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by AllieTB1323
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally just raised Online Savings accounts to 2% APY
Replies: 57
Views: 4509

Re: Ally just raised Online Savings accounts to 2% APY

... Yup, btw can anyone explain why Ally has almost mythical standing on the Bogleheads site. Yup. For several years Ally, while still partially owned by the federal government, was under instruction (insisted upon by the American Bankers Association) to offer no higher than the sixth-highest savin...
by AllieTB1323
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally just raised Online Savings accounts to 2% APY
Replies: 57
Views: 4509

Re: Ally just raised Online Savings accounts to 2% APY

thatme wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:31 pm
Marcus (Goldman Sachs) raised to 2.05% a few weeks ago.
Yup, btw can anyone explain why Ally has almost mythical standing on the Bogleheads site.
by AllieTB1323
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are you all staying the course?
Replies: 114
Views: 6882

Re: Are you all staying the course?

Been retired for five years with a 60/40 AA. DW and I checked the YTD return on BND vs VTI which confirmed our AA. Towards yearend we will TLH our taxable muni bond funds. :happy

DW calls TLH rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. :D
by AllieTB1323
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Oops! Edward Jones tops Vanguard in customer survey
Replies: 50
Views: 5150

Re: Oops! Edward Jones tops Vanguard in customer survey

With Thanksgiving coming up you're going to give your BIL a crappy review? :beer :twisted:
by AllieTB1323
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Closed End Muni funds?
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Closed End Muni funds?

I have small portion in closed end funds as a hobby. The issue is that many of these funds are leveraged which increases the yield. And the volatility. Put a mutual fund and a CEF into portfoliovisualizer and you will see this I like to buy these when the discounts to NAV are wider than usual and e...
by AllieTB1323
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard website "unavailable during weekend of Nov 3"
Replies: 203
Views: 18318

Re: Vanguard website "unavailable during weekend of Nov 3"

indexfundfan wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:06 am
I just received an email from Vanguard saying my statement is ready online ... only to find that the website is unavailable. LOL.
That's funny. Right before Friday's close i printed out my October statement and my current holdings. Hope for the best and plan for the worst. :beer :beer
by AllieTB1323
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water on Countertop in Basement
Replies: 15
Views: 1246

Re: Water on Countertop in Basement

Philly in the Summer, lots of rain, the air must be saturated with moisture; the basement and counters are probably substantially cooler than any another place so are you seeing condensation.
by AllieTB1323
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Inherited IRA - fund(s) choice
Replies: 13
Views: 808

Re: Inherited IRA - fund(s) choice

Sounds familiar. Back in 2012 I inherited an IRA from mom with almost the value of approximately 55K. It was the remnants of her teacher's retirement. The Hartford had the account. Dealing with them and their local sales dude was so miserable it took me almost three years to move the money, not fund...
by AllieTB1323
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Checking Account?
Replies: 45
Views: 3006

Re: Best Checking Account?

If you want brick and mortar check out local Credit Unions and local Regional Banks. I have found they aren't as fee-greedy as all the big banks. Yup, we ditched the big commercial banks, US Bank, Chase and BOA, because of their fees and generally bad service. We moved the business accounts to a lo...
by AllieTB1323
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do people buy ETFs in taxable with Vanguard when the ETF tracks an equivalent index fund?
Replies: 29
Views: 2502

Re: Why do people buy ETFs in taxable with Vanguard when the ETF tracks an equivalent index fund?

Usually buy mutual bonds except for VG's Intermediate Term Corporate;

The mutual fund, Admiral shares VICSX, have a 0.25% purchase fee (I'll call it a load) while the ETF, VCIT doesn't.
by AllieTB1323
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Paying Prop Taxes - No mortgage
Replies: 20
Views: 2528

Re: Paying Prop Taxes - No mortgage

Hello Friends, Current prop taxes are roughly $10,000 I have no mortgage on my home. Tax payments are quarterly _________________________________ I plan on paying my taxes from my yearly income I will save roughly $834 a month and let the money sit in my MARCUS Goldman Sachs savings account (1.85%)...
by AllieTB1323
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How many brokers do you use simultaneously?
Replies: 16
Views: 775

Re: How many brokers do you use simultaneously?

