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by MekongTrader
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Awesome! Subway to open rest in Saigon!
Replies: 45
Views: 5742

Vietnamese is my least favorite of all Asian food. I'd probably lose 30 pounds if I had to live in Saigon. the reason i like vietnamese food over the many other asian food is because it's so much lighter healthier and fresher vs. chinese and thai etc. vietnamese food doesn't have all of the heavy o...
by MekongTrader
Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Awesome! Subway to open rest in Saigon!
Replies: 45
Views: 5742

Yeah, I know big deal... A Subway restaurant opening... The local fare is good but every now and then i have a huge craving for fast food. Also, Carls Jr. is coming to Vietnam. Don't know them though. Don't think we will see a Hooters here anytime soon... They should have included that into the Bila...
by MekongTrader
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Awesome! Subway to open rest in Saigon!
Replies: 45
Views: 5742

Awesome! Subway to open rest in Saigon!

As per today's 'Saigon Times Daily' Vietnam is going to get its first SUBWAY sandwich restaurant in August. They have plans to open 25 restaurants in the next 5 years. Investment capital incl. franchis fee is $100K.

So for the only Western fast food joints are KFC and Pizza Hut.

MT
by MekongTrader
Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: The Bogleheads forum is getting tired
Replies: 84
Views: 14071

You'll find more excitement, thrill and noise elsewhere and in any other forum. I come here because it's civilized, a gigantic source of information and a great meeting point for people willing to share their knowledge and information. Boglehead-style investing is supposed to be boring and you can o...
by MekongTrader
Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do I get dividend on fractional shares?
Replies: 1
Views: 1375

Do I get dividend on fractional shares?

Hello fellow investors,
I receive fractional shares from my DRIP and wanted to know if I will get dividends on those?

EG. You own 12.5 shares of BND. Do I get dividend on 12.5 or (only) 12 shares?

Thanks.

MT
by MekongTrader
Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Diet?
Replies: 63
Views: 7813

Boglehead diet? . you have to choose between active-eating (somebody manages for you and feeds you) or passive-eating (eat yourself). Passive eating is cheaper and better they claim on this forum . don't be a food-picker - buy one of each items from the whole grocery store - this is then called inde...
by MekongTrader
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When do I receive first dividends for newly-purchased ETFs?
Replies: 3
Views: 1789

Thank you for clarifying, Grabiner.
MT
by MekongTrader
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When do I receive first dividends for newly-purchased ETFs?
Replies: 3
Views: 1789

When do I receive first dividends for newly-purchased ETFs?

Hello fellow investors, i bought more of BND (VG total bond market) and TIP (ishares Tips) ETFs on March 1st. I have DRIPs for both. Both ETFs paid out dividends on March 5th but so far I have only received dividends for units I bought prior to the new purchases. For BND, Ex-date was March 1st, Reco...
by MekongTrader
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for a soon-to-be-expat couple?
Replies: 26
Views: 3888

Lots of good advice coming in. On the other hand, one should not over-plan as well, I think. It's fun discovering all this stuff, making mistakes and learning from it. All part of the experience. It depends on where you go in SE Asia. I'd sum it up by saying there is S'pore and the Rest. Just a coup...
by MekongTrader
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for a soon-to-be-expat couple?
Replies: 26
Views: 3888

Re: Tips for a soon-to-be-expat couple?

Mail forwarding:

If you are in SE Asia I'd forget about mail-forwarding, seriously. It will either get lost or take months to get there. I speak from experience.

May be Singapore would be different.

MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Standard and consistent Income
Replies: 20
Views: 3154

Re: Standard and consistent Income

HI - What is the best way to get consistent income, around 5% interest rate per year? I am sure there must be an investment vehicle which is not risky and at the same time yield at least 5%. Any insights or suggestions appreciated? Consistent 5% income without any risk. I would say this doesn't exi...
by MekongTrader
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Forum Turns 3 on 2-19
Replies: 57
Views: 7933

Happy Birthday from a Vietnam-based Boglehead.

