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by Pet Hog
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest
Replies: 14
Views: 3685

Re: The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest

I just watched the second episode.  The message is that a strong immune system is the best defense against cancer.  I can dig it.  Unfortunately, the documentary suggests it can best be achieved will healthy doses of snake oil, conspiracy theories, and anecdotal evidence, with a small drop of religi...
by Pet Hog
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Reinvesting dividends & interest in the Permanent Portfolio
Replies: 9
Views: 3577

Re: Reinvesting dividends & interest in the Permanent Portfolio

I would reinvest any dividends, coupons, or interest into the asset from which it came.  Mainly because that approach provides a slightly higher CAGR (see for yourself at peaktotrough.com).  The alternatives are letting it remain as cash or investing it in the asset of lowest value at the time.  I c...
by Pet Hog
Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Bill Gates and the Quest for Sustainable Energy
Replies: 21
Views: 1492

Re: Bill Gates and the Quest for Sustainable Energy

Although I think hes conflating CO2 with the alleged causes of global warming.  Pollution causes global cooling, not warming.  CO2 is a pollutant, yes? Well, there are pollutants and there are pollutants.  Atmospheric dust from a volcanic eruption, a forest fire, a nuclear explosion, or an asteroid...
by Pet Hog
Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: How to Interview a Doctor
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: How to Interview a Doctor

I'll only comment on one item.  Did you know that MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) was originally named NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance)?  The name was changed to appease the "fear of everything nuclear" crowd and thus sell it to the ignorant masses.  Goes along with your other comment about the po...
by Pet Hog
Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Tighter Rebalancing Bands For Low-Return Environment?
Replies: 9
Views: 2842

Re: Tighter Rebalancing Bands For Low-Return Environment?

How about adopting a hybrid plan?  Like, combining "35/15" with "every two/three years," and then rebalancing whichever comes first.  That way you would keep the bands wide (handy for taking advantage of rapid and wide market swings), but never leaving the portfolio alone for too long (providing the...
by Pet Hog
Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Smoked meat
Replies: 18
Views: 3660

Re: Smoked meat

Reviving an old thread here, this may well be the worst article on grilling I've ever read: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2015/07/grilling_feminism_and_masculinity_a_grand_unified_theory.html?wpsrc This guy needs some time away from his liberal friends. But I’m uncomfortable with t...
by Pet Hog
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: No where to hide
Replies: 829
Views: 137866

Re: No where to hide

You know, the "can't afford to lose" part means "won't disappear" and not "will never ever ever decline in value." If there was a portfolio that had real gains with no nominal losses ever, everyone would be using it! About 50% of people -- especially Millennials -- do.  It's called C-A-S-H.  ;D I B...
by Pet Hog
Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Cool Chart Commentary
Replies: 13
Views: 3945

Re: Cool Chart Commentary

Another favorite of mine is from Ryan Melvey (melveyr).  http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Olmcg4ieFKg/TbcL7ZRl_5I/AAAAAAAAADM/QF68g7nuKMM/s1600/ppreal.jpg More info here: http://tinyurl.com/otuojkc Good chart but it looks like it ends in 2011...any chance of an updated version out to 2014 or (so far) 2015...
by Pet Hog
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 89
Views: 11660

Re: Thought Experiment

It could get written up in the newspaper. From the original post: "What happens to you is sad, but it's not something that would get more than local news coverage (if it got any coverage at all)." OK, you got me, but it doesn't change my answer. If you're going to challenge my reading comprehension...
by Pet Hog
Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 89
Views: 11660

Re: Thought Experiment

The key to solving this puzzle seems to be that the death will be so ordinary that it wouldn't get written up in the local paper.  So no death during a mugging or some shooting incident.  I'm thinking a car crash; we know this man drives everywhere.  MT says the thought experiment is about risk, so ...
by Pet Hog
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Worst 3 year PP performance ever?
Replies: 133
Views: 31532

Re: Worst 3 year PP performance ever?

Pet Hog, not sure if you'd be willing to make a modification, but it strikes me there's a little room for more granularity in the color coding. Since the 3-6% average return range makes up such a vast majority of the data, it would be interesting to see that broken down perhaps into two subsets lik...
by Pet Hog
Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Central Gold Trust Adds Cash Redemption Feature
Replies: 4
Views: 1820

Re: Central Gold Trust Adds Cash Redemption Feature

pugchief wrote: As of mid-day, GTU is up over 2% while GLD is flat.
Consistent with GTU's 7.0% NAV discount yesterday becoming 5.0% today.