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by rich126
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summerizing Florida House
Replies: 12
Views: 1306

Re: Summerizing Florida House

I was going to recommend some webcams to monitor things remotely although that means continuing to pay for Internet service and you may not want to do that. Generally I'm not a fan of the lack of security they have, but I would want to keep an eye on the place in case of flooding, break ins, etc.
by rich126
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Offering position to candidate interviewed 7 months ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1156

Re: Offering position to candidate interviewed 7 months ago

What did you do 7 months ago when that person wasn't hired? Did you contact the person and said "Unfortunately we selected another person but appreciated you applying to the position." As an applicant my opinion would depend on whether a company simply selected another person and told me s...
by rich126
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How close to retirement age would you start to coast instead of grinding it out?
Replies: 94
Views: 8369

Re: How close to retirement age would you start to coast instead of grinding it out?

Might depend on definitions of coast vs grind. I've never had interest in working more than 40 hrs but I like to be very productive in those 40 hrs. In some sense I'm dialing it back (temporarily) since I'm only working 27 hrs a week. I cut back because I was bored and had a long commute. I'm certai...
by rich126
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much does your employer sponsered health insurance cost you?
Replies: 43
Views: 2508

Re: How much does your employer sponsered health insurance cost you?

These numbers will be from 0 to very high. The federal government plans are 80/20 where you pay the 20% of the plan costs and that varies greatly based on the plan. You can see rates at https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/plans/2021/state/md/rates For 2020 at my curr...
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Zelle/Venmo/Cashapp?
Replies: 42
Views: 3379

Re: Zelle/Venmo/Cashapp?

PayPal is required to report gross payments received for sellers who receive over $20,000 in gross payment volume AND over 200 separate payments in a calendar year. So, just $20,000 in receipts wouldn’t trigger the 1099 unless there was also 200+ payments. https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/irs6...
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hoarding and Decluttering
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: Hoarding and Decluttering

I try to tell people "Please no gifts". I'm at an age where I don't need much and what I do need I can easily afford. Holidays/BDays are for kids. I've been trying to down size and when I sold my house last year I gave away much of my furniture and threw away a ton of stuff. My GF is tryin...
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Why PM messages are stuck in outbox ?
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: Why PM messages are stuck in outbox ?

Thanks for weighing in. I see my PMs are stuck in outbox. How can I make to SEND ? Thanks for your guidance. PM will remain in your outbox until it is read by recipient, at which time it "moves" to "sent". Yes, a bit confusing. RM Would make more sense if it was called "rea...
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medical Group wants me to be CFO -- advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 3502

Re: Medical Group wants me to be CFO -- advice?

Sounds like a lot of extra work, stress and potential liability. I hope you are getting extra compensation for the task.
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your bond fund should have barely enough for reasonable rebalancing. The rest of your fixed income should be in MYGAs.
Replies: 42
Views: 5484

Re: Your bond fund should have barely enough for reasonable rebalancing. The rest of your fixed income should be in MYGA

My limited understanding of MYGAs is that they pay a fairly minimal (1%) commission to anyone selling them. As a buyer of the MYGA you don't save anything if you buy them directly or pay extra going through someone collecting a commission. At least that is what I've been told.
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medical Group wants me to be CFO -- advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 3502

Re: Medical Group wants me to be CFO -- advice?

I'm curious, shouldn't a CFO have a financial background?

My GF currently works for a small health care company which is having issues and their CFO has no financial background and that seems to be a part of the issue.
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?
Replies: 172
Views: 17150

Re: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?

Didn't move to Wisconsin for weather alone, but it was a drawing point. Nice calm and colorful autumns, cold and white winters with lots to do outside, and hot(ish) humid verdant summers. The only regret is that winter is really hard on the house (like a bursting pipe for the radiators) and the car...
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Zelle/Venmo/Cashapp?
Replies: 42
Views: 3379

Re: Zelle/Venmo/Cashapp?