Thank you to the forum administrators and all the other contributors.

MT
by MekongTrader
Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Drip with Etrade - a few questions
Replies: 3
Views: 8461

Bump. Does anybody else have some feed back on Drip with ETFs?
Thanks
MT
by MekongTrader
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Drip with Etrade - a few questions
Replies: 3
Views: 8461

Drip with Etrade - a few questions

Hello fellow Bogleheads, until now I am collecting dividend payouts in my cash-account until i have a sizeable amount and then re-invest. Meaning I have got this cash sitting around for maybe a year not earning any (or hardly) interest and I think to have the full interest-on-interest and compoundin...
by MekongTrader
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone see Avatar?
Replies: 72
Views: 8568

Great movie.

First movie ever to earn $1mio. here in Vietnam. Total chaos going to the movies here while Avatar is on.

MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Might You Say to Those of us Who Will Never Work Again?
Replies: 43
Views: 7003

Re: What Might You Say to Those of us Who Will Never Work Ag

Hi- I am here in SE Michigan, male, age 59, who worked in high-end residential construction. Before the market fell apart, my Associates Degree in Construction Management was sufficient. Now, I am working my way to a Bachelor's courtesy of the "No Worker Left Behind" program. Let's be real here: I ...
by MekongTrader
Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buy Bond fund now or keep money in Time deposit?
Replies: 3
Views: 1532

Buy Bond fund now or keep money in Time deposit?

Hi Bogleheads, I'm an Asia-based int'l investor. I am about to finalize my asset allocation which is 50/50 Equity/Bonds. The bond portion is presently in a time deposit and will mature shortly. I want to split the bond portion into 50/50 BND (VG Total Bond) and TIP (iShares Tips) ETFs. This is a lon...
by MekongTrader
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Comparing Emerg Market ETFs VWO vs EEM
Replies: 21
Views: 4278

Comparing Emerg Market ETFs VWO vs EEM

Here is a great article on the differences between iShares EEM and Vanguard VWO. VWO outperformed EEM in 2009 by 8%.

MT

http://seekingalpha.com/article/181891- ... disconnect
by MekongTrader
Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Small Add-on To Sheople 2's Bond Question
Replies: 1
Views: 648

Small Add-on To Sheople 2's Bond Question

Hi, I didn't want to hijack Sheople 2's thread and therefore ask my question here: My situation is similar to Sheople 2 and I'm about to finalize my 50/50 Stock/Bond Allocation. At this stage my bond-money still in a CD. I want to go 50/50 BND and TIP. Now, people expect interest rates to go up this...
by MekongTrader
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Another gem from Rick Ferri on Forbes.com today
Replies: 39
Views: 8024

Thanks for posting this FA. Interesting reading.

Here is a similar piece from NYT, Jan 1
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/your- ... your-money

'For Savers it was hardly a lost decade'

MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total International Market v. Individual International Funds
Replies: 12
Views: 2641

I hold VEU (FTSE World ex US) as a core and supplement it with VSS (FTSE World ex US small). In addition, I tilt to VWO (Emerg. Markets). All in all 40/60 US/Int'l. VEU to VSS is 9:1 I am playing around with the thought of buying EWA (ishares Australia) and EWC (ishares Canada) in addition. Reason: ...
by MekongTrader
Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Convincing others to follow the "diehard" way
Replies: 53
Views: 6689

I tried talking people into indexing and the Boglehead approach of investing a number of times: I have given up. I someone was to ask me and is genuinely interested, ok. Otherwise I just don't care. .Talking about peoples money and investments is difficult and sensitive anyway .Indexing is not sexy....
by MekongTrader
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Another Great Column by Allan Roth
Replies: 24
Views: 4915

Thank you for posting this Mel.
Greetings from the Mekong.
by MekongTrader
Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: The Inquirer #2: Your biggest investment mistake?
Replies: 71
Views: 11561

My investment mistakes .investing in actively-managed funds with 2%ERs .walking into a bank in 1997 I was sold very bad funds. The bank charged me a 4% load. I left the bank owning a Global fund which holds 'the top 100 stocks in the world' and a Greter China fund. So much about assett allocation .B...
by MekongTrader
Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: El-Erian: be less US-centric
Replies: 94
Views: 13483

Thanks for sharing with us. Makes for good reading, and yes, the importance of global diversification.

