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Oblivious Investing: Building Wealth by Ignoring the Noise Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Here is a recent quote from Mike Piper: "The book (Oblivious Investing) is intentionally out of distribution, because I'm actively trying to discourage people from buying it. It's intended for the same audience as the (more recent) Investing Made Simple, but I feel that I did a better job conveying the ideas on the second attempt. So the hope is that people will buy Investing Made Simple rather than the other book or both books.
Unfortunately, I can't do anything about third parties selling their own copies. (But it now occurs to me that I could attempt to get Amazon to change the product description to indicate what's going on with the book.)
Too often we are confused by our own bias, the cacophonous investment raucous, and well-intentioned but misguided recommendations. So how does one succeed at investing? A knowledge of and the ability to execute the fundamentals (basics), practicing self-discipline and keeping emotions under control, and being prepared and keeping proper perspective are just a few keys to investment success. In investing, as in life, success is found through understanding, planning, moderating, focusing, and executing.
"Oblivious Investing" is a definite must read for those that are always chasing outsized returns and the latest "Get Rich Quick" scheme. What it takes are sticking to the basics, knowing your predispositions, and not thinking too much of one's investment skills.
I will keep this book as an investment touchstone and buy copies for friends and family. In those rare instance, when I'm speaking on taxes and finances, I will provide copies to attendees.
I bought it to round out my layman's knowledge of portfolio construction. That aspect met my expectations, the book offers value if you're looking into buy-and-hold, broad based indexes, and so forth. I believe there are better books out there that are targeted at adult level reading.
I soon gave up on the book simply because of the story format, and gave it to an adult friend who was looking for investment help, who had yet to read even one book about investing... she loves this format. So the book has merit, if the style suits you.
Oblivious Investing has finally cut through all the jargon with an easy to read, easy to understand plan. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to avoid the constant (and pointless) stress many of us experience by checking the market everyday. I wish I would have had this book when I started investing!
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Best investing book i have read. So simple anyone can understand it. MIke piper is an excellent author. Love his blog as wellPublished on November 11, 2013 by davey
I liked the simplicity of this book. I also liked that the author makes it clear that we shouldn't get caught up in what everyone else is caught up in. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Bea
This book is helpful for anyone nervous about the market, interested in the market and for anyone who doesn't have the time to make investing a full time job. Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by Portsmouth
Piper's book is a home run. He delivers very important information in a very digestible manner. He gets to the point without the fluff. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by N. Frankle