16 July 2020
  • Featured Posts
    The 4% budget: Why spending flexibility is more important than withdrawal rate in retirement
    Rob Berger
    The recent market declines triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic raise important questions for those in or near retirement. When you add in historically low yields on fixed income investments and an uncertain economic future, questions arise about how retirees will weather the storm. Among other things, some may be questioning whether the 4% rule on investment withdrawals remains viable.
  • Featured Posts
    Investments
    Your Legacy Is More Than Just Your Portfolio
    Matthew Barrovecchio
    If you’re like most people, when you hear the phrase “legacy planning,” youprobably think about how you’ll pass your assets to your heirs. 
    Pension
    Long-Term Care...What You See Isn't All There Is
    Jean Young
    I write a lot about the state of retirement in America and how certain saving behaviors can help set you up for success. But until recently we hadn’t fully addressed the elephant in the room: the costs of health care and long-term care in retirement.
    401k
    4 Steps To Prepare For A Secure Retirement
    Colleen Jaconetti
    Senior Investment Analyst of Vanguard's Investment Strategy Group
    If you work and save from age 18 to age 63, you’ll spend around 45 years preparing for a retirement that spans about half as long—just over 22 years.* Your personal circumstances will determine whether you remain in the workforce (and continue saving) longer.
    Economy
    New Fed Chair, New Challenge
    Joe Davis
    Vanguard's Chief Economist
    When Jerome Powell presides over his first Federal Open Market Committee meeting as the new Federal Reserve chairman on March 20–21, the seat will be less comfortable than it was just two months ago, when the U.S. Senate approved his nomination.
    Investments
    Bitcoin: Digital gold or fool's gold?
    Joe Davis
    Vanguard's Chief Economist
    Over the past few months, I’ve been asked this question more than any other. In 2017, Bitcoin, the world’s first cryptocurrency, rose by almost 1,200%, prompting excitement and bafflement. My answer: I’m enthusiastic about the blockchain technology that makes Bitcoin possible. In fact, Vanguard is using such technology. As for Bitcoin the currency? I see a decent probability that its price goes to zero. 
    Debt
    Answers To Top College Savings Questions
    Charu Chander Gross
    Vanguard Education Savings Group
     Remember the days before theinternet? It was almost impossible to access certain information, like songlyrics. People would go years singing the wrong words while insisting they wereright. 
    Retirement
    Are You Confident You're Saving Enough For Retirement?
    Tony Giordano
    A recent online study,* which had a significantly larger sample size, foundthat only one-third of retirees are confident in their ability to livecomfortably throughout retirement. 
    Economy
    Why It’s So Hard To Predict The Next Bear Market
    Chris Tidmore
    CFA, Senior Investment Strategist, Vanguard Investment Strategy Group
    Most adults have seen enough detective movies to know that no 2 fingerprints are alike. 
    Economy
    Vanguard Investors Share Advice For Weathering Market Volatility
    Julie Virta
    In my last blog post, I asked for comments, tips, and strategies for getting through market volatility—and I wasn’t disappointed. Thanks to everyone who shared a personal experience!