Six accounts over two different brokers. For security we have all activity notifications sent to two different cell phones.
by AllieTB1323
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your major and investing/finance?
Replies: 99
Views: 5178

Re: Your major and investing/finance?

BS Chem with some grad study in both business and the physical sciences. Running a small business for almost thirty years gave me an informal education.

Mainly the following:
KISS (said before)
Don't fix it if it ain't broken
Sometimes the most difficult decision is to decide to do nothing
by AllieTB1323
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Post Mortem Settlement
Replies: 59
Views: 4650

Re: Post Mortem Settlement

Also check her state's unclaimed funds website. If there was uncertainty over her tax filing there may be other accounts out there that have been forgotten. Actually, it's a good idea to check that every few years anyway. I'm sorry for your family's loss. Excellent suggestion, we found both my mom/...
by AllieTB1323
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Biggest Threats to Financial Well-Being
Replies: 99
Views: 9649

Re: Biggest Threats to Financial Well-Being

climber2020 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:46 am
Peer pressure. This one's a big problem for many people in my line of work.

Too much house.
Vacation house.
Too much car.
Buying a boat when one is not anything close to being wealthy.
Student loans.
Love it! The best boat is owned by your best buddy :sharebeer :sharebeer
by AllieTB1323
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any Experience? - Vanguard Customer Service When Transferring Accounts from Large Brokerage Firm
Replies: 19
Views: 1162

Re: Any Experience? - Vanguard Customer Service When Transferring Accounts from Large Brokerage Firm

I moved inherited cash from Hartford to Vanguard. Vanguard said it would take two to four weeks. From start to finish the transfer took ten days. It helped I had an existing VG taxable account, time, and a fax machine. :D
by AllieTB1323
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Post your Financial Milestone Announcements Here
Replies: 511
Views: 58711

Re: I think I hit 100k on retirement milestone?

Outstanding! :sharebeer :sharebeer

You beat me by a decade. It gets easier. Compounding is our friend. :moneybag
by AllieTB1323
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much does your accountant cost?
Replies: 21
Views: 2246

Re: How much does your accountant cost?

About $550.

The money is well spent. The return is too complicated for us to personally file.
by AllieTB1323
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone take naps at work?
Replies: 93
Views: 6113

Re: Anyone take naps at work?

Yes, my office had what has been described as the best sleeping sofa ever made. Being the boss, I would leave my door slightly cracked and my partner, wife, would wake me if there was a tire fire needing my expertise. I was undergoing chemo at the time and really needed the rest.
by AllieTB1323
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 212
Views: 14424

Re: What are your property taxes?

Assessed value, which in our state of Washington is supposed to be market value, is $578,000. This is a 2800 SF two story house on a golf course, not in a large city. Annual property taxes are $7,525. No income tax. Sales tax average around 9%, depending upon the locale. Gas tax second highest in t...
by AllieTB1323
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to clean eyeglasses?
Replies: 59
Views: 4281

Re: Best way to clean eyeglasses?

costco sells the lens cleaning spray in the optical section. you can bring bottle get free refills when you run out. (I think that's still the case) Or tap water and scratch free cloth According to my cheap friend Costco no longer does the free refill thing. Me, I first run the lenses under warm ru...
by AllieTB1323
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 97
Views: 5790

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

I second the recommendation to visit Gettysburg National Military Park, especially if you can hire a licensed guide — they are outstanding in my experience. http://gettysburgtourguides.org/ Andy. Agree, hire the tour guide. It has been fives years and we still remark about Gettysburg. Btw, if you'r...
by AllieTB1323
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Buying Mens Shoes for Work and Dating
Replies: 97
Views: 9403

Re: Help Buying Mens Shoes for Work and Dating

If you live anywhere near Nordstrom (a department store that got its start as a shoe store in the Pacific Northwest), go there. Just show up in the shoe department and tell an associate what your needs are. Nordstrom has excellent sales associates who know their products and have good people skills...
by AllieTB1323
Thu May 24, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Short Duration Bonds ETF with Fidelity
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Re: Short Duration Bonds ETF with Fidelity

AllieTB1323 wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 3:21 pm
You may want to look at Ishares O to 5 year Investment Grade ETF, er 0.06% and trades free at Fidelity.


