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by fmzip
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 50% of my portfolio in FANG - 15% in NVDA
Replies: 64
Views: 7568

Re: 50% of my portfolio in FANG - 15% in NVDA

TheAncientOne wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:44 pm
Wrong site to be asking this. I suspect most of us would say, "Way to go! Now sell it all and put it into index funds!"
Ditto...Odds are not in your favor. I'm 51, I've been on the wrong side of individual stocks too many times
by fmzip
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Boglehead Newbie pulled the trigger....
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: Boglehead Newbie pulled the trigger....

Thank you for posting your inspirational story! It's posts like these that help us all to keep the faith when we are tempted to stray. :sharebeer Buying at what appears to be the top is difficult. But if one is to to truly believe that the markets will be higher 15/20/30 years from now, then you ar...
by fmzip
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Solo 401k & W2 Reporting Box 12 Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Solo 401k & W2 Reporting Box 12 Questions

redditpeke wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:51 pm
Hi G

And the 37,000 Employer Match would not have to be reported on W2 at all. Correct?


The match does not go on the w2, that is for certain
by fmzip
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I being greedy?
Replies: 51
Views: 6750

Re: Am I being greedy?

InvestorNewb wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:34 pm
Am I being greedy? I need another 77.78% to reach that number. It doesn't seem that far away if this bull market continues for another 3-4 years.

My answer is YES :shock:
by fmzip
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Boglehead Newbie pulled the trigger....
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: Boglehead Newbie pulled the trigger....

Last month I had 60 different mutual funds with my financial adviser. Over the past few weeks, I transfer every penny to Vanguard thanks to the help of this forum. Today, in the face of market highs ( The Dow made it to 16,947.08 and the S&P 500 hit 1,962.87 ), I invested it all, just over $500K. I...
by fmzip
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AA is much harder than I thought...
Replies: 45
Views: 5517

Re: AA is much harder than I thought...

TBH it's actually fear that has caused me to lean into equities. I'm young-ish (33) and I fear that this will be the last stock market run up for 30 years, I fear that Bernstein & Bogle are right that the days of 10% returns are over, I fear that I'm behind on my retirement savings (compared to Bog...
by fmzip
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AA is much harder than I thought...
Replies: 45
Views: 5517

Re: AA is much harder than I thought...

Back in 1997 I could not understand the logic of owning any bonds and had a very tech heavy portfolio. The daily grind of w atching $1.3M dwindle to $589K was .. well, without 4 letter words, horrid . It took more than a decade for me to recover. I'm now 45/55 with 18 years draw in bonds sans divid...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

I think what I am taking away from this thread is that most people shouldn't buy a house. LOL, I totally have been thinking the same with all this discussion. And here I thought having a paid for house was just another piece of the puzzle. Silly me :) Guess a few months before I retire, I will be s...
by fmzip
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

Traveler wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:00 pm
I remember your original post and the lovely pictures of your old house. Congrats on the new one - it is just as beautiful. I hope you enjoy it for many years.

Thank you!
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

You could lose your home, if you aren't careful. Depending on your age, the risk becomes far greater if you do what you're suggesting How? I mean, you'd have to have no money at all. Remember, all you have to do is meet your monthly debt service. Ask the people who lost their homes during the finan...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

You could lose your home, if you aren't careful. Depending on your age, the risk becomes far greater if you do what you're suggesting How? I mean, you'd have to have no money at all. Remember, all you have to do is meet your monthly debt service. Ask the people who lost their homes during the finan...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

Open a line of credit on your house equity. If market crashes, use line of credit to rebalance. Better rate than Bond. Yikes! Been down that road. I would never borrow against my home equity to invest a dime. Why is that? And did you have a mortgage while investing at any time? My mortgage was abou...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:45 pm
Open a line of credit on your house equity. If market crashes, use line of credit to rebalance. Better rate than Bond.
Yikes! Been down that road. I would never borrow against my home equity to invest a dime.
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

60-40 strikes me as very conservative for someone still 12 years from retirement but to each his own. Yes, you are correct, that the rule of thumb is not to refinance if the delta is less than 1%. You could also split the difference, investing some $ to principal each month and putting the rest to ...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

Certainly if one can avoid going into retirement with a mortgage, that is desirable. And if you are referring to your own situation, you'd be wiser to re-fi to a 15 year note than to pay down your current note, so that in 12 years your note will have a MUCH smaller balance remaining. You could then...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

There is no rational financial argument for paying down a mortgage over saving that money in tax advantaged space. The former saves you the relatively low interest rate of your loan. The latter saves you 15, 22, 25, 28%....whatever your fed tax rate is. Even in scenarios like 2000-2009, assuming yo...
by fmzip
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?
Replies: 187
Views: 20268

Re: Why Buy Bonds If You Have A Mortgage?

