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  • Starbucks tips future partnerships that could rock retail [View news story]
    Mobile order still isn't available, yet
    Jul 24, 2015. 11:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks tips future partnerships that could rock retail [View news story]
    Mobile pay has been on Android for a few years. I'm a frequent user.
    Jul 24, 2015. 11:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Shouldn't Put Too Much Weight On Dividends [View article]
    Shouldn't I care if I'm getting taxed 15% every year(scenario A) for 10 years as opposed to 15% at the end of say a 10 year hold(scenario B)?

    Correct me if I'm wrong but in scenario A , $100 growing at 10%/year LESS 15% dividend tax/year grows into $226.10 for a profit of $126.10.

    Scenario B has $100 growing at 10%/year into $259.37. Tax the profit of $159.37 at 15% capital gains and you're left with a profit of $135.47.

    Wouldn't scenario B be the better outcome for a long term investor?
    May 19, 2015. 09:47 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard ETF Portfolio For The Moderate Investor [View article]
    Thanks for the article. I'm doing something similar in my portfolio but have included VNQ, VNQI, VO & VB. I do not have VXF.
    Apr 21, 2015. 08:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $48k Per Year With A Half A Million Portfolio [View article]
    You've written up $61k so definitely a gain for the year so definitely a great job.

    Perhaps I misunderstood the table.
    Apr 12, 2015. 10:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $48k Per Year With A Half A Million Portfolio [View article]
    Using the simple dietz method since we don't have the actual transaction dates, the portfolio total returned roughly 9.57% in the past 12 months. Pretty big write down($62k) in Q4 2014 considering you invested $190k that quarter but overall you're looking at a $61k gain for the year.
    Apr 11, 2015. 09:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Is On The Sell Clock [View article]
    Hopefully your holdings are in a retirement account, otherwise you're facing a hefty capital gains tax.
    Mar 12, 2015. 10:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris: Has The Situation Changed? [View article]
    That's MO, not PM
    Jan 17, 2015. 12:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola Has Got Milk, And Investors Should Care [View article]
    As a consumer in Chicago that has tried Fairlife, I think it's absolutely a great addition to the milk section. The chocolate milk tastes amazing. I'm lactose intolerant so this was an easy switch from purchasing the lactose free Horizon brand.

    That being said, KO is expensive and this isn't going to add too much value to KO bottom line.
    Dec 23, 2014. 12:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Berkshire Hathaway lands Duracell brand [View news story]
    He didn't give BRK stock. He gave back PG stock that BRK currently owns.
    Nov 13, 2014. 08:45 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Fundamental Investment Strategy You Should Not Overlook [View article]
    Jack & Juan,

    I appreciate the comments. I've tried my hand at timing the market in the past only to realize I'm not very good at it. I've stuck to a consistent plan of investing at the above allocation on a monthly basis. When the correction happens, I'm planning on riding it out while picking up additional shares in each ETF.

    Thanks again
    Jun 13, 2014. 03:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Fundamental Investment Strategy You Should Not Overlook [View article]
    I have a very similiar strategy except I'm much more overweighted in large caps. Below is my allocation using all Vanguard ETFs. Any advice for a 33 year old?

    VOO Large 55%
    VB Small 10%
    VO Mid Cap 10%
    BND US Bonds 8%
    BNDX Int Bonds 2%
    VNQI Int RET 5%
    VXUS Global 5%
    VNQ RET 5%
    Jun 13, 2014. 12:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Retirement Portfolio Could Be Replaced With These 5 ETFs [View article]
    33 years old, i have a very similiar portfolio but invest in small & mid cap stocks. I rebalance quarterly and/or when i contribute into the portfolio. Stick with vanguard and don't get charged any fees except obviously the expense ratio.

    Large Cap - VOO
    Small Cap - VB
    Mid Cap - VO
    International - VXUS
    Bonds - BND
    Apr 17, 2014. 03:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T adds 300M shares to buyback authorization [View news story]
    or you can go with VOX and get exposure to a basket of telecom
    Mar 31, 2014. 02:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why An Intelligent Investor Considers REITs To Be A Fundamental Asset Class [View article]
    The eviction process in Chicago is completely geared towards keeping the tenant in as long as possible. From the time a 5 day notice is given, it usually takes 3 months of court(more if the tenant hires a lawyer) before the sheriff is allowed to evict. Also, good luck collecting.

    Rules like telling the tenant which bank the security deposit is being held or not providing them with lead & radon disclosures, not providing them security deposit interest rate schedules are all laws. If you fail in providing any of this information including some not listed, you can miss out on roughly 6 months of rent to a tenant or 3 if you agree to seal the court documents and not attempt to collect.

    To my parents who own one 3 unit building(purchased in 1990 prior to all these rules), the paper work is overwhelming and the laws go too far to protect the tenant. The only reason we haven't sold is that it's paid off free and clear. However, if it were on the market today, I'd turn around and instead invest in a REIT.
    Oct 1, 2013. 09:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment