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It's the Fed, the Fed, the Fed this week, but before we get to that, you might have seen a story posted around the web and in papers this week about data that shows only 9.5% of actively managed large-cap funds beat the S&P 500 index over the five years ending in August. Well, without getting into the specifics of how some fund managers don't use the S&P as their benchmark (and investors in those funds are thankful for NOT losing more than 50% of their value during the last bear market), I did want to mention that over the same five-year period, all three of the PRIMECAP-run funds, as well as Health Care, well-outperformed 500 Index. Read More »
This past weekend marked 15 years since the September 11 terrorist attack. While the weekend was best spent reflecting on those events and appreciating the friends and loved-ones and freedoms that we sometimes take for granted, there is also an important investment lesson we can all learn from the event: Market timing doesn't work. Read More »
August is over, and with it ends one of the most mellow summer months that long-term investors like us have ever experienced. It’s a safe bet that as traders return from the beach, we’ll see volatility pick up. If volatility is coming, and with markets now below the highs hit mid-month, should we be selling, having already missed the top?
In this month's issue, Jeff and I will show you why attempting to time the market by selling out when the indexes hit a new all-time high is a bad idea. And speaking of bad ideas, chasing Precious Metals & Mining's 70.2% year to date return is another one. If you want an aggressive fund, there are much better and less risky options at Vanguard, and we've got the full rundown on them in this month's Funds Focus. But while in some cases, indexing might be the way to go, don't assume that ETFs are superior to the traditional mutual fund structure. Just because something is new doesn't mean it's better—and that goes for Vanguard's Alternative Strategies fund as well. Read More »
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