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by Dandy
Sat May 05, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it make sense to rent as a retiree?
Replies: 83
Views: 9155

Re: Does it make sense to rent as a retiree?

I think so in many cases. I just turned 70 and am starting to feel the burden of maintaining a house in a HCOL northeast. I'm not fond of outsourcing all the services e.g. landscaping, snow plowing, etc and without a garage and the laundry in the basement it seems that I can't make this house good f...
by Dandy
Fri May 04, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Portfolio peepers: what do you do?
Replies: 48
Views: 4174

Re: Portfolio peepers: what do you do?

Was almost daily until this year now about weekly or so. I have a number of investments and like to understand how they reacted to equity drops and interest rate changes. Rarely prompted me to make any investment moves. Once a month I do an asset recap from VG and other firms to check on overall all...
by Dandy
Thu May 03, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How are you widow-proofing?
Replies: 35
Views: 4720

Re: How are you widow-proofing?

While I am not near needing RMDs, can you actually set it and forget it in advance? Or is there a "specific window"? I''m not really sure- :oops: I set up to have my VG RMD taken on a specific date and to take it proportionately from my fund holdings. I also specified federal and state withholding ...
by Dandy
Thu May 03, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How are you widow-proofing?
Replies: 35
Views: 4720

Re: How are you widow-proofing?

Good topic - have a ways to go. 1. Income from my pension and SS go to an online bank savings account. 2X a month automatically sends money to Credit Union interest checking. Online saving bank also has money market account with check writing. 2. TIRA RMD is set up to automatically send RMD to VG cl...
by Dandy
Wed May 02, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to The Woodlands,TX
Replies: 49
Views: 6026

Re: Moving to The Woodlands,TX

the biggest issue with any move is usually culture and climate. A friend who moved from the northeast to S. Carolina was told why did you move here if you don't focus on God, Guns or Golf. His wife loved the art culture an he eventually enjoyed the community and became a beloved hospital volunteer. ...
by Dandy
Wed May 02, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whole Life Policy
Replies: 29
Views: 2863

Re: Whole Life Policy

I don't have a formula but my guess is that unless you need more insurance coverage their is a very declining value e.g. when you were young $1 of Dividend bought you many dollars of insurance -- at age 66 $1 buys a lot less. It would be nice to have some actual data on that. You might infer that by...
by Dandy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you fund spending in retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 3342

Re: How do you fund spending in retirement

Dandy, Off topic. If your non-Checking non-Savings money is not all in equities, would you mind explaining why? Thank you. My overall allocation is currently 43/57. I have the ability but not the need or desire to take more risk. Also, I generally follow Dr. Bernstein's idea of having 20 years of d...
by Dandy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you fund spending in retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 3342

Re: How do you fund spending in retirement

I have Pension and Social Security sent to an online bank savings account earning a competitive interest rate. 2X per month I have money sent to my interest bearing checking account to pay bills. The timing of these automatic transfers better matches when bills arrive vs having a lot of money sittin...
by Dandy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Barron's article: "No Volatility Here: Cash Makes a Comeback"
Replies: 6
Views: 1197

Re: Barron's article: "No Volatility Here: Cash Makes a Comeback"

To some extent. In retirement I have taxable distributions sent to the Federal Money Market account (not wanting to increase my equity allocation automatically). I used to transfer those from the Fed money market to an On Line Savings account but now the Fed Money market is paying a bit more. I also...
by Dandy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: CD ladder in IRA??
Replies: 12
Views: 1034

Re: CD ladder in IRA??

CDs have a role, but probably a modest role for a TIRA. Most recommend the TIRA be fixed income heavy. Many look at their fixed income for safety and stability rather than growth -- CDs fit that bill. For those close to or are taking their RMDs care must be taken, especially with brokerage CDs, that...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: More aggressive portfolio with a pension?
Replies: 42
Views: 3943

Re: More aggressive portfolio with a pension?

Having a pension allows you to take more risk. To me I didn't become a more aggressive investor then when I had a salary. I think what matters is the size of your retirement nest egg vis a vis your expected retirement running expenses. If it, with a reasonable withdrawal percentage and your pension,...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money vs. Work-life balance
Replies: 68
Views: 7930

Re: Money vs. Work-life balance

I always found work/life balance to be important. A lot depends on your age, the age of your children and how portable your job skills are and remain. For me I'd stay at your current job especially if any kids are still kids. I was pretty frugal even cheap but always made time for family especially ...
by Dandy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much cash do you keep at any time on checking?
Replies: 183
Views: 15464

Re: How much cash do you keep at any time on checking?

