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"Andrew Tobias is one of the financial community's most pithily perceptive observers." (Forbes ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Rev Upd edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547447256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547447254
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I learned about dollar cost averaging and about Vanguard Index funds through reading this book. I followed the advice and systematically deposited each month in my children's savings accounts. The money grew and my daughter had a nice down payment for a house. My son is using his money to start a business.I also saved for my own retirement using these methods. I am not very good at investing but this book laid down a path for me and I was able to follow it.
Inspiration is a rare and precious gift. Andrew Tobias has been a blessing to me and my family and he doesn't even know us! If you are looking for an overnight path to riches this book will not help you. But if you can formulate a plan and stick to it, buy this book. It changed our lives for the better!
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Andrew Tobias is a gem. He is smart, witty, sensible, and self-deprecating. Even the titles of his books ("The ONLY Investment Guide You'll Ever Need," followed by a sequel entitled, "The Only OTHER Investment Guide You'll Ever Need") are funny. If you have a son or daughter who is embarking on young adulthood, or a newly-divorced friend who knows nothing of finances, this is an ideal book for you to give to him or her to encourage financial independence and stability. Tobias speaks in terms that everyone can understand. His were among the first financial books I ever read, decades ago, at a time when I was just starting to save for children's college tuition, retirement, investments, etc. His books are still my fond favorites. You'll like this book.
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I checked this book out at my library after reading an interview with Tobias in a financial magazine. I am in the accounting/finance profession and have read lots of investment books over the years. This is the best -- by far!

I promptly bought my own copy and have been reading and highlighting since. Tobias is a gifted writer with a knack for distilling complicated financial topics down to simple explanations and recommendations, without talking down to his readers. He steers people away from investments they should avoid (commodities, collections -- unless you're an "expert") and recognizes the time/reward trade-offs of financial and investment decision-making. I found his advice to not obsess over the differences in returns at most banks (pennies -- why bother?) and to not flog yourself if you forget to write down every last expense refreshing. He's succinct, funny, and disarmingly self-deprecating.

Tobias doesn't try to "dazzle with detail" -- the book is appropriately detailed to make the case for simplified, low-cost investing, but not so burdened by charts and graphs that you grow quickly disinterested. He shows great respect for his readers. I'm going to get this book for several young people in my life who are just starting out.
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Amazing that the title is true, it is the only investment guidebook you'll ever need!

I've often looked at the bookstore for other investment guidebooks, and read a fair number of them, but this book is by far the best. This book is at least two books in one. First, Tobias tells you some common sense things to do before sinking thousands in stocks or other investments. I loved this section of the book, and have gone back to it to again and again for clarity in monthly money management. The rest of the book goes through the menu of investment options and shines a bright light on each one. I learned from this section of the book, and ultimately concluded that Vanguard index funds were the best option for me. Once someone clearly explains to you that it is irrational to try to pick individual stocks that beat the market, you can't help but agree. Sure it is a lot more fun to pick stocks (and Tobias explains this side of it too), but it just can't really be a rational choice for the average individual investor that does the honest yearly math.

The only minor problem I have is that Tobias seems to dismiss bond funds. I think Vanguard Wellington (VWELX) and Wellesley (VWINX) are both really "index" funds that include bonds (VWINX about 2/3 bonds and VWELX about 1/3 bonds), though they don't fit the definition of an index fund. Both should be mentioned in this book because they are solid performers, especially during volatile stock swings. At the time of writing this, VWINX is up 7.39% YTD compared to the Total Stock Index (VTSMX) down YTD. VWINX also has a mere 0.28% expense ratio (0.21 if you've got 50K for Admiral shares) -- for a single fund with stock exposure, few performed better this past year than VWINX (full disclosure: today I only own VTIAX and VFIAX).
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I bought this book's first printing in 1978. Following its advice, I was able to retire at 59. I lived below my means and invested in stocks (and was helped by the bull market through 2000). Tobias is a really good writer. He is fun to read. If you've thought about investing, this is the first book you should read.
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This is one of the best common sense book on savings and investing out there. Rule No. 1 "Trust no one with your money except yourself". The majority of brokers and investors that want your money are out to make the highest commissions. Tobias also stresses the importance of compounding interest.......start saving early and always live below your means. This should be mandatory reading for every young adult. I've found this to be a great for young graduates as they start their carriers.
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