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by 2Birds1Stone
Tue May 08, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newby to this forum: do i have enough?
Replies: 43
Views: 7535

Re: Newby to this forum: do i have enough?

our lifestyle requires approx 300-350K per year to live- several vacations per year with usually one international travel per year (hoping we can go business class from now on for international flights). otherwise we are quite frugal-old cars, just love coupons and costco!! Thanks. hard for me to i...
by 2Birds1Stone
Tue May 01, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those with high savings rate: why?
Replies: 246
Views: 31303

Re: Those with high savings rate: why?

I''ll be able to retire @ 35 years old, after a 13 year career.
by 2Birds1Stone
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will I catch up saving for retirement?
Replies: 54
Views: 4625

Re: Will I catch up saving for retirement?

You're doomed, at 34 you should have way more than <1X annual income saved ;)
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Healthy eaters -- is this grocery budget normal to you?
Replies: 247
Views: 13376

Re: Healthy eaters -- is this grocery budget normal to you?

Active healthy eating couple here in fairly HCOL area. We shop primarily at Trader Joes, Aldi, Costco, and ethnic markets. Spending about $250-300*/month on food. We like to cook a lot, and find that as long as you're shopping sales and buying seasonal produce, cooking in larger batches and eating l...
by 2Birds1Stone
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Smile! This FRIDAY the market will NOT go down. Gracias por leer ~cfs~ Sure it will, end of quarter AND a Friday =) Here are the Holidays for ALL the US Markets (for 2018, 2019, 2020). https://www.nyse.com/markets/hours-calendars Good luck, y gracias por leer ~cfs~ Haha! That's the second time I fo...
by 2Birds1Stone
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

cfs wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:19 pm
Smile!

This FRIDAY the market will NOT go down.

Gracias por leer ~cfs~
Sure it will, end of quarter AND a Friday =)
by 2Birds1Stone
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Earl Lemongrab wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:39 pm
Yet again I didn't get a chance to TLH VOO. It might have hit a negative at some point, but it was positive every time I checked. I ended the day with $1.10 in unrealized gains.
Even if you went a couple of points into the red, why would you bother TLH such a small amount?
by 2Birds1Stone
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

It seems like there is a pattern of RBD's that usually fall on a Friday when the month or quarter end coincides that day/weekend.

Will this Friday be any different?
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 329
Views: 22712

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

I deleted mine a month ago, before the whole debacle.
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

As someone who is likely to get laid off in April, this is a bit scary.

:sharebeer
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you Continue to invest even in down market??
Replies: 54
Views: 6501

Re: Do you Continue to invest even in down market??

I only buy when Market is at all time highs, and sell in the down market.
by 2Birds1Stone
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those with high savings rate: why?
Replies: 246
Views: 31303

Re: Those with high savings rate: why?

I want the option to quit full-time work after 10 years in the corporate world.
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What big item (>20k) are you saving up for?
Replies: 159
Views: 13526

Re: What big item (>20k) are you saving up for?

A gap year from my career.
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you rent even if you can afford to buy?
Replies: 82
Views: 9415

Re: Do you rent even if you can afford to buy?

Yes, we could easily purchase a median priced home in our area ($450k), but that comes with $12k/yr in taxes and the related maintenance and cleaning. We chose instead to rent a simple 1 bedroom apartment in a good location, for $1,100/month. Let our landlord deal with any headaches, and us the free...
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Purchased $10k of Total Stock Index and $5k of Total Bond Index around lunch time today, causing the afternoon slide. I must say, this being my first real correction with a significant (to me) stock allocation, it makes me question my true risk tolerance. Am I allowed to ask your age and current AA...
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup - Major Life Event
Replies: 17
Views: 2557

Re: Portfolio Checkup - Major Life Event

Sorry for bumping this thread, I am posting this to link to another thread as to prevent derailing it. Current Portfolio Allocation 45% Domestic Stock 23% International Stock 15.6% Domestick Bonds 1.6% International Bonds 13.3% Alternatives 1.6% Cash $240,300 Total Invested as of this morning. Non I...
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

I'm afraid of posting my details for fear of derailing this thread.

