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by gkaplan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Quest for Perfection
Replies: 81
Views: 2620

Re: The Quest for Perfection

I think we should give up trying to convince the OP, in other words to ignore this thread from here on out. It's obvious that the OP is going to continue to justify his portfolio, no matter how many try to convince him otherwise.
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Late Shift , by Michael Connelly. Recommended. Last Shift is on my "Books to Read" list. I've read all the Michael Connelly books, both the Harry Bosch series and the Lincoln Lawyer series. Last Shift is a stand-alone novel that, without having read it, I hope leads to a new series.
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2776
Views: 796591

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The other night I watched A Man Called Ove on a DVD I borrowed from my library. Although I think that a book is generally better than its movie or television reproduction. In this case, I think that this movie really is quite good. The acting in particular was very good, particularly Rolf Lassgârd ...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2776
Views: 796591

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The other night I watched A Man Called Ove on a DVD I borrowed from my library. Although I think that a book is generally better than its movie or television reproduction. In this case, I think that this movie really is quite good. The acting in particular was very good, particularly Rolf Lassgârd a...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: YouTube TV - Anyone used or currently using?
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: YouTube TV - Anyone used or currently using?

I don't quite understand. Is YouTube TV a substitute for a TV, or do you need a TV to access YouTube TV? (I know I'm dense.)

Thanks.
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Jose and San Francisco Trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1625

Re: San Jose and San Francisco Trip

Jack London Square and Lake Merritt in Oakland?
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low cost index funds/Fidelity
Replies: 21
Views: 1571

Re: Low cost index funds/Fidelity

neveragain wrote:I honestly don't understand the difference between mutual funds and index funds. I'm pretty ignorant that is why I got in with Edward Jones. Just being honest here.


Index funds are mutual funds. Mutual funds aren't necessarily index funds.
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning, I finished Random Road: Introducing Geneva Chase by Thomas Kies. (Note: Spoiler Alert) It's a crime scene worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, so shocking and so senseless it challenges the local law and intrigues veteran reporter Geneva Chase whose career may be dying alongside that of her sma...
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are folks handling the unprecedented rise in the market ?
Replies: 136
Views: 11095

Re: How are folks handling the unprecedented rise in the market ?

If this market rise is getting you all rattled you would have had a tough time in the 1980's and 90's. Water cooler discussions about which lousy "maximum capital gains" category funds were up only 50% last year......... Yes, to be honest, it does feel silly to be rattled when the market ...
by gkaplan
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch to federal job?
Replies: 80
Views: 7146

Re: Switch to federal job?

There are wide ranges of how hard and well or not well compensated federal employees are. I have friends and some admit the job is easy and high paid, while others groan about how hard they have to work. While there may be some positions difficult to fill, commonly friends and associates tell me th...
by gkaplan
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Med school?
Replies: 162
Views: 19465

Re: Which Med school?

Hi, Chaz.
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR

Avoid downtown Portland. It's a disaster area. Lots of radical and unfortunately violent political activists there. This is not accurate, but I don't know that anyone would recommend the downtown business district for living anyway. I agree with those saying to rent. There are very distinctive neig...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR

I live in Goose Hollow, just behind Providence Park. I love the area. Very walkable. I'm less than a five-minute walk to Fred Meyer, and a ten-minute walk to Trader Joe's, Powell's City of Books (and my brother's condo across the street from Powell's), the Multnomah County Library Central Library, a...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR

Avoid downtown Portland. It's a disaster area. Lots of radical and unfortunately violent political activists there. This is not accurate, but I don't know that anyone would recommend the downtown business district for living anyway. I agree with those saying to rent. There are very distinctive neig...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Healthy smoothie ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1346

Re: Healthy smoothie ideas

I'm interested in buying a blender for mixing fruit for a non-alcoholic beverage. Does anyone have a recommendation? One requirement is that it be small enough to fit in a kitchen cupboard, because I don't have enough room on my kitchen counter, other using it to make the smoothie. Thank you for any...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investors flock to Vanguard funds, dump Goldman, Wells Fargo, and others
Replies: 35
Views: 3243

Re: Investors flock to Vanguard funds, dump Goldman, Wells Fargo, and others

I have had decent customer service with VG so far but wouldn't the likely outcome of rock bottom fees eventually show up somewhere? For example why would anyone want to be a wealth manager for VG? I'm guessing with low fees comes low compensation, probably the same with customer service folks. Mayb...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Quincy Jones ETF
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: New Quincy Jones ETF

I know the financial industry can be shameless, so I shouldn't be surprised that they are using celebrities for the name recognition factor. Here's an article about the new Quincy Jones Streaming Music, Media & Entertainment ETF. Mr. Jones simply lends his name to this product. http://www.seatt...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need Help with 1st Time Retirement Plan Options!
Replies: 31
Views: 7097

Re: Need Help with 1st Time Retirement Plan Options!

