

Re: Solo 401k - fidelity vs. vanguard

if you have a cash account at fidelity you can do electronic transfers into the cash account and then an over the phone transfer from the cash account to the solo 401k.
by grp2c
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Tax loss harvesting (TLH) for tax-exempt bonds
Replies: 18
Views: 2299

Re: Tax loss harvesting (TLH) for tax-exempt bonds

Per Vanguard summary "Vanguard California Municipal Money Market Fund—designed only for California residents—seeks to provide federal and California state tax-exempt income and preserve shareholders’ principal investment by maintaining a share price of $1 ". Therefore you should not have a capital l...
by grp2c
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rules on using IRA money for child's education?
Replies: 22
Views: 2612

Re: Rules on using IRA money for child's education?

But for college IRA's are not very effective as even though you won't pay the 10% penalty you will still pay taxes on the earnings (for Roth) and entire withdrawal (traditional) at your marginal tax rate. You can withdrawal your Roth contributions tax and penalty free so there is that option. Ahh. ...
by grp2c
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do I unwind this Wealthfront mess?
Replies: 75
Views: 13698

Re: How do I unwind this Wealthfront mess?

I just transferred my wealthfront account to fidelity. I then transferred some of the most highly appreciated stocks to a fidelity donor advised fund. I plan to use the 500 free trades over 2 years to sell all the individual stocks so I only have etfs.

https://rewards.fidelity.com/offers/ATP500free
by grp2c
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rules on using IRA money for child's education?
Replies: 22
Views: 2612

Re: Rules on using IRA money for child's education?

So since traditional ira and roth ira withdraws to pay for qualified higher education expenses are not subject to the 10% penalty, if you live in a state that does not allow a tax deduction for 529 contributions, given the restrictions on withdraws from a 529 should you choose to plan to use future ...
by grp2c
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Mega /+ backdoor roth instead of 529
Replies: 16
Views: 1741

Re: Mega /+ backdoor roth instead of 529

miamivice, agreed, 529 would allow contributions + earnings to be withdrawn for college education expenses whereas mega/backdoor roth contributions would only allow the basis to be withdrawn if under 59.5. Depending on different individual's situations, a contributing to both a 529 and mega/backdoor...
by grp2c
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Mega /+ backdoor roth instead of 529
Replies: 16
Views: 1741

Re: Mega /+ backdoor roth instead of 529

It is easy to make your ordinary back door non-taxable. Not so easy with the mega back door. Be sure you have a plan that can make that happen. Regarding the mega backdoor roth, just separate the earnings from the contributions. Send contributions to roth ira and earnings to traditional ira. If you...
by grp2c
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Mega /+ backdoor roth instead of 529
Replies: 16
Views: 1741

Re: Mega /+ backdoor roth instead of 529

I was recently thinking about this strategy as well. I don't like the limitations placed on 529 plan withdraws. Currently, I have one previous taxable roth conversion in 2011 and I don't plan to have any taxable conversions in the near future. So following the roth withdraw rules, all my previous ro...