Taxes

How to make a tax refund really pay off

Do you have a tax refund coming? Some would say it means you over-withheld and should have paid less last year. Others look at it as a non-interest-bearing savings account. I’d look at it as an opportunity to improve your … Read more

Investing

“Yes, Virginia”: The compensation question

In a post last month, I mentioned the skepticism we hear from time to time about Vanguard’s client-owned, at-cost structure.

In brief, under this novel structure the various Vanguard mutual funds own the operating company—The Vanguard Group, Inc.—that exists … Read more

Taxes

What you can learn from your tax return

Another tax filing season has come to an end. You might have used an online service like TurboTax, enlisted the aid of a tax professional, or, as some of us still do, used paper and pencil and good old-fashioned arithmetic.… Read more

Personal finance

“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

Retirement

Getting an early start on the road to retirement

Now that Roth IRA conversions are available to people who previously hadn’t been eligible, there’s been quite a spike in coverage. However, the spotlight should probably be focused more on those who can have a Roth, but as yet do … Read more

Retirement

401(k) ratings: Caveat lector

While I have been publishing research for many years, I consider myself new to the blogosphere. So I was a little surprised when my recent post on a new 401(k) rating service, Brightscope, elicited some response, including a critiqueRead more

Investing

Yes, Virginia, we really are client-owned

While listening to groups of investors recently as part of some research, we learned something that was, to us, a bit disappointing.

And thereby hangs a tale.… Read more

Personal finance

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

Retirement

Rating your 401(k)

401(k) accounts are typically among the largest assets held by middle- and upper-middle-income households in the United States. So naturally they draw a lot of attention—in the marketplace, in the media, and in Washington. The government, for example, is proposing … Read more

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