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by jalanlong
Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 1879
Views: 99758

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

Ron Destantis is signing an anti-vaxx mandate bill today in Brandon, Florida. That seems to be more symbolic than anything else right? Biden's people claim that OSHA overrides any state rules as far as workplace safety. So if using OSHA to force vaccines goes thru then the state law would not matte...
by jalanlong
Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Cash
Topic: Best Low Cost ETF for Cash
Replies: 41
Views: 4766

Re: Best Low Cost ETF for Cash

Restarting this thread. My autoroll got cancelled based on the negative interest rates for tbills. Now either I reset it all up. Add 1/3 1-month, 2 month, and 3 month. All autorolling to 3 month. It's painful to write about. I think I may just put it in SCHO based on the expense ratio, even though ...
by jalanlong
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Amongst my peers, family and friends regardless of stance on the issue, it's all background noise at this point. So your peers, family and friends find it background noise that in the last weeks a sitting President ordered private businesses to require a specific vaccination in order to work there,...
by jalanlong
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

The cognitive part that relates to the political stuff is that one may come away with the understanding that these people, who can be convinced to do something as abnormal as wearing a mask in a car alone for 30 minutes, can be convinced to do other things that WOULD effect other people outside of ...
by jalanlong
Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Ok, the reverse Theranos guy sounds messed up, but are people who wear masks really deranged? Some of them have immunocompromised kids or parents and they probably feel every little bit helps. As I stated in my original post, I am not bothered by people wearing masks in situations where they were d...
by jalanlong
Thu Nov 11, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Each afternoon I have to go pick up my son from school. Yesterday I was in the car pickup line and noticed the parent next to me in a Toyota. He sat there alone in his car with the windows rolled up waiting for 25 mins for school to let out. He wore a mask in his car the entire time he was waiting. ...
by jalanlong
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

This Christmas we have to tell my wife’s family in LA that we will not be coming to visit. Effective in late Nov, the vaccination is required to enter any restaurant, shopping center, grocery store or movie theater in the city of LA. Since we are refusing to be bullied into such a decision, we will ...
by jalanlong
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: Which Gold ETF Would You Recommend Now?
Replies: 21
Views: 5766

Re: Which Gold ETF Would You Recommend Now?

I started using BAR. It has the lowest expenses I believe.

https://graniteshares.com/institutional ... s/etfs/bar
by jalanlong
Fri Nov 05, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

The question is, however, what utility do they have in the real world? If I go to the store and there are 50 people inside wearing masks and not one of those 50 people has COVID then the masks aren't protecting anybody from anything are they? So with 50 people in a store what are the odds that one ...
by jalanlong
Fri Nov 05, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Oh and barrett, regarding community mask wearing: The data are becoming pretty clear: there is probably a small benefit but not much. It's small enough that a small study can't detect it (eg the Danish study), whereas a large study (Bangladesh) showed a 10% reduction in COVID cases. This is consist...
by jalanlong
Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Why the "Total Stock Market" isn't anything of the sort
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Why the "Total Stock Market" isn't anything of the sort

I do 34% VOO (S&P 500) and then 66% VXF (Extended Market Index). That gives me almost an equal weight of large, mid and small using Morningstar's ETF size tool. That seems like a nice, elegant approach. Do you have international as well or just use the U.S. funds? I do not use any international sto...
by jalanlong
Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Most Secure Way to Reasonable Hold PP Assets??
Replies: 24
Views: 6143

Re: Most Secure Way to Reasonable Hold PP Assets??

