Personal finance

Vanguarding in the library

I started Vanguarding in 1997. Since then, I’ve developed better financial behaviors. I pay myself first, automatically directing cash from my paycheck to investment accounts before it can burn a hole in my pocket. I diversify widely, limiting my exposure … Read more

Economy & markets

REITs: A word of caution

In my past post on dividend-paying stocks, some of you responded with questions about REITs (real estate investment trusts). You asked whether REITs are effective “bond substitutes,” whether they are a “defensive” equity investment, whether they’re good short-term hedges … Read more

Investing

Lessons from the Attic

On a recent trip to my parents’ house, I sifted through crates of childhood junk that my mother had cleared from the attic. One item in particular caught my eye—an “official program” from a New York Mets game in 1980.… Read more

Personal finance

What type of investor are you?

We’ve all come across the magazine and web quizzes. Answer five questions and you can find out what kind of exerciser, dieter, or driver you are.

I thought I’d have a little fun and apply this exercise to investors. I’ll … Read more

Personal finance

Practicing what we preach

Anybody can give good advice. But taking the advice we give to others? That’s sometimes easier said than done.

For example, I could probably write the definitive guide to diet and exercise. It would be informative and inspiring, full of … Read more

Economy & markets

Look beyond the fiscal cliff

The nation’s near-term focus is on the “fiscal cliff,” the slate of expiring tax cuts and automatic spending reductions that will be triggered at the end of 2012 if leaders in Washington fail to reach a budget agreement. The debate … Read more

Investing

Earning income in a low-yield environment

I participated in a live webcast recently on the topic of earning income in a low-yield environment. Here’s a recap of a few of the themes from that session.

One of the persistent questions from the seminar was how long … Read more

Personal finance

Give me the simple life

A colleague sent me a link to “The Juggle,” a Wall Street Journal blog that explores “the choices and trade-offs people make as they juggle work and family.”

The topic was financial planning for “people too busy to plan,” and … Read more

Investing

Oh how you’ve grown, little website

I would call myself a “pack rat,” except the comparison might offend pack rats. For the most part, it’s not a good thing to have such a messy office. But on occasion I unearth something interesting. Like this screenshot of … Read more

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