Used to have a free checking account at a big brick bank and since it didn't earn interest it was a pain to make sure it was properly funded to account for monthly variations in bills. Opened an online interest bearing checking account (no monthly swipes required!!) and it has a savings account that...
by Dandy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I have 3 different investment horizons when planning for retirement?
Replies: 32
Views: 2694

Re: Do I have 3 different investment horizons when planning for retirement?

I think those approaching their number and approaching their retirement need to be a bit conservative in their investments. A lot depends on how realistic your "number" is. Once in retirement it is difficult to make up any losses. I made it a point to conservatively fund my goal to take SS at age 70...
by Dandy
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging
Replies: 79
Views: 6431

Re: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging

It is basic. Lump sum is about 2/3 better in normal times. It would be even more of an advantage after a severe market drop. Its advantage is likely to be less than it is in normal times if the market is at historic high valuations. There is no guarantees that either approach will be a winner going ...
by Dandy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Spreading Bond Safety to Taxable [Portfolio help]
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Spreading Bond Safety to Taxable [Portfolio help]

It makes sense to me to have some equities in your tax advantaged account and some fixed income in your taxable account. It is easier to rebalance, you want your tax advantaged account to grow and I wouldn't want all my risk assets in taxable. In my accumulation years I started off with almost every...
by Dandy
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone in high bracket using short or Ltd. term muni for EF?
Replies: 19
Views: 998

Re: Anyone in high bracket using short or Ltd. term muni for EF?

I have a decent allocation to Ltd Term Tax exempt fund. I had it for several years and plan to keep it. Decent yield and pretty steady.
by Dandy
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Banking question and annutities
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Banking question and annutities

Alliant Credit Union currently pays 1.5% on Savings and 0.65% on checking. You can transfer money from savings to checking or vis versa instantly. They don't seem to have any gotcha fees. 24/7 customer service, lots of fee free ATMs, reimburse up to $20/month for any ATM fees incurred, mobile app,, ...
by Dandy
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 8196

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

Being retired and not usually putting much miles on cars is my current situation. In my younger days I usually bought used cars or cheap new cars e.g. a ford Pinto. :oops: As I gained some financial independence and had to buy cars for the whole family I bought an occasional new car and kept my eye ...
by Dandy
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging
Replies: 79
Views: 6431

Re: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging

Rebalancing is a reaction to your asset allocation being out of whack, and correcting it. It has nothing to do with how you think the market is going to do in the future. That's not market timing. I don't think it is wrong but 1. some people call it market timing. 2. You are in essence saying the m...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging
Replies: 79
Views: 6431

Re: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging

Here he is talking not about market timing, which is trying to predict the market, but about the need for "nervous" investors to stay within their risk tolerance levels by reducing equities. I'm ok with nervous investors dialing back their equities to stay within their risk tolerance -- that is als...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging
Replies: 79
Views: 6431

Re: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging

Also known as market timing. Market timing is a term that is thrown around on so many things that it can lose its real value. Some have applied it to rebalancing. I have dealt with the most abusive market timers who had list of clients and they would call in often several times a week just before t...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging
Replies: 79
Views: 6431

Re: Bloomberg article on lump sum vs dollar cost averaging

I understand that in general lump sum outperforms DCA perhaps 2/3'rds of the time. I do think there might be a reduction in that advantage for those start their DCA when the market is near or at it's all time high, or some other objective measure of high valuation. I usually do and advise a combinat...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Lack of FDIC Insurance a big deal?
Replies: 39
Views: 4004

Re: Lack of FDIC Insurance a big deal?

Loss of FDIC insurance isn't the only difference. My understanding is that Prime and other institutional type money markets have options to charge fees, or restrict withdrawals in certain situations related to economic hardships that may cause a run on the fund for example. That isn't the case with ...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds vs. Fixed/Guaranteed Income
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: Bonds vs. Fixed/Guaranteed Income

a lot depends on your age and purpose of your fixed income and what percent overall are you allocating to fixed income. Usually, the bond choices in employer sponsored plans are terrible either poor performance or high fees or likely both. I like the guaranteed income especially if the purpose is fo...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are you keeping more in cash?
Replies: 31
Views: 4757

Re: Are you keeping more in cash?

I don't worry too much about the market timing label -- many times it is abused. When there are significant changes it is wise to consider responding to them. When money markets were paying almost nothing it was a reasonable response to move assets to something that had a bit more risk and a bit mor...
by Dandy
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we save for our son's college?
Replies: 96
Views: 8897

Re: Should we save for our son's college?