Edited to correct typo
by AllieTB1323
Thu May 24, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Short Duration Bonds ETF with Fidelity
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Re: Short Duration Bonds ETF with Fidelity

You may want to look at Ishares O to % year Investment Grade ETF, er 0.06% and trades free at Fidelity.
by AllieTB1323
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to be a good executor to family
Replies: 44
Views: 4052

Re: How to be a good executor to family

PoppyA wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:42 pm
Oooops! A Mac!

No, I don’t want to do it on a phone! :D
Doesn't your Mac have "Numbers" installed?
by AllieTB1323
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wanting to leave Fidelity
Replies: 97
Views: 12348

Re: Wanting to leave Fidelity

Greatness wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:06 pm
Seems Vanguard wants me to sell all my 401k holdings prior to switching. Which, I do not want to do. I do not understand why they make things so hard to do. The ironic part is that all the holdings in the 401k are Vanguard ETFs.
This is a head spinning comment.
by AllieTB1323
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If you want an actively managed fund, which one would you use?
Replies: 70
Views: 6527

Re: If you want an actively managed fund, which one would you use?

I have Fidelity Contrafund (ER=0.43%) in my 401(k). About 10% with the rest in indexes. Its fee is about 53% of the total fee. Not sure why I chose it :?: , but "contra" somehow sounds some counter-weight. It has done well and interestingly it is the only one that shows gain :!: , +1.63%, YTD. DW's...
by AllieTB1323
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Continue investing?
Replies: 12
Views: 2711

Re: Continue investing?

Thank you all for the responses :happy My portfolio is majority U.S. Stocks. (mostly large cap), followed by developed international stocks. I was advised to use the $6K to invest in emerging Int'l stock. However wouldn't it be better to split the $6K among other areas instead of just Int'l emergin...
by AllieTB1323
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If you want an actively managed fund, which one would you use?
Replies: 70
Views: 6527

Re: If you want an actively managed fund, which one would you use?

TwstdSista wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:09 am
Fidelity Contrafund (FCNTX), ER 0.74%

This fund did very good for me for years. I recently sold it though, solely because I switched to a pure 3 fund portfolio.
An excellent actively managed fund with good stable management.
DW has held FCNTX in her IRA for years along with Wellington.
by AllieTB1323
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What should I sell?
Replies: 19
Views: 2498

Re: What should I sell?

You do realize your NHMAX is pulling something like a tax free 5.1% yield because of this: From Morningstar: The portfolio can be leveraged up to 30% using inverse floaters, and Miller occasionally uses futures to short U.S. Treasuries, which is a duration-hedging tool. These tools have given the fu...
by AllieTB1323
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you replace your office shoes?
Replies: 58
Views: 4504

Re: How often do you replace your * laboratory * shoes?

when w@rking, I typically wore decent non-slip shoes in the lab; I had other shoes for general meeting shoes (black or brown) and had higher end when giving presentations/platform sessions in conferences ...and steel-toed shoes for the pilot plant wore through the lab shoes in usually two years but...
by AllieTB1323
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Annuity w guaranteed 5-6% return [payout]?
Replies: 50
Views: 6372

Re: Annuity w guaranteed 5-6% return?

I just found that for 100k, a 61 yo woman in mn could receive a yearly income of $5724 . This is 5.724% of the 100k. No cola. I would argue for the first 17 1/2 years she is receiving her own money. The average life expectancy of a female in her sixties the USA is about 85 years. That doesn't work ...
by AllieTB1323
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When did you know your kids would go to college?
Replies: 91
Views: 5373

Re: When did you know your kids would go to college?

Lots of responses indicating their kids have no choice in the matter...I'm interpreting this to mean it is strongly encouraged. Pretty hard to force someone to do something they don't want to do. Our two daughters were raised with the expectation they would attend college. It was either college or ...
by AllieTB1323
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for Medicare - now or later?
Replies: 20
Views: 2189

Re: Applying for Medicare - now or later?

Get some advice before delaying Part B.

This may be of some help:

https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare- ... nalty.html
by AllieTB1323
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How many are using Automatic contributions?
Replies: 41
Views: 3380

Re: How many are using Automatic contributions?

