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We have one more day to go before the end of October, and after all the handwringing about the stock market's volatility and losses this month, it turns out that, well, volatility is still somewhere around what I'd call normal (below average, actually) and those losses have essentially been wiped out. Remember, I said that this was not a 'new normal' but rather a 'regular, run of the mill, old fashioned normal stock market.' Now, what were you so worried about? Read More »
The headline is ominous: 'CBOE Volatility Index Shows Fears in Financial Markets Highest Since 2012.' But here's the thing: The VIX has averaged 13.77 for all of 2014, about the same as 2013. The fact is that the VIX, or 'fear gauge,' bounces around like a ping-pong ball on illicit pharmaceuticals. Read More »
All hail Joshua Barrickman, the new 'Bond King.' Joshua who? Barrickman heads Vanguard's fixed-income indexing group and is the named portfolio manager on Total Bond Market. If it isn't already, Total Bond Market will soon be the largest bond
fund in the world after the Sept. 26 announcement that Bill Gross, founder of PIMCO and until recently the official Bond King, announced he was leaving his post as manager of the flagship Total Return Fund. Money has been flowing out of the Total Return fund since April 2013, and investors withdrew $10 billion on the day of the announcement alone. All hail the king.
In this month's issue, we launch into Vanguard's reponses to investing for retirement, which is without doubt a complex, long-term challenge. The mutual fund industry, Vanguard included, has provided investors with what appear to be very simple solutions: Life-cycle funds in the guise of Target Retirement Income and its ilk. I have some serious issues with the one-size-fits-all promise of life-cycle funds. But they are a popular choice, and for some savers the only options in their 401(k) plans, so I'll try to help sort out Vanguard's life-cycle options and provide enough information for you to make your own informed decision. I'll then tell you why I think that you can do better with just a little extra effort. Also in the issue, I illustrate the effects of geopolitical events on the market and show you why you shouldn't panic when the world becomes uncertain. And finally, I'll tell you about Vanguard's multimillion-dollar money fund decision, with far-reaching effects on the fund market. Read More »
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