Craig Stock

Craig Stock

Craig Stock heads Vanguard's Corporate Marketing and Communications department, responsible for delivering investor information and education in Vanguard’s "plain talk" style. Before joining Vanguard in 1995, Craig spent two decades in journalism. At The Philadelphia Inquirer, he reported on business and the economy, served as a business editor, and wrote a column on personal finance. Craig holds a B.S. from the University of Kansas, and was a Sloan Fellow in Economics Journalism at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He’s also the author of Investing During Retirement, published in 1997.

Recent blog posts by Craig Stock

Personal finance

Meet up with your prospect(us) this Valentine’s Day

Just as getting to know someone is important before committing to a long-term relationship, getting to know your investments is equally important. Fortunately, for mutual fund investors, your fund comes with a prospectus.

Yes, a prospectus can sometimes be a … Read more

Investing

Oh how you’ve grown, little website

I would call myself a “pack rat,” except the comparison might offend pack rats. For the most part, it’s not a good thing to have such a messy office. But on occasion I unearth something interesting. Like this screenshot of … Read more

Investing

A record no one wants to see broken

Records are made to be broken, or so goes an old saying.

One record that I hope stands forever was set 25 years ago. The U.S. stock market dropped almost 23% in a single day—October 19, 1987.

The Dow Jones … Read more

Investing

Everyone loves a bargain

We humans are funny animals.

At times, I’ll scour the internet trying to find the cheapest airline flight, perhaps saving $100 or $200, and feeling quite pleased with myself for doing so.

On some other purchases, I confess, I do … Read more

Investing

A sign of slumbering—or of hope?

A Wall Street Journal report, published on February 21, notes that small-capitalization stock prices, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, are nearing an all-time high. But investors aren’t pouring money into small-cap stocks.

The story, “Small-cap rise is big … Read more

Investing

CEO gets social with fans

As you probably know, Bill McNabb, our chairman and chief executive officer, spent part of Monday, January 23, interacting with Vanguard clients via social media—”taking over” our Twitter and Facebook channels.

“It’s not every day that a CEO reaches out … Read more

Investing

History — An imperfect guide to the future

There’s a good reason why regulators require financial firms to include, when mentioning the past returns or ratings of a mutual fund, the warning: “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.”

The warning is true. History is an … Read more

Investing

Coping with stock market drops

I’ve been investing in stocks through mutual funds for more than 30 years. I’ve known all along that periodic swoons come with the territory. I’ve experienced the October 1987 crash, the 2000–2002 bursting of the tech-stock bubble, and the kerflop … Read more

Investing

The roots of index investing

In our own quiet way, we’re celebrating 35 years of indexing at Vanguard this year. (Hey, you wouldn’t expect party hats and champagne at Vanguard!)

Indexing is an amazing success story—and not just at Vanguard. From a controversial, much-derided idea … Read more

Investing

Price war? Not exactly

You may have noticed news coverage in recent weeks about reductions in expense ratios for some of Vanguard’s funds. Most recently, for example, we reported that expenses declined for several of our international index funds.

As one who long … Read more

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

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