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? …

taxes

Coming soon: More of a good thing

There’s a savings vehicle in which all earnings, appreciation, and interest can be free of income tax forever. If the rules are met, there’s no RMD to be taken, no income tax due on withdrawals, and, while the account assets …

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investing

Do you have the bond gene?

One of the smartest people I know—a brilliant copy editor—used to shake her head as she read articles about bonds and the bond market.

“I think you have to be born with the bond gene to understand bonds,” she would …

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retirement

Bad facts, bad story

There are only two reasons you appear on the cover of Time magazine—either you are receiving plaudits from the media, or you’re about to be tarred and feathered. 401(k)s are featured on the cover of Time this week, and it’s …

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Death and taxes

Ben Franklin definitely had it right when he said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. And you can be sure that as we get closer to the end of the year, we’ll hear lots of discussions on tax …

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retirement

Boomer market meltdown?

Should you invest differently given the impending retirement of tens of millions of baby boomers? This is a question I’ve received from advisors and investors in recent weeks, and one which, quite frankly, I’ve given little thought to throughout the …

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investing

Active or passive?

In 1976, Vanguard launched its 500 Index Fund, making it the first index mutual fund available to non-institutional investors. The creation of an index fund intended for individual investors was an important salvo in the now long-running battle over …

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retirement

On self-reliance

This comment on Steve Utkus’ recent post about retirement struck a major chord with me:

“Our children’s incomes are not increasing, and they have their own children to support, let alone saving for their own retirement. No one is to …

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retirement

Health costs in retirement

The national debate on health reform has me thinking about a particular angle of the question: paying for health care in retirement. Let’s put aside for the moment long-term care costs (i.e., nursing homes) and focus on regular medical care—doctors’ …

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investing

Rebalancing: What’s your trigger?

You probably know that Vanguard advocates periodic rebalancing as a way to manage risk in investment portfolios.

Our Investment Counseling & Research Group, overseen by my fellow blogger John Ameriks, has written a detailed white paper on rebalancing. John weighed …

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