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by junior
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Considering Leaving Vanguard [due to incompatibility with Mint]
Replies: 8
Views: 978

Re: Considering Leaving Vanguard [due to incompatibility with Mint]

Recently Vanguard has made a security feature mandatory, requiring that users sign up to receive a notification every time their account is logged into from an unrecognized device. This is a great feature, except that Vanguard is no longer compatible with Mint.com when the feature is enabled. What ...
by junior
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV vs Roku
Replies: 14
Views: 1226

Re: Apple TV vs Roku

I prefer the Roku remotes. I believe Roku is also cheaper.
by junior
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?
Replies: 188
Views: 17089

Re: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?

Guy who runs the mega millions lottery says the first thing you should do if you win is to sign the ticket. It could be stolen and claimed by someone else. However, I wonder if you want to sign your own name to the ticket, or should you get an attorney to create a trust or LLC to claim the ticket t...
by junior
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why Jack Bogle Doesn't Own Non-U.S. Stocks"
Replies: 203
Views: 11430

Re: "Why Jack Bogle Doesn't Own Non-U.S. Stocks"

Vanguard’s yearly economic report says international is expected to outperform U.S. stock due to valuations. Just saying.
by junior
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Why Jack Bogle Doesn't Own Non-U.S. Stocks"
Replies: 203
Views: 11430

Re: "Why Jack Bogle Doesn't Own Non-U.S. Stocks"

+1 Exactly! Most posts like this just seem to seek validation and are not really actionable. I am guessing when International outperforms US we'll see more threads like" Why Int'l investing is so important" and "New recommendation to hold minimum 30% Int'l". Sadly by then you may have already misse...
by junior
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Banking 1% extra back up to $1,000 on new money deposited
Replies: 493
Views: 49582

Re: Ally Banking 1% extra back up to $1,000 on new money deposited

I have never chased rewards, so I have a logistical question. All of my money is in my local credit union. How do I get such a significant chunk moved externally? In order to put a down payment on my mortgage I had to do a wire transfer, at something like $50 cost. To get my money to and from Ally,...
by junior
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Student loan payoff help
Replies: 19
Views: 1955

Re: Student loan payoff help

You should check if you wife is eligible for loan forgiveness. The federal site says: If you want to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness now or in the future, complete and submit the Employment Certification form as soon as possible. Too many borrowers wait to submit this important form unti...
by junior
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [WSJ] The ‘Dumb’ Money Is Bailing on U.S. Stocks. That’s Smart.
Replies: 52
Views: 6755

Re: [WSJ] The ‘Dumb’ Money Is Bailing on U.S. Stocks. That’s Smart.

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:29 am
US companies have a lot of revenue form overseas. Apple, Amazon, Coke-Cola, MSFT, Google. I haven't seen their international competitors yet.
You've certainly seen Apple's competitor, not only do they compete with Apple but ironically they also help Apple make their phones!
by junior
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [WSJ] The ‘Dumb’ Money Is Bailing on U.S. Stocks. That’s Smart.
Replies: 52
Views: 6755

Re: [WSJ] The ‘Dumb’ Money Is Bailing on U.S. Stocks. That’s Smart.

Out of those 466 rolling 10-year periods, international stocks outperformed US stocks in 246 periods or roughly 53% of the time. If this is true it's pretty amazing. If you go by the typical discussion on this board you'd have a bias against international- with threads like "international stocks ar...
by junior
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation without saving adequately?
Replies: 70
Views: 5259

Re: Vacation without saving adequately?

We were approached by a couple who wants to go on a ski trip this winter. We will likely not be able to save up enough to cover the costs without dipping into savings. We are in a comfortable position, fully contributing to our 401k and Roths and have 6 months of expenses tucked away. I am feeling ...
by junior
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA Donation in Remembrance of Deceased Owner
Replies: 40
Views: 3184

Re: HOA Donation in Remembrance of Deceased Owner

If you sued then the HOA money would be used to defend the lawsuit, so you are not going to benefit. Seems you should let it go.
by junior
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Former Kaspersky user, PCMATIC?? or what as a replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 1491

Re: Former Kaspersky user, PCMATIC?? or what as a replacement?

