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
I believe that, as investors, we all deserve some applause. The past six years have been trying and volatile. In this very challenging environment, it hasn’t been easy to stick to your asset allocation or portfolio decisions. Vanguard has tried … Read more
It was only a few short months ago that we feared intransigent policymakers would cause the economy and markets to hurtle into the abyss. I always preferred the term taxmageddon over fiscal cliff because it more accurately captured the pervasive … Read more
Last Christmas, I bought my son a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Now, even as I raise my voice to a shout, he can’t hear me above whatever is rattling around inside his head.
In short, he’s on his way to … Read more
If you first learned how to think about saving and investing as I did, from a passbook savings account, bond funds can seem like a world turned upside down. I was reminded of this a few days ago when an … Read more
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
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
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