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by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Another short selling story
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Re: Another short selling story

Locked. From the forum rules: Non-actionable (Trolling) Topics If readers can't do anything with the content of a topic other than argue about it, it does not belong here. Examples include: - US or world economic, political, tax, health care and climate policies - conspiracy theories of any type inc...
by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Series 7 Exam and Bogleheads
Replies: 26
Views: 3624

Re: Series 7 Exam and Bogleheads

I took (and passed) the 65, the Investment Adviser exam, mostly out of curiosity. The only study source I used was http://www.investopedia.com/exam-guide/series-65/ . Take a look at the guide, you'll notice that a large part of the test covers stuff of no interest to the individual investor. Even th...
by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car would you buy today for $6000?
Replies: 57
Views: 5703

Re: What car would you buy today for $6000?

With the recent issues identified with VW diesels, she might be able go get a relatively recent good quality car for less than market value on similar compact cars. I would not want to recommend a car from a manufacturer with a relatively poor reliability record. If any thing goes wrong with it, yo...
by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]
Replies: 806
Views: 148010

Re: Vanguard sued for [failing to charge market rates to and then paying taxes on services to its mutual funds]

But here's my next question: Why didn't they fight the State of Texas in court? Aren't they setting up a bad precedent for the other 49 States to follow? My guess is they did a cost-benefit analysis and decided it would be cheaper to agree to what appears to be a couple of million dollars payment r...
by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car would you buy today for $6000?
Replies: 57
Views: 5703

Re: What car would you buy today for $6000?

Jack FFR1846 wrote:Mazda 3i sedan. Probably 2010ish
Another Mazda 3.
by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

Looks like DW prefers "volume" for the AM commute. Would a super auto producing an Americano be the way to go? We have a drip coffee maker, but she would switch over to an Americano. The regular espresso(s) would be made on the weekend or perhaps once or twice on weekdays. Check out the videos made...
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

Here's the OT tangent. If it's too OT, or deemed a hijack, my apologies and I understand if the mods remove/split it. I generally am a bigger "spender" than the typical BH, except when it comes to coffee makers and grinders. BHs seem to be happy in a four digit beater automobile, reluctant to spend...
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Color is Your Parachute Exercise [career options for almost retired military officer]
Replies: 16
Views: 2514

Re: What Color is Your Parachute Exercise [career options for almost retired military officer]

I appreciate the responses so far and can understand that the skills are too broad at this point. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can whittle this down further? The process in the book takes me to this point as a means of brainstorming but it sounds as if this is not nearly far enough....
by Alex Frakt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

Do these super auto espresso machines also make coffee? Is an Americano from one of these machines similar to regular drip coffee? Yes, they will make something that resembles a mug of drip coffee. Either an Americano which is an espresso shot with added hot water or a Caffe Lungo which is an espre...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: APHMX - Artisan Mid Cap Inst
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: APHMX - Artisan Mid Cap Inst

An unexpected drop in NAV usually means a distribution of capital gains or interest income. Yep, see https://www.artisanpartners.com/individual-investors/resources/tax-center/distributions.html . The distribution was $6.5557 per share (all LT gains) for all classes of Mid Cap, so it looks like you a...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years
Replies: 71
Views: 9050

Re: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years

What's interesting is how kids raised by the same parents can turn out so differently... There's a lot of innate aspects to a personality that is unaffected by parenting. Nature vs. Nuture... Both matter. True, my two kids are unique. Just like everyone else :-) But note that same parents doesn't n...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years
Replies: 71
Views: 9050

Re: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years

The favorite part, so far, is the grandkids. But that's probably recency bias. :-) Back to the OP's question. I've got a 6.96-year-old and a 2.25-year-old, so my experience is limited to that. For me the baby stuff is the hardest and least rewarding. 2 is interesting as they learn to communicate an...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years
Replies: 71
Views: 9050

Re: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years

Please keep to the OP's questions. I've had to remove several posts from a tangent about public and private schools.
by Alex Frakt
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apartments with PTAC Units [Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner]
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Apartments with PTAC Units

My condo is heated and cooled by with 5(!) PTACs. Believe me, they are not the answer to your winter low humidity problem. I run a couple of humidifiers in the winter.

They do mitigate high humidity in the summer though.
by Alex Frakt
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

Depends on what you're looking for- If you want a hobby to practice brewing different espressos and drinks, then go with a high quality grinder and machine. I got a rancillio silvia machine and ascaso dream grinder and both have worked well and are truly built to last- Very high quality. If you wan...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the point of a Flagship Representative?
Replies: 69
Views: 10445

Re: What is the point of a Flagship Representative?

