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The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing is a handy resource that is written for anyone who may be grappling with a financial problem or simply wants to know how to invest money to get the best results. The Boglehead team of investment experts—Mel Lindauer, Taylor Larimore, and Michael LeBoeuf—provide the answers for gaining a foothold in the market and keeping it there.

Investing can be simple, but it’s certainly not simplistic. Over the course of nearly twenty years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing is a hands-on resource for tapping into John C. Bogle’s “uncommon” investing wisdom.

Like the first edition, this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing offers investors of all stripes, ages, and investing prowess a DIY handbook that champions the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. Often witty and always wise, the book is filled with sage advice that helps investors take the first step on the road to investment success. And to keep investors on the right path, the authors illustrate how relying on "common sense" promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer.

The updated second edition includes the latest information on how to profit from backdoor Roth IRAs and Exchange Traded Funds. The book also contains timely updates on estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding traditional as well as 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans. In addition, the authors offer investment warnings and principles that are both precisely accurate and sometimes counterintuitive.

Assuming no extensive knowledge of finance on your part, the Boglehead authors march you step by step toward the winning investment strategy.

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Praise for The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing, Second Edition

"I'm often asked to recommend a good, basic book on investing, and The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing has been my go-to pick since its original publication. It focuses on all the right things: the virtues of maintaining a frugal lifestyle, keeping investment costs down, and building a simple, low-maintenance portfolio. And importantly, it also tells investors what they can safely tune out—namely, day-to-day market action and the latest 'hot' investment products. Its advice will stand the test of time."
—CHRISTINE BENZ, Director of Personal Finance, Morningstar, Inc.

"John Bogle set out to reform the mutual fund industry nearly 40 years ago. He saw a high fee, self-serving, good ol' boy network and thought it was wrong. Bogle believed the purpose of an investment company was to be investor-focused. His idea turned into a revolution. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing is a testimony to the massive changes that have taken place as a result of Bogle's vision. The ideas in this book have saved countless investors billions of dollars in unnecessary fees. Hats off to Taylor, Mel, and Mike for a job well done."
—RICK FERRI, CFA, Founder, Portfolio Solutions LLC

"The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing describes a sophisticated and proven approach to successful investing. Nevertheless, its message of saving, investing in a diversified, balanced, low cost portfolio, and keeping it simple is easily grasped by investors of all levels of experience. Regardless of your investment acumen, this book provides many clearly expounded investment insights and is a great roadmap to financial success."
—GEORGE U. "GUS" SAUTER, Retired Chief Investment Officer, Vanguard

"The best one-stop shopping solution to saving, debt management, investing, insurance, and financial planning I have seen between two covers. For the price of a week's worth of lattes, you can secure your future."
—WILLIAM J. BERNSTEIN, cofounder, Efficient Frontier Advisors, LLC, author of The Intelligent Asset Allocator, The Four Pillars of Investing, and The Investor's Manifesto

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118921283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118921289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seek and you shall find" is the perfect way for me to describe my experience with this book!

Before finding this gem of a book, I was reading several success books this year like "Success Principles" by Canfield, "Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" by Hill & Stone, "The Richest Man in Babylon" by Clason, "The Templeton Plan" by Sir Templeton, to name a few. One book led to another and I ended up with "Smart Couples Finish Rich" by David Bach, which led me to Graham's "The Intelligent Investor". I first read Graham's 1972 edition (thanks to LA public library) and was looking for more current examples, so I purchased the 2003 edition with commentaries by Jason Zweig, which proved to be a very worthwhile upgrade.

While looking up some things I didn't understand online, I repeatedly came across the bogleheads forum, so I signed up as a free member and asked a question. The bogleheads were so helpful that I not only got my question answered, but also understood that the people there were genuinely trying to help. One of the bogleheads led me to a forum page which had book recommendations, so I purchased the kindle edition of this book.

And the moment I started reading the book, I knew this book had the answers for most of my questions. I finished reading it in two days! I just wanted to do this homework done asap and take care of my 401(K)s and IRAs. I had done a big timing mistake six years ago and went highly conservative (80% bonds, 10% stocks and 10% REITs). Luckily it was before the crash, so I had netted some profits, but I waited too long to get in to stocks again. Then I changed jobs and never paid attention! And the stock market had its best bull run for the past 5 years (no one told me!)!
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I first became aware of the power of compound interest from studying guys like Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy. They go on and on about how you need to set aside a certain amount every month/year and let it compound into millions over time. That's fine and well, but I could never really figure out a way to implement the strategy. Safe, predictable returns are next to impossible to come by these days. The Bogleheads and Jack Bogle preach the power of compound interest as well, but they actually provide a way to go about getting it. Investing in low-fee index funds and holding them long-term is the method. This book gives an excellent, detailed rundown of how to implement this kind of investment plan. It has a few more stats and minutiae than I might have liked, but overall it is a solid read. This is a simple strategy, but a very effective one. I encourage you to buy this book if you are tired of complicated investment strategies that get you nowhere and brokerage companies that charge you ridiculous fees. However, be forewarned, it takes a long time to make serious money using this strategy. And by a long time, I mean decades.
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Kudos to the authors for writing a clear overview of index investing. It's a quick read and covers a lot of ground. It reminds me of Eric Tyson's Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance (which is quite good for newbies).

However, given the title "Bogleheads' Guide to Investing," I was expecting more of a how-to on getting started. Instead, it was mostly preaching to the converted---why index funds are better than active funds, why costs matter, etc. I already agree with these mantras. I was looking for, and didn't find, actionable advice on investing.

In particular, I would have liked more practical information on asset allocation. Instead, there was a general overview of different type of allocation models, with no recommendations for which might be best.
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I cannot heap enough praise on this book. This literally changed my financial future and made investing something that I feel comfortable doing on my own (eliminating the need for paying others for financial advice/management of my portfolio (and it is true, most brokers are far more interested in transferring money from your account to theirs with no real concern about your financial future). Case in point is that most financial brokers only make money if you buy and sell, so they love to have you have a high turnover in your financial holdings so they can get commissions (and of course theirs even more awful techniques like front loaded funds, etc). They don't want you to do the boring thing (which is the best thing for you) which is a buy and hold policy because they don't make as much money.

This is a very easy to read book and trust me, invest a few hours in this book and you can save 10s of thousands of dollars (if not more) for your retirement (your future self will thank me).

I also got introduced to the boglehead forum which is a great source of information and advice from people who truly have nothing to gain but the satisfaction of helping their fellow man.
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I wish I had read this book many years ago. Lots of basic concepts reviewed that progress to more advanced concepts over the chapters. I think this is a must read for everyone starting off investing and saving. If you read this first, it will help you set a more strategic investment plan that can be tweaked as your assets increase.
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