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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471730335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471730330
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics...[and] pepper the text with practical tips and Web links." (Bloomberg.com, March 2006)

"The book provides sound advice on a variety of issues including mutual funds, bonds, diversification and taxes." -- Lynn O'Shaughnessy, The San Diego Union-Tribune (July 2006)

" ... if you're planning on investing for the purpose of building a stable, lifelong economic backbone, I couldn?t recommend this book more highly. It's a well-conceived explanation, from top to bottom, of an investment philosophy that will create a life full of steady gains and sustainable wealth." -- (www.thesimpledollar.com March 2007)

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"Generically, the Bogleheads are folks who admire John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard mutual fund company . . . So, why did they write this book? Probably for a little ego boost. Also, perhaps, to share a lifetime of accumulated knowledge, to help other people achieve their financial goals, and to leave the world a slightly better place. Are these guys nuts,or what? Anyway, they did a good job. This is definitely a book for beginning investors, but the facts are solid, the advice almost impossible to argue with . . . . If you're looking for a financial book you can trust, we can't think of a better candidate than this, except possibly for one of the books by the Master (i.e., John Bogle) himself. If you want to get started investing, if you need a new investment plan, or if you'd like to validate an existing plan, we suggest that you sit down, read this book, and trust what you read. How rare is that?"
—Roy Weitz, FundAlarm.com (December 2005)

"The chief Boglehead is Taylor Larimore, 81, a former official at the Small Business Administration . . . He and a few other Vanguard fans started the Diehards forum in 1998. Now Larimore and two other longtime Diehards—Mel Lindauer, 67, a retired owner of a graphic arts business, and Michael LeBoeuf, 63, a former management professor—have written The Bogleheads Guide to Investing . . . . The book’s main themes should come as no surprise. In his own writing, Bogle emphasizes diversification, low costs, and index funds; here, his followers try to make those notions graspable for beginners . . . . Also, unlike most investing authors, the Bogleheads offer advice on topics from taxes to insurance to estate planning ."
Penelope Wang, MoneyMagazine (January 2006).

"The new "Bogleheads Guide to Investing!" Gotcha! A must-read!"
Paul Farrell, Marketwatch.com

"If you master the concepts laid out in this book, you'll do very well."
—Reuters News

"'The Bogleheads' Guide' is both a textbook for beginners and a refresher course for old hands. It blends elements of financial-planning primers like 'The Wealthy Barber' with tips on why it pays to be cheap, a la 'The Millionaire Next Door.' ... The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics of how much they need to save for retirement, how to allocate their assets and when to rebalance their portfolios. The authors steer through the minefield of taxes and warn neophytes to master portfolio-gutting emotions including greed and fear."
—James Pressley, Bloomberg.com

“If you are looking for a simplified and methodical do-it-yourself guide that will enable you to manage your investment portfolio, this is the book to turn to.”
The Economic Times

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Most people don't have time to read dozens of books about personal finance and investing. Even if people did have that much time, they would seldom be able to integrate what different authors had to say into a consistent approach.

For several decades, people have been asking me what one book they could read to be more successful with their personal finances. Until now, I've been reluctant to pick any one book. Instead, I would usually provide a list of 6-8.

Having read The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, I can now safely recommend one book for the first time: This one!

Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBouef have five important advantages over other personal finance authors:

1. They are experienced investors.

2. They are well read on the subject of personal finance.

3. They've been answering questions for years from those who want to know what to do on Morningstar Vanguard forum and its related site, diehards.org

4. They are an expert writing team rather than a writer or celebrity trying to be supported by experts.

5. They aren't trying to sell you anything except their book which makes their advice more independent than usual.

The book's range is impressive. Part I looks at the essential elements of successful investing and includes looking at your financial lifestyle, how to start investing young and regularly, different types of financial instruments, inflation-protected bonds, investing minimums, avoiding complications that lose you money, asset allocation, reducing costs, minimizing and deferring taxes, diversification, market timing, money for college, employing a windfall and whether to retain a financial advisor.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f14a3c8) out of 5 stars Unbiased, Informed Financial Advice in Easy-to-Understand Form Oct. 12 2006
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most people don't have time to read dozens of books about personal finance and investing. Even if people did have that much time, they would seldom be able to integrate what different authors had to say into a consistent approach.

