Paul Merriman
Sound Investing For Every Stage of Life 

These weekly articles by Paul Merriman and Rich Buck are written for MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal online. Original publication can be found here.

The ultimate buy and hold strategy: 2018 edition
This is what investors should really be afraid
Don't be fooled: Stock picking is still a loser's game
4 simple and effective ways to help a young person get a jump on retirement
This is why almost everyone should invest in small-cap value funds
This surprising choice can have a big impact on your wealth in retirement
7 ways target-date funds could be better
The latest good advice from Vanguard's Jack Bogle
Investors beware: Not all indexes are the same
How to pick smarter investments in your U.S. Thrift Savings Plan

How to talk to your family about your estate plan

Millennials: How to be better investors than your parents

10 things successful investors don’t do

The legacy and luck of Vanguard’s Jack Bogle

Why picking stocks is only slightly better than playing the lottery

Opinion: Complete this 11-point exercise and learn when you can retire

The smart way to fine-tune your portfolio

The ultimate buy-and-hold strategy

The big mistake mutual-fund investors make

Why you should consider an all-value portfolio

Have value funds become too valuable?

Some harsh truths about saving and investing: 12 things every investor should know

10 ways to retire early — it’s not easy, but it’s doable

7 reasons to be wary of small-cap value funds

10 lessons from 2016 that will help you make better long-term investments

Buffett, Bogle, Merriman: Losers, every one?

The best $99 you can spend to become a better investor

Investors should be wary of these 5 bits of Wall Street ‘advice’

The genius of John Bogle in 9 quotes

If you’re under 35, this is the ultimate all-value equity portfolio

How a simple two-fund portfolio can boost your retirement returns

How do you know to trust your financial adviser?

25 things you should be getting from your financial advisor

How to let your money buy you happiness

The investing mistakes I’ve made and what you can learn from them

6 investing lessons you’ll never learn in school

Six lessons for a beginning investor

Nine ways to become a millionaire

Inflation turns every investor into a loser

How to use time to potentially double your retirement income in five years

7 things you should know about cash

7 Warren Buffett investing tips that could hurt regular investors

How to ruin your retirement in 6 easy steps

How dumb investment decisions may be doing you in

10 decisions guaranteed to change your financial future

10 questions to help measure the risk in your portfolio

What dieters can teach investors

What the Hulbert Financial Digest really taught us

The best? Vanguard Wellington or Fidelity Puritan?

Believe it or not, investing has never been so simple

Don't be the victim of a lackluster stock market

Five steps to beating the market

Don’t discount the impact of luck on your portfolio

How automating your portfolio will save you money

Diversification is a requirement when spicing up your portfolio

The emotional and psychological risks of investing

Is it smart to try to beat the market?

Should investors trust Wall Street, Main Street or University Street?

The ultimate retirement-distribution strategy is here

Do you think you have enough money to retire?

Here’s how retirees can fine tune their bond-to-stock allocation

The ultimate buy-and-hold portfolio

How time can turn $3,000 into $50 million

The 10 toughest investment decisions

Picking Fidelity, Schwab and TD Ameritrade’s best ETFs

8 smart investment moves for 2016

Picking the best of the best Vanguard ETFs

A very special letter I hope you will write to your child or grandchild

Is it realistic to expect a 12% long-term return?

Compound interest’s effect on $100 is explosive

Small-cap value is the gold ring of investing

Putting Einstein to work for your investing future

Another one Einstein got right: Compound interest

12 numbers you need to know for retirement

Swap homes to save a bundle on travel

12 ways to lose $1 million

Is investing an art or is it a science?

The future of small-cap and value stocks

Chevron could learn a lot from Warren Buffett

4 things you might not know about index funds

22 things you should know about bear markets

The genius of Warren Buffett in 23 quotes

Six ways to pay yourself in retirement

How you’re being misled by retirement-saving advice

The million-dollar investing mistake

How to retire in luxury

Don’t let this annuity horror story happen to you

How market timing reduces volatility

How this buy-and-hold investor times the market

How much of your retirement portfolio belongs in bonds?

