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« Reply #8050 on: November 02, 2020, 06:52:15 AM »
Do you wait for the statement? Our only debt is revolving cc and we each have high scores.

Nope, I usually pay it on Friday, sometimes it might slip to the following week.

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« Reply #8051 on: November 02, 2020, 07:42:00 AM »
Do you wait for the statement? Our only debt is revolving cc and we each have high scores.

Nope, I usually pay it on Friday, sometimes it might slip to the following week.

Consider waiting until at least the monthly statement to pay it. Often the cashback or airline miles or whatever are calculated based on what the statement says. And that's what's reported to the credit bureaus, so that's what affects your credit score. And it doesn't cost a single penny to wait, you only pay interest if you don't pay the whole bill by the due date.

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« Reply #8052 on: November 02, 2020, 07:45:44 AM »
780 sounds like a high score to me. I think thatís why itís on this thread.

One MPP Iíve noticed over and over is that when people post their amusing little ďproblemsĒ here we always try to fix them whether they need fixing or not. Truly a generous community!

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« Reply #8053 on: November 02, 2020, 07:50:13 AM »
780 sounds like a high score to me. I think thatís why itís on this thread.

One MPP Iíve noticed over and over is that when people post their amusing little ďproblemsĒ here we always try to fix them whether they need fixing or not. Truly a generous community!

It is high, but is it high enough to get the best rate for that anticipated mortgage?

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« Reply #8054 on: November 02, 2020, 09:27:55 AM »
780 sounds like a high score to me. I think thatís why itís on this thread.

One MPP Iíve noticed over and over is that when people post their amusing little ďproblemsĒ here we always try to fix them whether they need fixing or not. Truly a generous community!

It is high, but is it high enough to get the best rate for that anticipated mortgage?

I thought anything over 720 was pretty much the best rate but i do believe you can get slightly better.  More importantly you have wiggle room when it drops between your first hard pull and the later soft pull they do before closing

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« Reply #8055 on: November 02, 2020, 09:30:27 AM »
780 sounds like a high score to me. I think thatís why itís on this thread.

One MPP Iíve noticed over and over is that when people post their amusing little ďproblemsĒ here we always try to fix them whether they need fixing or not. Truly a generous community!

It is high, but is it high enough to get the best rate for that anticipated mortgage?

I thought anything over 720 was pretty much the best rate but i do believe you can get slightly better.  More importantly you have wiggle room when it drops between your first hard pull and the later soft pull they do before closing

Due to credit card churning, I don't think my score will ever exceed 750. Having a dozen recent inquiries on the credit report at a time looks a little ugly.

However, I'm fairly certain that I got as good of a rate as I could have back when I refinanced, and my score was around 720 at the time.

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« Reply #8056 on: November 02, 2020, 10:21:03 AM »
MPP:  my taxes are too low.   I can't use a $150 tax credit for a new furnace because that exceeds my taxes.

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« Reply #8057 on: November 02, 2020, 10:29:40 AM »
MPP:  my taxes are too low.   I can't use a $150 tax credit for a new furnace because that exceeds my taxes.

Harvest capital gains?  Roth conversions?

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« Reply #8058 on: November 02, 2020, 11:28:03 AM »
MPP:  my taxes are too low.   I can't use a $150 tax credit for a new furnace because that exceeds my taxes.

Harvest capital gains?  Roth conversions?

I've already got a IRA SEPP 72(t) that fills up the taxable.   I've harvested gains already.  I figure I'm close enough to 0 taxes that I'll not worry about it.    Just an example of a MPP.
If the market hits a record high again, I might do some more tax gain harvesting.

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« Reply #8059 on: November 02, 2020, 11:37:10 AM »
I got an alert from TurboTax that my credit score has dropped 20 points.  So I looked it up and yes, it is down to 780.  The reason, my only debt is time between a CC purchase and the next payday when I pay it off.  I'm starting to look for a house to buy, so maybe a mortgage would push it back up a bit.

