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Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

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

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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

Municipal debt, Detroit, and diversification

There’s no question that the municipal bond market has been on a roller coaster this year. In July, news of Detroit filing for the largest municipal bankruptcy in history roiled the markets, seeing investors sell municipal bonds and yields on … Read more

A five-tool fund

It’s hot stove season and time to talk about the baseball season gone by and the promise for our favorite teams in 2014 and beyond. It was an exciting year—tight wild-card races, a play-in game, a back-and-forth World Series, as … Read more

Indexing: Why it’s a great financial innovation

Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, famously said in 2009 that the most important financial innovation over the past 20 years was the invention of the ATM. Perhaps if he had looked back an additional 20 years, he might … Read more

Happy anniversary!

October marks the 10th anniversary of Vanguard’s target retirement funds. What began as the next generation of balanced funds, following Wellington and the LifeStrategy Funds, has grown to represent over $200 billion of shareholder assets.

While increasingly being used as … Read more

Vanguard’s index card

Financial advice usually doesn’t generate buzz on social media as much as, say, a grumpy cat photo or a Harlem Shake video.

But early this week, I came across a few financial words of wisdom on an index card that … Read more

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

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