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by jalanlong
Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:02 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: How did YOU vote???!!
Replies: 62
Views: 1381

Re: How did YOU vote???!!

I have seen other explanations thrown out. Maybe the predictions of a Red Wave made Rs lazy and not motivated to show up. Or maybe that got Ds out to vote. And some pollsters claim the polls never predicted a Red Wave and that was a narrative created out of nowhere. The interesting thing is that ev...
by jalanlong
Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: US Legislative Majority after November 8
Replies: 17
Views: 606

Re: US Legislative Majority after November 8

I like divided government. Reigns in the crazies on both sides. Effectively adding more reams of paper to existing state and federal code and regulations isn't necessarily a good thing. I used to believe that way until Executive Orders started becoming so commonplace. I also don't like executive or...
by jalanlong
Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:10 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: How did YOU vote???!!
Replies: 62
Views: 1381

Re: How did YOU vote???!!

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:02 am
Everyone: Biden is the most cognitively-impaired politician to hold public office.

Fetterman: You to put hanHOLD hold to beer. My.
https://babylonbee.com/news/nation-unsu ... candidates
by jalanlong
Wed Nov 09, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: US Legislative Majority after November 8
Replies: 17
Views: 606

Re: US Legislative Majority after November 8

Kbg wrote:
Wed Nov 09, 2022 9:51 am
I like divided government. Reigns in the crazies on both sides. Effectively adding more reams of paper to existing state and federal code and regulations isn't necessarily a good thing.
I used to believe that way until Executive Orders started becoming so commonplace.
by jalanlong
Wed Nov 09, 2022 4:47 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: How did YOU vote???!!
Replies: 62
Views: 1381

Re: How did YOU vote???!!

Not a great night for the R party. Thoughts on my thoughts? - If you want to win a competitive Republican primary in a deep red state, go for the Trump endorsement - If you want to win a competitive general election, having his endorsement is close to political suicide Interesting take. As fanatica...
by jalanlong
Tue Nov 08, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: How did YOU vote???!!
Replies: 62
Views: 1381

Re: How did YOU vote???!!

I continued my years long tradition of not voting! I feel good about my decision. As I do every election day!
by jalanlong
Tue Nov 08, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Single-bond ETFs
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Single-bond ETFs

I probably saw this same article come up about these and then found the .15 % expense ratio and lost interest in them from there. I am going to try the non-competitive auction through Fidelity with auto roll here soon to see how I like that. I have only previously been buying secondary and felt lik...
by jalanlong
Sat Nov 05, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Fourth Branch of Government
Replies: 43
Views: 1842

Re: The Fourth Branch of Government

The Democrats are hitting hard on the abortion front which has weirdly allowed their ads to take the position of their party being the party of "freedom" and "bodily autonomy" not even a year after most of them believed people who declined vaccinations should lose their jobs. The whole my body, my ...
by jalanlong
Fri Nov 04, 2022 12:56 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Fourth Branch of Government
Replies: 43
Views: 1842

Re: The Fourth Branch of Government

Sounds about right...good for advertisers though. Can't wait till these ads are over. Seems, here in IL, the major focus is abortion. If you go by the ads, all Dems are willing to rip the baby out and kill it a day before normal delivery, and all Republicans want every baby born, regardless of who ...
by jalanlong
Fri Nov 04, 2022 12:54 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Fourth Branch of Government
Replies: 43
Views: 1842

Re: The Fourth Branch of Government

Even though polls show that Texas elections are not that close, the ads are still hot and heavy here with every Republican saying that their Democratic opponent is for open borders, gun confiscation and turning Texas into "Biden style California" The Democrats are hitting hard on the abortion front ...
by jalanlong
Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Hunter Biden
Replies: 21
Views: 1130

Re: Hunter Biden

I think too many people's views are affected by what they see on television. I remember a friend telling me I was crazy for not thinking things were getting worse in this world. I asked him for his basis for believing that. He cited what he saw on the news each night, which, of course, is going to ...
by jalanlong
Tue Nov 01, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Fourth Branch of Government
Replies: 43
Views: 1842

Re: The Fourth Branch of Government

I'm constantly noting how in my local newspaper most of the articles seem to be about government and the people in government. On a relative basis the articles on business achievers are few. Hah, I wrote to a newspaper editor one time and pointed out the same thing. The whole paper was always about...
by jalanlong
Tue Nov 01, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Non-ESG ETFs
Replies: 36
Views: 2219