I refinanced my mortgage earlier this year. After the close of the refi, I noticed my credit score dropped. Upon further examination, it was because I refinanced my loan and now my loan amount was almost the same as the amount due (as in, I had a (eg) 500k loan and I owed 498k). The funny part is we have a million in equity in our house. But because we refinanced the numbers are how they are - my score dropped. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


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« Reply #8060 on: November 02, 2020, 11:54:14 AM »
I got an alert from TurboTax that my credit score has dropped 20 points.  So I looked it up and yes, it is down to 780.  The reason, my only debt is time between a CC purchase and the next payday when I pay it off.  I'm starting to look for a house to buy, so maybe a mortgage would push it back up a bit.

I refinanced my mortgage earlier this year. After the close of the refi, I noticed my credit score dropped. Upon further examination, it was because I refinanced my loan and now my loan amount was almost the same as the amount due (as in, I had a (eg) 500k loan and I owed 498k). The funny part is we have a million in equity in our house. But because we refinanced the numbers are how they are - my score dropped. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
A lot of this credit scoring is stupid for a mustachian, because it's based on statistics. And MMMers are always statistical outliers.

I do not understand that though. You had a loan for 500K and now you still have one for 500K and that lowered your score?

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« Reply #8061 on: November 02, 2020, 12:24:59 PM »
I got an alert from TurboTax that my credit score has dropped 20 points.  So I looked it up and yes, it is down to 780.  The reason, my only debt is time between a CC purchase and the next payday when I pay it off.  I'm starting to look for a house to buy, so maybe a mortgage would push it back up a bit.

I refinanced my mortgage earlier this year. After the close of the refi, I noticed my credit score dropped. Upon further examination, it was because I refinanced my loan and now my loan amount was almost the same as the amount due (as in, I had a (eg) 500k loan and I owed 498k). The funny part is we have a million in equity in our house. But because we refinanced the numbers are how they are - my score dropped. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
A lot of this credit scoring is stupid for a mustachian, because it's based on statistics. And MMMers are always statistical outliers.

I do not understand that though. You had a loan for 500K and now you still have one for 500K and that lowered your score?

No - we've been here for several years. I don't even remember what our original loan was. Maybe 800k. We've paid it down to around 500k so that's what we refinanced our new loan for - a new loan of 500k with a lower APR.

And yes, I couldn't care less about my score- not doing anything with it for a long time hopefully.

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« Reply #8062 on: November 02, 2020, 12:44:33 PM »
Iím curious about the obsession with credit scores. DW and I have great scores with a combination of mortgage, credit cards (paid off in full each month), a car loan every once in a while over the years (paid off early), and money in the bank. Getting a loan has always been super easy, even years ago at the beginning of our FI journey. A few times our scores have crept up close to ďperfectĒ, but they never stay there even as our finances strengthen. At the same time, our scores are high enough that they donít seem to hold us back for, getting the best rates.

Is there more to ďperfectĒ scores than I realize, or have I been winning the game for so long that I have forgotten that itís hard when youíre just starting to play?

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« Reply #8063 on: November 02, 2020, 01:18:54 PM »
I think it can be hard when you have shorter history or lower income or a higher debt to income ratio

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« Reply #8064 on: November 02, 2020, 01:50:29 PM »
I got an alert from TurboTax that my credit score has dropped 20 points.  So I looked it up and yes, it is down to 780.  The reason, my only debt is time between a CC purchase and the next payday when I pay it off.  I'm starting to look for a house to buy, so maybe a mortgage would push it back up a bit.

I refinanced my mortgage earlier this year. After the close of the refi, I noticed my credit score dropped. Upon further examination, it was because I refinanced my loan and now my loan amount was almost the same as the amount due (as in, I had a (eg) 500k loan and I owed 498k). The funny part is we have a million in equity in our house. But because we refinanced the numbers are how they are - my score dropped. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
A lot of this credit scoring is stupid for a mustachian, because it's based on statistics. And MMMers are always statistical outliers.

I do not understand that though. You had a loan for 500K and now you still have one for 500K and that lowered your score?

Which does have the advantage of giving us 162 pages and counting of MPPs...

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« Reply #8065 on: November 02, 2020, 06:45:15 PM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.


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« Reply #8066 on: November 02, 2020, 07:08:34 PM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

What would have happened if you'd only put 10% down, then paid another 60% on the day after it closed?

