Personal Finance

More portfolio pitfalls to avoid

February 11, 2014 |

In a prior post, I covered three common portfolio errors that might derail you from achieving your financial goals. The first was arguably the most common: innocently neglecting your portfolio to later find that your holdings are no longer …

personal finance

We’re wired. Is that a good thing?

We Google, we Tweet, we LinkIn, we “friend” each other, and we log on to the Internet at ever-increasing rates.

Findings from the Pew Internet and American Life Project have shown that our current economic woes have carried over into …

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investing

At the risk of sounding like a broken record …

I realize this will be about my third post on this issue, but the things people are writing about 401(k)s just get more and more absurd, and it’s tough to sit by and let this go unchallenged.

Now the editors …

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retirement

The retirement oil tanker

Each year in August we publish a compendium of statistics about 401(k) plans administered at Vanguard. As the report covers over 3 million American participants, it often generates a lot of interest from the media, policymakers, consultants, and employers. (You’re …

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personal finance

Who’s looking over your shoulder?

I’m a list maker. I carry around various lists for different parts of my life, and add and delete as I work my way through the tasks. While much in my life has become digital, I always write these lists …

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investing

Hitting the right notes with your investment strategy

For 35 years I’ve carried a quotation in my wallet. More precisely, I’ve moved the quotation, clipped from a now-defunct newspaper, from wallet to wallet to wallet over the decades.

The quotation is from Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers”:

“There are …

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retirement

The pros and cons of an IRA rollover

I recently participated in a live webcast attended by a number of Vanguard retirement plan participants. The topic was retirement investing, and questions came fast and furious. We answered as many as we could in our allotted 30 minutes.

One …

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retirement

A standing ovation for a financial innovation

There’s been lots of talk since late last year about the plusses and minuses of financial engineering, including a debate (see blogs by Felix Salmon and Tyler Cowen) about the overall merits of various modern financial innovations. While it’s …

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retirement

Retirement: ready or not?

We were vacationing last month in Scotland. At a small country hotel—on a misty Western isle—I mentioned to a group of guests that I conduct research at Vanguard on retirement issues. You guessed it: Suddenly the conversation shifted from the …

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investing

Finding balance in stormy seas

Of all the generally accepted investment concepts called into question by the recent market environment, it seems to me that rebalancing is pretty close to the top of the list.

During late 2008 and early 2009, rebalancing your portfolio to …

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