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Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Payoff Mortgage or Not?
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Payoff Mortgage or Not?

I was trying to get the OP to consider comparing the mortgage payoff to a bond fund, not to a total portfolio or a stock portfolio because the risks/returns of a mortgage are far more similar to a bond fund than stocks. That was not the question asked it was about investing and bonds are not really...
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Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Payoff Mortgage or Not?
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Payoff Mortgage or Not?

The answer is "maybe". You're comparing a guaranteed return with no risk (mortgage payoff) with a risky return that assumes market average returns over some period of time. What if your risky investment tanks somewhere along the way? But that's always true when comparing risky and risk fr...
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Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Payoff Mortgage or Not?
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Payoff Mortgage or Not?

I never really experienced the "peace of mind" thing as the mortgage was always just another bill to pay each month and I had no more anxiety than I did with the electric bill.
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Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Payoff Mortgage or Not?
Replies: 17
Views: 1195

Re: Payoff Mortgage or Not?

I've been a big fan of the cheap and safe leverage that a mortgage provides which has been very good to me over the years as I built my portfolio.
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Son (20) opening a Roth—investment options?
Replies: 21
Views: 1218

Re: Son (20) opening a Roth—investment options?

JBTX wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:17 pm Do etfs automatically reinvest, with no fees? I honestly don't know.
Generally although that might not be the default.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Son (20) opening a Roth—investment options?
Replies: 21
Views: 1218

Re: Son (20) opening a Roth—investment options?

Another option would be a target fund like Vanguard Target Retirement 2060 Fund (VTTSX) which has a $1000 minimum.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: HELP! Mega Backdoor Roth
Replies: 10
Views: 1209

Re: HELP! Mega Backdoor Roth

You can also see if the 401k will take rollovers from traditional iras because then you could roll the earnings back in which is what I did with mega when I was at megacorp.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Is there any basis step up in a 1035 annuity exchange?
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: Is there any basis step up in a 1035 annuity exchange?

Yeah it would be pretty nifty to avoid your tax liability by making a tax free exchange but the tax laws aren't going to allow that.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Alternative to Total Bond?
Replies: 46
Views: 4578

Re: Alternative to Total Bond?

If you have a stable value fund in a 401k or similar plan that's something to investigate.
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Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

It that really “increased diversification” or is it de-worse-ification? The S&P 500 and Total Market holds each company at its market weight. Tilting to small (or any other sector or style) reducing the allocation to the remaining companies. A different perspective may say one is reducing diver...
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Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

There is no guarantee that you will earn "extra" if you do a 25% "tilt" to Small Cap Value. In my opinion, you are likely to earn less. Based on what and if it's so likely why don't you recommend tilting AWAY from small value? I think he means after costs, taxes, and behavioral ...
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Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: transfer betterment to vanguard?
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Re: transfer betterment to vanguard?

Why Vanguard in particular?
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Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum

I think some people forgot about the backdoor roth part of the equation because doing that with six figures of pretax would complicate things so I'd work on avoiding getting that into traditional ira if possible.
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Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I have a employer Traditional 401K and a Roth IRA simultaneously and contribute to both in the same year
Replies: 17
Views: 1601

Re: Can I have a employer Traditional 401K and a Roth IRA simultaneously and contribute to both in the same year

investmax wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:24 pm This means I can invest 6K Traditional IRA in my wifes account, 6K in my Roth IRA and 19.5K in my 401K till i hit the 198K AGI/MAGI limit.
Why would your wife contribute to a traditional ira when it's unlikely that you would be able to deduct it as the coverage of your 401k applies there too?
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Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Life Savings in Cash--Need Advice
Replies: 27
Views: 4314

Re: Life Savings in Cash--Need Advice

Bandit329 wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:12 am It's hard to see putting money into a market after it has gone up 80% in 12 months.
Yet most of us here aren't selling our stock funds to wait for some decline that might never come.
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Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum

