• This ETF is Designed to Shelter Your Portfolio

    As a real estate investment trust (REIT), VNQ’s investments are in the currently stable real estate market.

  • Setting up a Successful 2015

    Here’s my shortlist for things to ponder about the markets during the holidays.

  • Janet Santa is Coming to Town: A Christmas Gift for You

    In the face of another crisis on Wall Street, Fed Chair Janet Yellen eased investors’ fears in a news conference, saying that the U.S. economic recovery still needs support from Fed stimulus.

  • Tis the Season for Dividend Increases

    Next to profits, dividend increases are the mother’s milk when it comes to investing.

  • For Discerning Investment Returns, Look to the S&P 500’s Aristocrats

    Launched in 2005, Standard & Poor’s developed this index as a way to mimic an investment strategy that some sophisticated dividend investors had been employing successfully for decades.

  • Vanguard Offers Low-Fee Bond Fund

    BSV is the smallest fund of all of those we have addressed in our series.

  • Wet and Wild in California, and the Markets

    Policymakers in Washington, at central banks around the world and even just regular investors tend to react to circumstances they can’t control.

  • Is a Stock Market Correction Due?

    After five years of double-digit percentage profits on Wall Street, a correction is due, and I would not be surprised to see it happen in 2015. What could trigger it?

  • Managing Risk with Stop Losses and Options

    You’ve probably noticed the sharp snapback in the stock market during the last few weeks. What you should be thinking about is: what have you done about it? You may be thinking that you’re fine because you’re investing in the | Read More »

  • The Trend is Your Friend, Once Again

    For U.S. stock market investors, the long-term bull market trend launched in 2009 has certainly been friendly.

  • Russia’s Putin Is Erecting Economic Barriers with the West

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin brazenly used his Dec. 4 speech to his nation’s parliament and government ministers to blame the West for the fallout from his choices to intervene militarily against neighboring Ukraine, to precipitate a humanitarian crisis in Crimea and to clash with his nation’s trade partners.

  • Vanguard Offers Value with this Fund

    VTV pursues a large-cap value investing approach that tracks the performance of an index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization value stocks.

  • China Puts the Smackdown on the United States

    According to the International Monetary Fund, when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, this year China will produce $17.6 trillion vs. the United States, which will produce $17.4 trillion.

  • New Government Statistic Predicts Boom Ahead

    Gross Output, a broader measure of U.S. economic activity published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, advanced to nearly $30.9 trillion in the second quarter of 2014, a 4.8% jump in real terms (annualized).

  • Online Shopping Trifecta Options Reap Big Rewards This Holiday Season

    Last week, we closed the books on November, and it was clearly a winning month for stocks, with all three of the major indices putting in mid-single-digit gains — quite the reversal from the September-to-mid-October sell-off!

  • Why You Should Dump Your S&P 500 Index Fund

    As well as S&P 500 index funds have done in in the past 40 years, one group of funds has done even better.

  • Neither Easy Money Nor Tight Money

    “Ni Democracia ni Dictadura” — Graffiti on wall in Rosario, Argentina I recently spent a week in Rosario, Argentina, attending and speaking at an Austrian economics conference (www.austrianeconomicsconference.org). About 100 scholars, students and professors gathered at the conference, organized by | Read More »

  • Will President Obama’s Immigration Policy Hurt America’s Unemployed?

    President Barack Obama tried to put a positive spin on his decision to issue an executive order to give several million illegal aliens clemency but his move also may have an unintended consequence of creating heightened job competition for America’s unemployed.

  • Large-Cap Vanguard Fund Seeks Growth

    The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) focuses on a growth investment strategy for investors who are willing to accept additional risk.

  • Why I’m Thankful for ETFs

    Why am I so thankful for ETFs? Here’s a short list of my favorite reasons why we all should be thankful for these fantastic investment vehicles.