In part 1 of this article, I explored how you can estimate how much college will cost and how much you need to save, going forward, to accumulate enough savings to cover the amount that you plan to contribute towards your child’s college costs. One of the major variables in this calculation is what you assume about how you will invest the money that you save. While you can design a portfolio yourself, it is also worth looking at funds that combine the major asset classes into portfolios at various risk levels. Continue reading
State and cities are in a world of pain at the moment as they face another year of gut wrenching (and politically unpopular) service cutbacks and layoffs. Once again they must balance their budgets in the face of possible declines in Federal funds to states and drooping real estate tax revenue. That cold reality combined with the prediction of influential analyst Meredith Whitney that numerous municipal bankruptcies could be coming down the pike, fueled a three-month long drop in municipal bonds. In the last two months, $25 billion has also been withdrawn from mutual bond funds.
Could this be a buying opportunity? Continue reading
Yesterday Mel Lindauer, Forbes columnist, book co-author, Boglehead extraordinaire, offered some advice for younger investors. Rocky markets like the one we’ve been bobbing along in are great for the young, Lindauer argued, because investments are essentially “on sale” at the moment.
But the perfect market for someone in their 20s is a tough one for someone in their 60s. The last few years have been extremely tough for those close to retirement. In today’s post, drawn from the same interview with Lindauer, he addresses the challenges older investors face and the downside of a down market. Continue reading
Jeremy Siegel, Wharton professor and author of well-known Stocks For The Long Run, published an article this week in the Wall St. Journal saying that we are in a bond bubble. Bubbles are periods of irrational price appreciation in an asset class, followed by a return to rationality when everyone heads for the door and sells. With yields from government bonds at multi-decade lows, this is hardly a risky call. Continue reading