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by mhalley
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indestructible ants?
Replies: 21
Views: 1804

Re: Indestructible ants?

The first step would be to identify the species of ant. Then you would def know the proper bait.
by mhalley
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth and Existing IRA Account
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Backdoor Roth and Existing IRA Account

Nothing wrong with option 3, contribute to a taxable brokerage account.
by mhalley
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Title Company Lost PII [Personally identifiable information]
Replies: 2
Views: 416

Re: Title Company Lost PII [Personally identifiable information]

>99% of people that receive a wrong email will simply delete it. As long as you have already taken prudent precautions it won’t matter what the <1% tries to do with the info. These precautions are: Setup a credit karma, social security and irs account. Freeze your credit with at least the big 3. Get...
by mhalley
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Readjusting my checking/emergency fund locations
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Readjusting my checking/emergency fund locations

The thing about programs like this is that they often have limited time offers, you have to do so many debit card transactions, etc. so you have to jump through those hoops, then next year try to find the next deal. I prefer to have my checking stable so I don’t have to worry about it, and make up f...
by mhalley
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: First time investors in Fidelity tax-deferred accounts...portfolio advice
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: First time investors in Fidelity tax-deferred accounts...portfolio advice

You will get more informed responses if you put in the fund names. 75% stocks is not unreasonable for your age.
by mhalley
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I learn to buy a car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1436

Re: How do I learn to buy a car?

Clark Howard would be a good place to start. https://clark.com/cars/how-buy-used-car/ https://clark.com/cars/best-places-buy-used-car/ https://clark.com/cars/buying-a-used-car-with-cash/ If you plan on financing, sign up for credit karma or get your credit score from discover. Arrange for the financ...
by mhalley
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Indirect real estate investing
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Indirect real estate investing

WCI has gotten into syndicated real estate deals so has several posts along with recommended companies.
https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/the-g ... ns-part-i/
https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/evalu ... ndication/
by mhalley
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I crazy for having a high deductible?
Replies: 18
Views: 1940

Re: Am I crazy for having a high deductible?

Your reasoning is sound. Clark Howard says to pick the highest deductible you can afford, and only put in claims for catastrophic damage. Once you put in a claim, insurance co put you on the clue report, and may jack up your rates, plus being on the clue report makes it difficult to get new insuranc...
by mhalley
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: PAS Experience
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: PAS Experience

Multiple pas posts of previous portfolios show they have a pretty standard portfolio. It’s very close to their target date fund, sometimes with the bonds broken into several different funds. You don’t go to pas for their portfolio as you can do that yourself with a td or os fund. You go for the hand...
by mhalley
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Pay IRS Estimated Payments?
Replies: 10
Views: 1186

Re: Pay IRS Estimated Payments?

If you do decide to do a Roth conversion, just pay all the taxes in the quarter you do it.
by mhalley
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roth vs Traditional IRA
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: Roth vs Traditional IRA

Capital gains tax applies only to taxable accounts, if you are just getting started saving I would assume you don’t have large taxable brokerage accounts. The decision between Roth and traditional is based on the expected difference between your tax rate now and in retirement. Read the wiki and see ...
by mhalley
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Insurance Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 1306

Re: Homeowners Insurance Recommendations

If it’s any consolation, auto and home insurance is the one thing Clark Howard doesn’t believe in going with the cheapest provider. He loves amica and usaa due to their superior claims service.
I would say 1k is too low. Check on 2500 or 5k.
by mhalley
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Insurance Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 1306

Re: Homeowners Insurance Recommendations

What’s your deductible? One of the best way to decrease the cost is to increase the deductible as high as possible, as you don’t want to use it except for a major loss. Nerd wallet has some reviews here: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/find-homeowners-insurance/ I was happy with State Farm...
by mhalley
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taxable income to Brokerage or Roth IRA
Replies: 17
Views: 852

Re: Taxable income to Brokrrage or Roth iRA

The wiki has a post on tax efficient investing. You shouldn’t invest in high ER funds anywhere, but in general high ER funds also might have capital gains and dividends not present in low ER funds, so they should be in tax advantaged accounts. Remember that the taxes on gains in taxable accounts dep...
by mhalley
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Highly Compensated Employee - Backdoor roth alternatives
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: 401k Highly Compensated Employee - Backdoor roth alternatives

The only thing similar to Roth as far as tax advantage is an Hsa if you have an hd health insurance plan. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with a good old taxable brokerage account.
by mhalley
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nonstick pans?
Replies: 65
Views: 5177

Re: Best nonstick pans?

I finally got my first cast iron pan and love it. It sounds daunting at first with the special care, seasoning etc, but if you watch some YouTube videos, after you get that initial seasoning it’s not that bad.
by mhalley
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?
Replies: 54
Views: 3877

Re: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?

