Catherine Gordon

Catherine Gordon

Catherine Gordon leads the institutional research and advice team within Vanguard Investment Strategy Group. She joined Vanguard in 2004 and spent several years helping direct our mutual funds' investment managers. She later went on to manage Vanguard's Advice Services Group, which delivers financial planning and advice to retail and institutional clients. Catherine has worked in investment management her entire career. Prior to joining Vanguard, she was an analyst and portfolio manager with Morgan Stanley and Wilmington Trust. She graduated from Smith College with an A.B. and is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and the CFA Institute.

Recent blog posts by Catherine Gordon


What’s your “blueprint” for investing?

I remember one of my colleagues observed that many investors don’t really have portfolios—they have “collections” of securities. He meant that their accounts had been assembled piecemeal over time, with a brother-in-law’s recommendation here and a newsletter recommendation there. In … Read more

Personal finance

Off to college: Have you had “the talk”?

Back-to-school commercials have quickly replaced those featuring summer getaways. For those about to head off to college for the first time, returning to school is taking on an entirely new dimension.… Read more


Performance chasing: Washing machines, cars, and mutual funds

Performance drives many of the decisions we make as consumers. What kind of gas mileage will I get? How big a load of clothes can the washing machine handle? How long will this roof last? For many of these kinds … Read more

Personal finance

Our financial literacy partnership

I recently wrote about the connection among Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, and how my mother “taught” me to become financially literate. In this post I’d like to acknowledge teachers—and the role they can play in teaching financial literacy—more directly.… Read more

Personal finance

My first personal finance teacher

The timing of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7–11) and Mother’s Day (May 13) got me to thinking about what my mom taught me about finance. While mothers may not be teachers in the official sense, they play an important role … Read more


Irrationally rational or rationally irrational?

I remember first being introduced to the concept of market efficiency during business school. At the time, I was working for a large Wall Street firm in close proximity to the equity trading floor. As I thought about the precision … Read more


Ripped from the headlines—or just ripped off?

Many of my fellow bloggers have written about the recent turmoil in the markets. Rather than add my two cents to what has already been very well articulated, I’d like to take a different angle.

Have you noticed anything different … Read more

Personal finance

Why you need an emotional insurance policy

Many of us do a pretty good job of getting insurance on all the usual suspects: homes, health, cars, life. But I recently came to think about another kind of insurance—what we should do to help our loved ones prepare … Read more


Women and investing: room for improvement

I hate buying cars. Even though I’ve had the good fortune to not have it be a frequent experience, when the time comes for another car, I cringe at the prospect.

The worst was when a car dealer wouldn’t give … Read more


A mood ring for the markets?

For as long as humans have been around, we’ve looked to patterns to help us understand the present and divine the future. Reading tea leaves and animal entrails are just two on a long list. Not surprisingly, using patterns to … Read more

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