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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449975909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449975906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Finance Buff a.k.a. TFB is a pseudonym used by a blogger who writes a blog by the same name at thefinancebuff.com. TFB holds an MBA degree in Finance. He also has a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. TFB has been sharing his experience and thoughts about personal finance with online readers since 2006. Today, more than 50,000 people visit his blog in any month. He was the author of a chapter on defined benefit pension plans in Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

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The book bills itself as "a practical guide to investing in TIPS", and that's exactly what it is.
Mike Piper
It was written very clearly, it addresses a wide audience and it addresses just about everything I can think of on this subject -- all under the covers of one book.
Rich
If there is a second edition, it would be interesting to add a discussion of TIPS returns over time and the factors responsible for those returns.
Paul in Pittsburgh

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike Piper on April 6, 2010
For as much coverage as stocks and stock funds receive, it's a shame that bonds (TIPS or otherwise) don't receive more press. Admittedly, my own knowledge about the bond portion of my portfolio is rather shaky compared to the stock portion.

This book went a long way toward bridging that gap.

The book bills itself as "a practical guide to investing in TIPS", and that's exactly what it is. It walks you through how TIPS work, the advantages and disadvantages of individual TIPS as opposed to TIPS funds, how to buy TIPS when they're auctioned, and how to buy TIPS on the secondary market from other investors.

It's a relatively short book, but since its topic is so focused, it still feels very thorough. I'm sure I still don't know everything there is to know about TIPS, but the book answered every one of my questions as well as several I'd never thought to ask.

Highly recommended for any do-it-yourself investor.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rich on August 8, 2010
My wife and I are retired, and the cornerstone of our portfolio for the past few years has been I-Bonds and TIPS. We made that decision after reading Zvi Bodie's book "Worry Free Investing." We're glad we listened to him, because rather than suffering through the financial travails of the past few years, our portfolio has substantially appreciated in value. However, while Dr. Bodie and others such as Larry Swedroe and Dr. Annette Thau make a good case for owning inflation protected securities, in my opinion, they lack the detailed mechanics for buying, holding and selling these instruments. The Finance Buff's book "Explore TIPS - A practical guide to investing in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities" addresses that gap. Consider it, if you will, a shop manual that you can use to be a successful TIPS investor. The Finance Buff provides up-to-date and in-depth information on secondary markets, auctions, TIPS ETFs and the effects of inflation and deflation on TIPS, so that the reader can make informed decisions. And we have found his insights to be real eye-openers. He provides many specific formulas and analyses that backs up his findings, which we have put these to good use. Recently, my wife and I have been very concerned with the effects of possible deflation on our TIPS portfolio, and this book turned around our thinking (as well as eased our fears.) While "Explore TIPS...' is expansive and detailed, one does not need to be an expert in Finance to understand its contents. It was written very clearly, it addresses a wide audience and it addresses just about everything I can think of on this subject -- all under the covers of one book. In my opinion, if you want to invest in TIPS, you need this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul in Pittsburgh on August 9, 2010
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I've been a professional quantitative analyst and portfolio manager on the stock side for 20 years. I wanted to learn more about TIPS. This book fits the bill nicely. It walks you through the rewards and risks of owning TIPS. It also gives you all the nuts-and-bolts details that you need to implement a TIPS purchase or sale, including consideration of where to buy them and the associated trading costs. While you could get these details on your own, this book saves you a lot of time and effort.

If there is a second edition, it would be interesting to add a discussion of TIPS returns over time and the factors responsible for those returns. In other words, when TIPS have done exceptionally well (or poorly), what were the driving factors.

The book is well written and a good value for those who are new to TIPS. In the interest of full disclosure, I don't know the author.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Rank on April 7, 2010
TIPS are an ideal fixed-income investment vehicle. They are guaranteed by the U.S. government like all Treasuries, and they do not lose value to inflation. But one should approach TIPS investing with care, paying attention to taxes and decisions about buying individual TIPS vs. TIPS funds, and for individual TIPS choosing between Treasury auctions and the secondary markets.

This book confidently walks you through these decisions. Here is how it does it:
Table of Contents
1 Bonds Refresher
o CDs Are Bonds Too
o Bonds Trade
o Present Value and Yield to Maturity
o Price, Interest Rate, and Duration
o Bond Ladder and Bond Funds
o Bonds and Taxes
o More on Bonds
2 TIPS Basics
o What Are TIPS
o Real vs. Nominal
o Why Buy TIPS?
o TIPS vs. Nominal Bonds
o TIPS vs. I Bonds
o Interest Rate Changes
o TIPS and Taxes
o Risks in Investing in TIPS
o How to Buy TIPS
3 TIPS Mutual Funds and ETFs
o Fund vs. Individual Bonds
o Understand Yield Numbers
o Distributions
o Open-End TIPS Mutual Funds
o TIPS ETFs
4 Individual TIPS - Auctions
o Bond Lingo
o How TIPS Are Issued
o Why Auctions?
o Which Account
o Know the Schedule
o Read the Announcement
o Place Order
o Read the Auction Result
5 Individual TIPS - Secondary Market
o What Is the Secondary Market?
o Why Buy on the Secondary Market?
o Understand TIPS Quotes
o When to Buy
o Which TIPS?
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