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by livesoft
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: can I get boglehead approval for a 70K truck?
Replies: 40
Views: 2004

Re: can I get boglehead approval for a 70K truck?

What did your mother say?
by livesoft
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 403 overcontribution- 1099 form?
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: 403 overcontribution- 1099 form?

Hello. I changed my job last year (2020) and overcontributed to my 403b by $911 I realized this in early March 2021 and requested my current employer to correct this by removing $1000 Fidelity sent me a check for $1350 However, I do not have a 1099-R form. I called Fidelity and they said the form w...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Bond Allocation
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: Bond Allocation

After doing well riding the past bond market interest rate yield down to the present, I currently have all my bonds in short term Treasuries (VFIRX,FUMBX). I know there is no easy answer but would you start shoveling all or some of bonds into VBTLX now? No, I would not. I sell bond fund shares when...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Backdoor Roth
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Backdoor Roth

Do you really care if you have to pay an extra $1, 55, $10, $50 in taxes? After all, if the contribution limit was higher I think you would contribute a higher amount, right? There would be no new taxes on your original contribution that's for certain.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Backdoor Roth
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Backdoor Roth

Hello! Long time lurker and first time poster here. I have a question about Backdoor Roth. Its my understanding that if i have NO traditional IRA anywhere it will be no taxes due on a conversion correct? Allowed amount in= same amount out. Thank you! That's a slight misunderstanding I think. If you...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help for a newbie ETF/index fund investor?
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: Help for a newbie ETF/index fund investor?

If $SPY is the S&P500 SPDR with ticker symbol SPY, then I would not call it "safe." Stocks, and ETFs of stocks and equities are not safe.

I suggest a pause and start at https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Getting_started
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Market Timing Change
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Market Timing Change

Buy something that has actually dropped a little bit since you sold. Easy.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement battery for solar landscape lights?
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: Replacement battery for solar landscape lights?

badger42 wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:31 pm As long as they are still 3.2V / same chemistry, any of the 1000mAh batteries should be fine. Charging cutoffs are done by voltage, not capacity.
This.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Bond ladder vs. Bond fund
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Re: Bond ladder vs. Bond fund

I haven't read this, but it may be helpful: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Rolling_ladders_versus_bond_funds Personally, I want to use bond ETFs so that I can sell some shares on days like today and buy them back when they are 0.5% lower. I do not sell ALL shares that I own, so I am never out of th...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: When / how often to rebalance
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: When / how often to rebalance

Just change where your monthly contributions go in order to do a rebalance "on-the-fly." You can make the change whenever you feel like it. Your current allocation is close enough to your nominal allocation and well within most triggering bands that I have seen, so if you do nothing for no...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14560
Views: 1117498

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

TheTimeLord wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:21 pmLivesoft endorsing the MTUM, today is a momentous day indeed.
I am not endorsing buying MTUM today. If one owns it and needs to rebalance out of equities, then selling it today would be something to consider.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14560
Views: 1117498

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

e5116 wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:06 pm I keep waiting for a pullback and it never happens.
Here is what the pullback looked like in 2021 in a Morningstar chart:

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You must have slept through it because it happened.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do tax preparer add value for 7 figure W2 income
Replies: 32
Views: 1818

Re: Do tax preparer add value for 7 figure W2 income

Thanks. Would you have any more information on this ? Both my and my husband's employers are megacorps who dole out standard payslips and W2s. They won't make an exception for us in terms of deferring income or anything like that. Wondering whether "restructuring income" is something I ca...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Solving a personal paradox with stocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1506

Re: Solving a personal paradox with stocks

What dilemma? Many investors do not have a total market weighted portfolio. For myself, I strive to have a portfolio with no more than 50% in the large-cap row of the M* 9-box style grid. At the moment, my portfolio has 47% in that row. If you want to have some fun, then just work with the ETFs MTUM...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do tax preparer add value for 7 figure W2 income
Replies: 32
Views: 1818

Re: Do tax preparer add value for 7 figure W2 income

One can always try a year with paying for tax prep.

I think the tax prep is not the issue. It is doing things with compensation and investments BEFORE even getting to the tax prep part.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalance time for retiree- If I buy VBTLX now what do I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 1877

Re: Rebalance time for retiree- If I buy VBTLX now what do I get?

I see that VBTLX has a one-month return of 0.67%, so if one had bought it a month ago when the YTD return was about -3.6% and a few folks were talking about buying opportunity, then one would have made more in one month than they would have made in an entire year in a money market fund or in cash. ...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 529 plan allocation for a 2022 graduate
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: 529 plan allocation for a 2022 graduate

Your current allocation is fine. It seems that at $10K per year going to college, you will be paying some from your checking account anyways and can make up any shortfall if the 529 plan does not go up in value. Or shoot for the moon and put it 100% in equities! In other words, I don't think anyone ...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the right way to use the FIRE Calc website (taxes and spending)?
Replies: 9
Views: 989

Re: What is the right way to use the FIRE Calc website (taxes and spending)?

