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Lunch Time in the Board Room: 2024

Are Vanguard’s directors invested alongside the shareholders they represent?

15 min read

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IVA Research

Is This Core Fund Built to Last?

INTERVIEW — My exclusive conversation with International Core Stock’s co-managers—Kenny Abrams, Halsey Morris and Anna Lundén—and why I’m sticking with the fund even though Abrams is retiring.

| 17 min read
Weekly Brief

How Long Will the New King Reign?

NVIDIA takes the crown | PRIMECAP and PRIMECAP Core reopen | Putting outflows in context | IRA clarification

| 5 min read
Quick Take

Vanguard Delivers a Partial PRIMECAP Reopening

Vanguard reopens PRIMECAP and PRIMECAP Core.

| 1 min read
IVA Research

Keep Politics Out of Your Portfolio

Letting politics drive your investments is a loser’s game, no matter your party affiliation. Don’t let election-year noise affect a well-considering investment strategy.

| 5 min read
IVA Research

I’m Moving My Small-Biz Retirement Account Out of Vanguard—Here’s Why

With Vanguard selling its small-business retirement accounts to Ascensus, I’ve been searching for a new platform. Here’s why I’m taking my retirement account to E*TRADE.

| 16 min read


Vanguard: ”Don’t call us, we’ll …”

Vanguard has threatened to terminate accounts of investors they feel call too often. Is this any way to run an investment company?

| 7 min read

The First Shall Be Last

2024 OUTLOOK: A turning point within the market, not for the market.

| 18 min read

The Value of Ownership?

Vanguard loudly trumpets that it is owned by shareholders of its mutual funds and ETFs. But what rights do we owners actually have?

| 5 min read


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Hi, I’m Jeff DeMaso.

Welcome to the Independent Vanguard Adviser.

I’ve been a Vanguard investor for over a decade, co-editing the leading newsletter on Vanguard funds and ETFs. I’m a big Vanguard fan, but they are not perfect (nobody is). I’ll tell you the good and the bad when it comes to Vanguard.

Over two decades while working at a multi-billion-dollar investment firm, I held titles of intern to CIO (and everything in between). I’ve seen investors make avoidable mistakes time and time again. I aim to share the investment insights and advice I want my family and friends to have so that you can make meaningful investments for yours.

When investing, I believe in simplicity, diversification and spending time in the market. A simple promise: My family and I will invest in the same funds I recommend to you!

When I’m not poring over Vanguard’s most recent prospectus, you can find me chasing my toddler around the playground or trying to avoid an injury while reliving the glory days on the soccer pitch.