Financial services firms frequently develop new investment strategies and bring them to market. The latest financial inventions include alternative indexing, fundamental indexing, and smart beta, to name a few. Many sponsors of funds and ETFs based on these strategies make … Read more
There’s no question that the municipal bond market has been on a roller coaster this year. In July, news of Detroit filing for the largest municipal bankruptcy in history roiled the markets, seeing investors sell municipal bonds and yields on … Read more
Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, famously said in 2009 that the most important financial innovation over the past 20 years was the invention of the ATM. Perhaps if he had looked back an additional 20 years, he might … Read more
October marks the 10th anniversary of Vanguard’s target retirement funds. What began as the next generation of balanced funds, following Wellington and the LifeStrategy Funds, has grown to represent over $200 billion of shareholder assets.
While increasingly being used as … 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