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by bawr
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mathematicians or statisticians here? Seeking your advice
Replies: 70
Views: 8720

Re: Mathematicians or statisticians here? Seeking your advic

I was a math major at UC Berkeley, which at the time was considered to have the best or second best (possibly after Princeton) math department in the country. I believe there is a huge difference between being able to successfully obtain a BA or PhD in mathematics and actually becoming a productive,...
by bawr
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Luck, skill, or Beardstown Lady?
Replies: 64
Views: 6172

Re: Luck, skill, or Beardstown Lady?

Momentum and reversion to the mean are only visible in your rear view mirror. Apparently not: "Since the 1980s academic studies have repeatedly shown that, on average, shares that have performed well in the recent past continue to do so for some time. Longer-term studies have confirmed that this “m...
by bawr
Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which stock broker are you using and why?
Replies: 43
Views: 6261

Re: Which stock broker are you using and why?

Interactive Brokers.

They are in a class by themselves in terms of breadth of investment products, platform features, international investing, cost, and risk management tools.
by bawr
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AAPL
Replies: 232
Views: 63839

Re: AAPL

I can't help but wonder, what do the AAPL buyers think they know that the AAPL sellers do not ? There is a floor of $40 billion in cash on the balance sheet. The only problem is much like a free spending person - always taking out one soon comes to the bottom of the pot. Cash and other investments ...
by bawr
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Finance Software for Mac?
Replies: 11
Views: 1970

Re: Personal Finance Software for Mac?

GnuCash runs on Mac OS X and is free.
by bawr
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?
Replies: 83
Views: 6346

Re: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?

Ubuntu since last 3-4 yrs on personal computer. No issues. Except for some company VPN software (eg. Cisco) does not have compatible Linux version & no netflix. My work laptop needs Windows The old IPSec-only Cisco VPN Client, which has now been discontinued for all platforms, is still available fo...
by bawr
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?
Replies: 83
Views: 6346

Re: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?

I went all-Unix for personal computing in the very early '90s. This was before Linux, when the state of WYSIWYG word processing (for example) on Unix was really dismal. There were some very nice WYSIWYG word processors for NEXTSTEP (the precursor to Mac OS X) in those days, which were arguably supe...
by bawr
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: *Sorry for asking* Is this forum biased?
Replies: 100
Views: 10243

Re: *Sorry for asking* Is this forum biased?

I find most members of this forum to be quite dogmatic and ignorant when it comes to investing. It is a great site for consumer advice though. Yes we are biased. We think you should invest based on the only system based on science. Dave How do you propose to do this, given that there exists no valid...
by bawr
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Apple Stock
Replies: 54
Views: 5508

Re: Apple Stock

Since I bought Apple at $6.75 (split adjusted), it is up 87-fold and is now 83% of my portfolio. This doesn't worry me much.
by bawr
Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where do you buy your stocks?
Replies: 25
Views: 1618

Re: Where do you buy your stocks?

Fidelity is somewhat better than Vanguard for stocks. For international and more sophisticated trading, Interactive Brokers is by far the best.
by bawr
Thu May 19, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: is there a legal way for US citizen to open foreign account?
Replies: 59
Views: 12759

I had a small Swiss franc savings account at UBS, which I reported to the IRS. UBS unilaterally closed it a couple of years ago saying that they didn't do business with Americans any more. I had a similar experience. I opened a US dollar current account with UBS's main Zürich branch in the early '9...