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"The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics...[and] pepper the text with practical tips and Web links." (Bloomberg.com, March 2006)

"The book provides sound advice on a variety of issues including mutual funds, bonds, diversification and taxes." -- Lynn O'Shaughnessy, The San Diego Union-Tribune (July 2006)

" ... if you're planning on investing for the purpose of building a stable, lifelong economic backbone, I couldn?t recommend this book more highly. It's a well-conceived explanation, from top to bottom, of an investment philosophy that will create a life full of steady gains and sustainable wealth." -- (www.thesimpledollar.com March 2007)


"Generically, the Bogleheads are folks who admire John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard mutual fund company . . . So, why did they write this book? Probably for a little ego boost. Also, perhaps, to share a lifetime of accumulated knowledge, to help other people achieve their financial goals, and to leave the world a slightly better place. Are these guys nuts,or what? Anyway, they did a good job. This is definitely a book for beginning investors, but the facts are solid, the advice almost impossible to argue with . . . . If you're looking for a financial book you can trust, we can't think of a better candidate than this, except possibly for one of the books by the Master (i.e., John Bogle) himself. If you want to get started investing, if you need a new investment plan, or if you'd like to validate an existing plan, we suggest that you sit down, read this book, and trust what you read. How rare is that?"
—Roy Weitz, FundAlarm.com (December 2005)

"The chief Boglehead is Taylor Larimore, 81, a former official at the Small Business Administration . . . He and a few other Vanguard fans started the Diehards forum in 1998. Now Larimore and two other longtime Diehards—Mel Lindauer, 67, a retired owner of a graphic arts business, and Michael LeBoeuf, 63, a former management professor—have written The Bogleheads Guide to Investing . . . . The book’s main themes should come as no surprise. In his own writing, Bogle emphasizes diversification, low costs, and index funds; here, his followers try to make those notions graspable for beginners . . . . Also, unlike most investing authors, the Bogleheads offer advice on topics from taxes to insurance to estate planning ."
Penelope Wang, MoneyMagazine (January 2006).

"The new "Bogleheads Guide to Investing!" Gotcha! A must-read!"
Paul Farrell, Marketwatch.com

"If you master the concepts laid out in this book, you'll do very well."
—Reuters News

"'The Bogleheads' Guide' is both a textbook for beginners and a refresher course for old hands. It blends elements of financial-planning primers like 'The Wealthy Barber' with tips on why it pays to be cheap, a la 'The Millionaire Next Door.' ... The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics of how much they need to save for retirement, how to allocate their assets and when to rebalance their portfolios. The authors steer through the minefield of taxes and warn neophytes to master portfolio-gutting emotions including greed and fear."
—James Pressley, Bloomberg.com

“If you are looking for a simplified and methodical do-it-yourself guide that will enable you to manage your investment portfolio, this is the book to turn to.”
The Economic Times


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471730335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471730330
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Most people don't have time to read dozens of books about personal finance and investing. Even if people did have that much time, they would seldom be able to integrate what different authors had to say into a consistent approach.

For several decades, people have been asking me what one book they could read to be more successful with their personal finances. Until now, I've been reluctant to pick any one book. Instead, I would usually provide a list of 6-8.

Having read The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, I can now safely recommend one book for the first time: This one!

Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBouef have five important advantages over other personal finance authors:

1. They are experienced investors.

2. They are well read on the subject of personal finance.

3. They've been answering questions for years from those who want to know what to do on Morningstar Vanguard forum and its related site, diehards.org

4. They are an expert writing team rather than a writer or celebrity trying to be supported by experts.

5. They aren't trying to sell you anything except their book which makes their advice more independent than usual.

The book's range is impressive. Part I looks at the essential elements of successful investing and includes looking at your financial lifestyle, how to start investing young and regularly, different types of financial instruments, inflation-protected bonds, investing minimums, avoiding complications that lose you money, asset allocation, reducing costs, minimizing and deferring taxes, diversification, market timing, money for college, employing a windfall and whether to retain a financial advisor.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Zach Pugh on May 31, 2011
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Over all, extremely informative and entertaining. I was not expecting the guide to cover as much as it did. I was expecting a basic run-down on how to invest in the stock market, period. What it covered was:

-Basics of financial management
-Types of investments
-The most reliable investment choices (risk management)
-The most cost-efficient investment choices (taking taxes and fees into account)
-How to manage taxes economically
-How to separate the garbage on Wall Street (the "investment pornography") from genuine and helpful advice
-Stuff outside of the stock market. I was surprised to read about college finance, retirement planning and insurance management. Extremely informative, albeit for a 22-year-old those were the more boring parts.
-Did I say entertaining? It's got a lot of candor, but it's difficult to review something like candor. It is not too tightly wound up in professional language. It is certainly not text-booky.

My one criticism is the seemingly contradictory angle from which the authors are arguing, and perhaps this is inescapable for these authors, being that they are self-proclaimed Bogleheads. I summarize a theme that shows itself persistently: "Never take financial advice from somebody who's trying to sell you something; those people have conflicted interests! By the way, did I mention that Vanguard's no-load index mutual funds is a great long-term investment?" You may not think it's as poignant as I make it out to be, but I found myself thinking this over and over again for just about every chapter, and I eventually got to the point where I could see it coming around the corner. On the other hand, it is the "Boglehead's Guide," so at least they don't try to hide it.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By M. Larimore on September 14, 2006
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I've been saving for 20 years - The first ten years I discounted my father's "conservative" advice and bought the hot sector funds, stocks and gold coins. I thought I was doing well. Now I'm a little smarter - I see that my returns during the great bull market of the 90's were only single digit, while my father's approach produced far better returns. Now my Dad's advice is common sense to me and I know that I missed-out on a large chunk of the bull market because I thought I knew it all. I should have followed his straight-forward, common sense advice.

Fortunately this does not have to happen to you - My father(and his friends) wrote the book...Its all the advice I wish I had followed during my first ten years of investing.
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful By meltbanana on March 18, 2007
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I would say this is a good book for beginners. For someone with some understanding of investing and personal finance, it is likely that you will spend more time agreeing with the authors than actually learning anything new or insightful. It is a good overview of the investment ideas of John Bogle and his supporters, and has decent coverage of how to approach financial goals throughout one's lifetime. But after reading it, I felt like I did not gain any original insights, other than to ponder whether I should get my family an umbrella insurance policy. On the other hand, great books from Malkiel, Swensen, Swedroe, and W. Bernstein absolutely provided me with much material and original insights to ponder and consider.

So if this is not very helpful for readers with some investment knowledge, how is the book for novice? I would say it is merely decent. A novice reading this book would be pretty much following the advice of John Bogle, who is no question a GREAT man. But the authors seem to be constrained to agree with Bogle on everything, and do not allow themselves to further explore areas that probably deserve more time. One example would be Bogle's views on international stocks, where the authors of this book tread very lightly and conclude by agreeing with Bogle (almost seemingly hesitantly). When reading Bogle's own writings, his strong opinions serve his readers well. But when his ideas are rewritten into a broader personal investment guide for novices, I feel like the result is inferior to books by Frank Armstrong, William Bernstein, or Larry Swedroe, which seem to provide a broader perspective to help investors make decisions.

This is a pretty good book and has good advice on personal finance. But it is hard for me to get as excited as the other reviewers on this site. I think 3 stars is fair, as it is above average.
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