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by 02nz
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3293

Re: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?

If you can't be bothered to carry an external flash, then you should probably stick to cell phone cameras, at least for indoor photos. With their sophisticated algorithms (taking multiple exposures to adjust for lighting conditions), they can give you much better pictures under challenging lighting ...
by 02nz
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Conversion Pro-rata Question
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Roth Conversion Pro-rata Question

So for a conversion being performed in 2021, as long as I have no tax deferred tIRA balances on 12/31/21, I need not worry about the pro-rata rule? Even if I had a tax-deferred balance in my tIRA earlier this year as long as it had been rolled over before the conversion, I should be able to avoid t...
by 02nz
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Impact on taxable account when China eventually moves from EM to DM indices.
Replies: 17
Views: 1275

Re: Impact on taxable account when China eventually moves from EM to DM indices.

I am trying to think ahead to the day when China eventually switches from emerging to developed indices. This would have implications for term holding VEA/VWO instead of VXUS. I have some questions: 1. How is that going to work? 2. Will Vanguard automatically provide China shares in VEA for the VWO...
by 02nz
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Conversion Pro-rata Question
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Roth Conversion Pro-rata Question

Attempting my first traditional IRA to Roth conversion. Did an extensive amount of reading and I think I'm doing this correctly, but just had a question regarding the pro-rata rule and timing of the conversion. I had 2 traditional IRA accounts that were funded with pre-tax dollars. Based on my read...
by 02nz
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: In what condition, will international significantly overperform US?
Replies: 170
Views: 12507

Re: In what condition, will international significantly overperform US?

You could do the same thing by looking top holdings of a small cap value index fund -- you would not recognize most of the top names, but the small cap index outperform the total market index long term. It has outperformed over certain time period and underperformed over others. These statements CA...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6664

Re: Family car

The new Sienna comes as hybrid standard, and the Highlander is available as a hybrid.
by 02nz
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone increasing international allocation?
Replies: 121
Views: 7605

Re: Anyone increasing international allocation?

Genuinesarcasm wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:41 pm From reading Bernstein and others, this seems to be about the upper limit for international exposure and without being a market timer ...
Why would 35% not be "market-timing" (whatever that means in this context) but market cap weighting (about 45%) would be "market-timing"?
by 02nz
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: S&P 500 v Total Stock - What is your favorite and why?
Replies: 104
Views: 8888

Re: S&P 500 v Total Stock - What is your favorite and why?

Of the two, total stock. I like the extra diversification of total stock. For my portfolio, I like total world stock for new money in to a (very slightly) rising equity glidepath. It keeps the world wide diversification that I want in my portfolio. Now, if you ask why do you give up several % point...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car supports easy upgrades of driver assist features year over year without buying a new car every year ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: Which car supports easy upgrades of driver assist features year over year without buying a new car every year ?

Being focused on driving and not allowing yourself to be distracted is of far more important than any driver assist feature. I agree maintaining attention is important, and driver assist features are no substitute for that. But having driven several trips now - especially on freeways (both at speed...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop portable power bank
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

Re: Laptop portable power bank

I've used quite a few USB-PD laptops, and indeed in a pinch it's handy to be able to charge with a USB-A to -C cable (very slowly - max around 10-12W instead of the 45-65W the laptop's own charger can do). Basically only works when turned off (or at least in sleep), and not all laptops with USB Pow...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop portable power bank
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

Re: Laptop portable power bank

I haven't seen any comparisons, but I don't think going to AC and back is very efficient. .... Definitely, not efficient, but (a) my laptop does not take USB-A nor USB-C for input power, (b) I can power other 110-120VAC devices, (c) my car already has USB-A sockets, and (d) with my car I am unconce...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6713

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

I was reading that all electric homes with 100A service might have a problem with EV chargers? After what I saw this winter, I think my power grid might also have a problem when everyone decides to plug in their cars. :oops: As usual with threads on EVs, there's an impressive amount of FUD (fear, u...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6713

