When I joined Vanguard 29 years ago, the mutual fund industry was all about performance. The financial news media regularly lionized star fund managers such as Peter Lynch, John Neff, John Templeton, and Mario Gabelli, while fund companies touted past … Read more
A week doesn’t go by where I don’t see some type of headline news discussing the viability of the venerable 4% spending rule. Indeed a simple internet search will yield over 5 million results! It’s no wonder that retirees may … Read more
In most areas of life, it’s often best if we ignore the little things that we typically can’t control, such as traffic on the way to work or rain on your wedding day. However, in my opinion, you should sweat … Read more
Recently, one of us (Maria) was at a bank trying to set up a small custodial IRA on behalf of a nephew and was told that “a minor can’t have an IRA.” It was an interesting experience, and one we … Read more
April is here, and, for some, it’s a time to welcome spring. For others, it means a race against the clock to get their 2013 tax return done before the April 15 deadline. And part of that process frequently involves … Read more
This may seem like an obvious point, but successfully planning for retirement has always required managing two sides of the household balance sheet: building savings and managing debt.
Two recent reports highlight how the debt side of the retirement balance … Read more
Our mothers always taught us that “everyone else is doing it” isn’t a good reason to do something. But when it comes to IRA contributions, it looks like “everyone else” may actually be right.
Retirement is expensive. IRAs are one … Read more
If you’re not a retirement savings “geek” like me, you may have missed the news that the IRS increased contribution limits for IRAs this year. It’s the first increase we’ve seen since 2008. In 2013, the limits increase to $5,500 … Read more