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The Elements of Investing Hardcover – December 14, 2009
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In his classic book The Elements of Style, Professor William Strunk Jr. whittled down the art of powerful writing to a few basic rules. Forty years later, E.B. White initiated a revision, and thus The Elements of Style became known as Strunk & White. Following this same format, authors Charles Ellis and Burton Malkiel, two of the investment world's greatest thinkers, have combined their talents to produce The Elements of Investinga short, straight-talking book about investing and saving that will put you on a path towards a lifetime of financial success.
The Elements of Investing lays to rest the popular shibboleths that undergird the hyperactive trading of the average investor. In it, Malkiel and Ellis skillfully focus their message to address the essentials and offer a set of simple, but powerful thoughts on how to avoid Mr. Market and his "loser's game," and instead enjoy the "winner's game" approach to investing.
All the investment rules and principles you need to know are herewith clear advice on how to follow them. In just two hours of reading time, you will learn all you need to know to be truly successful in investing. Divided into five essential elements of investing, this little book packs a big message that can help secure your financial future all the way through retirement. Topics touched upon include:
Diversifying broadly over different types of securities with low-cost "total market" index funds and different asset typesand why this is important
Focusing on the long term instead of following market fluctuations that are likely to lead to costly investing mistakes
Using employer-sponsored plans to supercharge your savings and minimize your taxes
And much, much more
A disciplined approach to investing, complemented by understanding, is all you need to enjoy success. This practical guide explains what you really need to know and puts you on the right course for long-term success through all kinds of markets.
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Praise for The Elements Of Investing
"These noted authors have distilled all you need to know about investing into a very small package. The best time to read this book is when you turn eighteen (or maybe thirteen) and every year thereafter."
—Harry Markowitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics 1990
"Struggling to find money to save? Befuddled by the bewildering array of investment choices? As you venture into the financial markets for the first time, it's helpful to have a trusted guide—and, in Charley Ellis and Burt Malkiel, you have two of the finest."
—Jonathan Clements, author of The Little Book of Main Street Money
"No one knows more about investing than Charley Ellis and Burt Malkiel and no one has written a better investment guide. These are the best basic rules of investing by two of the world's greatest financial thinkers."
—Consuelo Mack, Anchor and Managing Editor, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack
Top customer reviews
I thought so much of this book that I bought 5 additional copies to give to members of my family and have recommended it to many friends of mine.
After I gave this book to my wife to read, and she fought me on it for a short time, she was saying things like, "did you know this or that". It inspired her to make an investment choice without my assistance and she has felt more sure of what she is doing with our mutual funds since that time.
Please go to the library and read this book and then you too will buy a copy.
If you are also someone who struggles with spending rather than saving, this is a great read as well. There is a lot of wisdom that is passed along in a very simple format that will convince you to change your habits. You can learn a lot in a very short amount of time!