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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive resource, December 20, 2010
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This review is from: The Power of Passive Investing: More Wealth with Less Work (Hardcover)
This is the first book I've read from Rick Ferri and it won't be the last. Mr. Ferri jumps into the debate whether passive investing outperforms active investing over time. He sticks a fork in active investing starting in Chapter 1 and by the end of the book it's a virtual blood bath. Ferri slays the active management zombies in this comprehensive book covering decades of academic research into the subject.

I'll submit that the writing was a bit intense and academic at times. But I don't think the author had much of a choice when presenting his case. His precise and detailed writing style was necessary to counteract decades of sales and marketing messages from Wall Street. At the end Ferri's victory is so lopsided that you feel kind of sorry for the active investors of the world.

My favorite section of the book was Part I: The Active vs. Passive Debate. While I had heard many of the arguments before, I've never read such a concise summary of the debate. And at the end it really crystallized my understanding of the market and how active funds under perform the market relative to their costs.

I highly recommend this book to all investors. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a first book on investing. I know Mr. Ferri has written other books which may be more suitable to new investors. But it's a great resource to new investors that understand the basics of investing.
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