MT
by MekongTrader
Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: a foreigner's portfolio
Replies: 9
Views: 1764

I had just come across this article about NOKIA. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/business/13nokia.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 It states that NOKIA accounts for 25% of Finnish stock market. I think any investor from EURO country should just invest in one broadly diversified European fund incl. all the n...
by MekongTrader
Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Did You Come Up with Your Avatar and User Name?
Replies: 128
Views: 19949

I live in the greater Mekong region.

Actually it should be 'MekongBuynHolder' not Trader.

MT
by MekongTrader
Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VEU's index countries all got gains but fund flat?!
Replies: 31
Views: 2547

I agree with tibbitts. It looks like currency movements canceled out the gains. The dollar gained against all the currencies in this list. http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-investing Thank you both for your feed back. Well, i had thought about the currency issue. In the recent past, when the dollar...
by MekongTrader
Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VEU's index countries all got gains but fund flat?!
Replies: 31
Views: 2547

VEU's index countries all got gains but fund flat?!

Hello, i'm at it once again. I just don't get it. Today (Fri) VEU (VG FTSE World ex US) finished -0.02%. All the major fund country weighings are green and in plus: Japan, UK, Germany, France - I mean it's almost all green. Why was VEU flat? I mean Europe makes up 50%, throw in Japan, Korea, Taiwan,...
by MekongTrader
Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Massive Wall Street Journal Rate Increase (from 19-feb-09)
Replies: 103
Views: 23874

I'm paying US$2.00/copy for WSJ here. However, it's from the previous day and the Asia-edition.

Any articles critical on Vietnam are blacked out.

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A time to give thanks--10 years later
Replies: 14
Views: 3068

This is by far the most intelligent group of people I could ever hope to meet. I want to thank all the moderators and forum administrator, along with all the bogleheads who offer their advice selflessly everyday. Couldn't say it any better than mattman22. Great bunch of people. And thank you Taylor...
by MekongTrader
Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: European Investor
Replies: 3
Views: 968

Hi, I'm a fellow European based in Asia. My situation can't be really compared to yours since I work, live and plan to retire here. Anyway, my 2 cents: Stating all-over again or from Zero as you say there's no better place for you than coming here and learn from this forum. The Boglehead philosophy ...
by MekongTrader
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Haircut
Replies: 48
Views: 7583

Re: DIY Haircut

Well, it turned out terrific. Saved $15. Picture please! :lol: My local hair dresser does the haircut, shampoo, blow-dry, hand/scalp/neck/head massage for 95'000 Vietnamese Dong or US$5.30, green tea included. The whole thing takes one hour and the hair-cutting is not a big deal since I got not muc...
by MekongTrader
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Motley Fool Interview
Replies: 76
Views: 23542

Taylor,
thanks for posting this. Your posts are very inspiring.
MT
by MekongTrader
Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: International Investing
Replies: 30
Views: 4596

From today's WSJ
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1256142 ... nalfinance

US accounts for 40% of global market cap. This says it all.

MT
by MekongTrader
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WaPo: Many Investors Have Sat Out Rally
Replies: 55
Views: 7601

I think the 'activist' approach just doesn't work. But too many got their AA wrong and took on too much risk. So they had to bail out. Many experts on this forum get it right by saying 'stock/bond ratio' is the single most important decision to make. Once I got this one right, I should be ok. A frie...
by MekongTrader
Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: German book on Boglehead-type investing approach?
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

MT, thanks! I see Gerd Kommer has several books, including one recently published: Die Buy-and-Hold-Bibel: Was Anleger für langfristigen Erfolg wissen müssen (2009) Not sure whether his new book would be better suited. I am really looking for some specific for the German investor in Germany, not ju...
by MekongTrader
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: German book on Boglehead-type investing approach?
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

In my opinion, this is THE book on index and boglehead-style investing, in the German language. Check it out at Amazon.