Crow Hunter wrote:I don't understand the point of having a Flagship rep.
The point is that Vanguard has figured out the Flagship program results in retaining/attracting enough additional assets to drive overall expenses down.
by Alex Frakt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling high CC debt
Replies: 64
Views: 4874

Re: Handling high CC debt

Can you do a loan against a traditional IRA or it has to be a 401(k)? The suggestion previously was to transfer the funds from my IRA into my 401(k) - so that way I could do a loan against that. You can't do a loan from a traditional IRA. it's up to the employer whether you can do one from your 401...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jason Zweig -- funny tweets on behavioral finance
Replies: 15
Views: 2713

Re: Jason Zweig -- funny tweets on behavioral finance

lack_ey wrote:There are processes where basically everyone acts from overconfidence.
Are you 100% sure of that?
by Alex Frakt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

We have a Nespresso (two actually, the one with the small pod and the one with the big pod - I forget the model names). The one with the small pod is really good and what we use on a daily basis. I would have liked to get a semi-automatic espresso machine but my wife would never learn to use it so ...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jason Zweig -- funny tweets on behavioral finance
Replies: 15
Views: 2713

Re: Jason Zweig -- funny tweets on behavioral finance

Bump. This got mired in a moderator discussion, but it's both on-topic and pretty funny. This page collects a series of Jason Zweig tweets defining and demonstrating behavioral finance tendencies, such as: Behavioral economics says humans are overconfident. I’m 100% certain that’s true for everybody...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

I should include the price on the Saeco Syntia, the current refurb price on the model I got - https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-syntia-stainless-steel-compact-espresso-machine-certified-refurbished - is $499. New is $849. seattlecoffeegear.com gives a 10% off coupon if you sign up for their ne...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling high CC debt
Replies: 64
Views: 4874

Re: Handling high CC debt

After an offline PM exchange, I think I need to clarify and add to my previous posts. While the debt is in dispute and thus you aren't paying interest, don't do anything with balance transfers or loans. What you do want to do is build up your savings as much as possible so if you lose your dispute, ...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 7406

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

I'll second Seattle Coffee Gear. I bought a refurbished Saeco Syntia automatic for my wife as a Christmas present last year and everyone loves it. Even our Pavoni-fiddling coffee snob friends :-) Automatic means the beans sit in a hopper and the machine grinds and pours (expresses?) the coffee with ...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling high CC debt
Replies: 64
Views: 4874

Re: Handling high CC debt

A few quick notes on your retirement accounts. - Don't give up the 25% match on your 401(k). - You mentioned that you have a Roth IRA. You can take an amount up to the total of your contributions without paying taxes or a penalty. If you are desperate to get your credit card balances down to help pr...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling high CC debt
Replies: 64
Views: 4874

Re: Handling high CC debt

Get the roommate. Leave the balance where it is and pay off as much as you can while it's in dispute. Your lawyer should be able to drag it out for a while even if you don't eventually prevail. I think there's a behavioral concern with getting a loan. Mentally it's too easy to set up a minimal (if n...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone number for Voice Mail Only
Replies: 17
Views: 1976

Re: Telephone number for Voice Mail Only

Google Voice?
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG "channeling our savings into secret money politics"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1884

Re: VG "channeling our savings into secret money politics"?

Locked. The questions about Vanguard's voting policy are answered above. The rest is off-topic politics.
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7- removing Windows 10-related "updates"
Replies: 9
Views: 1291

Re: Windows 7- removing Windows 10-related "updates"

Let's stick to the OP's issue. If someone is interested in alternative operating systems, it can be discussed in a separate thread.
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving in with GF
Replies: 31
Views: 3780

Re: Moving in with GF

Locked. The question has been answered (to the extent it can be) and for some reason, many responders appear to have forgotten our forum requirement to not act like a jerk "conduct ourselves in a respectful manner to other posters".
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Did you know? Tips for using bogleheads.org
Replies: 36
Views: 40191

Re: Did you know? Tips for using bogleheads.org

pondering wrote:Can the original post still be updated?

The section containing this link https://www.bogleheads.org/index_wide.htm could use an update.
I updated several sections. I'll take suggestions on stuff that still needs updating.
by Alex Frakt
Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help! Inherited money I planned to use for retirement but it disqualifies my kids from scholarships.
Replies: 147
Views: 10676

Re: Help! Inherited money I planned to use for retirement but it disqualifies my kids from scholarships.

I apologize for being frank, but you want - to keep all the inheritance for your retirement, - to contribute $0 to your husband's retirement accounts, - to have your kids tuition subsidized by the tax payer, - and for your kids to be debt free. You may have to pick two out of four. I agree. Let me ...
by Alex Frakt
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1837

Re: Spatchcock Your Turkey?

When did butterflying a bird become spatchcocking it?

OK, I guess I'll do the research myself...

