Vanguard’s index card

Posted by on September 23, 2013 @ 1:30 pm in Investing

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 had seemingly gone viral. It was tweeted and re-tweeted, blogged about by The Washington Post, and mentioned on NPR.

The index card was created by Harold Pollack, a professor at the University of Chicago, who jotted down nine tenets that are both sage and simple. His basic premise is that “the best advice fits on a 4×6 index card and is available for free at the library.” (The card features a plug for a Vanguard fund, so I can’t link to it here for legal reasons.)

It got me thinking: What would Vanguard’s index card look like? Probably something like this:


(My apologies to my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Cressman, for my poor penmanship.)