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by Pet Hog
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: New I Bond Rate 11/1/18 to 4/30/18
Replies: 51
Views: 4888

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

We already have the CPI-U data for March: 254.202. Last September it was 252.439. So that gives a new variable rate of 1.40% from May 1. So if the fixed rate stays at 0.50% we're looking at 1.90% combined.
by Pet Hog
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 2393
Views: 383278

Re: The GOLD scream room

https://apmex.exceda.com/images/Catalog%20Images/Products/50994_Slab.jpg?v=20160812050906&width=900&height=900 Is it just me, or does Lady Liberty resemble TJ Dillashaw? https://ufc-video.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/event_results_athlete_headshot/s3/2019-01/DILLASHAW_TJ_BELT_LS.png?4yNP_bzX7Vp15gKayYDV...
by Pet Hog
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: New all-time high
Replies: 30
Views: 5889

Re: New all-time high

Uncork the champagne!  According to peaktotrough.com, the PP started on January 1 1972 with 35/15 bands and reinvested dividends reached its all-time high (nominally) yesterday, surmounting the previous peak established on February 2 last year.  Hopefully, your portfolio is at its all-time high, to...
by Pet Hog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Fidelity Bond and Bill Direct Purchase ?'s
Replies: 22
Views: 1032

Re: Fidelity Bond and Bill Direct Purchase ?'s

Just make sure you express your interest in the auction before the 15th so you don't miss it. So I'll be submitting the order for the 30 year treasury auction tomorrow morning when I have access to the funds. Sorry, I made a mistake. The auction in on Thursday the 7th -- so, yes, put your order in ...
by Pet Hog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Another solid January
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: Another solid January

A big part of me wants to move everything into SHV or some 2.2% money market for the rest of the year and call it done for 2019! I'm with you! That's what I was sort of hinting at with my post. After last year's loss, I'd be happy with 4% ytd and adding on 2.5% extra with an 11-month treasury. But ...
by Pet Hog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Fidelity Bond and Bill Direct Purchase ?'s
Replies: 22
Views: 1032

Re: Fidelity Bond and Bill Direct Purchase ?'s

Regarding question 1, the bond price on Fidelity is updated just once per day, at around 8 pm eastern. You don't get the real-time prices during the day as you do for stocks. As anato noted, the auto-roll feature can't be turned off on the website, but you can make a call and they'll do it for you. ...
by Pet Hog
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Another solid January
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: Another solid January

If January is a good month, what about the others? I've gone through the data month by month and here are the results for the past 15 years (some months have only 14 years of data). I've used only the EFT closing prices for VTI, TLT, GLD, and SHY, but not the spot price for gold, so there's one less...
by Pet Hog
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Another solid January
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Another solid January

I've been fully invested in the PP since May 2013 and I keep a monthly spreadsheet of my performance. I noticed that each of the last six Januaries has had excellent (relative to PP standards) performance (up at least 1.2%), including this one just ended. So I wondered whether it is a feature of the...
by Pet Hog
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: IAU is now commission-free at Fidelity
Replies: 21
Views: 2633

Re: IAU is now commission-free at Fidelity

KevinW wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:08 pm
Wow, between this, FZROX, and the T-bill auto-roll feature, Fidelity is looking like a great broker for PP investors.
FZROX? I'll say!
https://youtu.be/-Jh6wnmRbvQ
(Sorry, couldn't resist. Commission-free IAU is fantastic news!)
by Pet Hog
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Interesting talk on capital preservation
Replies: 20
Views: 3381

Re: Interesting talk on capital preservation

Thanks, Hal. I did enjoy the conversation. Lots of sanity in Deden's ideas. Definitely recommended for PP aficionados. In essence, his style is to invest in things that are scarce, permanent/enduring, and independent -- gold being a major example (35%), along with salmon farms, barrel makers, and ot...
by Pet Hog
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: The GOLD scream room
Replies: 2393
Views: 383278

Re: The GOLD scream room

I've done a bit of sleuthing about the S&P 500 and whether it includes dividends or not. The Longtermtrends site claims that the S&P 500 is a total return index with dividends included: Also, the S&P 500 is a total return index, in which all resulting cash payouts (including dividends) are automatic...
by Pet Hog
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: European PP, update 6 months after starting
Replies: 29
Views: 7277

Re: European PP, update 6 months after starting

The column you’re pointing to shows the 15-year annualized return starting at the beginning of 2002 through the end of 2016. Tyler, if you're using monthly data, which I believe you are, how is this range not 14 years and 11 months? Perhaps one extra month won't affect the CAGR much, but it's not t...