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by financial.freedom
Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

Spouse and I are mid to late 30s and if stocks keep declining, I am thinking of changing AA as follows: Current: 70/30 Dow 15,000: 75/25 [-18%] Dow 13,000: 80/20 [-29%] Dow 12,000: 85/15 [-34.4%] Dow 10,000: 90/10 [-45.3%] More than 90% stock doesn't pass the sleep test, so would probably stop ther...
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

livesoft wrote:I do this and have explicitly put this into my IPS. But I shift back pretty quickly if there are some gains. Otherwise, I lose a lot of money.


Makes sense to me. Not sure why others on this forum view it differently.

Buy more when Dow is at 10k than when it's 18k, seems a no-brainer.
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

If that happens do you have a plan for when it comes back to current levels? Just the reverse? If it bounces back, would slowly glide back to 70/30 with new monthly contributions. This kind of back and forth doesn't make much sense to me. Why is your tolerance/appetite for risk so dependent on the ...
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

Hopefully you picked your AA based on your need, ability and willingness to take risk. Has any of that really changed? I'm at 70/30 as well, and the bonds are doing their job, reducing overall portfolio volatility - zigging while stocks are zagging. There are a pile of assets there, that are actual...
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

Hopefully you picked your AA based on your need, ability and willingness to take risk. Has any of that really changed? I'm at 70/30 as well, and the bonds are doing their job, reducing overall portfolio volatility - zigging while stocks are zagging. There are a pile of assets there, that are actual...
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

Spouse and I are mid to late 30s and if stocks keep declining, I am thinking of changing AA as follows: Current: 70/30 Dow 15,000: 75/25 Dow 13,000: 80/20 Dow 12,000: 85/15 Dow 10,000: 90/10 More than 90% stock doesn't pass the sleep test, so would probably stop there. Thoughts? Why are you using t...
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Re: Anyone shifting their AA?

red5 wrote:If that happens do you have a plan for when it comes back to current levels? Just the reverse?


If it bounces back, would slowly glide back to 70/30 with new monthly contributions.
by financial.freedom
Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone shifting their AA?
Replies: 91
Views: 8836

Anyone shifting their AA?

[Edited to remove "Dow"] Spouse and I are mid to late 30s and if stocks keep declining, I am thinking of changing AA as follows: Current: 70/30 Stocks down 10%: 75/25 Down 20%: 80/20 Down 30%: 85/15 Down 40%: 90/10 More than 90% stock doesn't pass the sleep test, so would probably stop the...
by financial.freedom
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wash sale: what does "within 30 days" mean?
Replies: 10
Views: 1492

Re: Wash sale: what does "within 30 days" mean?

Thank you for the replies. Consensus seems VG is correct ("within" means < or = 30 days, NOT <30 days). How does the wash sale of 5k in taxable affect my taxes? After reading the Wiki, this is my understanding: 1. No deduction for the 5k loss in 2015. 2. The covered shares have a higher ba...
by financial.freedom
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wash sale: what does "within 30 days" mean?
Replies: 10
Views: 1492

Re: Wash sale: what does "within 30 days" mean?

dbr wrote:Then there is this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_set

But I would suggest taking an extra day at either end so that one does not have to puzzle over semantics.


I meant to take an extra day but had more than one TLH that month and accidentally clicked on Total Stock instead of Total International for the buy transaction on 9/23.
by financial.freedom
Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wash sale: what does "within 30 days" mean?
Replies: 10
Views: 1492

Wash sale: what does "within 30 days" mean?

Under the tab of "realized gains and losses" for my VG taxable account it states: "The loss of $5,345.43 has been disallowed due to wash sale activity in this security. The disallowed amount has been added to the cost basis of the shares that caused each wash sale to occur." I ex...
by financial.freedom
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?

Cherokee8215 wrote:Every year I sell them on ebay and get around 90-95% of face value.


Do you sell them individually or lump them together as one sale?

