Economy & markets

China won’t export housing crisis

In the Chinese city of Ordos, empty skyscrapers loom over largely empty roads, empty town plazas, and empty schools. It’s China’s best-known ghost town. The empty buildings in Ordos and other places—started as part of an ambitious government plan to … Read more

Investing

Explaining ETFs to my dad, part 2

We received a lot of great comments and questions following my blog on the conversation I had with my dad about ETFs. For that, let me say “thank you.” As it turned out, many of your inquiries were similar … Read more

Taxes

Cap gains are good, right?

This is a great time of year to reflect and refocus—to feel good about things that have gone well, and to learn from those that have not. We often encourage clients to fit in rebalancing, tax planning for the new … Read more

Personal finance

Shopping online and cybercrime: What you need to know

I’m a shopper; it’s one of my hobbies. I don’t always buy, but shopping has almost been elevated to a competitive sport with the access and apps available online. I’m certainly not alone. Almost 200 million people will shop or … Read more

Retirement

It’s beginning to look a lot like RMD season

I recently ran into a retired Vanguard colleague, and he asked about what to do with his RMD. He’s in the enviable position of not needing his RMD in order to meet his spending needs. But, he’s not alone.

A … Read more

Investing

The “MythBusters” approach to indexing: Inefficient markets

MythBusters is one of those cable shows that I find myself gravitating toward whenever I’m channel surfing. It’s just one of those shows that I find wildly entertaining. I know, I know . . . nerd alert! But that’s what … Read more

Investing

Discipline in a sea of noise

When people hear that I work for Vanguard, they often ask me for advice on how they should invest their money. Fortunately for me, the advice is easy to deliver because for nearly 40 years our recommendations have remained simple … Read more

Retirement

Are women and men really different when it comes to retirement-plan savings?

Gender financial stereotypes abound. Women are risk-averse—to their detriment! Overconfident men trade more—to their detriment!

We’ve tracked the retirement savings behavior of Vanguard participants since 2000 and have seen consistent trends over this time period. In The gendernomics of retirement Read more

Retirement

The 4% spending rule, 20 years later

A week doesn’t go by where I don’t see some type of headline news discussing the viability of the venerable 4% spending rule. Indeed a simple internet search will yield over 5 million results! It’s no wonder that retirees may … Read more

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