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Vanguard News

Retirement expert Walter Updegrave, editor of Real Deal Retirement and former CNNMoney "Ask the Expert" columnist, offers some answers and suggests ways you can take control of your retirement.
To help make your 2014 tax preparation easier, we post year-end capital gains and dividend distribution figures for Vanguard funds and ETFs on vanguard.com.
The percentage of bonds you hold may look appropriate for your risk comfort level, time frame for investing, and financial goals. Fran Kinniry, an investment expert with Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, says you may have taken on more risk than you realized, though, depending on the type of bonds you've included in your portfolio.
Understanding the current, and potentially future, state of the global economy can help you put market movements into context. In a new series, Global Macro Matters, our researchers examine the economic trends that impact the investing environment.
Choosing investments that align with your risk tolerance, time horizon, and financial goals is likely one of the most critical decisions you'll make as an investor. In this webcast that aired September 23, 2014, Vanguard investment and advice experts Fran Kinniry and Mary Ryan discussed how you can build a diversified portfolio to help you achieve your financial goals.

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Bogleheads® author blogs

Jim Dahle (a.k.a. EmergDoc, for medical professionals)

The White Coat Investor - Helping those who wear the white coat get a "fair shake"

It has been a long time since our last bear market. There is now a decent percentage of investors, particularly young physicians, who did not experience it personally. There is really no better gauge for your risk tolerance than what you actually did during the last bear market. If you weren’t investing then, I suggest you err on the conservative side when setting your asset allocation. Far better to be a little less aggressive (especially … Continue reading
[Editor's Note: This is another in our ongoing series aimed at dentists by columnist Doug Carlsen, DDS. The principles espoused are useful for high-income professionals of all persuasions.] Two months ago, I wrote of a recent dental graduate who has $10,000 per month payments for school loans, a mortgage, an auto, a new dental practice, and credit cards.  His total debt is $1.175M. The responses on The White Coat Investor blog ranged from outrage to … Continue reading
Volatility, particularly on the downside, is not an investor’s friend. Most of us don’t do “the investing thing” to get a rush. This is serious business for us. I also am not planning on leaving gobs of money behind to my children or to charity. My children, like me, will much prefer getting money in their 20s, when they really need it, compared to later in life. I also try to do my charitable giving … Continue reading
Leverage. It’s a wonderful thing. Real estate investors and homeowners use it all the time to magnify their returns. However, leverage works both ways. It increases returns by increasing risk. What is the risk? The risk that you cannot service the debt. Regular readers know I’m not a huge fan of debt. I’m not quite as rabid as the Dave Ramsey types (although even he makes an allowance for 15% of income toward retirement and … Continue reading
[Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Mark A. Mascia, President and CEO of Mascia Development. It's not particularly physician-specific, and I came very close to rejecting it outright for that reason. However, I thought the ideas it explored were very interesting and worthy of publication. In this post Mr. Mascia tries to determine which real estate markets nationally are undervalued or overvalued, and how rising interest rates might affect that. This has important … Continue reading

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Laura Dogu

Laura Dogu is a contributor to The Bogleheads® View blog on Forbes.com.

Laura Dogu, Mel Lindauer: The Bogleheads - Advice Inspired by Jack Bogle

Because I was one of the most vocal supporters of I when they were first introduced, I’m often asked for my thoughts on today’s I Bond offerings. The most common question I get is “Are today’s I a good investment?” While we can reminisce about the “good old days” when  one could purchase up to [...]
On February 19th, the Bogleheads.org forum will celebrate its seventh birthday. What an amazing trip it’s been! BACKGROUND The website was originally set up and funded by two long-time Bogleheads, Alex Frakt and Larry Auton. For several years, the site served as a front-end index for the old Vanguard Diehards forum at .com. Bogleheads.org was [...]
On January 25th, Taylor Larimore, who Jack Bogle dubbed “The King of the Bogleheads” turned 90. Taylor, a decorated World War II paratrooper, was in the Battle of the Bulge and is a member of “The Greatest Generation.” In 1998, Taylor was one of the founders of the Bogleheads community at the Vanguard Diehards forum [...]
For investors who prefer paper I Bonds to the electronic I Bonds issued via TreasuryDirect, there’s still a back-door option that allows you to purchase an additional $5,000 in paper I Bonds per tax return per year.
Two steps forward and one step back.  That’s the stock market for you.  It’s a dance all new investors need to learn because it affects the portion of your portfolio that you have allocated to common stocks. Two steps forward and one step back.  The stock market has been dancing to that tune ever since [...]

