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by drumminj
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: What the heck happened to Maddy?
Replies: 30
Views: 850

Re: What the heck happened to Maddy?

I have no quarrel with anything Xan has said. He has been an excellent administrator, and I intend to do my part to bring down the level of rancor on this forum. Hopefully we can do this without sacrificing our ability to engage in hard-hitting debates over controversial topics. Necessarily this in...
by drumminj
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Wuhan, China Corona Virus 2020
Replies: 58
Views: 1839

Re: Wuhan, China Corona Virus 2020

Maddy wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:55 pm
And don't order anything from Amazon. >:D
ebooks are probably okay! 8)
by drumminj
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Is the successful salaried retail investor a myth?
Replies: 121
Views: 21254

Re: Is the successful salaried retail investor a myth?

sophie wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:30 pm
Hilarious that there's a solution readily available that these articles studiously avoid mentioning.
Why would anyone live below their own means, when not doing so means (hah!) that you can also live on someone else's!?
by drumminj
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Why Obama won
Replies: 123
Views: 17134

Re: Why Obama won

The migration patterns are interesting here in Bay Area: many techies and tech-related folks move to Texas and Washington as Austin and Seattle are growing as tech hubs and still are less expensive to live. Which just brings more of those problems to Seattle (and I presume Austin). Granted, we alre...
by drumminj
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Stock scream room
Replies: 806
Views: 190376

Re: Stock scream room

I wouldn't touch stocks with a 20 foot pole unless I was in the PP, so we are all profiting from this, but it just seems so much smoke and mirrors. We go from WW3 starting to All is Well in 48 hours. It's like this is all running on a 2 hour movie timescale. Agreed, I've been struggling with this a...
by drumminj
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: What % of your Total Portfolio is the PP?
Replies: 26
Views: 5626

Re: What % of your Total Portfolio is the PP?

Thanks for reviving this, vnatale . I've been thinking about this lately as well. For me, it's about 80%. I have a chunk in Vanguard Wellesley as well (VWIAX) -- about 15%, and then another 5% here and there in CDs and an angel investment. I'm currently in the lucky position of being able to save a ...
by drumminj
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Maintaining Coding Skills During Break
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Maintaining Coding Skills During Break

I've not used any of those, but many years ago I was laid off and it took me 9 months to find another gig. To keep myself sharp, I found side projects that interested and challenged me (at the time, learned JavaScript and to program Firefox extensions, coming from a background of C++). Any ideas of ...
by drumminj
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Portfolio simplification vs. diversification
Replies: 7
Views: 473

Re: Portfolio simplification vs. diversification

Good topic, Sophie! Very curious to hear others' thoughts. This past year I have tried to consolidate accounts - most now lives at Schwab. Rolled over a previous employer's 401k, moved a rollover IRA, and transferred assets from another brokerage account. Also closed out bank accounts I held at othe...
by drumminj
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: 2019 Permanent Portfolio Results
Replies: 18
Views: 1602

Re: 2019 Permanent Portfolio Results

Still have to update a few numbers, but looks to be a little over 15% on the year using simple math (<end value> - <cost basis>)/<cost basis>).

Ending allocation:

Gold: 22.82%
Stock: 26.13%
Cash: 25.45%
LTT: 25.60%
by drumminj
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Failure of the ebook model
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: Failure of the ebook model

I balked at using a Kindle a few years ago. But it's all I read on now. The ability to carry so many books in one thing, and with month+ battery life, and (lately...) the ability to increase font size...! Same here -- was steadfastly a physical book person. Then started using my SO's old kindle, an...
by drumminj
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Trump's letter to Pelosi
Replies: 16
Views: 1263

Re: Trump's letter to Pelosi

sophie wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:46 pm
I have to say that the last time I saw a letter like that, it was written by a guy who ended up in a psychiatric hospital a few weeks later.
Sophie, is this said "matter-of-fact"-ly, or is there an implication here?
by drumminj
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Cyber Monday Gold
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: Cyber Monday Gold

dualstow wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:56 pm
They never got my check. I've never had that happen before.
Pissed.
Someone steal it out of your mailbox? That's pretty common around here these days, sadly...