Before retirement we had automatic contributions for both the retirement accounts and the two taxable accounts. It kept us from over-thinking (market timing) our purchases. DCA rocks!
by AllieTB1323
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nice tax problem to have – Please Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 3015

Re: Nice tax problem to have – Please Advise

Yup it's a nice problem to have. In our case we had rental and taxable income from investments. Our goal was to pay 100% of the prior year's total taxes in order to avoid a penalty. To do this we bumped up our W-2 withholding and also paid quarterlies.
by AllieTB1323
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 14190

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Halfvolley wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:23 pm
Kirkland
Nothing wrong with their bourbon. Today my SIL, a bourbon snob had my daughter pickup two bottles of Kirkland's finest. If Costco is out of Buffalo Trace then Kirkland does the job.
by AllieTB1323
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 14190

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Knob Creek & Buffalo Trace, we look to see if they are in stock at Costco.
by AllieTB1323
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physical cash
Replies: 121
Views: 9238

Re: Physical cash

DW and I have maybe $40.00 in our wallet/purse gathering dust.
by AllieTB1323
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much cash do you keep at any time on checking?
Replies: 183
Views: 17127

Re: How much cash do you keep at any time on checking?

We use cash back credit cards for almost all our purchases and have the accounts on autopay so we keep the monthly total cc balance plus an extra 3K as a buffer.
by AllieTB1323
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Blasphemy... DO PEEK!
Replies: 100
Views: 10599

Re: Blasphemy... DO PEEK!

Kenkat wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:07 pm
I look at my portfolio value at the end of every day the market is open. I do nothing with the information beyond noting how much you can gain or lose in a day and saying “well now that’s interesting”.
+1
We have been doing this too many years to get excited by the daily changes.
by AllieTB1323
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is window replacement this expensive?
Replies: 27
Views: 3359

Re: Is window replacement this expensive?

I am looking to replace 5 windows at my home (Seattle). - 3 windows are large (around 7 ft by 8ft). Each of these window will have 3 sashes (1 fixed picture and 2 open-able sashes) - 2 small windows (around 2 ft by 3 ft). both with two sashes each. I opted for all default options - low e glass, dou...
by AllieTB1323
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: L.L. Bean, Citing Abuse, Tightens Its Generous Policy on Returns
Replies: 41
Views: 5166

Re: L.L. Bean, Citing Abuse, Tightens Its Generous Policy on Returns

Good for them. I've thrown out lots of worn out llbean clothes - when someone once told me I could turn them in for new clothes I told them that was ridiculous as I felt I got my money's worth out of them. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Ditto and it helps me sleep well a...
by AllieTB1323
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Banks Worthless [to invest equity in]?
Replies: 32
Views: 3240

Re: Are Banks Worthless?

miles monroe wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:08 pm
the ONLY reason i have a brick and mortar bank account is for the safe deposit box.

+1 and even then we use a credit union. We closed our Washington Mutual/Chase bank after we finished paying off our mortgage.
by AllieTB1323
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard site is crashed now?
Replies: 188
Views: 18287

Re: Vanguard site is crashed now?

AZAttorney11 wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:04 pm
Couldn't access Vanguard, but no problems using Fidelity. Sigh...

Yup and this is the reason we maintain parallel accounts at both houses.
by AllieTB1323
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-Mobile Coverage in Rural Areas
Replies: 31
Views: 1930

Re: T-Mobile Coverage in Rural Areas

We went from AT&T to the T-Mobile geezer plan and are happy with it. T-Mobile's unlimited cellular data has been a money saver. We haven't noticed any difference in the coverage area.
by AllieTB1323
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]
Replies: 280
Views: 21506

Re: For BHs who actually like cars - what is your daily driver?

2008 Honda Accord with the 3.5 L VTEC engine. It's quiet, comfortable and almost as quick as my garage queen a 1994 Corvette coupe.
by AllieTB1323
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What advice would you give yourself if you were 27 again?
Replies: 120
Views: 9505

Re: What advice would you give yourself if you were 27 again?

oldcomputerguy wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:26 pm
Dyloot wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:23 pm
BlueRidgePro wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:44 pm
Don't marry her.
+1
Guess I’m luckier than some; I married her at age 22, and am still happily married to the same woman at age 62.
Ditto, married at 22 and still blissfully married to her some 45 years later.
by AllieTB1323
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sales tax deduction
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Sales tax deduction

Another Washington resident. When we purchase a major item, say a new heat pump or a new car, our CPA adds the extra sales tax found on the invoice to his calculated amount. If you are remodeling then you should have a sizable sales tax deduction. :D :D