Ellen Rinaldi

Ellen Rinaldi

Ellen Rinaldi has held a variety of leadership positions since joining Vanguard in 1997. At present, she serves in our Planning and Development division, where she is responsible for protecting client information, among other key responsibilities. Previously, Ellen directed Vanguard's Advice Services Group, which provides financial planning and advice to retail and institutional clients. She also oversaw our Investment Counseling & Research team, which supplies portfolio recommendations to clients along with topical commentary and investment counseling. Ellen also managed Vanguard's retirement agenda, including the development of new products and services to help our shareholders reach their retirement goals. Prior to joining Vanguard, Ellen spent 20 years in the insurance industry. She holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. from Suffolk University, and an LL.M. from Boston University.

Recent blog posts by Ellen Rinaldi

Taxes

What you can learn from your tax return

Another tax filing season has come to an end. You might have used an online service like TurboTax, enlisted the aid of a tax professional, or, as some of us still do, used paper and pencil and good old-fashioned arithmetic.… Read more

Retirement

Getting an early start on the road to retirement

Now that Roth IRA conversions are available to people who previously hadn’t been eligible, there’s been quite a spike in coverage. However, the spotlight should probably be focused more on those who can have a Roth, but as yet do … Read more

Personal finance

Turning thought into action

I had the chance to listen to Dan Heath recently. He’s the coauthor, with his brother Chip, of Switch, a new book about making changes. I’d read their last book, Made to Stick, and thought their conclusions were … Read more

Personal finance

Is saving really saving?

I’ve been watching the U.S. consumer savings rate climb. It’s been heartening to witness the ascent past 5% on its way to perhaps 7%. Any way you look at it, this is a welcome—if not critical—change in our financial/economic behavior.… Read more

Personal finance

Putting your mortgage in reverse

I occasionally participate in webcasts, taking questions from Vanguard investors on various financial topics. Almost invariably, someone asks about reverse mortgages. Should they or shouldn’t they? How do they work? And are they legitimate?

Last question first: Yes, reverse mortgages … Read more

Personal finance

The art of the perfect password

Anytime I forget something, I rationalize that what I’m really doing is clearing out space to allow new information to be stored in my brain. It’s a bit like cleaning off my desk or deleting cookies from my computer.… Read more

Taxes

The estate tax is dead … or is it?

The federal tax on transfers of wealth from estates has been with us since the passage of the Revenue Act of 1916, although there were similar temporary levies around the time of the Spanish-American War. This tax came to an … Read more

Personal finance

Is your financial advisor worth it?

If you rely on a financial advisory firm to manage your assets, how do you know if you’re getting what you pay for?

We think the answer to this question comes down to several specific points, one of which (an … Read more

Taxes

The record date: Not a tune you can dance to

Every year, many investors find themselves “buying a distribution” and incurring liabilities that could have been avoided or at least deferred.

Tax law requires that realized gains in a portfolio be distributed at least annually, typically in December. If you’re … Read more

Taxes

Time to think about year-end tax moves

We’re coming to the close of 2009. It’s been an eventful year, a year of change, and over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing a lot of articles putting it all in perspective.

It’s also the close of the … Read more

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