—Scott Burns, Syndicated Columnist and Principal of Assetbuilder.com
From the Inside Flap
While the meltdown of 2008–2009 has compounded the complexity of the investment landscape, timeless investment principles can help you navigate even the toughest investment terrain. That's why bestselling author William Bernstein—a grassroots hero to independent investors—has written The Investor's Manifesto.
Approaching the problems of investing and saving from the perspective of someone who has had to figure it out for himself, Bernstein knows firsthand how difficult these endeavors can be—especially for those with little professional experience in this arena. Now, with the current market maelstrom as a backdrop, he skillfully describes what it takes to plan for a lifetime of investing, discussing stocks and bonds as well as the relationship between risk and return. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, The Investor's Manifesto:
Explores the theoretical basis of investing and designing portfolios, drawn in large part from financial history
Offers insights on dealing with the emotions and attitudes that routinely cripple investors
Discusses how to deal with the investment industry when executing strategies designed for anything from saving for retirement to putting a child through college
Addresses ways in which individual investors can construct diversified portfolios that can blunt potentially damaging market forces
Covers the concept of Pascal's Wager—which will enable you to identify and avoid worst-case investing scenarios
If there were ever a time to take control of your financial future, it is now. Potentially generous returns are available to the brave, the disciplined, and the liquid. If you follow the advice found here and keep your head while others lose theirs, then you will have a fighting chance of avoiding the financial pitfalls in front of you and profiting over the long-term.
From the Back Cover
"Bill Bernstein's impassioned new book is indeed a manifesto—a call to action for Main Street investors to free themselves from exploitation by Wall Street money moguls; to understand the brute principles that ultimately determine stock market returns; and to establish the sound and simple strategies necessary for investment success. The Investor's Manifesto is a grand-slam home run."
—John C. Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, Inc.
"This is the investment book that my kids, step-kids, and sisters will read, remember, and thank me for. Bernstein's way with ideas and words means that for all of them, practical investment is no longer too hard or too dull to master. The ahaaa moment for me was finding out what Bernstein is recommending to his readers now."
—Ed Tower, Professor of Economics, Duke University
"The Investor's Manifesto is packed with wisdom and charmingly written. It belongs on every investor's bookshelf."
—Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street
"There is no better writer on investing than William Bernstein. If he has written it, it is a must-read. Whether you are just beginning your journey or already in retirement, this book is an invaluable guide filled with pearls of wisdom."
—Larry Swedroe, Principal and Director of Research, The Buckingham Family of Financial Services, author of Wise Investing Made Simple and The Only Guide You'll Ever Need series
"In The Investor's Manifesto, author William Bernstein, PhD, MD, has condensed his long experience and intellectual wisdom into an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand book that deserves to be on the bookshelf of every serious investor."
—Taylor Larimore, coauthor of The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing and The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning
"The Investor's Manifesto brilliantly lays out timeless investment strategies in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. Whether an investing novice or an experienced investor, Bill Bernstein helps you recover from the market decline and build a solid financial future. Longtime Bernstein fans find the answer to the question 'What would Bill do?'"
—Laura F. Dogu, coauthor of The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning