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by 2pedals
Sun May 20, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has Firecalc or I-ORP altered your retirement plans?
Replies: 35
Views: 4172

Re: Has Firecalc or I-ORP altered your retirement plans?

We have used variable amounts of fixed estate funds to simulate caps on spending with good results. I see little or no difference from the older version in that respect. I want to know what the estate result "could be" using the optimizer (how to maximize Roth conversions and SS strategies) if I li...
by 2pedals
Sun May 20, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has Firecalc or I-ORP altered your retirement plans?
Replies: 35
Views: 4172

Re: Has Firecalc or I-ORP altered your retirement plans?

Bumping this thread with another question about IORP. I tried running it today and it simply returned an error. As you can see above, in the past I found it was not designed to address my situation and I was concerned that it would give a result that was wrong, but with no warning. So it is possibl...
by 2pedals
Thu May 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]
Replies: 126
Views: 11248

Re: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]

Thank you so much Jack. You are a wonderful person and I respect you immensely.
by 2pedals
Fri May 04, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wanting to leave Fidelity
Replies: 97
Views: 11681

Re: Wanting to leave Fidelity

I am finishing my transfer. Fidelity said I could have a zero balance in my brokerage account, using it for Fidelity Credit Card deposits. Then they refused the partial transfer of the stock holdings, said I had to have money in the account. Coincidentally, credit card deposit then hit, $54 and cha...
by 2pedals
Fri May 04, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: Factors In Fixed Income
Replies: 30
Views: 2965

Re: Larry Swedroe: Factors In Fixed Income

Really? I am not even convinced to use AQR for factors with equities at this point in my life. In my opinion once the "jeannie is out of the bottle" returns are not worth the extra costs going forward.
by 2pedals
Fri May 04, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ed. Jones rep didn't like our plan, now we're locked out
Replies: 152
Views: 19181

Re: Ed. Jones rep didn't like our plan, now we're locked out

I hope other EJ potential customers and current customers take heed. I have read many problems on this forum with EJ customer wishing to terminate their relationship.
by 2pedals
Wed May 02, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I’m still not a fan of international bond funds
Replies: 213
Views: 20922

Re: I’m still not a fan of international bond funds

h It seems to me that the pinnacle of the Boglehead philosophy would be a two-fund portfolio consisting of Total World Stock and Total World Bond, both market capped. It's the ultimate solution to 'nobody knows nuthin'' and I don't really see a rational alternative. How wrong am I? Vanguard LifeStra...
by 2pedals
Tue May 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 401k Stable Value Fund Rates?
Replies: 35
Views: 2839

Re: 401k Stable Value Fund Rates?

2.8% based on April
by 2pedals
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 306
Views: 43072

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Spoiler alert - don't read this post if you want to fully enjoy the "Three-body Problem" trilogy. I praised this trilogy earlier in this thread. I think I understand why some people don't like the first half of the second book "Dark Forest". It is mostly about an antihero, his seemingly mindless ac...
by 2pedals
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]
Replies: 451
Views: 34678

Re: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]

It's foolish (not Klangfoolish) to not have a plan for someone that is past prime and/or in a field and/or industry that does not have good job stability. I have known waaaayy too many engineering close family members, friends, colleagues and engineering management folks that have lost their jobs in...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2019!
Replies: 91
Views: 10895

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2019!

Thank you Miriam2 Reaching retirement is an big deal to me, in 2019 I am planing to move from anxiety to zen. Thank you for the link. Raybo is a very interesting character. I do commute to work several days on my bike. I plan on spending lots of time using my bike, walking, hiking and exercising in ...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is McClung "slice and dice" worth the complication?
Replies: 42
Views: 3551

Re: Is McClung "slice and dice" worth the complication?

I found McClung's book very interesting relating to the income harvesting and variable withdrawal strategies. I may even include the prime harvesting and EM withdrawal strategy in my retirement investment policy statement. Although I find McClung's methods interesting for portfolio selection, I am n...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2019!
Replies: 91
Views: 10895

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2019!