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« Reply #8067 on: November 02, 2020, 09:12:04 PM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

What would have happened if you'd only put 10% down, then paid another 60% on the day after it closed?

There are limits on how much principle repayments you can do each year.  So I wouldn't have been able to do the full amount without a three month penalty.  It was really strange, I thought it would be easy.  This guy has the money approved.  It was more like how the @$@#$ does he have 70% to put down.

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« Reply #8068 on: November 02, 2020, 10:57:33 PM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

What would have happened if you'd only put 10% down, then paid another 60% on the day after it closed?

There are limits on how much principle repayments you can do each year.  So I wouldn't have been able to do the full amount without a three month penalty.  It was really strange, I thought it would be easy.  This guy has the money approved.  It was more like how the @$@#$ does he have 70% to put down.

Year, having money is suspicious. Due to money laundering laws the banks here are more like having customer annoying services than the little customer services they had previoulsy. I was transfering several large sums to different accounts online brockerage accounts, The second or third transfer was blocked. I had to go through the bank web site and make a transfer with a two factor authorization instead of the normal route.

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« Reply #8069 on: November 08, 2020, 07:32:26 AM »
[Wonderful life lessons. Once you learn and accept that you are different, it frees you.
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@Loren Ver , you are spot on correct.

My wife and son used to suffer from what I call "Un-coolitus", the fear of not being seen to be cool.

It took awhile, but they finally learned that the coolest thing in the world is someone having a truly awesome time whilst not harming anyone in the process.   So much happier!

@SwordGuy Being mainstream cool is overrated.  Very few (very boring, in my opinion) people get to determine what is cool.  What's the fun in that?  Being happy and free wins every time.  :).  Or one can just make up their own definition of 'cool" and just ignore the mainstream cool kids.  You know, what ever works, being free and all :D. 

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« Reply #8070 on: November 08, 2020, 08:58:24 AM »
[Wonderful life lessons. Once you learn and accept that you are different, it frees you.

@Loren Ver , you are spot on correct.

My wife and son used to suffer from what I call "Un-coolitus", the fear of not being seen to be cool.

It took awhile, but they finally learned that the coolest thing in the world is someone having a truly awesome time whilst not harming anyone in the process.   So much happier!

@SwordGuy Being mainstream cool is overrated.  Very few (very boring, in my opinion) people get to determine what is cool.  What's the fun in that?  Being happy and free wins every time.  :).  Or one can just make up their own definition of 'cool" and just ignore the mainstream cool kids.  You know, what ever works, being free and all :D.
Sit down and I share an ancient wisdom with you: You are cool when you don't care about being cool.
Of course you might be seem as stupid, but don't worry, once people know you are a millionaire, that will change into merely eccentric.
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« Reply #8071 on: November 10, 2020, 09:14:43 PM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

I feel like banks know someone coming in with 70% is going to rapidly pay off the loan so they donít want to go to the trouble of originating it

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« Reply #8072 on: November 10, 2020, 09:17:50 PM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

I feel like banks know someone coming in with 70% is going to rapidly pay off the loan so they donít want to go to the trouble of originating it
What do they care? Itís Freddie and Fannyís problem.

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« Reply #8073 on: November 11, 2020, 04:11:48 AM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

I feel like banks know someone coming in with 70% is going to rapidly pay off the loan so they donít want to go to the trouble of originating it
What do they care? Itís Freddie and Fannyís problem.
The problem is that the costs for the bank are the same, but you pay less interest to them. So they encourage low percentages.
Also banks are used to 10%, they do it themselves at this level. Using your own money feels wrong for banks from both sides.

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« Reply #8074 on: November 11, 2020, 09:57:15 AM »
Here is my MPP,

We bought a condo for my wife's parents, we put down 70% on the purchase with the plan to pay it off very quickly.  It was so hard to get the mortgage for the 30% because of all the work I had to do to actually prove I had the money.  The mortgage agent told me it's a lot easier when people only put down like 10%.  BTW fully paid off now, I hate debt.

I feel like banks know someone coming in with 70% is going to rapidly pay off the loan so they donít want to go to the trouble of originating it
What do they care? Itís Freddie and Fannyís problem.
The problem is that the costs for the bank are the same, but you pay less interest to them. So they encourage low percentages.
Also banks are used to 10%, they do it themselves at this level. Using your own money feels wrong for banks from both sides.