Planner01 wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:32 pm I understand now! I’d have to play with the numbers to see how much of it can be converted without pushing us to a new tax bracket.
That's going to interfere with backdoor roth each year plus I would be reluctant to convert at what might be your highest tax rate (what is it?).
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum

Planner01 wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:31 pm You can move pension funds that his old employer contributed to (this is separate from the 401k) to a new 401k? I thought you could only do that 401k to 401k.
It's going to depend on the plan rules but they are allowed to take in iras and probably pension rollovers directly.
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum

If he leaves it there it will grow at a 4.5% rate and the annuity is of a monthly payment. We can do much better by investing it ourselves and having the ability to pass down that money to our heir. In the annuity the paymenfs stop after he passes it to me. You certainly can't do better for similar...
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Is it possible to open and fund a Roth IRA for my kid
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: Is it possible to open and fund a Roth IRA for my kid

One hypothetical question about earned income though. What about people who have no "income" but live off inheritance or something like that. Can they have a Roth IRA and invest in that? Like trust fund kids we keep hearing about :-D No like in my case when I retired I get a monthly pensi...
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Taxes and rolling over pension lump sum

Is he required to take or can he leave it there and get interest credits or does he have a 401k or similar plan that can take the rollover?
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: AA for someone 2 years from retirement
Replies: 47
Views: 4788

Re: AA for someone 2 years from retirement

I had moved to 60/40 years before retirement and I didn't make any changes when I did but I have a pension that right now covers my spending so I didn't need to worry about the near term with the portfolio.
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

People who have anxiety will suffer regardless of number of allocations so I reject these so-called benefit for the normal investor and suggest that it won't matter for the anxious fringe. This begs the question. If you're not open to any answers, I don't understand why you asked the question in th...
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roll over IRA adn Self Directed IRA
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Roll over IRA adn Self Directed IRA

Notice that was for indirect rollovers which is money have comes out of an ira in cash to you and doesn't apply to custodian to custodian transfers.
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

It depends on the individual. The OP tends towards anxiety and overthinking , which is borne out by the flurry of posts asking for portfolio advice. In this case, getting started at 18 with an extremely simple one-fund portfolio hopefully establishes positive behaviors, while adding a second fund o...
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roll over IRA adn Self Directed IRA
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Roll over IRA adn Self Directed IRA

I thought a lot of the benefits of real estate investing had to do with tax deductions and such.
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

How can there be much benefit to the simplicity of eliminating ONE fund? A lot. Are you going to be anxious about this under or over performing the market. Not to mention the annual rebalancing and accounting. Which is admittedly not a big deal if you’re committed to it, but unnecessary if you’re n...
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

How can there be much benefit to the simplicity of eliminating ONE fund?
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Etrade cover transfer fee?
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Re: Etrade cover transfer fee?

I don't think so and I believe any transfer out of Schwab will have a partial transfer fee (not closing fee).
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

Taylor Larimore wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:59 pm
There is no guarantee that you will earn "extra" if you do a 25% "tilt" to Small Cap Value. In my opinion, you are likely to earn less.
Based on what and if it's so likely why don't you recommend tilting AWAY from small value?
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA transfer basis
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Roth IRA transfer basis

You and the irs receive a tax form 5498 each year that you make an ira contribution so they know and if you don't have those the old custodian might be able to provide copies.
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Please Help: After tax - non Roth 401k?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Please Help: After tax - non Roth 401k?

You can roll the smaller check right into a roth ira with no tax due and the taxable portion into a traditional assuming you don't want to convert that to roth and you have what is called the mega backdoor roth.
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Delay doing Roth conversions in crazy high market?
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Delay doing Roth conversions in crazy high market?

There are many points in any market that have been both a record high and a level where that market has never been that low again.
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help! Vanguard lost my money in a 403b trustee transfer
Replies: 9
Views: 1656

Re: Help! Vanguard lost my money in a 403b trustee transfer

Megacorp uses checks for rollovers sent to the address of record as a security measure because convenient for you can also be convenient for hackers.
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Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Etrade cover transfer fee?
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Re: Etrade cover transfer fee?

