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by laughlinlvr
Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Jack Bogle Event on 1/31st, NYC
Replies: 13
Views: 1881

Re: Jack Bogle Event on 1/31st, NYC

The link worked. You can see the agenda and speaker list. However, sending an email to attend didn't. The bloomberlink server would not accept an email from me (and I tried two accounts.) when I tried the "RSVP" button and followed instructions.

Too bad.
by laughlinlvr
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PBS Nova show "Bombing Hitler's Dams"
Replies: 12
Views: 2095

Re: PBS Nova show "Bombing Hitler's Dams"

Valuethinker - thank you so much for that thoughtful and memorable contribution.
by laughlinlvr
Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When will you/should you attain positive net worth?
Replies: 58
Views: 6491

Re: When will you/should you attain positive net worth?

He "designed" it to give folks somewhat of a gauge to help them determine if they were doing really well. age times annual income divided by 10 Given this formula can lead to a result where a smaller salary at an older age beats out a larger salary at a younger age; it would seem ill-suited to bein...
by laughlinlvr
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What song describes your life?
Replies: 67
Views: 4855

Re: What song describes your life?

I talk to the trees.
by laughlinlvr
Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you prefer to buy investment books or borrow them?
Replies: 16
Views: 1871

Re: Do you prefer to buy investment books or borrow them?

Borrow them. Hurrah for the Wake county library system!
by laughlinlvr
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Personal Index - Now a Standalone Application
Replies: 184
Views: 72931

Re: My Personal Index - Now a Standalone Application

Problems. The application works on my laptop, but not my corporate desktop. I get an error message that says" Cannot contact Yahoo! Finance, please check your internet connection." I have had my corporate IT person come by and he's told me it's because we connect to the internet through a proxy serv...
by laughlinlvr
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Foreign Currency Fee Refund Checks En Route
Replies: 18
Views: 1997

Re: Foreign Currency Fee Refund Checks En Route

I recevied my check for $60. This was the first time I've participated in a class action settlement. I have good records. Nevertheless, filling out their application was laborious. I was not happy to discover that if you moved after the application, there was no website or telephone number where you...
by laughlinlvr
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Interview with Kyle Bass-founder Hayman Capital Hedge Fund
Replies: 7
Views: 1450

Interview with Kyle Bass-founder Hayman Capital Hedge Fund

I am stunned by the quality and content of this interview. He gives a robust defense of his abilities and will not take take the bait that he's part of the (greedy bankers) problem. He talks about hedging properly - not mindless speculation. Here's what's stunned me: Next sovereign economies to coll...
by laughlinlvr
Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Finance Tips.
Replies: 17
Views: 2464

I have been using my credit cards a debit cards for some time now. Here are some thing to keep in mind if you run a credit balance: 1. Depending on the issuer, you may not get a payment slip included with your invoice (if it's mailed). 2. Depending on the issuer, they may send you a check for the cr...
by laughlinlvr
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any PMP's Here? (Project/Program Managers)
Replies: 11
Views: 2776

Yep. Got it in 1999.
by laughlinlvr
Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California cost of living
Replies: 111
Views: 13153

Did you even read this thread before you posted five times? Read the post about not posting duplicates. Our server is subject is frequent cyberattacks. For this reason my employer has put in place fairly robust firewalls. From time to time an email, posting etc. will hang in which case we're instru...
by laughlinlvr
Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California cost of living
Replies: 111
Views: 13153

It's a theme in these replies that by extending your commute you lower the cost of housing. Well, we all know how this is playing out. IMO gasoline at $5.50 ($7.00 in CA) will bring about gentrification. The 2010 census demographic information for New York confirmed an increase in the urban white po...
by laughlinlvr
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raleigh, North Carolina opinions?
Replies: 34
Views: 3736

Moved to Triangle on 2003 (although now working in NYC). Stumbled into paradise when I went there.
by laughlinlvr
Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Personal Index - Now a Standalone Application
Replies: 184
Views: 72931

Was able to get version 3.1 (for Windows) loaded by IT yesterday. It opens, but the screen is blank. I see the portfolio screen opens, but File, New yields no action. Portfolio, New works, but I hesitate to go further without knowing what I should be doing. Do you have an instruction booklet? I woul...
by laughlinlvr
Tue May 24, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Coming up short for retirement
Replies: 28
Views: 2971

