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August 27, 2015

Storm Before the Calm

It's been quite the week since last Thursday's Hotline. I'm going to assume that you've kept your cool, like any smart investor would, and tuned out the noise (and yes, it is noise) that accompanied heightened worries over China and the various machinations there that might or might not have an impact on our own economy and markets. Read More »

August 17, 2015

Vanguard Launches Two New Funds at Long Last

After five years of delays, cancellations, and more delays, Vanguard has finally launched a municipal bond index fund, Tax-Exempt Bond Index. The fund comes in several forms, including Investor shares (VTEBX), Admiral shares (VTEAX) and ETF shares (VTEB). And that's not all. Vanguard's new Alternative Strategies Fund (VASFX), approved for a launch in late May, is also seeing the light of day—but only for a select institutional audience as well as investors in one of Vanguard's funds-of-funds. Read More »

August 3, 2015

Warming Trend?

Was global warming to blame for the GDP revision showing the U.S. economy growing, rather than shrinking, during the first quarter? I doubt it, but according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy continued its slow-growth, not no-growth momentum in the year's first three months. And in Washington, D.C., where hot air is a fact of life, Janet Yellen's Fed is warming to an interest-rate hike after all, despite the fact that inflation hasn't met its targets, whereas job creation and employment have.

I In this month's newsletter, I'll explain why I don't believe rising interest rates are bad for investors. In fact, I look forward to them, and I think you should, too, as I explain in the second part of my multi-month series on bonds, where I discuss some of the risks associated with investing in bonds and bond funds. Also, I have a few words to say in response to Vanguard founder Jack Bogle's comments on disclosing executive compensation in the August 2015 issue of Money Magazine. Finally, I'll explain why investors shouldn't shy away from investing in foreign stocks, despite the messy headlines outside of U.S. borders. If you didn't take my advice in the March 19 Hotline to add to your international holdings, now is as good a time as any. I'll tell you which fund to use. Read More »

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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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