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by jhogue
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?

I don't have the figures in front of me, but I am pretty certain that US savings bonds do not now account for anywhere near the percentage of Treasury debt that they did in World War II and the following couple of decades. I agree that the 1 year T bill (currently at 2.59%) looks like the best value...
by jhogue
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?

I have been studying the yield curve for about a year now, hoping to use it as a leading indicator on inflation/deflation and, hence, prospective I-bond and EE-bond rates. Over the last year, the 1 year T bill rate has risen 137 basis points. In the same time period, the I bond rate has risen just 5...
by jhogue
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Perth Mint depository online data breach
Replies: 16
Views: 516

Re: Perth Mint depository online data breach

Pugchief,

Did you consciously decide at some point not to hold physical gold? Or, is it perhaps the consequence of the tax structure of your investment portfolio?
by jhogue
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?

Sorry I could not offer you more help.

I will be watching the yield curve and interest rates carefully before the 11/1/18 reset. I think it quite possible that the Treasury will revise the fixed and/or variable I bond rate. Possibly the EE bond rate too, but that seems less likely at the moment.
by jhogue
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Obtain List of My Savings Bonds (EE/I) Outstanding?

The US Treasury will not provide you with a list of bonds that you bought. Everyone who invests in US savings bonds should make their own list of bonds and keep an updated copy of that list in a secure place, like a bank safe deposit box. If your paper EE bonds were lost, stolen, or destroyed, you c...
by jhogue
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 588
Views: 40038

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

I believe that it was also James Carville who said: "You never know what you'll come up with if you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park." (referring to Paula Jones' successful lawsuit for sexual harassment against Bill Clinton). There were also some other quotes attributed to him of an even eart...
by jhogue
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: New I Bond Rate 11/1/17 - 4/30/18
Replies: 46
Views: 8548

Re: New I Bond Rate 11/1/17 - 4/30/18

Tipswatch is a great website for tracking the inflation rate of the CPI-U and possible moves in I bond interest rates. That said, I am not sure why the author also promotes the purchase of TIPS. I find TIPS unsuitable for the HBPP, both because they can produce a negative yield in a deflationary eco...
by jhogue
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 588
Views: 40038

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

When was the last time a sitting President who wished to run for a second term lost a primary?: 1.Taft lost a number of primaries to Teddy Roosevelt (and Robert LaFolette) in the campaign for the Republican nomination of 1912. The campaign was so bitter that TR walked out of the convention and ran a...
by jhogue
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump as tragicomedy
Replies: 588
Views: 40038

Re: Trump as tragicomedy

The Swiss had a national referendum and voted down joining the EU.

They know enough history to have good reason to distrust their neighbors.
by jhogue
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF (AAAU)
Replies: 11
Views: 1081

Re: Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF (AAAU)

SGOL is an American-based gold ETF, but its gold is held in Switzerland. It is not ideal, but it does provide some measure of geographical diversification. The net expense ratio (0.39%) is a little higher than IAU or GLD, but it has been in operation for a number of years and has total assets of abo...
by jhogue
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How to handle 529
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: How to handle 529

I came to a similar conclusion: don’t contribute to a 529 until you have fully funded every possible tax-deferred vehicle for retirement. You can always pull money from a retirement account later to pay off college loans, even after the child graduates from college. You can’t pull money from a 529 t...
by jhogue
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Interventionism versus non-interventionism
Replies: 44
Views: 1477

Re: Interventionism versus non-interventionism

Yup.

The Soviets also slaughtered anarchists in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War in preference to fighting Franco and the fascists. See George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.