Will all the negativity toward a mortgage, is there any plus's to it other than spending tons of money on it for the banks benefit? :P
by fmzip
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

But in the course of discussing this question, the author makes a point that I hadn't seen before. If you have a mortgage and are making your regular mortgage payments, but are simultaneously using extra income to save for retirement in equities, you are effectively borrowing money to invest in equ...
by fmzip
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

At age 59 I moved from a home in a lower cost area to a higher cost, and much safer and more friendly, neighborhood. So I moved up when many are downsizing. I've never been happier. I have an ideal house in a fabulous area, perfect for me. I had no mortgage at the old place and took a small-ish mor...
by fmzip
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

Great looking remodel - hopefully you did not improve it past what the new neighborhood will sustain for future sale. Even if you did it will be enjoyable and likely almost worth it if you stay in it long enough. We picked it up for $365k. House next to us same layout just sold for $400. Both homes...
by fmzip
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

Great looking remodel - hopefully you did not improve it past what the new neighborhood will sustain for future sale. Even if you did it will be enjoyable and likely almost worth it if you stay in it long enough. We picked it up for $365k. House next to us same layout just sold for $400. Both homes...
by fmzip
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

I considered the refi at 15 years at 3.75%. But being commission only income earner, I like the idea of the 30 just in case business were to go south If that is the reason you are not refinancing -- you are cash flow sensitive and should keep yourself as liquid as possible. Therefore, listen to Kla...
by fmzip
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

I missed this when it started. Congratulations! Your new home is very nice, as was your last home. Are you happy with the move? Did the re-model come in under budget? How has the move impacted your finances? Thanks all for the kind words. As far as the budget....nowhere near. We planned for $65K, i...
by fmzip
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

I considered the refi at 15 years at 3.75%. But being commission only income earner, I like the idea of the 30 just in case business were to go south If that is the reason you are not refinancing -- you are cash flow sensitive and should keep yourself as liquid as possible. Therefore, listen to Kla...
by fmzip
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

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by fmzip
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

Makes sense but if you were my age, what would you do. 52 and 29 years left on the mortgage? I'd still owe $210,000 in 12 years and would have already paid $137,000 in interest. Piling up the prepayments in a taxable account doesn't make much sense to hopefully pay off the mortgage if and only the ...
by fmzip
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

pshonore wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:32 am
We need a picture taken today! (So we can all see the blizzard raging thru Connecticut) :happy

Here's a video out the back door!

http://thetechhouse.myqnapcloud.com/~fm ... i/blizzard
by fmzip
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

This is a difficult decision. There's a lot involved, age, income stability, and piece of mind. Here's the issue, the next time the market drops by 50%, you will be wishing you paid down the mortgage and recasted as you watch the nest egg lose, quite possibly the value of a HOUSE! The other possibi...
by fmzip
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

This is a difficult decision. There's a lot involved, age, income stability, and piece of mind. Here's the issue, the next time the market drops by 50%, you will be wishing you paid down the mortgage and recasted as you watch the nest egg lose, quite possibly the value of a HOUSE! The other possibi...
by fmzip
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

2) I've never met anyone that refinanced their house to invest in the market. I did number two when I was much younger on the advise of my adviser! Needless to say I learned the valuable lesson buying options and lost a cool $50K..... Might be one more reason why I look forward to no mortgage! Had ...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood
Replies: 133
Views: 17532

Re: Buying a new home at age 50 in a nicer neighborhood

Love the brick house - much more than the others you were looking at! Congrats on the new home and excellent result selling your existing home. It also sounds like a financially sensible result all around. Please post some interior photos once you get moved in - would love to see them after followi...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?
Replies: 75
Views: 8750

Re: Paying off mortgage before investing at all?

