Falling ETF Fees and What They Mean

Geoff Considine

*+-Vanguard has just reduced the expense ratios of 24 of its ETFs.  The reductions are fairly substantial.  What I noticed, in particular, is that the reductions include sector-specific ETFs. The Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE), the Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT), the Vanguard Telecom ETF (VOX), and the Vanguard Utility ETF (VPU) each now have 0.14%… Read More


Do We Live in the Golden Age of Investing?

Matthew Amster-Burton

*+-Do we live in the golden age of investing? Moronic question, right? Of course we don’t. The S&P 500 sits at about the same level it did five years ago. Bond interest rates have never been lower, and the Fed says it’s planning to keep them that way through mid-2015. Turn on any financial channel… Read More


The Golden Rule of Investing

Lowell Herr

*+-The Golden Rule of Investing is simply, “Save as much as you can as early as you can.” The operative word is early. William J. Bernstein lays it out in stark language in his book, “The Investor’s Manifesto“ when he writes, “Each dollar you do not save at 25 will mean two inflation-adjusted dollars that… Read More


Dr. Andrew Lo: ‘Buy and Hold’ Does Not Work Anymore

Geoff Considine

*+-Dr. Andrew Lo is a thought leader in the world of portfolio management. The MIT/Sloan School of Management professor and Director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering has been widely quoted on the implications of the 2008 financial crisis. One theme that Dr. Lo emphasizes repeatedly is that the risks associated with different asset classes… Read More


Dividend Stocks vs. Bonds: Are They Worth the Risk?

Geoff Considine

*+-One of the recurring themes in the financial press in recent years is a warning to income-oriented investors not to pile into dividend-paying stocks to boost portfolio income. The Wall Street Journal has a recent article on this topic titled, “Why Dividend Stocks Aren’t the New Bonds.”  This article is motivated by the fact that… Read More