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by Xan
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4329
Views: 379170

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Very sorry to hear that, Jackson.
by Xan
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4329
Views: 379170

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Just interjecting here real quick: Hal's quote is from Ecclesiastes, which is a weird book. It's basically a book of the Bible that excludes God, in other words, it describes life when lived purely as a "creature" rather than a child of God. Luther's introduction includes: "in this book Solomon is s...
by Xan
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Jack Bogle has died
Replies: 17
Views: 336

Re: Jack Bogle has died

dualstow wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:24 pm
jhogue wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:19 pm
In an era that so often seemed to be defined by financial crooks, thieves, con men, and charlatans is it not simply amazing that one honest man could do so much good for so many?
Well, all I did was repost it- oh, right. Mr Bogle.
LOL!
by Xan
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Jack Bogle has died
Replies: 17
Views: 336

Re: Jack Bogle has died

Nice find, Dualstow. That's it, of course.
by Xan
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Jack Bogle has died
Replies: 17
Views: 336

Re: Jack Bogle has died

Some Tweet I saw somewhere but can no longer find pointed out that Bogle created a nonprofit with some 5 trillion dollars under management. The amount of money that is with retirees rather than in Bogle's pockets is staggering, making him one of the greatest "stealth philanthopers" of all time.
by Xan
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Texas Bullion Depository Open for Business
Replies: 14
Views: 575

Re: Texas Bullion Depository Open for Business

+1 I'd also add that this is inside the US and it is a quasi government entity. Not saying that the risk level is really high. I use a safe deposit box which has risks as well. But precious metals are supposed to be, at least in part, a hedge against governmental corruption or stupidity. Just sayin...
by Xan
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: FDIC risk
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: FDIC risk

I don't think we expect anything but gold to be worth much it a SHTF scenario. I don't have really any qualms about FDIC insurance, regardless of the 2009 law. The government didn't even let people's car warranties lapse when GM went under; there's no way they won't make good on FDIC insurance.
by Xan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Bonds and IRAs
Replies: 12
Views: 206

Re: Bonds and IRAs

If your marginal tax rate is 10% or 12% in 2018, then a Roth IRA seems very attractive. If your marginal tax rate is 22% or more, then the decision gets harder. You have to forecast what you think your tax rate in retirement might be. But again, you need to compare your current marginal rate agains...
by Xan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4329
Views: 379170

Re: Figuring Out Religion

It sounds like burnout was a sad result of: a) "decision theology" - the idea that it is up to you to decide to be a Christian, and b) emphasis on personal experience - as you have indicated and shown, such things can be induced Mountaineer and I (I think I'm speaking correctly here for Mountaineer,...
by Xan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Bonds and IRAs
Replies: 12
Views: 206

Re: Bonds and IRAs

Sounds like you've learned a lot already! As far as Roth vs traditional, for the most part it's a bet between your current marginal tax rate and your future overall tax rate. Note that marginal tax rates are typically higher than overall tax rates, so that favors the traditional. Another thing is th...
by Xan
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Krugman on taxes
Replies: 62
Views: 942

Re: Krugman on taxes

tax policy toward the rich should have nothing to do with the interests of the rich, per se, but should only be concerned with how incentive effects change the behavior of the rich, and how this affects the rest of the population. . . . Or to put it a bit more succinctly, when taxing the rich, all ...
by Xan
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 793
Views: 62219

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

I’m shocked. I had no idea JacksonM was a Muslim woman! I have only a high school education in grammar. How could I have better said what I did to indicate I was not the Muslim woman I was talking about and avoid the confusion? Sometimes there's not really much that can be done. And just because so...