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by Kenkat
Sun May 27, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet
Replies: 27
Views: 807

Re: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet

No issues switching between my iPad and my Samsung Android phone. Very similar UI actually. I bought an iPad 2 in 2011 and got 5-1/2 years out of it. It eventually got slow and I experienced a lot of what you mentioned with the Nexus tablet - when switching between apps, you’d often lose what you ha...
by Kenkat
Sat May 26, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Near commercial level treadmill
Replies: 28
Views: 1746

Re: Near commercial level treadmill

Several folks I know tell me that the treadmill in their home is primarily used for hanging clothes. I use a treadmill at the gym - alternating with 4-5 other machines - and brisk walking. By setting the incline, I can bump up the exertion level without having to jog or run. I also really like the ...
by Kenkat
Sat May 26, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is having insurance from 5 different companies normal?
Replies: 10
Views: 713

Re: Is having insurance from 5 different companies normal?

I think you can probably get down to two companies (maybe one) and not pay much more if anything than you are currently paying. I have my home, auto and umbrella through one company and my life and disability through another company. I think it makes sense to split between Property / Casualty and In...
by Kenkat
Thu May 24, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40
Replies: 100
Views: 8077

Re: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40

I appreciate both of your contributions to the thread and you both mean well, but you're contradicting each other. I've seen similar messages on other boards. There are people who say that it is bad to be technical after 40 and one should absolutely be in management if at all possible. Others will ...
by Kenkat
Thu May 24, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend $1,500 on getting some rust repaired on a 15 year old Buick
Replies: 36
Views: 2415

Re: Should I spend $1,500 on getting some rust repaired on a 15 year old Buick

I had a 2004 Buick Century with 110,000 miles. That car was great, interior was still perfect after driving it all those miles, until some of the dash board instruments malfunctioned and the dealer's people did not know exactly how to put it back in. That car was too old for them. Finally I noticed...
by Kenkat
Thu May 24, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alexa Echo sent family's audio file to a contact
Replies: 65
Views: 4947

Re: Alexa Echo sent family's audio file to a contact

I don’t see myself inviting Skynet, er Alexa, into my house anytime soon.
by Kenkat
Wed May 23, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar's new posting rules
Replies: 16
Views: 1114

Re: Morningstar's new posting rules

Do you have to log in every time you want to make a post, or only if you haven’t logged in for awhile?

I don’t post at Morningstar any more but I occasionally have to log in to this site as I get logged out somehow. This happens maybe once every week or two.
by Kenkat
Tue May 22, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken - Do you use it?
Replies: 50
Views: 2308

Re: Quicken - Do you use it?

I have been using it since the days of Quicken for DOS in the early 90’s. I use it for tracking my checking account, expenses, investment tracking and transactions, loan tracking and total assets / net worth tracking. I do not use the credit card functions and I track investment performance and asse...
by Kenkat
Sat May 19, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transfer on Death Accounts
Replies: 28
Views: 2137

Re: Transfer on Death Accounts

You can do a TOD on a Vanguard non-retirement account and can designate a primary as well as secondary beneficiaries. One big downside to Vanguard TOD is that you cannot have a TOD on a joint account. Most other companies allow this to cover situations where both joint owners are deceased within a c...
by Kenkat
Fri May 18, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Registering complaint with American Airlines/American Eagle?
Replies: 25
Views: 1426

Re: Registering complaint with American Airlines/American Eagle?

Well hopefully he will be on a later flight this evening and home tonight. Air travel can be an adventure for many reasons but eventually you make it to your destination.
by Kenkat
Fri May 18, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Registering complaint with American Airlines/American Eagle?
Replies: 25
Views: 1426

Re: Registering complaint with American Airlines/American Eagle?

Personal opinion here but the announcement of the flight / gate / boarding is a courtesy. I always make a point to find my flight on one of the Departure boards, check the gate and go to the gate and confirm that is indeed my flight. I don’t fly American often but you can also use apps to get this i...
by Kenkat
Thu May 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rates are going up. Should I pull $ out of Munis?
Replies: 10
Views: 996

Re: Rates are going up. Should I pull $ out of Munis?

