My workday is filled with conversations about exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Some are basic, others complex, but they can all be challenging. Last week, however, I got a phone call at home that proved to be one of the more challenging … Read more
We in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group read. A lot. So it was with great interest that I came across a recent article on Bloomberg about the earnings report from Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway.¹ The article said that cash holdings … Read more
I’m Chuck Riley, a senior financial planner at Vanguard, and I have a confession to make.
I invest in actively managed funds.
That’s right. I work for the company that introduced the first index fund for individual investors and championed … Read more
Recently I went through the process of purchasing a map update for my GPS (yes, I realize there are phone apps that provide GPS directions … a discussion of my technology choices is not the focus of this particular blog!). … Read more
Prior to joining Vanguard in 1986, I was a saver. All of my money, modest in amount, was in bank savings and checking accounts.
Naturally, after coming aboard HMS Vanguard, I learned more about financial markets, asset classes, … Read more
My retirement portfolio comes more or less straight from the Vanguard playbook. It’s mostly indexed. My mix of broadly diversified stock and bond funds is consistent with what you’d find in a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund designed for someone two … Read more
I often get the question “Can I use a Roth IRA to invest for college?” While the answer is “yes,” the real question is whether you should. The comparison is typically drawn between 529 college savings plans and a Roth … Read more
As a parent of older kids, it’s been a while since I’ve thought about life with toddlers… until recently when I visited friends with a little one. Their energetic—if not fully coordinated—toddler was the reason why corners were nearly nonexistent … Read more
Recently, one of us (Maria) was at a bank trying to set up a small custodial IRA on behalf of a nephew and was told that “a minor can’t have an IRA.” It was an interesting experience, and one we … Read more