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Healthcare VGHCX / VGHAX is an active mutual fund and doesn't have a related ETF.
However, healthcare VHCIX is indexed and has VHT as the ETF class.
Thanks for the clarification. It appears VHT is exclusively allocated to US stocks while VGHCX IS …
Over the last few years I have been bought by Schwab twice… and counting. I was sold by USAA to Schwab 3 years ago. Instead, I moved to TD. Recently sold again.
In a world where big (Schwab) eat little (USAA), I should appreciate the added …
Prior to my TD Ameritrade account moving this week to Schwab, I seamlessly did an “in kind” trustee to trustee transfer from TD to Fidelity. Very happy to not be a Schwab customer.
Schwab has always made me feel that people are products to be boug…
Are you introducing a new website for investors? I like the idea.
Maybe we name it “EFT Alarm” later to be named “ETF Observer”.
Let’s great this party started:
VGHCX = VHT
I have often wondered why EFTs don’t hyperlink like mutual fu…
For those who pay an advisor to manage their money, those advisor's management fees need to be accounted for as well. These fees represent an additional "withdrawal" to your SWR rate.
The two largest fees are your fund's expense ratios (mutual fund…
how is it no one has stumbled on this interesting guy?
I offered this for discussion back in 2020 from the poor swiss website:
Japanese Companies = yes
Japanese Economy = not so sure
Buffet's 5 Japanese stocks:
Japanese Funds/ETFs i have followed:
DXJ - great returns over the last 5 years
Other questions and ponderings I have:
How much of the US debt is a loan that has to be paid back (think of the Student Loan program)? In theory, this should be a good thing.
How much of the US debt become taxable to the recipient? If US debt pays…
Uh, gotta ask...has Rosie, Krugman or Ole' Yellen ever been right on ANYTHING??
Why stop there:
Here's an extensive list of "economic weather people":
Reference (not sure if this has been updated up through 2023):
"Anybody care to speculate on what caused BAMBX to fall to earth after several great years?"
I feel your pain...
I am trying to figure out the same with a somewhat similar holding of mine, PTIAX. It has recently had a "slight recovery"…
Recessions & financial crises go hand in hand after Federal Reserve tightening cycles. Outspoken economist Dave Rosen-"bear"-g sees evidence of both and advises defensive investments.
He's predicting 3100 on the S&P 500.
FMIJX has had two unusually bad patches (2020) and (2022) surrounded by some very strong years verses its peers.
Not International, but "Global Investing without the indigestion" might be another approach for diversifying away f…
May 5, 2023 Episode:
This week on WealthTrack...Terrence Keeley, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of 1PointSix LLC, left BlackRock, one of the world’s largest investment managers, in July 2022 to publish his book, SUSTAINABLE: Moving Beyond ESG to …
Just looking at the Tastyworks website know called TastyTrade. They appear to be more of a trading platform. A tasty one I assume.
They are offering a $3K transfer bonus (on $250K)...tastier than most offers. They also appear to have the ab…
Thanks. Very interesting read.
The McCarthy proposal has the word “save” in the title. Sounds positive, but then I saw “clawback and rescind” mentioned.
Pop some popcorn and get ready for some political theater.
One of the best retirement income optimizer I have come across and it's free.
This is the extended version (more inputs):
This is the basic version:
A little common sense here would go a long way. If one could use current day prices for some of the costs (improvements), then why not also use current price for the base cost as well? Voilà, no capital gain, nada. Problem solved :-)
Dividend-paying stocks are gaining new respect among investors, and they are proving to be a protective asset in times of market volatility. ClearBridge Investments’ Dividend Strategy Fund has been named one of “The Best Dividend Funds” for 2023 by …
Wonder if PRWCX will hold some or all of its equity positions in TCAF. This would allow PRWCX to merely tweak the income side of it's fund. Also, if PRWCX reopens, PRWCX could simply buy TCAF for the equity allocation.
I assume some fund manager ow…
I like the 'In-Kind" strategy:
You don’t need to distribute cash. There’s no need to sell an asset in order to make the RMD. You can take the RMD in property, known as an in-kind distribution. That keeps your asset allocation unchanged.
For most IR…
Let me get this straight, a Roth account that is transferred & receives a bonus isn't taxed, yet a taxable account that's transferred is taxed on the bonus ?!
That is my understanding. The bonus, regardless of the account type, is also not consi…
From @NumbersGal linked article:
Bruce Fund (BRUFX)
Inception date: 3/20/1968
Capital gain in 2022: 58.7%
This fund invests in domestic stocks and bonds, along with zero-coupon government bonds. It currently has about $505 million in assets, and its…
Leading Wall Street economist Nancy Lazar discusses the resilience of the U.S. economy, despite several canaries in the coal mine examples of financial strain. Lazar shares her insights on why the economy is holding up better than expected and what …
The fallout from the SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) collapse has finally put fear into the hearts of investors, and especially options traders, pushing up the VIX from the low 20s to a close of 26.14 on March 15, 2023. That took the VIX Index up above t…
So much for the $250,000 FDIC insurance. Everyone gets their money back.
We live in a world where profit is shared by the few (in private) and risks are shared by the many (in public). Another example of "disbursed costs (many taking on the risk) a…
Ed Slott has a very helpful discussion forum for all kinds of "taxy"... "IRSy"..."investy" things:
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Interestingly, the Cares Act and the Secure Act 2.0 have withdrawal provisions that were and are worth keeping in mind. With the Cares Act we borrowed and returned retirement money over the three year reporting window.
I believe with the Secure Act…
I believe there are other IRA penalty free withdrawal provisions worth considering before considering a 72T withdrawal.
You can withdraw funds from your 457(b) plan penalty-free at any age once you leave your employer or retire. You won't owe an ear…
This week’s guest has experienced multiple economic and market cycles during his more than 50 years of managing money and thinks the current one is particularly perilous for investors. In an exclusive WEALTHTRACK appearance, he felt it was important…
Legendary Fed Chairman Paul Volcker was highly critical of the Fed’s policy of targeting 2% inflation, saying he saw “no theoretical justification” for it and that if successful, it “would mean the price level doubles in little more than a generatio…
Congress passed a massive year-end spending bill that included enhancements to retirement savings known as the SECURE Act 2.0. These changes build on the SECURE Act of 2019 and address issues that were not part of the original act, with the ultimate…