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Vanguard Dividend Growth Reopens. Enter at Will.
investing

Vanguard Dividend Growth Reopens. Enter at Will.

Why you should consider investing in this terrific fund now.
March 14, 2020
Morningstar Fund Ratings Adopt a Stricter Curve
investing

Morningstar Fund Ratings Adopt a Stricter Curve

Morningstar is in the middle of revamping its fund analysts' methodology. Can they beat the indices?
December 6, 2019
Market Timing: The Importance of Doing Nothing
investing

Market Timing: The Importance of Doing Nothing

Investors, as a whole, actually earn less than the funds that they invest in. Here’s how to avoid that fate.
November 11, 2019
Commission-Free Trades: A Bad Deal for Investors
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Commission-Free Trades: A Bad Deal for Investors

Four of the biggest online brokers just cut their commissions to $0 per transaction. Be careful, or you could be a big loser.
October 11, 2019
The Four Best Investment Newsletters for Funds
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The Four Best Investment Newsletters for Funds

All of my favorites have delivered superior risk-adjusted returns over the long haul.
August 21, 2019

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Buy Marijuana Stocks Now? You'd Have to Be Stoned.
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Buy Marijuana Stocks Now? You'd Have to Be Stoned.

Don't let your investment dollars go to pot
March 18, 2019
4 Valuable Lessons From the 10-Year Bull Market
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4 Valuable Lessons From the 10-Year Bull Market

Anything can happen next, so you must be mentally prepared.
March 8, 2019
John Bogle: The Defiant Patron Saint of Index Investing
investing

John Bogle: The Defiant Patron Saint of Index Investing

Vanguard founder John C. Bogle died Jan. 16 at age 89. But "Saint Jack," who built the index fund from virtually nothing into a $5 trillion empire and…
January 17, 2019
The Only Two Vanguard Index Funds You Need for Retirement
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The Only Two Vanguard Index Funds You Need for Retirement

Investing doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. Build a dirt-cheap portfolio that can last a lifetime with just one stock ETF and one bond ETF.
January 17, 2019
Is This the New Bear Market?
investing

Is This the New Bear Market?

The warning signs are all there, and so are the headwinds
December 10, 2018
Midterm Elections Loom Over the Stock Market
investing

Midterm Elections Loom Over the Stock Market

Divided control of Congress, White House, has historically led to poor returns
October 24, 2018
The Bear Market Drought Spoiled Us
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The Bear Market Drought Spoiled Us

The past 10 years make it look too easy to make money in stocks. Here’s how to prepare for worse times.
October 10, 2018
Retirees: Don’t Overlook Annuities. Really.
investing

Retirees: Don’t Overlook Annuities. Really.

The immediate fixed annuity offers guaranteed lifetime income
September 20, 2018
Just How Pricey Is This Stock Market?
investing

Just How Pricey Is This Stock Market?

Let’s put the S&P 500’s P/E ratios under a magnifying glass.
August 13, 2018
How to Invest Intelligently: Work Smart, Not Hard
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How to Invest Intelligently: Work Smart, Not Hard

One of the best things you can do is get out of your own way.
July 6, 2018
Investors: Don’t Sweat Donald Trump’s Tweets
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Investors: Don’t Sweat Donald Trump’s Tweets

The president's Twitter activity can certainly cause short-term market swings, but other factors are far more influential
June 12, 2018
Don't Give Up on This Wild Bull Market
investing

Don't Give Up on This Wild Bull Market

Sticking with stocks has always been a struggle. Nine years into a bull market, it still is.
May 31, 2018
Could Computerized Trading Cause Another Market Crash?
investing

Could Computerized Trading Cause Another Market Crash?

High-speed trading by robots adds to market volatility, and the Securities and Exchange Commission needs to rein in their activity.
April 3, 2018
7 Reasons Bitcoin Is Doomed
investing

7 Reasons Bitcoin Is Doomed

A crash in this and other cryptocurrencies is inevitable.
March 9, 2018
Did Volatility ETFs Drive the Market’s Selloff?
investing

Did Volatility ETFs Drive the Market’s Selloff?

These funds have no place among everyday investors
February 13, 2018
Volatile Stock Market’s 10% Correction Stokes Investor Fears
investing

Volatile Stock Market’s 10% Correction Stokes Investor Fears

But market corrections are surprisingly common and surprisingly short-lived. Bear markets are another story. Here’s what you need to know.
February 9, 2018
The Bull Market Isn't in Danger of Ending Yet
investing

The Bull Market Isn't in Danger of Ending Yet

But the relentless stock melt-up can't last forever. Watch for these warning signs that the rally is coming to an end.
January 22, 2018
5 Best Stock Picks for 2018
investing

5 Best Stock Picks for 2018

A top fund manager reveals his favorite stocks for the new year. Hint: Think small.
January 2, 2018
The 4 Best Bond Funds for Retirement Savers in 2018
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The 4 Best Bond Funds for Retirement Savers in 2018

Bonds are for ballast, not big returns. Plus: Retirees should keep maturities short.
December 7, 2017
The 5 Best Bond Funds for 2017
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The 5 Best Bond Funds for 2017

The trick next year will be to avoid losing money.
December 5, 2017