I briefly looked into some of these when I had a lawn guy that wanted to use it. My issues were: 1. A surcharge to use a credit card. 2. Wanting to link to my bank account. So I declined and paid him in cash. I very rarely will link anything to my bank account or allow anyone to auto deduct from it....
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

As I expected the FEMA phone lines are overloaded. They went from busy signals to 'circuits overloaded' messages yesterday to an IRS like message this morning. Heavy call volume. Please call back at a later time. So I'll just keep trying, and maybe I'll get through some day. My GF has tried a few t...
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Swing Set Dilemma
Replies: 56
Views: 4564

Re: The Great Swing Set Dilemma

$4K for a swing set. Oh my. What problems some people have.
by rich126
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Multiple years of expenses in cash when starting retirement
Replies: 82
Views: 4888

Re: Multiple years of expenses in cash when starting retirement

While money is money and in reality it is one big bucket, I prefer to think of it as various buckets. Also I don't view cash as losing but instead provides opportunities to buy when everyone else is selling. Anyhow I'm thinking of the following: 1. My core bucket where I will be taking ~4% from year...
by rich126
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?
Replies: 172
Views: 17150

Re: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?

I grew up in MD and have literally detested summers there since I was quite young due to the humidity. The perfect day to me is snow. I actually moved to AZ for work and surprisingly really enjoyed the dry heat. I miss the snow but not rain. Having said that, I don't think weather would be the main ...
by rich126
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trading Platforms
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Trading Platforms

ThinkorSwim is the best. TD Ameritrade. I haven't kept up with all of them so maybe this is less true but another thing that was nice with TOS is that it fully supported Apple computers. At one time when Scottrade was around they had one but it was Windows only. Huh, that's interesting. I was not a...
by rich126
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trading Platforms
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Trading Platforms

Marseille07 wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:24 pm ThinkorSwim is the best. TD Ameritrade.
I haven't kept up with all of them so maybe this is less true but another thing that was nice with TOS is that it fully supported Apple computers. At one time when Scottrade was around they had one but it was Windows only.
by rich126
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thrift Savings Plan account locked - too many password reset attempts
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Thrift Savings Plan account locked - too many password reset attempts

This happened this morning. I did not make any password reset attempts so apparently an attempted hack. The email appears legit and the number to call to unlock is the legitimate TSP service line. So what can I infer from this type of attempt? The password is complex. The username is not (me bad). ...
by rich126
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do budgets work?
Replies: 122
Views: 4844

Re: Do budgets work?

A budget is similar to people here writing an IPS. The benefit is sitting down and seeing the numbers. As to their effectiveness that depends on the person. Personally I laugh at the comments where people say they consult their IPS. You wrote it so you can break it, not like someone else is enforcin...
by rich126
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone contemplating OLY (One Less Year)?
Replies: 52
Views: 4759

Re: Anyone contemplating OLY (One Less Year)?

I've pondered retiring earlier than my original 60 but won't do it. I think we would be ok but a few things will keep me going. My pension and health insurance doesn't start until 60. Currently I've taken some time off and reduced my hours to 3 days a week so that has been nice to enjoy life and rec...
by rich126
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying the IRS via several options
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Paying the IRS via several options

I have a rather substantial tax bill due this year due to selling a rental house and some investments. I've already gone and just sent a check in for the state taxes. For the federal taxes is there any issues if I do a combination of the following? 1. Use a bank transfer to pay a portion of it 2. Us...
by rich126
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline Miles - how to use?
Replies: 27
Views: 1794

Re: Arline Miles - how to use?

Right now it can be hard to use due to: 1. Lack of flights (lots of cut backs on # of flights) 2. Travel restrictions Usually the best value for miles are international premium cabins or last minute expensive flights. It also helps to have a flexible schedule. And yeah, some travel stuff right now i...
by rich126
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FERS annuitant question
Replies: 11
Views: 1315

Re: FERS annuitant question

Added: you will receive a lump sum payment for accumulated annual leave. My agency put it in the final check. I think some agencies send it separately. I know, that's whopper of a monkey wrench, isn't it. Thanks for the heads up. I've never understood the desire to max out leave. It doesn't make se...
by rich126
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FERS annuitant question
Replies: 11
Views: 1315

Re: FERS annuitant question

Added: you will receive a lump sum payment for accumulated annual leave. My agency put it in the final check. I think some agencies send it separately. I know, that's whopper of a monkey wrench, isn't it. Thanks for the heads up. I've never understood the desire to max out leave. It doesn't make se...
by rich126
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Consolidate Fidelity to Vanguard or not
Replies: 33
Views: 2464

