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Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 07:42 PM
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Posted By Markola
Sorry, I need to object that this is very bad...

Sorry, I need to object that this is very bad advice for most people to treat SS as gravy and an optional luxury. For many people, that would mean assuming they could never be able to retire at all,...
Forum: FIRE and Money Yesterday, 08:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,707
Posted By Markola
Quick Asset Allocation Question

I think this is great counsel. If a buy and hold type investor slept well through that test without developing an itchy trading finger, then they are probably at a good asset allocation. ...
Forum: Hi, I am... Yesterday, 08:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,766
Posted By Markola
I left this past July, so it was a matter of...

I left this past July, so it was a matter of saying good bye on several regular Zoom calls where everyone got quickly on to other business. I just winked out, which was A-OK with me.

Sadly, HR at...
Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 07:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,895
Posted By Markola
Thanks. I hope you got my PM.

Thanks. I hope you got my PM.
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy Yesterday, 07:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,608
Posted By Markola
Old Shooter, I checked and the VG World Bond...

Old Shooter, I checked and the VG World Bond Index plus the World Stock Index (ETFs) total about 25,000, so close enough to the 27,000 in the four equivalent index funds. If we didn’t have a...
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 01-15-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,608
Posted By Markola
International investing, or not?

I’ve noticed that before, too, and wondered how the World funds would have fewer securities (stocks and bonds) in their portfolios than the four index funds I thought comprised them. Nevertheless,...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-15-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,857
Posted By Markola
Net Worth of the 10%, 1%, and 0.1% Households

Interestingly, perhaps, my DW worked on the very same Fed’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances referenced by the OP. Her enjoyable part time gig is with an outfit that contracts with the Fed every 3...
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 01-15-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,608
Posted By Markola
Exactly. I always want some popcorn popping...

Exactly. I always want some popcorn popping somewhere in the bag.

I just counted and our global, 50/50 index portfolio has exposure to 27,379 securities. If we owned only Vanguard’s domestic...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-15-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,253
Posted By Markola
Geez, those are prices. Here are Vanguard’s: ...

Geez, those are prices. Here are Vanguard’s:

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Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 01-15-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,608
Posted By Markola
Shout out from a snowbird in beautiful Savannah,...

Shout out from a snowbird in beautiful Savannah, GTFan. Yeah, we’re also in that range. I’m not a timer but it is satisfying to see a long-suppressed asset class in one’s portfolio exhibit a pulse...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-14-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,857
Posted By Markola
I was most surprised about Connecticut, which I...

I was most surprised about Connecticut, which I imagine as chockablock with gadzillionaire hedge funders and with Nevada, which I didn’t know had so much wealth.
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 01-14-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,608
Posted By Markola
This made me say “hmmmmm.” I noticed that my...

This made me say “hmmmmm.” I noticed that my Vanguard International Stock Fund Index VTIAX has outperformed my (domestic) Vanguard Total Stock Fund Index VTSAX a tad over the last 30 days, which...
Forum: Other topics 01-13-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 973
Posted By Markola
I watched the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know”...

I watched the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know” in the early 2000s, which also attempted to explain QM without math. Takeaway? The Universe is nuttier beyond anything we can grasp and our shared...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-13-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,261
Posted By Markola
For sure and I think those rising home prices do...

For sure and I think those rising home prices do reflect generally falling interest rates during this period.
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-12-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,253
Posted By Markola
For kicks, I looked up their 2020 Outlook. Maybe...

For kicks, I looked up their 2020 Outlook. Maybe experts should refrain from doing outlooks?

https://advisors.vanguard.com/iwe/pdf/FAVEMOSP.pdf
Forum: Life after FIRE 01-12-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,680
Posted By Markola
I have a gadget that records how long I sleep...

I have a gadget that records how long I sleep each night and, over the last month, it’s averaged 7:50 hours. When I was w*rking, I recall sleeping 6-7 hours, or losing about 5 hours/ week total,...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-11-2021, 10:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,162
Posted By Markola
Until recently, Personal Capital captured all...

Until recently, Personal Capital captured all interest and dividends as an income category in the Banking function, which was nice. It’s gone away now for me. Premium feature or something?
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-11-2021, 10:35 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,908
Posted By Markola
Thanks. I see that my Amex Delta card does the...

Thanks. I see that my Amex Delta card does the same now that I checked. Double points for groceries.
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 01-11-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 358
Views: 22,079
Posted By Markola
My combination of using the feature on iPhone...

My combination of using the feature on iPhone that sends callers to VM if they aren’t in my Contacts plus the paid app HIYA stops the phone from ringing, though it is still highly annoying to hear...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-10-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,253
Posted By Markola
See https://personal.vanguard.com/pdf/ISGGLBD.pdf...

See https://personal.vanguard.com/pdf/ISGGLBD.pdf

I think if you are the type of index fund investor who likes buying the biggest casino possible, then having exposure to a currency hedged...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-10-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,261
Posted By Markola
So much bullish sentiment

Or create more wealth. Let’s not slip in politics, please. Too toxic.
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 01-10-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,259
Posted By Markola
It’s funny how during ER I have more time to save...

It’s funny how during ER I have more time to save money! I figured out that we were accidentally subscribed to HULU ($5/month for seriously annoying commercials) and Apple Music ($9.99/month but we...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-10-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,253
Posted By Markola
Question about US vs. International Bonds

To pursuade me toward home bias, they’d also need to explain away Vanguard’s research. That’s been easy to do in hindsight over the last ten years but what about the next ten? Historically, the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-10-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,261
Posted By Markola
To me, the economy and the markets always feel on...

To me, the economy and the markets always feel on the precipice of doing.......something different than right now, either going up, down, all around or sideways. My solution is to ask myself if I...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-10-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,908
Posted By Markola
Thanks, I wondered about this. During Covid I’ve...

Thanks, I wondered about this. During Covid I’ve gotten addicted to the convenience of drive up groceries and don’t intend to return to the old way. However, those purchases flow through Instacart,...
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