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by sophie
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: 10 Year Treasury in ETFs
Replies: 23
Views: 5847

Re: 10 Year Treasury in ETFs

You need at least 20% gold to do well in a 1970s-like era - check the year by year real returns on Portfoliocharts.com and you'll see what I mean. I thought the whole point of the Desert Portfolio was to appeal to conservative investors who are skittish about gold. It fills that niche very well. It ...
by sophie
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Omnniviolence (Nautilus magazine)
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Omnniviolence (Nautilus magazine)

computer scientist Stuart Russell has vividly described how a small group of malicious agents might engage in omniviolence: “A very, very small quadcopter, one inch in diameter can carry a one-or two-gram shaped charge,” he says. “You can order them from a drone manufacturer in China. You can progr...
by sophie
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: S&P 500
Replies: 18
Views: 1492

Re: S&P 500

You still get good diversity with an index fund, but I wonder how much better than buying and holding a basket of stocks it really is. In the new era of zero commissions, this might be worth a rethink. You'd want to buy and hold as opposed to constantly rebalance though. I bet we will start seeing s...
by sophie
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Books?
Replies: 84
Views: 2685

Re: Books?

Gary Taubes, Good Calories Bad Calories. It's incredibly well written and thoroughly researched, and will turn a lot of your thinking on nutrition upside down.
by sophie
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: How do you invest the Cash portion?
Replies: 62
Views: 17473

Re: How do you invest the Cash portion?

Thanks dualstow, I learned something new about Vanguard today. Sorry to hear about your roof issue and hope it's not too expensive! Thinking it might be worth it in the long run to put in a leak detector under the sink. BTW if anyone is interested in buying a new faucet, here's a big sale at efaucet...
by sophie
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: 70% of millennials say they'd vote for a socialist
Replies: 17
Views: 1330

Re: 70% of millennials say they'd vote for a socialist

Sure, because they're all weighed down by student loans and credit card debt. So they don't have any money that can be donated to the socialist cause. Once they start accumulating wealth, watch those opinions change. It's part of the normal life cycle.
by sophie
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: How do you invest the Cash portion?
Replies: 62
Views: 17473

Re: How do you invest the Cash portion?

VUSXX/#11 is the greatest. Yes indeed!!!! (What's #11?) Another advantage of VUSXX over an ETF: you can print out and mail in a form to Vanguard, and they'll send you free checks. Gives you another way to access the cash in VUSXX: write a check. Which I might end up doing soon enough...had a big pl...
by sophie
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: What is your current portfolio?
Replies: 33
Views: 3118

Re: What us your current portfolio?

I initially went all in with the PP in 2008 but transitioned to the GB about 3 years ago. The reason I did that was precisely for the reason people often warn about with the standard 4x4 - that it will be hard to stick with in times of prosperity when stocks are outperforming (hello Bud and Mathjak...
by sophie
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: How do you invest the Cash portion?
Replies: 62
Views: 17473

Re: How do you invest the Cash portion?

Does anyone use SHV for cash? I don't use ETFs for cash, but it's mainly because they are a PITA to trade. Plus I've experienced a bit of float with share values. Much prefer money market funds pegged at $1/share and straight up T bills. Also, VUSXX (Vanguard treasury-only MM) blows SHV away on the...
by sophie
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Is Trump doing a good job?
Replies: 128
Views: 7624

Re: Is Trump doing a good job?

Well, multiple reports say they had. I've read both, so I genuinely don't know. Is it really possible for a President, acting completely alone, to shred a signed treaty without (at the very least) some agreement within his administration? I have always thought there is an untold story here, and ver...
by sophie
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Article today in seeking alpha 10/25/2019
Replies: 3
Views: 1268

Re: Article today in seeking alpha 10/25/2019

Evaluating a portfolio based on one-year performance? Please.

Wonder what the article would have said if he'd done the same experiment, say, 2 years earlier.
by sophie
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Will Trump be Re-elected?
Replies: 748
Views: 83769

Re: Will Trump be Re-elected?

Vinny, yes thanks for sharing. I also have a few questions: Is your dislike of the Republican party rooted mainly in the Middle East wars? That is quite understandable, but realize that Democrats were on the same page with both of these at the time. In fact, some of the most prominent pro-war "neoco...