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by Sidney
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android App for ICE meds, emergency contacts, etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Android App for ICE meds, emergency contacts, etc.

My Samsung S9 allows me to do this all without using a third party app. Three emergency contact numbers can be added along any medical info I want to provide like medical conditions, allergies, meds, blood type or other pertinent info. How would someone get this if you were incapable of unlocking y...
by Sidney
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Long Should I Keep Financial Records of Deceased Relatives
Replies: 20
Views: 1422

Re: How Long Should I Keep Financial Records of Deceased Relatives

I keep the valuation reports as of the date of death for the securities transferred to the beneficiaries of the estate in case one of them needs information for stepped up basis. They received this when the transfers were made but these reports are small so not a big deal to retain in case they misp...
by Sidney
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which iPhone: 8 or XR?
Replies: 45
Views: 3128

Re: Which iPhone: 8 or XR?

Given the big miss on volume, won't Apple be under pressure to bring prices down? If so, it would seem like it makes sense to wait a while on shopping for iPhones.
by Sidney
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Receiving shares in payment for a sell
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Receiving shares in payment for a sell

Often the stock portions are structured to be not taxable for the shareholder. I'd suggest looking at the proxy statement that was issued about the transaction. Normally they spell it out.
by Sidney
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pesticides for residence
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Pesticides for residence

Terro is good for ants. We use DE for some crawly things that hang around the foundation.
by Sidney
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?
Replies: 42
Views: 3386

Re: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?

On a more serious note, this is the best way I've found of making sure the screen on my phone doesn't get scratched. Reserve a pocket for it. Put all the other crap in other available pockets. I used screen protectors until I realized they hadn't done anything for me a couple of years ago. Haven't ...
by Sidney
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?
Replies: 42
Views: 3386

Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?

I'm interested in feedback from anyone who has been using the Google Pixel 3 (not the XL) since it came out.

Thanks in advance.

Sid
by Sidney
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 3.75% - 5-year CD
Replies: 13
Views: 3697

Re: 3.75% - 5-year CD

Very odd looking yield curve. Most of the yield is at 30 months. Not sure the second 30 months is worth the risk.
by Sidney
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A little blip - and the media goes crazy
Replies: 16
Views: 2350

Re: A little blip - and the media goes crazy

This was some news article that my iphone in it's infinite wisdom decided to show me in the first page. Didn't realize that Cramer is still at it with his Mad Money. Spouting the same 'knowledge' when I last watched his TV shows in 2007.. The key is to not let your phone dictate your source of info...
by Sidney
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dividend "Seasonality" (VTIAX)
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Dividend "Seasonality" (VTIAX)

Just a guess - some stocks may not pay dividends on a quarterly schedule.
by Sidney
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet another SS question - filing sequence
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: Yet another SS question - filing sequence

Do I need to do anything else with respect to delaying my benefit until 2023 except wait and file again for my own benefit then? I don't think you need to do anything. Your benefit would be delayed by the very fact that you have not filed for your benefit. Perhaps others will chime in on the other ...
by Sidney
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you store financial account information with your estate plan?
Replies: 51
Views: 3440

Re: How do you store financial account information with your estate plan?

I have a notebook in my desk with a lot of these details.

My siblings have the name, address and phone number of my attorney. The attorney keeps an updated list of all of our assets which I send him annually so he can decide if anything in the will is affected.
by Sidney
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet another "can I afford it"?
Replies: 42
Views: 4173

Re: Yet another "can I afford it"?

If you buy the car, and your equity drops 50% in the next 12-18 months, will you still feel good about it?
by Sidney
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Charitable Family Foundation - Best way forward
Replies: 25
Views: 1909

Re: Charitable Family Foundation - Best way forward

I believe doing this will entail considerable work and expense. Why not just use a Donor Advised Fund for the accumulation of the money aspect - THEN seek out qualified charities that have the low overhead yu desire. Like a lot of life, there are trade-offs on DAFs vs. Foundations. Here is a good t...
by Sidney
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card - Keep Getting Denied
Replies: 27
Views: 2274

Re: Credit Card - Keep Getting Denied

Has he applied for a card with his own bank?
by Sidney
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do you handle the urge to DO something?
Replies: 102
Views: 7915

Re: How do you handle the urge to DO something?

Hmmm? I don't know. Will have to think about that.
by Sidney
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tip
Replies: 87
Views: 6048

Re: How to tip

Generally 20-25% on the total bill. 30-50% on very small checks (breakfast at the diner).
by Sidney
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: yield curve inversion
Replies: 48
Views: 5206

Re: yield curve inversion

I have no idea whether an inverted curve has any predictive value but your OP mixes in "recession" and "the market." Which were you most concerned about?
by Sidney
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Newspapers & Publications
Replies: 36
Views: 3112

Re: Financial Newspapers & Publications

02nz wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:58 pm
The Financial Times, IMHO the best newspaper out there.
I agree; but I read it for news, not investing/financial information.
by Sidney
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 10125
Views: 1785801

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

kaeltor wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Kompass wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:24 pm
When VTSAX hits a 20% discount (real bear for me) I'll jump in the buying pool. Until then I'll just enjoy being one of the folks in the peanut gallery with "too much" in ca$h.