Well to the extent that rates have already gone up, you’ve already felt the pain of that. Looking at my portfolio: Total Bond Index YTD -2.92 IT Municipal YTD -1.11 Less than pleasant but not a blood bath either. The question then becomes “where do rates go from here”? I do not know the answer to th...
by Kenkat
Thu May 17, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Challenge: guess the effect of rebalancing (by interval or bands) in 2008-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 3669

Re: Challenge: guess the effect of rebalancing (by interval or bands) in 2008-2009

In looking into why exactly did the results come out the way they did, I experimented a little with the model. Instead of using the Year to Year model starting in Jan. 2008 and ending in Dec. 2009, I used the Month to Month model starting in Oct. 2008 and ending in Dec. 2009. My rationale - I am slo...
by Kenkat
Wed May 16, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: somebody is using our address
Replies: 45
Views: 4568

Re: somebody is using our address

I’d also discuss this with your mail carrier just so he / she is aware there is a potential issue as well.
by Kenkat
Wed May 16, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 138
Views: 7172

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

Don't buy a v6 mustang, camaro, or charger/challenger. Aside from being boring to drive, it will be completely worthless in a few years where as the v8 version should retain value pretty well. Besides, everyone laughs at the guy driving a v6 camaro/mustang. Hahaha, so true! You guys are wrong. I th...
by Kenkat
Tue May 15, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Health Aids Cincinnati
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Home Health Aids Cincinnati

We used a company called Home Instead for my mother and father in law. They were good overall; some caregivers were better than others and / or just a better fit, but you could request the same caregiver if you found one you really liked and they would try to accommodate the request.
by Kenkat
Tue May 15, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]
Replies: 126
Views: 9081

Re: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]

89 and looking fine! Happy Birthday, thanks for all you do!

Ken
by Kenkat
Mon May 14, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 138
Views: 7172

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

What I would not do is settle for something short of what I really wanted or reach for something I could not afford. I would choose to defer that luxury until I didn't have to ask about "boglehead muscle cars" and could get what I wanted. Good luck in your search! I suspect the OP would consider an...
by Kenkat
Sun May 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: setting up trust- possible sibling drama may ensue
Replies: 34
Views: 2882

Re: setting up trust- possible sibling drama may ensue

1 Dad and son: seek estate attorney: legal counsel. 2 Draw up trust with provisions that define and express dad's wishes to the letter. 3 Successor trustee / executor: (you) follows trust provisions to the letter. #1-#3 minimizes conflict, drama, etc. j Agree this is the best way. Your dad is basic...
by Kenkat
Sun May 13, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeing a rocket launch in FL
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Re: Seeing a rocket launch in FL

I saw a shuttle launch many years ago and even from a decent distance, it was an experience I won’t ever forget. Worth the effort for sure.
by Kenkat
Sun May 13, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just started a summer job. Should i start using them for their 401k?
Replies: 27
Views: 1708

Re: Just started a summer job. Should i start using them for their 401k?

Sounds like you are already on your way to the Roth IRA route which is a good decision in this case. My son recently got a job part time while he is in college with a large health care provider in town. He was also eligible for the 401k. My initial thought was great, get into that and invest enough ...
by Kenkat
Sat May 12, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College laptop for fall 2018 freshman
Replies: 82
Views: 4556

Re: College laptop for fall 2018 freshman

Lenovo Yoga line has some nice laptops / 3 in 1s at attractive price points.
by Kenkat
Fri May 11, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy carbon offsets when flying?
Replies: 111
Views: 4371

Re: Anyone buy carbon offsets when flying?

I don’t think it is a complete waste of money; however, I think of it as similar to the green energy you can buy from some electric suppliers - for example, a utility might offer 100% renewable energy at a given rate per kwh. These too are funded with credits. The electricity you are personally usin...
by Kenkat
Thu May 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life insurance viatical or life settlement instead of long term care insurance?
Replies: 29
Views: 1615

Re: Life insurance viatical or life settlement instead of long term care insurance?

