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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
It seems that not a day goes by that I don’t see a headline about the soaring costs of college or the crippling debt facing many students upon earning their degree. My thoughts immediately go to my sister and brother-and-law, … Read more
Financial advice usually doesn’t generate buzz on social media as much as, say, a grumpy cat photo or a Harlem Shake video.
But early this week, I came across a few financial words of wisdom on an index card that … Read more
If there was ever a person who appreciated the intricacy of the world around us, it would have to be Leonardo da Vinci. His fascination with complex systems from human anatomy to the mechanical world led him to some fascinating … Read more
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.”
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
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
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
Over the weekend, my husband and I signed a contract to buy a new house. After months of indecision—and driving our realtor crazy—we finally committed. (Now, if we could just decide on the color of the knobs for the bathroom … Read more