Category Archives: Money

Decoding the algorithm behind Levels.fyi

I have been quite impressed with Levels.fyi website which shows a mapping of career levels between companies. E.g., what does a level 66 in Microsoft map to in Uber? How does it do it? How would I do it? Let’s … Continue reading

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Roth vs Traditional 401k – final take

This is my final take on Roth vs. Traditional 401k in which I extend the previous model to include two new variables: a different tax rate for money withdrawn from 401k (the expectation is that you will be in a … Continue reading

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Roth vs Traditional 401k – take two

There is a subtle bug in my original post on Roth vs. Traditional 401k. The bug being that in Roth 401k, we pay taxes upfront but we still get to invest full contribution amount that grows tax-free. The bug is … Continue reading

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Traditional vs Roth 401k

Let be amount invested over years. = rate of return. = tax rate. Roth 401k You pay taxes upfront. That reduces to . After years this becomes which you can withdraw tax free. Traditional 401k You don’t pay any taxes … Continue reading

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To GET or not to GET

This post is an analysis of the Washington State GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition) program. The main question we want to answer is whether to invest in GET or Vanguard 529 or both. GET Resources: https://www.get.wa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017-18-GET-Enrollment-Guide.pdf https://www.get.wa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Program%20Details.pdf Click to access Tuition-Payout-Over-Time-Chart-2018.pdf … Continue reading

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Buying Vanguard funds in Fidelity

https://assetbuilder.com/knowledge-center/articles/three-ways-to-have-vanguard-at-fidelity https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Fidelity Q. Does Fidelity have a fund that compares to the Vanguard Balanced Index (ticker: VBINX)? I like the performance and the low expense fees the Vanguard fund has. I also like the ratio of 60 percent stocks, 40 … Continue reading

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Vanguard: an overrated company

I have been a Vanguard customer for almost 10 years. I opened an account with them after getting glowing recommendations from a trusted friend many years ago. In the past 10 years there have been several instances when I needed … Continue reading

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Using XIRR function in Excel to calculate rate of return for Fidelity 401k

Not deleting this post but below steps will not give you the correct rate of return. Excel merely hides the cells that are not marked as CONTRIBUTION. It doesn’t exclude them from the XIRR computation. Download your transaction history as … Continue reading

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Tax Consequences of Selling Your Home

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p523/ar02.html#en_US_2013_publink1000200711 Maximum Exclusion You can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain (other than gain allocated to periods of nonqualified use) on the sale of your main home if all of the following are true. •You meet the ownership test. … Continue reading

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Mutual Fund Expense Calculator

http://apps.finra.org/fundanalyzer/1/fa.aspx http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/index.htm http://www.sec.gov/answers/mffees.htm Mutual Fund Fees and Expenses As with any business, running a mutual fund involves costs. For example, there are costs incurred in connection with particular investor transactions, such as investor purchases, exchanges, and redemptions. There are also … Continue reading

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