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Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor Paperback – October 4, 1994

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"Bogle  is rattling the status quo among the mutual fund  titans." -- Fortune

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (October 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440506824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440506829
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
For almost a decade now, this has been my bible on mutual funds. Using a straightforward and candid approach, Vanguard founder John Bogle explains every aspect of mutual funds and the industry behind them. Never does Bogle exaggerate information or mislead the reader as many other financial "guru's" do to sell their books. He is a true consumer advocate and his goal is clearly to educate.
Covered is everything from stocks, bonds, money market funds, indexing, asset allocation, expense ratio's and the risks inherent not only in investing but in not investing (e.g. the erosion of the dollar vs. inflation in "safe" investments). Bogle utilizes numerous graphs and statistical data throughout the book to help make his point and to allow the reader increased comprehension.
It is important to note that this book was published in the early 1990's. Since then capital gains tax laws have changed and the Roth IRA was yet to be created. For more up-to-date information I would recommend reading Bogle's newer book, Common Sense on Mutual Funds. Nevertheless, Bogle On Mutal Funds is a great place to start educating yourself to become more financially savvy. This book has been invaluable to me and I believe it is key to my investing success. I find myself often referring to it, expecially now in these turbulent market times just to hear Mr. Bogle remind me to, "stay the course" and I will be rewarded. No wonder so many admirers refer to the beloved Mr. Bogle as, "Saint Jack."
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Format: Hardcover
Despite the fact that tens of millions own mutual funds, few know how to go about it for the best results. This book was the first and still is the best overview of the whole subject. The book is well designed for both beginning and more advanced investors. Over the course of a lifetime, this book should help you gain many additional thousands of dollars.
The first three chapters are the basics for new investors. The first chapter explains the benefits of compound interest, and how high returns for a long time earn you much more. The second chapter looks at inflation, income, and principal risk. The implication is to choose between the risks and rewards of equities and bonds. The former gives you more potential for gains, but can be more volatile. If you are going to be a very long-term holder, equities will be better than bonds. The third chapter looks at the basics of mutual funds and how they work.
The fourth through the seventh chapters look at how to select various types of mutual funds (equities, bonds, money markets, and balanced). In the eighth chapter, you can find out how to get information about specific mutual funds. Most comes from prospectuses and Morningstar.
Many of the key insights come in chapters nine through eleven. In the ninth chapter, you will learn the advantages of index funds (you will beat almost all other funds of the same type). In the tenth chapter, the importance of finding funds with low costs is explained. In the eleventh, you will find out about the tax costs associated with a high turnover of portfolios.
The twelfth chapter looks carefully at the rules of asset allocation. The thirteenth chapter provides model portfolios for how to implement various types of strategies for asset allocation.
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It may have a new Copyright date but it has old information. Take for instance, Chapter 5. Here's a quote ... Bond fund assets have grown from just $4 Billion in 1970 ... to $510 Billion at the end of 1992. Or how about Figure 6-2 in Chapter 6 that shows Money Market yields from 1983-1992. It doesn't appear that any information was updated past 1992 values. The 2015 Introduction goes into how "Bogle on Mutual Funds Became a Classic". Great! Congrats to the author and Wiley Publications. But I'm pretty sure you could get the same info from the old version. I don't own the old version but it kind of looks like I do - other than the intro and a copyright date. Really a disappointment.
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Rare does one book cover so much territory and explore so many avenues of information as this tightly and thoroughly written discourse on everything "mutual fund." If there is a book that does it better, I've not seen it. This key text is supplemented with numerous boxes for caveats, and punctuated with plenteous graphs to explicate the material presented. Sometimes, the technical information gets short-shrift, and many of the statements already belie the book's age. Even so, no investor should proceed with confidence until this book is thoroughly read, digested, and implemented.
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I read this book when it first came out ten years ago at the beginning of the bull market. At the time the book had mixed reviews. One of Bogle's warning, and probably the best advice, is to watch out for funds that charge high fees and to study all the fees charged in all funds. I remember one reviewer feeling that Bogle was overreacting to the fees that funds charged and that fund managers are really on our side. Fast-forward to today, we have the mutual fund scandal and we learn that mutual fund managers aren't really working on our best interests. Though reading this book can't help you spot all the bad apples ( the Janus family has alot of no-load funds and it was implicated in the scandal) it can help you be aware and thus be more weary. In a nutshell, this book is comprehensive,honest and prescient. John Bogle is the conscience of the mutual fund industry.
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