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John Bogle at BH15.jpgWelcome to the Bogleheads® wiki, a collaborative undertaking by members of the Bogleheads Community. This wiki is a reference resource for investors. Bogleheads emphasize starting early, living below one's means, regular saving, broad diversification, and sticking to one's investment plan.

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Today's featured article

Risk tolerance is an investor’s emotional and psychological ability to endure investment losses during large market declines without selling or undue worry, such as losing sleep. To know whether a portfolio is right for your risk tolerance, you need to be brutally honest with yourself as you try to answer the question, "Will I sell during the next bear market?"

Knowing your emotional tolerance for investment risk means knowing yourself and your unique goals and needs - and it is not easy. (more...)

This week in financial history

August 14:

  • 1935 - The Social Security Act was signed into US law; establishing the Social Security Administration. Source: Social Security Act

August 15:

August 17:

  • 1989 - Vanguard introduced small cap stock indexing in the US market by converting Naess & Thomas Special Fund into an index fund based on the Russell 2000 Index.

August 19:

  • 1983 - The Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) made one of the largest municipal bond defaults (2.25 billion dollars) in U.S financial history on August 19, 1983. A 1988 settlement rendered some investors 40 cents on every dollar invested; other investors received 10 cents on the dollar. Sources: Bank asks Debt Payoff, NY Times; Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS),

August 20:

  • 1996 - The Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 enacted the creation of the Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees Individual Retirement Account (SIMPLE), a contributory retirement plan for US small business employees. The Act (in Sec. 1806) also exempted a qualified State tuition program from taxation. These qualified tuition programs were to be called 529 plans, because 529 is the section of the Internal Revenue Code that governs their operation.

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