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by PatrickA5
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stress testing for those contemplating retirement in the next couple years
Replies: 28
Views: 2796

Re: Stress testing for those contemplating retirement in the next couple years

According to the BH Wiki, stock market prices “can stagnate or decline for decade-long periods”. This seems like a reasonable statement to me. No one knows when a decline may begin. Do you stress test your portfolio and spending plans for this scenario? Does a portfolio of 25X (25 X annual spend in...
by PatrickA5
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are social security (and Medicare) taxes affected by the standard deduction
Replies: 26
Views: 2813

Re: Are social security (and Medicare) taxes affected by the standard deduction

A different but related question: Standard deduction is $24K MFJ, and is indexed for CPI Taxability of Social Security starts at 32K MFJ, is not indexed for CPI What happens if/when St Deduction exceeds Taxability of Social Security lower limit (assume current law is made permanent in 2026 for disc...
by PatrickA5
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are social security (and Medicare) taxes affected by the standard deduction
Replies: 26
Views: 2813

Re: Are social security (and Medicare) taxes affected by the standard deduction

A different but related question: Standard deduction is $24K MFJ, and is indexed for CPI Taxability of Social Security starts at 32K MFJ, is not indexed for CPI What happens if/when St Deduction exceeds Taxability of Social Security lower limit (assume current law is made permanent in 2026 for disc...
by PatrickA5
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do folks use for long-term forecasting of their personal finances?
Replies: 24
Views: 2519

Re: What do folks use for long-term forecasting of their personal finances?

Does anyone know of a planning software that you can download all of the results into a spreadsheet? I'm looking for something that would have beginning balance, expenses, earnings, contributions and ending balance for each of 20-30 years. A lot of the retirement planners will give me nice graphs sh...
by PatrickA5
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't trust Tripadvisor reviews
Replies: 64
Views: 6977

Re: Don't trust Tripadvisor reviews

Use Trip Advisor for all of my hotel decisions. I give more weight to the users that have a lot of reviews on a bunch of different hotels. I don't think I can recall ever finding a hotel completely opposite of the majority of the reviews. They are usually right on. Normally, if the reviews say it's ...
by PatrickA5
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sell highly-technical books or hold onto (somewhat unreal) fantasy that I'll read them
Replies: 16
Views: 1054

Re: Sell highly-technical books or hold onto (somewhat unreal) fantasy that I'll read them

I kept all of my old accounting and law textbooks because I just knew that someday I would use them to research some problem in my free time. Never happened. Decades later I packed up about a dozen boxes of books of all kinds (over 500) and took them to the library. Felt great just to get rid of the...
by PatrickA5
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you calculate net worth with pensions?
Replies: 105
Views: 6744

Re: How do you calculate net worth with pensions?

So let me get this straight. A person that has no investments, no money, no real estate, owns 2 pair of socks and a couple of shirts, has a net worth in the millions because someday (or currently) they will get a pension and SS? That's great news! All of those articles I've read lately about how lit...
by PatrickA5
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is a million really the benchmark for retirement
Replies: 109
Views: 12036

Re: Is a million really the benchmark for retirement

OP, it sounds like to me that you'll be fine in retirement. The vast majority of people have nowhere near $1 million and most do fine. All I have to do is look at my parents. My dad retired at 64 and died at 97, so 33 years of retirement. He had a small pension of $12K and SS of $12K. They easily li...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Preliminary Version of Revised Form 1040 Released by IRS
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: Preliminary Version of Revised Form 1040 Released by IRS

What is the point of having two half sheets for the 1040? Why not just put both half sheets on one page? I mean, if I have to print out and use 2 full sheets of paper to print out a form that only takes up half of each page, what savings is really being accomplished? It wouldn't be "post card size"...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Preliminary Version of Revised Form 1040 Released by IRS
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: Preliminary Version of Revised Form 1040 Released by IRS

Pretty much just a stunt to try and prove they could get the tax return on a postcard size of paper. Why stop there? Just make it 4 or 5 lines with most of it heading information and then have just one line with "tax refund" or "tax due". Then attach the 10 or 15 "schedules" that figure the tax. Wha...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving up career growth for more time outside of work
Replies: 38
Views: 2878

Re: Giving up career growth for more time outside of work

My guess is the people that did what it takes to move up the ladder will say that it's worth it. To me, it wasn't. I'm now 60 and retired at 55. I was the guy that would (normally) leave work on time, pick up my kids and spend quality family time. I almost never worked on a weekend, took every minut...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I ran out of credit card signups bonus...
Replies: 106
Views: 16509

Re: I ran out of credit card signups bonus...