Yep, it's the same thing. Removing the backbone to let the bird lay flat for faster and more even cooking.


Title edited for clarity.
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Captcha problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1352

Re: Captcha problems

Sometimes zooming in helps. Hold Ctrl (or Options) and hit the "+" a couple of times works in most browsers.
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Worst night of my life [personal loan or cash out IRA to pay gambling debt]
Replies: 126
Views: 14228

Re: Worst night of my life

Admin note. Take this at face value. I have reviewed the OP's posting history on other forums, there is nothing to suggest this is a troll.
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: File and Suspend is ending May 1, 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1482

Re: File and Suspend is ending May 1, 2016

Locked. If you have questions on how the program changes affect you, please review/post on the existing thread at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=176706
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Age 53 / Pay Off Student Loans with Inheritance?
Replies: 50
Views: 7575

Re: Age 53 / Pay Off Student Loans with Inheritance?

I've had to remove several posts from this thread, some continuity has been lost. Personal attacks, which includes calling someone a troll, are not acceptable here, as are: Non-actionable (Trolling) Topics If readers can't do anything with the content of a topic other than argue about it, it does n...
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gene Amdahl: 1922-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1414

Re: Gene Amdahl: 1922-2015

Locked. Nothing against Mr. Amdahl, but this isn't a personal consumer topic.
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: looking for best online [medical information] beside webMD
Replies: 13
Views: 1628

Re: looking for best online [medical information] beside webMD

Take a look at the Medical Library Association's Top Health Websites For Health Consumers and Patients . Outstanding! Thanks! I used to have a list something like this, but haven't done much in depth for a while. I used to check for outdated info and check to see if the site had an agenda of its ow...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: How long does it take a post to be approved?
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Re: How long does it take a post to be approved?

It ranges from a few minutes to several hours. Everyone who works on this site volunteers their time. We have three people who can approve posts. Two of us work full time and the third is a very busy retiree, so there are times when none of us are available to check new posts. Note that only your fi...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)
Replies: 57
Views: 8433

Re: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)

"BTW, now that Sam Zell is starting to cash out of the apartment market, I'm going to start paying attention to it again." Well, maybe this entire thread suggests it's time to "start paying attention." I well recall the enthusiasm preceding the Account's previous erosion. Lev Like this one? More pr...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)
Replies: 57
Views: 8433

Re: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)

Wait, let me get this straight. YOU successfully timed real estate during it's singular decline in it's short history, and that's your evidence that it absolutely CAN be timed? Excuse me? It's actually fairly insulting to the collective investment philosophy employed here that your past posts are s...
by Alex Frakt
Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)
Replies: 57
Views: 8433

Re: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)

Every time this comes up people point to the ability, or need, to time real estate. This is a total fallacy and misleading. The fact that the fund moves "slowly" doesn't imply direction is predictable. It was predictable in 2008. Will it be next time? Hard to say... So was yesterday's weather. Tell...
by Alex Frakt
Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)
Replies: 57
Views: 8433

Re: TIAA Real Estate Account (TREA)

In a recent post on the Morningstar TIAA-CREF forum ... several members there indicated how much of their total portfolio was invested in TREA. The percentages ranged from a low of 10% to a high of 62%. (Two members indicated having TREA holdings greater than 62%, but they didn't cite an actual fig...
by Alex Frakt
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: antiques [Swedish mid-century modern seating]
Replies: 17
Views: 1846

Re: antiques [Swedish mid-century modern seating]

I bought a pair of early '50s Danish chairs last year. In the process of researching them, I found that Scandinavian modern is pretty well documented. If you can figure out the designer and model, you can find representative prices on the web. If the dealer can't supply the info, google image search...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legal Fee Discount?
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: Legal Fee Discount?

I manage my wife's immigration law firm and nearly everything we do is flat rate, with a range of $350 for filing for renewal of a temporary employment card to maybe $3500 for a complex waiver. People occasionally ask for discounts, but we won't give them. And lawyers in our state can't do anything ...
by Alex Frakt
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Noise/Sleep/Sound Therapy
Replies: 62
Views: 6985

Re: White Noise/Sleep/Sound Therapy

investingdad wrote:We made the mistake of using one for our daughter when she was a baby, at ten years old today she refuses to sleep without it. Didn't repeat that mistake with our son.
We used it with my son when he was a baby until around three. There was no trouble transitioning.
by Alex Frakt
Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Best decisions, biggest busts for appliances
Replies: 46
Views: 6322

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Best decisions, biggest busts for appliances

Best decision - granite countertops - 11 years later and still love them. No maintenance (we left them unsealed) and no need to worry about scratching, staining or burning them. - drawers instead of doors on lower cabinets - keeping existing white appliances - at the time of our purchase stainless s...