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January 12, 2017

Health Care On the Hot Seat

Well, it was another quiet week on the economic front. In terms of data, the highlight was soaring optimism among small businesses. Business owners are the most optimistic they've been since December 2004! This report perfectly captures the sentiment that a Trump administration will be pro-business–cutting corporate taxes and slashing regulations. Whether those planned policies become reality has yet to be seen, but people are, well, optimistic. Read More »

January 3, 2017

Tune Out the Noise

If you are going to make one financial resolution this New Year, make it this: Ignore the pundits and talking heads. 2016 gave us plenty of excuses not to be invested: Faltering prices in January, slowing growth in China, negative interest rates, the U.K.'s Brexit vote and Donald Trump's surprise win–to name a few. The Dow hit no fewer than 26 new highs in 2016–each one an opportunity to "sell at the top." Yet investors who got caught up in the headlines and sold out missed the sizable gains the U.S. markets finished out 2016 with.

In this month's issue, I recap 2016 and give my Outlook for the next year. As usual, pundits (including my 2017 Roubini Award winner, whose name I announce in the issue) got plenty wrong in 2016, and as usual, I don't expect them to fess up like I do in my annual Scorecard, also featured in this issue. As I say every year, tune out the pundits and predictors! Your ears and your portfolio will thank you. And especially for those approaching retirement, your portfolio will thank you double if you max out your 2016 retirement account contributions–there's still time. This month's issue puts all of the deadlines and contribution limits right at your fingertips, along with a comprehensive list of Vanguard's December special distributions and (of course) the name of my 2017 Hot Hands fund. Read More »

December 30, 2016

Hot Hands 2017

My Hot Hands strategy is a mechanical, momentum-based strategy that relies on the idea that hot hands stay hot and that what's worked over the past 12 months should work over the next 12. The numbers are in, and I have just announced the calendar-year Hot Hands pick for the upcoming year. Read More »

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Daniel P. Wiener is editor of The Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors, a monthly newsletter that keeps abreast of recent developments at Vanguard, and the annual FFSA Independent Guide to the Vanguard Funds. Through his newsletter and guide book, Dan helps tens of thousands of Vanguard investors choose wisely among more than 100 Vanguard mutual funds. The Adviser is a five-time winner of the Newsletter Publishers Foundation's Editorial Excellence Award. View More »

Model Portfolio Performance
Models May YTD
Growth 2.0% 16.0%
Conservative Growth 1.6% 14.4%
Income 0.2% 9.1%
Growth Index 1.6% 14.4%
The average
Vanguard investor
0.1% 7.2%
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