Economy & markets

The adoption of a great idea

Joe Davis and Andy Clarke collaborated on this post, the result of a conversation about research that Vanguards Investment Strategy Group has conducted on the adoption and economic impact of "great ideas."… Read more
Investing

Staying the course

It was only a few short months ago that we feared intransigent policymakers would cause the economy and markets to hurtle into the abyss. I always preferred the term taxmageddon over fiscal cliff because it more accurately captured the pervasive … Read more

Investing

Silence is golden

Last Christmas, I bought my son a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Now, even as I raise my voice to a shout, he can’t hear me above whatever is rattling around inside his head.

In short, he’s on his way to … Read more

Retirement

The 401(k) debate

I just finished watching a new documentary on 401(k) plans. It was intended to be an exposé of sorts. The program combined criticisms of the U.S. retirement system and financial services industry with sinister music for added drama. After I … Read more

Economy & markets

What do you see as the next market bubble?

Vanguard Chief Economist Joe Davis explains how to spot a market bubble.… Read more
Personal finance

Me against myself

In sixth grade, I’d take my allowance to Phil’s Pizza, exchange the bills for quarters, and feed a week’s worth of funds into the Pac-Man machine. Within 15 minutes, I was broke. To behavioral economists, I was a case study … Read more

Retirement

Retirement: The married/single divide

One of the most intriguing retirement studies issued in 2012 was by economists James Poterba of MIT, Steven Venti of Dartmouth, and David Wise of Harvard.* Their study looked at wealth holdings among Americans in their late 60s. And one … Read more

Personal finance

Are you financially prepared for a medical crisis?

At 39 years old, I was unprepared for breast cancer. With no family history of the disease, I had my first mammogram about a year ago. Two days later, I received a call suggesting that I return to the office … Read more

Economy & markets

How concerned are you about inflation?

What does the future hold for inflation? Vanguard Chief Economist Joe Davis talks about which indicators to watch.… Read more

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