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New page: John Bogle articles and speeches

We have added a new page to Financial Page: John Bogle articles and speeches . This page appears as a sub-menu on the blog front page below the page tab “Who are the Bogleheads?” John Bogle articles and speeches The genesis

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Investing in the World – Part 1

True Bogleheads know the power of diversification. And yet, many such investors (including John Bogle himself!) are reluctant to diversify beyond domestic investments. Japanese investors could have perceived the same thing, with a remarkable run in the 80s in terms of market capitalization (nearly half of the world, higher than the US at some point) and in terms of stock returns. Unfortunately for Japan, as discussed in a previous blog article, this impressive success was followed by the worst equity crisis in modern history. This study about Japan also showed how some level of international diversification would have helped a local investor to mitigate this extremely painful crisis.

This raised an interesting question. Could one simply invest in the world, using global stocks and global bonds? And if this proves unsatisfying, is there a proper middle ground between domestic and global allocations?

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Petition to nominate John C. Bogle for the Presidential Medal of Freedom

In 2014,  a small, dedicated committee sought to nominate John Bogle for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This effort did not succeed. In a recent Forbes article,  author Phil Demuth asks, Where Is John C. Bogle’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom?

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John Bogle nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom

No one in the mutual fund industry has done more to help investors achieve financial security than our mentor, Jack Bogle; and no one has a greater combination of practical experience, inventive genius, literary ability, kindness, modesty, desire to help

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