This article reviews Fidelity’s Freedom Funds and Vanguard’s Target Retirement Funds. These funds represent an easy way to diversify your investments in a single mutual fund.
As you near retirement, your allocation should reflect your shorter investing horizon. In retirement you’ll begin to spend some of the income from your investments, and financial advisers generally recommend changes to your asset allocation to reflect this short term need for cash. As a result, the allocation to bonds typically increases while your allocation […]
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday–Thomas Arnold 1795-1842, British Educator, Scholar As you move […]
“A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.”–American Abolitionist, Lydia M. Child. And so it is with investing, too. In your 20s and 30s, you have a significantly long investing […]
Emerging markets are less developed countries that are improving their free-market economy and standard of living. Emerging markets include such countries as Brazil, Russia, India and China. The question is whether an emerging market mutual fund should be a part of a diversified portfolio. to answer that question, several things should be considered, including the […]
We discussed REITs in the first part of this series. Now let’s look at why you should consider including them in your portfolio. The main benefit of REITs, in my view, is diversity. REITs are one of the few asset classes that are not highly correlated to the S&P 500. That means that the performance […]
As we saw in Day 2 of this series, small cap stocks historically have enjoyed higher returns than large cap stocks. From 1926 to 1998, small caps have averaged a 12.18% return, while large caps have returned about 11.22%. Of course, small caps are more risky. The standard deviation for Vanguards S&P 500 Index is […]
This has been a hot topic as of late. How much should one invest in international or foreign stocks? Let me first say that the question, as phrased, is a touch on the arrogant side. We Americans just assume that everybody knows that by domestic we mean U.S. stocks. I guess everybody does understand that, […]