I will post my current AA in another post and link it here.
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Purchased $10k of Total Stock Index and $5k of Total Bond Index around lunch time today, causing the afternoon slide. I must say, this being my first real correction with a significant (to me) stock allocation, it makes me question my true risk tolerance. Am I allowed to ask your age and current AA...
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Purchased $10k of Total Stock Index and $5k of Total Bond Index around lunch time today, causing the afternoon slide. I must say, this being my first real correction with a significant (to me) stock allocation, it makes me question my true risk tolerance. If you purchased the mutual fund, then you ...
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

If 10% is making you question it, you probably have too much in equities. The average peak to trough in a given year in stocks is 14%. And the 2008-2009 debacle saw a peak to trough drop of about 51%. If you don't think you could hold on through that, then you very likely wouldn't . It's hard to se...
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Purchased $10k of Total Stock Index and $5k of Total Bond Index around lunch time today, causing the afternoon slide.

I must say, this being my first real correction with a significant (to me) stock allocation, it makes me question my true risk tolerance.
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

fantasytensai wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:25 am
Anyone else buying today, or trying to avoid catching a falling knife?
Waiting for the bottom ;)
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Hole
Replies: 163
Views: 14138

Re: Financial Hole

It's amazing how the choices we make are not our fault and the consequences are just some random force of luck eh?

Until you shift your mindset, you will keep digging deeper and deeper into a hole.

I hope you see that sooner than later, and before it's too late.
by 2Birds1Stone
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best BBQ in Austin
Replies: 33
Views: 2792

Re: Best BBQ in Austin

Terry Black's was awesome, I was just there for work last week.

Ironworks BBQ was way over rated.

Moonshine Bar & Grill was another amazing place near downtown.
by 2Birds1Stone
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

CULater wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:10 pm
Up nearly 500 at end of day. Whaaaatttt!
Don't hold your breathe
by 2Birds1Stone
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1407035

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

This is just the start of a much needed correction.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My boneheaded financial mistakes
Replies: 132
Views: 19964

Re: My boneheaded financial mistakes

Chucked life savings into gold/silver in 2011-2013. Hesitated to start a Roth IRA till 25 years old. Only contributed to 401k up to company match for first 4 years of career work. Tried to time the market, more than once. Tried shifting to sectors I thought I would outperform the broader market with.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who taught you about financial responsibility?
Replies: 107
Views: 7207

Re: Who taught you about financial responsibility?

My dad was my finance teacher, not so much on the investing side though.

He taught me the importance of delayed gratification.

Of paying cash for things, or at least having the cash and using 0% interest.

He taught me the importance of LBYM.

Avoid debt on depreciating assets.

Get a prenup.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you lost your job
Replies: 19
Views: 2725

Re: If you lost your job

I've been a sales professional for almost 10 years, with some management experience. Luckily almost every for profit company needs a sales force, so my prospects of finding gainful employment in almost any industry are very high, especially if I am willing to start at a more junior position and quic...
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I retire?
Replies: 22
Views: 2700

Re: Can I retire?

OP, yes you can retire. If you are even somewhat flexible on your withdrawal rate, ie cutting to maybe 2.5-3% during a really bad market downturn, and limiting upside spending to maybe 4.5-5% of initial value. Once you factor in SS and the pension you have pretty much 0.000001% chance of failure. Fo...
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I retire?
Replies: 22
Views: 2700

Re: Can I retire?

FlyGuy, On a plane reading, but how do you retire in the early 50's with most of your money in retirement accounts?? Maybe I am missing something because no one has mentioned that. He's got $375k in CD's and MM accounts. $185 in taxable brokerage account. Then he has Roth principal which he could a...
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 401k millionaires
Replies: 158
Views: 24592

Re: 401k millionaires

I am about to hit $100k right before my 31st Birthday.

The only way I will ever see $1M in there is through compounding. Which over the course of 3 decades, should End up somewhere between $500-750k in today's dollars.
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dear wife quits job and now we are down to 1 income
Replies: 190
Views: 17113

Re: Dear wife quits job and now we are down to 1 income

Sorry to hear about your situation. I haven't read the thread in its entirety, but I have one suggestion that you can implement immediately. $67,000 in EF could be earning as much as 1.6% interest at this time. And many large banks CapitalOne, CIT, GS come to mind have 1.4-1.5% APY on Money Market a...
by 2Birds1Stone
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Power of Working Longer
Replies: 77
Views: 9552

Re: The Power of Working Longer

I would gladly save 10% more and retire a decade sooner.

Too each their own. Interesting concept, but for me it makes much more sense to think of the inverse relationship.
by 2Birds1Stone
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: BHs who rent - what % of gross do you spend on rent?
Replies: 71
Views: 4377

Re: Poll: BHs who rent - what % of gross do you spend on rent?

Exactly 10% of gross salaries.