Re: Non-ESG ETFs

The most thorough solution is to invest in individual corporate stocks. . . What dollar amount, generally speaking, is required to get into an individual stock? I've always assumed that a certain minimum is required for no better reason than to keep transfer agents from wasting their time on the "l...
by jalanlong
Fri Oct 28, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: TIPS vs. the PP Barbell or iBonds: No Contest
Replies: 23
Views: 1852

Re: TIPS vs. the PP Barbell or iBonds: No Contest

Kevin K. wrote:
Sun Sep 18, 2022 6:36 pm

The best insurance against inflation, he says, is a globally diversified stock portfolio with an extra pinch of gold-mining and natural-resource companies.
It certainly has not helped this year! You would have been much better off in cash/cds this year.
by jalanlong
Wed Oct 26, 2022 10:18 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Corporate Bonds
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: Corporate Bonds

[ I think the original Dow Jones 30 was created in the late 1890s? By about 2000 General Electric was the only company still in existence. That is very misleading. That implies that most of the others went out of business which is not true, Most of them merged or were purchased by other companies. ...
by jalanlong
Tue Oct 04, 2022 4:54 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5228
Views: 801026

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

This is what I got back from my doctor's office less than 1.5 hours after I'd sent a message regarding symptoms and the expired test dates: "Vincent, There has been recent information put out that there are certain brands of test that remain stable for a certain number of months after expiration. J...
by jalanlong
Tue Oct 04, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5228
Views: 801026

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I don’t think it’s based on evil. It’s stupidity and ignorance based on political correctness. I was against lockdowns from the beginning for a lot of reasons and was shocked at how much of society readily went along with them. Now we are 2+ years down the road and reaping the repercussions..supply...
by jalanlong
Sat Oct 01, 2022 2:19 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: TBills as "the best horse at the glue factory?"
Replies: 93
Views: 4282

Re: TBills as "the best horse at the glue factory?"

Speaking of treasury bill funds. Here are some good options I have come across that may help some: SGOV https://www.ishares.com/us/products/314116/ishares-0-3-month-treasury-bond-etf Expense Ratio: 0.05% Effective Duration: 0.10 yrs 30 Day SEC Yield: 2.42% VUSXX https://investor.vanguard.com/invest...
by jalanlong
Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:00 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: TBills as "the best horse at the glue factory?"
Replies: 93
Views: 4282

Re: TBills as "the best horse at the glue factory?"

Well, TLT is a good example, yes. So this is where I get lost. Two scenarios: 1) I buy a 30 year bond from treasury direct. 30 years from now I get my original principal plus whatever interest along the way. 2) I buy an equivalent $ amount of TLT. What am I getting in 30 years? Since they have to c...
by jalanlong
Fri Sep 30, 2022 10:22 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Are most people here sticking with Treasuries?
Replies: 328
Views: 24275

Re: Are most people here sticking with Treasuries?

MangoMan wrote:
Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:32 am
Thanks for the backup, I Shrugged.

Again, this is why so many smart people who used to post here and lean right stopped. It's exhausting.
+1000
by jalanlong
Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:20 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP YTD performance - was it the worst ever?
Replies: 111
Views: 7007

Re: PP YTD performance - was it the worst ever?

Something I realized way too late in my investing career was recency bias. Recency bias in the portfolio sphere is when people gravitate to things that have good track records at a given point in time...and because that is the case, shortly thereafter the asset/portfolio normally will often be retu...
by jalanlong
Thu Sep 15, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Bonds
Topic: When is it time to load up on bonds.
Replies: 7
Views: 809

When is it time to load up on bonds.

My grandparents were of the depression generation. They never had really high paying jobs nor did they ever invest a penny into the stock market or real estate etc. However, they did retire with a pretty good nestegg thanks to thrifty savings and also the fact that they saved most of their money in ...
by jalanlong
Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Unequal Sector Coverage in ETFs
Replies: 15
Views: 2417

Re: Unequal Sector Coverage in ETFs

FYI -- I published a new post today that reviewed portfolio returns in the first half of 2022, and it included a section on this topic. Halfway to Nowhere: 2022 Mid-Year Portfolio Rankings Be sure to take a look at the "stock sectors" chart in the article and think about what the resulting mix woul...
by jalanlong
Tue Sep 06, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Buy and Hold Stock Millionaires
Replies: 31
Views: 5204

Re: Buy and Hold Stock Millionaires

A Total stock market index fund seems to me the definition of doing nothing. I have become more and more a fan of total instead of any slice and dice stock funds. I would disagree. Index funds are active funds as they add stocks when the corresponding index adds them and then they sell stocks with ...