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by tacster
Thu May 17, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer speakers/woofer/subwoofer
Replies: 7
Views: 993

Re: New Computer speakers/woofer/subwoofer

Audioengine A2 if you want to step up a bit in sound quality. Surprisingly good clean bass for a small speaker. No need for a sub. http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-2
by tacster
Mon May 07, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Right time to buy for me? Some advice please.
Replies: 24
Views: 2343

Re: Right time to buy for me? Some advice please.

I was in almost your exact shoes at age 29 - working my way through college, with an open offer of a job in the trades. None of my family had been to college either. The smartest decision I ever made was sticking it out and getting that degree. I'm now 55 and will be in a position to retire next yea...
by tacster
Sun May 06, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Real inflation and best source for it
Replies: 48
Views: 2953

Re: Real inflation and best source for it

You are quite right to distrust the US government inflation data. If inflation (CPI) was calculated the same way as in the 1970s it would be over 10% now rather than the official 3% Complete Rubbish.........I lived through the 70's........The inflation then was much more severe than today! Kind of ...
by tacster
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Stock Market Game"
Replies: 51
Views: 5355

Re: "The Stock Market Game"

As with all these let's-get-the-kids-involved, the ulterior motive is to capture new future clients. I think the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, PhillipMorris, American Tabacco Company, etc all have such programs. True. Also, they should make the point that investing in the stock market is a necessary evil. Wh...
by tacster
Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any knife collectors out there?
Replies: 54
Views: 6733

Re: Any knife collectors out there?

I used to collect quite a few, but backed off as I found myself spending way too much money. I'm down to maybe three dozen or so now, mostly some favorite Spyderco's, along with a few Benchmade's and other brands. My currently daily carry is this classic stainless Delica. Just a great basic pocketkn...
by tacster
Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1515609

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Man in the Rockefeller Suit", by Mark Seal. Fascinating story of a serial con man (and probable murderer).
by tacster
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Favorite (Deceptive) Financial Advisor Slogans
Replies: 37
Views: 6161

When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.
by tacster
Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Am I taking too small of a risk with my planned allocation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1292

the time frame during which retirement savers are putting in significant amounts of money isn't really all that long; it's not the time between putting the first dollar in at age 20 and taking the first dollar out at age 65. It might be effectively more like twenty years. Generally true, but the OP...
by tacster
Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Logistics of a car loan....
Replies: 17
Views: 4679

My experience: I went to my bank beforehand, let them know the price range I was looking at, and got pre-approved for up to that amount. Then I went and haggled with the dealer, settled on a price, got a purchase order from the dealer, brought the purchase order to the bank who cut a check which I c...
by tacster
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home lighting during a long-term power outage?
Replies: 24
Views: 4577

I saw an LED lantern at Costco the other day. Something like that might be ideal for home use in a power outage. Eneloop batteries are terrific btw, and mine came with C-cell sleeves which I use in a portable radio and my game camera. Don't know if they make a D-cell version. Yes they do make D-cel...
by tacster
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: are you: a workaholic, cheap, neither or both?
Replies: 47
Views: 4404

Re: are you: a workaholic, cheap, neither or both?

I, on the other hand prefer to work more so that I can save and spend more (one of my favorite sayings is "You got to hustle if you want to make a dollar"). This way if I wish to for example buy a cup of Starbucks or a set of name brand tires for my BMW, I don't have to say gee that is gonna set me...
by tacster
Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What you learned from lost decade?
Replies: 61
Views: 8199

That dollar cost averaging works.
by tacster
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do you find your risk level?
Replies: 29
Views: 3206

And it is situational. For example, I was amazed at how members of a certain political party went from mere displeasure with the economic situation to all out panic when a certain president took office, even though little had fundamentally changed. They switched from "I believe in America and will ...
by tacster
Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New home build...anything youd want/change/splurge on...
Replies: 95
Views: 14677

Great thread. I'm looking to build a small home in the next 5-6 years; here are a few things that I'm looking to spend extra on: Giant tarps/covers to cover the structure in case of rain before the roof is on, to decrease the amount of shrinking in the final product. Building materials to be under ...
by tacster
Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP G and F Fund Advice
Replies: 49
Views: 7520

Default User BR wrote:G Fund is very similar in behavior and return to most corporate stable-value funds. It has a very good insurer and uses a different mechanism to get there, but really isn't all that special.



Brian
How do corporate stable-value fund expense ratio's compare to the G Fund?
by tacster
Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard REIT Index Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 2679

A REIT IPO kind of flopped today when it was launched. Not sure if this was a cause of the drop or a symptom. My GUESS is that when the IPO faired poorly many active fund managers might take it as a sign that the appetite of the sector is saturated and might be topping out... or at least leveling o...