If the bank sells off the loan to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, the bank no longer gets interest on the loan.   That's the point.

They may get a servicing fee for handling monthly payments but that's a different pot of money.

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« Reply #8075 on: November 11, 2020, 01:56:04 PM »
Not all mortgages are sold.  There was also a guy in here saying that originators can be penalized if a mortgage is refinanced quickly.  In other words, paid off. 

When a loan is paid off, servicing fees also go away

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« Reply #8076 on: November 11, 2020, 02:29:39 PM »
Not all mortgages are sold.  There was also a guy in here saying that originators can be penalized if a mortgage is refinanced quickly.  In other words, paid off. 

When a loan is paid off, servicing fees also go away

Well then, Quicken Loans probably paid a penalty since I paid my mortgage off in 10 months.

That will serve them right for twice trying to "accidentally" stick me with a 1% points fee we hadn't agreed to.

Karma.   Sweet.

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« Reply #8077 on: November 11, 2020, 02:59:23 PM »
Not all mortgages are sold.  There was also a guy in here saying that originators can be penalized if a mortgage is refinanced quickly.  In other words, paid off. 

When a loan is paid off, servicing fees also go away

The last mortgage broker I worked with did say he loses his commission on any loans that are paid off in less than a year.

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« Reply #8078 on: November 11, 2020, 02:59:52 PM »
Not all mortgages are sold.  There was also a guy in here saying that originators can be penalized if a mortgage is refinanced quickly.  In other words, paid off. 

When a loan is paid off, servicing fees also go away

Well then, Quicken Loans probably paid a penalty since I paid my mortgage off in 10 months.

That will serve them right for twice trying to "accidentally" stick me with a 1% points fee we hadn't agreed to.

Karma.   Sweet.

That is a little bonus there!

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« Reply #8079 on: November 17, 2020, 08:42:32 AM »
I keep a spreadsheet projecting our taxes for the year. With three paychecks each left, DH and I are projected to be ~$600 away from maxing out the 12% tax bracket even with putting ~$9k in each of our 401ks (could have been higher but we were preparing to buy a new house). But that does not include bonuses that we are both expecting to get or any overtime DH may get (minimal, but could be some). I have no idea what my bonus will be since this is only my second year with the company and there are large (positive) changes coming at the end of the year. We just moved and still own our old home so I'm reluctant to just bump up our 401k's since I don't know how much we'll need to stay in the 12% bracket or how long we'll own both houses. We've been maxing out our ROTH IRA's so I could recharacterize some of those, but we're way behind on the ROTHs and trying to catch up

TLDR: We made enough money that we may need to either not put as much in our ROTHS or pay 22% Federal income tax

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« Reply #8080 on: November 17, 2020, 08:55:01 AM »
TLDR: We made enough money that we may need to either not put as much in our ROTHS or pay 22% Federal income tax

Hey, this may not be the case here but just in case I want to clear up a commonly-held misconception.

If you do bump up into the 22% tax bracket, all that means is that is that those few hundred dollars that pushed you into that bracket are taxed at 22%. The rest of your income is still taxed at 0% (deduction) or 10% (first bracket) or 12% (second bracket).

If your goal here is simply to squeeze every last bit of tax advantage out of your ROTH IRAs, then have fun. But if you're worried that all your other income will be retroactively taxed at 22% just because you barely edged into that bracket, then be reassured that that is not how it works.

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« Reply #8081 on: November 17, 2020, 09:17:08 AM »
TLDR: We made enough money that we may need to either not put as much in our ROTHS or pay 22% Federal income tax

Hey, this may not be the case here but just in case I want to clear up a commonly-held misconception.

If you do bump up into the 22% tax bracket, all that means is that is that those few hundred dollars that pushed you into that bracket are taxed at 22%. The rest of your income is still taxed at 0% (deduction) or 10% (first bracket) or 12% (second bracket).

