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by datamonkee
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternative
Replies: 17
Views: 18292

Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Just curious. Staples has the following chair on sale and there are a lot of good reviews. Does anyone have this chair? If so, does it rock freely back and forth like an aeron does? comments?
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Hyken-Te ... uct_990119

Thanks.
by datamonkee
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternative
Replies: 17
Views: 18292

Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Thanks! I will check out all the alternatives mentioned.

Also, buying used is an idea i hadn't considered. Does anyone know of any good online buying options besides ebay?

Thanks again for all your recommendations.
by datamonkee
Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternative
Replies: 17
Views: 18292

Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternative

Because I spend most my time in an office, I have decided to replace my office chair with one better for my body. An Aeron chair would be ideal, but I don't want to spend $800 for an office chair. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive alternative?

Thanks.
by datamonkee
Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco AMEX Rewards Check Error
Replies: 25
Views: 6444

Re: Costco AMEX Rewards Check Error

Thanks for the confirmation, guys. I get paranoid about random things that come in the mail unexpectedly.
by datamonkee
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco AMEX Rewards Check Error
Replies: 25
Views: 6444

Re: Costco AMEX Rewards Check Error

Sorry for bringing up an old post, but has it been confirmed that these checks are legitimate?
Thanks.
by datamonkee
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: vanguard.com - Region allocation not displaying
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: vanguard.com - Region allocation not displaying

i hope that is the case. i do like vanguard's site and hope to be able to use it in the future.
by datamonkee
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: vanguard.com - Region allocation not displaying
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: vanguard.com - Region allocation not displaying

i just tried it out and it still doesn't work. i really appreciate the help though. Thanks.
by datamonkee
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: vanguard.com - Region allocation not displaying
Replies: 6
Views: 799

vanguard.com - Region allocation not displaying

I recently updated my Firefox version, and the following website does not display the "region allocation" pie chart that I am used to seeing. My internet explorer works fine though. https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=3369&FundIntExt=INT#tab=2 Any ideas? (I do have the latest vers...
by datamonkee
Wed May 22, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: glide path vs. fixed asset allocation [POLL]
Replies: 50
Views: 5673

glide path vs. fixed asset allocation [POLL]

Currently, I use a fixed asset allocation (like that outlined in David Swensen's book) strategy for my investments. But, I recently read Lifecycle Investing (Ayres / Nalebuff) and a 2008 Kotlikoff article that seem to indicate that glide path strategy is the way to go. I am posting this poll to try ...
by datamonkee
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Total World (VT) not fully replicates its benchmark
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Re: Vanguard Total World (VT) not fully replicates its bench

Would the tracking be better if Vanguard holds VXUS and VTI?

Maybe the expense ratio would be lower too. That's always been the thing holding me back from buy VT, but I love the idea of VT.
by datamonkee
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VGIT vs. IEF [Vanguard Int.-Term vs. iShares 7-10 Yr Gov't Bond]
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: VGIT vs. IEF

Thanks for all the info guys. I had plotted the chart for VGIT and IEF and the volatility is explained by the maturity. I also plotted VGLT (the long term bond ETF) and IEF falls in between VGIT and VGLT, which intuitively makes sense. The funds' holdings were interesting. VGIT holds 158 securities ...
by datamonkee
Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VGIT vs. IEF [Vanguard Int.-Term vs. iShares 7-10 Yr Gov't Bond]
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

VGIT vs. IEF [Vanguard Int.-Term vs. iShares 7-10 Yr Gov't Bond]

Why are they so different if they are supposed to cover the same asset class? And, which one is a better investment choice for this asset class?
by datamonkee
Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Implied Inflation Chart (Nominal Yield - TIPS Yield)
Replies: 6
Views: 2292

Re: Implied Inflation Chart (Nominal Yield - TIPS Yield)

I didn't realize that there was an insurance premium and illiquidity detraction to the price of tips. This is good to know conceptually. #Cruncher, thank you very much for those links. they are exactly what i was looking for. btw, nice handle. btw, because you guys have been such great help, I thoug...
by datamonkee
Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Implied Inflation Chart (Nominal Yield - TIPS Yield)
Replies: 6
Views: 2292

Implied Inflation Chart (Nominal Yield - TIPS Yield)

Does anyone know where I can find an online chart that is continuously updated that depicts the history of implied inflation based on the TIPs and Treasury bond yields for various durations?
by datamonkee
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: World Asset Allocation / World Balance Sheet
Replies: 0
Views: 313

World Asset Allocation / World Balance Sheet

I tried looking around and I couldn't find anything online about this. Can someone please point me in the direction of a site that details the world asset allocation (how world assets are broken up (i.e. stocks, bonds, real estate, private businesses, etc) that is spelled out in either total nominal...
by datamonkee
Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Monte Carlo Site/Spreadsheet
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Monte Carlo Site/Spreadsheet

Thanks, Sammy_M, I will check firecalc out.

Others, I understand that monte carlo can be very dependent on the assumptions, but I just wanted to use it to determine a good ballpark target.
by datamonkee
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Monte Carlo Site/Spreadsheet
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Monte Carlo Site/Spreadsheet

Can someone recommend a good monte carlo spreadsheet or online site that is flexible (multiple asset classes, adjustable mean/std dev, varying contribution/withdrawals, inflation specification)? Also, do you personally use it for planning purposes?

Thanks.
by datamonkee
Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Evidence of Low-cost Indexing beats Active (need data)
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

From speaking with the guy, I get the impression that it will even be hard to just include a few inexpensive funds to the 401k options. He seems very certain that the advisers can pick out the good funds and that they want to minimize the number of available choices. Anyways, I speak with the guy to...
by datamonkee
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Evidence of Low-cost Indexing beats Active (need data)
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

I had just corresponded with a guy that is on the 401k committee. One of his main points is that the committee hires an adviser to pick funds that historically performs better than its peers. Once that criteria is not met, it is replaced by another fund. How do I convince someone that past performan...
by datamonkee
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Evidence of Low-cost Indexing beats Active (need data)
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

that is really a good point. Thanks for bringing that up. I will approach this with that perspective.
by datamonkee
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Evidence of Low-cost Indexing beats Active (need data)
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Evidence of Low-cost Indexing beats Active (need data)

I am trying to convince my company to change its 401k selection of high-cost funds to low-cost index funds. I have an opportunity to discuss this with those in charge. I was thinking of submitting the following to them: 1. the morningstar study that shows low expense ratios as good predictors of fut...