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by DouglasDoug
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Senility: How do you plan on protecting your money when you lose your mental capacities?
Replies: 72
Views: 8536

Re: Senility: How do you plan on protecting your money when you lose your mental capacities?

I've resigned to being pillaged, by seductress or seductor. I shall be among the frail and the limping. The savage eyes of the beast will take note.
by DouglasDoug
Tue May 13, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To: Taylor Larimore: Early Withdrawals
Replies: 23
Views: 3625

To: Taylor Larimore: Early Withdrawals

I recollect somewhere that you retired at fifty-seven without the advantages of chat boards, number crunchers and the chattering classes. Did you begin to withdraw from your portfolio at that early age with only your wits? That you managed so well from fifty-seven to almost ninety must have involved...
by DouglasDoug
Thu May 08, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I like the investment strategy , not really the lifestyle
Replies: 67
Views: 8398

Re: I like the investment strategy , not really the lifestyl

It is indeed hard to save money for retirement. The one colossal issue is to give in to the idea of one day being old. This is why automatic investing is a good thing, even though you're still convinced, like Sally Bowles, you'd rather be good looking corpse.
by DouglasDoug
Sat May 03, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Advice I'll Pass On To My Daughter" [Clements column]
Replies: 5
Views: 2264

Re: "Advice I'll Pass On To My Daughter"

I keep checking the weekend edition of the WSJ for his articles. What day does his column appear?
by DouglasDoug
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: enough to retire?
Replies: 33
Views: 12198

Re: enough to retire?

Congrats & good luck. Live. Live. Live. Pay no mind to the "delayers".
by DouglasDoug
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies
Replies: 49
Views: 8375

Re: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies

The Godfather for sheer size & impact. Breathless, with Belmondo & Seberg, for utter cool & chic, and still remaining utterly cool.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack on Bloomberg Today...
Replies: 12
Views: 2088

Re: Jack on Bloomberg Today...

Missed: Is there a link?
by DouglasDoug
Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jonathan Clements to return to Wall Street Journal Sunday.
Replies: 29
Views: 4224

Re: Jonathan Clements to return to Wall Street Journal Sunda

They were both of them interviewed by Consuelo Mack on her show this weekend. Nothing said about index funds. A good deal said about thinking of SS as your annuity.
by DouglasDoug
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mr. Money Mustache: Hero or Foolish?
Replies: 452
Views: 106627

Re: Mr. Money Mustache: Hero or Foolish?

I am constantly fascinated by people who live this way. So inspirational. In like manner, expats of all kinds interest me. Not for the weak of mind for sure.
by DouglasDoug
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal Fatigue
Replies: 96
Views: 13620

Re: Frugal Fatigue

How depressing. Is that all there is, is that all there is? in the words of the late Peggy Lee.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending on?
Replies: 176
Views: 37399

Re: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending

A ticket to see Lena Horne's great comeback, & generosity to now dead friends.
by DouglasDoug
Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Was frugality a mistake? The downsides of saving too much.
Replies: 115
Views: 18415

Re: Was frugality a mistake? The downsides of saving too mu

Has your frugality stopped you from getting some counseling? Can't one be as neurotic about frugality as about spending?
by DouglasDoug
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retire by 55?
Replies: 41
Views: 6883

Re: Retire by 55?

Not knowing your lifestyle, its impossible to say. Go for it; enjoy what remains.
by DouglasDoug
Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Times:For Some, Retirement Is Out of Reach. For Others, B
Replies: 17
Views: 3909

Re: NY Times:For Some, Retirement Is Out of Reach. For Other

People who find retirement boring don't have the imagination. For example, Being committed also gets Arline Tarte going. In 2000, after a long career at the helm of a commercial printing firm, Ms. Tarte, now 71, left the industry for good. For two years, she played bridge, went to the theater and b...
by DouglasDoug
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Social Security spin......
Replies: 48
Views: 3713

Re: Another Social Security spin......

What would be the lifetime amount differences between early benefits and later benefits? 100K? 200K? I am not too impressed.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dating, Gender, & Wealth Differences...
Replies: 102
Views: 8248

Re: Dating, Gender, & Wealth Differences...

