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by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should my spouse sell her long term-held company stock to pay mortgage down so we can refinance at a lower rate?
Replies: 20
Views: 2011

Re: Should my spouse sell her long term-held company stock to pay mortgage down so we can refinance at a lower rate?

Normally I would say absolutely, that's too much concentrated risk. Sell, pay down the debt, backdoor Roth IRAs, taxable account per AA. However, she is an officer in a publicly traded company. Typically, she will have to report her transactions to the SEC and they will be publicly disclosed. There ...
by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Life Strategy 80%
Replies: 16
Views: 2998

Re: Vanguard Life Strategy 80%

I think for that particular fund, 5% real over the next 3 decades is a reasonable estimate.
by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellesley and Wellington long term details Vs Indexes
Replies: 13
Views: 2071

Re: Wellesley and Wellington long term details Vs Indexes

I posted earlier about the Fed raising the fed rate to 3% over the next year or two. I get it that that may or may not have much effect on longer term bond prices and lots of other things. But I also think old retired investors like me are going to get hammered if we do not handle our bond allocati...
by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: what to do if you don't want bonds
Replies: 23
Views: 2435

Re: what to do if you don't want bonds

If I were in your position I would just buy bonds :D . Keep it simple and consistent.

If we throw out typical bond funds and ETFs then you still have I Bonds, EE Bonds, CDs, stable value funds and savings accounts.
by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cashing out for 2017 expenses while market is high?
Replies: 33
Views: 3303

Re: Cashing out for 2017 expenses while market is high?

What % is 1 year of expenses to your portfolio? This is the question. If it's around 4% or something similar than cashing out early and missing a run up/decline of 10% is only going to affect your portfolio by 40 basis points. Nothing earth shattering. If it makes you feel good to convert your plan...
by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BRK - thoughts on interesting stock
Replies: 66
Views: 6398

Re: BRK - thoughts on interesting stock

Because BRK is still a single company. Granted, it's a conglomerate that is exposed across many different industries but it's still a single company at the end of the day. Why is that important? Because I'm not diversified. I'm taking on non-systemic risk in which I do not expect to be compensated f...
by bigred77
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is it to time to switch from Target Date fund to 3 fund portfolio?
Replies: 13
Views: 1504

Re: Is it to time to switch from Target Date fund to 3 fund portfolio?

The target date funds are perfectly fine. They are appropriate even if your portfolio is multiple millions. There is no reason to change just for the sake of change. It would make sense to change if one of the following applied to you: - You are maxing out all of your tax deffered space and are now ...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Deferred or After Tax Retirement Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1520

Re: Tax Deferred or After Tax Retirement Question

- I would change your Roth 401k to a traditional 401k. - I would set my deferral election to to 20% into my traditional 401k (plus the additional 5% match means you're saving a quarter of your income). - I would sell the individual stocks in your taxable account. If you are putting 20% into a tradit...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rebalancing AA in Retirement
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: Rebalancing AA in Retirement

Do most bogleheads rebalance more often in retirement? I realize that bond funds are not risk free but "no one ever went broke taking a profit" comes to mind, especially when one has saved enough to retire. Have you thought about what happens when you want/need to rebalance the other way....
by bigred77
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Harvard Endowment laying off half its staff
Replies: 8
Views: 1832

Re: Harvard Endowment laying off half its staff

This is a great in vitro study on a few things: 1. Incredibly smart folks can do some incredibly dumb things. Not learning it is active management that is the problem and NOT who is running the active management. 2. Wall street has A LOT of influence on everything. Point being convincing folks at H...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Risk tolerance when you meet your number
Replies: 106
Views: 10264

Re: Risk tolerance when you meet your number

I would dial back my allocation to equities in both situations. Right now I am 75% equities and 25% fixed income. Should I inherit some large amount of money, land a windfall bonus, or otherwise hit my "number", then i would alter my portfolio to be 60% equities and 40% fixed income. That'...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most creative and/or high value change
Replies: 31
Views: 2456

Re: Most creative and/or high value change

I am not frugal by any means but my total expenses are an acceptable percentage of my gross income where I haven't really felt compelled to buckle down (I know there's fat I could cut, but I think I spend "efficiently" enough where I derive enough satisfaction from my spending to just leav...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Completely new/oblivious to most of this... need advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1188