Here's my opinions for portfolios up to about $5M. Gold - physical coins, insured, kept in a safe deposit box (multiple boxes at different banks).  If banks stop allowing gold in safe deposit boxes then gold is an issue.  IMO, home storage even in a safe cemented to the floor is crazy.  I haven't l...
by jalanlong
Wed Nov 03, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Why the "Total Stock Market" isn't anything of the sort
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Why the "Total Stock Market" isn't anything of the sort

I do 34% VOO (S&P 500) and then 66% VXF (Extended Market Index). That gives me almost an equal weight of large, mid and small using Morningstar's ETF size tool.
by jalanlong
Wed Nov 03, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

In yet another example of Covid hysteria not close to being over, this morning I took my son to school as usual. He felt fine, everything was fine. About an hour or so later I get a call from school that he has been "coughing." Because of that I have to come pick him up. For him to come back I have...
by jalanlong
Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan
Replies: 1879
Views: 99758

Re: Reasons why I will not be getting injected for the Wuhan

Frankly, I think we have a whole lot more to fear from the abandonment of these protections than we ever did from the coronavirus. Hypothesis: most of this has nothing to do with medicine, this is just part of the larger picture, and history suggests there is room for considerable concern. If it we...
by jalanlong
Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Martin Armstrong on Australia
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Martin Armstrong on Australia

despite him making his clients less money (even before fees) than they would've gotten in a plain boring world index fund. Gold has returned almost 8% annualized over the time period since 2006. I believe a World Stock Index fund returned the same (but with slightly worse drawdowns) during that sam...
by jalanlong
Mon Nov 01, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Martin Armstrong on Australia
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Martin Armstrong on Australia

despite him making his clients less money (even before fees) than they would've gotten in a plain boring world index fund. Gold has returned almost 8% annualized over the time period since 2006. I believe a World Stock Index fund returned the same (but with slightly worse drawdowns) during that sam...
by jalanlong
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: Staying the course with LTTs
Replies: 73
Views: 1874

Re: Staying the course with LTTs

In a nutshell, I’m going to stick with PP until it breaks. Which includes LTTs. Can you define "breaks"? CPI is over 6% this year and the PP has returned 2% at best and that is only coming from the stock component. Gold has returned -6% and TLT has returned -5%. I understand that is a short term ou...
by jalanlong
Fri Oct 29, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

In yet another example of Covid hysteria not close to being over, this morning I took my son to school as usual. He felt fine, everything was fine. About an hour or so later I get a call from school that he has been "coughing." Because of that I have to come pick him up. For him to come back I have...
by jalanlong
Fri Oct 29, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5337
Views: 487408

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

In yet another example of Covid hysteria not close to being over, this morning I took my son to school as usual. He felt fine, everything was fine. About an hour or so later I get a call from school that he has been "coughing." Because of that I have to come pick him up. For him to come back I have ...
by jalanlong
Fri Oct 29, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion
Replies: 24
Views: 1791

Re: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion

Maddy, What are your issues with technology in general? It is probably a subject for a different thread but I think it might be interesting to discuss. For example, I generally steam my music. So if I want to listen to some music for a while I will go thru my songs and pick the ones I want to liste...
by jalanlong
Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion
Replies: 24
Views: 1791

Re: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion

I was shocked when I recently looked at the holdings of Vanguard's Total Stock Market Fund (VTSAX) and discovered the enormous skew toward tech stocks. I thought to myself, "Would Harry really have advocated an index fund so dramatically biased toward a single sector?" And as someone who has nothin...
by jalanlong
Wed Oct 27, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion
Replies: 24
Views: 1791

Re: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion

https://www.invesco.com/us/financial-products/etfs/product-detail?audienceType=Investor&ticker=EQAL This ETF equal weights all of the stocks in the Russell 1000 index but then it also equal weights by sector. So you get the same amount of energy or utilities as you do tech. That helps in a year like...
by jalanlong
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: A worthwhile read for all PP'ers
Replies: 86
Views: 5290

Re: A worthwhile read for all PP'ers

I guess my provisional answer to the "what replaces gold?" question would be that there is no perfect replacement but that iBonds provide the guaranteed inflation protection that gold has never offered I think that one of the original reasons for the inclusion of gold is that gold is the one asset ...
by jalanlong
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Dow sentiment poll
Replies: 9
Views: 1696

Re: Dow sentiment poll

This last year has really scared me about putting much of my money in stocks going forward. As I have posted here before, I have always toyed with the idea of just investing the "old fashioned" way and putting some money into a basket of safe, dividend paying stocks like my parents or grandparents w...