Maybe I should set up an ebay account. No one seems to have experience so far with the other options above.
by financial.freedom
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?

care to elaborate on this? Is this question meant for me? If so, here's what I'm looking for: 1. Quick sale of all my gift cards in one place, can either be online, at kiosk, or in a store 2. Ideally, would have average value of 90+% of the gift card Examples: A. Carpool.com B. Target (can exchange...
by financial.freedom
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?

Obliquely make it clearer to people what stores you frequent so they'll give you gift cards that you can actually use, preventing the problem in future. I don't frequent any stores. There was a recent post about being a grinch. I am a complete grinch. No one knows what to buy me because I rarely wa...
by financial.freedom
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?

Depends on the card itself. If it's good, ebay might be a great exit for you. I see clowns paying 99% of face for lowes on there. Total donkeys! Great for the seller tho. Thank you for the reply. I don't have an Ebay account and might be a little more time-consuming than the online websites that bu...
by financial.freedom
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?

I use them to buy gift cards for myself at Amazon, then deposit them in my Amazon account. I always need stuff at Amazon. Use the cash you'd otherwise spend elsewhere for the same things, to put in your kids accounts. How do you use the gift cards to by Amazon gift cards? What is the loss in origin...
by financial.freedom
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Cash for Gift Cards: What is the best method?

Every Christmas I receive gift cards that I don't need or plan to use. This year, I would like to sell them for cash and put the money into taxable or my child's 529 account. I looked online and there are a few options ranging from 85-94% of the gift card value.

Any suggestions?
by financial.freedom
Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Double health coverage?
Replies: 6
Views: 871

Double health coverage?

My spouse and I are both W2 employees at different hospitals. I have HMO that covers family medical and PPO for family dental that does not require any contribution. My spouse has to pay about 100/month for herself for medical PPO or HMO and 10/month dental. In the past, she paid the extra $110 per ...
by financial.freedom
Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question mostly for portfolio help and a little bit personal finance
Replies: 15
Views: 2185

Re: Question mostly for portfolio help and a little bit personal finance

Financial.freedom I think this is great advice and a good list to work towards. Will consider 70/30 AA, be aggressive about mortgage until under 1MM mark (myunderstanding is only 1MM, then another 100k only if used home equity line as part of purchase?). Will then funnel and extra money to a taxabl...
by financial.freedom
Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question mostly for portfolio help and a little bit personal finance
Replies: 15
Views: 2185

Re: Question mostly for portfolio help and a little bit personal finance

1. 1.2 M @ 3.625% is 5472 per month. 2. You can deduct interest on 1.1M (not 1M). 3. 80/20 is a bit aggressive for 40s. 4. Put TD funds in 401ks at your AA and never worry about it again. 5. Don't pay down the mortgage, contribute 48k per year to taxable (instead of 24k). 7. Taxable should be same A...
by financial.freedom
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"
Replies: 27
Views: 4601

Re: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"

As an old dude with plenty of assets in taxable accounts and tax-advantaged accounts, where I can buy Vanguard stock funds cheap, I like the Colorado 529 Stable Value Plus plan, paying 3.09% in 2015. I just can't access fixed income with no term risk and minimal credit risk at this yield anywhere e...
by financial.freedom
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"
Replies: 27
Views: 4601

Re: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"

nisiprius wrote:A pretty good question for some kind of quiz would be "What have Utah and Nevada got, that Arizona and South Dakota lack?"


How about:

What have Utah and Arizona got, that Nevada and South Dakota lack?
by financial.freedom
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"
Replies: 27
Views: 4601

Re: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"

As an old dude with plenty of assets in taxable accounts and tax-advantaged accounts, where I can buy Vanguard stock funds cheap, I like the Colorado 529 Stable Value Plus plan, paying 3.09% in 2015. I just can't access fixed income with no term risk and minimal credit risk at this yield anywhere e...
by financial.freedom
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"
Replies: 27
Views: 4601

Re: "Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2015"

The only real question every year is Utah vs Nevada (unless your state offers a significant tax benefit.) Since mine does AND I'm in Utah, it's a no-brainer. Surprised to see NY and OH not in the top tier though. I guess Morningstar isn't as against active management as I am. Surprised me too. I us...
by financial.freedom
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: You can time the market...
Replies: 47
Views: 5331

Re: You can time the market...