Well, in 2000 to start with, Mr. Dilbert should have backed up the truck and bought the maximum amount which, at the time was $30,000 per SS number including paper and TD, of I Bonds with a guaranteed 3.6% inflation adjusted real return. I did this back in 2000. In fact I worked O/T over the next s...
by laughlinlvr
Mon May 02, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any styles of music have no redeeming qualities?
Replies: 66
Views: 6161

Anything sung by John Lennon.
by laughlinlvr
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Behavioral Finance Funds Misbehave
Replies: 15
Views: 2741

Many thanks for posting this. The evidence for buy-and-hold using low-cost passive investments just keeps mounting up.
by laughlinlvr
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Interview - How to anser a likely question
Replies: 78
Views: 7977

A previous poster mentioned backdoor bragging. I notice that many interviewees are looking to acquire skill in answering this question. I answer honestly enough. When I'm asked what my weakness is, I say: "Following electrical diagrams." Perhaps there's an equivalent in your profession. Then we move...
by laughlinlvr
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Book on Madoff?
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

I enjoyed Harry Markopolos' book, but its focus is truly on the sleuthing that he did. Forgotten in the hoopla around Harry Markopolos' venerable contribution is that he didn't bring Madoff down. Rather, he brought down the top brass at the SEC. For an insight into how Madoff rose from a nobody from...
by laughlinlvr
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you regret saving or spending too much in your 20s?
Replies: 92
Views: 11969

I know this may not be typical, but I spent the early part of my career in foreign construction camps. So I was able to get an early start on saving a dramatic portion of my wages. The company provided accommodation and transportation. Instead of leisure we had a choice between laundry and overtime....
by laughlinlvr
Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone buying a 2nd house?
Replies: 20
Views: 4576

Currently saving for our fourth. KY appeals, but will probably settle for another in NV.
by laughlinlvr
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Reason for Financial Problems
Replies: 117
Views: 15203

I tried working on my own version of dividing the population into three categories in order to answer this question. I only got as far as: Almost everyone can understand "more" and "less" and so are capable of direct comparison. Such people can become adept consumers and are fodder for sales merchan...
by laughlinlvr
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Forever Stamps as an Investment?
Replies: 72
Views: 10782

For those who remember their history...

It was Charles Ponzi who got going with a wonderful investment scheme based on arbitrage in postal redemption coupons.

We all know how that turned out.
by laughlinlvr
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I really love the forum, but...
Replies: 87
Views: 12909

I was recently told of an individual I once knew (as a woman) who's had sex re-assignment surgery.

One of my first thoughts was that I hoped she wouldn't be scrimping on the health insurance.
by laughlinlvr
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Where were" you on March 9, 2009?
Replies: 91
Views: 9618

Let's see, what are my emblazoned-in-memory news moments? --The Army-McCarthy hearings. (Home for lunch from elementary school. Why won't Mom give me anything better than a peanut-butter sandwich for lunch? Why is she glued to the TV set instead of talking to me?). --Alan Shepard's first Mercury fl...
by laughlinlvr
Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Hindenberg Omen
Replies: 35
Views: 4985

Glad I didn't pay attention to this prediction.
by laughlinlvr
Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Very Worried,Need Advice....,
Replies: 24
Views: 6362

Wally 52,

Did you stay the course? Did you continue DCA over the period?
Have you seen your portfolio rebound?
by laughlinlvr
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do Bogleheads cut the cheese....if it gets moldy?
Replies: 27
Views: 3323

I believe there's no problem with hard cheese because the density of the protein means the mycelium ("roots") of the mold don't have to penetrate very far to get their nutrition. So they "fruit" long before the cheese is infested. This is not true of bread or soft cheese, cream cheese, cottage chees...
by laughlinlvr
Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the reasoning behind the diff limits of 401k and IRA
Replies: 16
Views: 1878

They arise from different laws. IRAs came in with Reagan's economic recovery act. 401k's arose from a loophole in the tax law exploited by a savvy corporate executive. The loophole was originally a way for highly compensated executives to defer their compensation and therefore pay less tax in the cu...
by laughlinlvr
Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BBC: Will You Become a Millionaire?
Replies: 64
Views: 8575

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by laughlinlvr
Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Mozart Overture is the Best?
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

The Abduction from the Seralio
by laughlinlvr
Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Muni walking away
Replies: 19
Views: 3572

DaveS wrote: Before you get too panicked the default rate on munis is about .03%. ... Source is Bloomberg. Dave
0.03% so far.
by laughlinlvr
Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 20
Views: 2295

I had the privilege of shaking Jim Grant’s hand on the way out of church last Ash Wednesday. I thanked him for all that he does for common sense. I like his patrician humor. He’s one of the saner insiders on Wall Street.

