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bio website scottlawrence.org
location Silver Spring, MD
age 40
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seen Sep 4 at 20:54

I'm a senior developer for FEi Systems. I blog here: http://scottlaw.knot.org/blog/ on technology and my other interests.

In addition to software developer, I've been an analyst, project manager, DBA, and team lead for previous employers.

I studied computer science (undergrad) and business (MBA) at the University of Maryland-College Park.


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awarded  Explainer
Aug
4
awarded  Yearling
May
22
comment What to do with old company's 401k?
As far as I know, you can't borrow from an IRA for that purpose. Puzzling that my answer was downvoted.
May
21
answered What to do with old company's 401k?
Mar
25
awarded  Caucus
Mar
5
comment Old 401k investment choices: Cash it out, move it elsewhere?
Great advice from @AlexB. I've followed that approach through quite a few job transitions. Vanguard's S&P 500 Index Fund has a super-low expense ratio (0.17%). Their extended market ETF has an even lower one.
Aug
4
awarded  Yearling
May
14
answered Why do more floating shares mean less volatility for the stock?
Apr
30
answered FAFSA implications of filing jointly?
Mar
6
awarded  Quorum
Dec
10
awarded  Custodian
Dec
10
reviewed Close Why can it be a bad idea to buy stocks after hours?
Oct
18
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
3
comment How to find if a loan has PMI Insurance? (death in the family question)
In addition to just being for mortgages, I thought PMI could only be required for mortgages where less than 20% of the purchase price is provided as a down-payment.
Oct
3
revised Is it better to buy a house at the end or beginning of a year?
spelling and grammar fixes
Sep
5
revised What's the point of a benchmark?
Integrated feedback from a comment into a revised answer.
Aug
23
comment Where should my money go next: savings, investments, retirement, or my mortgage?
If rates are still that low in another 6 months, I'll have to see if the math works for me to refinance again. I refinanced from a 20-year @ 5.25% (with 12 years remaining) into a 15-year @ 3.4% at the start of 2012 as part of consolidating a home equity line of credit and paying off credit card debt.
Aug
20
awarded  Excavator
Aug
20
answered Where should my money go next: savings, investments, retirement, or my mortgage?
Aug
20
revised Where should my money go next: savings, investments, retirement, or my mortgage?
spelling, grammar