Estimated Jan 2019. It's hard to believe that the roll call class of 2019 is now active and I am even posting here. I am a bit anxious.
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]
Replies: 451
Views: 34678

Re: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]

KlangFool, I like your simple rules. Many folks are moving along in life and things are working out quite nicely but things can change. This post makes me think about some uncomfortable things in life such as: 1) How will I achieve FI if I and/or DW does not have a stable job? 2) How will I achieve...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]
Replies: 451
Views: 34678

Re: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]

KlangFool, I like your simple rules. Many folks are moving along in life and things are working out quite nicely but things can change. This post makes me think about some uncomfortable things in life such as: 1) How will I achieve FI if I and/or DW does not have a stable job? 2) How will I achieve ...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are the questions you would ask a Financial Advisor ?
Replies: 59
Views: 4396

Re: What are the questions you would ask a Financial Advisor ?

Do you believe in market timing?
How often should an asset allocation be balanced and when should it?
Do you recommend factor investing? Why?
Financial advisor fees vary and Robo-advisors cost less, why shouldn't I use a Robo-advisor instead? How are your fees structured?
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are the questions you would ask a Financial Advisor ?
Replies: 59
Views: 4396

Re: What are the questions you would ask a Financial Advisor ?

Your client is retired with significant assets that can be used in retirement. What are the key components of the Investment policy statement that you will incorporate? What withdrawal strategies will you recommend?
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k bond choices
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: 401k bond choices

I think the US Bond Enhanced index is fine to use as the majority of your bonds in this fund, that fund is similar to the Vanguard total bond market index fund (but higher ER). The only other bond fund that would interest me in the short term bond fund to lower the average bond maturities in your po...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Washington GET 529 Reopened: Good deal?
Replies: 50
Views: 7280

Re: Washington GET 529 Reopened: Good deal?

Lower returns are possible with WA GET 529 program over the 529 investment plan such as the Vanguard NV plan. 1) GET 529 is linked to lower than normal college tuition growth in tuition rates. (no more than the average annual growth in median hourly wages in Washington State) 2) Student may go to a ...
by 2pedals
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: White Coat Investor Interviews Paul Merriman
Replies: 37
Views: 6942

Re: White Coat Investor Interviews Paul Merriman

It was interesting to listen to the podcast, thanks to White Coat Investor. Paul I know you have a passion in helping out others with their financial dreams. I am glad that you are enjoying your family and your retirement.
by 2pedals
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Analysis needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

Re: Portfolio Analysis needed!

Starchild wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:33 am
..... Unfortunately, Cap One charges $20 per mutual fund trade compared to $5 for ETF/Stock. Not the end of the world because I don't trade that much, but still.
This is why I believe in filling a portfolio of mutual funds transaction free through my brokerage account.
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Analysis needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

Re: Portfolio Analysis needed!

It's kind of difficult to do a "portfolio analysis" without knowing what is in the portfolio, or what is available for the 401k plans, or how much money you add to your accounts....and so on. :D I know the "asking portfolio questions" format can be a lot of work, but all the information asked for i...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Too much Bogleheads.org?
Replies: 90
Views: 14435

Re: Too much Bogleheads.org?

Set your limits and keep track of them with something like this

Mind the time add-on
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My taxable account is banged up. Need some help!
Replies: 20
Views: 2560

Re: My taxable account is banged up. Need some help!

Please review the following wiki Wiki Tax efficient fund placement I would not worry too much about the bond principal loss, it is what it is, lower bond principal implies higher current yield. You need to fix what you think is stupid first. Taxable bonds are moderately inefficient, I don't think wh...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio allocation and rebalancing
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Portfolio allocation and rebalancing

Hi BHs, I am a new member in this forum but have found many of the threads very useful in the past. My first (and only) investment book was "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing" and I try to follow JB's investment strategies as many of you. I am 32 years old and here's my portfolio (started a...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I’m still not a fan of international bond funds
Replies: 213
Views: 20922

Re: I’m still not a fan of international bond funds

I agree, neither am I Seems to me stocks are for risk and bonds are for stability. Adding bond funds are used to decrease to volatility in your portfolio. Adding international stocks add diversity and might improve returns. I am not sold on adding international bonds funds. What is the point, if US ...
by 2pedals
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]
Replies: 437
Views: 88869

