- Series: Professional Finance & Investment
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (July 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071700781
- ISBN-13: 978-0071700788
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 book explains what asset allocation is, how it works, and how you can take advantage of it. Many beginning investors may focus too much on return and return only and may overlook the importance of diversifying through asset allocation. Moreover, asset allocation is inherently tied to risk management that even many so called professional fund managers seem to overlook.
It is essential that you read this book if you want to get in depth understanding of nature of investing and how it works. There are tons of books out there about charting and stock picking, but not enough books on asset allocation and risk management. 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.
It does not however cover all the things that you have to know. 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.
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.