:beer
Isn't that timing the market?
Not if it triggers a re-balance plan.
by Sidney
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you start flying business class?
Replies: 155
Views: 13016

Re: When did you start flying business class?

I'm assuming two of the four are your children. Without knowing their age, I will relate a scenario I have seen before when I was flying biz for business. Two parents in business class with two children in coach. The kids were not extremely young - the parents explained that the kids didn't care one...
by Sidney
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fixing My Cost Basis [on inherited stocks]
Replies: 13
Views: 972

Re: Fixing My Cost Basis [on inherited stocks]

My Fidelity statement is reporting the incorrect cost basis currently. If I sell these stocks, won’t Fidelity send me and the IRS 1099s with the wrong cost basis? I am concerned that if I just override the cost basis with correct lower amounts in my tax return, that I will have a problem with the I...
by Sidney
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What am I overlooking?
Replies: 16
Views: 1528

Re: What am I overlooking?

If your pension does not have COLA then you need to understand the impact inflation is going to have on the value of that benefit.
by Sidney
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard -Data Concerns
Replies: 29
Views: 2515

Re: Vanguard -Data Concerns

It may well be that Vanguard is not the place for your investments. It is my impression that posters on this forum who tend to be more active traders don't use Vanguard much. Many of the ones who are predominantly VG platform users tend to be passive investors. I think this shows up in reactions to ...
by Sidney
Thu May 31, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard from a consumer standpoint. Question [as a personal investor]
Replies: 16
Views: 1630

Re: Vanguard from a consumer standpoint. Question

Are you pulling the funds using Vanguard or pushing from your external source (presumably a bank)? I think it matters based on some prior posts I've seen.
by Sidney
Tue May 29, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How To Store Blue Rhino Tanks Safely
Replies: 35
Views: 3098

Re: How To Store Blue Rhino Tanks Safely

I keep mine right outside my window. If something bad happens I'll
by Sidney
Mon May 28, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: CIT MM Now 1.85% [Money Market]
Replies: 27
Views: 2902

Re: CIT MM Now 1.85% [Money Market]

I tend to view liquidity in a pure sense of being able to convert the asset to cash quickly with minimal impact on the asset value as a result of the sale. I personally don't mess with individual assets (Treasuries) unless the amount is significant. A fund is perfectly fine for me up to 7 figures. A...
by Sidney
Mon May 28, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 1.6 M Portfolio
Replies: 23
Views: 4639

Re: 1.6 M Portfolio

If it were me, with the vast majority of funds in a tax-deferred account, I would be inclined to consolidate everything into some kind of target retirement fund with whatever my target allocation was.
by Sidney
Sun May 27, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: CIT MM Now 1.85% [Money Market]
Replies: 27
Views: 2902

Re: CIT MM Now 1.85%

Liquidity? You can sell a T-bill before its term too. When people talk about liquidity of an investment, they mean without the risk of taking a haircut or even losing accrued interest. (You probably knew that and were just being facetious though.) E.g. my house is not very liquid, but I could sell ...
by Sidney
Sun May 27, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your experience inheriting assets held at Vanguard?
Replies: 24
Views: 2418

Re: What was your experience inheriting assets held at Vanguard?

PoundCake wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 1:43 pm
. Perhaps the best thing you can do for your beneficiaries is leave them an accurate outline of your assets.
I send an updated list to my lawyer once a year (or sooner if something major changes).
by Sidney
Sat May 26, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alexa Echo sent family's audio file to a contact
Replies: 64
Views: 6277

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

I believe luddites destroyed machinery because they thought their jobs were at risk.
by Sidney
Fri May 25, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 6 month T-bill from Vanguard
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: 6 month T-bill from Vanguard

Not sure but I think the minimum quantity is in dollars; one T-Bill.
by Sidney
Fri May 18, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do you tip on wine at a restaurant
Replies: 209
Views: 14214

Re: how do you tip on wine at a restaurant

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:47 pm
One day I am going to wander into a tipping thread on the internet and see somebody change their mind and attitude.

One day ...
Perhaps tipping practices and dividend (or lack thereof) investing should be declared religions and be banned from the forum.
by Sidney
Fri May 18, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which AA do people draw from in retirement?
Replies: 17
Views: 1746

Re: Which AA do people draw from in retirement?

I withdraw monthly from my muni bond funds because that is when they pay dividends. I withdraw quarterly from my equity account because they pay dividends quarterly. If I need to sell something to supplement the dividends, I generally try to move my allocation closer to the desired equity/fixed targ...
by Sidney
Wed May 16, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Friend says "Stock market will crash, invest in silver" - thoughts?
Replies: 127
Views: 9886

Re: Friend says "Stock market will crash, invest in silver" - thoughts?