Re: Completely new/oblivious to most of this... need advice

All of the suggested readings you have been given are great and I suggest you read through them at your own pace. You can come and post and questions you have on bogleheads and receive clarification on just about any topic. That being said, step 1 is to figure out what the heck is going on with your...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the best current mortage interest rate
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Getting the best current mortage interest rate

I have found the discount online mortgage brokers to have the best terms and rates (aimloans, guaranteed rate) but their service might not be the best (there are natural challenges when everything is done via fax/email). If you have absolutely 0 issues with qualifying (20% down, great credit score, ...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Vanguard Do This?
Replies: 9
Views: 1386

Re: Does Vanguard Do This?

Meh... I mean agree with most of the points in the letter but it seemed more like a PR exercise for Blackrock to say "hey, we care about the little guy". But I may have grown too cynical. I, for one, also don't mind stock buybacks. From the article: "While we certainly support return...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reflection on what to use for "Alternative" asset class and what to do next?
Replies: 17
Views: 1172

Re: Reflection on what to use for "Alternative" asset class and what to do next?

If you consider value and small indexes to be "alternatives" (I don't) then I think that makes sense. If you consider REIT indexes to be "alternatives" (I kind of do, or at least I consider them a separate asset class than equity and fixed income) then I think that makes sense. C...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Vanguard Do This?
Replies: 9
Views: 1386

Re: Does Vanguard Do This?

Meh... I mean agree with most of the points in the letter but it seemed more like a PR exercise for Blackrock to say "hey, we care about the little guy". But I may have grown too cynical. I, for one, also don't mind stock buybacks. From the article: "While we certainly support returni...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: minimum necessary to retire at defined expense level
Replies: 37
Views: 3657

Re: minimum necessary to retire at defined expense level

All of these percentages and the resulting portfolio numbers seem to be both too high and too low. Maybe they make mathematical sense, I don't know. But they do not give me any sort of real confidence that things will be okay in the future, let alone for this year. I mean, if someone needs/wants $4...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Little League Slowly Dying? [Should my kids play this year?]
Replies: 38
Views: 4240

Re: Is Little League Slowly Dying?

Interesting thread to me since I don't have kids yet and don't know what the current landscape is like for youth sports. When I was a kid you picked a sport for all 4 seasons (winter basketball, spring baseball, summer swim team, and fall football). I will encourage my kids to play soccer more than ...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Slicing/Dicing not Working?
Replies: 37
Views: 3824

Re: Why is Slicing/Dicing not Working?

Portfolio 3 is the real outlier, and that's solely because the US has outperformed international for quite a while now. Slice and dice has nothing to do with it. The difference between portfolio 1 and 2 is minimal (and the duration of backtest is minimal). I also don't know if i'd call it "slic...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: minimum necessary to retire at defined expense level
Replies: 37
Views: 3657

Re: minimum necessary to retire at defined expense level

These are helpful responses that indicate I have more than enough. Thank you. Still a little worried about the sequence of returns risk, but I shouldn't be, I guess, since I make it to the end even if the sequence goes horrendously against me. Quick somewhat related question that I can post in a ne...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Determining max amount to spend on a house?
Replies: 27
Views: 3453

Re: Determining max amount to spend on a house?

Your position is going to be much different than the average person (or even average boglehead) in that you have multiple millions of dollars at your disposal. The answer (for me at least) would also depend on how old you are, when you plan to retire, if you have kids, if you plan to have kids, how ...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tom Sossnof's derivative trades
Replies: 35
Views: 2104

Re: Tom Sossnof's derivative trades

When you go out into the market, chances are you're not fairly matched, but instead are trading against someone who has better information and an advantageous position in the market. What is it you think you know that they don't? This argument is stale. Most of the popular futures and options have ...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: minimum necessary to retire at defined expense level
Replies: 37
Views: 3657

Re: minimum necessary to retire at defined expense level

- 60/40 AA - Be as tax efficient as possible - Accurately determine your annual expenses including insurance premiums, taxes, and other large capital expenses (cars, property maitenance, etc.) In your mid 40s, once you get to 25x expenses you can think about retiring. Once you get to 33x expenses yo...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting my electricity usage under control
Replies: 34
Views: 3811

