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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing Hardcover – January 3, 2006
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"The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics...[and] pepper the text with practical tips and Web links." (Bloomberg.com, March 2006)
"The book provides sound advice on a variety of issues including mutual funds, bonds, diversification and taxes." -- Lynn O'Shaughnessy, The San Diego Union-Tribune (July 2006)
" ... if you're planning on investing for the purpose of building a stable, lifelong economic backbone, I couldn?t recommend this book more highly. It's a well-conceived explanation, from top to bottom, of an investment philosophy that will create a life full of steady gains and sustainable wealth." -- (www.thesimpledollar.com March 2007)
"Generically, the Bogleheads are folks who admire John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard mutual fund company . . . So, why did they write this book? Probably for a little ego boost. Also, perhaps, to share a lifetime of accumulated knowledge, to help other people achieve their financial goals, and to leave the world a slightly better place. Are these guys nuts,or what? Anyway, they did a good job. This is definitely a book for beginning investors, but the facts are solid, the advice almost impossible to argue with . . . . If you're looking for a financial book you can trust, we can't think of a better candidate than this, except possibly for one of the books by the Master (i.e., John Bogle) himself. If you want to get started investing, if you need a new investment plan, or if you'd like to validate an existing plan, we suggest that you sit down, read this book, and trust what you read. How rare is that?"
—Roy Weitz, FundAlarm.com (December 2005)
"The chief Boglehead is Taylor Larimore, 81, a former official at the Small Business Administration . . . He and a few other Vanguard fans started the Diehards forum in 1998. Now Larimore and two other longtime Diehards—Mel Lindauer, 67, a retired owner of a graphic arts business, and Michael LeBoeuf, 63, a former management professor—have written The Bogleheads Guide to Investing . . . . The book’s main themes should come as no surprise. In his own writing, Bogle emphasizes diversification, low costs, and index funds; here, his followers try to make those notions graspable for beginners . . . . Also, unlike most investing authors, the Bogleheads offer advice on topics from taxes to insurance to estate planning ."
—Penelope Wang, MoneyMagazine (January 2006).
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—Paul Farrell, Marketwatch.com
"If you master the concepts laid out in this book, you'll do very well."
"'The Bogleheads' Guide' is both a textbook for beginners and a refresher course for old hands. It blends elements of financial-planning primers like 'The Wealthy Barber' with tips on why it pays to be cheap, a la 'The Millionaire Next Door.' ... The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics of how much they need to save for retirement, how to allocate their assets and when to rebalance their portfolios. The authors steer through the minefield of taxes and warn neophytes to master portfolio-gutting emotions including greed and fear."
—James Pressley, Bloomberg.com
“If you are looking for a simplified and methodical do-it-yourself guide that will enable you to manage your investment portfolio, this is the book to turn to.”
—The Economic Times
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After all that, I slept through the 2nd-worst (2007) crash and recovery, and came out just fine. It worked. Do not make it complex or difficult. Fact is almost every "sector-bet" I tried performed worse long-term, than my core "Dumb and Simple" Total-Market (stock and bond) Funds and ETFs.
Anyone midlife or later (preferably way-earlier), must be thinking of their own retirement plans. It ain't that tough. You can easily do it yourself following the simple principles pioneered by John Bogle and similar righteous-gurus. Even if you (must) use a brokered company plan, knowing what YOU want is essential. YOU must (and can) control your own future.
Just do-it, NOW. No amount is too little to start, and once in-control of your own future, you'll thank yourself many times later.
After reading many financial/investing books I feel like I have found the one that gives direction, realistic goals, and options. This book is honest and easy to understand. It teaches the power of combining indexing with compounding.
I recommend this to all that are new to investing. If you are an experienced investor you might find the book is a bit basic but keep in mind how much information the writers packed into this book.
I only wish I had read some book like this 5 years back but it is not too late even now. At the end of reading this book, I am definitely a much better informed investor and am convinced that a simple common sense approach and a little research is all it takes to make anyone a decent investor.
If you are new to investing and are baffled by hundreds of investment options available around you, just go and buy this book rightaway...I should warn you that this book is not for short-term investors who like to time the market but for buy-and-hold investors only.
The Bogleheads represent an investing movement that represents the self-learned investors who are knowledgeable and confident, who can resist the half baked pitches of stock brokers.