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Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 03-11-2020, 04:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,704
Posted By chrisaukcam
Did some buying with some of the mad money in my...

Did some buying with some of the mad money in my 401k
Forum: Travel Information 10-27-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 42,758
Posted By chrisaukcam
The plan is to do the east coast in our truck and...

The plan is to do the east coast in our truck and trailer next summer. We did a "Wild, Wild, West" trip this year. We will start in the Keys of Florida and work our way up North to Maine. We have...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-08-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By chrisaukcam
Latest Member class of 2019!

Did it today. Submitted my resignation about 30 days ago and today is my last day. It is a lot like any other major event in your life - graduation, wedding day, 1st child, etc. in that there are a...
Forum: Other topics 02-06-2019, 02:40 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 12,748
Posted By chrisaukcam
Dayton, Ohio area. Small 32 acre farm. Been...

Dayton, Ohio area. Small 32 acre farm. Been here over 30 years and raised 4 kids. Plan to stick around here, but at some point we may do the snow bird thing and go South in the winter time.
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 01-23-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,231
Posted By chrisaukcam
What has worked for me is to do 90% into ETF's...

What has worked for me is to do 90% into ETF's and mutual funds. Then I play around with the other 10% to satisfy that urge to speculate and take chances. If I somehow lose that 10% then I am still...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-15-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By chrisaukcam
vehicle buying question

So the plan originally was to buy a gently used truck to pull a travel trailer and travel a bit when we retire in February. The stocks rallied well in spring of 2018 and so I saw that we had made...
Forum: Travel Information 01-09-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 774
Views: 77,329
Posted By chrisaukcam
Grasshopper, my mother recently bought a 40 acre...

Grasshopper, my mother recently bought a 40 acre ranchette there for her horses. So we are going to spend a week with her.
Forum: Travel Information 01-09-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 774
Views: 77,329
Posted By chrisaukcam
Hmm my post did not 'take', so I will try again. ...

Hmm my post did not 'take', so I will try again.
First a cruise to the Bahamas in February with my son to celebrate our 40th anniversary and my retirement.

Then in the spring a trip west with a...
Forum: Life after FIRE 01-09-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 52,554
Posted By chrisaukcam
I am crossing the Rubicon, the die has been cast....

I am crossing the Rubicon, the die has been cast. Notified company on Monday that I retiring as of February 8. Plan to travel out west this 1st year. East coast all summer our 2nd year, then Europe...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 12-07-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By chrisaukcam
Medicare for disabled - filing pains

Sharing this experience for anyone else is going down or is thinking of going down this same road.

So back in 2005 my wife was found to be disabled and started getting SSI. She also was eligible...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-08-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,862
Posted By chrisaukcam
I was let go by my previous employer in 2008. ...

I was let go by my previous employer in 2008. Rolled over the 401k into my own retirement account. Somehow there must have been a late dividend or something. Because the company 401k remained open...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-20-2018, 01:57 AM
Replies: 820
Views: 107,667
Posted By chrisaukcam
Does anyone invest into money market ETF's? ...

Does anyone invest into money market ETF's? Thoughts on pro's and con's of doing that. Seems like a way to park money short term.
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-20-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 37,224
Posted By chrisaukcam
My prediction is that the politicians won't act...

My prediction is that the politicians won't act until they have to - keep kicking the can down the road and only when it is close to a crisis will they act.
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-09-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 11,449
Posted By chrisaukcam
I had gotten laid off like a month or so ahead...

I had gotten laid off like a month or so ahead the crash. I was in the middle of rolling over my company 401k into my own personal IRA. So I got a check in the mail for the full amount. When...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-04-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 976
Views: 92,964
Posted By chrisaukcam
3.13% YTD I was surprised. Mostly US stocks...

3.13% YTD I was surprised. Mostly US stocks with about 10% international. Some bonds and about 5% in REITs
Forum: Other topics 04-06-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,621
Posted By chrisaukcam
Tired of being Retired !?!?

Tired of being Retired !?!?
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-12-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 919
Posted By chrisaukcam
Re: Robinhood

They make money on the float. Unless you have a premium account, they hold onto your funds for several days before transferring.

Like a previous responder, I have a small amount with them. A...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-28-2017, 02:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,452
Posted By chrisaukcam
Cell phone question

I have a moto 5g+ handles all the apps that I have loaded, big enough screen for these mature eyes to read, etc. I feel that it is good bang for the buck.
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-22-2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,705
Posted By chrisaukcam
Dad are we rich = well to do

My grandfather owned a department store. I remember asking if he was rich. He said that we are "well to do - I make a very good income, and can afford some nice things and nice cars. But that is...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-06-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,150
Posted By chrisaukcam
Auctions - any places that do estate auctions or...

Auctions - any places that do estate auctions or regular auctions where you could consign the coins? Yeah you have to pay a commission, but that could be one means of getting a decent price - you...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-07-2017, 05:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,032
Posted By chrisaukcam
re: best option

I got a small amount ($25k) when my uncle died. I used part of it for fun - used it fund a vacation; drank a toast to him. The rest I invested.
Forum: Life after FIRE 10-30-2016, 02:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,961
Posted By chrisaukcam
Yes it is a fun hobby. We have done raspberry,...

Yes it is a fun hobby. We have done raspberry, strawberry wine in the past. This is our first year with pear. We have had good success with it. Beer is more difficult - a lot more variables to...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-20-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,399
Posted By chrisaukcam
health insurance = COBRA and then obamacare ...

health insurance = COBRA and then obamacare

Married but wife does not qualify for SS on her own. She worked a little but not enough quarters to qualify. Although she does get a SS check for...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-20-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,399
Posted By chrisaukcam
June 30th = last day

Well like so many, big corporate decided to speed up my retirement process. I am 90% sure that I will just go ahead and pull the plug and start my retirement now. But wanted to share my situation...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-18-2016, 02:12 AM
Replies: 864
Views: 94,559
Posted By chrisaukcam
Down like 3% year to date. Have some plays in...

Down like 3% year to date. Have some plays in oil, biotech and steel that are drawing down portfolio.
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