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Vanguard News

Financial and market woes in Greece and other countries have touched off renewed volatility in the global stock markets. In this turbulent environment, the best course of action for investors may be to take no action at all.
A traditional value investor, James Barrow celebrated his 30th year as the lead portfolio manager for Vanguard Windsor II Fund in June. Here, Mr. Barrow talks about his career, investing beliefs, and relationship with Vanguard.
The average retirement account balance at Vanguard reached $102,682 in 2014.
Although not fully healed, the U.S. labor market is approaching the Federal Reserve's goal and the data indicate that a 2015 rate liftoff is warranted.
Understanding the global economy helps put market movements into context. Here researchers from Vanguard Investment Strategy Group examine the economic trends that impact the investing environment.

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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"

I was perusing the Mr. Money Mustache blog the other night on a slow night shift. I really like Pete (yes, he actually does have a name) from meeting him both in person and online. (We first met at a swanky dinner paid for by somebody else.) We’re pretty much the same age, live in similar areas of the country and share lots of interests- we both enjoy personal finance, we hate spending money on stuff … Continue reading
Once people know you’re an “investing guy” you get to hear about all kinds of interesting opportunities. So when I walked into my shift recently, one of my partners handed me a book titled, “Smartest Doctor In The Room: How Doctors and Dentists Are Outwitting Wall Street” written by a local guy who happened to be a friend of the partner. The book was a short, self-published, rarely bought/sold/reviewed paperback that seemed to be primarily … Continue reading
 [Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joshua Thompson, CFP, EA, a financial advisor and a frequent blog commenter who submitted a guest post last year on comparing disability insurance contracts. This post is designed to run in conjunction with yesterday’s post on whether to refinance as a resident or stay in the IBR/PAYE program so you can possibly go for PSLF. We have no financial relationship at this time, but he wants readers … Continue reading
I’m running two posts this week about student loans, this one today and a guest post tomorrow. Today’s post will be about whether or not to refinance as a resident, a very complicated topic. Tomorrow’s post will deal with the slightly easier topic of whether or not to go work for a non-profit (assuming that’s an option for you) after residency and will demonstrate how to run the numbers. I am now getting almost daily … Continue reading
Many physicians in training go away from their main site for a period of time. This may be a month, a few months, or even an entire year. Most of them aren’t aware that nearly everything they spend on that trip may be tax-deductible. While residents/fellows might not be paying that much in tax anyway, every little bit of savings helps even more when you have a relatively low income. Here is how it works, … Continue reading

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Laura Dogu

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

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

After the good stock market returns of the past six years, where the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 has more than tripled, many investors may well find that their portfolios now contain a much larger percentage of equities than they originally determined they were comfortable with. As a result, now might be the ideal […]
On February 19th, the forum will celebrate its eighth 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. was […]
On behalf of the entire Bogleheads Community, I’d like to wish each and every one of our readers all the very best in this holiday season.  For now, I’ll leave you with some steps you can take in the New Year that can help lead to your financial success.  Obviously, these steps can only come […]
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 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. was […]

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Rick Ferri

Rick Ferri Blog

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I am reminded of the many benefits of independence, especially independent investment advice. You would think that independent advice would be any adviser’s highest calling. Surely our mission should be to aggressively avoid direct or indirect conflicts of interest, so we can freely employ any funds or investments [...]
New Year’s Day exists for an important reason. It’s the day many investors make a resolution to save more and invest better. But then June rolls around and we find that it hasn’t happened. By summer, there’s less money for savings and investment skills have not improved. That’s why a year-round, “Set It and Forget [...]
What's Happening To The Investment Industry
I’d have a lot more money today if all I had ever done was buy index funds and hold onto them. Instead, early in my investing years, I bought “gems” like penny stocks before they went bankrupt, options on banks falsely rumored to be ripe for buy-outs, a vacation timeshare because I thought it had [...]
I’m always interested in reading academic studies that measure how well professional mutual fund managers can time financial markets. Many fund companies routinely claim their experienced management and propriety research give them a leg up on knowing where the markets are headed next. But is it true? Have mutual fund managers made profitable timing decisions [...]

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Mel Lindauer

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

Mike Piper

Mike Piper - Oblivious Investor

As you have surely heard, on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that, “the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” The following articles do a good job of […]
The big personal finance news this week is that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the federal government in King v. Burwell. The issue being decided was whether taxpayers in states that declined to establish their own health insurance exchanges could receive premium subsidies. The Court definitively ruled that, yes, they can. Adam Liptak of […]
A recent paper published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (authored by Barry P. Bosworth, Gary Burtless, and Kan Zhang of The Brookings Institution) looks at how mortality rates are affected by socioeconomic status. As the authors put it, “A large empirical literature has established that there are significant differences in life expectancy between […]
Financial fraud/identity theft is an ever-growing problem, and it has the potential to cause you both financial losses and a heck of a lot of hassle. This week, Dirk Cotton has good advice for how to minimize your risk: Assume Your SSN Has Already Been Stolen from Dirk Cotton Investing Articles What You Can Do About […]
A reader writes in, asking: “The problem my husband and I have encountered is that the index funds in his work retirement plan have high expenses, around 1%. The gap between index and non-index is small or non-existent for some asset categories. When confronted with such a situation, should you still go for the index […]

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Allan Roth

Bill Schultheis

Bill Schultheis - The Coffeehouse Investor

When you complicate things, confusion and poor decision making often follows. The same idea can be said for investing. The more complicated jargon Wall Street uses, the more confused investors become.
We often think the way to ease our financial stress is to make more money. However, throwing more money at our problems doesn’t always resolve the issues. Vanguard shares a recent study and a few suggestions on how to ease financial stress.
You know it is important to read the ingredients on the food label prior to purchasing at the grocery store, the same should be said for investing. Without really understanding the funds, investing in the unknown can be risky business.

When was the last time you ran a financial fire drill? If it’s been awhile, it is time to get started and ask yourself a few questions:

How will a bear market impact your emotions?

How will a bear market affect the sustainability of your portfolio?

Will you need to liquidate your common stocks in a bear market to cover living expenses?
We want to congratulate those of you who have read the Coffeehouse Investor book, have listened to the advice of the index fund pioneer, John Bogle, or stumbled upon the realization yourself that index funds reign supreme in the investment world.

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Larry Swedroe

The Finance Buff

TFB - The Finance Buff

Some term life insurance policies offer better conversion options than others. How do you decide whether the better conversion options are worth the higher price?
If you live in one of 12 states you can take the state tax deduction for 529 plan and then move the money to a different plan.
What are the non-financial aspects when one spouse no longer earns an income?
If you want DFA funds you don't need to pay an advisor $1,000 a year or more. See how to buy DFA funds without an advisor.
Spending extra money on fresh in-season organic fruits and vegetables from a CSA is well worth it.

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Academic blogs

Wade Pfau

Retirement Researcher Blog by Wade Pfau

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