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Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Hallam
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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"...if you are looking for the first, and possibly only, book to read if you want to figure out how to finance the rest of your life, you can read Andrew Hallam’s “The Millionaire Teacher.”" -- Scott Burns

"'Millionaire Teacher' is a an inspiring must-read." -- Canadian Business

"It’s that kind of experience and wisdom that makes 'Millionaire Teacher' such an outstanding book. It’s easy to find excellent books about investing, but it’s rare to read an author who so clearly understands how people think and act in their financial lives." -- canadiancouchpotato.com

"The book itself focuses on nine rules of wealth that people should have learned in school... These rules nicely distill what has been said in many of the better personal finance books out there: particularly those that cover indexing and the futility of high-cost actively managed investment approaches." -- Financial Post

"I would recommend Hallam’s book as a great investment guide for the investor that wants to be more engaged with their portfolio." -- Jim Yih, retirehappyblog.ca

"Written simply, the book is suitable even for those who have little knowledge of finances." -- Personal Money

"If you want to make sure that your money is invested wisely, then this is the book for you." -- turnonepoundintoamillion.com

"...quirky, upbeat and above all interesting...a book for anyone." -- blog.iii.co.uk

"This book is engaging and easy to read." -- retireby40.org

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The incredible story of how a schoolteacher built a million-dollar portfolio, and how you can too

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors and avoiding the get-rich-quicker products concocted by an ever widening, self-serving industry.

Using low cost index funds, coupled with a philosophy in line with the one that made Warren Buffett a multi-billionaire, Hallam guides readers to understand how the stock and bond markets really work, arming you with a psychological advantage for when markets fall.

  • Shows why young investors should hope for stock market crashes if they want to get rich
  • Explains how you can spend just 60 minutes a year on your investments, never open a financial paper, avoid investment news, and still leave most professional investors in the dust
  • Promotes a unique new investment methodology that combines low cost index funds and a Warren Buffett-esque investment philosophy

Millionaire Teacher explains how any middle-income individual can learn can learn the ABCs of personal finance and become a multi-millionaire, from a schoolteacher who has been there and done that.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wealth Building 101 Oct. 27 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the 1 book that every beginning investor and high school student should read. The author shows the average person the 9 rules he or she needs to follow to build wealth steadily and safely. He shows how he did it through self-discipline, index funds and asset allocation. Start young, pay off your debts and invest, invest, invest. The "Opportunity After Chaos" section (page 78) alone is worth the price of the book. I like this book because it was written by a high school English teacher who has "been there and done that", he's a millionaire about 40 years old. This book was not written by a finance / economics professor or a "talking head" in the finance industry or a financial advisor. I couldn't put this book down, and will probably read it again a few more times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One teacher you should listen to Oct. 16 2011
By Dan
Format:Paperback
A lot of index investors are failed stock pickers, but Andrew Hallam is the precise opposite. He's an enormously successful stock picker who understands just how difficult it is to consistently beat the market. And he's humble enough to admit that luck had at least something to do with it. There is a better way, and you'll hear all about it in this outstanding book.

The advice Hallam offers to investors here is wise indeed. He stresses that the most important ingredient in financial success is living within your means and saving diligently, not picking investments. He also gives an excellent review of the behavioural traps that spell doom for so many investors. And above all, he does this with a highly entertaining writing style that will keep you laughing as you learn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's AboutTime! Oct. 11 2011
By RBisset
Format:Paperback
Yes indeed, it is about time someone wrote a finance book for adults so that they can have meaningful investment conversations with their children. For some reason, finance is a taboo subject in most families. And it's a real shame, as Andrew Hallam correctly points out, because the time to begin investing is when you're young. And taking advantage of man's 'greatest invention', compound interest, and investing in low-fee Index Funds, means anyone can become wealthy over their lifetime.