As an aside FireCalc also does not take into account investing costs such as expense ratios, loads, or any other costs. One can enter into the FireCalc interface their portfolio's expense ratio and other fees. It is the entry field at the top of the page displayed by clicking on the Portfolio tab. ...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Adding a bond index fund to taxable to replace HYS, and the rebalancing after
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: Adding a bond index fund to taxable to replace HYS, and the rebalancing after

Consider the taxable account as an extension of the rest of your accounts. Generally people put any bonds desired in the 401k/TSP/IRA accounts and then fill any remaining space and the taxable with stocks. This is because stocks are generally taxed favorably compared to bonds. Keep the whole portfo...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Does Anyone Listen To Paul Merriman?
Replies: 64
Views: 4999

Re: Why Does Anyone Listen To Paul Merriman?

Small-cap value is a top performing asset class for 2021 so far. SCV funds have been up more the 30% in the first 3 months of 2021.

Perhaps it is time to rebalance OUT of SCV? :twisted:
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market shift since december
Replies: 21
Views: 1975

Re: Market shift since december

.... For example, in this chart, the red line represents cumulative growth of the stock market, while the green line represents the results that would have been obtained by an investor who invested in the market at the start of every year when the market made a profit, but went to cash at the start...
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: sell all rental homes in one year or stager them yearly
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: sell all rental homes in one year or stager them yearly

Sell one and see how it goes. At that point you can do the math on your future tax return and also decide whether to sell another one in the same year or not. Rinse and repeat. Do the tax math.
by livesoft
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market shift since december
Replies: 21
Views: 1975

Re: Market shift since december

Small-cap value was up at least 32% in 2021 at mid-March, but lost 10% in less than 2 weeks after its peak. It has recovered a little bit since its dip. RBDs have paid off well so far in 2021, but maybe that's because the general trend is up for everything except bond funds. I have rebalanced out of...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn care question
Replies: 38
Views: 2620

Re: Lawn care question

This year, on the recommendation of a close friend and lawn care nut I'm trying the herbicide Tenacity along with a surfactant as both a preemergent crabgrass and existing weed killer. I hate having to worry about weeds but if you let them get to bad the amount of work to get your lawn back to good...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Wash sale question
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Wash sale question

No I haven’t sold the stock yet. I used some cash to buy more at a lower price... but I’d like to sell some previously purchased shares when it gets closer to the higher price that I paid. It sounds like I’d just have to wait at least 30 days from today before selling any shares of that stock? You ...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn care question
Replies: 38
Views: 2620

Re: Lawn care question

I've used Crossbow with great success. Works much, much better than your typical weed killer that you find in stores, ... Crossbow is the typical weed killer that you find in stores. I read the active ingredients on the jug shown in the link. It is mostly 2,4-D and some triclopyr. There is nothing ...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food label question
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Food label question

Does anyone know how this is handled? The food labels that I read show "Serving Size", so what does it say on your olives and pickles? Unless the oil and brine are included in the serving size, then they are not in the nutrition label. Nuts are probably listed by weight with an additional...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: desperately seeking help understanding Form 8606 on 2020 tax filing (Roth recharacterization/conversion issues)
Replies: 74
Views: 2329

Re: Moron of the year award goes to me: need help with rechar/pro rata Roth stuff

Do not fear the pro rata thing. Did you read the Instructions for Form 8606 and also the Form 8606 itself and try to fill it out "by hand"?
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:53 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 ?

Eagle33 wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:51 pm By "read" did you mean reed or red? :twisted:
Maybe they meant "unread."
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Pest Control
Replies: 22
Views: 1438

Re: DIY Pest Control

I do my own pest control. Here in SE Texas it is very easy. When I see ants inside, I put out some liquid Terro which is pretty benign stuff for non-ants. I replace some roach baits about every 6 months. The roach stuff comes in little plastic thingies and I put them inside the pantry, under the fri...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA catch up contribution
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: HSA catch up contribution

IRS Publication 969 has all the details. Yes, if you open your own HSA you can contribute $1,000 for 2020. Your spouse can have their own $1,000 catch-up, too. The family plan 2020 limit it $7100 without catch-up, so he should probably only contribute $999.98 as his catch-up. This assumes both of yo...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Index fund ETFs
Replies: 10
Views: 737

Re: Index fund ETFs

Many places are calculating the NAV (or net asset value) of an ETF share in real time as the company shares in the index (and thus in ETF) are traded in real time. No one is going to sell you a share of an ETF that is below its perceived value and you are not going to be able to sell a share above i...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to find reinvested share price for ETF
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: How to find reinvested share price for ETF

Each brokerage can reinvest ETF dividends on different days and different times, so there is no one single place to look up this information.