College expenses used to be reasonable at least for state schools. I used to work the summers and could at least pay for the tuition. My parents picked up the books etc. and provided a small weekly allowance to cover gas/lunch - I commuted (but bought a 6 year old used car.) Those days are long gone...
by Dandy
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please help me with arguments for/against actively managed...
Replies: 34
Views: 2053

Re: Please help me with arguments for/against actively managed...

Here is how I look at it: 1. A broad based passive/index fund with low ER e.g. Vanguard's Total Stock Market (US) at 4 bps is a pretty good measure of the US market. 2. Most, but not all, data on individual stocks is known pretty quickly to the market so the market is generally up to date. 3. An Act...
by Dandy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2.5% Withdrawal for 50 Years With 50/50 Portfolio?
Replies: 121
Views: 9564

Re: 2.5% Withdrawal for 50 Years With 50/50 Portfolio?

The basic math works assuming reasonable assumptions. The longer the time period the greater the risk that reasonable assumptions may not be so reasonable. e.g. war, tax changes, inflation, negative interest rates, flu pandemic, climate change, ??, etc. Also, personal issues related to your own heal...
by Dandy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds - Am I missing something
Replies: 89
Views: 8059

Re: Bonds - Am I missing something

Equities outperform fixed income over time -- by a lot. They are also subject to rather sudden and sometimes scary declines of 50% or more. You will probably experience one of those scary events once every 15 or 20 years (guess work not researched). So, younger accumulators who are not very risk ave...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What advantages do a personalized portfolio have over a target date fund, in your opinion?
Replies: 50
Views: 3820

Re: What advantages do a personalized portfolio have over a target date fund, in your opinion?

Every all in one or balanced fund usually requires some compromise in your ideal allocation. Maybe it is too aggressive, or has too little international equities, etc. TD funds from vanguard have made some significant changes in overall allocations to equities and what investments the funds contain....
by Dandy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why traditional IRA better than Roth IRA
Replies: 87
Views: 7983

Re: Why traditional IRA better than Roth IRA

Then when you reach 59 1/2 years old you make sure your withdrawals are at or less than $72K/year You can determine the amount to withdraw up until the year you reach 701/2 then the minimum is determined by Uncle Sam. If you save in a TIRA or 401k aggressively and have at least a moderately aggress...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When/how did you start teaching your child about personal finance?
Replies: 34
Views: 2702

Re: When/how did you start teaching your child about personal finance?

1. start with a small allowance - I think I got 25 cents a week (I'm 70). You could tie it to a simple chore depending on age but the idea is his/her understanding of income/earnings. That helps them understand parents have income (so they don't have unlimited money). 2. Have them use a piggy bank o...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me decide what to do with my 30 year old NML whole life policies
Replies: 15
Views: 1312

Re: Help me decide what to do with my 30 year old NML whole life policies

Usually, at this point the dividends should be almost equal to the premiums if not more and the premiums will stop at age 65. They will likely, but are not guaranteed, to increase. At this point the bad decision you made decades ago is history and now you might have several attractive options. Do no...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early Retirment Allocation Question
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Early Retirment Allocation Question

Seems like a reasonable bridge to Medicare - you might consider a bridge for the higher earner to age 70 Social Security. I did that and recently took SS at age 70 - nice :happy To help with this process I used distributions from our taxable account to help fund the bridge. I also had a moderate pen...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Partial shift from bond funds to CD ladder
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Partial shift from bond funds to CD ladder

It is our first experience with rising interest rates in quite a long time. Not used to seeing "safe" bond funds have even a modest negative return even though we knew that was what happens when interest rates rise. I see no problem with using a short term CD ladder in place for some of your fixed i...
by Dandy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 29 YO With a big windfall. Invest or Pay off the mortgage?
Replies: 17
Views: 2622

Re: 29 YO With a big windfall. Invest or Pay off the mortgage?

A lot depends. Not helpful I know. I would look into the cost and benefits of refinancing your existing mortgage to either shorten the term or the monthly payout. But, if you are already maxing out tax deferred investing and have money left over to invest or pay down the existing mortgage then it ma...
by Dandy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees: Who's increasing their equities as they age?
Replies: 74
Views: 5992

Re: Retirees: Who's increasing their equities as they age?

