ptheland

Peter Thelander

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Tue Dec 23

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ptheland replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:58 PM

Re: 10 lesser known Ancient Civilisations

For those looking for a quick overview of world history (and several other subjects), I can recommend the YouTube series Crash Course. https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Yes, the [more]

Mon Dec 22

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ptheland replied to the Buying or Selling a Home board. 4:42 PM

Re: Pay off student debt or save for down payment?

YewGuise hinted at what I think is the best solution. Save the money.

I'd go so far as to say make only the minimum payments toward the student loan and save the rest of what you have been paying. Then when you get down to actually applying [more]

Sun Dec 21

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ptheland replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 4:08 PM

Re: Yet another hack

I wonder if it costs more to be proactive than reactive.

It almost certainly costs more this quarter to be proactive. And since public companies can't seem to think much beyond this quarter (and perhaps this year at best), [more]

Sat Dec 20

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 3:26 PM

Re: Calculating depreciation on rental property

You're close. The first year uses a mid-month convention. Using your figures, the full year depreciation is 1767, so you'd claim .5/12 of that for the partial year, or $74.

As to the land value, don't forget that you probably also own an [more]

Fri Dec 19

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ptheland replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 11:20 AM

Re: aluminum foil

You'll find the same thing on other rolls as well. Waxed paper. Plastic wrap.

If you happen to buy your plastic wrap at Costco in the food service size roll, there's also a couple of similar punch outs on the top of the box. These make it [more]

Wed Dec 17

Mon Dec 15

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ptheland replied to the Humor and Urban Legends board. 2:50 PM

Re: AverageJoe's 698th CaptionChallenge

Bubba and Boudreaux demonstrate how plumbers get their infamous "plumbers crack".

--Peter

Fri Dec 12

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 8:58 PM

Re: Looking for Input on profit/loss re: tax

There is a worksheet in the schedule D instructions that figures out the capital loss carryover into the following year. That worksheet does take into account a year with no taxable income.

If you have that situation, the $3000 loss will [more]

Thu Dec 11

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 4:02 PM

Re: Capital Gains

That's not entirely correct. Keep in mind that long term capital gains are still income. So things that are affected by income (like the taxable portion of social security benefits and deductible medical expenses) will still be affected by the [more]

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 3:57 PM

Re: Creating history

To be technically correct, your basis is zero until you prove otherwise. Purchase confirmations are the gold standard of proof, but thanks to George Cohan (yes, the one of Yankee Doodle fame) reasonable estimates of cost are allowable.

The [more]

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ptheland replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 3:40 PM

Re: Incremental vs Differential

Speaking of backups, is there a preferred method of backing up files between full backups? Incremental vs differential backups?

The complexities of incremental and differential backups aren't worth it to me. I just stick with full [more]

Wed Dec 10

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ptheland replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 4:32 PM

Re: new-to-me youtube error in Firefox

I too would like to learn to change the DNS servers.

Click the windows button (Windows 7 and earlier) or hover on the top right corner (Win 8/8.1) and type "network and sharing" into the search box. That should get you to [more]

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ptheland replied to the Buying or Selling a Home board. 12:40 PM

Re: SF Housing Dilemma

Let me play devil's advocate for a minute here.

I hesitate to evict good tenants just so you can live rent-free in an expensive city and cut into your father's retirement income, which ultimately cuts into your inheritance.

What [more]

Sun Dec 7

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ptheland replied to the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. board. 10:25 PM

Re: ques for everybody about wmt

what does everyone feel wmt will be trading at between say now and 90 days from now?

I can guarantee it will be trading at something other than today's price. And that's the end of the guarantees.

However, there is an [more]

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ptheland replied to the iOS help: iPhone iPad iPod touch board. 11:41 AM

Re: "This device not supported"

I get the same message from time to time on my iPhone 5. Since it usually prevents the phone from charging, I disconnect and reconnect the cable and the message usually doesn't come back.

In my case, I'm pretty sure it's due to the non-apple [more]

Sat Dec 6

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 8:13 PM

Re: Options Loss to offset RSU/ESPP gains

As usual, more info would be good.

Would the RSU and ESPP holdings generate a long term capital gain or will they be ordinary income? If they're long term capital gains, those get taxed at a lower tax rate (probably 15%, but could be 20% if [more]

Fri Dec 5

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ptheland replied to the Retirement Investing board. 8:11 PM

Re: Planning for health issues

he bought a long-term care policy at a specific facility

That is not long term care insurance. That is a prepaid agreement with a single facility. I would not recommend that for exactly the reason you state.

The product to [more]

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ptheland replied to the Estate Planning and the Fool board. 8:09 PM

Re: joint holdings, probate, and gift taxes

Paul, you ignored my point. What does it take to get ANY death certificate? Doesn't matter if its one or 10 or 100. What do you have to do to get to the point where someone can ask how many?

--Peter

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ptheland replied to the Estate Planning and the Fool board. 6:00 PM

Re: joint holdings, probate, and gift taxes

In most states this second account could have a TOD that automatically transfers assets to stated heir without probate.

That TOD will require proof of death - typically a death certificate.

Find out what it takes in your [more]

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