According to my spreadsheet, between DW and I, we've had 120 credit cards over the last 10 years. We currently have 4 open, meaning we've closed 116 credit cards. Our FICO scores have consistently been between 790 and 820 throughout that time. So, I guess, at least in our case, there hasn't been muc...
by PatrickA5
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are Credit Cards Actually Convenient?
Replies: 91
Views: 7224

Re: Are Credit Cards Actually Convenient?

We use CC's probably 99% of the time. According to my spreadsheet, DW and I have had over 120 credit cards over the last 15 years and I bet we've only been declined 5-10 times in that time frame (usually while on vacation). We're currently down to 4 open cards mainly due to the miles/points hobby be...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grandpa's 88 and has term life insurance
Replies: 39
Views: 3114

Re: Grandpa's 88 and has term life insurance

Edited to add: I have helped elderly relatives with their finances and found that they are very reluctant to cash in even small (whole) life insurance policies that they have had for 30 years or more when there really isn't any advantage to keeping them in force. They seem to consider canceling ins...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 39059

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

My 40's saw 2 market crashes, so our net worth went up, then down, then up, then down. I think we ended up with probably double what we started with, but that was probably all contributions. Our 50's is where we really socked away the money (almost 60 now). I don't remember much about my 40's other ...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for those who used 529 plans
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Question for those who used 529 plans

We put a ton of money in my DS's plan in 2012 when he was in 9th grade. Since we were getting close to high school, we just put it in the "guaranteed fund" and it has made maybe 2% per year. Wasn't willing to risk losing his college fund during a short time period. If you select a similar plan, you ...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do average kids from upper middle class families get any free college money (Scholarships / non-repayable grants etc)
Replies: 266
Views: 19171

Re: Do average kids from upper middle class families get any free college money (Scholarships / non-repayable grants etc

DS had good HS grades (around 4.0), but only above average ACT. Top private school in area was giving $15K "scholarships" to anybody that qualified to get into the school (which he would have), bringing the cost down to around $40K per year. He ended up going to state university ($20K per year). Fro...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help me pick my vanguard investment
Replies: 39
Views: 1993

Re: Help me pick my vanguard investment

If you are looking for the absolute highest return over the next 20 years, you'd want to pick the single fund that does the best. Having more than one fund will result in a lower performance. Having said that, there's not a single person in the Bogleheads community that can tell you for certain whic...
by PatrickA5
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 2368

Re: Medical alert "button"

I bought my dad one when he was 90 (and living alone). He basically wouldn't wear it - no matter how much I encourage it. Over the course of the next several years, he had numerous falls but always managed to eventually get to a phone. Until his last fall. I found him the next day laying on the floo...
by PatrickA5
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will question
Replies: 28
Views: 2862

Re: Will question

bsteiner, Thanks for the comments about tax vs estate planning attorneys. I know that some estate planning attorneys get masters degrees in tax. I realize that an estates and trusts lawyer has to know enough tax to account for the tax implications of the estate plan. I have imagined that there are ...
by PatrickA5
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good Dad, Bad Dad [pay for son's driving expenses (or not)]
Replies: 49
Views: 4036

Re: Good Dad, Bad Dad

Each of my 3 kids got their license on the day they turned 16. We had already bought them a "throw away" car to use while they had their permits and learning to drive. The cars were good enough to be safe and reliable, but nothing we'd carry collision on and nothing we'd fix if it was wrecked (which...
by PatrickA5
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will question
Replies: 28
Views: 2862

Re: Will question

There is nothing in the facts presented that would suggest that a revocable trust would be appropriate in the original poster's situation. [/quote] After months of studying, reading books, going to seminars, etc I still don't know if we really need a Trust. Probably, the only reason I would go for ...
by PatrickA5
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire at 55, what's the magic number
Replies: 169
Views: 24217

Re: Retire at 55, what's the magic number

“I think that since the OP is postulating retiring at 55, they wouldn't want to plan on 25x, that will only carry them to age 80, which probably is significantly below their life expectancy.“ How do you figure 25x expenses only gets you to 80? Even if you spend 1/25 of your savings per year you are...
by PatrickA5
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen/To-Be Adult
Replies: 67
Views: 5152

Re: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen/To-Be Adult

BHs - Any suggestions about dos and donts on college shopping? Or leave it up to her completely ? This may be different at other schools, but my advice is DON'T buy all the required books prior to class. My first semester I ordered all my books that were on the syllabus, all marked required texts, ...
by PatrickA5
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do You Value Your Home for Net Worth Purposes?
Replies: 150
Views: 11192

Re: How Do You Value Your Home for Net Worth Purposes?

