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The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own: A Do-It-Yourself Breakthrough Strategy Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2011

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Five Best Money Books of 2011: "Building on his other 'Smartest' money books, Solin lays out sensible ways of constructing safe portfolios that are customized to where you are in life. As with his other advice, Solin favors low-cost, passive portfolios that are diversified and tempered for risk." — John Wasik for Reuter’s

"Acclaimed and prolific investment author, Dan Solin, has written another terrific book that offers the reader timeless advice on building a portfolio. The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own concentrates on constructing a portfolio of low cost funds with a bent toward small cap and value stocks. Based on the Fama-French 3 Factor model, this type of portfolio construction can give you higher returns as compensation for taking more risk." — Allen Roth for

"The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own… is intelligent, straightforward, and very close to common wisdom." — --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dan Solin, an Investment Advisor Representative and nationally known advocate for investors, is the author of The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read, Does Your Broker Owe You Money?, and the New York Times bestsellers The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Readand The Smartest 401(k) Book You’ll Ever Read. His award-winning books have been widely praised by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Library Journal, and many financial writers, leading economists, and others.

Solin is a financial columnist for AOL. His advice appears frequently on its Welcome Screen where it is viewed by millions of readers. He is also one of the most popular financial bloggers on The Huffington Post. A frequent guest on national television and radio shows, Solin has addressed professional organizations of accountants, advisors and financial planners and has testified before Congress on investor issues.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537066
  • ASIN: B007F7QK00
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan Solin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Smartest series of books which include: The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own and The Smartest Money Book You'll Ever Read. He is also the author of Does Your Broker Owe You Money?

He is the co-author of Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disputes, A Statistical Analysis of How Claimants Fare, which examines the fairness of the mandatory arbitration system imposed on investors by the securities industry. He testified before a congressional subcommittee investigating the mandatory arbitration system.

He writes financial blogs for The Huffington Post and

He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the director of investor advocacy for The BAM ALLIANCE and a wealth advisor with Buckingham Asset Management.

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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Graham on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dan Solin's previous works in this series demonstrated the wisdom of constructing a globally diversified investment portfolio comprised of low-cost stock and bond index funds in accordance with a long-term asset allocation suitable to your needs. Where Solin has fallen short in the past is in the translation of this approach to specific investment recommendations, such as his previous advice to avoid TIPS (U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities) and ETFs (exchange-traded funds).

In his latest book, Solin has apparently overcome his aversion to ETFs and utilizes several of them to construct his `SuperSmart' and `Smartest ETF' portfolios. Tragically, his bond recommendations fall woefully short of the mark. For example, Solin suggests investing 50 percent of the total bond allocation in the SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term International Treasury Bond ETF (BWZ), a relatively small, thinly traded ETF which allocates almost 15 percent of its holdings to the potentially risky bonds of Italy and Spain.

Investors would be better served consulting the books of William J. Bernstein, John C. Bogle, Larry Swedroe and others for specific investment recommendations consistent with this philosophy.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hiesterman on September 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read and applied all four of Dan Solin's books. This is a terrific addition to his previous three. In a nutshell, one can maximize return, minimize risk, and quit gambling with one's life savings.

During the past four years I haven't had the lows or the highs of the equity markets but maintained an honest return that allows me to sleep at night.

The format of Mr. Solin's book makes it easy to read and the takeaways (What's the Point?) at the end of each chapter help keep the reader laser focused. Love it!! You can read chapters in varying order if you can't wait to look at a subsequent section also.

The documentation is superb. My favorite section is the Glossary. I read it a few times to help keep my thinking accurate. I went online and checked the references and they were accurate. I furthermore checked a couple of books out from the library to document the simple underlying premise.

Having read "The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read" before this book probably put me in a little better position to understand passive versus active investing than a first-time reader. However, the book is clear and eloquent with a wonderful sense of wit and dry humor.

I can prove my passive, dull, drab portfolio of index funds (with no fees or minimal fees) beat 95.5% of all investors since 2007. Can you? Buy the book. Read it. Do it. Sleep better. It is great to be in control for a change!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Teach on October 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's a very good book to get you started with investments. It teaches the value of diversification and asset allocation which is 95% of your returns. The media and Wall Street want to confuse investors and make them think they can stock pick and market time, which couldn't be farther from the truth. Investing for the long term and staying invested is the only way to go. The only thing to add is rebalancing. You have to keep your risk levels in check. That in essence is buying low and selling high.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy on March 31, 2013
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This guy is terrific. Each chapter is 3-4 pages long and focuses on a single point which is emphasized in bold-faced typed at the end. Solin's work is grounded in extremely well-seleted details and evidence without ever becoming bogged down the way some books on investment do. The book also contains a glossary with clear definitions of all those aracane terms you thought you'd never understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NBO on October 14, 2015
Format: Paperback
This book is a paradox to me. There are some VERY basic truths in this book, but even more ideas that are overtly contradictory and have been shown time and time again to be false. I really like Solin's writing style, and liked his book about retirement, but be careful with this one. I'll give some examples. When you use historical market data to make a point, some authors will show their "model" behaves better than the alternative and cite data from "date x" to "date y". Such "evidence" or historical market data is INCREDIBLY sensitive to both time window duration and starting dates. You can literally find market data (at some time) to prove or disprove ANY model behavior characteristic you want. The optimum way to use historical data (and even then with substantial limitations) is to use dozens or even thousands of overlapping moving time windows to test it against alternatives. This isn't high-end investing mathematics. This has been known for decades yet Solin consistently uses the "date x to date y" approach. That alone should send up major red flags about the quality of his recommendations. As an example of contradictions, he criticizes Jim Kramer for looking at stock fundamentals as a basis for stock picking. I would never follow Jim Kramer's advice (personally) but later in the book Solin says "value" stocks consistently outperform "growth" stocks (and by inference you must own value stock mutual funds). How does Solin identify "value stocks"? By looking at fundamentals. The point is that Solin's arguments (many of them anyway) contradict other statements, and often simply do not stand up to rigorous model testing scrutiny.Read more ›
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