Tag Archives: diversification

Explaining ETFs to my dad

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

I work at Vanguard, and I own actively managed funds

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

A GPS update for your portfolio

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

Wellington Fund and the Vanguard family tree

If Vanguard had a family tree, its roots would be Vanguard Wellington Fund. Now the nation’s largest balanced mutual fund¹, Wellington Fund began operations on July 1, 1929, 85 years ago this week.

Today, Vanguard’s family tree includes a number … Read more

More portfolio pitfalls to avoid

In a prior post, I covered three common portfolio errors that might derail you from achieving your financial goals. The first was arguably the most common: innocently neglecting your portfolio to later find that your holdings are no longer … Read more

Municipal debt, Detroit, and diversification

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

Shopping lessons

When I was growing up, the shopping authority in my family was Consumer Reports. As we shopped for cars, washing machines, or cassette players with Dolby stereo, we’d wield the magazine like a talisman to protect us from lemons.… Read more

A five-tool fund

It’s hot stove season and time to talk about the baseball season gone by and the promise for our favorite teams in 2014 and beyond. It was an exciting year—tight wild-card races, a play-in game, a back-and-forth World Series, as … Read more

Vanguard’s index card

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

Risky business

I first learned about risk from the collected works of Stephen King. “Risk” hid in the closet. It lurked beneath my bed. If I pulled the covers over my head and slept with a baseball bat, I could manage it.… Read more

Visit vanguard.com or contact your broker to obtain a Vanguard ETF or fund prospectus which contains investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other information; read and consider carefully before investing.

Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable with the issuing Fund other than in Creation Unit aggregations. Instead, investors must buy or sell Vanguard ETF Shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a stockbroker. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling.

Investments in bond funds are subject to interest rate, credit, and inflation risk.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

Foreign investing involves additional risks including currency fluctuations and political uncertainty.

Stocks of companies in emerging markets are generally more risky than stocks of companies in developed countries.

An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although a money market fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in such a fund.

All investing is subject to risk, including possible loss of principal.

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