If your goal here is simply to squeeze every last bit of tax advantage out of your ROTH IRAs, then have fun. But if you're worried that all your other income will be retroactively taxed at 22% just because you barely edged into that bracket, then be reassured that that is not how it works.
Haha, thanks, but I'm a tax accountant so I actually do get this, though I see sssssoooooo many people that don't. Just trying to get my taxable income right at the top of the 12% tax bracket while maxing the ROTH IRA's.
I was actually hoping to do a ROTH conversion this year, but between not putting as much in 401ks due to prepping to buy a house and DH getting a sweet spot with the Federal unemployment (10% hours cut for a net extra of $530/week for 14 weeks, but no 401k withholding) our taxable income ended up higher than it expected at the beginning of the year

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« Reply #8082 on: November 17, 2020, 03:11:48 PM »
Current estimated tax burden  $31 ,  Tax credit of $150 for new high efficiency furnace, can't be applied because of low taxes.
Can't really generate enough taxable income since my capital gains and dividends are well below the 72K limit.
Don't need the money this year. Don't want to have that much cash lying around rotting with inflation.
Certainly don't want a J-O-B to generate taxable income.    Maybe some unqualified dividends will be issued as a surprise in December.

MPP:  oh woe is me     :-)

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« Reply #8083 on: November 17, 2020, 04:15:01 PM »
Current estimated tax burden  $31 ,  Tax credit of $150 for new high efficiency furnace, can't be applied because of low taxes.
Can't really generate enough taxable income since my capital gains and dividends are well below the 72K limit.
Don't need the money this year. Don't want to have that much cash lying around rotting with inflation.
Certainly don't want a J-O-B to generate taxable income.    Maybe some unqualified dividends will be issued as a surprise in December.

MPP:  oh woe is me     :-)

Roth conversion would work if you had a traditional IRA with funds in it.

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« Reply #8084 on: November 17, 2020, 08:22:28 PM »
Current estimated tax burden  $31 ,  Tax credit of $150 for new high efficiency furnace, can't be applied because of low taxes.
Can't really generate enough taxable income since my capital gains and dividends are well below the 72K limit.
Don't need the money this year. Don't want to have that much cash lying around rotting with inflation.
Certainly don't want a J-O-B to generate taxable income.    Maybe some unqualified dividends will be issued as a surprise in December.

MPP:  oh woe is me     :-)

Roth conversion would work if you had a traditional IRA with funds in it.

Doesn't a Roth conversion require some W-2 style income?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #8085 on: November 17, 2020, 08:35:21 PM »
Current estimated tax burden  $31 ,  Tax credit of $150 for new high efficiency furnace, can't be applied because of low taxes.
Can't really generate enough taxable income since my capital gains and dividends are well below the 72K limit.
Don't need the money this year. Don't want to have that much cash lying around rotting with inflation.
Certainly don't want a J-O-B to generate taxable income.    Maybe some unqualified dividends will be issued as a surprise in December.

MPP:  oh woe is me     :-)

Roth conversion would work if you had a traditional IRA with funds in it.

Doesn't a Roth conversion require some W-2 style income?
Nope!  Roth contributions do, but not conversions.

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« Reply #8086 on: November 17, 2020, 08:46:55 PM »
Current estimated tax burden  $31 ,  Tax credit of $150 for new high efficiency furnace, can't be applied because of low taxes.
Can't really generate enough taxable income since my capital gains and dividends are well below the 72K limit.
Don't need the money this year. Don't want to have that much cash lying around rotting with inflation.
Certainly don't want a J-O-B to generate taxable income.    Maybe some unqualified dividends will be issued as a surprise in December.

MPP:  oh woe is me     :-)

Roth conversion would work if you had a traditional IRA with funds in it.

Doesn't a Roth conversion require some W-2 style income?
Nope!  Roth contributions do, but not conversions.
Thanks, I've always been iffy on that topic, never thought I would have a situation that might require it.

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« Reply #8087 on: November 19, 2020, 04:52:43 PM »
DH has two accounts that were of very nearly the same value, albeit entirely by accident. We will be adding to one of those accounts next week, wrecking that symmetry.

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« Reply #8088 on: November 19, 2020, 06:33:46 PM »
DH has two accounts that were of very nearly the same value, albeit entirely by accident. We will be adding to one of those accounts next week, wrecking that symmetry.

Similar:  Share amounts very close to share price.  On a single cell calculation, can be hard to tell which is which, and sometimes I update the wrong one.

