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Investing Made Simple: Index Fund Investing and ETF Investing Explained in 100 Pages or Less [Kindle Edition]

Mike Piper
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Book Description

Find all of the following explained in plain-English with no technical jargon:

Asset Allocation: What does it mean, why is it so important, and how should you determine your own?

How to Pick Mutual Funds: Learn how to choose funds that are mathematically certain to outperform the majority of other mutual funds.

Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA vs. 401(k): What's the difference, and how should you choose between them?

Financial Advisors: Learn what to look for as well as pitfalls to avoid.

Frequent Investor Mistakes: Learn the most common mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.

Calculate Your Retirement Needs: Learn how to calculate how much you'll need saved in order to retire.

Who Is This Book For?
Anyone who has questions about investing, but who doesn't want to trudge through a 300-page textbook.

What This Book Is Not:
This book is not going to make you an absolute expert on the topic, and
This book is not going to provide you with a way to get rich overnight.

What it will do (hopefully) is provide an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to the topic of prudent investing.

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This book is a part of the in 100 Pages or Less series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Subjects, LLC (March 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KA9RN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, direct, on point - a great appetizer! September 29, 2009
Great introductory book for index fund investing, asset allocation, and the importance of ignoring the market "chatter" that constantly tempts the investor to "do something" (even if that "something" is more likely to hurt than help). At about 100 pages, the entire book can easily be read in one sitting, and provides a great introduction to the topic.

Perhaps the most helpful message of the book is that simple investing is easy and generally beats complex investing. More activity does not necessarily lead to better investing results, and laziness (aka patience) generally outperforms efforts to produce higher returns.

By presenting this discussion in a clear, straightforward and easily-understood manner, "Investing Made Simple" lives up to its title. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to implement - and with a good set of references for further ready, this book is a great launching point for someone interested in investing for themselves and with their own interests first and foremost. Thanks Mike!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Investing October 4, 2009
If you are new to investing and want a short introduction this is an excellent book for you. It defines the basics concepts: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, index funds, IRAs, 401Ks, and asset allocation. It gives you solid strategies that are proven to work in the long run: avoiding taxes and fees, buying diverse investments, using an asset allocation plan, and annual rebalancing. Finally, the book warns you against common pitfalls that are hazardous to your wealth: Chasing hot funds, selling at a market low, and buying at market peaks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, to the point guide September 25, 2009
This is a good overview of the widely agreed upon principles of investing. At the end, he lists 20-25 books and blogs as "Helpful Resources". I would describe this book as a short summary of the common points on investing between all those other resources.

This book is great for its intended audience (beginning investors). If you already know the benefits of index funds and a good asset allocation, you probably won't get much out of it though.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Book September 24, 2009
What a fitting title. Finally, an investing book that doesn't try to confuse everyone and explains, in a clear and concise manner, how we can all make our money work for us.

This is a short read, but I actually applaud the author for it because if you can get the point across in 100 pages or less, why make it any longer? You'd be happy you got the book, because all you can think of after the entertaining read is why the book didn't come out before you started investing.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular February 7, 2010
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This is the ONLY book ANY of us needs on investing. If we have over $1000 welcome to Vanguard... if you have less than that and want to invest, well then he has the page in there with EFT's you can buy them from tdameritrade for $10 and just buy and hold.

Now all you have to do is figure out how much you want to invest in stocks and bonds, many quizes online to help you with that. Just google "asset alocation" then go out and enjoy life, because this is one area of life that really is simple.

Its all a matter of finding low fees and growing with the market (period) doesn't matter if you are type A or B, Tall or short male or female, this should be one of the easiest area of your life. ( I am suggesting that investing is easy, I am not suggesting that the market will do well, of course nobody knows that, but if the stock market does well, with his approach, you will do well without the extra fees most people endure).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book October 21, 2009
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The perfect primer for anyone who wants to incorporate time proven investing techniques without having to become an "expert".

Written for the layman in simple, direct, concise language...if one takes the suggestions and recommendations of this book to heart, time and the proper asset allocation will take care of most of the rest.

Highly recommended, especially for those who thought they couldn't do it for themselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Perfect book for that someone who has an interest in learning about investing. Over the last couple years I am continually asked about investing by friends, family and coworkers, as I always have an investing book on my desk at work or coffee table at home. I have YET to successfully pass on enough or right information that someone actually pick's it up enough interest to learn more. I have tried several ways from sharing my Investing Policy Statement, recommended books, web sites..ect. I think I have finally found the perfect book to pass on that beginner or to that someone who wants to be a DIY investor.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the new or experienced investor January 5, 2010
I received this book for Christmas, and I have to admit, at first I was somewhat hesitant of this book because of its length. During a long flight home however, I decided to give it a read and I couldn't have been happier with the decision. As a young professional, I recognize how important it is to get started early in investing to one day meet my financial goals. This book clearly lays out a game plan to do so, while helping to understand/weed out much of the hype you hear about certain stocks, certain fund managers, and TV finance "guru's". The book is a perfect length, and well worth an afternoon read. The author's website ([...]) is also filled with great investing tips, and goes into further depth about many of the books topics. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, read it in one evening, enlightening advice.
Published 2 days ago by Randy Hampton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good information
Published 18 days ago by Michael B
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
Do not waste your money on this book. Very very basic material.
Published 1 month ago by Alestair David
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and short
I like this format and found the information to be direct. Thank you for the information. I will continue reading more of these books.
Published 1 month ago by Mike F.
5.0 out of 5 stars As the title says financial investing in simple terms
Short, which it is intended to be, to a quick course of the terms and explanation what a beginner investor should do about investing in the market. It is very easy to understand
Published 1 month ago by George de Bruin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shipping A++++
Just as described. Thank you. Great shipping A++++
Published 1 month ago by S. Campbell
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Published 2 months ago by Lars, the Viking
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh... I was looking for more specific ...
Eh . . . I was looking for more specific advice about choosing and rating index funds.
Published 2 months ago by Laurie A. Pendergraft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction.
This did a good job of demystifying a lot of investing concepts. Having done some additional reading since, I can say that this was a very solid introduction and I'm happy to have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kendalltristan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on investment that I have read in a while.
Best book on investment I have read in a while. The author explains a lights off approach to investing and buttresses it with logical explanation.
Published 2 months ago by S. Karlekar
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Mike Piper is the author of 8 personal finance books and the popular blog Oblivious Investor ( He is a Colorado Licensed CPA. Mike's writing has been featured in many places, including The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, AARP Magazine, Forbes, CBS News, MarketWatch, and Morningstar.

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