Personal finance

Insights and tips for building your savings.

The transition from retirement saver to spender

You have worked most of your life and now it’s time to start looking at the next phase. How do you do that?

The first thing you need to do is picture what your retirement will look like—if you’re going … Read more

Recent Posts

What to do with “phishy” e-mail

Many of us—myself included—recently received alerts from banks and major retailers notifying us that our names and e-mail addresses had been “hacked” as a result of an attack on a third-party service used by these businesses to handle e-mail distribution. … Read more

Give yourself credit (reports)

This time of year we are flooded with reminders, checklists, and predictions. Many are useful, but some are merely entertaining.

While there are many items related to your financial health that deserve attention at the beginning of the year, this … Read more

Resolved …

I’m pretty sure that I resolved several years ago to stop making New Year’s resolutions. My track record at sticking to resolutions was abysmal.

Actually, I’ve done pretty well at hitting savings goals over the years, because I don’t rely … Read more

Where do charitable donations fit in your budget?

The economic slump we’re crawling out of has done big damage all over the place: to employment, home values, businesses, and, of course, investment portfolios.

Put charities on the casualty list, too. Charitable organizations have been hit in multiple ways. … Read more

The Sandwich Generation

Coming back from lunch in our cafeteria (in keeping with Vanguard’s nautical theme, we call it the Galley), I ran into a co-worker (crew member) I’ve known since I joined Vanguard 14 years ago.

After exchanging quick updates on work … Read more

Savings vs. stimulus

The current economic recovery is weak, but that’s hardly news. There are many explanations for this meager improvement, but perhaps one of the most telling is a large jump in personal savings in the United States.… Read more

Do you have the college mindset?

Beloit College has once again issued its annual “Mindset List,” this time for the class of 2014.

While much of the press uses this list as a way to emphasize new college students’ youth and inexperience, Beloit describes … Read more

On “Mad Men” and mad money

For those of you who watch or have heard of the hit series “Mad Men,” you’ll know that the show provides an interesting story line, some fascinating characters, and great commentary on the social mores and gender differences of the … Read more

The price of living forever

The other day, I was preparing to record a podcast for Vanguard.com on life events and asset allocation. I decided to veer away from the predictable “retirement is a life event” theme and concentrate on marriage, children, and divorce as … Read more

“Fin Lit” 101

What do inner-city families trying to save $500 for emergencies have in common with trust-fund heirs? Their common interest, it turns out, is financial literacy.… Read more

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