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
“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
My workday is filled with conversations about exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Some are basic, others complex, but they can all be challenging. Last week, however, I got a phone call at home that proved to be one of the more challenging … Read more
We in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group read. A lot. So it was with great interest that I came across a recent article on Bloomberg about the earnings report from Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway.¹ The article said that cash holdings … Read more
I’m Chuck Riley, a senior financial planner at Vanguard, and I have a confession to make.
I invest in actively managed funds.
That’s right. I work for the company that introduced the first index fund for individual investors and championed … Read more
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
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
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