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
As a parent of older kids, it’s been a while since I’ve thought about life with toddlers… until recently when I visited friends with a little one. Their energetic—if not fully coordinated—toddler was the reason why corners were nearly nonexistent … Read more
You may be scratching your head about my headline. Great time to invest? The U.S. stock market is regularly touching record highs and some might say we’re overdue for a correction or even a bear market. Meanwhile, the specter of … Read more
If Vanguard had a family tree, its roots would be Vanguard Wellington Fund. Now the nation’s largest balanced mutual fund¹, Wellington Fund began operations on July 1, 1929, 85 years ago this week.
Today, Vanguard’s family tree includes a number … Read more
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
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
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