Tag Archives: performance

Hitting the right notes with your investment strategy

For 35 years I’ve carried a quotation in my wallet. More precisely, I’ve moved the quotation, clipped from a now-defunct newspaper, from wallet to wallet to wallet over the decades.

The quotation is from Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers”:

“There are …

Lessons from the Busted Flush Investment Club

Nearly 20 years ago, I helped a group of friends start an investment club.

We were regulars at a friendly poker game, so we named our venture the Busted Flush Investment Club. My hope was that I could interest these …

Yesterday’s news

Steve Utkus, one of my fellow bloggers, wrote recently about the dubious value of a local radio station’s early-morning reports on where the S&P 500 and Nasdaq markets are likely to open the day, based on futures trading. He labeled …

Peter L. Bernstein, 1919-2009

The vast majority of what you read and hear about investing focuses on returns. As in, what mutual fund, or stock, or asset class investors ought to buy now to garner the best return for some indeterminate period. Or which …

The sound of cannon

Apparently the Rothschilds, the great banking family, had a saying about when to commit capital: “Buy at the sound of cannon; sell at the sound of violins.”

Although they probably were thinking about political instability, the saying has a contemporary …

If your mother says she loves you …

I’ll admit it’s a stretch for investors to find something positive from the past 18 months or so. But perhaps one plus is that a number of investing beliefs are under examination, and that many of us are reconsidering our …

Don’t fool yourself about volatility

My wife and kids are off visiting our relatives in Tokyo, and so I’m at home alone for the next couple weeks, reliving my bachelor days for a little while. Plenty of cold pizza for breakfast!

In place of the …

“201(k)” revisited

My recent blog post on 401(k) accounts has generated controversy among some Vanguard investors.

Perhaps the biggest complaint was that I was trying to distort statistics by focusing on the change in 401(k) account balances during 2008. The evolution of …

201(k)?

Has your 401(k) become a 201(k)? That’s a pretty common joke these days, as financial commentators look for new ways to talk about plunging markets—and plunging 401(k) balances.…

Lessons from the “lost decade”

Here’s a table that codifies the pain of investing over the past decade. It compares the results of investing in several asset classes under two scenarios: A $10,000 lump-sum investment at the beginning of the decade, and a regular $1,000-a-year …

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