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by flyingpylon
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: How much can you afford to lose?
Replies: 21
Views: 4066

Re: How much can you afford to lose?

My VP has fallen 25% over the last few months. It's hurt, but I haven't sold anything. I have, however, delayed a purchase I was going to make by selling some. My exit strategy basically consists of "hope it goes back up" which I fully realize is idiotic. :( So I'm still hopeful it will bounce back...
by flyingpylon
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: How much can you afford to lose?
Replies: 21
Views: 4066

How much can you afford to lose?

I'm curious to know how people have determined their PP/VP split.  What reasoning have you used to figure out how much you could potentially afford to lose in your VP? I'm currently at 70% PP simply because I have stock from a previous employer that I acquired quite cheaply.  It will probably take a...
by flyingpylon
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Predictions For 2013
Replies: 102
Views: 15171

Re: Predictions For 2013

I'm not able to make any predictions, but I am certainly enjoying the irony of a "predictions" thread on a Permanent Portfolio forum.  ;D
by flyingpylon
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: parking cash in FSBIX
Replies: 3
Views: 2189

Re: parking cash in FSBIX

I asked the same question last year:

http://gyroscopicinvesting.com/forum/in ... ic=3319.30

I ended up buying T-bills, but when I rebalance in a few months I may again consider buying some FSBIX.
by flyingpylon
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:42 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: 2013 Will Be The "Worst" Year For The US [In My Adult Life]
Replies: 84
Views: 10348

Re: 2013 Will Be The "Worst" Year For The US [In My Adult Life]

I find it fascinating that where the great innovations in earlier times were in time saving devices and tools, many of our innovations today are in new and interesting ways of wasting time (Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds-type video games are a few that come to mind). I'm reminded of this cartoon...
by flyingpylon
Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fiscal Cliff "negotiation"
Replies: 33
Views: 4226

Re: Fiscal Cliff "negotiation"

If I were playing football I would try and score as many points as I could, but I would not worry about the referee running out of points. I can simultaneously worry about my own limits in gaining points while recognizing the ultimately limitless nature about the source of points. I'm more worried ...
by flyingpylon
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Fiscal Cliff "negotiation"
Replies: 33
Views: 4226

Re: Fiscal Cliff "negotiation"

Moda and Melveyr- I generally understand your arguments, but how do you go about your day in such an abstract state?  Do you not have wages, expenses, and savings that can't always adjust as quickly as economic conditions or inflation, etc.?  Do you not worry about things like tax rates or governmen...
by flyingpylon
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: What do y'all think of ZeroHedge?
Replies: 8
Views: 1318

What do y'all think of ZeroHedge?

Just curious about peoples' opinions on ZeroHedge... worthwhile? worthless? entertaining? something else?

I have to admit that I stop by occasionally, but most of the time I'm not quite sure what to make of the things I read there.  The commenters are either geniuses, or insane... perhaps both.
by flyingpylon
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Roth 401(K)
Replies: 15
Views: 3445

Re: Roth 401(K)

MediumTex wrote: All pieces written by Denninger should come with a complimentary grain of salt.
I read Karl's stuff because I read things from a lot of different perspectives.  But I'm curious to know what in particular makes you say that?
by flyingpylon
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt
Replies: 18
Views: 2359

Re: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

I'll admit that I am not yet able to fully grasp some of the concepts in these replies. They seem so... conceptual.  :) I get bogged down in the practical problem of X retirees expecting $Y from Z workers and the whole thing just not adding up. I understand that "unfunded liabilities" are not the sa...
by flyingpylon
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt
Replies: 18
Views: 2359

Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

WSJ article:

Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

I realize there are a lot of different opinions about this sort of thing.  Any comments?  How does this get resolved... or why is it not an issue?
by flyingpylon
Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Poll - Smartphones
Replies: 21
Views: 5413

Re: Poll - Smartphones

I have also been looking at Ting recently and it sounds like a great deal.  I agree that it appears to be a better option than Republic Wireless (and also backed by a larger parent - Tucows) Cellular data usage seems to be the determining factor.  With Ting, you will pay more for cellular data than ...