Re: Consolidate Fidelity to Vanguard or not

I have Schwab, Fido, and Vanguard. I would never cosolidate anything into Vanguard. Stick with Fidelity for a few reasons. One,Fidelity allows for fractional share investing for ETFs and stocks. Two, Fidelity's web and app interfaces are light years ahead of Vanguard. I closed out my Vanguard accou...
by rich126
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Preferred
Replies: 17
Views: 1400

Re: Chase Sapphire Preferred

Might depend on what you want from points. If you want the ability to transfer points to travel partners (i.e., transfer to airline and take a business class flight to Europe) you need to have certain Chase cards. As someone else mentions it also primary CDW waiver coverage on rental cars. 24/7 road...
by rich126
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP asset allocation
Replies: 11
Views: 939

Re: TSP asset allocation

The lifecycle funds simply use the underlying C, S, I, F, G fund and adjust accordingly. If you was 50-60% equities, why not just allocate accordingly in the TSP yourself? I would agree with this although the lifecycle funds use some very non-round numbers for their allocations. For example: L2045 ...
by rich126
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Staying at a company after giving notice? (counter-offer)
Replies: 58
Views: 5829

Re: Staying at a company after giving notice? (counter-offer)

Most of this is highly dependent on the company and managers involved. Some seem to hold everything against people and others are much more understanding. Some (most?) places I would never tell them anything about leaving until I gave my notice. Others I know the people well and will bounce things o...
by rich126
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Satisfaction vs Maximizing Income
Replies: 87
Views: 5870

Re: Job Satisfaction vs Maximizing Income

While you would prefer to increase income I think you can get to a point where money is secondary to happiness. Sure if a pay cut means you have to make drastic lifestyle changes to include even medical events that is a different story but often it isn't to those levels. I've gone to doubling my sal...
by rich126
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Satisfaction vs Maximizing Income
Replies: 87
Views: 5870

Re: Job Satisfaction vs Maximizing Income

Maybe it is too hypothetical or opaque for many to give advice on. More so, just trying to take a poll of prevailing sentiment. In my mind, I think I could put up with pretty much anything for the first 8-10 years of my career if it will set up my family financially. Not sure if that is just becaus...
by rich126
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking a paycut for a more stable state job (CA)?
Replies: 76
Views: 4731

Re: Taking a paycut for a more stable state job (CA)?

I've gone back and forth on this several times. I've left safe federal government jobs twice (15 and 6.5 yrs) and have an offer to go back now. In your field (QA), I think job stability isn't usually very good. I know where I worked previously QA and CM folks tended to disappear (along with mid-mana...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When and how much to disclose in your job search?
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: When and how much to disclose in your job search?

I wouldn't say much but of course don't lie either. That process sounds like trying to get a government job, especially one with a clearance. I once was dealing with several small contractors and it turned out 2 of them put me in for the same position with the government (oops!) but it wasn't anythi...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife Beating Me Up over cost of Landscaping Job
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: Wife Beating Me Up over cost of Landscaping Job

Might want to ask her if she'd prefer to have a flooded basement or house. I've had a lot of issues with drainage at various homes back east. People do get certain prices in their mind for certain jobs. I've known at times I went "Really that much?" and other times "Wow, I thought it ...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For those retired or FI, how much do you spend annually?
Replies: 286
Views: 20739

Re: How much do you spend annually in retirement?

I know that there are alot of variables such as cost of living but I am curious what people spend annually in retirement. My gut tells me that $50,000 annually would be living "high on the hog" assuming all debts are paid off. If anyone is willing to share I think it would be interesting....
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 30 Years and 100% VTI
Replies: 111
Views: 12485

Re: 30 Years and 100% VTI

I just happened to look at the 2000s and noticed the real return for the decade (1/2000 to 12/2009) per Portfolio Visualizer was -2.7%. I honestly didn't realize that although I knew 2008 was a mess and so was late 1999/2000. As a younger investor at that time I was more in the accumulation phase an...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Reallocation Plan
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: TSP Reallocation Plan

Please let me know if what I am doing makes sense. I am a federal government employee. I have well over a million dollars in the TSP. My allocation is: 25% G; 50% C; 15% S; 10% I. This is the allocation I am comfortable with and plan on continuing this into retirement. With the TSP, if I submit a r...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to terminate an old Admin Dissolved LLC (Georgia)
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: How to terminate an old Admin Dissolved LLC (Georgia)

Just for safety I terminated an LLC in AZ. Unfortunately it did cost $35 but I figured it was a good idea to kill it since I didn't see any likelihood of me needing it again (it was originally for a rental property but that was sold and I don't anticipate doing it again now that I'm nearing retireme...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baseball cards - worth anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 6337

Re: Baseball cards - worth anything?