Norton is decent and free if you have Comcast for internet.
by junior
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turned down for credit card
Replies: 35
Views: 2972

Re: Turned down for credit card

Does he know what his credit score is? Maybe someone else is spoofing his name/credit. I also agree with the “go talk to the bank branch manager” where he has his money parked. That should be a quick and easy fix if there’s nothing suspicious going on with his credit score. He’s checked his credit ...
by junior
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sister-in-Law - trouble adulting - Pay medical bill?
Replies: 41
Views: 3826

Re: Sister-in-Law - trouble adulting - Pay medical bill?

This isn't a relationship site, you're really asking a relationship question, and I don't know why you think the advice here is going to be any good? Good luck!
by junior
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sibling wants to share house sale proceeds - best way to avoid gift taxes?
Replies: 22
Views: 2883

Re: Sibling wants to share house sale proceeds - best way to avoid gift taxes?

If you aren't expected to be gifted 11.2 mill, you will owe no federal gift tax at all and the giver won't either so it isn't an issue. As you said it just needs to be disclosed. For example, if you give your brother $50,000 this year, you’ll use up your $15,000 annual exclusion. The bad news is tha...
by junior
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?
Replies: 53
Views: 5453

Re: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?

You can sleep on the floor downstairs on a small mattress that you otherwise keep in storage. No boxspring/ frame needed if you prop it up during the day to air it out.
by junior
Fri May 25, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: work one more year or attend law school
Replies: 67
Views: 5678

Re: work one more year or attend law school

Hi, I need some advice. I have been asked to stay on at my current job if I do so I will make about 155 maybe more with OT. I will have to delay attending law school for a year but hopefully will have enough saved to pay for one of the 3 years. I plan to attend a top 5 law school. And should start ...
by junior
Tue May 22, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: General question for someone with knowledge of real estate law
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: General question for someone with knowledge of real estate law

I would think the separate checks legal language would be added at the sales contract stage when the buyer and seller agree on the sales contract. I dont know that it matters if it's in the realtor agreement since that doesnt control the actual sale of the house.
by junior
Fri May 18, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Qualify for Obama care for a part of the year.
Replies: 24
Views: 972

Re: Qualify for Obama care for a part of the year.

What if he also quit his self employed job and worked in retail or something else that paid less, is that a qualifying event? I'd think he could call and ask if he drops his current job and took a lower paying one would he be eligible?
by junior
Tue May 15, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling condo and HOA is being sued
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

Re: Selling condo and HOA is being sued

Inspection to determine if a unit is connected to another unit??? That makes no sense. It should be something you can document without an inspection. For evidence you aren't physically connected to the unit, there will be a condominium plan by the original architect that shows which unit is next to ...
by junior
Tue May 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Car accident claim exceeds coverage, send to collection agency?]
Replies: 67
Views: 5705

Re: [Car accident claim exceeds coverage, send to collection agency?]

No job, $100 in the bank? I'd simply tell them the situation, you can't pay, you have no ability to pay, and they can send it to collections. I would even tell them if you get the ability to pay you'll reach back out to them but for now there is no money to give them. I think this is the most logic...
by junior
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $15,000 for 35 years
Replies: 7
Views: 1546

Re: $15,000 for 35 years

grajamani wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:39 pm
I have $15,000 in my 401K. I have another 35 years before I can retire.

Please recommend where I can invest this money.

Thanks!
You need to tell us what options your 401k has.
by junior
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 12540

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

I only spend about a thousand dollars a year on Amazon.com and probably 15% or more is digital content where "free shipping" wouldn't matter. The only Prime exclusive show I watch is The Tick. I'm thinking the price increase isn't worth it. I do have an Amazon.com card but I don't think the 5% back ...
by junior
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Allocation at 35
Replies: 20
Views: 2434

Re: TSP Allocation at 35

I’m 39 and I’m at 50% C and 50% S. I think your allocation is good because of your age. You can also check these websites. tspallocation.com thefedtrader.com You've recommended active management sites that go against the buy and hold philosophy of bogleheads. To put it another way, people who follo...
by junior
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 114475

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I wouldn't buy a Tesla expecting the self driving to ever work on hardware they are selling today. The industry consensus seems to be that Waymo (google) and GM are ahead of Tesla in developing self driving, and they are likely to go through multiple iterations of hardware as their software gets mor...
by junior
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash flow problems - best way to handle?
Replies: 151
Views: 12181

Re: Cash flow problems - best way to handle?

You could get the 401 (k) loan... but would you be able to pay it back?