Not intentionally. TIRA is large and mostly fixed income about 20/80 and taxable is pretty much the opposite. Both about equal. So TIRA RMDs will tend to deplete fixed income and since equities outperform fixed income over the long run I will likely experience increasing equity allocation overall. D...
by Dandy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Two Fund Portfolio
Replies: 34
Views: 5673

Re: The Two Fund Portfolio

...but isn't the whole idea simplicity). Simplicity isn't the "whole" idea but a worthy goal up to a point. Just like avoiding taxes is a worthy goal but not everyone should by muni bond funds. There is usually a trade off between the allocation you want and the allocation you accept if you go very...
by Dandy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Managing Retirement Accounts for RMDs in a (Possibly) Declining Stock Market
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Managing Retirement Accounts for RMDs in a (Possibly) Declining Stock Market

I am glad others have weighed in. I was only addressing RMDs for IRAs not 401k. I didn't see the 401k mentioned specifically so I glossed over the fact that not everything was an IRA.
by Dandy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Managing Retirement Accounts for RMDs in a (Possibly) Declining Stock Market
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Managing Retirement Accounts for RMDs in a (Possibly) Declining Stock Market

the government doesn't care if you take the RMD owed to them out of all your IRAs or just one - as long as the total RMD amount paid to them is based on the sum of all IRAs owned values at the end of the prior year. So you could take the total amount of RMD owed out of a single IRA. You might want t...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much cash do you keep at any time on checking?
Replies: 183
Views: 15464

Re: How much cash do you keep at any time on checking?

I used to fret about that but less now. I have an interest checking account and a savings account at the same Credit Union and authorize them to cover any overdraft with my savings account (for a minor charge). I don't believe I've ever bounced a check in my life but sure lost a lot of interest keep...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Money Market Funds
Replies: 13
Views: 2697

Re: Money Market Funds

Money Markets and FDIC saving products will do nicely in a gradual rising interest rate environment especially if inflation stays tamed. Bond funds will face a mild head wind so the difference between a mildly negative return on intermediate bond funds and a 1.5 to 2% return on Money Markets or FDIC...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your AA, given your age? and, Why?
Replies: 163
Views: 13150

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

Just turned 70 and have a 43/57 allocation. I am fortunate to have a high income floor in retirement and ample (I hope) assets. I never was an aggressive investor - tops I was 55/45. After 2008-9 drop I decided that even that was unnecessarily high given that I was just retired and wanted to collect...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help needed - Getting serious w/finances
Replies: 17
Views: 1721

Re: Help needed - Getting serious w/finances

Questions: 1. Should I roll over my old 401(k) into my new one or to an IRA? 2. Should I keep socking away cash or should I pay off debt? I am confused about what to do when my car lease is up. Should I try to find a safe car for under $15K? Should I pay down some of our student loans (we make too ...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Starting to invest at 35, is this a good plan for retirement planning?
Replies: 32
Views: 3848

Re: Starting to invest at 35, is this a good plan for retirement planning?

I think you are focused too much catching up and that might be leading you to be more aggressive than you need to be. Also, being relatively new to investing you might not have a good handle on your risk tolerance. Risk tolerance is very hard to determine especially if you have been investing during...
by Dandy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Odd Letter from Citibank Vis a Vis Checking Act bonus
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Re: Odd Letter from Citibank Vis a Vis Checking Act bonus

That reminds me of a recent B of A "bonus" plan. Something like put say $50k in their savings account and leave it there for 6 months and earn a $200 bonus. If all terms are met B of A will attempt to credit your account within 90 days. First they pay almost nothing on savings accounts - I think it ...
by Dandy
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein: Retirement Investing and Spending in two easy steps
Replies: 77
Views: 10120

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

This is why, IMO, one should understand their funded ratio (viewtopic.php?t=219878) and where they stand in Otar's zones (viewtopic.php?t=144663#p2152834) when approaching and planning for retirement. Interesting way to determine whether your finances are on track to support your retirement income ...
by Dandy
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein: Retirement Investing and Spending in two easy steps
Replies: 77
Views: 10120

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

1. In the lion's share of historic cases, implementation of the '4% rule' would not leave a retiree penniless at the 30 year mark. Further, I've not met anyone who has ever strictly implemented the '4% rule'; when the market nosedives, everyone I've ever spoken with or heard rumor of reduces their ...
by Dandy
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein: Retirement Investing and Spending in two easy steps
Replies: 77
Views: 10120

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

That requires double the portfolio size that the '4% rule' suggests. For most investors, that's around another decade of saving and working. If you like what you do for money and are otherwise able to do so, fine. But I doubt that most would be willing to make the trade-off of a guaranteed decade o...