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The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing: Do's and Don'ts to Protect Your Financial Life Hardcover – March 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470568057 ISBN-10: 0470568054 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470568054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470568057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Investing do's and don'ts from some of the most recognizable voices in personal finance

It's been a tough year for investors. Many have seen their retirement accounts dwindle dramatically and are looking for a safe way to protect what they have and make back some of what they've lost. That's why the bestselling author team of Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth have created The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing.

When you invest, there are essential things you should do and many things you shouldn't. The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing addresses this issue and shows you how to utilize the fundamentals of finance to achieve success in today's market. This practical guide contains proven advice on navigating today's treacherous financial landscape and will put you in a better position to make more informed investment decisions.

  • Includes street-smart advice for the individual investor uncertain about their investment and retirement portfolios
  • Written by a experienced team of bestselling authors whose investment advice is accessible to everyone
  • Outlines the steps you must take to protect yourself from the financial calamities of modern life

The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing offers quick, easy-to-follow, and entertaining advice for anyone looking to get back on the right investment track.

Do’s & Don’ts to Protect Your Financial Life

DON’T assume that just because you are capable of managing your finances by yourself you will be better off in the long run if you do.

DO trade as infrequently as possible.

DON’T give any weight to market forecasts. All opinion pro and con is already built into the price of equities today.

DO buy and hold; don’t buy and sell.

DON’T assume that because you own a bunch of different-sounding mutual funds your investments are diversified.

DO diversify globally with your stock and bond holdings.

DON’T buy into a red-hot real estate market.

DO park assets where they will suffer the least at the hands of the taxman.

DON’T take Social Security as soon as you are eligible. It often pays to delay.

DO postpone retirement as long as possible. The safest time to retire is never.


'...many good pieces of advice dispensed [with]in the different chapters...' (Business Traveller, July 2010).

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This book is funny and is also easy to read and understand.
Janet M. Rigo
This book is a great easy read and really gives a real 101 look at stock market investing strategies and best practices for everyone.
They answer your question if you can still retire comfortably.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Buba on March 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The new Stein/Demuth tomb is almost a can't put it down page turner. It's funny and chock full of what I think is the best advice regarding investments: buy everything, own it forever, and own it at the lowest possible cost. This is John Bogle's tried and true approach This book tells you how to do that and what your risks are. Risk is the other side of the equation that is not often addressed by the financial industry. Everyone pays attention to the reward aspect but it's the risk that will bugger ya. To develop their buy and hold portfolio they use some of the best forward looking risk analysis software available which is why I call this Bogle meets Quant. They also suggest some of the lowest cost of ownership ETFs' to get widely diversified and how to keep the portfolio in balance once you start making money.

The book also addresses how to take money out of your nest egg once you have amassed your fortune with an eye on not going broke when you are old and sick. The worst time to run out of money is when you're 85 (or 105). This is hardly ever addressed. The financial industry wants your money with them NOT with you, as does the government, so correctly exiting is as important as correctly entering an investment. It gives you some idea of how to dole out the money to your heirs and plan for their future as well. Good read, Good advice.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We sure have been through a financial storm haven't we? The financial good times had gone on for so long that most people had never experienced a very serious economic downturn (no matter the political hyperbole about "worst economic environment since the Great Depression"). The problem is that when we are in the middle of a severe crisis we cannot be sure about has just happened and what course of action will lead to our survival. Just like the newly hatched sea turtles trying to get to the sea, it pays to be focused and fast and get to the waster as quickly as you can. But for some turtles, no matter what they do, the birds swoop down and make them into lunch.

Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth have written a humorous and wise handbook to help you understand what has just happened to you, what your realistic options are, and how to move forward and make progress from where you find yourself now. No crying over the milk on the floor and no time wasted with recrimination.

You get a handy chapter on the psychology of finance that is not only sound, it provides you with principles you had better adopt or you will find yourself working your way through even more of the Biblical plagues. There are lots of people who understand how you think and process information and how you handle stress. They spend a great deal of time figuring out how to use this knowledge along with clever sales techniques in order to separate you from your hard earned after-tax dollars (well, nickels and dimes nowadays).

Stein and DeMuth then take you through how not to invest (which is how most people actually lose their money in the markets) and why it doesn't work.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DIY on April 27, 2010
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It was well written and easy to read but I was disappointed. Having said that however, investing is like religion - it's a journey not a destination. Everyone is at a different place in their investing journey and if you are just starting out or just need a kick in the pants to return to or consider conservative index/mutual fund investing then this book is for you. The website the authors urge us to look at: [...]ultimately directs you to Phil DeMuth's company website to consider opening an account. That may not be a bad thing, but you should know it before you buy the book. I thought it was a little self serving...
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is powerful and succint discussion of what matters in financial planning and how to deal with the key issues. The vast majority of people would benefit from reading this book and even those who know whats in it will be glad to have a book that they can give to their friends and children to explain the key issues of planning. Ben and Phil succeed where many fail: they present sensible and solid information and make it entertaining rather than dry. This book is not just a rehash of stuff from other books--there is likely to be information in here that you have not seen even if you have read John Bogle's many good books and articles.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lowell on May 7, 2010
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If you are serious about investing, avoid this book. I was disappointed. The useful material can be condensed into a 10-page paper, and even those 10 pages are not all that beneficial. Perhaps my expectations were too high and I was looking for portfolio analysis similar to what the authors generated in a prior book, "Yes, You Can Supercharge Your Portfolio!" The three Tangent Portfolios featured in this book do not stand up well when analyzed using the software the authors featured in the Supercharge book.

Instead of an investing book, Bulletproof Investing is filled with pages of material most of us learned from our parents. Theme headings include: DO pay to educate junior, Do write love letters, DON'T trade in and out of houses frequently, DO pay your taxes, DO avoid redecorating insofar as possible, DO marry a sensible person, DO be charitable, etc. This is not the type of material I am looking for when I purchase an investment book. The authors recommend not going into education, healthcare, or social service as the pay is too low. That sends a clear message to those attempting to improve society.

Chapter Five is titled, "The Holy Grail of Investing." Let me quote from this chapter. "The Tangency Portfolio is the Holy Grail of investing It is the perfect investment--that ideal combination of everything (stocks, bonds, commodities, real estate, etc.) that gives you the highest return for the least amount of risk." Careful analysis of the portfolios will show this is not the case and that the Return/Risk ratio is anything but the Holy Grail of investing. Apparently the authors forgot to analyze the portfolios as they forgot to include an index.

Wiley printed two investment books this year that merit consideration.
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