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by steelerfan
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Computer Science Degree or Self Learn?
Replies: 11
Views: 1193

Re: Computer Science Degree or Self Learn?

My son graduated with a BA in CS along with a degree in computational math. He works as a developer for a defense contractor. Most if not all of the people he works with went the university route. He had no internships at all but for whatever reason he was recruited by them as a junior and they kept...
by steelerfan
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Repairing relationships after 2020
Replies: 54
Views: 3300

Re: Repairing relationships after 2020

It used to be universally known common sense to never discuss religion or politics. Words to live by. I think social media destroyed this as it is an echo chamber on both sides that seek to amplify a person’s already held opinions. An interesting documentary on social media targeting is ”The Great H...
by steelerfan
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Lending Club Sadness
Replies: 80
Views: 30993

Re: Lending Club Sadness

As a creator of this thread, I wanted to be the first to share the news that lending club is getting out of the individual note platform effective at the end of the year...I still have notes in various stages. They are converting cash payments and cash on hand to a savings account. Ancedotally, the ...
by steelerfan
Tue May 12, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Now that I'm done with Masters, time for a cheap road-trip out west paid for by government hand-out?
Replies: 33
Views: 2323

Re: Now that I'm done with Masters, time for a cheap road-trip out west paid for by government hand-out?

FWIW I think doing this now would suck. 30+MM are out of work and you are blithely touring the west. I would be cautious how you explain yourself as your experience with the locals may vary. Most of the restaurants are closed. Most of the businesses that you are looking at are likely working remote ...
by steelerfan
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What is your political affiliation?
Replies: 37
Views: 4319

Re: What is your political affiliation?

I started out as a registered republican working for a Democrat state elected official and have been moving to the left ever since for over 30 years despite voting for Reagan, Bush 41,43. I am basically a hypocrite if I am honest with myself. I drive an electric car but own significant oil and gas s...
by steelerfan
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Time to Move Investments to Safety? Implications?
Replies: 17
Views: 1819

Re: Time to Move Investments to Safety? Implications?

To be honest, I have not done anything different. I could have gone to cash. In fact I rolled 45K cash from an old 401K into my TD Roth/Traditional IRAs. I am down big and my accounts are stock heavy. Most of the stocks are defensive dividend payers but a few CEFs with bonds. Got/Getting hammered in...
by steelerfan
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: New Grad Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Re: New Grad Advice

As a postscript to this thread, today my son accepted a position as a software engineer for a defense contractor. He also interviewed with several companies including Amazon, an intelligence subcontractor and had some initial inquiries from and conversations with other alphabet agencies. It ultimate...
by steelerfan
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: New Grad Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Re: New Grad Advice

@c40....Absolutely. It was a huge mistake. He knows it and is depressed about it. I know it and was pushing him to do just that. But that is where we are. He will find something. Someone will take a chance on him. There are plenty of people with liberal arts degrees that went on to be very successfu...
by steelerfan
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: New Grad Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Re: New Grad Advice

Thanks for the response @bostonimproper. He is looking for companies that have early career development programs and entry level. He has friends in industry and in the military. I am honestly not sure if he knows distinctly where he is focusing which is a problem. He has applied for data analyst pos...
by steelerfan
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: New Grad Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

New Grad Advice

Asking for a friend. Actually my son. He recently graduated (Dec) with BA degrees in CS and Computational Math. He is starting to despair with no joy so far in the job quest. He has had a few bites but no face to face interviews. He has talked to Lockheed, IBM, Epic and a few others. And is shotgunn...
by steelerfan
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Do people just give up after 25?
Replies: 79
Views: 20911

Re: Do people just give up after 25?

I remember reading a quote attributed to Muhammad Ali saying “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.'” That pretty much sums it up. You seem to like to create threads that validate some idea you want to believe and generally in ways that your idea...
by steelerfan
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anyone else feeling depressed about global equities 10 year outlook?
Replies: 29
Views: 6028

Re: Anyone else feeling depressed about global equities 10 year outlook?

You aren't kidding. I still think they will do better than the browns though despite their irrational exuberance....Still the browns. We don't want people that don't want to be here so addition by subtraction.
by steelerfan
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Anyone else feeling depressed about global equities 10 year outlook?
Replies: 29
Views: 6028

Re: Anyone else feeling depressed about global equities 10 year outlook?

Hindsight is 20-20. Everybody has a sad tale if letting a big one get away. I remember having $3K burning a hole in my roth pocket a few years back and was looking at BABA when it was $19/sh...That would have worked out well. I opted for something else which turned out ok. Not everything works out t...
by steelerfan
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: 100% Working Remote / Telecommute
Replies: 20
Views: 4412

Re: 100% Working Remote / Telecommute

My wife is 100% working from home. She used to work 2-3 days a week from home. Same company, different department. Insurance company business analyst heavy coding. She had an earlier stint 100% telecommute with the same company that did not work out. It really depends on your role. I am an accountan...
by steelerfan
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Lending Club Sadness
Replies: 80
Views: 30993

Re: Lending Club Sadness

I think LC is a difficult investment for an average Joe such as myself. The individual loan slices you make are more much risky than buying a share of stock and even riskier than most investable junk bonds. There is a reason that they generally want you to be an accredited investor and have a certai...
by steelerfan
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Lending Club Sadness
Replies: 80
Views: 30993

Re: Lending Club Sadness

I am the OP. As a followup, I am currently sitting with about 400 notes outstanding. I am reinvesting everything which results in about 12-14 new notes each month, I have and annualized return of 6.00%on the smaller older pool and 3.76% on the newer pool. The chargeoffs are largely the lower grade s...
by steelerfan
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Summit with Putin
Replies: 149
Views: 21130

Re: Summit with Putin

Another day of listening to trump sputter through another press conference while congratulating himself for EVERYTHING. Everyday we get weaker as he debases our country. I always shake my head when I hear people on the right talking about the hate and lack of civility of the left. Usually there are ...
by steelerfan
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is it a good idea to dropout of school to retire much faster ?
Replies: 65
Views: 11874

Re: Is it a good idea to dropout of school to retire much faster ?

In 2018, everybody needs at least a GED just to be able to manage your affairs. Basic math and reading comprehension skills. General ability to use technology. Personal finance skills. I am assuming the OP was not talking dropping out of HS. Doing so puts you at risk of not even making the cut for a...
by steelerfan
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is it a good idea to dropout of school to retire much faster ?
Replies: 65
Views: 11874

Re: Is it a good idea to dropout of school to retire much faster ?

This topic interests me. I have two sons. Son number one is currently starting year 4 at a pretty good university - BA Computer Science - Minor or perhaps double major in Math. Son number two will attend attend a local community college and train for a career in TV/video production. Both kids attend...
by steelerfan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Summit with Putin
Replies: 149
Views: 21130

Re: Summit with Putin

What is it going to take for trump to cross a red line with his supporters and his cowardly enablers in congress? He truly could shoot someone on Park Ave and not lose votes as he once boasted. I continue to be baffled daily. He is constantly crossing boundaries that no president in our lifetimes cr...