A few weeks ago, I reviewed preliminary reports on first-quarter growth in the U.S. economy. The news was grim: annualized shrinkage of 0.7%. “The economy has now contracted in three separate quarters since the recession ended in mid-2009,” The Wall … Read more
You may have noticed news coverage in recent weeks about reductions in expense ratios for some of Vanguard’s funds. Most recently, for example, we reported that expenses declined for several of our international index funds.
As one who long … Read more
If you’ve heard of Pat Venditte—a minor league pitcher in the Yankees organization—you may know he has an extra tool in his arsenal. It’s not another pitch, but another arm.
He’s ambidextrous and changes his pitching arm depending on the … Read more
Mark Twain lost a couple of fortunes through bad investments, which probably explains the pungency of his comments about investing.
Such as: “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it … Read more
I can’t sing a lick, but a tune from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific came to mind as I was thinking about the pervasive pessimism in so much economic and market commentary.… Read more
We’ve been hearing a lot about gold over the last few months, related to concerns about inflation, the creditworthiness of various governments, and fallout from the financial crisis—all against the backdrop of what is the most significant increase in inflation-adjusted … Read more
As we sat around after a recent family cookout, talk turned to the stock market’s recent gyrations.
The older folks (I am, of course, in that camp) were grumbling about the spring slump in stocks. After listening to his middle-aged … Read more