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

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? …

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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 …

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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.…

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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 …

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investing

Risky business

I first learned about risk from the collected works of Stephen King. “Risk” hid in the closet. It lurked beneath my bed. If I pulled the covers over my head and slept with a baseball bat, I could manage it.…

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investing

A Philadelphia Story

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, gathered in Philadelphia, to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Two hundred years later, some 20 miles west of Independence Hall, in a nondescript office park near Washington’s Valley Forge headquarters, John C. …

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personal finance

Get smart

Please tell me whether this statement is true. Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.

a) True.
b) False.
c) Don’t know.
d) Refuse to answer.

The answer, of course, is b. …

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economy

The adoption of a great idea

Joe Davis and Andy Clarke collaborated on this post, the result of a conversation about research that Vanguards Investment Strategy Group has conducted on the adoption and economic impact of "great ideas."   Read More...
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investing

Silence is golden

Last Christmas, I bought my son a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Now, even as I raise my voice to a shout, he can’t hear me above whatever is rattling around inside his head.

In short, he’s on his way to …

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personal finance

Me against myself

In sixth grade, I’d take my allowance to Phil’s Pizza, exchange the bills for quarters, and feed a week’s worth of funds into the Pac-Man machine. Within 15 minutes, I was broke. To behavioral economists, I was a case study …

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