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by pugchief
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: HBPP Near-Equivalents
Replies: 17
Views: 6710

Re: HBPP Near-Equivalents

Ok, so the purest HBPP in today's world might be: 25% Total Stock Market Fund/ETF 25% Long-Term Treasury Bonds 25% Treasury Bills 25% Physical Gold A less "pure" version might use ETFs for the gold, LTTs, and STTs. An even less pure version might use PRPFX and EDV. And an even less pure version mig...
by pugchief
Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Funds
Topic: Perm. Portfolio Withdrawls at 70 1/2
Replies: 3
Views: 3329

Re: Perm. Portfolio Withdrawls at 70 1/2

Best strategy to take 401k or IRA RMDs from a Permanent Portfolio in retirement? I inadvertently happened on a strategy about 8 years ago. I married a woman 17 years younger than me and not only did I get a great wife but I discovered that I reduced the percentage of my MRD significantly. Great sol...
by pugchief
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reagan's Budget Director Annihilates Paul Ryan's Budget Plan
Replies: 21
Views: 3124

Re: Reagan's Budget Director Annihilates Paul Ryan's Budget Plan

Pointedstick wrote: Illinois? Nah. That's the big O's home state! I'm from there and I can tell you that Illinois is probably the dirtiest place of them all. It'll always be a blue state even if they have to start registering dogs and cats to vote.
true, dat
sweet home Chicago
by pugchief
Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:30 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Retirement Present Value
Replies: 8
Views: 2013

Re: Retirement Present Value

Relevant threads: http://gyroscopicinvesting.com/forum/http://77.104.139.218/~gyroscop/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=2 http://gyroscopicinvesting.com/forum/http://77.104.139.218/~gyroscop/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=7 Thanks MG, but the link in the first post of topic 1872.0 is no longer valid. Can you please ...
by pugchief
Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:17 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Retirement Present Value
Replies: 8
Views: 2013

Re: Retirement Present Value

Relevant threads: http://gyroscopicinvesting.com/forum/http://77.104.139.218/~gyroscop/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=2 http://gyroscopicinvesting.com/forum/http://77.104.139.218/~gyroscop/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=7 Thanks MG, but the link in the first post of topic 1872.0 is no longer valid. Can you please ...
by pugchief
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Scared to Take the PP Jump Because of Gold
Replies: 33
Views: 11257

Re: Scared to Take the PP Jump Because of Gold

Personally, I'm a big fan if GTU in a taxable account. Lowering your long-term capital gains tax rate down to 15% is a huge deal. I don't think one more yearly tax form to file is really that much of a hassle considering that you're already doing your taxes and dealing with annoying forms already, ...
by pugchief
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: HBPP Near-Equivalents
Replies: 17
Views: 6710

Re: HBPP Near-Equivalents

craigr wrote: 25% total stock market ETF
25% gold bullion
50% intermediate term treasury fund

If Cuggino dropped the expense ratio to say 0.5% from the current .71%, and dumped the now useless Swiss francs, would PRPFX be a more palatable option?
by pugchief
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: LEAPS PP
Replies: 162
Views: 39508

Re: LEAPS PP

If you are holding an ITM call option immediately prior to expiration, the last thing you want to do is let it expire, because then you get nothing and lose the premium you paid to buy the option. If you don't want to close out the position at a profit due to the spread, you need to tell your broke...
by pugchief
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: LEAPS PP
Replies: 162
Views: 39508

Re: LEAPS PP

AdamA, Have you checked the "real" spread on the TLT options.  For some reason the very deep ITM options for TLT have giant spreads on them -- I'm talking 15-20%.  The spread for ITM options on GLD and SPY are much more reasonable at approx 1-2%. For me, this almost makes TLT a non-starter for opti...
by pugchief
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Is Algebra Necessary For Everyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 2511

Re: Is Algebra Necessary For Everyone?

http://funnywebjokes.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/00013.jpg?w=490 Someone found one of my old math papers. A TYPICAL American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra. In both high school and college, all too many students are ex...
by pugchief
Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: PP and loans (mortgage, student, or otherwise)
Replies: 22
Views: 4562

Re: PP and loans (mortgage, student, or otherwise)

The debt figures are even more shocking for med school, law school.  One can easily rack up $150,000 of debt if one isn't careful. Actually, $150,000 is kind of conservative for an 8 year program. My daughter-in-law graduated from dental school [public, large state school undergrad, private dental ...
by pugchief
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: What supplements do you take?
Replies: 163
Views: 26189

Re: What supplements do you take?

Let me get this straight: You don't trust the American Dental Association nor the CDC, but you consider an anti-fluoride site to be gospel-fact? Thank you for putting words in my mouth. Never once in this conversation did I even remotely suggest that anti-fluoride sites are gospel or fact. Not sure...