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

One more thing... in California, no one uses their garage. There must be some other California in which no one uses their garage, because I've seen plenty of garages in this California with cars parked in them, most garages, in fact. My garage in California has two vehicles parked in it. My neighbo...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a TV - What Brand
Replies: 37
Views: 2266

Re: Need a TV - What Brand

For the OP - I may be mistaken, because I don't own an iPhone to experiment, but I believe newer TV's featuring Roku as their smart platform can mirror both iPhone and Android screens with . Airplay should not be the only way to do this. AirPlay is the technology that allows Roku to do mirroring fr...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop portable power bank
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

Re: Laptop portable power bank

If your laptop has a USB-C port that supports charging (Power Delivery) - most Dell laptops from the past 5 years or so do - I would recommend using a power bank that supports that, as it will be the most compatible with other devices and most future-proof. For example this one: https://www.amazon.c...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a TV - What Brand
Replies: 37
Views: 2266

Re: Need a TV - What Brand

TCL is a good budget choice, slightly better value even than Vizio. Many of their TVs have the Roku platform built-in, while other models use Android TV. I recommend Roku TVs for ease of use and responsiveness.
by 02nz
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6713

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

See this article about companies coming out with Level 2 chargers for the home to match Level 2 charging found on public chargers. https://mashable.com/article/level-2-faster-home-ev-charging/ "Coming out" with Level 2 chargers? They've been out a long time. The whole point of OP's thread...
by 02nz
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6713

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

See this article about companies coming out with Level 2 chargers for the home to match Level 2 charging found on public chargers. https://mashable.com/article/level-2-faster-home-ev-charging/ "Coming out" with Level 2 chargers? They've been out a long time. The whole point of OP's thread...
by 02nz
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6713

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

bi-directional charging stations so car battery systems can be used as a power storage device for your home Already exists. Nissan offers it for the LEAF in Japan, requires additional equipment. Hyundai's upcoming Ioniq offers it as well (built-in but much lower capacity I believe). But both vehicl...
by 02nz
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6713

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

For something high tech like electric charged vehicles, I would wait until I actually was going to purchase one before doing anything to an existing garage structure. Technology, charging methods and charging locations are likely to change many times in the next five years. I hear this kind of talk...
by 02nz
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cannot access TSP.gov account
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Cannot access TSP.gov account

The problem could be you are using "too" new a version of the browser. Chrome, for example, automatically updates on its own. If yours updated to version 89, and TSP hasn't added that to its approved list, then you could have problems until TSP catches up.
by 02nz
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital Music/Audio Makeover
Replies: 27
Views: 1769

Re: Better Audio

Start with new speakers — https://www.bowerswilkins.com/home-audio/800-series Starting at $4K/pair - for passive speakers only, no source and no amplification. The 800 series was legendary. They are still good speakers, but there are now far more competitors in that price range. They do also make t...
by 02nz
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital Music/Audio Makeover
Replies: 27
Views: 1769

Re: Better Audio

Start with new speakers — https://www.bowerswilkins.com/home-audio/800-series Starting at $4K/pair - for passive speakers only, no source and no amplification. The 800 series was legendary. They are still good speakers, but there are now far more competitors in that price range. They do also make t...
by 02nz
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital Music/Audio Makeover
Replies: 27
Views: 1769

Re: Digital Music/Audio Makeover

Sonos is very good in my experience - easy to use, reliable, surprisingly good sound quality even from my $300 One SL speakers. Add a Sub for something approaching audiophile sound, or go with a pair of Fives ($1K). If willing to go higher still, the KEF LS50 Wireless II ($2500) is probably the best...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: budget espresso maker
Replies: 67
Views: 3727

Re: budget espresso maker

Nespresso has machines in all price ranges. They do, but it's kind of pointless to pay more. They all make the exact same coffee. The fancier ones have built-in milk foamers, but the bundles of one of the cheaper machines plus an Aeroccino are generally a better value. Around Black Friday you can t...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: budget espresso maker
Replies: 67
Views: 3727

Re: budget espresso maker

Consider a Nespresso machine. You can buy stainless steel reusable pods like Sealpods which cut down on environmental waste. They're the Razor and blades model. In the long run, you're paying way more, and we haven't begun to talk about coffee quality. Well, if you are buying reusable pods then you...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What do most people do with a 401K upon retirement if they dont need it?
Replies: 169
Views: 15235

Re: What do most people do with a 401K upon retirement if they dont need it?

