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by sophie
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: New I Bond Rate 11/1/18 to 4/30/18
Replies: 33
Views: 1882

Re: New I Bond Rate 11/1/18 to 4/30/18

I bought my I bonds before the end of November. Not so sure about inflation receding.

So barrett, are you all good with your plans for your I bonds? They've turned out to be pretty darned good investments!
by sophie
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Stupid to Look at Portfolio Too Often
Replies: 25
Views: 1340

Re: Stupid to Look at Portfolio Too Often

I justify looking at the portfolio once a month in order to log into my accounts. I pick up messages and it keeps them active, and if the account were broken into I'd be more likely to detect it in time to do something about it. I was thinking about going to once per quarter, but not less than that....
by sophie
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 77
Views: 3391

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

The best way to fight boredom is to do something productive. Granted, trying to suddenly self-motivate is pretty tough after years of atrophy brought on by a lifetime of depending on a parent or boss to give you direction. But with a bit of exercise and a few growing pains it gets a lot easier. I'm...
by sophie
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 77
Views: 3391

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

Since the last time I posted here, I'm now making $600 a month from my KDE hobby. Life feels so much more vibrant now than it did when my focus was on guarding my gains. It's glorious out there. So what are you doing these days apart from the KDE hobby and some home renovation projects, that's maki...
by sophie
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Most maintainable showers
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Most maintainable showers

Ochotona, you'd put in a staircase chairlift and hire an aide. That's what we did for my dad until he was too impaired for anything other than a hospital bed in the living room, Hoyer lift to get into a wheelchair, and bed baths. My mom now uses the chairlift to get heavy items up and down the stairs.
by sophie
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Most maintainable showers
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Most maintainable showers

My architect brother went with tile in his bathroom and shower curtains rather than a door, if that helps. He gave me a useful tip: wipe down the wall tile after showering. Takes about 30 seconds. That plus tile grout sealing should work well, if you go that route. FWIW, I've got traditional tile & ...
by sophie
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 77
Views: 3391

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

Yeah, and living through the Depression and WW2 just completely colored an entire generation's thinking about money in a major way; and that was a worldwide phenomenon, not just in the USA. I remember my dad's stories about growing up in the Depression era. He was all about frugality, DIY'ing, and ...
by sophie
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fear is the mind-killer
Replies: 77
Views: 3391

Re: Fear is the mind-killer

Welcome back Pointedstick! I do wonder, though, what precisely motivated you to come back? I know the market may drop 75% tomorrow and take 40 years to recover. And I say, "so what?" I don't care. The one time I found myself living off of my investments, I hated it. I felt like a useless penny-pinch...
by sophie
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: best place to have paper gold invested now
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: best place to have paper gold invested now

That reminds me of gold ETF trading strategy we used to talk about: buy gold ETFs at discounts, then sell when they show a premium. Trade between ETFs as needed. I'm too busy/lazy to do this, but it's kind of a fun hobby if anyone wants to give it a shot. Would be nice to report premium/discount lev...
by sophie
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Old HB radio show about Gold
Replies: 14
Views: 603

Re: Old HB radio show about Gold

It wouldn't be about Icelandic Krona affecting the gold price. The whole point is that it wouldn't, but that devaluation of the Krona means that the price of gold in Krona goes up, by a lot. This is in fact what happened. I bet that the trade value of the Krona relative to the US dollar showed a sim...
by sophie
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Old HB radio show about Gold
Replies: 14
Views: 603

Re: Old HB radio show about Gold

I don't know about that. Gold did its job very well in Iceland in 2008. If gold's purpose in the portfolio is to be a default alternative reserve currency, then I suppose you might consider holding a mixture of gold and whatever the #1 reserve currency is. Right now that's the US dollar. But, I pers...
by sophie
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 2183
Views: 329553

Re: The GOLD scream room

The PP is great for people who get busy with life and may not look at the stock market for years. If that's not you, then you may be leaving money on the table by using the PP. Maybe, but I feel like I'd be leaving a lot more money on the table by diverting significant effort from my career to mana...