I use Zillow. It's low, but good enough. The only reason I calculate Net Worth is to keep track of where I stand financially over the years. Having 20 years of Net Worth is interesting (at least to me). No other reason.
by PatrickA5
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How old were you when you started spending your “principal”?
Replies: 90
Views: 9266

Re: How old were you when you started spending your “principal”?

Not sure what "principal" means. It sounds like most people are saying whatever their retirement savings balance was on the date they retired was their "principal". Of course, even that beginning balance contained money actually contributed (Principal) and money gained over the many years of pre-ret...
by PatrickA5
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any reason to not file significant other as dependent
Replies: 7
Views: 1412

Re: Any reason to not file significant other as dependent

I suppose if your SO truly qualify as a qualifying relative, why not? I can't really think of anything that would come back to haunt you. It would get you an extra exemption (at least for 2017). Not relative, but apparently they don't need to be a relative. Who's the "they"? Do you have more than O...
by PatrickA5
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gifting Appreciated Stocks to Grandparent to pay Child's Private School Tuition
Replies: 127
Views: 8589

Re: Gifting Appreciated Stocks to Grandparent to pay Child's Private School Tuition

khh wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:42 pm
Call the IRS and ask.
Bad idea. The IRS person on the phone can tell anything they want, but it might not be right and it won't get you off the hook if the IRS later say's differently. I guess you could pay some bucks for a Private Letter Ruling.
by PatrickA5
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any reason to not file significant other as dependent
Replies: 7
Views: 1412

Re: Any reason to not file significant other as dependent

I suppose if your SO truly qualify as a qualifying relative, why not? I can't really think of anything that would come back to haunt you. It would get you an extra exemption (at least for 2017).
by PatrickA5
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kiplingers Retirement Report
Replies: 17
Views: 3742

Re: Kiplingers Retirement Report

I've taken Kiplingers magazine for years - back when it was Changing Times magazine. I've been taking the Retirement Report for probably the last 5 years. I can't say that I really can recommend either. I read so much of this financial stuff, that I rarely read anything that could change my financia...
by PatrickA5
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 4333

Re: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate

You shouldn't have any trouble. Endorse it as written and deposit it in the joint account. The bank will probably accept it, although I wouldn't raise the question with them. Gill Good idea. I went ahead and endorsed as suggested and deposited it using my mobile phone app. Hopefully, it will go thr...
by PatrickA5
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 4333

Re: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate

You shouldn't have any trouble. Endorse it as written and deposit it in the joint account. The bank will probably accept it, although I wouldn't raise the question with them. Gill Good idea. I went ahead and endorsed as suggested and deposited it using my mobile phone app. Hopefully, it will go thr...
by PatrickA5
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 4333

Re: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate

It is probably a matter of state law, but if there was no probate, were you ever appointed executor? When I settled an estate I did get letters of administration and opened a bank account for the estate. Before I had the bank account I did get hassles with checks made out to the deceased or to the ...
by PatrickA5
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 4333

How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate

I've been handling my fathers estate over the last couple of months. There was no probate. Everything (including house) was either TOD or jointly owned. We're down to the final few utility bills before the house closes this week. Anyway, I received a check made out to "The estate of Dad". How would ...
by PatrickA5
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: simplifying my financial life -- should i get rid of treasury direct?
Replies: 47
Views: 5115

Re: simplifying my financial life -- should i get rid of treasury direct?

Closed our TD accounts a couple of years ago as part of a major simplification plan.

We're down to one B&M Bank, Ally, Vanguard and a 529 plan. I don't think I can get it any simpler than that.
by PatrickA5
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If you were to fully fund 2 Roths 22k tommorow.
Replies: 20
Views: 1637

Re: If you were to fully fund 2 Roths 22k tommorow.

cfs wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:31 pm
Another vote for Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth.

https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/ ... true#tab=0

Good luck, y gracias por leer ~cfs~
Did you notice the ER went down to .13% Yee haw!
by PatrickA5
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If you were to fully fund 2 Roths 22k tommorow.
Replies: 20
Views: 1637

Re: If you were to fully fund 2 Roths 22k tommorow.

Since I roll with a 60/40 asset allocation I would put all of it in Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth while I sorted out what I really wanted to do with it. Exactly what I did yesterday for our 2018 Roth contributions. But, then again 98% of our retirement is in that one fund. No reason to chan...
by PatrickA5
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401K: Guaranteed 9.3% Return?
Replies: 43
Views: 6495

Re: 401K: Guaranteed 9.3% Return?

