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The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own: A Do-It-Yourself Breakthrough Strategy Hardcover – Sep 6 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (Sept. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537066
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Five Best Money Books of 2011: "Building on his other 'Smartest' money books, Solin lays out sensible ways of constructing safe portfolios that are customized to where you are in life. As with his other advice, Solin favors low-cost, passive portfolios that are diversified and tempered for risk." — John Wasik for Reuter’s

"Acclaimed and prolific investment author, Dan Solin, has written another terrific book that offers the reader timeless advice on building a portfolio. The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own concentrates on constructing a portfolio of low cost funds with a bent toward small cap and value stocks. Based on the Fama-French 3 Factor model, this type of portfolio construction can give you higher returns as compensation for taking more risk." — Allen Roth for

"The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own… is intelligent, straightforward, and very close to common wisdom." —

About the Author


Dan Solin, a wealth advisor to high net worth investors and retirement plans for Buckingham Asset Management and The BAM ALLIANCE Director of Investor Advocacy, 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 TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Library Journal, and many financial writers, leading economists, and others.

Solin is 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BK on July 24 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An easy read with lots of very short chapters and a summary message at the end of each chapter. The message is the same as other books, but is focussed on the US. Much less useful for Canadian investors. I would not buy it again for that reason.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately, only a mixed bag Sept. 11 2011
By Benjamin Graham - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dan Solin's previous works in this series demonstrated the wisdom of constructing a globally diversified investment portfolio comprised of low-cost stock and bond index funds in accordance with a long-term asset allocation suitable to your needs. Where Solin has fallen short in the past is in the translation of this approach to specific investment recommendations, such as his previous advice to avoid TIPS (U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities) and ETFs (exchange-traded funds).

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.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Superb! Taking it to the new level. Sept. 19 2011
By Grant Hiesterman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have read and applied all four of Dan Solin's books. This is a terrific addition to his previous three. In a nutshell, one can maximize return, minimize risk, and quit gambling with one's life savings.

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!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own Oct. 9 2011
By J. Teach - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's a very good book to get you started with investments. It teaches the value of diversification and asset allocation which is 95% of your returns. The media and Wall Street want to confuse investors and make them think they can stock pick and market time, which couldn't be farther from the truth. Investing for the long term and staying invested is the only way to go. The only thing to add is rebalancing. You have to keep your risk levels in check. That in essence is buying low and selling high.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great, readable advice March 31 2013
By Roy - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This guy is terrific. Each chapter is 3-4 pages long and focuses on a single point which is emphasized in bold-faced typed at the end. Solin's work is grounded in extremely well-seleted details and evidence without ever becoming bogged down the way some books on investment do. The book also contains a glossary with clear definitions of all those aracane terms you thought you'd never understand.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Skip one trade and buy this book instead... Oct. 21 2013
By Jack Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I always felt that investing in index funds was not cool, imaginative and, even more: just was not profitable. I believed in my "research", hunches, my beliefs (well, Nokia did suddenly jump), scattered advises, advisors, gurus, apps...Then, I learned my lessons. I had a stock that was lingering low forever against all the excellent fundamentals, then, prompted by bad news I sold it and within a week it jumped 20%. I had one that when its CEO suddenly retired (you know, to spend more time with the family), it tanked by next day. I had one that the as the company falsified its inventory data (prompting a class action lawsuit in what, not being an investor with more than 100k worth of stock I was not entitled for any compensation). Oh, yes, then came Lehman Brothers...I got dropped out of stocks due to exploding trailing stop loss orders many times (of course, then the price jumped high next). At the end I had to admit, honestly, that there was no secret formula that can guarantee the highest yield with the lowest risk.

I am not sure if this book has it either. Yet, in its first 75 pages it will convince anyone, all of us Investors Anonymous, that we should stop chasing unattainable returns or believing that we consistently could beat the market. Then it offers four different portfolios: "SuperSmart", "Smartest Target Date", "Smartest ETF" and "Smartest Index Fund", with five different Risk categories for each. It presents data on returns in 20, 10, 5 and 3 years for each. I guarantee that you will like what you see here. You still have the freedom to tinker somewhat with the composition percentages. You can then setup your spreadsheet, turn off the push notifications of stock price fluctuations and trust the science (Fama and French). Honestly, what else could you do after getting burned so many times: even if you are a flawless genius, dishonest companies, tsunamis and earthquakes or a flock of "black swans" will take you out.

My only issue here is that some recommended funds, like: VGSLX, VLCAX and VVIAX were listed as "Advisor Funds, not available for trading" and therefore I had to find their ETF equivalent.