Jack Bogle Sees Rough Road for U.S. Pensions

In a Bloomberg Radio interview earlier this month, Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle shared a pessimistic view on the future of U.S. pension funds. According to the Bloomberg account of the interview, Bogle believes that over the next decade a conservative portfolio of stocks and bonds will not be able to “meet their 7.5 percent or 8 percent obligations.” Instead, he argues, annual returns will be closer to 3 percent for bonds and 4 percent… Read More

John Bogle Shares Thoughts on Professional and Business Values—Part 5

An essay by Vanguard founder John Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the last installment of our series outlining highlights of the essay. Bogle outlines some of the advice he has offered his clients over the years: Invest you must. Bogle says that the… Read More

Jack Bogle Shares Thoughts on Professional and Business Values—Part 4

An essay by Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the fourth installment of a five-part series outlining highlights of the essay. Bogle outlines “characteristics and attitudes” that he has championed and nurtured over his 65-year career to maintain balance between his… Read More

John Bogle Shares Thoughts on Professional and Business Values—Part 3

An essay by Vanguard founder John Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the third installment of a five-part series outlining highlights of the essay. Bogle uses the examples of Adam Smith and Benjamin Graham, trailblazers in professional investing, to illustrate the evolution of the… Read More

Bogle’s Rules of Success for the Everyday Investor, Plus Four Stocks that Make the Grade

In a recent article for Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese recounts some rules for investment outlined by Vanguard’s Jack Bogle in his 2012 book The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation, and how they apply to the everyday investor: Remember Reversion to the Mean: The theory in finance that, over time, a stock’s price will tend to move back to its average. “The trouble comes,” says Reese, “when investors try to predict when such… Read More

John Bogle Shares Thoughts on Professional and Business Values—Part 2

An essay by Vanguard founder John Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the second installment of a five-part series outlining highlights of the essay. These are some of the pressures that Bogle argues impedes the balance between profession and business: New technologies: The lower… Read More

John Bogle on the Balance Between Professional and Business Values in Investing—Part 1

An essay by Vanguard founder John Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the first installment of a five-part series providing highlights of the essay. Bogle cites a 2005 article in which Harvard professor Howard Gardner and Carnegie Foundation president Lee Shulman argue: “The primary… Read More

John Bogle on Common Investor Mistakes

In a 2014 interview with AAII Journal, Vanguard founder John Bogle outlined common investor mistakes and other thoughts about the market. Here are some highlights: “The biggest mistake investors make is looking backward at performance and thinking it’ll recur in the future,” says Bogle, citing the importance of reversion to the mean. “The winners in decade one tend to be the losers in decade two,” he says, and vice versa. Considering returns in “nominal dollars.”… Read More

Jack Bogle on Indexing: “Math is Math”

Back in 1976 when John “Jack” Bogle started the first index fund, his goal was to “capture the overall market’s return at much lower costs than the stock picking fund managers who so often failed to match it,” writes Bloomberg’s Michael Regan in a recent interview with the octogenarian and retired head of Vanguard. The lengthy conversation covers a wealth of topics including these highlights regarding index investing: While Bogle acknowledges that there are plenty of… Read More

Zweig on the Impact of Index Funds

Last month marked the fortieth birthday of the first index fund (launched by John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group) and the anniversary has triggered a lot of discussion and reflection on the trajectory this class of funds has traveled since. Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal shares some thoughts on the subject and how the phrase “too much of a good thing” could apply. Zweig reports that over the past year $409 billion… Read More