Andrew does an excellent job of making complicated concepts easy to understand. He does this by simplifying and demystifying the investment process in an entertaining and enjoyable way. Buying/Reading "Millionaire Teacher" is an excellent investment to make!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "But... what about your pensions?!" Nov. 14 2011
By Amy ZM
Format:Paperback
When my husband and I first decided to become full-time, overseas teachers, most of our colleagues looked at us like we had two heads apiece and exclaimed, 'But what about your pensions?' Fortunately for us, there is Andrew Hallam and this fantastic book. Having followed Andrew's advice and blog for years now, we know his strategy works. His book clearly makes his case for easy, logical investing; his anecdotes, when you're confronted with financial advisors who want your business, resonate with you; his voice engages, like he's sitting in a chair next to you, genuinely wanting to help your portfolio grow, not his. Now, whenever anyone asks us 'But what about your pensions?' we hand them this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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The first chapters sounded like common sense. They were not realistic considering that many people have children, emotions and recognize that prestige outweighs long term financial investments. I found a summary that would make the need of purchasing the book ( thus saving your money ) unnecessary :

Rule 1 : Spend like you want to grow rich, which means cultivating
frugality whether buying homes, cars or daily items.

Rule 2 : Take advantage of compound interest by starting investing
as early in life as possible — but only after high-interest debt is
eliminated. (I agree!)

Rule 3 : Pay attention to the negative impact of high fees and thus the case for
indexing: “Small percentages pack big punches.” Here he takes a
skeptical view of the motivations of the financial services industry
generally.

Rule 4 : “Conquer the enemy in the mirror.” It looks at the
problems of stock-picking and market timing, fear, greed and other
emotions that can sabotage investing.

Rule 5 : Build a “responsible portfolio” that includes both stocks
and bonds. Here Hallam introduces what he terms the Couch Potato
Portfolio.

Rule 6 : Look at indexing in the U.S, Canada, Australia and Singapore.

Rule 7 : “Peek inside a pilferer’s playbook.” It looks at
common sales practices of financial advisors and brokers. He starts by
suggesting that those planning to own their own indexed account at a
discount brokerage may want to find a fee-only adviser who can set it
up for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking out for the average investor Jan. 17 2012
By P.Barto
Format:Paperback
I have read your book cover to cover many times and every time I do I seem to learn something new! Just love it! I feel like a student again! You know you have a good book when the spine is creased and cracked and the the corners of the pages are bent from all the bookmarking. Thanks for all of your insight into Canadian Banks! it is amazing to see how our interests are not looked after and how making money for themselves is always on the agenda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Great book for beginners. Andrew walk you through all the steps required to get you started in investing.
Published 14 days ago by Ric
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best investment book I've read
In a nutshell his advice is to buy index stocks/bonds. Not the best investment book I've read
Published 19 days ago by Master Blazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reason in a financial world of insanity
Awesome book! Common sense and financially sound. A breath of fresh air to all the get rich quick schemes out there!
Published 1 month ago by Ashleigh Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
After reading this I'm confident to bust my chops in the stock market. Gets very repetitive though.
Published 2 months ago by Ky'ul
5.0 out of 5 stars i havent read a lot of books in my life ...
i havent read a lot of books in my life but this one ill likely read again.

as someone with a 6 figure stock portfolio, I will be rebalancing in the very near future.
Published 3 months ago by Dylan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to investing
I've read a few investing books. Financial planning has become partly my hobby. I just finished reading this book, by Andrew Hallam, who is an English teacher that became a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Young Canadian
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for beginners in personal finance
Easy to read and yet contain such critical information in personal finance. An essential must read for anybody who has very little knowledge in personal finance.
Published 4 months ago by R. An
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction to Personal Finance
This was the first book I read about personal investing, something that is oddly not taught about in Business School. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners would definitely recommend
Taught me a lot about Canadian financial concepts. Great book for beginners would definitely recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Dustin Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!
I'm 20,

I am very glad I came across this book when I did. I've taken many business related courses in dealing with money and the markets. Mr. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alex Stosic
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