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Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 09:52 AM
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I prefer living in a town with zoning that...

I prefer living in a town with zoning that protects the value of my investment but without a HOA that can sometimes be hi-jacked by pompous, anal do-gooders who need to get a life. No doubt, some...
Forum: FIRE Related Political Topics Yesterday, 09:23 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 23,619
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Yet, there seems to be no justification for...

Yet, there seems to be no justification for investing in Greece with the hope of the investment being profitable. While pumping money into some start-ups to get them through the early years can...
Forum: FIRE and Money Yesterday, 09:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,077
Posted By youbet
Do you really think that in a diversified...

Do you really think that in a diversified portfolio there wouldn't be some investment categories not in a state of "distress-sale-prices" you could harvest during a market meltdown?

I retired in...
Forum: FIRE and Money Yesterday, 08:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,377
Posted By youbet
Not quite. You can quit working but you need to...

Not quite. You can quit working but you need to leave your money behind in th company's 401k plan. This is a strategy many folks follow. There are downsides, in some cases, to rolling over to an...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 470
Posted By youbet
1. Insurance companies (including those that...

1. Insurance companies (including those that insure the credit card folks) want to see evidence that the damaged vehicle would have been rented, and what percent of the time, during the period it...
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By youbet
returning to OP's question....... I...

returning to OP's question.......


I looked on Craig's List this morning. Lotsa Weber grills offered. Lotsa variation in price and condition. It seemed to vary from a fairly new grill in nice,...
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By youbet
How does using propane for all of your cooking...

How does using propane for all of your cooking make you more "fair?"
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-21-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
Blagojavich was the worst of the pension fund...

Blagojavich was the worst of the pension fund plunderers. He just yesterday received a favorable court ruling regarding the beginning of the process to reduce his sentence. :(
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-20-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
How about the military? And SS? It only takes...

How about the military? And SS? It only takes 40 quarters to get SS for a worker. And a divorced spouse can collect SS if she/he was married ten years but never worked a minute or contributed a...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-20-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
Isn't the real issue for us private sector folks...

Isn't the real issue for us private sector folks Fed gov't pensions and SS? With state, county and municipal pensions, eventually those that contributed to and earned the pensions are the ones that...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-19-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By youbet
Thanks! I'll dig into that.

Thanks! I'll dig into that.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-19-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By youbet
Oh..... Didn't realize you were in the trade. I...

Oh..... Didn't realize you were in the trade. I think your suggestion might be great for someone in the trade, married to someone in the trade or having a friend or relative in the trade. Kinda...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
Pretty safe statement since it's already...

Pretty safe statement since it's already happened..... !!
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,281
Posted By youbet
Yep, there seem to be an infinite number of...

Yep, there seem to be an infinite number of scenarios that can play out in this game. Yet, these threads tend to take on a tone of there being a "right way" and a "wrong way." In actuality, there...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
Do you mean Illinois exclusively or as one of...

Do you mean Illinois exclusively or as one of several?
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
I do think a lawyer will likely make the claim...

I do think a lawyer will likely make the claim that taxing the State pension is not impairing it. In fact, I'm positive of it.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-19-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By youbet
Silver... I hope I'm not asking too much...

Silver...

I hope I'm not asking too much here but since I'm looking into some elective surgery right now I'm really interested in proceeding with your suggestion but can't get a handle on how...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
I agree. Lots of sensationalistic comments get...

I agree. Lots of sensationalistic comments get flung around on these subjects to stir up emotions and tempers.

Yes, taxing pension income is one way Illinois could increase revenue.

...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
Remember, the poster you're commenting to stated...

Remember, the poster you're commenting to stated what he "expects" to happen. Throwing in facts or data complicates things...........
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
I believe the answer for Detroit already exists. ...

I believe the answer for Detroit already exists. What do you think of the Detroit outcome?
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
Really? I'm interested in this as it would have...

Really? I'm interested in this as it would have an impact at our house. Can you mention where you got this info?
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,670
Posted By youbet
While planning retirement finances, I knew that...

While planning retirement finances, I knew that Illinois wasn't going to tax my retirement income. But now, nine years into retirement, I'm finally realizing what an attractive situation this is for...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-19-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,281
Posted By youbet
Good comments. I very much agree that most SS...

Good comments. I very much agree that most SS critics leave out the value of various SS "insurance" coverages they received but didn't need. For example, if your parents both lived until you were...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-18-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By youbet
How do you find a registered nurse who has worked...

How do you find a registered nurse who has worked with patients of Dr X?
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-18-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,281
Posted By youbet
Or he may have gotten a great return!

Or he may have gotten a great return!
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