You need to start figuring out how you are going to rebuilt an emergency fund.
by junior
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents have zero savings. What can I do?
Replies: 168
Views: 17508

Re: Parents have zero savings. What can I do?

Think of it this way - if you were stranded in a lifeboat with your wife and your mother, which one would you toss overboard when you start to run out of food and water? Your wife, of course. You can always get another wife, but you can't get another mother. This is a very old analogy, but, if you ...
by junior
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: !Please Advise on sensible housing for guy going through divorce!
Replies: 32
Views: 3076

Re: !Please Advise on sensible housing for guy going through divorce!

Op here. I appreciate the responses. I want to challenge the idea of getting the traditional one year lease and see what you think. What if my wife decides to move in just 6 months? Then, I would be paying for the home mortgage and stuck with renting as well. An extended stay hotel would give me th...
by junior
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Monthly Cost of Living
Replies: 66
Views: 8098

Re: Your Monthly Cost of Living

What is your total monthly cost of basic living? 1. Housing: rent/mortgage/utilities 2. Transportation: car, insurance, license, registration, gas, maintenance 3. Food: groceries, restaurants 4. Other Not including fun stuff, entertainment, hobbies, or travel 1. Housing: 1900 (rent, electricity, wa...
by junior
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car was totaled, next steps?
Replies: 18
Views: 1152

Re: Car was totaled, next steps?

The insurance company has to replace what you have, not upgrade you. Well, yes, but.....what the OP has, or had, was a known entity. Getting another 2012 Ford Edge with 232,000 miles is not a known entity and fairly entails some risk in regards to how the car has been maintained and driven over the...
by junior
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability for 32 year old step son living home
Replies: 79
Views: 10378

Re: Liability for 32 year old step son living home

What you are saying is a true statement but you are also implying that it is a small number in this instance, and that is not true. https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2016/04/26/convenience-store-violence/ Sitting at home playing video games is a guarantee of poor mental and physical health. ...
by junior
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 Camry. What's wrong with me?
Replies: 99
Views: 7077

Re: 2018 Camry. What's wrong with me?

Last weekend I test drove a 2018 Camry. After the drive I walked away feeling numbed. It seemed the new Camry didn't instill any sense of emotions into me. No wows. No oohs. Nothing. It was a nice compliant drive but lacking any connections and excitement. Could it be that I already set up myself f...
by junior
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability for 32 year old step son living home
Replies: 79
Views: 10378

Re: Liability for 32 year old step son living home

TxAg wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:37 pm

Did we have these kinds of issues 40+ years ago?
The play The Glass Menagerie was written in 1944 and features a female character unable to get over her physical and mental issues and join the adult world.
by junior
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein: Retirement Investing and Spending in two easy steps
Replies: 77
Views: 11051

Re: William Bernstein: Retirement Investing and Spending in two easy steps

Bill Bernstein wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:50 pm
or with a very low burn rate (say less than 2% pa.).
What does "pa." stand for?
by junior
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CLOUD Act and the use of Mint/Personal Capital
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: CLOUD Act and the use of Mint/Personal Capital

The passage of the CLOUD Act enables governments to access your industry-held cloud-based data, which includes personal finance sites like Mint and Personal Capital. I am an avid user of both, but I'm starting to think twice about it, especially given this legislation. Is this tinfoil hat thinking?...
by junior
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do people budget for annual car maintenance?
Replies: 39
Views: 2770

Re: How much do people budget for annual car maintenance?

We have two pretty old cars (19 years and 13 years). We budget $1,200 per month for maintenance/repairs. Looking back: 2014-2015 - $300 spent 2015-2016 - $1,026 Spent 2016-2017 - $2,380 Spend 2017-2018 - On pace for $900 spent Out of the $4.6K spend, actual maintenance (tires, brakes, oil changes, ...
by junior
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: traveling to mexico, should I be concerned?
Replies: 107
Views: 10348

Re: traveling to mexico, should I be concerned?

The warning site on the state dept page lists several level 4 states and says do not travel there because of the crime. But Quintana Roo is at level 2, as is Mexico in general, and by the way, most of the major tourist areas of Europe. +1. Thanks for pointing that out. The travel advisory just asks...
by junior
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is anyone using a bill paying service?
Replies: 38
Views: 4054

Re: Is anyone using a bill paying service?

