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Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

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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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

I invest a portion of my portfolio in TIPS because . . .

My retirement portfolio comes more or less straight from the Vanguard playbook. It’s mostly indexed. My mix of broadly diversified stock and bond funds is consistent with what you’d find in a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund designed for someone two … Read more

Cutting corners

As a parent of older kids, it’s been a while since I’ve thought about life with toddlers… until recently when I visited friends with a little one. Their energetic—if not fully coordinated—toddler was the reason why corners were nearly nonexistent … Read more

Why it’s a great time to invest

You may be scratching your head about my headline. Great time to invest? The U.S. stock market is regularly touching record highs and some might say we’re overdue for a correction or even a bear market. Meanwhile, the specter of … Read more

Wellington Fund and the Vanguard family tree

If Vanguard had a family tree, its roots would be Vanguard Wellington Fund. Now the nation’s largest balanced mutual fund¹, Wellington Fund began operations on July 1, 1929, 85 years ago this week.

Today, Vanguard’s family tree includes a number … Read more

My one piece of investing advice

In the early 1990s, I studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) exams. From March to June, I’d lock the television in the closet and spend my evenings with some of the driest reading material ever committed to the page.… Read more

Two sides to every trade

Suppose, after reading a favorable article on a company, you go out and buy the stock at $10 per share. A year later, the stock price reaches $20, and you close out your position, doubling your money in a year—a … Read more

Lessons from 2013

Many people spend the final days of each December reminiscing about the year gone by. At this time, it’s not uncommon for individuals to draw “lessons learned” from both the good and bad moments, and to make resolutions for the … Read more

The real lesson from failed forecasts

Every year about this time, I bask in the warm glow of schadenfreude as I read stories such as the Wall Street Journal’s “Why market forecasts are so bad.” (Subscription required.)

“On average, the analysts thought the … Read more

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

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Visit vanguard.com or contact your broker to obtain a Vanguard ETF or fund prospectus which contains investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other information; read and consider carefully before investing.

Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable with the issuing Fund other than in Creation Unit aggregations. Instead, investors must buy or sell Vanguard ETF Shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a stockbroker. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling.

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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