Tag Archives: portfolio
Gender financial stereotypes abound. Women are risk-averse—to their detriment! Overconfident men trade more—to their detriment!
In most areas of life, it’s often best if we ignore the little things that we typically can’t control, such as traffic on the way to work or rain on your wedding day. However, in my opinion, you should sweat … Read more
We in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group read. A lot. So it was with great interest that I came across a recent article on Bloomberg about the earnings report from Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway.¹ The article said that cash holdings … Read more
My retirement portfolio comes more or less straight from the Vanguard playbook. It’s mostly indexed. My mix of broadly diversified stock and bond funds is consistent with what you’d find in a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund designed for someone two … Read more
In a famous experiment, psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons asked people to watch a video of people playing basketball and count the number of passes. Technically, the answer is 15, but that misses the point of the experiment. … Read more
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, gathered in Philadelphia, to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Two hundred years later, some 20 miles west of Independence Hall, in a nondescript office park near Washington’s Valley Forge headquarters, John C. … Read more
People don’t often share their investment mistakes. Can you recall the last time a friend or colleague mentioned how inept they are at managing their investments? First, most polite people have been raised not to openly discuss their finances. Second, … Read more
It’s early in 2013. Stocks had a terrific year in 2012, the fiscal cliff has been avoided—and so now’s the perfect time to reconsider your retirement plan, right?
Well, yes and no. Yes, tax time is a good time to … Read more
I remember one of my colleagues observed that many investors don’t really have portfolios—they have “collections” of securities. He meant that their accounts had been assembled piecemeal over time, with a brother-in-law’s recommendation here and a newsletter recommendation there. In … Read more