What does it mean to get a card “graded”, why is it important, and how does one go about doing this? Grading companies examine the condition of the card (centering, borders, corner sharpness, surface quality) and grade cards on a scale of 1-10, they then encase them in a special tamper-resistant pl...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for simple home gym
Replies: 41
Views: 3305

Re: Recommendation for simple home gym

Some people do better with a device in front of a tv to help the time go by. I like recumbent bikes but if you are starting out I'm not sure spending the money is worth it if the person isn't likely to stick with it. I have to admit the past year I've done almost nothing which isn't good. The last t...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?
Replies: 53
Views: 3155

Re: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?

Turns out my battery just died a few weeks ago. The car was only 3 yrs old. It was an AGM battery but I replaced it with a non-AGM battery largely due to what was available (we were on our 4th stop looking for a battery and it was getting close to closing time). I have my doubts the AGM is worth the...
by rich126
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 2021 Check Up. 31 Years Old. NW $5M.
Replies: 48
Views: 5842

Re: 2021 Check Up. 31 Years Old. NW $5M.

I know nothing about art but I was reading something not long ago where the average price appreciation over the decades was quite high. I guess if you know what you are doing, it is a good investment. Maybe much better than the market will be over the next decade (more than a few have negative retur...
by rich126
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: (Invalid?) Relocation repayment agreement
Replies: 13
Views: 928

Re: (Invalid?) Relocation repayment agreement

Understand the relocation agreement. I had someone I could ask questions to and the 1 year agreement was NOT from the date I started employment but was 1 year from the last payment they made to me. I got money at various times to cover hotel, house sale, etc. So instead my date was ~14 months after ...
by rich126
Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Curious about negative expat experiences -- why don't more people do it?
Replies: 111
Views: 10651

Re: Curious about negative expat experiences -- why don't more people do it?

The government agency I used to work for often had overseas tours of 3 years. Some were quite competitive and some people tried to continually stay out of the US. Looking back I regret not taking one. When I was in my 20s my office desperately was trying to find someone qualified to go to the UK and...
by rich126
Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Potential Optimizations of SMA-based Rotational Leveraged Strategy
Replies: 49
Views: 1939

Re: Potential Optimizations of SMA-based Rotational Leveraged Strategy

I would suggest checking out the mechanical investing board over at the motley fool. It is a free board and goes back a few decades with some very good people. They built a special back tester for a lot of stock strategies.
by rich126
Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay1040.Com Question (Pay Tax With Credit Card)
Replies: 16
Views: 1570

Re: Pay1040.Com Question (Pay Tax With Credit Card)

This is the first year in a while I will owe money and it will be substantial (house sold, previously used part time as rental + cap gains) so I've been looking at using credit cards. Unless you are getting signup bonuses it seems like the fee (now 1.99%) will make things nearly a break even proposi...
by rich126
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Job Relocation Benefits?
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Federal Job Relocation Benefits?

It is for a GS14 position in a very difficult to fill technical role that requires a special clearance. Until I see the relo benefits on paper I'm not saying it is a sure thing but the recruiter person said that I qualify for the relocation. As someone who has previously worked in a similar job I kn...
by rich126
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone here have a golden butterfly portfolio?
Replies: 45
Views: 9729

Re: Anyone here have a golden butterfly portfolio?

I'm not sure how popular of a comment this is, but you really need to adapt to the circumstances of markets. Anything that includes the last few decades and includes bonds is going to look good. Long term bonds in the last decade have returned 4.7% (real return). The odds of that going forward is sl...
by rich126
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?
Replies: 53
Views: 3155

Re: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?

I know for sure that batteries don’t last nearly as long in hot and dry climate. If you happen to live in a hot and dry area, make sure you purchase extended warranties on batteries. The likelihood of using the extended warranties is very high. I learned that when I moved to Arizona and was having ...
by rich126
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Job Relocation Benefits?
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Federal Job Relocation Benefits?

I'm curious if anyone has received relocation benefits for starting a federal job? If so, what was the amount of time you had to stay with the job to avoid having to pay the money back? In most situations it is 12 months but I've never done it before for a federal job. Also was it something where yo...