Souverän investieren: Wie Privatanleger das Spiel gegen die Finanzbranche gewinnen
von Gerd Kommer (Autor)

MT
by MekongTrader
Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Article: Comparing performance VWO vs EEM
Replies: 1
Views: 1114

Article: Comparing performance VWO vs EEM

This article on IndexUniverse.com highlights the performance differences between VWO (VG Emerg Markets) versus the Ishares equivalent (EEM). Bottom line is that EEM strays too far away from the index. VWO's full replication method seems to work better than than EEM's 'optimization' strategy holding ...
by MekongTrader
Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART II
Replies: 1043
Views: 294472

I'm reading 'Vietnam: A History' by Stanley Karnow at the moment. Being very interested in everything about the Vietnam war, I find that this is a well-written book. The writer is a Vietnam expert having been there during the war and then returned many times in the 80s and 90s. I had found it in Ban...
by MekongTrader
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wishes for a speedy recovery to Jack Bogle
Replies: 48
Views: 8082

Mr. Bogle, here are best wishes for you from Vietnam. I hope that you will recover soon and continue to give us guidance on investing and planning for retirement.
MT
by MekongTrader
Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle's *real* message...
Replies: 30
Views: 10162

Mr. Bogle greatly enhanced my family's financial future after I read Common Sense on Mutual Funds and the Little Book of Common Sense Investing. I search this forum frequently for more of his wisdom and from many of the informative posts from forum members. This forum is priceless. After reading Mr...
by MekongTrader
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Since we're on the topic of fencing....
Replies: 2
Views: 830

I'd buy a six-pack, go over, try and talk some sense into him. If it doesn't work this way, sue him.
MT
by MekongTrader
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: McDonald's French Fries Conspiracy
Replies: 64
Views: 12061

No McDonalds in Vietnam so far. Don't really understand why not. KFC, Pizza Hut, Lotteria (Korean burger joint) are all here.

I'd love to have a Big Mac now.
by MekongTrader
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Year after the Stock Market Plunge -
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

Great article. Thanks for posting this.
MT
by MekongTrader
Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $40 buffet dinner in Saigon - how much in US?
Replies: 34
Views: 7501

Mekong Trader, try the Rooftop at the Rex. Been there. It's a good place for watching the traffic and may be more for tourists? The hotel is government owned and run and at times it seems nothing has changed there for decades... The service (and food) in these government owned hotels is just awful....
by MekongTrader
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets Allocation
Replies: 34
Views: 7366

I hold 50/50 US/International.

My International is VEU (all Word ex US) and VSS (all World ex US small cap).

So, roughly 20% of my International is EM.

Or 10% of my total equity.
by MekongTrader
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you learn about investing and the Bogle way?
Replies: 53
Views: 8291

I learnt the heard way: Started investing in the late 90s buying super-expensive actively-managed funds. 2% ERs I didn't have a clue what I was doing and the first fund my banker sold me was a Greater China fund. So much about AA. I don't know anything about the markets so I buy and hold the total m...
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yesterday all Europe RED but VGK (VG Europe) 1% Up???
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Thank you.

So it's currency and the fact that VGK is traded in US after European markets closure.

And I thought it's all plain Vanilla... :D
by MekongTrader
Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yesterday all Europe RED but VGK (VG Europe) 1% Up???
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Yesterday all Europe RED but VGK (VG Europe) 1% Up???

All major European markets in the red but VGK is up over 1%. I just don't get it. It just doesn't make sense to me that VGK is totally unrelated to its underlying components. European markets yesterday (8/27/09) http://finance.yahoo.com/intlindices?e=europe Confused at the Mekong. Can anyone explain?