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 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Are you getting a bonus this year?

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:57 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 5159


My company give bonuses in June, and usually in the form of stock grants rather than cash. I did get nice one in June, but they have them mature over 4 years, so I get 25% of the grant next June, another 25% in 2009, etc. it is a not so subtle way to convince you stick around the company (if you lea...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: uPromise/529 fund

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:51 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 15769


FWIW, I have a 529 with Fidelity, and it's pretty easy for relatives (or friends, or random passersby, whoever) to contribute. here's the info I wrote down for fidelity, I assume the same sort of process works for most providers. --- --- To contribute money to someone’s 529 college fund one would wr...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: The Portfolio Game in Google Finance

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:15 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 2798


The thing is with games like this is it really encourages a short term view. Now if we would play for a 5 or 10 year horizon, that would be interesting. Well, I guess that depends how long you want to play! Enough patience and you'll come ahead. You might be the only one still playing, but still......

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: The Portfolio Game in Google Finance

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:50 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 2798


I am preparing to rollover my old Fidelity 401k to a Vangaurd IRA. As fun little research project I set up two Google Finance portfolios, one with my current 401k investments, and one with the same amount of money (as of December 10) but divvied up according to my new asset allocation plan in Vangau...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Stock Watch

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:05 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 5613


I keep my watchlist in Google Finance. I have lists set up for my retirement savings, my stock watchlist, my mutual fund watchlist (funds I may move to int he future). I'm only watching/owning a few stocks... Art Technology Group (ARTG) - The company where I work. I have options plus a few shares. W...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Any big financial plans for 2008?

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:48 pm 

Replies: 42
Views: 16756


My financial goals/plans for 2008... - Rollover my old 403b to a Vangaurd IRA - Rebalance my asset allocation quarterly - Stop thinking about my retirement savings so much - Build up our emergency fund - Save up enough for the family vacation in June - Get additional life insurance (20 year term) in...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Determining Asset Allocation

 Post subject: Re: My asset allocation
Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:41 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 13245


You might opt for the Vanguard Total International Stock Index (VGTSX) versus holding both the VDMIX and VEIEX, which would simply for your holdings and give you essentially the same holdings (66.22/28.79/5% for the VDMIX/VEIEX combo versus 55.75/24.1/20.2% for VGTSX in Euro/Pacific/Emerging Mrkts ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: How Many Mutual Funds to Hold in a 401k

 Post subject: Look at Expense Ratios
Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:36 pm 

Replies: 15
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It seems that you, like me and a lot of other people, have a 401k without a ton of choices in mutual funds. I totally agree with what everyone said about figuring out your asset allocation first. Another thing to look at is expenses. I only learned how to really do this a couple years ago. Here's so...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Determining Asset Allocation

 Post subject: My asset allocation
Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:05 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 13245


I am rolling over my old 403b to a Vangaurd IRA. Here's my planned asset allocation: 50% in a broad stock index -- Vanguard Total Stock Market Index (VTSMX) 15% in a bond index -- Vanguard Total Bond Market Index (VBMFX) 25% in an international index -- Vanguard Developed Markets Index (VDMIX) 5% in...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: iPhone Hype

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:10 pm 

Replies: 72
Views: 33797


but i've learned my lesson with wanting the latest and greatest: wait, and a better version will come a long shortly. And an even better version is due out after that, so where does that leave you? Unhappier than you were before. The lesson to be learned is not to want in the first place. (Not dire...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: iPhone Hype

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:12 pm 

Replies: 72
Views: 33797


Consider though, that since those functions are available in a device that might cost only $200... I think the big thing thing with the iPhone is how well the functions work. Sure other devices do the same things, but they make you walk through 5 steps to do something an iPhone lets you do in 2. Tu...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: A way to cut your electric bill

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:11 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 11061


Growing up in the midwest we were always taught to not turn the heat all the way off because the energy needed to bring the temp back up to acceptable was more than if you just turned it down all day... We had a repairs on our gas heater a while back and the repairman said the same thing. In fact h...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: A way to cut your electric bill

 Post subject: NYTimes article
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:31 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 11061


The NYTImes has a related article today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/technology/14basics.html

the writer discovers how much electricity he's wasting by keeping electronic devices idle. By tweaking the software on his PC he saves $119 a year.

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: A way to cut your electric bill

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:24 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 11061


If paying $100 for a device does not interest you then here are a few tips for saving money on your energy bill. It was only $30 when I bought it (including shipping). I don't think it it be worth it at full retail price. I've done many of the same steps as you mentioned, and have our bill down to ...
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