Jason Zweig is another.

Pay attention to them.
by laughlinlvr
Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: YahooFinance.com
Replies: 8
Views: 1669

money.msn.com is not quite right too. It's posting lage positive numbers for the indexes, but only the DOW is showing the up arrow. The others have the down arrow.
by laughlinlvr
Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: YahooFinance.com
Replies: 8
Views: 1669

Yahoo.com is working. However, the financial module on myyahoo is not updating correctly. The graph is current, but the numbers next to the index haven't been updated this morning.
by laughlinlvr
Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Consuelo Mack 11/12/2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1145

Consuelo Mack 11/12/2010

Did anybody else catch the comment Consuelo Mack made last Friday? She said that most 401k investors who kept contributing to their accounts during the financial crisis will have seen them return to pre-recession levels. Is it true for anyone here? (It's not technically true for me because I got hir...
by laughlinlvr
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Have you recovered back to October 2007 peak yet?
Replies: 43
Views: 6039

Well beyond it. Reaching new highs every day this past week.
by laughlinlvr
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Fragility of Virtual Ownership
Replies: 46
Views: 6262

Back in 1999 I had a desktop and a laptop with backup on CDs. I took the laptop to New Orleans for a consultant position. My client installed its network software on it allowing me to work seamlessly with others. When the job was over I returned home and was annoyed that I had to boot up with the ne...
by laughlinlvr
Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Obnoxioulsy loud radio next door!
Replies: 78
Views: 11023

Try Elgar's 2nd symphony. For extra effect, try it at 9:30am on Sunday
by laughlinlvr
Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buffett would have made more by not buying Berkshire!
Replies: 10
Views: 2250

Playing alternative futures is a harmless enough activity, even if you have an opinion to push. I'm sure there were other investors who bought insurance companies back in 1964. However, they didn't turn into the next Berkshire Hathaway. A good way to learn in the world of finance (as in other things...
by laughlinlvr
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is your return since Oct 07 high now positive?
Replies: 132
Views: 18168

Nice to be back in the black after 3 years.
by laughlinlvr
Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Banned From A Posting Site
Replies: 30
Views: 3976

I wish there was a way for me to filter out the contributions of those contributors to this forum that I would select. It would make my experience on this site much better.
by laughlinlvr
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer - Winter homes
Replies: 22
Views: 3880

Laughlin for western living - lots of freedom in retirement
Raleigh for southeastern living - lots of culture in retirement
New York for metropolitan living - lots of money in retirement
by laughlinlvr
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Paid $1000 for options class. How to get refund?
Replies: 13
Views: 2706

I enjoyed my last free hotel-ballroom seminar I attended. It was a free seminar designed to be a tease for a market timing system that would require subscription to an internet site. They had the requisite attractive young women at the registration desk and the authoritative presenter in the expensi...
by laughlinlvr
Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help me convince my father day trading is a terrible idea!
Replies: 19
Views: 3006

Warning: Irony ahead...

I want to encourage your father to do this. The money that people make from investing needs to come from somewhere. Why shouldn't it be from him?

Just, you know, thinking.
by laughlinlvr
Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone ever used this website, Mint?
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

And then one day you'll tune into the news and hear the following:

"Mint.com apologizes for the data breach earlier today which compromised the financial data of many thousands of its users..."

Just, you know, thinking
by laughlinlvr
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel speakers for a netbook longing for classical music
Replies: 14
Views: 2551

You mention listening to classical music radio over the internet. I'm assuming your own radio station does this, but if not I'm happy to recommend WCPE. They're out of Wake Forest, NC and can be found at www.theclassicalstaton.org They stream in many formats, so if this is important to you, give the...
by laughlinlvr
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best state in which to retire or declare residency
Replies: 119
Views: 27948

Re: Best state in which to retire or declare residency

My wife's parents have decided to retire in a year or two and plan on spending 6 months and 1 day in FL and the rest of the year in FL, primarily for tax reasons. I guess they're planning to live there during leap years. These coincide with the Olympics. In the intervening years they can live in St...
by laughlinlvr
Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jason Zweig - Ben Graham speech
Replies: 16
Views: 5073

Jason Zweig is one of my heroes.