My wife and I are both state workers and are "expected" to have a combined pension of $170K a year once retired and plan to live on this amount. ... The 401K's should be worth well into the 7 figures barring anything crazy happening. Agree with those who say this is counting the chickens ...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Managing investments for an elderly relative
Replies: 61
Views: 4232

Re: Managing investments for an elderly relative

Who are the inheritors? With no children or spouse, who would accuse you? I manage for my aunt, also single and no children. I have everything down to two accounts. One checking and everything else in Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative (20/80). She is 87 and lives in assisted living. Total NW about...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prius service
Replies: 14
Views: 899

Re: Prius service

Thanks. I have only been on the freeway about 5 times so I guess I will have them change the oil and balance the tires. I doubt balancing is necessary unless it's been sitting for very long (like over a month) without moving. And does your instrument cluster have a menu that tells you estimated oil...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 403(B) and Personal Roth IRA
Replies: 13
Views: 941

Re: 403(B) and Personal Roth IRA

Just a thought this happened to a colleague. The 403b contribution is the date it comes out of paycheck. So if a Dec 31, 2020 paycheck deducts 3,000 then it is a tax year 2020 contribution. It’ll get deposited to your 403b likely a few days or week later in January 2021 but it’s a 2020 tax year con...
by 02nz
Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 403(B) and Personal Roth IRA
Replies: 13
Views: 941

Re: 403(B) and Personal Roth IRA

Do I need yo keep track myself of how much i contribute to roth ira per year (and tell my accountant)... or do I get some form that lists this info (and Give that to my accountant)? Every year your Roth IRA custodian will produce a form 5498 showing how much you contributed. It's generally availabl...
by 02nz
Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

Is there something different between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s? My 6s is current, just updated to iOS 14.4.1. Not sure why the 6 would have stopped receiving updates so far back I explained here: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5891681#p5891681 BTW your 6S is likely to be dropped ...
by 02nz
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RESOLVED: Should I contact Credit Card to stop payment on an order I placed yesterday - big ticket item...
Replies: 30
Views: 3724

Re: Should I contact Credit Card to stop payment on an order I placed yesterday - big ticket item...

If they're not able to cancel before shipping, you can still decline delivery, by either telling the carrier who brings it to your door, or if they just leave it there, by taking it back to the carrier unopened. (You may need to do this at the FedEx or UPS "Customer Center," not the more n...
by 02nz
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

If Mint/T-Mobile doesn't work well for you, Red Pocket is generally the cheapest way to get Verizon or AT&T for moderate data users. For example 1GB/mo is $8.25/mo, 3GB is $15, if you buy a year. That's a much better value than Tracfone's 1GB/mo plan ($20). Could be. But a quick check of reddit...
by 02nz
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

f you're on a prepaid plan like Mint Mobile, you can buy a new SE2 (locked to them) for $400 (no trade-in so you can lower the out of pocket cost by selling your current phone and they have some modest service deals as well -- $15/month x 24 months). Tracfone is offering the SE2 for $200 with servi...
by 02nz
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

Glad your 6 is still working, but even back in 2015 or 2016, when I started using a 6S and a 6 side-by-side, the difference in responsiveness was very noticeable (much more than the boost from any subsequent generation, or even multiple generations). The 6S brought a much faster processor, doubled t...
by 02nz
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 457 Added Some Funds — Help Me Pick
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: 457 Added Some Funds — Help Me Pick

