Retirement

Do sweat the small stuff

In most areas of life, it’s often best if we ignore the little things that we typically can’t control, such as traffic on the way to work or rain on your wedding day. However, in my opinion, you should sweat … Read more

Investing

October: Time for a portfolio gut check

“OCTOBER: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.”

So said Mark Twain, and he was as accurate as he was … Read more

Investing

Explaining ETFs to my dad

My workday is filled with conversations about exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Some are basic, others complex, but they can all be challenging. Last week, however, I got a phone call at home that proved to be one of the more challenging … Read more

Investing

Cash: What is it good for?

We in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group read. A lot. So it was with great interest that I came across a recent article on Bloomberg about the earnings report from Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway.¹ The article said that cash holdings … Read more

Investing

I work at Vanguard, and I own actively managed funds

I’m Chuck Riley, a senior financial planner at Vanguard, and I have a confession to make.

I invest in actively managed funds.

That’s right. I work for the company that introduced the first index fund for individual investors and championed … Read more

Investing

A GPS update for your portfolio

Recently I went through the process of purchasing a map update for my GPS (yes, I realize there are phone apps that provide GPS directions … a discussion of my technology choices is not the focus of this particular blog!). … Read more

Investing

Mistakes? I’ve made a few

Prior to joining Vanguard in 1986, I was a saver. All of my money, modest in amount, was in bank savings and checking accounts.

Naturally, after coming aboard HMS Vanguard, I learned more about financial markets, asset classes, … Read more

Investing

I invest a portion of my portfolio in TIPS because . . .

My retirement portfolio comes more or less straight from the Vanguard playbook. It’s mostly indexed. My mix of broadly diversified stock and bond funds is consistent with what you’d find in a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund designed for someone two … Read more

Personal finance

To Roth or not to Roth for college savings?

I often get the question “Can I use a Roth IRA to invest for college?”  While the answer is “yes,” the real question is whether you should. The comparison is typically drawn between 529 college savings plans and a Roth … Read more

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Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable with the issuing Fund other than in Creation Unit aggregations. Instead, investors must buy or sell Vanguard ETF Shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a stockbroker. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling.

Investments in bond funds are subject to interest rate, credit, and inflation risk.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

Foreign investing involves additional risks including currency fluctuations and political uncertainty.

Stocks of companies in emerging markets are generally more risky than stocks of companies in developed countries.

An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although a money market fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in such a fund.

All investing is subject to risk, including possible loss of principal.

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