Personal Finance

What two subway tokens taught me about Vanguard

March 13, 2014 |

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? …

retirement

Investment costs hit retirees with double whammy

A while back, I wrote about how people often miss the impact of investment costs on wealth accumulation. Today, I want to make sure readers know that it’s as critical for retirees (people spending money) to think about how costs …

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retirement

A crisis of confidence?

The latest figures are out from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington, D.C. Unsurprisingly, “retirement confidence” remains down from its peak in 2007, and is at levels similar to what we saw during the Great Recession.

What’s going …

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investing

TVs and mutual funds: Do you get what you pay for?

Two years ago, my husband and I bought a TV. He wanted the super-duper one. I wanted a good deal. We went with the good deal.

Fast-forward two years, and the TV we got only turns on and off when …

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economy

Why I still own Treasuries

Bond funds have generally been on a total return “tear” the past several years, given the sharp decline in U.S. Treasury yields.

Bond fund cash flows have been solid, especially into corporate and municipal bond funds, which tend to carry …

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investing

Everyone loves a bargain

We humans are funny animals.

At times, I’ll scour the internet trying to find the cheapest airline flight, perhaps saving $100 or $200, and feeling quite pleased with myself for doing so.

On some other purchases, I confess, I do …

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investing

A sign of slumbering—or of hope?

A Wall Street Journal report, published on February 21, notes that small-capitalization stock prices, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, are nearing an all-time high. But investors aren’t pouring money into small-cap stocks.

The story, “Small-cap rise is big …

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retirement

Retirement ready—or not?

A new report just came out on the retirement prospects for baby boomers.* Its top-line result was that 40% of all boomers aren’t prepared for retirement.

Whenever the topic turns to retirement in America, the language is fairly dismal. Last …

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investing

Avoiding risk? You might not be

I don’t consider myself a risk-taker. I change the batteries in my smoke detectors, double check that my doors are locked, and always wear my seat belt. I can absolutely relate to the fear that many young people have when …

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economy

$10 salads, $4 gas, and low inflation

Note: For an expanded look at Vanguard’s outlook for inflation—and an explanation of the data behind our analysis—read our interview with Joe Davis on vanguard.com.

As Vanguard’s chief economist, I’m often asked about inflation. And it’s an important topic. …

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