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by racy
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay $120 for a 5 year dishwasher warranty?
Replies: 56
Views: 2156

Re: Would you pay $120 for a 5 year dishwasher warranty?

Never have, nor ever will buy extended warranties. I also get very high deductibles on my insurance.
I know I'll have to pay-up for some things someday, but I'd rather get some savings account interest while I'm waiting for that event.
by racy
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What % of your equity is int’l?
Replies: 141
Views: 7591

Re: What % of your equity is int’l?

19% of equity is in Vanguard's International Explorer fund. However, my domestic funds also have Int'l stocks, i.e.: Healthcare sector funds is 23% int'l, Wellesley is 6% int'l. For bonds my Short Term & Interm Term Corporate bond funds are each about 6% int'l.
by racy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 212
Views: 12767

Re: What are your property taxes?

$3700 for a $400,000 home on a private lake in beautiful Nebraska!
by racy
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you own just 5% of anything?
Replies: 65
Views: 4674

Re: Do you own just 5% of anything?

Vanguard REITs, SmCap Index, Healthcare sector all at target 5%.
I don't know if Lazy Portfolios are BHish, but I note about half of them have 5-6% slices: https://www.marketwatch.com/lazyportfol ... er-starter
by racy
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is day trading profitable?
Replies: 36
Views: 3128

Re: Is day trading profitable?

... Is day trading profitable for most day traders? ... Where would the money be coming from if "most" could trade against each other at a profit? It would be like a poker game where all the players think if they play well enough they can all be winners. It doesn't work that way. “If you've been pl...
by racy
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Podcasts on money management and investing basics
Replies: 22
Views: 1328

Re: Podcasts on money management and investing basics

ping1050 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:49 pm
....Money for the rest of us
One of my favorites, too. You'll get some Chinese philosophers thrown in once in awhile! David is an Interesting, well-read, well-traveled guy!
by racy
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to help my teen (14) grow their savings faster?
Replies: 18
Views: 1663

Re: How to help my teen (14) grow their savings faster?

This is something that doesn't really answer your question, but I liked when I first saw it years ago. Much doesn't apply to a 14 yr old, yet. But, some points are worth thinking about now. How To Get Rich 1) Make a lot of money a. Get well educated AND learn a trade/job skills/a profession that pay...
by racy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you include in your grocery budget?
Replies: 36
Views: 1715

Re: What do you include in your grocery budget?

I don't budget, but have tracked spending in Excel for 10 years now. I have 16 categories and use the "insert comment" to note an unusually high or odd amount. I don't think it really matters what expense you put where as long as you're consistent. Then, after several years, you can see which expens...
by racy
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 343
Views: 31695

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

I got a degree in Business Administration and had a 37 year career in Production Management with a medical technology company. Yes, I would recommend it now. I believe there will always be a need for people that can work with others to achieve business objectives.
by racy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Very confused with the current market
Replies: 93
Views: 8734

Re: Very confused with the current market

Compare long-term returns of the various asset classes. Which one is the highest? (Answer: stocks).
I've been investing in the stock market continuously for 42 years, no breaks. I'm very happy!
by racy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone used Income Strategy website/software?
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Has anyone used Income Strategy website/software?

No, but also interested if others have, and how it differs from (free) iORP. https://i-orp.com/BigGraph/index.html
by racy
Tue May 15, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How did you fall in love with investing?
Replies: 49
Views: 3162

Re: How did you fall in love with investing?

Grew up on a small farm with parents who thought smart investing was buying life insurance policies. In fact, they had me buy a whole life policy as a teenager (cost me $11.25 per month!) The aha moment for me was learning about the 'magic of compound interest'. I saw that investing and starting as ...
by racy
Sun May 06, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do we spend too much on food?
Replies: 71
Views: 6337

Re: Do we spend too much on food?

2 of us spend $401 per month on groceries, eating out and liquor. Our state's attractive "regional price parity" is a factor apparently: http://time.com/money/5177566/average-i ... =hp-magmod
by racy
Thu May 03, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should reliability rankings eliminate Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Replies: 91
Views: 5702

Re: Should reliability rankings eliminate Jeep Grand Cherokee?

We've owned 3 Jeeps over the years when we were younger. And, yes, the poor ratings ARE warranted.
In the past 10 years or so we've owned Toyotas, Lexus and Hondas ... and, yes, the superior ratings ARE warranted (in my experience).
by racy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How would you handle a request for money from a niece?
Replies: 89
Views: 7181

Re: How would you handle a request for money from a niece?

Wake up! Your 42 year old niece is a bum!
(And, I'm beginning to wonder about YOU even considering giving her money for a Dave Ramsey course... it's FREE on the radio!)
by racy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Simple question
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Re: Simple question

A search on Vanguard's website: "No minimum initial investment requirement You don't need thousands of dollars to start investing in an ETF. You only need enough money to cover the price of 1 share, which can generally range from $50 to a few hundred dollars. P.S. You can only buy ETFs in full share...
by racy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401K fund selection through Wells Fargo
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: 401K fund selection through Wells Fargo

If I were in your position, I'd petition my employer to find another 401k sponsor other than Wells Fargo. (Google their history and fines).
by racy
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is Megacorp?
Replies: 62
Views: 4934

Re: What is Megacorp?

bottlecap wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:19 pm
It’s safe to say that Megacorp is represented by Big Law.