Re: Getting my electricity usage under control

My wife and I are not exactly optimizers of energy consumption. However, we went from an 850sq ft apartment to a 3250 sq ft house and our electric bill is roughly only 10% - 15% higher!! (to be fair, when we moved into the house I was able to lock in an absurdly low price per kw since natural gas pr...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tom Sossnof's derivative trades
Replies: 35
Views: 2104

Re: Tom Sossnof's derivative trades

Derivatives have been around a heck of a lot longer than 7 years!! If by derivatives he is referring to exchange traded options and/or futures, than these are relatively straightforward products for a finance professional but should not be used by a retail investor (IMO). Their primary purpose is fo...
by bigred77
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: reverse mortgage: now or (possibly) later?
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: reverse mortgage: now or (possibly) later?

I'm pretty sure in a year or 2 she will be able to get close to 8k a year with a 100k immediate annuity. Kids could probably fund any inflation adjustments with ease. Nothing wrong with reverse mortgages if they're needed. They're just another tool to use. However, they are a very expensive way to c...
by bigred77
Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FAFSA for High Net Worth Parents?
Replies: 71
Views: 6767

Re: FAFSA for High Net Worth Parents?

maybe I am doing something wrong - but I do not find the FAFSA a burden to fill out at all. Some information - net worth, salary, etc. Not hard at all. You are doing it right. The main complaint is having to fill out the form when EFC will inevitably usually be as much, if not more than cost of sch...
by bigred77
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay down 1.9% loan or invest
Replies: 61
Views: 5041

Re: Pay down 1.9% loan or invest

I would probably opt to just pay off the loan for non-financial reasons. I would want to simplify my life. Just be done with it. How much are you really going to move the needle with a 9k dollar rate of return bet? If you invest in stocks and get 10% then great, you've made (10%-2%) * 9k = 720 dolla...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"
Replies: 173
Views: 17731

Re: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"

I have really enjoyed reading this thread. I wanted to give one more anecdotal data point: My brother and I are both millennials. We both went to the same undergrad (an expensive, "2nd tier", private school that would be scoffed at on this board for being a terrible value, probably some tr...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS are great in "theory." But real world...
Replies: 34
Views: 3756

Re: TIPS are great in "theory." But real world...

I personally think price inflation is the right measure, but simply asserting it won't change very many peoples' economic viewpoints. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' standard basket of goods and services is significantly different from mine, but if one is to measure something it's important to say,...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS are great in "theory." But real world...
Replies: 34
Views: 3756

Re: TIPS are great in "theory." But real world...

However, in the real world, are they really as wonderful as they seem? I have read some worries from investors about the CPI measure not being perfectly accurate with inflation, worries about the government not adjusting in the investor's favor, worries about the liquidity, etc. Do any of you worry...
by bigred77
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Being a Private Banking Client Worth it?
Replies: 97
Views: 24329

Re: Is Being a Private Banking Client Worth it?

I am looking into Chase private client. It seems to me to offer services with no obligations other than an expectation of 250k at the bank. From what i can tell, the services are nice perks and I don't have to end up paying more. Here are the perks that I would appreciate: -possible access to chase...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinancing 2017 Honda Civic. Honda Financial services added $75 to my loan.
Replies: 18
Views: 1612

Re: Refinancing 2017 Honda Civic. Honda Financial services added $75 to my loan.

I would ask them to waive it but if they did not I would just eat the 75 bucks as a sunk cost and pay off the car, refinance it, or keep the loan depending on whatever is more advantageous to you.
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Put all your eggs in the market?
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: Put all your eggs in the market?