[…] There was very little difference between making purchases at the beginning of each paycheck or waiting for a RBD to make the purchase. I defined an RBD in this case as a 0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5% or 2.0% loss in a single day. I ran each of these separately to see if anything stood out. Nothing did. The ...
by financial.freedom
Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: You can time the market...
Replies: 47
Views: 5331

Re: You can time the market...

I think it's pretty easy to time a long-term loss for a given lot. If there is a Spec ID lot of fund in taxable that is down, check the price (VTI or VXUS) close to closing and put in the order. I learned that from members of this forum. Timing a long-term gain is not going to happen over time (you ...
by financial.freedom
Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I install a drip-leg for tankless water heater?
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

Re: Should I install a drip-leg for tankless water heater?

Thank you for the replies and link!

The tankless water heater is about 6 mos old. It was recently installed before we purchased the house. I will call a 2-3 other plumbers and get estimates.

Thank you again.
by financial.freedom
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I install a drip-leg for tankless water heater?
Replies: 8
Views: 1750

Should I install a drip-leg for tankless water heater?

We recently purchased a house and the inspector recommended a drip-leg for the tankless water heater gas supply line. When I look online, some people say it is not necessary. I got a quote from a plumber for ~$170 but that seems expensive, and he said that he would install a P-trap -- which doesn't ...
by financial.freedom
Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH Mistake -- Help! [Tax Loss Harvesting]
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: TLH Mistake -- Help! [Tax Loss Harvesting]

@BHnewbie45, you are in good company. Others on the forum have done similar things. First, don't panic. Second, relax. Here is a thread on wash sales: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=173397 I hope it was good for you. But maybe you won't have a wash sale since you are buying TSM to...
by financial.freedom
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TLH Mistake -- Help! [Tax Loss Harvesting]
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: TLH Mistake -- Help! [Tax Loss Harvesting]

Welcome to the forum. The fund symbols VTIAX and VTSAX are similar, and I've made that mistake myself by clicking on the wrong one. If VG can't correct it (past closing time now) the best I can suggest is exchanging to maintain your asset allocation ASAP. Hopefully the spread between the two funds i...
by financial.freedom
Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Automatic Exchange Question
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Vanguard Automatic Exchange Question

I set up an automatic exchange for tomorrow in taxable of FTSE All World ex-US (VFWAX) for Total Stock Mkt Idx (VTSAX). Since international dropped over 2% today, the amount scheduled to exchange is greater than what is left in the account. Is this a problem, or does Vanguard just exchange whatever ...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

This also begs the question: Why did a CPA prepare amended returns for you for closed years? Most of the mistakes HR Block made were related to a rental that we're selling this year. We wanted to have it squared away before selling the rental. Did you have some other issue that might be subject to ...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

This also begs the question: Why did a CPA prepare amended returns for you for closed years? Did you have some other issue that might be subject to substantial penalties or might keep the statute of limitations open? The only thing I can think of is foreign account/asset disclosures and/or related ...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

This also begs the question: Why did a CPA prepare amended returns for you for closed years? Most of the mistakes HR Block made were related to a rental that we're selling this year. We wanted to have it squared away before selling the rental. Did you have some other issue that might be subject to ...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

This also begs the question: Why did a CPA prepare amended returns for you for closed years? Most of the mistakes HR Block made were related to a rental that we're selling this year. We wanted to have it squared away before selling the rental. Did you have some other issue that might be subject to ...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

I'm pretty sure you can only amend 3 years but the IRS can AUDIT more if they expect fraud. (that's why you are told to keep 7 years worth of tax returns). I would hold onto the letters refusing your money, but not continue to try and get them to take the money. What did H&R Block do wrong? Are...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

I thought the same, but CPA said 5-7 years can be amended. I'm pretty sure you can only amend 3 years but the IRS can AUDIT more if they expect fraud. (that's why you are told to keep 7 years worth of tax returns). I would hold onto the letters refusing your money, but not continue to try and get t...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

HR Block did our taxes incorrectly for the past 6 years, so we went to a CPA who amended them and we mailed in checks to Fed and CA state. However, now we are receiving money back from IRS (nothing back from State). The letters state: Thank you for the amended tax return received June [blank], 2015...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Should I re-return money to IRS?