Long Term Care or Accelerated Death Benefit riders on life insurance policies are other options to stand alone long term care policies. Not saying these are good (or bad) but just be aware of that option as well. Basically it is a form of viatical settlement built into the life insurance policy itse...
by Kenkat
Wed May 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estimating cost of granite countertop renovation
Replies: 19
Views: 1487

Re: Estimating cost of granite countertop renovation

Just reading somewhere that granite is out. They've been saying the same thing about stainless appliances for at least a decade. I do agree that certain builder grade granite's like the black flaky stuff will definitely go or is already out of style but not nice looking veined granite that is super...
by Kenkat
Sun May 06, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone from Dayton,OH area-?'s
Replies: 21
Views: 1313

Re: Anyone from Dayton,OH area-?'s

I am from Cincinnati but worked just off base at Wright-Pat. You can probably get by on all-season tires in Dayton unless you have a job where you are absolutely required to be at a specific place at a specific time no matter the weather. Then maybe snow tires would make sense. In terms of places to...
by Kenkat
Sun May 06, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers
Replies: 72
Views: 5042

Re: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers

I am surprised by the overall lack of love for surround sound systems. My wife and I watched Baby Driver (action movie) last night in 5.1 surround and it makes a big difference - it’s like watching it in a theatre. Still have the song Hocus Pocus running through my head today.
by Kenkat
Sun May 06, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mobile Deposit Gone Wrong
Replies: 19
Views: 2740

Re: Mobile Deposit Gone Wrong

This doesn’t help this particular situation but I keep checks I mobile deposit until I see them post to my account and on my monthly statement. Can you contact the original party who issued the check to you to see if they have a record of it being cashed?
by Kenkat
Sat May 05, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One space or two ...
Replies: 18
Views: 1441

Re: One space or two ...

FiveK wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 3:49 pm
And then there is some forum software (e.g., this one's) that strips extra spaces so no matter how many you type, the reader sees only one. Like this.
That is browser-based functionality, not something this forum does.
by Kenkat
Sat May 05, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost versus convenience
Replies: 11
Views: 571

Re: Cost versus convenience

Do you enjoy a little errand now and again? You know, get in the car, wind down the windows and run to Home Depot to pick up your item and maybe see the sights a little as well? Or is strictly a utilitarian thing, going to the store is a chore and a bore? If the former, go take a drive. If the latte...
by Kenkat
Sat May 05, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Swollen Emergency Fund....What now?
Replies: 43
Views: 3196

Re: Swollen Emergency Fund....What now?

My EFs. --1st-tier, 1yr EFs (cc, checking, savings, mmkt) earning 2%/yr tax-free because money is fungible. (Above link will teach you how to do it.) --2nd-tier EFs are appropriate double-duty bond funds in taxable earning the market rate. (A review of your total financial situation will help you i...
by Kenkat
Thu May 03, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Swollen Emergency Fund....What now?
Replies: 43
Views: 3196

Re: Swollen Emergency Fund....What now?

I am assuming buying a Corvette is off the table, so maybe consider an intermediate term municipal, corporate or bond index fund as a “second tier” emergency fund.
by Kenkat
Wed May 02, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asheville, NC Visit
Replies: 20
Views: 1849

Re: Asheville, NC Visit

Short day trips from Asheville for hiking/outdoors:

Linville Falls trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway
Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure
by Kenkat
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying primecap now - a mistake?
Replies: 14
Views: 1440

Re: Buying primecap now - a mistake?

This is a question that does not really have an answer. I have owned Vanguard Primecap (the original fund) since 1998. It has been an excellent performer, low turnover and its expense ratio is only slightly higher than typical index funds. Whether the excellent performance continues in the future? T...
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers
Replies: 72
Views: 5042

Re: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers

I have a predecessor model of the receiver - Yamaha RX-V381 and am very happy with it. It will also adjust for your room dynamics and for my set up made a noticeable difference. Speakers are better if you can hear them in person but in general agree that the name brand electronic speakers are usuall...
by Kenkat
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Touch Up Paint on New Car
Replies: 10
Views: 818

Re: Touch Up Paint on New Car

Subaru sells OEM paint touch up pens - I’ve had good luck with the GM version of these. With a little practice, you can make a major improvement to scratches such as you describe.
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best places to find discontinued appliance parts?
Replies: 14
Views: 1259

Re: Best places to find discontinued appliance parts?