I have a dell color laser that gets EXTREMELY light use that I’ve had since 2004 and still works fine. Oops, never mind as it looks they are out of the biz. As a consolation, link to wire cutter review. Maybe just get the cheapest one and replace it when it breaks in a few years. https://www.nytimes...
by mhalley
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay on wife's employer health insurance, or Medicare?
Replies: 14
Views: 888

Re: STAY ON WIFE'S EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE OR MEDICARE

Medicare is going to be much cheaper. Any anticipated healthcare expenses this year? Rx drug costs? Difference in deductible? Looks like Medicare plus supplement plus rx drug plan will be cheaper.
by mhalley
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA backdoor conversion question
Replies: 15
Views: 843

Re: Roth IRA backdoor conversion question

The IRS considers you to have one IRA, no matter how many individual accounts you have. As long as you have money in ANY trad ira as of dec 31, you will owe pro rata taxes on any back door Roth. So you need to convert the rollover Ira to Roth, or roll it into a current 401k.
by mhalley
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Maxed out my Roth IRA - what is next?
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Maxed out my Roth IRA - what is next?

Plus if your income increases in the future a sep would prevent backdoor Roth IRA
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What am I missing? Don't max out your 401k.
Replies: 80
Views: 10603

Re: What am I missing? Don't max out your 401k.

I was listening to a Jill Schlesinger podcast today with Guest Ed Slott. He advised everyone to use Roth 401k up till the late 40’s.
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you directly rollover a traditional 401(k) at one employer to Roth 401(k) at another employer?
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Can you directly rollover a traditional 401(k) at one employer to Roth 401(k) at another employer?

I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think you can roll a trad 401k to a Roth 401k. The Bogleheads wiki does not mention such a transfer, nor does investopedia. You can roll it directly to a Roth IRA,but might be limited by your plan. https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/401(k) https://www.investopedia.com/...
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Rollover IRA at Schwab: Any experience?
Replies: 21
Views: 1352

Re: Rollover IRA at Schwab: Any experience?

There is technically no difference between a rollover and traditional ira. A rollover ira may have greater creditor protection. Opening a traditional ira at Schwab and then calling Schwab is fine. I did mine online I believe. If you sell before transfer, it is possible to be out of the market during...
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Xfr from joint vang acct to individual vang acct
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: Xfr from joint vang acct to individual vang acct

My understanding is an in kind transfer does not generate taxes.
https://ca.rbcwealthmanagement.com/docu ... 9af8a13f34
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rule of thumb car insurance claim or cash?
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Rule of thumb car insurance claim or cash?

Clark Howard recommends filing if the bill is $500 more than the deductible. This being the second accident makes me hesitant. I would pay it and Raise the deductible to 1k if you can afford it and it is possible.
https://clark.com/insurance/car-insuran ... nce-claim/
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS.gov tax account sign up
Replies: 23
Views: 1965

Re: IRS.gov tax account sign up

I had to get the snail mail code also.
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To change trustee and POA without an attorney
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: To change trustee and POA without an attorney

IANAL. I would probably pay the few hundred to have an attorney do it, but legalzoom has a post on it here https://info.legalzoom.com/article/how-amend-living-trust 1. Locate the original trust. The grantor must locate the original trust documents and identify the specific provisions that require am...
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS.gov tax account sign up
Replies: 23
Views: 1965

Re: IRS.gov tax account sign up

As you say, they already have your info anyway. By signing up for it, you prevent someone else from doing it, plus you can check on things like stimulus payments recent tax return summary, etc. I see no downside.
by mhalley
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How can my father see the light?
Replies: 53
Views: 6197

Re: How can my father see the light?

Unfortunately, you have a severe case of “powdered butt syndrome”. According to Dave Ramsey, you can never get someone who has powdered your butt to take any financial (or sexual) advice seriously. https://www.daveramsey.com/askdave/relationships-and-money/dodging-the-powdered-butt-syndrome Perhaps ...
by mhalley
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: UTMA - Recommended Brokerage Firms
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: UTMA - Recommended Brokerage Firms

The only problem with Vanguard is the fund minimums, so you are confined to ETFs until you reach 1k/3k
by mhalley
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improve somewhat good credit score?
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Improve somewhat good credit score?

Time is really the only thing that can fix a late payment, assuming everything else is in order. As long as you get your score to above 740 you will be eligible for the best rates. https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/mort ... tgage-rate
by mhalley
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Dividends received on 401k bond fund?
Replies: 16
Views: 1075

Re: Dividends received on 401k bond fund?

