Investing

Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

Discipline in a sea of noise

When people hear that I work for Vanguard, they often ask me for advice on how they should invest their money. Fortunately for me, the advice is easy to deliver because for nearly 40 years our recommendations have remained simple … Read more

Recent Posts

Explaining ETFs to my dad, part 2

We received a lot of great comments and questions following my blog on the conversation I had with my dad about ETFs. For that, let me say “thank you.” As it turned out, many of your inquiries were similar … Read more

The “MythBusters” approach to indexing: Inefficient markets

MythBusters is one of those cable shows that I find myself gravitating toward whenever I’m channel surfing. It’s just one of those shows that I find wildly entertaining. I know, I know . . . nerd alert! But that’s what … Read more

Killer bees and high-cost funds

In the 1970s, nothing was scarier than walking around New York City. You know, all those alligators in the sewer.

And if a murderous reptile didn’t attack you from an open manhole, you had to worry about the killer bees … Read more

Rebalaphobia

Depending on your age, Halloween conjures many images—some sweet, some scary. My girls are young and seem to experience both extremes: They love the treats but could do without some of the scarier imagery. As adults and investors, we’re not … Read more

October: Time for a portfolio gut check

“OCTOBER: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.”

So said Mark Twain, and he was as accurate as he was … Read more

Explaining ETFs to my dad

My workday is filled with conversations about exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Some are basic, others complex, but they can all be challenging. Last week, however, I got a phone call at home that proved to be one of the more challenging … Read more

Cash: What is it good for?

We in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group read. A lot. So it was with great interest that I came across a recent article on Bloomberg about the earnings report from Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway.¹ The article said that cash holdings … Read more

I work at Vanguard, and I own actively managed funds

I’m Chuck Riley, a senior financial planner at Vanguard, and I have a confession to make.

I invest in actively managed funds.

That’s right. I work for the company that introduced the first index fund for individual investors and championed … Read more

A GPS update for your portfolio

Recently I went through the process of purchasing a map update for my GPS (yes, I realize there are phone apps that provide GPS directions … a discussion of my technology choices is not the focus of this particular blog!). … Read more

Mistakes? I’ve made a few

Prior to joining Vanguard in 1986, I was a saver. All of my money, modest in amount, was in bank savings and checking accounts.

Naturally, after coming aboard HMS Vanguard, I learned more about financial markets, asset classes, … Read more

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Investments in bond funds are subject to interest rate, credit, and inflation risk.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

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

Stocks of companies in emerging markets are generally more risky than stocks of companies in developed countries.

An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although a money market fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in such a fund.

All investing is subject to risk, including possible loss of principal.

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