Andy Clarke

Andy Clarke

Andy Clarke helps lead Vanguard's Corporate Communications department. Before joining Vanguard in 1997, Andy worked at Morningstar as an investment analyst. He is the author of Wealth of Experience, an introduction to investing based on ordinary people's stories about what has—and hasn't—worked as they've tried to meet their investment goals. Andy holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College and is a CFA charterholder.

Recent blog posts by Andy Clarke

Investing

The twilight of the investment nerd

A few weeks ago, our blog editor suggested an idea for my next post: “How about, ‘Why I’m proud to be an investment nerd’?”

I closed my eyes, counted to ten. Once the rage had subsided, I said, as calmly … Read more

Investing

The key to happiness

Every December, my department holds a white elephant gift exchange. We place wrapped gifts on a table and take a number. When our number is called, we can select a gift or “steal” a gift that someone else has already … Read more

Investing

Killer bees and high-cost funds

In the 1970s, nothing was scarier than walking around New York City. You know, all those alligators in the sewer.

And if a murderous reptile didn’t attack you from an open manhole, you had to worry about the killer bees … 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

Investing

Wellington Fund and the Vanguard family tree

If Vanguard had a family tree, its roots would be Vanguard Wellington Fund. Now the nation’s largest balanced mutual fund¹, Wellington Fund began operations on July 1, 1929, 85 years ago this week.

Today, Vanguard’s family tree includes a number … Read more

Investing

My one piece of investing advice

In the early 1990s, I studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) exams. From March to June, I’d lock the television in the closet and spend my evenings with some of the driest reading material ever committed to the page.… Read more

Personal finance

What two subway tokens taught me about Vanguard

Early in my Vanguard career, I accompanied Vanguard founder Jack Bogle to a meeting in New York City. I’d never traveled anywhere with the founder of a multi-billion-dollar anything before. Would we chopper up to the East 34th Street Heliport? … Read more

Investing

The real lesson from failed forecasts

Every year about this time, I bask in the warm glow of schadenfreude as I read stories such as the Wall Street Journal’s “Why market forecasts are so bad.” (Subscription required.)

“On average, the analysts thought the … Read more

Personal finance

Shopping lessons

When I was growing up, the shopping authority in my family was Consumer Reports. As we shopped for cars, washing machines, or cassette players with Dolby stereo, we’d wield the magazine like a talisman to protect us from lemons.… Read more

Retirement

Conversations with my elder self

A few weeks ago, I competed in the season-ending doubles championship at a local tennis club. In the first round, my partner and I lost a tough three-setter to a talented father-son duo.

Now in his 80s, the father had … Read more

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