But in the course of discussing this question, the author makes a point that I hadn't seen before. If you have a mortgage and are making your regular mortgage payments, but are simultaneously using extra income to save for retirement in equities, you are effectively borrowing money to invest in equ...
by fmzip
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg warning of inherent market risk
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: Bloomberg warning of inherent market risk

every piece, sounds like the last piece....

keep to the plan and block out the noise, can't time the market
by fmzip
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 104
Views: 13548

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

Lol. Is it only me who thought it was a new kind of POT. Nope I did too :oops: would have been great to see a pot thread on BH. :D :D Agreed. After reading the title, this thread is a complete disappointment. I thought it would herald the opening of the Colorado sub-forum we have all been waiting f...
by fmzip
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1969
Views: 365693

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

beech grove wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:05 pm
how do you determine percentage???
Use this spreadsheet:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/emjo61qdyfk87 ... .xlsx?dl=0

Details here:

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Calcula ... preadsheet
by fmzip
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1969
Views: 365693

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

as the ball drops closing out the year.... 12.05% on the Bogleheads Returns spreadsheet. Just tallied my first 3 year return on the spreadsheet, 5.8%. Very pleased, hoping to retire in 12 years. A 3.5% annual return average from here until then would be a blessing. 60/40ish asset allocation. Thanks ...
by fmzip
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another should i buy my dream porsche thread...
Replies: 240
Views: 14412

Re: Another should i buy my dream porsche thread...

jessikaur wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:11 pm


so I bought a tesla for 90K,.... I intend on keeping it until all cars are self-driving, or it completely breaks down. I love the damn car, it makes me happy
Only true car people understand this. Love is blind. I love my car too. Most lasted longer than all my relationships :)
by fmzip
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another should i buy my dream porsche thread...
Replies: 240
Views: 14412

Re: Another should i buy my dream porsche thread...

Absolutely buy it! You have plenty of income. Just stating that the house would be paid for in 3 years is reason enough. You will save plenty over your lifetime much easier getting in and out of that car at 39 than 69 when you have the giant nest egg saved. Enjoy life a little. I am a car guy, alway...
by fmzip
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Cash on hand
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: Cash on hand

Totally agree. I can see a long term power outage and the need for some cash. We had one in October for 13 days here in CT with a freak October snowstorm. Some groceries stores were open without power, cash only. Fortunately we were stocked up. The entire state had this issue, a bit unsettling. I'd ...
by fmzip
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: car thread- too much money?
Replies: 85
Views: 7891

Re: car thread- too much money?

Suggestion: Buy two, two-three year old cars, under factory warranty. This is ideal. I just bought a 2015 Audi S4 with 12,000miles in July. Sticker new, $60K, bought for $39K. Under factory warranty until 10/2019. NEVER will EVER buy a new car again. Maybe you need to get it out of your system by ha...
by fmzip
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: REIT or No REIT
Replies: 98
Views: 15054

Re: REIT or No REIT

i started bogleheading just after the 2008 crash. at the time i picked Swensen's portfolio to start. over time i tweaked it for my stock/bond allocation, and simplified it just holding TBM instead of intermediate+TIPS due to lack of 401k choices. however, i've always held a large REIT allocation an...
by fmzip
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hoping for a Christmas Miracle
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: Hoping for a Christmas Miracle

I'm with you.

I am not pushing it. Just glad I planted a few seeds for him to step back and just look at the big picture. I don't think he even realized he had what he had already.....Success! He won the game.
by fmzip
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hoping for a Christmas Miracle
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Hoping for a Christmas Miracle

A long time friend of mine stopped by today. He's been a gambler with investing as long as I've known him. I used to be like him, buying individual stocks. I had the bad luck and he has been extremely lucky (until he bought a lot of oil stock). We are both in our early 50's. So I asked him if he was...
by fmzip
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: availability of nonstardard mortgage term
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: availability of nonstardard mortgage term

I would go with a 20 year term (a fairly standard offering) and just make payments based on your amortization schedule of preference (16 or 17 years). I agree with this thinking. Being in sales and commission only income for the past 20 years, flexibility has been key for me. Although I could alway...
by fmzip
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 13150

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

TimeLord I know exactly what you were saying. I remember as a newlywed agonizing over a $17 box fan at Kmart - this was to get us through another sweltery southern summer. While I'll always be frugal by nature once I reached the point I could easily buy whatever I found was good value for the money...
by fmzip
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Christmas Bonus: Etiquette
Replies: 32
Views: 5153

Re: Christmas Bonus: Etiquette

I was once given a bonus by my "client" as I was a paid consultant at the time. Took the time to write a short thank you note saying how unexpected it was and how much I appreciated being considered part of his team. It was an opportunity for me to do a little positive relationship work. My daughte...
by fmzip
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Year end review with less nerdy spouse
Replies: 72
Views: 9110

Re: Year end review with less nerdy spouse

I'm sure I'm not the only one who takes the personal finance lead in marriage. My DW is certainly not frivolous and generally we follow a budget (I like to call it our spending plan), but I'm the analyzer and spreadsheet jockey. We review our spending plan monthly, but at year end I like to bring i...