Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for one of my columns at the Value Walk site:
Yet again, you avoid answering the question.
The questions you want answered were advanced for the purpose of harassment, Sammy. My personal financial circumstances are none of your concern and are not the proper concern of other people reading this column.
I revealed a good bit of my personal financial history when I was posting at the Retire Early board because there it WAS relevant. We all told our stories and those listening in were able to better determine whether early retirement was a possibility for them too by noting how close their circumstances compared. After I posted honestly on the safe withdrawal rate question, you Goons changed some of the facts around to make my circumstances sound embarrassing to those who don’t know the full story and then followed me everywhere I went on the internet and demanded that I answer to your distorted presentations of the facts.
That’s sick, man.
You are a real person inside even though you present yourself in public as a Goon. You are a person in pain. You see the case for Valuation-Informed Indexing and yet you cannot bear to hear it given voice in public.
There are lots and lots of others who want to hear that case given voice. They have told me so. I am going to continue to do what I can to help those people realize that little dream of theirs regardless of how brutally abusive you and your Goon friends are to me in your effort to punish me for choosing to spoil your Buy-and-Hold fantasy with explorations of the implications of the last 35 years of peer-reviewed research in this field.
If you have legitimate questions to ask here, please ask them and I will do my best to respond effectively.
I you have no legitimate questions to ask, my strongly held opinion is that it would be better for you to find other things to do with your time than to visit here and post nonsense comments.
If you mix up legitimate stuff and not legitimate stuff in your comments here, which is your most common practice, I will continue to respond to the stuff that is legitimate and ignore the stuff that is pure nonsense.
Regardless of your choices for yourself, I will continue to wish you all the best that this life has to offer a person. As one of the poor struggling humans, I think you deserve that much from me. Please just try to remember that the 20 percent of the population that wants to learn more about the dangers of Buy-and-Hold are poor struggling humans too and that they deserve my best efforts too and that I intend to help them out to the extent I can regardless of any pain that it causes you for me to continue to do so.
I hope that all of that makes at least a little bit of sense to you and to others listening in trying to make sense of this crazy set of circumstances in which we all find ourselves.