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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing Paperback – September 28, 2007

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Praise for
The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

"If you master the concepts laid out in this book, you'll do very well."
—Reuters News

"Kindness, integrity, and common sense can be scarce on Wall Street, but the Bogleheads have each in abundance. Reading The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing is like learning investing from your grandfather. There's a lifetime of wisdom packed into these pages, coupled with a sincere desire to help investors meet their goals. Jack Bogle will be proud!"
—Don Phillips, Managing Director, Morningstar

"The Vanguard Diehards—a.k.a. the 'Bogleheads'—are easily the planet's most well-informed, congenial, and successful group of individual investors. At long last, they're letting the general public in on their solutions, their secrets, and their strategies. If you're about to retire, are planning to retire, or are even thinking of retiring, you can't afford not to read this book."
—William J. Bernstein, cofounder, Efficient Frontier Advisors, LLC
author of The Intelligent Asset Allocator and The Four Pillars of Investing

"More than thirty years ago John Bogle started a war in the mutual fund industry. His weapon was low fees, and his shield was common sense. In this book, three ardent followers sagely outline Bogle's approach that has benefited millions and will benefit millions more."
—Richard Ferri, CFA, President, Portfolio Solutions LLC
author of The ETF Book: All You Need to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds (Wiley/December 2007)

"Those investors who have the courage, discipline, and wisdom to follow the sound financial and investment strategies of The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing are virtually certain to achieve results superior to not only the vast majority of individual investors, but the vast majority of professionals as well. What is perhaps more important is that the quality of their lives will be improved because they will have more time to spend on the really important things in their lives."
—Larry Swedroe, author of The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need

About the Author

Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf are three millionaires who met online and combined their investing experience and efforts to help others. The authors have contributed over 40,000 posts on the Diehards and Bogleheads forums. You can read more about each of them in "About the Authors" on page 293.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470067365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470067369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book quickly shortly after I got it, and I was blown away. Many reviewers pick this as a book for "beginners", but I don't agree with that.

My background: I have read (and own) dozens of investment books. I have subscribed to many newsletters (including Morningstar's, which is decent but unnecessary after you read this book). I have owned many individual stocks and for the last 2-3 years before I got the Boglehead religion I was lucky and beat the market averages buying individual stocks (although for most of my life I've lagged far below the market). I opened my first brokerage account in 1990, and I've been self-directed ever since. I've had 400%+ years as well as -70% years. I've even been in the top 100 virtual mutual funds on Marketocracy (out of 70,000), and I've written custom software to analyze the daily performance of the top 1500 stocks.

Having said all that, I wish that I had followed the investment principles laid out in this book from the very beginning. I would have a lot more money than I do now.

Before reading this book, I already had all my retirement money in Vanguard index funds. So you would think, end of story, you're already a believer. NOT SO! While I started out using the Target Retirement funds, which allocates your money properly for your age, I slowly deviated from those funds into the higher risk emerging markets index fund, because that fund was doing so well. It's easy to read this book and say, "oh that makes sense", stay the course for a year or so, then get seduced by the hot performance of a particular sector and lose your way.
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Want to improve your life in more ways than you know? Buy this book! Its quite simply the best advice out there. I wish I had this book twenty years ago and followed the great wisdom within. Read and have a happy life of investing and have more time to do all the other things that are priorities in your life. Successful investing is actually quite simple and this book lays out what you need to know.
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Some people have commented that the advice in this book is sound and logical, but the flaw is that times have changed and therefore the information is outdated. How incredibly wrong and short-sighted! Yes, the days of 8-10% returns may be gone (it may be more like 6-7% according to Jack Bogle), but the information is still as relevant as ever. What gets to investors is that they've been burned by not one, but TWO huge bear markets in a single decade. They look at the paltry returns (1-2%) over the last 10 years, and then they look at the volatility and the uncertain times caused by the Greek debt crisis, and they postulate that stocks will never be the same again. Again, how short-sighted. One just needs to look at the history of the stock market, going back 100, even 200 years. How many past decades have had 2 horrendous bear markets like we've seen from 2000-2010? Not many! Times were tough the past decade, but things WILL get better, and in the past, they have! And let's look at the volatility we see now. It has ALL happened in the past before! Would you seriously think stocks have not been driven by negative headlines? How have World War 1 and 2, the great depression, and the cold war affected stocks? How about in more recent decades, i.e. in the 1980s? Stocks will typically go up, down, up, down, up, down, driven by headlines day to day. But if you buy your indexes and stick to them through the thick and thin, your portfolio WILL rise. Time is your best friend. It's certainly much better than saving in a bank savings account and have your money just sit there.

Extremes in volatility we see now are not unprecedented, and things WILL get better. Many investors invest emotionally, and that is one of the biggest things that will burn you. Don't fall for it. Hold fast, hold tight, and you will be just fine. Read this book and heed its advice!
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Did you always wanted to know the secret of making your money grow? When investing comes to mind we think of millionaires in their mansions making it big. Well investing isn't just for the well to do or presidential candidates but for everyone. Even the person who earns $25,000/year can be a successful investor as long as time is on your side. Buy this book to learn simple, cheap investing so you can keep all the returns the stock market can give you. This is a book that will benefit everyone especially the young investors coming out of high school it must be recomended reading for HS or the college freshman. The wisdom found here is worth more than the $12.00 you will pay to get this book. Stop listening to CNBC, Fox Business, CNN Money for financial advice and just get this book and other books by the venerable John C. Bogle.
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This book is a must read for every American looking to learn how to make wise decisions with how they are handling and placing retirement and other investments. This book is written simply enough for most people to easily understand and it really opened my eyes to what the true costs were of some of the suggestions I received for "free" from the representative from my employer's retirement plan.
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