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    Greetings

    I have been living Jim's investment recommendations for nearly 30 years now and it works.  I will happily retire in about 3 years with enough money for a nice life.

    In an effort to make a simple portfolio even easier I read Jim's blog on the Taylor Larimore's 3 fund portfolio as well as the book.  Good idea but I am going to make it easier than that.

    Half of my money is now in VBIAX Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Admiral.  I plan on all of it being in that fund by the time I retire.

    I am happy with 60/40 split for the rest of my life and withdrawals will be easy.  No rebalancing.  Very thrifty.  Don't care about international exposure.

    Any thoughts from the group?

    Kind Regards

    Spudfin

     

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    Taxable account?

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    • #3
      Simplicity is good. You can put VTSAX in taxable and roth. It still keep things simple. Balanced fund is not good for taxable.

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      • #4
        its an OK plan.

        there a lot worse ideas.

        but i can think of a few better ones as well.

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        • #5
          Mike Piper uses this strategy. Not terrible at all.

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          • #6
            Seems like a balanced fund with municipal bonds would be low-hanging fruit for Vanguard or another brokerage to create.

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            • #7




              Mike Piper uses this strategy. Not terrible at all.
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              for those that want to read more:

              https://obliviousinvestor.com/my-portfolio-updated/

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                Seems like a balanced fund with municipal bonds would be low-hanging fruit for Vanguard or another brokerage to create.
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                Vanguard has one:

                https://advisors.vanguard.com/web/c1/fas-investmentproducts/VTMFX

                I have used it for a long time. According to Bogle’s last book, it has not been very popular, a little bit of a bust, perhaps.

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                • #9
                  bonds in taxable become less evil after retirement and a decrease in taxes no?

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                    bonds in taxable become less evil after retirement and a decrease in taxes no?
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                    depends on your expected marginal rate.

                    this person is still working for 3 more years, then i likely expect should be doing Roth conversions.

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                    • #11
                      Not saying it is optimal just less bad.
                      I forgot about Roth conversions. Yeah all that bond income would hamper that.

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                      • #12
                        All non taxable

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                        • #13
                          I mean, a three fund portfolio is so incredibly simple already. But if you have big plans for the minutes a year it will save you, more power to you.

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                            I will happily retire in about 3 years with enough money for a nice life.
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                            Congrats on this, btw.

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                            • #15
                              Congrats on your success and upcoming retirement. I can see the appeal of low cost, simple investing but few questions to consider...

                              • I’m curious how or why you chose the 60/40 portfolio?

                              • Why are you okay with your risk profile being generally the same regardless of your stage of life?

                              • Why do you not care about international exposure? If you can increase your risk-adjusted returns with a more diversified portfolio, why wouldn’t you do so? The US is only about ¼ of world GDP.. plus that fund is not very diversified in terms of market cap - almost all is in large cap.  There are ETFs that are low cost and having more than one investment doesn't really make things any more complex.

                              • Have you given any thought to tax planning? How are these withdrawals going to affect your taxes? Wouldn't you like to see if there is an easier and more tax efficient way to generate income?


                              I am all for low cost, easy investing… but sometimes being thorough and efficient results in a much superior outcome.    

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