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by I Shrugged
Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Tax Tail Wagging My PP Dog
Replies: 19
Views: 6624

Tax Tail Wagging My PP Dog

I'm about at my rebalance bands.  Stocks 34%, Gold 16.5%.  And in a bit of market timing sentiment, I'm ready to make the moves.  But my god the taxes.  Our portfolio is almost all taxable (non-sheltered), and our stocks are all in taxable.  In our three stock index funds, we are looking at built in...
by I Shrugged
Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Who Routinely Trounces the Stock Market? Try 2 Out of 2,862 Funds
Replies: 2
Views: 1920

Re: Who Routinely Trounces the Stock Market? Try 2 Out of 2,862 Funds

My wife's uncle routinely trounces the market.  And with penny stocks.  Just ask him!
:)
by I Shrugged
Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: GLD proposals re expenses
Replies: 2
Views: 3269

GLD proposals re expenses

Has anyone read the GLD shareholder-vote proposals pending now?  Thoughts?
by I Shrugged
Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Physical vs Paper
Replies: 16
Views: 7000

Re: Physical vs Paper

I'm in a similar situation;  I just cannot see taking the tax haircut.  If you look at the tax bill as insurance against problems with the ETF, that insurance premium is way too high, IMO.
by I Shrugged
Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Building house
Replies: 45
Views: 7535

Re: Building house

I'd say build what you want.  The resale market might not be as big but you will still sell it.  If you have some land, as it sounds, I think buyers would be more flexible on the house anyway.
by I Shrugged
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Jim Grant Sounds Like Harry Browne in this interview
Replies: 2
Views: 1894

Re: Jim Grant Sounds Like Harry Browne in this interview

Yes, you should read or watch Jim Grant every chance you get, IMO.
by I Shrugged
Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Building house
Replies: 45
Views: 7535

Re: Building house

Contractors usually don't ask you questions early enough.  They are busy and wait till the last minute to ask you all sorts of things.  Then you are running around to look at materials and make decisions.  If you have a spouse, these rushed decisions will be even more trying. Such as: Where do you w...
by I Shrugged
Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The White Ghetto
Replies: 112
Views: 12720

Re: The White Ghetto

Kshartle, We can't run out of other people's money in a closed system... nor can you with the way our fiat monetary system works. So if you can provide some reason why providing housing, food, education, and healthcare will collapse a society (into not being able to provide it for people going forw...
by I Shrugged
Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The White Ghetto
Replies: 112
Views: 12720

Re: The White Ghetto

I'm of the opinion that it's hopeless.  Prosperity and democracy lead to overly-generous welfare, using the term very generally.  Eventually entitlements and programs become too much for the productive economy to bear, and a long slide begins.  Then hungry upstarts, countries on the rise, will take ...
by I Shrugged
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Life Insurance this time
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Re: Life Insurance this time

I don't know much of anything about irrevocable life insurance trusts. Does the money have to be in an actual life insurance contract or could you buy an annuity with it? Don't know.  If it is possible, then the beneficiary would receive the annuity payments.  Which is not a problem.  Just saying t...
by I Shrugged
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Life Insurance this time
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Life Insurance this time

I'm trapped in whole life hell thanks to The Bernank.  21 years ago our business was growing like crazy, and for estate planning purposes my attorney set up an irrevocable life insurance trust and I/it bought a 1MM whole life policy.  At the time, it was all good.  The premiums were 11K/year, and th...
by I Shrugged
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:11 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Permanent Portfolio 2013 Results.
Replies: 41
Views: 12159

Re: Permanent Portfolio 2013 Results.

I also have my 3 yr return: 3.7%. My 5 year is 7.9%, and that will get a nice boost after this February, when 5 years earlier the market stopped crashing and turned upward. However, my 5 year portfolio did not begin as a PP.  I converted 4.x years ago. 3.7% for 3 years seems rather anemic.  Has anyo...