An elderly relative in California would benefit greatly from someone taking their bills, sending out checks, and debit a bank account. Is anyone use one of those bill paying service is? I found an article about one called Silver Bills - it’s about 100 bucks a month and sounds like the right thing, ...
by junior
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One is replacing bank branches with coffee shops & ATMs. Wave of the future?
Replies: 39
Views: 2848

Re: Capital One is replacing bank branches with coffee shops & ATMs. Wave of the future?

I need a brick and mortar bank to get quarters for parking. Otherwise I mostly use online banks.
by junior
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any good deals on Samsung Note 8?
Replies: 14
Views: 1367

Re: Any good deals on Samsung Note 8?

Never mind, I confused the Note 8 for S8.
by junior
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Three Fund Portfolio Excluding TSP?
Replies: 28
Views: 3362

Re: Three Fund Portfolio Excluding TSP?

If you don't mind some extra complexity, it may be worthwhile to keep most of your bonds in the TSP and mostly stocks in Roth, because you will eventually have to pay taxes on the Traditional TSP, while you won't for the Roth. Therefore, having investments with the best chance for growth in Roth an...
by junior
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone subscribe to Socrates ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2981

Re: Anyone subscribe to Socrates ?

nisiprius wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:51 pm
π? Ratio of circumference to diameter? 3.1415926535? That's not a joke?
Reminds me of the 1998 movie Pi.

Edited to add: Hmmm... IMDB says: "It is rumored that the main character, Maximillian, in Darren Aronofsky's first film Pi was based on Martin Armstrong."
by junior
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net worth progression: what am i doing wrong?
Replies: 32
Views: 7500

Re: Net worth progression: what am i doing wrong?

Really not clear where you got the idea you'd be rich quick. Here's an investment return calculator: https://www.bankrate.com/calculators/retirement/roi-calculator.aspx Here's the boglehead Wiki on investment returns: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Historical_and_expected_returns#Expected_future_re...
by junior
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: moving my mother's "escape" fund to me
Replies: 28
Views: 4095

Re: moving my mother's "escape" fund to me

Why doesn't she simply use your address as the mailing address on the bank account but keep it in her name?
by junior
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass vs Dashlane
Replies: 8
Views: 2748

Re: LastPass vs Dashlane

Been using LastPass (free version) for sometime - recall can't remember when LastPass had some security issue/compromise. Seems like there wasn't any damage done to user accounts. However, pops back in my mind now and then perhaps I should change password managers. Reading up on them Dashlane, the ...
by junior
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard CEO - "4-4.5% Market Returns Over The Next Decade"
Replies: 35
Views: 6198

Re: Vanguard CEO - "4-4.5% Market Returns Over The Next Decade"

Are these real returns? Nominal? What inflation number is used ? If you look at the report for 2018 linked to upthread, it seems to be nominal returns, not inflation adjusted. I.e. the report says the U.S. stock market has historically had 10% returns on page 24 of the report but will only have 3-5...
by junior
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying a home - Financial Benefits? HCOL
Replies: 75
Views: 5145

Re: Buying a home - Financial Benefits? HCOL

William Bernstein says in The Investor's Manifesto that the fair price of a home is 12.5 years of rent, and to never pay more than 15 years of rent on a home. Where I live, I can buy a home for about 12.5 years of renting the same sort of home so buying a home isn't a bad deal per this metric. In y...
by junior
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying a home - Financial Benefits? HCOL
Replies: 75
Views: 5145

Re: Buying a home - Financial Benefits? HCOL

William Bernstein says in The Investor's Manifesto that the fair price of a home is 12.5 years of rent, and to never pay more than 15 years of rent on a home. Where I live, I can buy a home for about 12.5 years of renting the same sort of home so buying a home isn't a bad deal per this metric. In yo...
by junior
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are ETFs Really That Safe?
Replies: 29
Views: 3915

Re: Are ETFs Really That Safe?

Mr Bogle has no objection to buying and holding something like VTI. His criticisms are primarily 1) that they can be traded frequently, 2) the explosion of a lot of very narrow ETFs. He thinks those are marketing hype and won’t be around long. A robotics ETF is exactly the kind of thing he would di...
by junior
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Friend Got Laid Off - Advice Needed
Replies: 46
Views: 6075

Re: Friend Got Laid Off - Advice Needed

Your friend is wealthier than most Americans and almost certainly smarter than most Americans. With some grit, as others have said, he'll land on his feet.