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Investing Blog Roundup: Why Did My Share Price Fall?

One of the most common questions I see (both via email and on the Bogleheads forum) is why the share price of a given fund went down unexpectedly — perhaps even on a day when the market is up. This week, Vanguard provides a clear answer to that question:

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Investing Blog Roundup: Do You Have a Portfolio or Investment Collection?

This week, Jim Dahle addresses an exceedingly common investment mistake: having a portfolio that’s really just a collection of investments that you’ve accumulated over the years — as opposed to an actual portfolio with a coherent strategy.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Ben Bernanke the Blogger

Whether you are in favor of or opposed to the actions he took during his term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, there’s no denying that Ben Bernanke is one of the most prominent figures in the financial world. I learned this week that Bernanke recently started blogging on the Brookings Institution website. His first topic: why interest rates are so low. (As a heads-up: The reading is somewhat more technical than you’d normally find here on the blog.)

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Investing Blog Roundup: Employer Stock in Your 401(k)

No matter how confident you are in your employer’s prospects, it’s generally a bad idea to hold a significant portion of your portfolio in your employer’s stock, if you have a choice in the matter. As Ron Lieber reminds us this week, investing heavily in the stock of your employer puts you in a position where not only your income but also your savings are dependent upon the results of one company.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Rebalancing Isn’t Easy

Over the last few weeks, I’ve repeatedly received questions (and seen similar questions on the Bogleheads forum) about whether it’s worth ditching international stocks entirely, given their poor performance over the last several years relative to U.S. stocks. In short, my answer is that that’s the opposite of what most investors should be doing right now. For any investor following a buy/hold/rebalance investment strategy, now is the time to be rebalancing into international stocks.

By definition, rebalancing means beefing up your allocation to the asset class that has performed the worst recently, in order to bring your overall allocation back in line with the original plan. For many investors, that’s not easy.

This week, Christine Benz has tips on how to rebalance when you’re feeling chicken:

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Investing Blog Roundup: Senate Tax Writers Want Your Input

I generally make a point to keep politics out of my writing, because I do not want to alienate anybody. (And I don’t intend to change that policy.) At the same time, many financial topics are important political issues. Kay Bell of Don’t Mess With Taxes has some information this week on how you can participate in the current tax reform discussion, if you’re interested.

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