John Ameriks

John Ameriks

John Ameriks oversees the Active Equity Group within Vanguard Equity Investment Group, which manages active quantitative equity fund assets. He is one of Vanguard's thought leaders on retirement issues and has conducted studies on a wide range of personal financial decisions, including saving, portfolio allocation, and retirement income strategies. John came to Vanguard in 2003 from the TIAA-CREF Institute, the research and education arm of TIAA-CREF. He graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

Recent blog posts by John Ameriks

Investing

Our new fund offering: What it is and what it isn’t

Financial services firms frequently develop new investment strategies and bring them to market. The latest financial inventions include alternative indexing, fundamental indexing, and smart beta, to name a few. Many sponsors of funds and ETFs based on these strategies make … Read more

Investing

What target-date funds can’t do

Well, perusing recent press, it’s clear that target-date funds continue to be one of the financial media’s favorite targets for generalized scorn. Still, I suppose to some extent, you know you’ve arrived when even Jim Cramer is beating up on … Read more

Retirement

Investment costs hit retirees with double whammy

A while back, I wrote about how people often miss the impact of investment costs on wealth accumulation. Today, I want to make sure readers know that it’s as critical for retirees (people spending money) to think about how costs … Read more

Investing

The “best” place to put your money NOW for 2012

I have to admit up front that if you’re reading this blog based on the title, you’re in for a bit of a surprise, and I hope you won’t feel too bad about being hoodwinked.

Articles with titles like this … Read more

Investing

Stopping the silent killer of returns

There continues to be a lot of focus on the consequences of today’s low-rate environment. In such an environment, one of the most important things an investor can do is economize on the cost of the financial services they’re buying … Read more

Investing

Maybe a lost decade for stocks, but not for investors

In the past, I have expressed frustration with the financial press’s coverage of investment topics (Clearing the air on target date performance), and I’ve also blogged about how I feel investors are best served by ignoring financial pundits (Listening Read more

Investing

Market volatility and the "Rebalancing Frown"

Given all the market volatility, a lot of folks are wondering about whether now might be the right time to rebalance their portfolio.

Vanguard researchers present an in-depth discussion of rebalancing in this paper. This analysis emphasizes that historically, … Read more

Economy & markets

Listening to the market—not the pundits

Everyone who is not on vacation appears to be focused on the uncertainty created by the lack of a resolution to the most recent government funding crisis. I wish I could add some value with respect to the discussion of … Read more

Investing

Investor returns versus fund returns

There’s been a lot of back and forth about the differences between the posted performance of a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) and the returns actually realized by investors taking into account cash flow.

Reading the discussion around this, … Read more

Retirement

In passing: “Busting retirement myths”

Just saw this—Linda Stern punches holes in some of the more common misconceptions about retirement:

Stern Advice: Busting retirement myths

What she has to say lines up well with my own observations and thoughts. What about you?… Read more

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