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All About Asset Allocation, Second Edition (Professional Finance & Investment) Paperback – June 21, 2010
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About the Author
Richard A. Ferri, CFA, is president and senior portfolio manager of Portfolio Solutions, LLC, and an adjunct professor of finance at Walsh College in Michigan. He is the author of Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad, All About Index Funds, and Serious Money: Straight Talk About Investing for Retirement. Ferri is regularly quoted in the media including the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Businessweek, and Forbes. He has appeared on many financial radio shows and television programs and is a frequent speaker at advisor industry events.
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Then include: Swedroe, Bernstein, Bogle, Larimore, Buffet. Get them. Then get online to the "Bogleheads forum", or Morningstar forum.
They are a must for personal investment finance for retirees and those working toward a healthy retirement.
This is the first investment book I've ever read. I purchased it on the recommendation of an investment podcaster I respect. It has helped me develop a plan for myself and my long-term investment strategy. I wouldn't say it's a beginner's book though. To me, it seemed the author assumed the reader knew some basics about investing and could follow his analysis.
The premise of the book is based upon several studies the author leans upon to demonstrate that at some level, sometimes a small level, a diversification benefit is gained by putting money in asset classes that are not directly affected by the stock market. The author does a nice job giving the reader low-cost, no load index mutual funds or ETF's at the end of most chapters as starter points to look at investing in those particular asset classes.
I agree with some of the other reviewers, the editor needs looked at typographical errors abound. They don't take away from the book, but make it appear less than professional...hence the 4 stars instead of 5.
The mistake I made was buying it on the Kindle. It was a complete accident. Because he refers to charts that can be a page or two back from your current Kindle page, it made it a pain to flip back and forth when I suspect the book would be easier to deal with. But, I put that mistake on me for being in a rush.
I disagree with Rick's comments to the effect that "Investment advisers pass a simple exam, similar to one taken by sixteen year old to pass driver's license exam".
For your information, I aced (98+%) driving test with an afternoon of studies. For series 65 exam, I have been studying for two months and am still confused. I can master optimization techniques like "Efficient Frontiers" and minimizing mean variances. I even developed a proprietary tool for optimal target allocation. I still find the "investment adviser" exams hard.