The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$20.52
Qty:1
  • List Price: $27.95
  • Save: $7.43 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan: Managing Your Wealth, Risk, and Investments Hardcover – August 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1576603666 ISBN-10: 1576603660 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $20.52
40 New from $13.94 25 Used from $7.44
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$20.52
$13.94 $7.44
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Frequently Bought Together

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan: Managing Your Wealth, Risk, and Investments + The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You'll Ever Need: The Good, the Flawed, the Bad, and the Ugly + The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy You'll Ever Need: The Way Smart Money Preserves Wealth Today
Price for all three: $65.74

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576603660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576603666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"If you're looking to sharpen your financial thinking, let Larry Swedroe be your guide. With insights fromThe Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan, you should be able to raise your financial game—and maybe boost your family's wealth."
—Jonathan Clements, author,  The Little Book of Main Street Money
 

Review

"Larry Swedroes work comes as close to being the definitive investment book of our time as any that I can imagine. His greatest gift is his ability to communicate with profound simplicity, bringing clarity to the daunting challenge facing investors who are intent on reaching their financial goals."
Bill Schultheis, author of The Coffeehouse Investor

"If you're looking to sharpen your financial thinking, let Larry Swedroe be your guide. With insights from The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan, you should be able to raise your financial game—and maybe boost your family's wealth."
Jonathan Clements, author of The Little Book of Main Street Money

"Just as every successful builder needs a blueprint, so too does every successful investor need a personally tailored investment policy. How much stocks, how much bonds? Foreign versus domestic? When and how to begin Social Security or withdrawing from your IRA? Larry Swedroe plots your financial life from cradle to grave (and even beyond). Don’t invest without it!"
William Bernstein, author of The Four Pillars of Investing

"This is a most excellent book! Either as a great educational read or an indispensible reference, The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan will pay you back many times over the cover price."
Harold Evensky, President, Evensky & Katz

"If you have investing experience, and want to improve your portfolio, this is the book to read."
Taylor Larimore, coauthor of The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing


More About the Author

Larry Swedroe is principal and director of research for Buckingham Asset Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor firm in St. Louis, Mo. He is also principal of BAM Advisor Services, LLC, a service provider to investment advisors across the country, most of whom are affiliated with CPA firms. Previously, Larry was vice chairman of Prudential Home Mortgage. Larry holds an MBA in finance and investment from NYU, and a bachelor's degree in finance from Baruch College.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
34
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
2
1 star
5
See all 44 customer reviews
I have read Larry's other books, and found new information in this one.
Rick from HIG
Larry's new book "The Only Guide You Will Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan" is a must read for anyone serious about their money.
Cynthia A. Ostrowski
The book is very well written, easy to understand and explains in very simple terms about not so simple issues.
Book Lover "Sam"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By VoraciousReader on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As someone who owns a large collection of investment books, this latest contribution from Mr. Swedroe ranks at the top of the list. His gift is taking a complex subject and making it accessible to "the rest of us" yet not in any way "dumbing down" his presentation. It's the rare financial writer who can hold your attention chapter after chapter.

In this book Mr. Swedroe carefully but succintly provides superb information on asset allocation (with sub-chapters on the various types of equities, bonds, alternative investments etc.), even including valuable discussion on whether or not to prepay your mortgage vs. increase your tax-advantaged savings, and asset location (i.e., in which retirement or taxable accounts to place particular investments for maximum tax-efficiency. With tax rates going up in 2011, that's more important than ever).

When you read this book you will also see he has included cogent chapters on college savings plans, long-term care insurance, IRAs, Social Security, and determining a safe withdrawal rate for your golden years.

This is the kind of investment book you will refer back to over and over again. If you read just one investment book this year, this should be it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike Piper on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is brief, but it contains a great deal of helpful information for managing your portfolio.

For example, I particularly enjoyed the authors' discussion of risk tolerance as having three components: need to take risk, desire to take risk, and ability to take risk. In my experience, most investors don't take the time to consider that last one--ability to take risk. If you don't have a specific plan of action for what you'll do (specific ways you can cut your retirement spending, for example) if your portfolio doesn't put up the returns you expect, then you can't afford to take much risk in your portfolio.

Bravo to the authors for pointing that out.

My one caution would be that, if you're brand new to investing, this may not be the book to start with, as Swedroe and crew make no apologies about using technical terminology. If that sounds intimidating to you, I'd suggest starting with Swedroe's "Wise Investing Made Simple" instead.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Ibarra on August 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you own or have read most of Larry Swedroe's books on investing (like I have), there isn't anything really new in his latest book. However, if you have not, and are into Do-It-Yourself financial planning, this book is priceless. Larry Swedroe's principles on index investing, risk management, asset allocation, portfolio diversification, choosing an adviser, fail-safe retirement withdrawals, and estate planning are concisely explained in this easy-to-read text. In short, this book summarizes all his previous works into a well written guide that removes the mystery and complexity out of financial and retirement planning. I started reading Larry's books when he first published in 1998, and it is so refreshing to know that his investing principles have not changed after 2 rip-roaring bull markets and 2 brutal bear markets that have followed. Unless you are a multi-millionaire with no concern about money, applying Larry's principles will not make you wealthy in retirement, but at the same time, you won't die poor and destitute in retirement either. Larry along with John Bogle, William Bernstein, Rick Ferri, Burton Malkiel, Jason Zweig, Jon Clements, and all the other wonderful Bogleheads, have truly given empowerment to the Main Street investor, and in so doing have made the so-called Wall Street gurus look like over-rated village idiots that they are. Larry, thank you for another one-two punch on enlightment and simplicity, and please keep the hits rolling !!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a registered investment advisor and candidate for CFP designation, I have eagerly read all of Larry Swedroe's books. I have read his entire series on "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need," with this book being my most recent. This is a book that I would recommend to my financial planning clients so that they could better understand the work that we were doing together. And for "do it yourself" investors, I highly recommend reading this book - and the other books that Swedroe references in this book (his Alternative Investment book being a key one). Plus, even with all my training and experience as a financial planner, I learned enough useful material from this book to feel that it was well worth my time and money. He provides updated data post-market crash that I found very interesting. Many of his ideas and suggestions will find their way into my own clients' financial plans. Larry Swedroe is one of the good guys in the investment management world and I feel good following his lead in investing and financial planning.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Dall on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're looking for solid simplicity born of common sense, Larry Swedroe is the author for you. At 62 and having tried many investing techniques...some with good results, some with bad results...I've concluded that you can't do better than basic and simple. Larry Swedroe puts this supposedly complex topic into its basic form and one from which you will profit...period.

I don't always agree with his individual fund selections but that's very minor compared to the foundational insight he provides in all his books.

Two of the quotes that stuck with me from this particular book that influenced my investment philosophy in retirement were:

"One gets rich by working hard and taking big risks and that one stays rich by limiting risk and not spending too much."

"If you've already won the game, why still play?" Or put in my terms, "If you've won the gold buckle in the rodeo of life, why continue to ride the bull?"

I highly recommend his books, his blogs and his advice...

Soldier on Larry!

Colonel Dan
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews