Most helpful critical review
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Good investor, but I don't know if I would like the individual
on November 21, 2012
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
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
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.
Rule 8 : “Avoid Seduction,” and looks at the various distractions
that some term “financial pornography” — investment newsletters and
magazines, junk bonds, gold and hedge funds, which Hallam describes as
“the rich stealing from the rich.”
Rule 9 : Those who love to pick their own stocks if “they can’t
help themselves.” Hallam’s solution is to stay 90% indexed but to
allocate 10% to individual stocks if you find it enjoyable.