Why marry now? The pickings are slim and many used cars on the lot. If you can afford it, marry a beauty.
by DouglasDoug
Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-retirees: Envisioning Retirement
Replies: 62
Views: 6613

Re: Non-retirees: Envisioning Retirement

There is always envy of everything. Myself, I am never envious of workers, but of those who have never worked at all.
by DouglasDoug
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life after retirement
Replies: 21
Views: 2783

Re: Life after retirement

Just so happens "Revolutionary Road" is on HBO. Take off on an African safari solo.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for studying abroad in Spain?
Replies: 25
Views: 2355

Re: Advice for studying abroad in Spain?

Aren't the unemployment numbers staggering? Tell her to watch her back.
by DouglasDoug
Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think low cost of living trumps retiring in a no state in
Replies: 80
Views: 6995

Re: I think low cost of living trumps retiring in a no state

I am always surprised that there is so little interest in moving to international destinations on this site. I mean, really, is there a tangible difference between Portland or Seattle or Florida or Colorado? Aside from California and New York, its all a blur. Why aren't the financial perks of moving...
by DouglasDoug
Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wolf of Wall St - victims still seeking compensation
Replies: 24
Views: 4146

Re: Wolf of Wall St - victims still seeking compensation

Wolf doesn't work well as movie. Investigative Discovery's "American Greed" delivers a consistent punch.
by DouglasDoug
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What you wish you had known entering your late 20's
Replies: 128
Views: 32219

Re: What you wish you had known entering your late 20's

That life is short, really, really short.
by DouglasDoug
Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical/Dental Tourism?
Replies: 91
Views: 6876

Re: Medical/Dental Tourism?

While visiting a developing country I needed an emergency procedure. My first desire was to rid myself of discomfort while fleeing. The consultations were great, the care was exceptional (being a U.S citizen gave me a leg up, I know). The final bill was a joke: I kept waiting for the remainder the a...
by DouglasDoug
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do Bogleheads have a number?
Replies: 118
Views: 13464

Re: Do Bogleheads have a number?

"Funny, How Gravity Pulls Us, And the Safety Net Is an Illusion" goes the heading of a stellar review of a little produced Beckett play yesterday. Beckett always punctures my dearest, and sweetest certainties.
by DouglasDoug
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Boglehead View on Squirrels
Replies: 112
Views: 10200

Re: The Boglehead View on Squirrels

sscritic wrote:When you are lying in your bed at night and you hear the pitter patter of little feet over your head in the attic, do you first think squirrel or rat?
No, I think of visitations from the other world. How views differ. Where I live squirrels are adored and fed.
by DouglasDoug
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you were retired, how would you spend your time?
Replies: 90
Views: 11013

Re: If you were retired, how would you spend your time?

How dreary. Retirement: too bad it comes at the end of life. Imagine having all that time to make love while one was still hot.
by DouglasDoug
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial failures
Replies: 55
Views: 4620

Re: Financial failures

Well, my entire youth was rife with financial failures. But very well spent, mind you. Ah, what memories.
by DouglasDoug
Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: A Soft Shoe Strut Down Vegas
Replies: 10
Views: 1462

A Soft Shoe Strut Down Vegas

The weekend WSJ has an article,"Investing for the Fun of It", in which John Bogle and Burton Malkiel each admit to stock picking, but only as a hobby, once the serious business of indexing of retirement funds have been concluded. One instance of one investor uses as much as 5-8% of his portfolio as ...
by DouglasDoug
Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just hit the million mark net worth today
Replies: 98
Views: 11983

Re: Just hit the million mark net worth today

Well done. Now that you've been back-slapped by all, where is our champagne?
by DouglasDoug
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead Wisdom on Family Will & Inheritance
Replies: 19
Views: 2422

Re: Boglehead Wisdom on Family Will & Inheritance

Not clear why you haven't returned to your teaching job.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: On my way to the Bogleheads reunion!
Replies: 29
Views: 3655

Re: On my way to the Bogleheads reunion!

Are the conference locations ever enticing?
by DouglasDoug
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Boglehead Running the Fed!
Replies: 24
Views: 4547

Re: A Boglehead Running the Fed!

