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Opinions on market trends and investing strategies.

October: Time for a portfolio gut check

“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

Recent Posts

A modest proposal

Given all the back and forth in Washington these days, with policy meetings and dramatic proposals to revolutionize retirement, I’ve got retirement-income solutions on the brain. So here’s a modest proposal for providing “Retirement Income Security for All.”… Read more

Nervous markets

In recent weeks, stocks have sold off from their recent highs. It appears that the enthusiasm that drove equity markets higher since last March may have run its course.… Read more

Another take on “A tale of two investors”

A few readers had some strong reactions* to my recent post on the benefits of making investment purchases at the beginning of the year, as opposed to waiting until year-end.… Read more

A tale of two investors

Here’s a pretty simple chart showing hypothetical investment results for two hypothetical investors. Each of them saved $2,500 a year for 25 years, using investment strategies that delivered identical 7% rates of return each year. After 25 years, one investor … Read more

A “decent decade” after all?

Commentators almost seem to have been competing to coin the catchiest—or most negative—label for the ten years from the end of 1999 to the end of 2009. It’s not surprising that some have called it the “Decade from Hell,” given … Read more

What have we learned?

Like everyone else, I’ve been reading (well, skimming) reams of year-end—and in some places, “decade-end”—economic summaries. There’s lots of talk about black swans, financial “Frankensteins,” lost decades, and fundamental changes in investor behavior.

Black swans are old news, and I’ve … Read more

How Paul Samuelson helped inspire index mutual funds

Paul A. Samuelson, who died December 13 at age 94, was rightly remembered as a brilliant educator, as author of the best-selling economics textbook ever, and as the second recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Professor Samuelson, the … Read more

Going overseas without going overboard

The idea of holding a portion of your portfolio in non-U.S. stocks has been around for quite some time, but the ways in and reasons for which it’s put into practice have evolved.

At first, the addition of non-U.S. stocks … Read more

Why we advertise

It’s a question we hear from time to time on this blog, as well as through e-mails, letters, and phone calls: “Why does Vanguard advertise?”

It’s a fair question. And believe me, it’s a topic debated vigorously by Vanguard’s leadership … Read more

Considering conversion?

The issues aren’t quite the same as those one faces when considering the deepest aspects of personal faith and religious doctrine, but a “Roth conversion” can pose some difficult issues for investors nonetheless. And we’re going to hear much more … Read more

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