I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I took the whole week off. What did you get for Christmas?
I bought this computer monitor ViewSonic VX2370SMH-LED during holiday sale. I thought all monitors are more or less the same when they have the same resolution (1920×1080 or whatever) until I looked at this one. It looks really sharp. The IPS technology makes a big difference.
Between celebrating with friends and family, I also read these interesting articles:
Larry Swedroe Positions For 2014: Risky Equities Always Trump Chasing Yield by Larry Swedroe at Seeking Alpha
Taking risks is handsomely rewarded in 2013. Did it go too far?
Three-part interview with John Bogle by Paula Vasan at Money Management Executive
- Vanguard’s Bogle: Indexing Has Gone ‘Too Far’
- Are ETFs at Odds With Smart Investing?
- What Vanguard Founder Would Have Done Differently
When John Bogle speaks, I listen. I think ETFs, especially Vanguard ETFs, are a great invention though. They allow investors to separate investments from account maintenance. You don’t have to have an account with Vanguard to invest in funds managed by Vanguard.
How Interest Rates Affect Stock and Bond Prices by Mike Piper at Oblivious Investor
Interest rates went up this year. So did stock prices. If interest rates go up again next year, will stock prices go up or down? Don’t know.
Real Estate Vs Stocks – An Investing Showdown by Jim Dahle at The White Coat Investor
A good rundown of the pros and cons for each. I’m primarily a stocks (and fixed income) investor. Real estate is too complicated to me.
Roth 401(k) Conversions Explained by Jim Blankenship at Getting Your Ducks In A Row
The IRS issued rules for converting into a Roth 401k within the same plan. I still think most people are better off with traditional 401k but if you are one of the small minority that can benefit from it, see if your plan offers this option.
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