I also seem to remember the President being in a Vanguard Fund. The impact of this knowledge didn't seem too significant.
by DouglasDoug
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents close to retirement
Replies: 10
Views: 1508

Re: Parents close to retirement

Where exactly is "homeland"? Retiring to say, Mexico, would be different than retreating to France.
by DouglasDoug
Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement to Florida
Replies: 177
Views: 23145

Re: Early retirement to Florida

Anybody waiting for the finale of "Breaking Bad"; NM looks charming, in an off-color sort of way.
by DouglasDoug
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement to Florida
Replies: 177
Views: 23145

Re: Early retirement to Florida

Good luck with this new chapter. N.C. has Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill and is seasonal. Depending on your sensibilities, the exotic wildlife finding its way these days to Florida may be something to consider, e.g., pythons.
by DouglasDoug
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone regret saving too much and not spending when younger?
Replies: 79
Views: 12500

Re: Anyone regret saving too much and not spending when youn

Youth was wonderful. It was expensive though. Living in one of the greatest cities in the world didn't help. Knew a great many people that didn't make it. Rather dull now. More money, but older flesh. Regret I think not.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hedonic treadmill in retirement
Replies: 107
Views: 11539

Re: Hedonic treadmill in retirement

The cure of boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. -Dorothy Parker
by DouglasDoug
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: It’s the income, stupid!
Replies: 139
Views: 21001

Re: It’s the income, stupid!

So happy to see Ms. Austen quoted, and with such pertinence. Clear as a bell.
by DouglasDoug
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Forbes Article: Why Don't Retirees Buy Annuities?
Replies: 66
Views: 11713

Re: Forbes Article: Why Don't Retirees Buy Annuities?

Taylor's recommendation to delay annuities till late life will be my preference.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House broken into, social security number stolen
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: House broken into, social security number stolen

A story to leave you gasping: someone stalking inside your home as you sleep. Robbing you of your future ability to sleep seems worse than items was taken.
by DouglasDoug
Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: i'm thinking [of] retiring in Hawaii ( retired already)
Replies: 38
Views: 7412

Re: i'm thinking [of] retiring in Hawaii ( retired already)

Do you share your loot with anyone, or are you single or free-spirited? If the latter, go for it. I'm jealous.
by DouglasDoug
Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping
Replies: 101
Views: 10048

Re: Tipping

Good question. For I am always resentful that I must give it up unless the service is impeccable. Where I live one tips for everything and as a consequence it is often undeserved and a gesture of no meaning other than a pay off to prevent confrontation. Other societies are somewhat mystified by this...
by DouglasDoug
Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 93
Views: 13580

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

Ah, keeping up with the Joneses has cost me a good deal. Self-reproach is constant. But what a relief not to have the need to compete for consummerism. I am slumming these days and rather enjoying it. I have an unrelenting urge to spend my years living in a hotel, like Carlos Slim prefers, though as...
by DouglasDoug
Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: lost job - can I retire now
Replies: 39
Views: 7196

Re: lost job - can I retire now

Congratulations. However, you did not say what sort of lifestyle you want to embrace after retirement. For all I know, you may want to join the Peace Corp, go live half the year in the Phillipines, or spend your idle time shopping in Neiman Marcus. Having no children or grand-kids will change the ga...
by DouglasDoug
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?
Replies: 102
Views: 11743

Re: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?

Not knowing you, its rather difficult. New York is the height of culture and sophistication, not to mention global opportunities. As a young man, the giddy social life might appeal, with its low to high variety. The city's energy alone is worth the price of admission.
by DouglasDoug
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumerism and Happiness
Replies: 83
Views: 9247

Re: Consumerism and Happiness

I seem to remember, in Sunday's NYT Real Estate, an article about whether the buying of a house makes people happy. In most cases, the purchase does not. Realtors agree that if misery existed before moving into the penthouse it will surely linger after the move. Interesting article at any rate, and ...
by DouglasDoug
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your worst financial habit
Replies: 84
Views: 12992

Re: Your worst financial habit

Whatever is spent, in retrospect, never seems worth it. The glamour of spending is always what I could buy, not what I do buy.
by DouglasDoug
Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: a really depressing ny times article on retirement
Replies: 67
Views: 10476

Re: a really depressing ny times article on retirement

Bob's not my name wrote:I didn't know anybody read the NYT anymore.
Worth considering. A million is still considerable wealth; just ask the majority who don't, nor ever will, have it.
by DouglasDoug
Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: All Stocks Anyone?
Replies: 64
Views: 9720

All Stocks Anyone?

In the weekend WSJ article, "The 100% Stock Solution", it states instances in which an all equity portfolio may be fitting. This strategy flies against Mr. Bogle's philosophy, or does it? Do any Bogleheads go full throttle with an all stock portfolio?