Re: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]

siamond, dbr and AtlasShrugged thanks for the posts I am retiring next year. I have read Wade Pfau's book, "How Much Can I Spend in Retirement?". Pfau and McClung both have given me plenty of help. I like McClung's method and presentation, I just don't know how practical it is to my situation. My fe...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]
Replies: 437
Views: 88869

Re: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]

I have bought this book and am currently reading it. I am curious if anyone has had the time to review and think about the the subject book. Have you adjusted your retirement planning based on the information provided in this book. After quickly skimming through the book, the prime harvesting approa...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Warren Buffett gave me a surprise shoutout at Berkshire meeting
Replies: 10
Views: 2110

Re: Bogle: Warren Buffett gave me a surprise shoutout at Berkshire meeting

Thank you for sharing. Jack Bogle is a very special person he and deserves the accolades and friendships.
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Single Vanguard LifeStrategy fund for retirement vs 2- or 3-fund approach
Replies: 18
Views: 1771

Re: Single Vanguard LifeStrategy fund for retirement vs 2- or 3-fund approach

About to rollover a profit sharing plan from microcorp to Vanguard. I was thinking of the LifeStrategy Conservative Growth Fund (VSCGX). But I happened to mention that to our TIAA advisor (we have TIAA from previous job); he said well, a single fund wouldn't be good because if the market is down yo...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok's LMP-4: The 3-legged stool approach to retirement planning
Replies: 114
Views: 11123

Re: Grok's LMP-4: The 3-legged stool approach to retirement planning

3) So let's say one retired in late 2017 with a $1,000k portfolio and planned to use a SWR of 4%. One withdrew $40,000 on Jan 1st 2008 leaving $960k. Then the portfolio lost 16% during 2008 ending the year at $806 k. And now your safe withdrawal rate is telling you to take out another $40 K which w...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Swedroe: Look Beyond 60/40 Portfolio
Replies: 237
Views: 17619

Re: Swedroe: Look Beyond 60/40 Portfolio

Larry Swedroe makes the statement that: The bottom line is that investors should be aware that traditional 60/40 portfolios cannot be expected to provide anywhere near the level of returns experienced over the last 36 years. That likely requires action, or retirement plans will not be achieved. On ...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2756
Views: 554516

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I have not played with credit card churning, maybe I should. I stay away from annual fee cards. I look for cards rewards that I can use that don't cost me anything to hold. I use: Fidelity (2% rewards) Amex blue cash (3% grocery shopping) Marvel Synchrony Bank (3% on Dining, Select Entertainment) Tr...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Swedroe: Look Beyond 60/40 Portfolio
Replies: 237
Views: 17619

Re: Swedroe: Look Beyond 60/40 Portfolio

Larry Swedroe makes the statement that: The bottom line is that investors should be aware that traditional 60/40 portfolios cannot be expected to provide anywhere near the level of returns experienced over the last 36 years. That likely requires action, or retirement plans will not be achieved. On o...
by 2pedals
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your AA, given your age? and, Why?
Replies: 163
Views: 14267

Re: What is your AA, given your age? and, Why?

I am 45/55 stocks/bonds at age 58 and will retire at 59. Stocks are mostly total US stock market and total intentional stock market (70/30 of equity). Bonds are mostly stable value with some CDs, I-bonds, EE-bonds and high yield money market (very low interest rate sensitivity). I am concerned about...
by 2pedals
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 4% SWR - planning for worst, hoping for better
Replies: 37
Views: 2542

Re: 4% SWR - planning for worst, hoping for better

This is a planning problem for me as well. Not retired yet, but very soon. I don't want to leave too much money on the table because of a conservative rule. I wish to enjoy my retirement especially in my earlier years of retirement. Not sure who strictly follows the 4% rule. It can used to help some...
by 2pedals
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which bond index funds to use
Replies: 5
Views: 1229

