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Investing Made Simple: Investing in Index Funds Explained in 100 Pages or Less Paperback – Mar 1 2012


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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Subjects (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981454240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981454245
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 13 2013
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Index fund investing is certainly the way for us middle class, middle to older age people should be investing. After the scandal of the mutual funds over the last 25 years, it is really great to read books and guides on how to choose the best index funds. That is why I purchased this book. However, it was a little disappointing. It was good in the sense that it promoted index fund investing, but like so many weaker writers, he assumed his audience was pretty simple minded. In fact, most investors have become very sophisticated over the years and what we need is a guide which helps us to think through all the important factors to keep in mind when investing.

I realize the title says "Investing Made Simple" and I did keep that in mind when I was reading. Nevertheless, investing is never simple. I believe the average return for the average investor over the last 50 years has been around 2%. This is unacceptable given that indexes have been growing around 9% a year and we need the power of compounding to allow us to accumulate enough capital to be able to retire with a reasonable income as we grow older.

I wish I could recommend a better guide. The books by John Bogle are good, but for many people untrained in the investment industry they can be quite daunting. And some writers are recommending exchange traded funds (ETFs) just like all the hype about mutual funds so many years ago. ETFs have proliferated to the point where is can be very confusing for someone not trained in investment analysis. What is needed is a good solid guide for sophisticated savers who need help thinking through and deciding on the key elements and factors which will lead to a positive investment experience with index funds and ETFs.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Clear, direct, on point - a great appetizer! Sept. 29 2009
By RLC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great introductory book for index fund investing, asset allocation, and the importance of ignoring the market "chatter" that constantly tempts the investor to "do something" (even if that "something" is more likely to hurt than help). At about 100 pages, the entire book can easily be read in one sitting, and provides a great introduction to the topic.

Perhaps the most helpful message of the book is that simple investing is easy and generally beats complex investing. More activity does not necessarily lead to better investing results, and laziness (aka patience) generally outperforms efforts to produce higher returns.

By presenting this discussion in a clear, straightforward and easily-understood manner, "Investing Made Simple" lives up to its title. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to implement - and with a good set of references for further ready, this book is a great launching point for someone interested in investing for themselves and with their own interests first and foremost. Thanks Mike!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to Investing Oct. 4 2009
By Rick Stanley Francis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are new to investing and want a short introduction this is an excellent book for you. It defines the basics concepts: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, index funds, IRAs, 401Ks, and asset allocation. It gives you solid strategies that are proven to work in the long run: avoiding taxes and fees, buying diverse investments, using an asset allocation plan, and annual rebalancing. Finally, the book warns you against common pitfalls that are hazardous to your wealth: Chasing hot funds, selling at a market low, and buying at market peaks.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Simple, to the point guide Sept. 25 2009
By Allan Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a good overview of the widely agreed upon principles of investing. At the end, he lists 20-25 books and blogs as "Helpful Resources". I would describe this book as a short summary of the common points on investing between all those other resources.

This book is great for its intended audience (beginning investors). If you already know the benefits of index funds and a good asset allocation, you probably won't get much out of it though.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Love the Book Sept. 24 2009
By David Ning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a fitting title. Finally, an investing book that doesn't try to confuse everyone and explains, in a clear and concise manner, how we can all make our money work for us.

This is a short read, but I actually applaud the author for it because if you can get the point across in 100 pages or less, why make it any longer? You'd be happy you got the book, because all you can think of after the entertaining read is why the book didn't come out before you started investing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for the new or experienced investor Jan. 5 2010
By M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this book for Christmas, and I have to admit, at first I was somewhat hesitant of this book because of its length. During a long flight home however, I decided to give it a read and I couldn't have been happier with the decision. As a young professional, I recognize how important it is to get started early in investing to one day meet my financial goals. This book clearly lays out a game plan to do so, while helping to understand/weed out much of the hype you hear about certain stocks, certain fund managers, and TV finance "guru's". The book is a perfect length, and well worth an afternoon read. The author's website ([...]) is also filled with great investing tips, and goes into further depth about many of the books topics. Highly recommended!

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