I've used https://www.repairclinic.com/ for appliance parts several times. It's worth check to see if they have it. I second this site. They had the parts I needed and good instructions on how to replace the parts in the past. A third + on repair clinic. See if you can find a pdf of the owner manua...
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why is a share price for Schwab much cheaper than Vanguard?
Replies: 10
Views: 1224

Re: Why is a share price for Schwab much cheaper than Vanguard?

It is simply a function of how long the fund has been in existence and how much in unrealized gains is included in the share price. You are in effect buying exactly the same thing, it is just that the Vanguard fund has been around longer. There is a similar dynamic between investor shares of Vanguar...
by Kenkat
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating for a new Toyota.[my fault comparing apples and oranges]
Replies: 34
Views: 3033

Re: Negotiating for a new Toyota.

carsdirect.com is another buying site that will give you a price without requiring sign up. A 2018 Camry XLE with panoramic roof is going for about $2000 off MSRP or $500 above invoice in my area. Since the site is getting some compensation, you could probably buy one for closer to invoice if you ne...
by Kenkat
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Then and Now: 1980 vs 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1754

Re: Then and Now: 1980 vs 2018

Just one more anecdotal piece of data from a similar timeframe. When I graduated from college in 1987, I made enough the first four months I was working to pay for 4 years of tuition at the State U I attended. Based on current tuition, the numbers I have seen for current graduates based on starting ...
by Kenkat
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mozart in the morning, please
Replies: 18
Views: 2357

Re: Mozart in the morning please

When I was a newlywed 40 years ago, my then-wife always set the clock radio to an FM station that played the William Tell Overture every weekday morning at 6:00am. Much more effective wakeup music than Mozart string quartets. Depends on how you want to wake up I guess. Seems to jolting to me, I’m m...
by Kenkat
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forgot capital gain on 1040
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: Forgot capital gain on 1040

I would wait to receive your refund and then file a 1040X. You probably won’t have to pay a penalty.
by Kenkat
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 3231

Re: Las Vegas hotel

I have stayed at Caesar’s Palace, The Venetian and MGM Grand and was happy with all 3. Other hotels I’d look at if I return would be Bellagio, Paris and Cosmopolitan. As suggested above, I’d avoid the super discount hotels. You go to Vegas for the Vegas experience and it’s worth a couple of hundred ...
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What percentage of you 2017 income can you account for?
Replies: 49
Views: 3592

Re: What percentage of you 2017 income can you account for?

I input and categorize everything in Quicken. I try to allocate everything to a category although I do have a miscellaneous bucket for a few items that don’t fit other categories. I also allocate expenses at a total level - i.e., anything from Wal-Mart or Target goes into the Household line, everyt...
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Factor Investing - A convincing article
Replies: 67
Views: 6056

Re: Factor Investing - A convincing article

I’ve been factor investing since 2000, so while value and small has indeed underperformed recently, over my time period it has done very well, so I don’t think a few bad years means factor investing is dead. In fact, when people start thinking factor investing is dead, I suspect the opposite.
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Rating sites for TVs
Replies: 22
Views: 1560

Re: Best Rating sites for TVs

In terms of slight differences in model numbers, my experience is that the base TV unit is the same but the accessories may vary. For example, it might have a slightly different stand or the remote might be different. I know the last Samsung I bought had this funky minimalist remote while a differen...
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trinity Study updated to 2018
Replies: 156
Views: 15851

Re: Trinity Study updated to 2018

It’s a great planning tool but a relatively poor execution strategy. I think it gives you a good idea of roughly how much you need to plan on saving to fund retirement income. When the time comes to actually fund that retirement? That’s a different animal.
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What percentage of you 2017 income can you account for?
Replies: 49
Views: 3592

Re: What percentage of you 2017 income can you account for?

I input and categorize everything in Quicken. I try to allocate everything to a category although I do have a miscellaneous bucket for a few items that don’t fit other categories. I also allocate expenses at a total level - i.e., anything from Wal-Mart or Target goes into the Household line, everyth...
by Kenkat
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 45
Views: 3677

Re: Gardening 2018

I started my pepper seeds in early March. The jalapeno's are growing nicely. The bell peppers are not far behind. I'm in NE Illinois and like the market, the weather has been up and down. Snow possible tonight and tomorrow......groan..... What are doing to deter gophers? They can be reasonable crea...