Maria Bruno

Maria Bruno

Maria A. Bruno is a senior investment analyst in our Investment Counseling & Research group. Her areas of expertise include portfolio construction and financial planning, with specialization in retirement planning topics, retirement income solutions, and wealth management strategies. Prior to her current role, Maria worked in Vanguard's Personal Financial Planning and Advice Services departments. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She earned a B.S.B.A. from Villanova University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ certification.

Recent blog posts by Maria Bruno

Retirement

My message to millennials

I’m not a millennial, but a number of my Vanguard colleagues currently fit this demographic. And they often seek counsel from the one with a few flecks of grey in her hair―about work, life, and investing.

When it comes to … Read more

Retirement

Part two: The 4% spending rule, 20 years later

Thanks very much for the thoughtful comments from my blog post on the 4% spending rule. It was terrific to read your comments and questions, and the best practices that you’re willing to share with other readers. Since it would … Read more

Retirement

It’s beginning to look a lot like RMD season

I recently ran into a retired Vanguard colleague, and he asked about what to do with his RMD. He’s in the enviable position of not needing his RMD in order to meet his spending needs. But, he’s not alone.

A … Read more

Retirement

The 4% spending rule, 20 years later

A week doesn’t go by where I don’t see some type of headline news discussing the viability of the venerable 4% spending rule. Indeed a simple internet search will yield over 5 million results! It’s no wonder that retirees may … Read more

Personal finance

To Roth or not to Roth for college savings?

I often get the question “Can I use a Roth IRA to invest for college?”  While the answer is “yes,” the real question is whether you should. The comparison is typically drawn between 529 college savings plans and a Roth … Read more

Retirement

Don’t let these 5 excuses keep your kids from becoming millionaires

Recently, one of us (Maria) was at a bank trying to set up a small custodial IRA on behalf of a nephew and was told that “a minor can’t have an IRA.” It was an interesting experience, and one we … Read more

Retirement

Calling all last-minute tax filers

April is here, and, for some, it’s a time to welcome spring. For others, it means a race against the clock to get their 2013 tax return done before the April 15 deadline. And part of that process frequently involves … Read more

Retirement

Do you max?

Our mothers always taught us that “everyone else is doing it” isn’t a good reason to do something. But when it comes to IRA contributions, it looks like “everyone else” may actually be right.

Retirement is expensive. IRAs are one … Read more

Retirement

When $500 can actually be worth more than $500

If you’re not a retirement savings “geek” like me, you may have missed the news that the IRS increased contribution limits for IRAs this year. It’s the first increase we’ve seen since 2008. In 2013, the limits increase to $5,500 … Read more

Personal finance

So how does America pay for college?

It seems that not a day goes by that I don’t see a headline about the soaring costs of college or the crippling debt facing many students upon earning their degree. My thoughts immediately go to my sister and brother-and-law, … Read more

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