Proceed accordingly.

JT
And, further, likes Big Government's regulations (which it can afford & small competitors cannot)!
by racy
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we take income from our tax-deferred acct first?
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: Should we take income from our tax-deferred acct first?

OP here ...
Thank you all for taking the time to reply and help. Much appreciated. I'll take the advice to do Roth conversions, between DW's retirement and age 70 SS.
racy
by racy
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should we take income from our tax-deferred acct first?
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Should we take income from our tax-deferred acct first?

I understand that the general advice on the sequence of accounts from which to withdraw retirement income is to tap one’s taxable account first. However, some advisors caution that this isn’t always preferable for everyone, especially for those with large tax-deferred accounts. Am I one of those? I ...
by racy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic Maintenance Routine
Replies: 24
Views: 1735

Re: Septic Maintenance Routine

Pump ours every 4 years on Presidential election years. Easy to remember: Drain The Swamp/Septic
by racy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Yearly Bonus - How to invest
Replies: 10
Views: 1244

Re: Yearly Bonus - How to invest

I'd suggest working up a plan. From the wiki: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Investm ... _statement

Also, 'invest' some of the bonus in good books: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Books:_ ... nd_reviews
by racy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need for Medicare supplemental plan?
Replies: 155
Views: 9671

Re: Need for Medicare supplemental plan?

I hate buying insurance (and never extended warranties), but we do buy Medicare Plan G since we do travel outside the US. So, I'm covered if the tour bus backs over me or if I if a fall down & get a concussion going down the ramp of a Viking river cruise boat.
by racy
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investor vs Admiral Shares
Replies: 14
Views: 2077

Re: Investor vs Admiral Shares

You can check the savings with this calculator: http://buyupside.com/calculators/feesdec07.htm
They add up over a lifetime of investing.
by racy
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement Questions - Vanguard Personal Advisor Services
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Retirement Questions - Vanguard Personal Advisor Services

mhalley wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:25 pm
.... No reason to pay vanguard the .3%, just go ahead and implement it on your own, ...
+1 Yes, I'd find a better use of $5400 than giving it to Vanguard, yearly.
by racy
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your investment strength?
Replies: 70
Views: 5606

Re: What is your investment strength?

Happened to be paying attention in class when the subject of 'compound interest' came up. And, let work since 1976.
by racy
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Suggestions for Reasonably Safe Funds
Replies: 33
Views: 2771

Re: Suggestions for Reasonably Safe Funds

... I want to move my money to Vanguard. Can anyone recommend a reasonably safe mutual fund that pays slightly higher return than the stable value funds I am presently in? ... I am only looking for something like a 3% return rate. Any suggestions? Yes, it's better than stable value, it's reasonably...
by racy
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Hole
Replies: 163
Views: 14816

Re: Financial Hole

Ok, so here's an article about how to kill your $1000 grocery bill. https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/03/29/killing-your-1000-grocery-bill/ My grocery bill is maybe $100 a week...I'll get to that worksheet the next chance I get. Right now I'm working 8 days straight,so maybe an hour or 2 after g...
by racy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life Balance of spending and saving
Replies: 54
Views: 5125

Re: Life Balance of spending and saving

As to the question of use & ongoing interest, my observation: We don't have a pool, but do live on a lake. There are probably 50 other homes on the lake, too, 95% with boats in docks along the shore. We've been here 15 years and I've noticed that many new comers will use their boat for about 2 or 3 ...
by racy
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Today was a Really Bad Day
Replies: 278
Views: 48616

Re: Today was a Really Bad Day

I'll be interested to see what the financial porn talking heads have to say tomorrow. A couple of days ago when the market dropped 1/2 percent, Mario Bartiromo at Fox Business described it as "carnage"...
When it dropped 2 1/4% today it must be, what?, Armageddon?
by racy
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to know if you really have enough for the future
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Re: How to know if you really have enough for the future

Darrow Kirkpatick runs a site called "Can I Retire Yet". He has collected a data base of free retirement calculators (up to 82 now, he reports). He hasn't done testing on all of them, but he says "Rather than attempt to compare or validate so many calculators in-depth, I’m offering a “curated” list ...
by racy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AA is much harder than I thought...
Replies: 45
Views: 5346

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

I'm 33 and have only been in the markets about a year. I'm doing my best to learn from the masters..... I do believe my portfolio should be at least 80/20, and this is how I'm acting when times are good. It makes me seriously wonder how I will handle a decline... Rather, the investor psychology tri...
by racy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where to Invest Emergency Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 1394

Re: Where to Invest Emergency Fund

OP, I suggest stop calling all of it an "emergency fund". The amount you truly need for emergencies should be in cash, CDs, or a very short-term bond fund with check writing allowed. The excess, per your desire, will conservatively invested. I have some Wellesley in our diversified portfolio; I call...
by racy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is "winning the game" exactly?
Replies: 9
Views: 1499

Re: What is "winning the game" exactly?