I thought the same, but CPA said 5-7 years can be amended.
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I re-return money to IRS?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Should I re-return money to IRS?

HR Block did our taxes incorrectly for the past 6 years, so we went to a CPA who amended them and we mailed in checks to Fed and CA state. However, now we are receiving money back from IRS (nothing back from State). The letters state: Thank you for the amended tax return received June [blank], 2015....
by financial.freedom
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Tax-Loss Harvesting vs Rebalancing vs Doing Nothing"
Replies: 43
Views: 3667

Re: "Tax-Loss Harvesting vs Rebalancing vs Doing Nothing"

Interesting read... probably holds true for majority of investors but NOT my situation. 1. High % of my portfolio is taxable. 2. I've been TLH-ing early in life, so the delay in paying cap gains taxes has longer to compound (longer for "loan" from the IRS to compound). 3. Most likely will...
by financial.freedom
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Tax-Loss Harvesting vs Rebalancing vs Doing Nothing"
Replies: 43
Views: 3667

Re: "Tax-Loss Harvesting vs Rebalancing vs Doing Nothing"

Interesting read... probably holds true for majority of investors but NOT my situation. 1. High % of my portfolio is taxable. 2. I've been TLH-ing early in life, so the delay in paying cap gains taxes has longer to compound (longer for "loan" from the IRS to compound). 3. Most likely will ...
by financial.freedom
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to buy VG funds via regular mail?
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: How to buy VG funds via regular mail?

Another option to work around the frequent trading restrictions would be to use an automatic transaction. Automatic transactions can be created to: 1) exchange funds 2) purchase funds using money from your bank (if you have a linked bank account) 3) selling funds and sending money to your bank. IMO...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to buy VG funds via regular mail?
Replies: 8
Views: 871

How to buy VG funds via regular mail?

I sold TSM and TISM in taxable online for TLH and to buy back 31 days later sounds as though it has to be done via regular US mail (due to the frequent trading policy online). How have others on the forum done this? Do you mail a check and quick statement of what you want to buy to: Vanguard P.O. Bo...
by financial.freedom
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?
Replies: 43
Views: 4346

Re: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?

You could try bucket baths rather than showers. It's surprising how much water can be used depending upon the method of showering. I use very little water, only shower 2-3x per week (other times I swim in the pool in the morning before work) and use a bucket to throw water into the pool that is not...
by financial.freedom
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?
Replies: 43
Views: 4346

Re: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?

I would recommend xeriscaping with native Californian plants and/or drought tolerant plants over artificial turf. My employer has redone some areas with artificial grass and some with xeriscaping. The xeriscaped areas look much better. The state-wide rebate program through MWD to replace lawns with...
by financial.freedom
Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?
Replies: 43
Views: 4346

Re: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?

The pool doesn't seem to require as much water as the front/side/back lawns. I fill the pool manually with a hose, about 30-45 minutes of water per week. The sprinklers were using about 8-10 hours of water per week when we first moved in. With the changes in water restrictions, we are using 3 hours ...
by financial.freedom
Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?
Replies: 43
Views: 4346

Re: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?

We use dymondia as a ground cover now along with native plants and a drip system. Dymondia is sold in flats at Home Depot and some nurseries with about 100 plugs to a flat, each plug planted about 18" apart. You can walk on it and when the edges curl up, you see the gray underside. That means ...
by financial.freedom
Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?
Replies: 43
Views: 4346

Re: Should I change to artificial grass (in SoCal)?

Thank you for all of the great replies. I checked the sprinkler system for leaks and looks fine to me. Was able to cut our bill in half just by watering according to the City restrictions (3x per week, 5 mins per system x 12 for total of 60 mins). Evaporation from the pool is an area that can be imp...