• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vanguard Fund Features Dividend Dynamos

    VIG, a low-expense-ratio Vanguard ETF, tracks the performance of an index that measures the investment return of common stocks that increase their dividends over time.

  • China ETFs: The Biggest Dragons in the Lair

    A prospective client asked me which parts of the world I thought were the best in terms of where to start adding international equity exposure. My first response… China.

  • The Cheapest Way to Own the S&P 500

    The diversity of investment offerings from Vanguard, a low-expense-ratio exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider, is showcased in this week’s ETF Talk that features Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO), an S&P 500-based ETF.

  • Chinese Stocks Will Never Be the Same Again

    One trend I’ve noticed during the past several months is the lack of international stock exposure in most investors’ portfolios.

  • Vanguard’s Low-Expense-Ratio Bond Fund

    Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) is a bond fund that also ranks as one of Vanguard’s largest ETFs, with $22.8 billion under management as of Sept. 30.

  • Welcome to ETF University

    As you may know, I have been a passionate advocate of ETFs for many years. That advocacy has been expressed extensively in my various publications.

  • Real Estate Fund Rides Recent Recovery

    With $43.1 billion in assets under management, VNQ is Vanguard’s fourth-largest ETF. Its competitive 0.1% expense ratio is 93% lower, according to Morningstar, than the average for similar funds.

  • The Fed Says Bye Bye to QE

    As was widely anticipated, today the Federal Reserve announced the end of its massive bond-buying program.

  • Vanguard Takes on Developed Markets

    VEA is Vanguard’s third-largest fund by assets under management at $44.46 billion, and its 0.09% expense ratio is less than a quarter of the average ratio for similarly allocated funds.

  • Snap Back: Is the Correction Over?

    Since last week’s severe drubbing in stocks, the market has made a notable comeback, but does this mean that the correction is over? I dare say not.

  • This Bargain ETF Covers the Entire Market

    Following last week’s introduction to exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Vanguard and its low-expense-ratio funds, we turn our attention today to an offering with a 0.05% expense ratio.

  • The Easiest Way to Get to the Exits

    With everyone seemingly packing up and rushing to get out of equity positions, things are getting rather crowded at the exits.

  • Low-Cost Vanguard Attracts Billions in Assets

    Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual fund companies, also has carved out a strong niche as a provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that fit the investment firm’s focus on keeping its management expenses low.

  • Global Growth Shakes up Investors

    On Tuesday, the IMF lowered its global growth forecast for 2015, while also issuing a warning about the risks posed by increasing geopolitical tensions, as well as by an equity market trading at what it described as “frothy” levels.