I don't know if you've won, but for the record, this from the guy who said it: Bernstein was asked “How much exposure should people have to stocks.” He answered: "A lot of people had won the game before the [2008] crisis happened: They had pretty much saved enough for retirement, and they were conti...
by racy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Memo to those who have won the game: it's time to quit playing
Replies: 211
Views: 20813

Re: Memo to those who have won the game: it's time to quit playing

At 65 & feeling like a winner, I have my portfolio set at: 1. Stock allocation of 45%, and 2. Slice/dice into Total Stk, Wellesley, Sm Cap, REIT, Int'l & Health sector. I slice/dice so that I'm not concentrated in Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon & Facebook. I don't want to see too much overlap in...
by racy
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 483
Views: 43570

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Volunteer at the county food pantry, so take all the day-old bread I can handle...
by racy
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Miata as second car
Replies: 94
Views: 4726

Re: Miata as second car

If I was wanted to buy a Miata (which I did) or a BMW motorcycle (which I did), I wouldn't ask this forum what they thought! (But, then again, I did pay cash for both).
by racy
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal SS benefits
Replies: 32
Views: 2503

Re: Spousal SS benefits

You can input variables here and get a recommendation. http://www.bedrockcapital.com/ssanalyze/
(Play around with the "expected age of death". For my situation, an increase of one year greater than the default life expectancy made a significant change in strategy).
by racy
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal SS benefits
Replies: 32
Views: 2503

Re: Spousal SS benefits

Go to the official Social Security website, here: https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/quickcalc/spouse.html
There is a calculator that spells out "benefits for spouses".
by racy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Year end review with less nerdy spouse
Replies: 72
Views: 8812

Re: Year end review with less nerdy spouse

I'm the spreadsheet jockey in our house. A couple of years ago I created a one Excel page summary, with a lot of linked info, to pull together essential info for DW. I update it monthly and annually. The summary shows rolling 12 month and annual data on: month expenses, expenses YTD vs plan; portfol...
by racy
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you have any guilty pleasure investments?
Replies: 53
Views: 3704

Re: Do you have any guilty pleasure investments?

Almost shamed to admit it, but 5% of portfolio is in VGHAX Vanguard Healthcare (managed, sector fund).
by racy
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I am buying a car: Most/Least Reliable Makes?
Replies: 83
Views: 6409

Re: I am buying a car: Most/Least Reliable Makes?

My car reliability experience through the years: Triumph TR7 - would just die unexpectedly Jeep Cherokee & Laredo - annual gasket replacements for oil leaks Mazda 626 - engine warning light could never be fixed Mazda Miata - (same as above) Honda Accord - no problems Toyota Tacoma pickup - no proble...
by racy
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At what age your investments start making more money than you?
Replies: 107
Views: 8717

Re: At what age your investments start making more money than you?

43 - 46: portfolio
47 - 50: salary
51 - 55: portfolio
56: salary
57 - 58: portfolio
59: salary
60: portfolio (then retired)
by racy
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Friend buys a lot of stuff because he want's to reduce his tax liability. Is this thinking flawed?
Replies: 47
Views: 4685

Re: Friend buys a lot of stuff because he want's to reduce his tax liability. Is this thinking flawed?

I'd give up on him and encourage his wife to get a job & save/invest herself. I feel sorry for her.
by racy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edward Jones trap
Replies: 45
Views: 6344

Re: Edward Jones trap

You might show them what that 1.3% fee will cost them over the next couple of decades. http://buyupside.com/calculators/feesdec07.htm
That single digit fee will balloon!!
by racy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interviewing at a former employer, should I give them my current salary when they ask?
Replies: 94
Views: 7095

Re: Interviewing at a former employer, should I give them my current salary when they ask?

No, especially if you're underpaid now. As a former manager at megacorp, you'll get a lowball offer and your future annual increases will remain based on that. If they insist, then lie ... give them a salary number you'd like!
by racy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 6310

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Popular Music?

I like to play guitar along with the artists on Riffstation. It scrolls chords and shows video of artists performing the song. There is a section of "top trending songs" to stay current. https://play.riffstation.com/ I also subscribe to SiriusXM radio. They have channels dedicated to current music, ...
by racy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there any reason to invest in real estate?
Replies: 100
Views: 10458

Re: Is there any reason to invest in real estate?

FWI ... half the Lazy Portfolios have a REIT fund, averaging about 10% of the portfolio. https://www.marketwatch.com/lazyportfolio
by racy
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Calculation Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1757

Re: Social Security Calculation Question

If you like building spreadsheets, you can construct one for your specific SS situation, here: https://www.thebalance.com/social-secur ... de-2388927
by racy
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: May reach critical mass soon, how do I protect what I have?
Replies: 26
Views: 3577

Re: May reach critical mass soon, how do I protect what I have?

See page 10 of Vanguard's "Principles for Investing Success" research. https://about.vanguard.com/what-sets-va ... Online.pdf
It indicates you'll need 20 - 40% in stocks for a real return of 3 - 4% (assuming 3% inflation).