Found your original question from 8/2008 while researching the exact same situation for my son. He recently received an Administrative position at FAU and was offered the same retirement options. He is 24 and has been on the job less than 2 weeks. They sent him to an investment consultant(salesman)...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Morningstar Portfolio Manager

It's working now, or at least it was about ten minutes ago.
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Morningstar Portfolio Manager

investor wrote:YES, just now noticed it.

investor



Thank you. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Morningstar Portfolio Manager

When I try to log on to my Morningstar Portfolio Manager, I get the following "Page Not Found" page. Has anyone else had this problem today?


http://portfolio.morningstar.com/rtport/NotFound.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/RtPort/Reg/undefined/RefFiles/Advertise.htm
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Guard Against These 3 Nonfinancial Retirement Risks"
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

"Guard Against These 3 Nonfinancial Retirement Risks"

Christine Benz offers ways to deal with excessive giving to adult children, long-term care expenses, and cognitive decline. . . .



http://news.morningstar.com/Cover/videoCenter.aspx?id=815089
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investors flock to Vanguard funds, dump Goldman, Wells Fargo, and others
Replies: 35
Views: 3243

Re: Market watch article about Vanguard funds today

Vanguard has a large inflow of funds into passive investing low cost funds and other large brokers facing large outflows of cash 177.3 billion in fact :moneybag Wow I guess that many people can't be wrong This is very revealing in that that's as much inflows of cash :moneybag as its next ten compet...
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

bertilak wrote:Don Quixote has been discussed above. I want to report that I just finished it today. This was the Grossman translation. I can recommend it.

The ending was quite touching.



On my reading bucket list.
by gkaplan
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning I finished reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such r...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This afternoon, I finished reading The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami. It's all about three people who are imprisoned in a nightmarish library and who plot their escape. The Strange Library really is an appropriate title for this book, because the book really is strange. I read it in two days, b...
by gkaplan
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (June 2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: madsinger monthly report (June 2017)

As of June 30, 2017, my year-to-date return is 2.71%. My annualized quarterly, one-year, three-year, five-year, and ten-year rates of return are 11.30%, 12.56%, 3.60%, 7.19%, and 4.65%, respectively. My best performing fund year-to-date has been the Vanguard European Stock Index Fund Admiral Shares ...
by gkaplan
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning I finished A Murder of Quality by John le Carré. A Murder of Quality is the second novel of John le Carré. It offers a satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter...
by gkaplan
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "What I Learned From My 'Faux-tirement'"
Replies: 33
Views: 6707

"What I Learned From My 'Faux-tirement'"

Christine Fahlund, who retired from her position as T. Rowe Price's retirement-planning guru a few years ago, often liked to say that pre-retirees should "trial-run" their retirements. Would traveling around the country in an RV be as fun as they had imagined, for example, or would day af...
by gkaplan
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Vanguard gain anything from us investing more internationally?
Replies: 28
Views: 2373

Re: Does Vanguard gain anything from us investing more internationally?

I am just curious; does Vanguard gain anything from having their investors put more money overseas? I see them promoting international stocks and international bonds more and more. Not looking to be skeptical. I just know that the US/International allocation debate is still widely debated. Anyway, ...
by gkaplan
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning I finished reading The Card Catalog:Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures , which was published by the Library of Congress, with a forward by Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, and an introduction by Peter Devereaux, a writer-editor for the Library of Congress. This book celebrates...
by gkaplan
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Time in the market is more important, But seriously ?
Replies: 60
Views: 7286

Re: Time in the market is more important, But seriously ?

Don't we have a similar thread going on this?
by gkaplan
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying index fund, what time is the cut-off to be post that day?
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Buying index fund, what time is the cut-off to be post that day?