I’m not quite sure what you mean by what type of dividends. Looks like you can get better performance at an ER of .05 with vbtlx.

https://investor.vanguard.com/mutual-fu ... ance/vbtlx
by mhalley
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Moving 529 from Vanguard to MA questions
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: Moving 529 from Vanguard to MA questions

MA does not appear on this list that allows deductions for 529 rollovers. In 18 states, you may be eligible to claim a state income tax benefit for rollover contributions from your existing 529 plan to your new 529 plan. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, ...
by mhalley
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 68yo, considering leaving Vanguard
Replies: 27
Views: 4008

Re: 68yo, considering leaving Vanguard

The answer to how you stay with vanguard and get decent advice is you hire a fee only planner. You might try Rick ferri, or garret planning network, or Mark Zoril, depending on exactly what advice you are looking for. What questions do you have? How much Roth conversions to do yearly? What aa you sh...
by mhalley
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Financial plan to make most money possible.
Replies: 32
Views: 2575

Re: Financial plan to make most money possible.

Max out your 401k. Do you own your own home? Any desire to do so? Lots of people like re investing, but to me it’s another job. Just because the market is hot doesn’t mean there are no deals.
by mhalley
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement accounts and "frozen" money until 59
Replies: 11
Views: 1793

Re: Retirement accounts and "frozen" money until 59

Especially as a physician, you are going to appreciate every penny you can put in retirement accounts as your income increases. Especially if you are not making the military your career. Additionally, there are ways to access retirement accounts prior to age 59 1/2. https://www.madfientist.com/how-t...
by mhalley
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Secure Act and trusts
Replies: 159
Views: 8607

Re: Secure Act and trusts

I am using a charitable remainder trust for part of my assets due to I don’t think some of my beneficiaries are financially savvy, I wouldn’t bother with it if they were an accountant.
by mhalley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Eligible to deduct taxes via Traditional IRA?
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: Eligible to deduct taxes via Traditional IRA?

The search for the absolute lowest ER in funds leads many people interpret reasonable fund ER’s as being outrageous. As is quoted often, “The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan” The wiki states that a general rule of thumb is that investing in a 401k is better than investin...
by mhalley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get "back in stock" notification for unavailable products?
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: How to get "back in stock" notification for unavailable products?

There are multiple chrome add on that do this, I used several during my search for a ps5. Could be more specific if you said what website. Nowinstock.net was very good.
https://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/sto ... ock-alerts
by mhalley
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: JTWRS Problems - what are my options?
Replies: 136
Views: 10495

Re: JTWRS Nightmare - what are my options?

I think reaching out to the co owner is the last result. OP states that in addition to being estranged, the relative may have mental problems, which makes me think that it is possible (maybe not the most likely scenario) that no amount of reasoning or remuneration would make them cooperate. “At last...
by mhalley
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whiplash settlement experience?
Replies: 9
Views: 816

Re: Whiplash settlement experience?

Call Handel on the law. I’m sure he will say you have NO CASE.(He always says soft tissue injuries have little settlement value)
https://www.handelonthelaw.com/
by mhalley
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Interesting retirement strategy
Replies: 45
Views: 5533

Re: Interesting retirement strategy

To me, he has crossed over from hedging sequence of return risk into market timing. If the market tanks in the next 3 years he will be a genius. If it goes up the next 3 years, then what will he do?
by mhalley
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a gift be made on behalf of a deceased spouse?
Replies: 32
Views: 1547

Re: Can a gift be made on behalf of a deceased spouse?

Another option: gift him 15k and loan him the other 15k. IRS minimum interest is really low right now. Then next year, forgive the loan.
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-21-07.pdf
5 is technically illegal [OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek]
by mhalley
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Advice Needed - Sell or hold?
Replies: 3
Views: 593

Re: Advice Needed - Sell or hold?

I would stop reinvesting dividends and sell gradually on dips over the next few years. It will take a while to make up for 40k of taxes.
by mhalley
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Best Conservative Fidelity or Vanguard Fund for Roth IRA
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: Best Conservative Fidelity or Vanguard Fund for Roth IRA

You are comparing a fund with 100% stocks to one with 57% stocks that will be getting more conservative with time. You need to figure what your total asset allocation should be and go from there. Most people recommend higher performing investments in Roth.
by mhalley
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to manage elderly parent's finances
Replies: 14
Views: 1791

Re: How to manage elderly parent's finances

Be careful of Medicaid look back. Does the foreign apt generate income? Usually the best way to transfer real estate is to inherit it. Is the apt worth anything if it was sold? There is a vanguard tax managed capital appreciation fund, but wouldn’t you want that 80k to be liquid? Is he mentally able...