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Forum: FIRE and Money 06-19-2022, 10:04 AM
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Posted By kevink
TIPS are also starting to look very attractive -...

TIPS are also starting to look very attractive - indeed perhaps more so than iBonds.

Worth following this site, which has long been in a league of its own on these securities:
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Forum: FIRE and Money 05-01-2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,370
Posted By kevink
I don't disagree with you about any of the above...

I don't disagree with you about any of the above - and agree that inflation is a far more serious and likely risk for retirees than deflation. Dr. Bernstein covers all of this very well in his book...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-01-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,370
Posted By kevink
TIPS have only been in existence since 1997;...

TIPS have only been in existence since 1997; that's what I mean by "not enough history." And as for performing poorly during market crashes, they cratered during the 2008 market crisis at the very...
Forum: Travel Information 04-30-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,487
Posted By kevink
I suggest calling Tucson Estates and asking about...

I suggest calling Tucson Estates and asking about rentals. Check Craigslist too.
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-29-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,370
Posted By kevink
Which Asset Classes Protect Against Inflation by Larry Swedroe

Worthwhile article by Larry Swedroe:

https://www.advisorperspectives.com/articles/2022/04/25/which-asset-classes-protect-against-inflation

Not a whole lot of safe places to hide for the average...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-07-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 41,973
Posted By kevink
-2.28% YTD (as of 3/5) for my Golden Butterfly...

-2.28% YTD (as of 3/5) for my Golden Butterfly portfolio.
Forum: Other topics 02-28-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,371
Posted By kevink
Can't go wrong with the Mach 3's, which you can...

Can't go wrong with the Mach 3's, which you can buy from Costco for just over $2 per cartridge. I go through two a month shaving daily but could probably stretch them further. Throw in some...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-12-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,633
Posted By kevink
Good post on real estate investing

I enjoyed this new guest post on the "Can I Retire Yet?" blog about options in real estate investing:

https://www.caniretireyet.com/real-estate-investments-worth-effort/

I especially...
Forum: Hi, I am... 01-31-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,473
Posted By kevink
You've received a great deal of good advice but...

You've received a great deal of good advice but here are a few other thoughts:

1. I've had accounts at both Vanguard and Schwab for many years, and while I've never been with Fidelity I hear...
Forum: Travel Information 01-23-2022, 09:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,487
Posted By kevink
We live in Tucson and did short-term rentals many...

We live in Tucson and did short-term rentals many times before moving here. AirBnB is certainly what I'd check first, but rather than focusing on apartments or condos I personally would look for a...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-18-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,225
Posted By kevink
+1 I just turned 65 and went on Medicare...

+1

I just turned 65 and went on Medicare while DW is 58. We've managed our MAGI carefully for years to keep it in the 25-32K range in order to qualify for maximum ACA subsidies. It's not that...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-15-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,088
Posted By kevink
Excellent William Bernstein post

Dr. Bernstein reflects on living through the October 1987 stock market crash and lessons learned. Witty and wonderful as always, and made more special (for me anyway) by being on Jonathan Clements'...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-13-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,734
Posted By kevink
Having lived as an expat in Mexico for 5 years...

Having lived as an expat in Mexico for 5 years I've both researched this and listened to the experience of many fellow expats (full disclosure:I'm back in the U.S. - for now).

In the long run...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-03-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 690
Posted By kevink
How Much Should You Pay for Professional Advice? excellent Mike Piper post

I know many here subscribe to Mike's newsletter (and many more are grateful users of his Open Social Security site). Hopefully this new post by him will inspire a few more folks to follow him. He's...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-28-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,400
Posted By kevink
Along with the Bogleheads forums these resources...

Along with the Bogleheads forums these resources have stood the test of time for me (in no particular order):

Rick Ferri's interviews on the Bogleheads podcasts.
Christine Benz at Morningstar...
Forum: Other topics 12-27-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,256
Posted By kevink
One of my jobs when I was in charge of coffee...

One of my jobs when I was in charge of coffee quality for Starbucks "back in the day" (a few thousand stores ago) was choosing the parameters for in-store water filtration systems.

On our home...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-25-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,296
Posted By kevink
Tyler addresses this early on in the article: ...

Tyler addresses this early on in the article:

"The 15-Year Baseline Return solves a major problem with most efficient frontier calculations where the results vary wildly by the timeframe studied....
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-23-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,296
Posted By kevink
Worthwhile article and thread on "The Most Efficient Portfolios"

There's an excellent new article on the Portfolio Charts site that should be of special interest to those trying to avoid "left tail" risk while still enjoying decent returns:
...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 12-03-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,709
Posted By kevink
This is as good a place as any to learn more...

This is as good a place as any to learn more about the underlying economics of Advantage plans vs. traditional Medicare + Medigap. "Follow the money" seems to always be a good starting point.

Not...
Forum: Travel Information 11-27-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,184
Posted By kevink
Average high 76, low 48. Not tropical but we...

Average high 76, low 48. Not tropical but we suffer through it. :)
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-24-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By kevink
Thanks for correcting my mistake about VBIAX....

Thanks for correcting my mistake about VBIAX. Your recommendations are excellent.
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-24-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By kevink
VBIAX is as close as you'll get but of course...

VBIAX is as close as you'll get but of course there's no exact ETF equivalent to either of Vanguard's legendary "W's" since they are both actively-managed funds. No style drift risk and a fraction of...
Forum: Travel Information 11-24-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,184
Posted By kevink
I live in Tucson and think it would be a good...

I live in Tucson and think it would be a good choice for the OP - though it'd be important to book something right away. I'd strongly recommend looking for a casita on AirBnB rather than an extended...
Forum: Other topics 11-18-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,233
Posted By kevink
Thanks for starting this thread. Costco Wine Blog...

Thanks for starting this thread. Costco Wine Blog is indeed an excellent resource, as well as the Reverse Wine Snob site which casts its net a big wider to include wines at Aldi and Trader Joe's.
...
Forum: Travel Information 11-18-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,750
Posted By kevink
We lived in Mexico for ~5 years, mostly the Lake...

We lived in Mexico for ~5 years, mostly the Lake Chapala area with a stint in San Miguel de Allende and have spent extended time in many of the other places mentioned in this thread.

The...
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