Stan Luxenberg

Special Contributor,
The Street

Stan Luxenberg is a freelance writer specializing in mutual funds and investing. He was executive editor of Individual Investor magazine.

Going Aggressive
While small stocks are not likely to produce outsized returns, there are good reasons to hold some aggressive funds.
A Tactical Turnaround
To critics, it sounds like market timing, heresy for most professional investors. But a handful of new tactical allocation funds are beating the odds.
Vanguard Forecasts Strong Growth in U.S. Economy
Despite the doom and gloom and the uncertainty in Washington, Vanguard’s chief economist believes the U.S. is about to enter an era of strong growth and massive gains in productivity.
Is Smart Beta a Smart Idea?
ETF companies have been rushing to introduce portfolios that weight holdings in unconventional ways. But can smart beta funds shine over the long term?
Getting Yield in Short Duration Bonds 1
One way to prepare for rate rises—without sacrificing much long-term performance—is to consider solid short-term bond funds that pay relatively rich yields.
Against All Odds
Rising interest rates have many bond fund investors running scared. But these funds tend to thrive when rates rise.
Investing to the Extreme 
Investors tend to avoid micro-cap and mega-cap stocks. But the top performers in these groups deserve a look.
Going Global 

Many investors have largely ignored international bonds, but that could be changing. More companies have been developing foreign bond mutual funds and ETFs.

The Discount Illusion
The deep discounts in bond funds may tempt advisors and clients to invest. But discounts can be misleading.
Methods in the Madness
Some stock funds have used unusual strategies to beat their benchmarks. But can they repeat the showing?
Chasing the Winners 
Mutual fund inflows are concentrated at the narrow tip of the most recent top-ranked performers. In the long-term, of course, that is not a winning strategy. There are other metrics to assess a fund’s likely future performance.
Bogle: The Problem With Target-Date Funds 1
Money has poured into target-date funds, but Vanguard’s John Bogle says the funds tilt too heavily towards bonds.
Opportunities (Still) in Dividend Funds
At the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago, a trio of fund managers make the case that there is still life left in dividend stocks, but they are getting harder to find.
Are the BRICs Broken?
Brazil, Russia, India, and China won’t likely lead the emerging markets in the years ahead. Instead, investors should look to smaller countries.
When 529s Don’t Make the Grade  1
Money has been flowing into 529 college savings plans, but not all the plans are equally appealing.
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