I'm pretty sure I asked them about the same situation and withdrawal would not have a fee so again look at indirect rollover.
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Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Etrade cover transfer fee?
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Re: Etrade cover transfer fee?

I don't think they charge a fee to withdraw cash from an ira (check that) so you could just do an indirect rollover to the new account understanding that you can only do that once in a 12 month period.
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Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth question
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Backdoor Roth question

People get confused about backdoor roth because they think the roth contributions rules apply but they don't and for example there is no limit on how much of a traditional ira that can be converted at any time.
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Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplicity over Small Cap Value
Replies: 85
Views: 6016

Re: Simplicity over Small Cap Value

I have been tilted to small and value since I formulated my portfolio in 2007 and I don't find it to be complicated at all.
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth in Vanguard question
Replies: 24
Views: 1601

Re: Backdoor Roth in Vanguard question

There's nothing wrong with the process (BTW there's no reason to wait until the next year) but you might have a problem with your tax forms so you need to get all of the form 8606 copies you have filed and tell us what was on each.
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Should I use a Roth 401k instead of a regular 401k?
Replies: 23
Views: 2159

Re: Should I use a Roth 401k instead of a regular 401k?

You'd be better not starting separate threads for every aspect of your investing.
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Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How should I invest cash just sitting in the bank?
Replies: 27
Views: 4088

Re: How should I invest cash just sitting in the bank?

Are you actually putting money into traditional iras?
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Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help transferring Funds from Vanguard to Fidelity in a Roth IRA
Replies: 16
Views: 980

Re: Help transferring Funds from Vanguard to Fidelity in a Roth IRA

These day ACATS transfers are pretty fast and you can usually do it all online.
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Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?
Replies: 120
Views: 9396

Re: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?

Thesaints just makes up definitions for existing terms and most of them make little or no sense.
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Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?
Replies: 120
Views: 9396

Re: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?

Thesaints wrote: Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:38 pm It is "volatility of returns", not "volatility of assets". The former is much more important than the latter.
That's false and dca does NOT do anything to prevent that.
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone tax gain harvesting from stock bought last March
Replies: 26
Views: 1626

Re: Anyone tax gain harvesting from stock bought last March

If you did loss harvesting before why do gain harvesting now?
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?
Replies: 120
Views: 9396

Re: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?

You still don't seem to understand. Let's try again: An investor's return depends on the price paid when buying stocks. I think even you won't have issues with this statement. The more price paid is a volatile quantity, the more return will be volatile. An LS investors picks a single price, a DCA i...
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?
Replies: 120
Views: 9396

Re: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?

Let's say that you want to buy stocks next Tuesday. Would you buy with a single FOK order and acquire your stock at a single price, or would you place a lot of different buy orders during the day and sample more prices ? As you can see, there is no "investing tomorrow" involved, everythin...
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 30 Years and 100% VTI
Replies: 111
Views: 12511

Re: 30 Years and 100% VTI

abuss368 wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:46 pm
jason2459 wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:17 pm Most likely if you add money to VTI or any fund and never look at it again at all for 30 years you will have very little gains. Escheat.
Why?
As explained above it's obvious once you know what escheatment is.
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Considering retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 2903

Re: Considering retirement

A trust could do that but a will can't control what happens with inherited assets beyond a relatively short period in some jurisdictions but the op didn't indicate anything about the land being in a trust.
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Merriman Buy Hold with Modification from Trev H
Replies: 13
Views: 1100

Re: Merriman Buy Hold with Modification from Trev H

jatwell wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:15 pm EFV is also a choice for Int large value.
That's what I use.
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?
Replies: 120
Views: 9396

Re: Large sum -- to DCA or not to DCA?

To reduce to the essence "I'll invest tomorrow instead of today to avoid a bad result" because all dca does is stretch out your investment and you will relatively soon be just as fully invested so if you can't take the lump sum what you need is to rethink your asset allocation not use psyc...