Personal finance

Insights and tips for building your savings.

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

Recent Posts

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

Turning thought into action

I had the chance to listen to Dan Heath recently. He’s the coauthor, with his brother Chip, of Switch, a new book about making changes. I’d read their last book, Made to Stick, and thought their conclusions were … Read more

Is saving really saving?

I’ve been watching the U.S. consumer savings rate climb. It’s been heartening to witness the ascent past 5% on its way to perhaps 7%. Any way you look at it, this is a welcome—if not critical—change in our financial/economic behavior.… Read more

Putting your mortgage in reverse

I occasionally participate in webcasts, taking questions from Vanguard investors on various financial topics. Almost invariably, someone asks about reverse mortgages. Should they or shouldn’t they? How do they work? And are they legitimate?

Last question first: Yes, reverse mortgages … Read more

Musings of a pack rat

I am a pack rat.

A long habit of cutting articles from newspapers and magazines has left me with several boxes of clippings, only some of which have been sorted into files. On a clean-up crusade, I’ve spent more than … Read more

The art of the perfect password

Anytime I forget something, I rationalize that what I’m really doing is clearing out space to allow new information to be stored in my brain. It’s a bit like cleaning off my desk or deleting cookies from my computer.… Read more

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