For several decades, people have been asking me what one book they could read to be more successful with their personal finances. Until now, I've been reluctant to pick any one book. Instead, I would usually provide a list of 6-8.

Having read The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, I can now safely recommend one book for the first time: This one!

Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBouef have five important advantages over other personal finance authors:

1. They are experienced investors.

2. They are well read on the subject of personal finance.

3. They've been answering questions for years from those who want to know what to do on Morningstar Vanguard forum and its related site, diehards.org

4. They are an expert writing team rather than a writer or celebrity trying to be supported by experts.

5. They aren't trying to sell you anything except their book which makes their advice more independent than usual.

The book's range is impressive. Part I looks at the essential elements of successful investing and includes looking at your financial lifestyle, how to start investing young and regularly, different types of financial instruments, inflation-protected bonds, investing minimums, avoiding complications that lose you money, asset allocation, reducing costs, minimizing and deferring taxes, diversification, market timing, money for college, employing a windfall and whether to retain a financial advisor.

Part II looks at how to track your progress and rebalance assets, staying immune from daily "news" about investing, being in control of your emotions, building up enough money for retirement, asset protection through insurance and estate planning.

The book tackles head on a lot of the bad advice you get about investing, while also being realistic about how much time and effort most of us want to put into financial planning. The tone is friendly, the advice is good and the warnings are appropriate.

What more can you expect from the only personal finance book you'll ever need?
60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea9ed80) out of 5 stars Sought and found! Nov. 9 2014
By unlimited_09 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Seek and you shall find" is the perfect way for me to describe my experience with this book!

Before finding this gem of a book, I was reading several success books this year like "Success Principles" by Canfield, "Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" by Hill & Stone, "The Richest Man in Babylon" by Clason, "The Templeton Plan" by Sir Templeton, to name a few. One book led to another and I ended up with "Smart Couples Finish Rich" by David Bach, which led me to Graham's "The Intelligent Investor". I first read Graham's 1972 edition (thanks to LA public library) and was looking for more current examples, so I purchased the 2003 edition with commentaries by Jason Zweig, which proved to be a very worthwhile upgrade.

While looking up some things I didn't understand online, I repeatedly came across the bogleheads forum, so I signed up as a free member and asked a question. The bogleheads were so helpful that I not only got my question answered, but also understood that the people there were genuinely trying to help. One of the bogleheads led me to a forum page which had book recommendations, so I purchased the kindle edition of this book.

And the moment I started reading the book, I knew this book had the answers for most of my questions. I finished reading it in two days! I just wanted to do this homework done asap and take care of my 401(K)s and IRAs. I had done a big timing mistake six years ago and went highly conservative (80% bonds, 10% stocks and 10% REITs). Luckily it was before the crash, so I had netted some profits, but I waited too long to get in to stocks again. Then I changed jobs and never paid attention! And the stock market had its best bull run for the past 5 years (no one told me!)! Wish I had put my money in a target retirement fund and went to sleep, but that wasn't the case :-(

This excerpt from the book sums it all up about the authors and this book:
"We have no hidden agendas. We aren't financial planners or money managers looking for clients. We don't have a high-powered, get-rich-quick weekend seminar to sell you. We are all well over 70 years of age, financially secure, and haven't missed a meal yet. If you want to read the book at the bookstore, the library, or borrow it from a friend, that's fine with us."
So you are not getting a book that just skims a few things and then asks you to look into the authors' other books or their youtube channel or sign up for their weekly digest!

The book begins with a quick introduction on the philosophy of borrowing vs. spending vs. saving and investing. The initial chapters have some valuable general advice (like car buying and running a part-time business, for example). But the main content is all about sound investing principles, facts and strategies. The book also discusses enough about taxes, which a lot of investing books seem to just skim or totally ignore. There is also enough material covering how to manage one's emotions when investing. I found some of the material to be like "Ben Graham Simplified".