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« Reply #8089 on: November 24, 2020, 06:41:00 AM »
I had a (sort of) MPP!

I ordered a laptop online. I'm not really into gadgets so I asked Me Imma which model I should order. I showed him the order conformation and apparantly I had chosen the wrong processor. So I called the company (which is known for it's great customer service, which is why we always buy from them) to cancel the order. I had to wait for a while so by the time I got on the phone with customer service, Mr Imma had left the room, so I didn't know for sure which model I wanted to replace it with. The lady on the phone was making a big fuss about cancelling the order without a replacement and I didn't understand why as they always have great customer service.

In the end the lady said Sure, I *could* just cancel the order completely, but it takes up to two days until the money is credited to your account, so you'd have to wait a couple of days to order a new laptop. Then I said "actually, that's no problem at all, please just go ahead and cancel". I almost literally heard her jaw drop on her desk. Then she clicked a few buttons and it was done in 10 seconds.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #8090 on: November 24, 2020, 07:48:32 AM »
DH has two accounts that were of very nearly the same value, albeit entirely by accident. We will be adding to one of those accounts next week, wrecking that symmetry.

Similar:  Share amounts very close to share price.  On a single cell calculation, can be hard to tell which is which, and sometimes I update the wrong one.

Glad to know I have company in this universe of MPP.

Wife and I used to earn the same and mostly frugal, thus similar bank balances. Also, account numbers were very similar. Much confusion when planning ahead, so we decided to make both accounts joint accounts, hers would be all savings, all bills get paid from mine (since I was already using online banking as soon as it was offered by our bank).
Which worked out great, except, every quarter, she would have a big balance. So I had to set up automatic transfers to our Vanguard brokerage account.
Which worked out great, except that when you get to a certain balance, Vanguard starts offering you a personal advisor service. So I had to explain to them that I use a Bogleheads lazy portfolio and don't require an advisor.
Which worked out great for a few years until the balance hit another milestone, and they started calling to offer their Flagship Services. This turned out to be tricky to evade as their nice folks are darn savvy. Until I hit upon an idea....
I changed the phone on my Vanguard account to my Google number and set it to "Do Not Disturb".
Peace at last... until Google decides to kill their Voice service (their abysmal product life-cycle record makes this a possibility).
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« Reply #8091 on: November 24, 2020, 11:22:55 AM »
Peace at last... until Google decides to kill their Voice service (their abysmal product life-cycle record makes this a possibility).
For the day that google inevitably kills its voice service, I highly recommend this service:
https://www.voip.ms/

It isn't free, but the costs are modest and fair for the service they provide. It is very hands-on with amazing customization options (filtering, multiple voicemail, ring groups, etc).

There are hardware voip boxes that allow use of "landline" phones and, of course, apps for cellphones and desktops. I give the number out for things I don't want going to my cell number, and have a good "spam" list that goes directly to "This number no longer in service".

When we travel and buy sim cards in a different country, we forward all our home cell numbers to the voip number and then have it go to voicemail that then goes to email, which we get abroad.



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« Reply #8092 on: November 27, 2020, 08:29:31 AM »
My MPP: Thanks to my sweetie's good apartment/neighbourhood choosing skills and our staying put instead of "moving up", we now pay rent that is so low (for the neighbourhood we're in) that when I post about it, internet people think I'm lying.

Also, well-meaning but financially unskilled relatives keep asking us when we're moving to something bigger. I think I'll start telling them, "when we move it'll be to something much smaller, and that'll be a pine box."

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« Reply #8093 on: November 27, 2020, 09:58:14 AM »
My MPP: Thanks to my sweetie's good apartment/neighbourhood choosing skills and our staying put instead of "moving up", we now pay rent that is so low (for the neighbourhood we're in) that when I post about it, internet people think I'm lying.

Also, well-meaning but financially unskilled relatives keep asking us when we're moving to something bigger. I think I'll start telling them, "when we move it'll be to something much smaller, and that'll be a pine box."

