Tag Archives: Economy & markets

The Fed gets a new captain

The Federal Reserve is going to be led by a remarkable economist, but Janet Yellen still faces challenges. Policy will evolve, says Vanguard Chief Economist Joe Davis.

Think you’re being tax-savvy? Better think twice

An exchange I had during the holidays triggered my desire to write—and, hopefully, get some feedback from all of you.

The topic du jour is the fiscal cliff and what the government (House, Senate, President) will or will not do … Read more

Put your tie-dye away: It’s not the ’70s

Any long-term investor knows that inflation is the enemy. A spike in inflation can drastically reduce your real investment returns, particularly for fixed income securities. At present, yields on many Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are negative, a clear reflection of … Read more

Too gloomy a view

Retirement systems are dynamic and can be expected to change over time. But one hindrance to thinking about change is the common practice of promoting excessively gloomy views of retirement outcomes in the United States. For example, a recent New Read more

Global contagion: Europe’s next export?

In the summer at the beach as a boy, I used to dig in the sand and dream of finding pirate treasure. Old silver and gold coins from Spain and other parts of Europe that may have once washed upon … Read more

$10 salads, $4 gas, and low inflation

Note: For an expanded look at Vanguard’s outlook for inflation—and an explanation of the data behind our analysis—read our interview with Joe Davis on vanguard.com.

As Vanguard’s chief economist, I’m often asked about inflation. And it’s an important topic. … Read more

The case for China

I was at a garden party recently, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in September, where talk centered around the economy, politics, favorite movies, and the latest in electronic gadgets. Yet one conversation that struck a particular chord with me was … Read more

Retirement and the market sell-off

When the stock market sells off, as it did in late July and early August, there is an inevitable surge in commentary on the riskiness of U.S. retirement accounts. The main worry is that retirement investors are taking on too … Read more

Listening to the market—not the pundits

Everyone who is not on vacation appears to be focused on the uncertainty created by the lack of a resolution to the most recent government funding crisis. I wish I could add some value with respect to the discussion of … Read more

A pothole, not a soft patch

Every Wednesday night, my next-door neighbor and I tend to take out our garbage at about the same time. Don’t know how that happens, but we usually get to talking about the usual topics—our kids, sports, the weather. And every … Read more

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

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