Re: Which bond index funds to use

Have you considered Dodge & Cox Income (DODIX)? Dodge & Cox Income is a dependable and reasonably low fee managed bond fund.
by 2pedals
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Freshly Minted Boglehead
Replies: 17
Views: 1581

Re: Freshly Minted Boglehead

Arinbjorn Thank you for your service. I am impressed with your resume and life experiences. At 30 yo, with planning, some hard work, team work with DW I am certain you will achieve things you had never believed possible. I am 58 and nothing beats hard work, a good education and working with my DW to...
by 2pedals
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok's LMP-4: The 3-legged stool approach to retirement planning
Replies: 114
Views: 11123

Re: Grok's LMP-4: The 3-legged stool approach to retirement planning

What if someone is planning for early retirement at say 60? He has 401K and taxable assets. He has been working for years but now has a bar stool with 2 legs. Before SS at 70 he wants a sturdy leg to finish that bar stool. How would he temporary fix that bar stool before the Uncle Sam sends the SS l...
by 2pedals
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Grok's LMP-4: The 3-legged stool approach to retirement planning
Replies: 114
Views: 11123

Re: Grok's LMP-4: The 3-legged stool approach to retirement planning

Grok What is wrong with the hybrid endowment approach with 2% fixed withdrawal and 2% variable withdrawal, using 50% stocks and 50% bonds? The 50% of bonds can be TIPS, CDs, bond funds, Ibonds, etc for diversity. The withdrawal method should account for a rising or falling market with a portion of t...
by 2pedals
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: Why Financial Trends Persist
Replies: 51
Views: 4815

Re: Larry Swedroe: Why Financial Trends Persist

:shock: All I was ever able to conclude from my informal studies was that chart reading is a complex way of arriving at a simple theorem, to wit: when [stocks] have gone up for a considerable time, they will continue to go up for a considerable time; and the same holds true for going down. This is s...
by 2pedals
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block vs TurboTax (spoiler: HRB is awful)
Replies: 70
Views: 7405

Re: H&R Block vs TurboTax (spoiler: HRB is awful)

I am happy with H&R Block. I used TaxCut (now H&R Block) from 1996 to 2005 switched to TurboTax in 2006 to 2013 switched back to H&R block 2014 to 2017. I switched to TurboTax in 2006 to take advantage of the Fidelity import feature. Switched back to H&R block in 2014 after TurboTax limited the usef...
by 2pedals
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I handling this windfall correctly?
Replies: 39
Views: 4943

Re: Am I handling this windfall correctly?

You could use Shares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) and iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS), rather than the Fidelity mutual funds. Keep the bonds in tax advantaged accounts. Also, any particular reason you recommended these over VTI, etc.? Now I'm down the rabbit ho...
by 2pedals
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I handling this windfall correctly?
Replies: 39
Views: 4943

Re: Am I handling this windfall correctly?

Overall looks great, One thing to look into is tax efficient fund placement . Fidelity mutual funds are not the best for a taxable account. You could use Shares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) and iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS), rather than the Fidelity mutual fun...
by 2pedals
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5886

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

To get a good understanding where the cyclists ride the most, check out the Strava Heatmap.
by 2pedals
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5886

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

I commute to work about 20 miles one way. Great for your health and stress relief. Since I have a desk job it is a good way to get some exercise instead of waiting in traffic with road rage, there seems to be plenty of that going around. I would look of the "safest" route to work. Sometimes this req...
by 2pedals
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Torn between Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab
Replies: 182
Views: 26933

Re: Torn between Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab

Honestly, although I love Vanguard's philosophy, I would strongly consider Fidelity ( as long as you are able to recognize and ignore their sales-pitches) . They have enough very-low cost vehicles, but the tipping factors are their excellent 24/7 customer service as well as their easy-to-navigate w...
by 2pedals
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Picking College and College Scholarships
Replies: 630
Views: 72987

Re: Picking College and College Scholarships

Don't take this too personally, but I think this is much ado about nothing. Just send your son to any good engineering school, statics is statics and thermodynamics is thermodynamics. Engineering schools teach the same material but at different prices. The difference is in graduate school when you ...