With the exception of my personal residence and maybe 10k in checking/savings accounts, all of my assets are invested via mutual funds and ETFs. I have considered rental properties many, many times over the past decade. I have decided against it for now because I would want to be physically close to...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement Amount needed for retiring this year
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Retirement Amount needed for retiring this year

Does the $9,000 monthly expense include all income taxes or are they to be added on? 9000 includes prop taxes, health insurance ($1000/- per person per month) and rightsized home. I'm assuming you have not yet included federal/state taxes in that 9k/mo number? I would want $3.5M and hopefully some ...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 10383

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

When we travel, we occasionally go to the ultra high end, Michelin starred restaurants if we can get a reservation. Always order the tasting menu. usually 300 - 400 for 2 people w/o alcohol. We've done this once every other year or so. I can tell you, the first time I went to a Michelin starred res...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"
Replies: 173
Views: 17731

Re: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"

So approximately 70% of millenials today are enrolling in college straight out of High School. A higher portion go to college at some point in time of their life after a gap year (or gap decade in some cases). Let's call it 80% total go to college for at least some period of time in the decade afte...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"
Replies: 173
Views: 17731

Re: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"

Its unfortunate to say but I think the only way to ensure that more Americans prepare for retirement is to expand government programs like Social Security. When saving is voluntary, people will always have an excuse not to. I personally would not like to see an increase in payroll taxes however I a...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just sold my home and looking to invest proceeds
Replies: 17
Views: 1259

Re: Just sold my home and looking to invest proceeds

I would keep 100k in savings (or less, I think that's alot in cash), superfund a 529 plan (if you don't get any state tax deduction I would drop 50k - 70k in there and just let it grow) and then dump the rest in a taxable brokerage account invested according to your desired AA. If your savings rate ...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"
Replies: 173
Views: 17731

Re: "Millennials may need to double how much they save for retirement"

It would be nice to have this all simplified, and it seems like it should be doable of our elected officials decided (1) they wanted to and (2) they would work together. One IRA and one Roth type option with high allowed limits that either an individual or a company could direct funds into. Employe...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 10383

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

When we go out to eat it's typically mid range, non-chain type restaurants. It runs us about 40-60 all in with no alcohol (2 people). Usually 2 salads, 2 entrees, and either 1 app or 1 dessert depending on how we're feeling. We do this once a week or so. Once in a while we go to the high end places...
by bigred77
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying BND vs. Paying Down HELOC
Replies: 14
Views: 906

Re: Buying BND vs. Paying Down HELOC

OP, Your question (in my mind) isn't framed properly. You said if given the binary choice of investing in BND or paying down your HELOC which has a 3.75 rate, which one is preferable? Well in mind that's an easy choice, pay down the HELOC every time. It's the one with the better after tax return vs ...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto insurance Premium too High?
Replies: 24
Views: 2087

Re: Auto insurance Premium too High?

Shop it around. I found Geico, Amica, and USAA to have significantly cheaper rates than Allstate and State Farm for my specific situation. I shop everything as a package (auto, home, and umbrella). You can save a chunk in premiums by agreeing to higher deductibles. I found this to be a good value t...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard vs. Fidelity [Customer Service Reputation]
Replies: 73
Views: 5607

Re: Vanguard vs. Fidelity [Customer Service Reputation]

I have been very happy with Fidelity. They are the only financial company I use (cash management accounts, retirement accounts, taxable brokerage accounts, RSUs, will eventually use for 529s, etc.) I've had 1 issue in the past 8 years that wasn't immediately rectified to my satisfaction. I felt like...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto insurance Premium too High?
Replies: 24
Views: 2087

Re: Auto insurance Premium too High?

Shop it around. I found Geico, Amica, and USAA to have significantly cheaper rates than Allstate and State Farm for my specific situation. I shop everything as a package (auto, home, and umbrella). You can save a chunk in premiums by agreeing to higher deductibles. I found this to be a good value tr...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Staying the course...but cheating a bit along the way
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: Staying the course...but cheating a bit along the way

I see what I consider "buying opportunities" from time to time and I admit I've even put money into them every once in a while. (It's always maybe 2%-3% of my total portfolio). I'm probably right more often than not but I have a trend of selling my winners too quickly and holding my losers...
by bigred77
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving rater after becoming father
Replies: 27
Views: 2522

Re: Saving rater after becoming father

Do both partners plan to continue working or will one stay home? That's the biggest factor at play here.
by bigred77
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio help
Replies: 14
Views: 510

Re: Portfolio help

This would my plan if I was in your shoes: - Change your 401k from roth contributions to traditional contributions which are tax deductible. - Increase your contribution percentage to a higher rate. If you make 75k/yr then maxing out this account would mean a 24% contribution. Maybe start with 15% i...

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