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Practical tips for raising money-smart kids

As I’ve revealed in a past blog, I’m an inveterate reader—from newspaper and magazine articles to blogs and books. Recently and quite serendipitously, I’ve come across a number of stories on kids and money, and as a father of … Read more

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Pi and your portfolio: Endless calculations or common sense?

Tomorrow is March 14, or Pi Day (3.14), as it’s known in the Internet’s more mathematical precincts.

Pi allows us to design aircraft engines, pass a geometry midterm, and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. It can also teach us something about investing.… Read more

The aristocratic investor (and Downton Abbey spoilers)

“Lord Grantham didn’t understand the value of diversification.”

“Lady Mary is more prudent.”

Lord Grantham? Lady Mary? Had I wandered into the wrong century? No, Vanguard’s social media team was simply discussing the fifth season of Downton Abbey, a … Read more

“The Search for Yield” trilogy

I am a fan of movie trilogies, and my favorites include those that involve Luke Skywalker and Jason Bourne. Trilogies interest me because, while they consist of separate movies, they still share an overarching story line. That’s not dissimilar from … Read more

The myth of being “average”

In my previous blog, “The myth of the inefficient market,” I tackled the question of whether some areas of the global market are less efficient than others. In this iteration, I turn my attention to another common myth: … Read more

The twilight of the investment nerd

A few weeks ago, our blog editor suggested an idea for my next post: “How about, ‘Why I’m proud to be an investment nerd’?”

I closed my eyes, counted to ten. Once the rage had subsided, I said, as calmly … Read more

The best investing tidbits of 2014

During the course of a year, I read a lot on the topic of investing and personal finance. Articles, blogs, books, tweets, white papers, journal pieces, etc.

I read some good stuff (and I read, unfortunately, too much bad stuff). … Read more

The key to happiness

Every December, my department holds a white elephant gift exchange. We place wrapped gifts on a table and take a number. When our number is called, we can select a gift or “steal” a gift that someone else has already … Read more

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

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

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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.

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