October 18, 2018

Don't Fret Rising Volatility

Given the stock and bond markets' moves over the past couple of weeks, I wanted to hit on two broad topics in today's Hotline: volatility and bonds. Let's start with volatility because, well, it's back. Last week, the Dow was down 832 points and then 546 over two days. It then saw a 548-point up day this week. With the Dow in the 25000 to 26000 range, it should come as no surprise that we see triple-digit changes on a regular basis. Read More »

October 10, 2018

Vanguard Investors Can't Trade on Day S&P Drops 3.3%

Today, on a day when the Dow and the S&P 500 index both dropped more than 3%, Vanguard's website failed.

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October 2018 PDF

Battles Royale

Battles in Washington could be one reason that battleship-balance-sheet companies came to the fore during the third quarter, as investors showed a greater interest in safety (and dividends) than they had earlier in the year. With the final tally confirming a 4.2% annualized growth rate in Q2, the strongest pace since the third quarter of 2014, attention has turned to prospects for the just-ended quarter and the rest of 2018. It has been a trying year, once again, for investors holding diversified portfolios. While U.S. stocks have gained nicely, foreign stocks and bonds are down. The temptation to throw in the towel on diversification and go all-in on U.S. stocks has been strong. Resist it. Read More »

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Re: The Most Important Social Security Date of the Year Is 10 Days Away

butwait (10-23-2018) wrote: Here's Why Your Social Security Taxes Might Go Up in 2019 By: Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool Published 6:30 a.m. ET Oct. 23, 2018 | Updated 8:30 a.m. ET Oct. 23, 2018 The good news is that not everyone will be affected. Few government programs are as important to as many Americans... Read More »


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Vanguard Funds Correlation
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Model Portfolio Performance
Models September YTD
Growth -0.1% 8.6%
Conservative Growth 0.1% 7.7%
Income 0.6% 6.7%
Growth Index 0.2% 8.5%
The average
Vanguard investor
0.0% 4.7%
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