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John Bogle at BH14.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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Investing FAQ for the Bogleheads® forum provides short answers, and links to longer answers, for questions which often come up in the Bogleheads forum, in order to avoid repetitive discussions and to provide a quick reference for common answers. If you would like to ask one of these questions but have follow-up questions or an unusual situation which may not be covered by the FAQ, feel free to ask it. (more...)

This week in financial history

July 27:

  • 1866 - The opening of Cyrus W. Field's Atlantic Cable led to inauguration of arbitrage in which brokers profited by price differences between New York and London markets for U.S. shares. (Source)

July 28:

July 30:

  • 1965 - The Social Security Amendments of 1965 was signed into law, establishing Medicaid and Medicare in the United States. Source: Legislative history
  • 2002 - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law. The Act mandated a number of reforms to enhance corporate responsibility, enhance financial disclosures and combat corporate and accounting fraud, and created the "Public Company Accounting Oversight Board" to oversee the activities of the auditing profession. (Source)

July 31:

  • 1914 - The outbreak of World War I in Europe forced the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to shut its doors on July 31, 1914 after large numbers of foreign investors began selling their holdings in hopes of raising money for the war effort. Trading did not resume until December 1914. Source: Business history of bonds
  • 2013 - US Treasury auctions: The Uniform Offering Circular (UOC) was amended to accommodate the auction and issuance of Floating Rate Notes (FRNs). Source: Timeline of U.S. Treasury Auctions

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