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by sophie
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Omar accused of treasonous plot with Qatar
Replies: 19
Views: 496

Re: Omar accused of treasonous plot with Qatar

That would be very interesting indeed, if evidence came to light that an unelected man (husband, brother, father, etc) is calling the shots, and she's dutifully following through with them as per normal for her culture. Odd that the topic has never come up. I had similar reservations about Joe Liebe...
by sophie
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Omar accused of treasonous plot with Qatar
Replies: 19
Views: 496

Re: Omar accused of treasonous plot with Qatar

If all that's true...she could be the one being impeached. Wondering why all this is so far limited to the Twitterverse though? Also there's a doesn't-pass-the-sniff-test element here: regardless of her position, Ilhan Omar is a woman and it seems unlikely that a traditional Qatar male would deal wi...
by sophie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Stock scream room
Replies: 757
Views: 138108

Re: Stock scream room

pmward: forgive my not copying your word salad here.... I had an uncle who thought as you did, that he could predict future stock performance of individual companies. He spent his working career as a Wall Street trader, so he was probably much better positioned to do that than you are. When he retir...
by sophie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: How many brokerage firms are you using?
Replies: 38
Views: 761

Re: How many brokerage firms are you using?

For example, FSKAX has consistently lagged VTSAX and also its benchmark index by more than the difference in ER. I did not know that! Interesting, because I hold both. I have my wife in ITOT (1500 stocks only), an iShares product. Maybe I should compare its performance to FSKAX (over 3000), but if ...
by sophie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Stock scream room
Replies: 757
Views: 138108

Re: Stock scream room

Sounds awful. Kbg, would you like to go to my 11am meeting for me instead? It'll be hugely entertaining. Sigh.
by sophie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Permanent Supplement Regime
Replies: 269
Views: 81135

Re: The Permanent Supplement Regime

The main problem with canola, corn and soybean oil is that they're basically experimental. And it's not only the oils. The plants themselves are also new in the sense that they've been bred or engineered for yield, pest resistance etc. For example, wheat is an entirely new plant with substantial gen...
by sophie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Stock scream room
Replies: 757
Views: 138108

Re: Stock scream room

That still sounds like market timing to me, pmward, whatever you decide you want to call it (quantitative, risk management etc). I haven't done due diligence on the thousands of companies whose stock I own indirectly via mutual funds or ETFs. That doesn't make me a bad investor, because being able t...
by sophie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: How many brokerage firms are you using?
Replies: 38
Views: 761

Re: How many brokerage firms are you using?

It's not all about the expense ratio. I think there's some behind the scenes activity that affects fund performance that isn't necessarily reflected in the ER. For example, FSKAX has consistently lagged VTSAX and also its benchmark index by more than the difference in ER. Also news flash: Fidelity f...
by sophie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Left is Eating Itself Pt. II
Replies: 401
Views: 29128

Re: The Left is Eating Itself Pt. II

For people buying drugs from India...here's a pretty scary article to gulp down with your Valsartan: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-12/how-carcinogen-tainted-generic-drug-valsartan-got-past-the-fda Importing drugs from Canada is a crazy idea. The reason Bernie wants to do it is that...
by sophie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: The Bond Dream Room
Replies: 455
Views: 100290

Re: The Bond Dream Room

I like seeing these kinds of bumps in gold and bonds, because they tell us something very important: despite the rise of cryptocurrencies, low interest rates etc they still operate exactly as the Permanent Portfolio needs them to, during times of market stress. Next time I check the portfolio, I'll ...
by sophie
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Long Term Care Insurance
Replies: 9
Views: 679

Re: Long Term Care Insurance

Here's an instructive example on long term care insurance... My aunt and her husband are 81 (with advanced Alzheimer's) and 93 (with diabetes) respectively, definitely in need of long term care, and they have insurance - but can't use it. First, my aunt has been randomly throwing papers into a nearb...
by sophie
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: How many brokerage firms are you using?
Replies: 38
Views: 761

Re: How many brokerage firms are you using?

Good, instructive story, mathjak. I use both Vanguard and Fidelity, along with a conventional brick and mortar bank (Chase). I originally was all in Fidelity, but ended up opening an individual brokerage at Vanguard to go along with my employer retirement accounts there, and to take advantage of som...