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Sprechen Sie savings?

The United States tries to help people save for retirement. We have tax incentives. We have private-sector innovations such as workplace retirement plans that automatically enroll us and increase our savings rates over time.

Even so, we’re probably not saving … Read more

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Going to Ireland

Given my wife’s Irish heritage, we decided it’s high time to show our boys the beauty of Ireland, especially since the U.S. dollar has surged relative to most other currencies in the last year. Sure, the trip will take a … Read more

Vanguard at 40: Perspective, principles, and practicalities

Ten years ago on May 1, 1975“May Day”The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies commenced operations. Surely Vanguard, a decade ago, was a new beginning in every sense of the phrase. Our challenge was to build … Read more

A skeptic’s view of extraordinary claims

You’ve probably heard it before: “Why would anyone want to invest in the most indebted companies or countries? It’s just throwing good money after bad.” While this premise may seem logical and intuitive on the surface, as with many things … Read more

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

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

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