See also: viewtopic.php?p=3439105#p3439105
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn care question
Replies: 38
Views: 2620

Re: Lawn care question

If you decide to use weed killer, then do NOT treat the entire lawn, but try it out on a patch where you can see what happens to both the weeds and the grass. That way you can see if in an untreated patch, the weeds die from temperature alone or just because their annual life cycle is complete. You ...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Offering position to candidate interviewed 7 months ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1149

Re: Offering position to candidate interviewed 7 months ago

Triple digit golfer wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:53 pmIs it bad form to call and basically say, "Our first choice hasn't worked out after all this time, are you still interested in joining us?"
I do not consider it bad form.
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard poor service vs actual errors
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Vanguard poor service vs actual errors

I'm not sure if this counts, but I have seen dividends paid twice by Vanguard to my non-Vanguard brokerage account where I hold Vanguard ETFs. When I asked my brokerage firm about this the response was quick both times: "Vanguard sent us the wrong information and when they corrected what they s...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: cost basis for a covered call
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: cost basis for a covered call

I never received any 1099-B for options trades [made years ago]. I do not think they are required to be created at all by the brokerage firm. That is, option trades might not be reportable transactions. But now I see they are reportable transactions: https://finance.zacks.com/options-trading-reporte...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??

I do not have "hundreds" of tax lots. This is mostly because I tax-loss harvested during 2000 and 2008-2009 along with the fact that I am not in the accumulation phase anymore. Nevertheless, one would eat an elephant one bite at a time. As for tools, my brokerages show the percent gain/los...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??

Neat - But is there an advantage to do that for a new / intermediate investor? I am thinking not, but I don't have a way to verify. I hope someone can do an analysis to see if their version of Spec ID vs using a tax Sensitive algorithm has meaningful differences. Fidelity (and my other brokerage fi...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 529 plans and individual stock picking
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: 529 plans and individual stock picking

Never seen one that allows that.
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??

So I am trying to learn here. In this case of Fidelity, there are various disposal methods available. If OP chose tax sensitive, would it not do what you describe with much less overhead? While I have a Fidelity account I have never sold shares there that I transferred in which were in one single l...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Taxes: withdrawing from my Bond ETF fund??

Taxes work the same on bond funds: If you sell shares and realize a capital gain, then you will declare that as income. if you sell and realize a capital loss then you get to deduct that on your taxes either in the same tax year or eventually depending on the amount of the loss. If not already done,...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Beginning to evaluate the holdings of Vanguard Target Retirement Funds
Replies: 110
Views: 5821

Re: Beginning to evaluate the holdings of Vanguard Target Retirement Funds

Flashes1 wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:05 amThis idea is my ticket to great wealth! I just need to figure out a way to patent it! :D
This already exists, but not at Vanguard. You need to switch your money to another firm.
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: cost basis for a covered call
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: cost basis for a covered call

If you were writing and selling a tax-prep software how would you do it? Many people blindly import or simply make up brokerage transactions. We have see many times reported on the forum where non-covered shares were sold and a 1099-B had no cost basis basis which means cost basis was left at zero. ...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalance time for retiree- If I buy VBTLX now what do I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 1877

Re: Rebalance time for retiree- If I buy VBTLX now what do I get?

I see that VBTLX has a one-month return of 0.67%, so if one had bought it a month ago when the YTD return was about -3.6% and a few folks were talking about buying opportunity, then one would have made more in one month than they would have made in an entire year in a money market fund or in cash. I...
by livesoft
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: With Vanguard, is it possible to find foreign tax credit information on a month-to-month basis?
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: With Vanguard, is it possible to find foreign tax credit information on a month-to-month basis?

No, it is not possible. One can figure out from the year-end data what the tax rate was for each ticker symbol that you have tax paid on your 1099-DIV, then apply that rate to each dividend received to get some idea of the quarterly amounts on the quarterly dividends. At least that way if you own di...
by livesoft
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How would you handle this? -- big utility company problem!
Replies: 56
Views: 3429

Re: How would you handle this? -- big utility company problem!

Answers to some comments above: 1. Elderly neighbors are aware of the situation. So is one of their kids, who handles their finances. They actually agreed with me -- months ago -- that this was happening. The utility company was fighting this more than my neighbors were. 2. Neighbors are well off f...
by livesoft
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cicadas
Replies: 23
Views: 1759

Re: Cicadas

gerntz wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:49 pmThese cicadas emerge from underground only every 17 years ....
I think new cicadas of this species emerge every year, but the "every 17" brood is large which makes for another large brood 17 years hence. There are always cicadas every year.
by livesoft
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First child entering college in the fall... need some advice
Replies: 149
Views: 8491

Re: First child entering college in the fall... need some advice

I've heard that Ron Lieber's new book on paying for college has some things for parents. Check it out.