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All About Index Funds: The Easy Way to Get Started (All About Series) Paperback – December 22, 2006
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[Ferri: All About Index Funds, 2E, 0-07-148492-2, Back Cover Copy]
All The Tools and Techniques You Need to Invest Successfully in High-Yield, Low-Risk Index Funds
The updated Second Edition of Richard Ferri's bestselling "All About Index Funds" offers individual investors an easy-to-use guide for capitalizing on one of today's hottest investing areas_index funds. This wealth-building resource provides essential information on index funds; expert advice on how to start investing; and winning strategies for high returns with low risk.
The Second Edition of "All About Index Funds" features: Updated tables, charts, and data on performance, fees, and new funds Step-by-step guidance on active indexing and discussion of its expanding role Coverage of all new U.S. equity indexes that have changed the dynamics of the index fund marketplace and a new chapter on commodities and commodity index funds Vanguard's revision of the indexes it uses for benchmarking Discussion of the increasing popularity of ETFs for effective asset allocation
About the Author
Richard A. Ferri, CFA, is the Founder and CEO of Portfolio Solutions, LLC, a fee-only investment firm serving high-net-worth individuals, families, non-profit organizations, and corporate pension plans. Mr. Ferri is the author of "All About Asset Allocation" and "Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad," both available from McGraw-Hill.
About the Author
Richard A. Ferri,C.F.A. is the president and senior portfolio manager of Portfolio Solutions, an investment adviser and portfolio management firm.
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There are a few folks out there that may not find this book useful. If your favorite hobby is reading annual or quarterly financial reports, comparing ratios, devotedly following financial news (or for that matter, any news that may affect the value of companies you're interested in); if you like to spend all of your waking moments (because it's fun for you) doing the research to pick stocks in individual companies so that you can be almost certain to get amazingly good returns, then this book isn't for you. On the other hand, if you have a life that doesn't include spending most of your time gathering information related to "your" companies, this book is definitely work looking at. You'll learn something.
If you are clueless about financial investment and want to get started on it, then read this book. Also recommended are All about Index Funds, Serious Money, and The ETF Book. Unlike books that promote sales pitch and sell garbages like (IBD: Investor's Business Daily or even Wall Street Journal) Ferri provides sound studies done on investment strategies, sound strategies, expectation and mindset.
However it does not cover all the story. You still need to understand our debt-based economic structure and fractional banking monetary system to avoid heavy losses during severe recession or depression. I recommend The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve and Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse (Lynn Sonberg Books) for that.
Although the book is not about allocation (Ferri has a great book on that subject), it does discuss it. He shows how to actually cut risk by using a more aggressive approach.
I found the history of index funds most interesting. But I also appreciated the discussion of tax advantage in indexing, the different benchmarks, bonds and commodities.
This book can make you money if you read it, study it and apply it to your own investing. The more you know about and understand index funds and their close kin, ETFs, the better able you will be to profit by using them.