Remember, states without income tax have to pay the bills somehow. Check all of the other taxes before assuming you're going to make a 9.3% savings.
by PatrickA5
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Target Date Funds
Replies: 25
Views: 2612

Re: Vanguard Target Date Funds

I "hate" them because: 1. They are advertised to be purchased by a date of retirement, which is bad financial advice being given by a mutual fund company that should not be giving advice to naive investors who should not be taking advice from a mutual fund company. 2. They have had a history of cha...
by PatrickA5
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Switching to online bank. Keep brick/mortar bank account open?
Replies: 54
Views: 3928

Re: Switching to online bank. Keep brick/mortar bank account open?

While my primary bank is online, yes, I keep a local account too (actually 2). I could survive in online only mode, but it is not my preference. In spite of the fact that I actually only set foot in a local bank bank about twice per year. The size of account balances needed to keep this free is sma...
by PatrickA5
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Torn between Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab
Replies: 182
Views: 28647

Re: Torn between Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab

relative newbie to investing in general .... tomorrow get to sit down for my second session with an advisor in a nearby local Fidelity office While Fidelity and Schwab don't have reputations for doing everything they can to steal your money, they still need to make a profit. Please be careful about...
by PatrickA5
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why child care tax credit for double income families, but not single?
Replies: 32
Views: 3778

Re: Why child care tax credit for double income families, but not single?

I have wondered if my wife gets a seasonal job if we can write off dependent care all year. While technically you're supposed to be working at the time of the daycare, the only amounts that matter on the tax form are the amount of daycare expenses and the earned income of the lower spouse. There's ...
by PatrickA5
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living will, medical directive, etc. -
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Living will, medical directive, etc. -

Be sure your health care directive is up to date. I recently had to go through this with my dad. His directive was 20 years old and when the time came that we needed to use that directive, the state law had changed and the "circumstance" that we were needing to use wasn't included on the old directi...
by PatrickA5
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Simple question regarding caring for elderly parents
Replies: 16
Views: 2545

Re: Simple question regarding caring for elderly parents

When my mom died in 2006, I had my dad set up POA, Will and healthcare directive. I basically had to do it for him and drove him to the attorneys office to sign the papers. If they haven't done this already, you need to help them do it now while they are still mentally capable of doing it. Dad lived...
by PatrickA5
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much have kids added to your personal finance/expenses?
Replies: 111
Views: 10160

Re: How much have kids added to your personal finance/expenses?

Don't forget about those "braces" at $3K - $5k per kid. My three kids bought their orthodontist a very nice car!
by PatrickA5
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying This Week: IPhone X or IPhone 8 Plus
Replies: 35
Views: 3866

Re: Buying This Week: IPhone X or IPhone 8 Plus

I recently upgraded to an IPhone X from a 10 year old LG flip phone with an 2" screen. So far, I'm please with the upgrade. I'm hopeful it will also last 10 years, but my wife's IPhone 6 is already causing her problems and it's only 3 years old. As far as making actual phone calls, I still prefer my...
by PatrickA5
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R income tax class review
Replies: 17
Views: 904

Re: H&R income tax class review

After I quit megacorp in 2008, I figured I needed something to do part time to get out of the house. Being a CPA already, I figured I'd like to do some taxes so I signed up for the Block class in 2009 and worked for Block from 2010 - 2016 on a seasonal basis. The class back then was very comprehensi...
by PatrickA5
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn service etiquette
Replies: 36
Views: 4202

Re: Lawn service etiquette

$700 might be high. Or not. Depends on how much area is being mulched and how long it took. My flower beds take about 100 3cf bags of pine bark mulch every time I get it mulched. The wholesale price my lawn guys pay is $3 per bag ($4.95 if I bought it retail), so just the mulch alone is $300. Most l...
by PatrickA5
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: am I crazy to do a lump sum investment with my entire retirement in this current stock market?
Replies: 47
Views: 6724

Re: am I crazy to do a lump sum investment with my entire retirement in this current stock market?

my husband has some retirement also, maybe $100,000 or so. He has maybe 75% of it in a self-directed Roth IRA that he uses to issue personal loans (the borrowers being coworkers and their acquaintances), and the rest in his employer-sponsored 401K. He hasn't been reading all the info on the stock m...
by PatrickA5
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Support test for college student filing Indepently
Replies: 32
Views: 1296

Re: Support test for college student filing Indepently

There are special rules for the refundable portion of the AOTC that you might want to look into. Basically, the student has to provide over half of his own support from earned income from working (i.e. a job). That lasts until age 24. With your DS still being in high school until the Fall, I'd think...