This is one of the very few books that has the guts to not lick the boots of network marketing businesses. (I have personally wasted a lot of my time and money in one such business.) Most other "success authors" would like to sell their books to network marketing businesses in bulk, so they mostly praise some company or the other. My personal experience coincides with those of the authors in that you are better off financially by staying away from network marketing businesses. If you are business-minded, the authors recommend running a business you are really passionate about which coincides with your interests, education and/or experience. Couple the income you produce from your job and/or business with the investing principles explained in this book, you will have a solid plan and a financially successful life!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17d4768) out of 5 stars Solid Guide To A Powerful Investing Strategy March 25 2015
By James D. Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I first became aware of the power of compound interest from studying guys like Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy. They go on and on about how you need to set aside a certain amount every month/year and let it compound into millions over time. That's fine and well, but I could never really figure out a way to implement the strategy. Safe, predictable returns are next to impossible to come by these days. The Bogleheads and Jack Bogle preach the power of compound interest as well, but they actually provide a way to go about getting it. Investing in low-fee index funds and holding them long-term is the method. This book gives an excellent, detailed rundown of how to implement this kind of investment plan. It has a few more stats and minutiae than I might have liked, but overall it is a solid read. This is a simple strategy, but a very effective one. I encourage you to buy this book if you are tired of complicated investment strategies that get you nowhere and brokerage companies that charge you ridiculous fees. However, be forewarned, it takes a long time to make serious money using this strategy. And by a long time, I mean decades.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17d4684) out of 5 stars Very informative for a beginner May 31 2011
By Zach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Over all, extremely informative and entertaining. I was not expecting the guide to cover as much as it did. I was expecting a basic run-down on how to invest in the stock market, period. What it covered was:

-Basics of financial management
-Types of investments
-The most reliable investment choices (risk management)
-The most cost-efficient investment choices (taking taxes and fees into account)
-How to manage taxes economically
-How to separate the garbage on Wall Street (the "investment pornography") from genuine and helpful advice
-Stuff outside of the stock market. I was surprised to read about college finance, retirement planning and insurance management. Extremely informative, albeit for a 22-year-old those were the more boring parts.
-Did I say entertaining? It's got a lot of candor, but it's difficult to review something like candor. It is not too tightly wound up in professional language. It is certainly not text-booky.

My one criticism is the seemingly contradictory angle from which the authors are arguing, and perhaps this is inescapable for these authors, being that they are self-proclaimed Bogleheads. I summarize a theme that shows itself persistently: "Never take financial advice from somebody who's trying to sell you something; those people have conflicted interests! By the way, did I mention that Vanguard's no-load index mutual funds is a great long-term investment?" You may not think it's as poignant as I make it out to be, but I found myself thinking this over and over again for just about every chapter, and I eventually got to the point where I could see it coming around the corner. On the other hand, it is the "Boglehead's Guide," so at least they don't try to hide it. And given the quotations and literature they bring in, I don't think their particular angle eclipses the value of what they are saying. That said, I will certainly seek out other sources of information to contrast and supplement.

I can't stress enough that after reading this my brain feels saturated, like another part of me has been suddenly awakened. So many new ideas I get to play around with in my head! I will give this book another read, picking up little details that I misplaced along the way.

Like I said, very informative and entertaining.
54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17d6be8) out of 5 stars Simple Straight Forward Investing Guide That Works Sept. 14 2006
By M. Larimore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been saving for 20 years - The first ten years I discounted my father's "conservative" advice and bought the hot sector funds, stocks and gold coins. I thought I was doing well. Now I'm a little smarter - I see that my returns during the great bull market of the 90's were only single digit, while my father's approach produced far better returns. Now my Dad's advice is common sense to me and I know that I missed-out on a large chunk of the bull market because I thought I knew it all. I should have followed his straight-forward, common sense advice.

Fortunately this does not have to happen to you - My father(and his friends) wrote the book...Its all the advice I wish I had followed during my first ten years of investing.


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