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Rick Ferri

Rick Ferri Blog

Volatility. Investors hate it. Any downturn in stocks creates fear for even the most experienced investor. We can’t get around it. The feeling is natural. When something is cutting away at our net worth, we want to stop it. “It would be nice to have my money in cash right now,” our minds tell us, even though we know that’s not in our best long-term interest.
There are two categories of investors in this world: performance takers and performance seekers. A performance taker is satisfied with earning a fair share of the market’s return and weathering the risk that comes with it. A performance seeker wants more return and less risk, and pays for it in more than one way.
Beating the market using mutual funds isn’t easy. The hope of finding fund managers who steadily beat their benchmarks may seem like a worthwhile venture, but the only people who seem to earn steady profits from active mutual fund strategies are companies selling products. A persistent “performance gap” exists between investor returns and the returns of the funds they invest in.
I love you man, but you’re wrong! Legionary Fidelity Magellan fund manager Peter Lynch wrote "buy what you know" in his classic book, One Up on Wall Street: How to use what you already know to make money in the market. The basic principle is simple: you're more likely to be successful in the market if you buy what you're familiar with. Peter Lynch was wrong; or at least he wasn’t quite right.
I’m an index fund investor, but I don’t invest in S&P 500 index funds. It’s not the type of index I want in my portfolio, unless I’m in a pinch. Here’s why. The S&P 500 is arguably the most important stock market index on the planet. It represents the free-float value of 500 major corporations [...]

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Mel Lindauer

Mel Lindauer is a contributor to The Bogleheads® View blog on Forbes.com. The Bogleheads® View RSS feed is listed above.

Mike Piper

Mike Piper - Oblivious Investor

I’m flying home today from the annual Bogleheads event. As always, it’s been fun to chat with many Oblivious Investor readers face to face. And, as always, the visit to Vanguard and their ask-the-expert panel was very interesting. I’m looking forward to writing about a few of the conversations over the coming weeks. Investing Articles Low Volatility […]
A reader writes in, asking: “I currently use three Schwab ETFs for my portfolio: Schwab U.S. Broad Market, Schwab International Equity, and Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury. But I’ve been reading about their Fundamental Index Funds and ETFs as well. The idea of allocating to companies according to sales and cash flow makes a lot of sense to […]
This week, I enjoyed three articles about buying insurance. Karen Haywood Queen shares a strategy for saving money on life insurance. Jim Dahle warns against a common (but poorly-reasoned) sales pitch for life insurance. And Michael Kitces offers a guiding overall philosophy on when and when not to buy insurance. Saving with a Life Insurance Ladder from Karen […]
Last week’s article about tax-gain harvesting with bonds drew quite a bit of correspondence from readers. (To recap, the general idea is to sell a bond that has increased in value since you bought it — and which you have held for more than one year – and reinvest the proceeds in a similar, newly-issued bond with a […]
The retirement planning concept of “safe withdrawal rates” (and the accompanying “4% rule” concept) can be traced back to an article by financial planner Bill Bengen — an article that was published 20 years ago this month (October, 1994). This week, the Journal of Financial Planning published a piece by financial planner Jonathan Guyton (with additional perspectives […]

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Allan Roth

Bill Schultheis

Bill Schultheis - The Coffeehouse Investor

The market has been jumping around like a Mexican jumping bean, prompting unpleasant October memories for some in the financial industry. Take October 1987, when stocks dropped more than 20% before Halloween (even though it finished in positive territory for the year), Or 2008, when the market was down more than 17% for the month. […]
We are headed back to the basics and where much of this story started with Bill writing a financial column for Seattle’s King County Journal. Our fearless leader will be featured monthly in the new 425 Business magazine. His financial column will focus on all aspects of the Coffeehouse Investor and provide readers with insight on how to ignore Wall Street and get on with their lives.
We came across an enlightening but very basic investing piece of advice from Vanguard that aligned with what we often say in webinars and print – the amount you save today will have a direct correlation on your financial future.

The best baseball players make an error every once in a while. Oscar-winning actors sometimes need a few takes to get their lines right. And even savvy investors are prone to making investment mistakes with the best of them.

John Woerth, head of public relations at The Vanguard Group, detailed a few of his mistakes in an interesting post a few weeks ago on the company blog.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) must have just finished reading page 98 of The Coffeehouse Investor and decided it was time to clean house. Bill says it best in the book on page 98, “The less you pay in expenses and taxes, the better off you are.”

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Larry Swedroe

The Finance Buff

TFB - The Finance Buff

The maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax will increase in 2015.
Vanguard, Fidelity, and Schwab default cost basis tracking method to average cost for mutual funds. Here's how you can change it to specific identification to minimize taxes.
Rebalancing between stocks and fixed income isn't buy low sell high. Most likely you will sell high buy higher.
Social Security benefits will have a small cost of living adjustment in 2015.
Retiring early means lower average earnings for calculating Social Security benefits. However, once you reach the second bend point, you aren't losing much. I provide a spreadsheet to help you calculate when you will reach the second bend point.

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Academic blogs

Wade Pfau

Retirement Researcher Blog by Wade Pfau

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