Investing

Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

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 …

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A record no one wants to see broken

Records are made to be broken, or so goes an old saying.

One record that I hope stands forever was set 25 years ago. The U.S. stock market dropped almost 23% in a single day—October 19, 1987.

The Dow Jones …

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What’s your “blueprint” for investing?

I remember one of my colleagues observed that many investors don’t really have portfolios—they have “collections” of securities. He meant that their accounts had been assembled piecemeal over time, with a brother-in-law’s recommendation here and a newsletter recommendation there. In …

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You’re right: For young savers, debt does matter

In several of my previous posts, I’ve touched on the importance of starting to save early. It’s a pretty easy case to make—having the benefit of a long time horizon can make a substantial difference in what you can amass …

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When to look beyond your “back yard”

I try to shop locally because I think it’s important to support neighborhood businesses. I also cheer for local teams such as the Eagles and Phillies, as long as they aren’t impacting my childhood loyalties to the Boston Red Sox …

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What target-date funds can’t do

Well, perusing recent press, it’s clear that target-date funds continue to be one of the financial media’s favorite targets for generalized scorn. Still, I suppose to some extent, you know you’ve arrived when even Jim Cramer is beating up on …

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Performance chasing: Washing machines, cars, and mutual funds

Performance drives many of the decisions we make as consumers. What kind of gas mileage will I get? How big a load of clothes can the washing machine handle? How long will this roof last? For many of these kinds …

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Deciding what’s important amid competing priorities

About a year ago, I wrote my first Vanguard Blog post to commemorate 529 College Savings Day. In that post I encouraged investors to start saving for college as early as possible. I also asked them to pay attention to …

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Fees: out of sight, out of mind

One of the vexing questions in the investment world is why many investors are inattentive to fees. While Vanguard has helped create a class of investors that’s fee-conscious and fee-aware, the fact remains that many individual investors remain in high-cost …

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TVs and mutual funds: Do you get what you pay for?

Two years ago, my husband and I bought a TV. He wanted the super-duper one. I wanted a good deal. We went with the good deal.

Fast-forward two years, and the TV we got only turns on and off when …

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Everyone loves a bargain

We humans are funny animals.

At times, I’ll scour the internet trying to find the cheapest airline flight, perhaps saving $100 or $200, and feeling quite pleased with myself for doing so.

On some other purchases, I confess, I do …

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