Why bonds are the most important asset class

The ultimate equity portfolio mix

Tap into emerging profits from emerging markets

It’s a small world after all: International small-cap value

Best target-date funds? Fidelity vs. Vanguard

How international small-caps spice up a retirement portfolio

Foreign big-cap value stocks outshine U.S. counterparts

What global large-cap stocks do for your retirement portfolio

Six reasons you should invest internationally

How to double your target-date retirement fund's return in a single move

Why REITs belong in your retirement portfolio

When it pays to go all-in on small-cap value

This 4-fund combo wallops the S&P 500 index

How to make money with small-cap stocks

Buy the best performing stock sector for 87 years

Looking for action? Try large-cap value stocks

Understanding performance: The S&P 500 Index

10 things every investor should know about asset classes

8 reasons investors don’t plan for retirement

Make your kid rich for $1 a day

10 things you should know about portfolio performance

5 ways to make your lousy 401(k) plan stellar

10 things you need to know about REITs

Why an S&P 500 fund is a poor long-term investment

Why you should bet against John Bogle

3 things retirement investors can stop worrying about

8 lessons from 80 years of market history

Why Vanguard Total Stock Market isn’t the best fund in the fleet

6 decisions every investor must make

A half a percent that can change your retirement

Don’t make the mistake that cost Boeing employees $98 million

7 fatal flaws in America’s 401(k) plans

The best investment advice ever

5 lessons on investing for the market weary

Bond bears are right — and wrong

Don’t let rate fears scare you out of bonds

The No. 1 flaw in America’s biggest 401(k) plans

9 reasons why saving $1 a day builds fortunes

Four traps wrecking your retirement

6 things you should know about rebalancing

500-year plan for children, grandchildren and the world

Not all Vanguard funds are created equal

Top fund’s shareholders missed the party

10 can’t-fail lessons of diversification

How 1% can add $1 million to retirement

The one asset class every investor needs

How to invest like a rich guy

30 reasons to fall in love with index funds

11 ways to get more money in retirement

Portfolio killers: 5 common investing myths

Beat Warren Buffett at his own game

How retirement investors hurt themselves

Retire with more money and less risk

Do you have enough money to retire?

Retirement savers: Fine-tune your asset allocation

6 steps to the ultimate retirement portfolio

Bonds: Buy, sell or hold?

Get your money's worth from your financial adviser

5 habits of the very best investors

What do you really know about investing?

Protect your retirement from future stupidity

Who should retirement investors trust?

10 steps to a perfect retirement

7 dumb risks retirement investors take

12 steps to a blissful retirement

Can retirement investors expect a repeat of 2013?

The 2 biggest risks faced by every investor

Danger: Stock market predictions ahead

9 radical recommendations for your retirement portfolio

5 ways most investors are just plain wrong

Top retirement city offers sun, fun and affordability

Thankful for plentiful research and investment choices

Why rebalancing could be a huge mistake

A Vanguard fund strategy to double your nest egg

A year’s worth of top retirement advice

The ultimate retirement portfolio

Why market timing doesn’t work

Portfolio killers: 7 market-timing myths

The shutdown and your retirement portfolio

4 best books for retirement investors

Fed up with retirement

Portfolio killers: 6 newbie investing myths

4 investment tips that you should never use

Social Security is not an asset

The 12 best retirement investing lessons

How $40k can add $1 million to retirement

The ultimate retirement withdrawal strategy

How to make your nest egg last over 40 years

Fine-tuning retirement portfolio allocations

13 reasons index mutual funds and ETFs rule

The ultimate buy-and-hold strategy

John Bogle’s million-dollar advice

Warren Buffett: More myth than legend

The one fund every investor should own

10 Ways Index Funds Can Save Your Retirement