It's by 0900 (PST) on days preceding holidays, so I guess that would be 1200 EST. The day-before and day-after holiday closings are at 1:00 PM Eastern, not 12:00. (I don't know it was noon in the past.) https://www.nyse.com/markets/hours-calendars Thanks for the correction. I think I'll still use 0...
by gkaplan
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying index fund, what time is the cut-off to be post that day?
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Buying index fund, what time is the cut-off to be post that day?

It's by 0900 (PST) on days preceding holidays, so I guess that would be 1200 EST.
by gkaplan
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best method to move ROTH from Janus Henderson to vanguard?
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Best method to move ROTH from Janus Henderson to vanguard?

I just went through the online process at Vanguard. It was very straightforward. The web process was smart enough to pick up my info from my SEP IRA—including beneficiary. It also seemed to know that this needed to go into a new ROTH account rather than an existing account without much promoting (j...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stupid Security Questions
Replies: 46
Views: 3733

Re: Stupid Security Questions

2015 wrote:
tech_arch wrote:Another vote for providing garbage answers and storing them in my password manager.


+1
My answers make sense to no one but me.



My answers don't make sense even for me.
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Morningstar Portfolio Manager

If you checking your portfolio on a daily basis you are spending way too much time on this. I feel guilty checking once a month. I'm not checking my portfolio daily to check my assets amounts. I'm checking my portfolio daily to see the percentage amounts. On Saturday, I do check my Vanguard Roth IR...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS or no TIPS again
Replies: 47
Views: 2854

Re: TIPS or no TIPS again

Anecdotally, it seems some Bogleheads, even some well-respected members, have failed to stay the course when it comes to TIPS, just as some failed to stay the course when it comes to international stocks or even stocks in general, going back to 2008-09. Good on them for admitting it, but I hope rea...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Morningstar Portfolio Manager

Dumb me. My Vanguard My Watch List was set back to the default settings, which I somehow didn't notice – How I don't know. I guess that happened because I cleared my cache and history several days ago? I'm a technophobe and technically inept, in addition to being a dummy, so maybe doing one or both ...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many "accounts" do you maintain at your investment firm?
Replies: 31
Views: 1592

Re: How many "accounts" do you maintain at your investment firm?

I have my Thrift Savings Plan. I have a Vanguard Roth IRA and a Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund (which I'm considering transferring to a Vanguard Primary Money Market Fund). I have a Senior Checking Account, a savings account, and a hi-yield money market account in a credit union in Portland, Or...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Morningstar Portfolio Manager

This is my Morningstar Portfolio Manager (with the dollar amount removed): http://portfolio.morningstar.com/Rtport/Reg/MyView.aspx?ViewPage=5#962-hidenews This my Vanguard "My Watch List": https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/tools/watchlist When I click on the Morningstar link I get my...
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tracking Error vs Low Correlation
Replies: 15
Views: 914

Re: Tracking Error vs Low Correlation

I have a slice-and-dice portfolio, so I really don't care if my portfolio doesn't track the total market.
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Morningstar Portfolio Manager

This is my Morningstar Portfolio Manager (with the dollar amount removed):

http://portfolio.morningstar.com/Rtport/Reg/MyView.aspx?ViewPage=5#962-hidenews

This my Vanguard "My Watch List":

https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/tools/watchlist
by gkaplan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Portfolio Manager
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Morningstar Portfolio Manager

For the past several days, the my Morningstar Portfolio has not been updated to show the daily % change in the mutual funds in my portfolio, nor the % total return YTD. At least, the Morningstar figures for these two columns do not agree with my Vanguard My Watchlist figures for these. Am I the only...
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2454
Views: 756718

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning I finished reading Dead Letters , which centers around a missing woman who leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt. Caite Dolan-Leach is the author. This was a great read. I decided to read the book after seeing a review in Library Journal, which gave it a starred-review. (Pub...
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS or no TIPS again
Replies: 47
Views: 2854

Re: TIPS or no TIPS again

Dude2 wrote:The 50/50 TIPS/Nominal approach has its charms, but people like Abuss368 gradually swayed me to do less. . . .


Abuss368 gradually swayed me to do less.

There, I corrected that for you.
by gkaplan
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Q&A WITH JACK BOGLE - Got a Question for Jack?
Replies: 28
Views: 4162

Re: Q&A WITH JACK BOGLE - Got a Question for Jack?

. . . .I'd like to second that concern as a holder of the LifeStrategy Funds. I'd like to know if any progress has been made on using Admiral shares. . . .[quote][/quote] I would like to ask a similar question: Will Admiral shares become available in Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap Index Fun...

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