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The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own: A Do-It-Yourself Breakthrough Strategy Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2011
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About the Author
Dan Solin, an Investment Advisor Representative and nationally known advocate for investors, is the author of The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read, Does Your Broker Owe You Money?, and the New York Times bestsellers The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Readand The Smartest 401(k) Book You’ll Ever Read. His award-winning books have been widely praised by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Library Journal, and many financial writers, leading economists, and others.
Solin is a financial columnist for AOL. His advice appears frequently on its Welcome Screen where it is viewed by millions of readers. He is also one of the most popular financial bloggers on The Huffington Post. A frequent guest on national television and radio shows, Solin has addressed professional organizations of accountants, advisors and financial planners and has testified before Congress on investor issues.
Top Customer Reviews
In his latest book, Solin has apparently overcome his aversion to ETFs and utilizes several of them to construct his `SuperSmart' and `Smartest ETF' portfolios. Tragically, his bond recommendations fall woefully short of the mark. For example, Solin suggests investing 50 percent of the total bond allocation in the SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term International Treasury Bond ETF (BWZ), a relatively small, thinly traded ETF which allocates almost 15 percent of its holdings to the potentially risky bonds of Italy and Spain.
Investors would be better served consulting the books of William J. Bernstein, John C. Bogle, Larry Swedroe and others for specific investment recommendations consistent with this philosophy.
During the past four years I haven't had the lows or the highs of the equity markets but maintained an honest return that allows me to sleep at night.
The format of Mr. Solin's book makes it easy to read and the takeaways (What's the Point?) at the end of each chapter help keep the reader laser focused. Love it!! You can read chapters in varying order if you can't wait to look at a subsequent section also.
The documentation is superb. My favorite section is the Glossary. I read it a few times to help keep my thinking accurate. I went online and checked the references and they were accurate. I furthermore checked a couple of books out from the library to document the simple underlying premise.
Having read "The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read" before this book probably put me in a little better position to understand passive versus active investing than a first-time reader. However, the book is clear and eloquent with a wonderful sense of wit and dry humor.
I can prove my passive, dull, drab portfolio of index funds (with no fees or minimal fees) beat 95.5% of all investors since 2007. Can you? Buy the book. Read it. Do it. Sleep better. It is great to be in control for a change!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been investing in the stock market for over 40 years. This is the best book I have ever read about investments. It is pure gold. I wish that I had read it 40 years ago. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard
A brief and readable explication of principles of how to design a portfolio to minimize unnecessary risks for a given expected level of returns.Published 1 month ago by L. Parker
Daniel R. Solin writes some of the best investment books. Simple straight forward advise. I would recommend this for anyone with an IRA, 401K or cash to invest.Published 4 months ago by J Huffer
Very good book to read and learn about investing on your own.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like it a lot, it's really informative and broadens your knowledge on investing and how to properly invest for retirement and make the smartest choices instead of just adequate... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph Cox