Pine Box Derby by Beat Happening contains the phrase "pine box rock"
 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1D6lJbFdXdc
Thanks for reminding me about the song!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #8094 on: December 01, 2020, 08:26:48 AM »
I was reshuffling finances last night, and the amounts I wanted to invest exceeded my daily card spending limits. It was a very large sum, not long ago I'd have laughed at the idea of  being able to casually transfer these amounts of money. Had to split up my transactions over a few days to get around the rule.

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« Reply #8095 on: December 02, 2020, 04:16:57 AM »
I was reshuffling finances last night, and the amounts I wanted to invest exceeded my daily card spending limits. It was a very large sum, not long ago I'd have laughed at the idea of  being able to casually transfer these amounts of money. Had to split up my transactions over a few days to get around the rule.
lol I know htat feeling. Had a mediocre big amount transferred to a brokar account a month ago, had to up 2 limits just to allow for that. And of course each time you need a SMS PIN. Together with logging and the actual transfer and setting the limits down again that made 6 SMS.

Also by now my savings fluctuate way more every day than I earn that day. Sometimes I feel a bit unease, sometimes I can only laugh about it.
The "fluctuates by weekly amount" is not far, it sometimes happens already, and I guess when it is the monthly income I can go half-FIRE and it will still feel strange to see that change lol.

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« Reply #8096 on: December 02, 2020, 08:12:03 AM »
Also by now my savings fluctuate way more every day than I earn that day. Sometimes I feel a bit unease, sometimes I can only laugh about it.
The "fluctuates by weekly amount" is not far, it sometimes happens already, and I guess when it is the monthly income I can go half-FIRE and it will still feel strange to see that change lol.

"Up a car, down a car"
"Up a house, down a house"
(Not sure what comes after that.)

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« Reply #8097 on: December 02, 2020, 10:46:48 AM »
Also by now my savings fluctuate way more every day than I earn that day. Sometimes I feel a bit unease, sometimes I can only laugh about it.
The "fluctuates by weekly amount" is not far, it sometimes happens already, and I guess when it is the monthly income I can go half-FIRE and it will still feel strange to see that change lol.

"Up a car, down a car"
"Up a house, down a house"
(Not sure what comes after that.)

We were down a house in march, and now were up a house and a Tesla since the bottom. And that's with passive investing...

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« Reply #8098 on: December 02, 2020, 11:25:29 AM »
I was reshuffling finances last night, and the amounts I wanted to invest exceeded my daily card spending limits. It was a very large sum, not long ago I'd have laughed at the idea of  being able to casually transfer these amounts of money. Had to split up my transactions over a few days to get around the rule.
lol I know htat feeling. Had a mediocre big amount transferred to a brokar account a month ago, had to up 2 limits just to allow for that. And of course each time you need a SMS PIN. Together with logging and the actual transfer and setting the limits down again that made 6 SMS.

Also by now my savings fluctuate way more every day than I earn that day. Sometimes I feel a bit unease, sometimes I can only laugh about it.
The "fluctuates by weekly amount" is not far, it sometimes happens already, and I guess when it is the monthly income I can go half-FIRE and it will still feel strange to see that change lol.

I had the same problem last month with transfers and it took a while to realize I hit the transfer limit and had to do it differently.

I have noticed this year that some months I have bigger networth increases than my montly salary.

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« Reply #8099 on: December 02, 2020, 11:38:03 AM »

We were down a house in march, and now were up a house and a Tesla since the bottom. And that's with passive investing...

I don't know how far down we were in March-May. When it took such a big slide, I simply opened the spreadsheet, made a tab for March, and decided that I was not capturing the losses. In fact, I decided not to look until the DJIA was back above 26k, as that was the level in ~ October 2019, and it seemed silly to me to be perfectly fine in October, and perfectly panicked in March over the same account value.

Once the DJIA passed 26k, I started tracking again. So in Feb, we were at $675k, and on May 4th, we were at $674k.  Pretty amazing recovery!

I am now using this same trick for rebalancing. I have my "brackets", but still feel the itch to DO SOMETHING. So I decided that the AA was a little too aggressive, now that I am sub-five years to retirement. So I moved a bit more into cash, TIPS and GNMAE funds. We now have enough in that bucket to get us through the first five years of retirement. At that time, DH files for SS and the house is paid off.

So now - the gyrations do not matter. We have a 5 year bucket, and that's now in place. Everything else is gravy.