That includes all utilities in a small 1 bedroom apartment.
by 2Birds1Stone
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sequence of Return Risk impact on Retirement
Replies: 103
Views: 5239

Re: Sequence of Return Risk impact on Retirement

I pick B. Tycoon, Why (B) is bad? There is something simple that I just do not get it. Pardon my stupid question. I am stuck. KlangFool Say you experience significant drops in the first 3-5 years of your retirement, and keep spending at your planned 4% withdrawal rate....mathematically it's much wo...
by 2Birds1Stone
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sequence of Return Risk impact on Retirement
Replies: 103
Views: 5239

Re: Sequence of Return Risk impact on Retirement

B It's the first few years of retirement going relatively poorly year after year and you blindly withdrawing from your portfolio as though everything is peaches and rainbows. Simply being able to scale back a tiny bit on the spending front, or making some side income can greatly reduce this risk. Ma...
by 2Birds1Stone
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My 2017 Budget
Replies: 36
Views: 4727

Re: My 2017 Budget

Awesome.

I came in under $25k.

Spending
$6,600 Rent/Utility
$1,060 Grocery
$1,424 Gas
$3,590 Entertainment
$2,900 Depreciation - Car
$471 Vehicle Fund
$1,473 Travel
$600 Cell
$1,284 Insurance
$689 Health/Hygiene
$2,753 Misc
$1,516 Gifting
$24,360 Total 2017 Spending
by 2Birds1Stone
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I afford a $600-650k house?
Replies: 60
Views: 7470

Re: Can I afford a $600-650k house?

Nope, not even with a 20% downpayment.

Sure, you might be able to make it work, but you are likely to feel house poor and if anything happens to income you will be in deep water quick.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you have trouble standing firm on your asset allocation?
Replies: 45
Views: 4136

Re: Do you have trouble standing firm on your asset allocation?

I would highly recommend having a written out personal investment policy statement.

I have found that it has helped keep me honest, though I am still working toward my desired AA with new contributions.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are Roth IRAs overrated?
Replies: 77
Views: 8154

Re: Are Roth IRAs overrated?

The way I look at it is as follows.

Spread tax risk in the future.
I'm phased out of tax deduction for tIRA, so Roth is really my only option.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Early retirement pros and cons:
Replies: 58
Views: 7361

Re: Early retirement pros and cons:

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:54 pm
But you have a much longer time frame to get bored. My FIL retired at 62 and lived until 91. That’s almost 40 years of practically doing nothing. When I mean nothing, I don’t mean just sitting at home and drinking beer.
29 years is not almost 40.......your post makes much more sense now.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is or was your target multiplier (_ x annual expenses) for retirement?
Replies: 41
Views: 5505

Re: What is or was your target multiplier (_ x annual expenses) for retirement?

#1: What is (or was for those already retired) your expected multiplier, in regards to annual expenses, for retirement? (assume no pension) #2: For those already retired...have you found that your multiplier was sufficient? #3: What length of retirement are or were you planning for with your multip...
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: car thread- too much money?
Replies: 85
Views: 7520

Re: car thread- too much money?

There is a whole world of gently used cars that fall somewhere between "used beater" and a $70k loan......

I've spent between $5k and $16k on my last 3 cars and each has lasted well over 5 years and 100k miles before selling and upgrading.

I would not start your career with such poor choices.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strategy for month of the year to retire
Replies: 33
Views: 2698

Re: Strategy for month of the year to retire

April 1, start of the new fiscal year.

Should be able to get close to maxing 401k and Roth by then as well, oh and enjoy a full spring/summer/fall in my first year off.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Early retirement pros and cons:
Replies: 58
Views: 7361

Re: Early retirement pros and cons:

I'm 30, aspiring to retire before 40. The beauty of the plan is that with so many decades of truly early retirement, I am bound to make money here and there. The biggest uncertainty right now is healthcare costs. If my spouse or I have to work part time for health benefits, that's not the end of the...
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Can you retire on] $5mm
Replies: 25
Views: 3031

Re: $5mm

My household spending is roughly $45k/yr, so $5MM is WAY too much money for us. I would rather enjoy my freedom a decade or two earlier.
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on food per month, per person?
Replies: 151
Views: 10135

Re: How much do you spend on food per month, per person?

Household - two adults

$250-300 total household grocery spending. This does not include other household products (paper napkins, cleaning stuff, etc)
by 2Birds1Stone
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lunch Ideas
Replies: 44
Views: 4732

Re: Lunch Ideas

Usually leftovers from dinner.