Investing

Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

Killer bees and high-cost funds

In the 1970s, nothing was scarier than walking around New York City. You know, all those alligators in the sewer.

And if a murderous reptile didn’t attack you from an open manhole, you had to worry about the killer bees … Read more

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Long-term perspective: Essential for athletics and investing

If you’re looking for insight on investments and personal finance, you could do a lot worse than asking a long-distance runner.

Vanguard is a second career for me. After college, I had the great fortune to compete as a professional … Read more

Investing principles for an uncertain world

I recently traveled to Vanguard’s international offices, and no matter where I found myself on the globe, the topic of market and economic uncertainty was a constant theme.

For example, China’s transition from an investment-driven economy to a consumer-based model … Read more

Lessons from the Attic

On a recent trip to my parents’ house, I sifted through crates of childhood junk that my mother had cleared from the attic. One item in particular caught my eye—an “official program” from a New York Mets game in 1980.… Read more

Earning income in a low-yield environment

I participated in a live webcast recently on the topic of earning income in a low-yield environment. Here’s a recap of a few of the themes from that session.

One of the persistent questions from the seminar was how long … Read more

Oh how you’ve grown, little website

I would call myself a “pack rat,” except the comparison might offend pack rats. For the most part, it’s not a good thing to have such a messy office. But on occasion I unearth something interesting. Like this screenshot of … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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