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Re: I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours
Old 10-22-2004, 07:36 AM   #81
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Re: I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

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Yup, I agree with you and Bernstein. Constantly changing allocation is not too dis-similar to market timing. Have just turned 59 1/2 and am beginning to withdraw from IRA. Believe I have finally settled in on what I can stay with. Guess it has been good to have had since retiring at 55 to noodle on it! This latest allocation reflects the fact that I'm not comfortable enuf to go with larger small cap overweight. Glad I finally realized that... bill
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Re: I'll Show You Mine -Update
Old 11-19-2004, 06:15 PM   #82
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Re: I'll Show You Mine -Update

In July I posted the allocation of my invested assets. Many others did the same on this thread. At that time I wrote "I may sell more US stock, buy more energy. The rest is a pat hand for now. " This has pretty well been the way it turned out. The best part is that in spite of having 47% fixed income on July 16, all the markets sectors have been reasonably strong, so that the overall portfolio value has increased by 5%.

This is a portfolio that has to stand periodic withdrawal, as it my only support.

I'll try a table to present today's allocation, compared to that of last July 16.
Date11/19/20047/16/2004
Energy17%13%
Gold7%3%
Put Options1%1%
US Stock22%25%
Foreign Stock8%8%
Foreign Bond6%7%
REIT1%3%
Cash37%40%

All the fixed income is short maturity- the foreign bonds average 3 years, the US fixed is cash and I-Bonds.

Bob Smith was kind enough to tell me how to format columns. Could he or someone else tell me how to get rid of the white space above my table? I left no space in my text.

Thanks, Mikey




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Re: I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours
Old 11-19-2004, 07:44 PM   #83
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The white space problem was hunted down by BigMoneyJim and is due to line breaks inserted by YABB. Try the tool I recently wrote at http://home.earthlink.net/~wzd3/YABBtable.html for producing YABB tables and let me know if it works for you!

For your table put this in as input
Code:
Date   "  11/19/2004"   "  7/16/2004"
Energy   17%   13%
Gold   7%   3%
"Put Options"   1%   1%
"US Stock"   22%   25%
"Foreign Stock"   8%   8%
"Foreign Bond"   6%   7%
REIT   1%   3%
Cash   37%   40%
and you get this table as output.
Date
11/19/2004
7/16/2004
Energy
17%
13%
Gold
7%
3%
Put Options
1%
1%
US Stock
22%
25%
Foreign Stock
8%
8%
Foreign Bond
6%
7%
REIT
1%
3%
Cash
37%
40%

You can also do some table layout using the code tags (the # sign in the YABBC tag area).

I'm still looking for someone else to try out the table formatter, so if anyone has an excuse to post some tables, please give it a try. My usage instructions might need some tweaking....since I know exactly what I mean they seem fine to me :-)

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Re: I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours
Old 11-19-2004, 11:30 PM   #84
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Wayne, very cool! I used your table generator and got this:

TIPS21.07% VANG INTL GROWTH17.70%VANG TOT STOCK MKT11.34%

This makes it MUCH easier. Any way I can get that from you?
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:26 AM   #85
 
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Oh what the hell, here it is again, with small holding
corp. lumped in with taxable and non-taxable, since I
have no tax issues to be concerned about at present.

Cash and personal property 5%
Improved real estate including residence 45%
HY corp. bond fund 16%
Long term gov. backed notes 14%
Long term corp. bonds 20%

The lowest rate I get on anything other than a small MM is 5%. This does
NOT adjust for inflation. Yeah, it's pretty simple.
I like it that way.

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Old 11-20-2004, 07:41 AM   #86
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Re: I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

Bob -

The code is javascript, so you can simply do a "view source" and see it, or just save the page on your local computer and invoke an editor. I think I have a free to use/copy statement in the header in lieu of any copyright stuff, but if not, this note serves as the same thing.

If no one finds any bugs with it, and I get any enhancements done, I plan on asking Dory to copy it to somewhere on his website, maybe with a link to a "table helper" from the compose page?

In any case, feel free to use it, or copy it. If you copy it, you won't get any updates, but thats not much of a problem. I'm thinking of adding some options to the style section for font, centering table, centering entries, etc. but waiting to see comments first.

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The code is javascript, so you can simply do a "view source" and see it, or just save the page on your local computer and invoke an editor.
Wayne, thanks! I just copied the source and saved it as an "html" file on my desktop. It opens in Internet Explorer and works great. There are some spaces I must remove (in front of each piece of data). This is much faster than the way I was doing it.
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Old 11-20-2004, 02:53 PM   #88
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Bob -

Be careful removing spaces. Without spaces, yabb inserts line breaks and messes up the table. Usually it seems to just show up as a bunch of white space at the top of the table, but I have seen it take lines out of the table.

This info was courtesy of BigMoneyJim doing a bunch of experimenting.

I just changed the program to put the space before the [ t d ] tag instead of after, if that was bothering you. It seems to still work right, see if it works for you. (and I stuck in bold header options while I was at it). Don't hesitate to ask for modifications - I have some time to do them.

(sorry about hijacking this thread. Bob - maybe more questions should go on News/new way to generate tables)

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