Tag: Mutual Fund

3 Roles Bonds Can Play In A Portfolio

The following was authored by Matthew Tucker, Head of iShares Americas Fixed Income Strategy. As many investors know, bond investing is not easy. In a previous blog post I had briefly touched upon how to sidestep the most commonly made mistakes. Today I want to dig more into the first of the three mistakes—forgetting what your […]

3 Ways ETFs Have Revolutionized The Bond Market

The following was authored by Matthew Tucker, Head of iShares Americas Fixed Income Strategy. Fifteen years ago this week the first bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs) debuted, changing the way investors can access fixed income markets. At first, only four iShares bond ETFs were available, with just a small amount of assets and access limited to Treasuries […]

For Investors, “Home Bias” Can Lead To A Failure To Launch

The following was authored by Bill McNabb, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard. “Buy what you know.” It’s one of the adages of investing, and it has plenty of intuitive appeal. After all, the familiar seems inherently less risky. It’s no wonder that many investors heavily tilt their portfolios toward the stocks and bonds of […]

What Makes ETFs Tax Efficient?

The following was authored by Paige Corbin, Capital Markets Associate with WisdomTree. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have many benefits that have caused them to expand in terms of assets and offerings over the past decade. In the United States alone, the ETF industry has grown to over $2.7 trillion in assets.1 Not only are ETFs typically low […]

The Conventional Wisdom of Active Management

The following was authored by Chris Tidmore, CFA, is a senior investment strategist in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group. Last year, I ran a seven-day race in the Sahara Desert. The second most-common question I got about the race was, “How did you get all the water you needed?” (The most common question was “Why—are you crazy?!”) […]

5 Questions to Ask Your Advisor About ETFs

The following was authored by Hollie Fagan, Head of BlackRock’s Registered Investment Advisor business. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have joined mutual funds and individual stocks as mainstream investment tools, and their popularity is only growing. The past year saw record flows into stock and bond ETFs. Today, one in four U.S. investors owns ETFs, according to […]

The Simple, Straightforward, and Nearly Foolproof Approach to Investing

The following was authored by Bill McNabb, chairman and chief executive officer of Vanguard. If you think you’ve had reason to feel uneasy about the investment environ­ment lately, you’re not imagining things. In just the past few months, we’ve seen economic uncertainty, intense political polarization, and super-low bond yields. Yet at the same time, the stock […]

Enemies of Investment Sucess

The following was authored by Fran Kinniry, head of portfolio construction in Vanguard’s Investment Strategy Group. I will not make you wait for my thesis: Intuition and nostalgia are enemies of your investment success. For your benefit, you should shun investment choices based on intuition and nostalgia and look for opportunities to replace them with sound […]

How Do Negative Interest Rates Work?

The following was authored by Matt Tucker, Head of iShares Americas Fixed Income Strategy. There is a lot of confusion surrounding negative interest rates. Matt breaks it down and explains what going negative really means. Today I am taking a brief detour from writing about the different international bond markets. Instead, my focus is on something […]

First, Do No Harm

The following was authored by Donald Bennyhoff, senior investment analyst in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group. On my computer monitor, I have taped a small piece of paper with the words primum non nocere. It’s Latin—a “dead” language that pervades modern life—for “first, do no harm.” The underpinnings of the Hippocratic oath, it is as applicable to […]