Personal finance

Insights and tips for building your savings.

What you may be missing in your financial plan

Over the course of your lifetime, you’ve likely done some planning to reach your goals–getting accepted to the college of your choice, starting your first “real” job, buying your first home, saving for your future (retirement, children’s education, etc.). You’ve … Read more

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Repaying your debts

I have several friends who are getting their children ready to head off to college. And before their kids leave, many of them are being entrusted with a credit card for the first time—an important milestone!

Incredibly, many of the … Read more

2014 financial resolutions: An update

I posted a blog in early January 2014 outlining my seven financial resolutions for the new year. I've made some progress, but frankly, I have some considerable work yet to do. Here's an update: … Read more

What two subway tokens taught me about Vanguard

Early in my Vanguard career, I accompanied Vanguard founder Jack Bogle to a meeting in New York City. I’d never traveled anywhere with the founder of a multi-billion-dollar anything before. Would we chopper up to the East 34th Street Heliport? … Read more

More portfolio pitfalls to avoid

In a prior post, I covered three common portfolio errors that might derail you from achieving your financial goals. The first was arguably the most common: innocently neglecting your portfolio to later find that your holdings are no longer … Read more

Financial resolutions for the new year

Like millions of Americans, I make a list of New Year’s resolutions each year that, come March, are all but out the window. This year, it’s going to be different. I’ve already hopped on the treadmill and made some progress … Read more

Shopping lessons

When I was growing up, the shopping authority in my family was Consumer Reports. As we shopped for cars, washing machines, or cassette players with Dolby stereo, we’d wield the magazine like a talisman to protect us from lemons.… Read more

So how does America pay for college?

It seems that not a day goes by that I don’t see a headline about the soaring costs of college or the crippling debt facing many students upon earning their degree. My thoughts immediately go to my sister and brother-and-law, … Read more

Sudden wealth syndrome: Tips for avoiding potential pitfalls

Most of us are used to earning a salary and building retirement savings gradually, over time. It is a deliberate and steady process. Sudden wealth, on the other hand, means receiving more money than you’re used to being responsible … Read more

8 tips for starting an emergency fund

A few months ago, my husband and I experienced debit card fraud. Reviewing our bank account online, I noticed a series of strange ATM withdrawals that we didn’t make. The withdrawals were substantial, adding up to a few thousand dollars. … Read more

Get smart

Please tell me whether this statement is true. Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.

a) True.
b) False.
c) Don’t know.
d) Refuse to answer.

The answer, of course, is b. … Read more

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Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

Foreign investing involves additional risks including currency fluctuations and political uncertainty.

Stocks of companies in emerging markets are generally more risky than stocks of companies in developed countries.

An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although a money market fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in such a fund.

All investing is subject to risk, including possible loss of principal.

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