This theme ("stock market is about to crash, invest in silver") is a common one in television advertisements on one of the large cable news companies. These ads are no more credible than their news.
by Sidney
Fri May 11, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 80/10/10 Muni/Treasury/CD split for income. Should I change things?
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: 80/10/10 Muni/Treasury/CD split for income. Should I change things?

3% is probably the ceiling for that asset mix. 5% is not realistic. And those are nominal rates. Average real rate for that mix is probably close to zero.
by Sidney
Thu May 10, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Annoying IRA rollover problem
Replies: 6
Views: 725

Re: Annoying IRA rollover problem

Assuming you don't have other Traditional IRAs, can you max out the Rollover with new contributions then convert to a ROTH?
by Sidney
Wed May 02, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Highest muni mm rates
Replies: 10
Views: 1129

Re: Highest muni mm rates

txranger wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 3:28 pm
No Fido is a lot lower at 1.3, unless I m lookin at wrong one. 20 bp is not chump change in my book...
really depends how much you leave lying around idle, I guess.
by Sidney
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Treasury rates January 2008
Replies: 3
Views: 750

Re: Treasury rates January 2008

jalbert wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:11 am
Question: How long will it take the rate for the 5-year treasury note to reach the level at which it closed on 1/28/2008?

Answer: it already did. It closed at 2.8% on 1/28/2008 and 4/27/2018.
How about real rates?
by Sidney
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Making inheritance easier
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Making inheritance easier

I don't see how anyone can give you practical advice without knowing exactly what the inherited assets might be AND an overview of your complete holdings + any other retirement resources (like pensions, SS) that might be coming your way. What you are asking for is the equivalent of "is red a good co...
by Sidney
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Foreign rental income depreciation problem
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Foreign rental income depreciation problem

Without seeing the form it is hard to know what is going on. Could be that the software is defective. Wouldn't be the first time and probably not the last.

I infer from your second post that you are seeing this on some online screen. What really matters is what is on the forms.
by Sidney
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Foreign rental income depreciation problem
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Foreign rental income depreciation problem

When you look at Schedule E and Form 4562 are they both showing zero? Normally there is an individual asset schedule for each asset that summarizes to 4562 which summarizes to Schedule E. What shows up in your return?
by Sidney
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Estimated taxes for 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 2149

Re: Estimated taxes for 2018

For those of you who prefer to pay estimated taxes based on annualized income (rather than the "safe harbor" of 100%/110% of last year's tax), how are you planning to calculate your estimates this year? I'm guessing there's no tax software out there that is updated for all the 2018 changes yet. Any...
by Sidney
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Estate tax] on savings accounts?
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: [Estate tax] on savings accounts?

brandy wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:28 am
The beneficiary is in Indiana.
I'm not sure but I think the laws in your state prevail, not the state of the beneficiary.
by Sidney
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physical cash
Replies: 121
Views: 9389

Re: Physical cash

Those holding large amounts of physical cash and/or bullion or coins might wish to review their homeowners insurance policy. Mine has a fairly low limit ($250, I think) on what is covered in that category.
by Sidney
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does anyone realize how special last year was?!
Replies: 38
Views: 6394

Re: Does anyone realize how special last year was?!

Except for taxes there really isn't anything special about the calendar year vs. any other consecutive 12 month periods. So my question is, was this the first time there has been a consecutive 12-month increase?
by Sidney
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax return looks to be significantly less than what was filed
Replies: 4
Views: 943

Re: Tax return looks to be significantly less than what was filed

If you filed on the 3rd and are only now getting an ack I infer that you have refundable credits since they held those returns until mid-month I think. Could it be that a refundable credit was miscalculated? Another place to look is to see if you mis-entered withholding tax. This is something they c...
by Sidney
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: GNMA Fund - usually we see some folks in panic
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: GNMA Fund - usually we see some folks in panic

I don't own GNMA but it looks like it has moved like most moderate duration bond funds. There is the usual flurry of posts about when to move out of bonds funds but that hasn't been really loud yet. When real rates start getting up to ~2% where they should be we will probably hear a lot of hand wrin...
by Sidney
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refund? Not so fast! [Tax refund]
Replies: 30
Views: 3315

Re: Refund? Not so fast! [Tax refund]

know that many states have gone to scanning (including the use of 2-D barcodes) that do not require this kind of transcription, but as far I knew, the IRS has not moved to scanning. The fact that W-2s and 1099s showing withholding are supposed to be stapled to the front of a paper 1040 makes automa...
by Sidney
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: VG Mutual Fund Basis
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: VG Mutual Fund Basis

oneleaf wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:12 am
Covered and noncovered shares are treated as separate accounts, even if you use average cost. Yes, change to SpecID and you will be good to go to harvest losses on the covered shares.
Thanks