Investing

Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

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

Recent Posts

98% stayed the course

I read the headlines, same as you. Investors are panicking. During the drive in to work today, I listened to a radio business show. A correspondent talked about the flood of selling and the deep sense of fear in financial … Read more

Sometimes, standing still takes the most courage

Investors have every right to feel anxious about the markets.

First, we had the endless drama and squabbling over the federal debt ceiling. An agreement was reached, but before we could take a collective sigh of relief, the equity markets … Read more

Gold fever

This morning I saw on a website that the spot price of gold had soared to $1,600 an ounce, up over 30% in the past year. What can we as investors say conclusively say about gold? Two things, I think: … Read more

Women and investing: room for improvement

I hate buying cars. Even though I’ve had the good fortune to not have it be a frequent experience, when the time comes for another car, I cringe at the prospect.

The worst was when a car dealer wouldn’t give … Read more

Investor returns versus fund returns

There’s been a lot of back and forth about the differences between the posted performance of a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) and the returns actually realized by investors taking into account cash flow.

Reading the discussion around this, … Read more

The roots of index investing

In our own quiet way, we’re celebrating 35 years of indexing at Vanguard this year. (Hey, you wouldn’t expect party hats and champagne at Vanguard!)

Indexing is an amazing success story—and not just at Vanguard. From a controversial, much-derided idea … Read more

A mood ring for the markets?

For as long as humans have been around, we’ve looked to patterns to help us understand the present and divine the future. Reading tea leaves and animal entrails are just two on a long list. Not surprisingly, using patterns to … Read more

On the origin of bubbles

I was traveling a few weeks ago to visit with institutional clients. For my travel reading, I downloaded Michael Lewis’s The Big Short. It’s a colorful look at some of the personalities during the great financial crisis of 2008–2009—in … Read more

More target date “bubbles”

In my February 4 post, I complained about what I perceived as mischaracterization of the performance of target date funds because of reporting that focused on the spectacularly poor results of a few small, unusual outlying target date funds … Read more

Price war? Not exactly

You may have noticed news coverage in recent weeks about reductions in expense ratios for some of Vanguard’s funds. Most recently, for example, we reported that expenses declined for several of our international index funds.

As one who long … Read more

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