Tag Archives: performance
Every December, my department holds a white elephant gift exchange. We place wrapped gifts on a table and take a number. When our number is called, we can select a gift or “steal” a gift that someone else has already … Read more
MythBusters is one of those cable shows that I find myself gravitating toward whenever I’m channel surfing. It’s just one of those shows that I find wildly entertaining. I know, I know . . . nerd alert! But that’s what … Read more
Depending on your age, Halloween conjures many images—some sweet, some scary. My girls are young and seem to experience both extremes: They love the treats but could do without some of the scarier imagery. As adults and investors, we’re not … 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
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
Financial services firms frequently develop new investment strategies and bring them to market. The latest financial inventions include alternative indexing, fundamental indexing, and smart beta, to name a few. Many sponsors of funds and ETFs based on these strategies make … Read more
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
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
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