My 457 plan added several funds this year. I’ve been invested 100% in VINIX. There is a Lifepath Target fund but it 55% domestic and 40% international. That international seems too high to me. Vanguard’s total international index is also there now (VTPSX), as is the Vanguard Extended Index (VEXAX),...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another laptop thread - value and photos
Replies: 28
Views: 1698

Re: Another laptop thread - value and photos

Not to highjack the OPs thread, but for you experts on Lenovo: Costco currently has the S540 for $550, with an i5-10210U, 16GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD. I don't see that model on the Lenovo site, but they have one with the same model number with an i7-10210U, 8GB of memory, and a 256GB SSD for $7...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another laptop thread - value and photos
Replies: 28
Views: 1698

Re: Another laptop thread - value and photos

Another vote for Lenovo. Quality build, I especially like the keyboard, good battery life. OP you didn't say you price range? But agree with above post you can build your own Lenovo as you like and the price that fits your budget. When it comes to PC laptops, it's not the brand but the product line...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 2867
Views: 455209

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

A Merrill Edge phone rep told me today (3/17) that they're ending all cash reward offers after 4/15. The regular offer (up to $900) is still available until then, and I believe you currently can still get them to give you a custom offer for bringing in new money into an existing account. Do people ...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

OP, trade up more frequently. These days it's relatively painless. I don't know that I'd call spending $800-1200 every few years "relatively painless." I'd bite the bullet if my employer forced me to upgrade, but aside from that, my 7+ works fine and I have no plans to upgrade any time so...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_iOS_and_iPadOS_devices It seems the longest are: 4S - came out 10/14/2011 and last supported 7/22/2019 - almost 8 years 5S - came out 9/20/2013 and last supported 1/11/2021 - more than 7 years But yes for the most part they only support them anywhere from 3-6 y...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 2867
Views: 455209

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

A Merrill Edge phone rep told me today (3/17) that they're ending all cash reward offers after 4/15. The regular offer (up to $900) is still available until then, and I believe you currently can still get them to give you a custom offer for bringing in new money into an existing account. Do people ...
by 02nz
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Third stimulus payment - mega-thread]
Replies: 362
Views: 25884

Re: Received 3rd stimulus check 3/12/21

BarbBrooklyn wrote: Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:57 am We are at the end of the alphabet:wonder if that matters?
It does not seem to. I'm also at the end, and my payment arrived by direct deposit on Monday.
by 02nz
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

The Neural engine in the A11 processor inside the iPhone X might be the next cutoff, keeping support for the X longer than the 8, even though they came out in the same year. So the 7 or 8 might get 1-2 more iterations, while the X might get 2-3. Huh? The X and the 8 have the same A11 chip, so they ...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

The iPhone 6 was first released in 2014, so Apple has provided support for 7 years, probably as long as can be expected. There isn’t a single phone out there that has been supported for longer than that. The 6 lost iOS updates (other than security updates to iOS 12) in the fall of 2019. The 5S and ...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

Apple usually supports their phones about 7-8 years so I should be good until around 2026. I think the longest time any iPhone has gotten iOS updates is 6 years - 5S and 6S. There are sometimes security updates for longer, but those (like the 12.5.1 OP's 6 is on) do not extend the useful life of th...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: upgrade iphone 6??
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: upgrade iphone 6??

should I upgrade to the iphone SE (2nd Gen) or Google Pixel 4a? SE 2nd gen would be a better choice. I like to keep my smartphone for 8-10 years and am disappointed I may need to upgrade due to this issue. Smart phones have only been around about 15 years. It simply isn't realistic to expect to kee...
by 02nz
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding capital gains tax mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Understanding capital gains tax mechanics

I like this site for visualizing how taxes on capital gains and regular income and the standard deduction interact with each other: https://engaging-data.com/tax-brackets/
by 02nz
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If I sell mutual fund today, would I avoid short term capital gains?
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: If I sell mutual fund today, would I avoid short term capital gains?

My understanding is that it's the trade date that matters. Hopefully someone can confirm. Also, the broker's website should show you whether the unrealized gains are short- or long-term.