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Investing Made Simple: Index Fund Investing and ETF Investing Explained in 100 Pages or Less Paperback – Sep 15 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Subjects, LLC (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981454240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981454245
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,045,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mike Piper is the author of 7 personal finance books and the popular blog Oblivious Investor ( He is a Missouri Licensed CPA.

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Index fund investing is certainly the way for us middle class, middle to older age people should be investing. After the scandal of the mutual funds over the last 25 years, it is really great to read books and guides on how to choose the best index funds. That is why I purchased this book. However, it was a little disappointing. It was good in the sense that it promoted index fund investing, but like so many weaker writers, he assumed his audience was pretty simple minded. In fact, most investors have become very sophisticated over the years and what we need is a guide which helps us to think through all the important factors to keep in mind when investing.

I realize the title says "Investing Made Simple" and I did keep that in mind when I was reading. Nevertheless, investing is never simple. I believe the average return for the average investor over the last 50 years has been around 2%. This is unacceptable given that indexes have been growing around 9% a year and we need the power of compounding to allow us to accumulate enough capital to be able to retire with a reasonable income as we grow older.

I wish I could recommend a better guide. The books by John Bogle are good, but for many people untrained in the investment industry they can be quite daunting. And some writers are recommending exchange traded funds (ETFs) just like all the hype about mutual funds so many years ago. ETFs have proliferated to the point where is can be very confusing for someone not trained in investment analysis. What is needed is a good solid guide for sophisticated savers who need help thinking through and deciding on the key elements and factors which will lead to a positive investment experience with index funds and ETFs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple to follow June 4 2016
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Easy read, simple straight forward information. Author's approach is to spell out the basics and offer a few suggestions for investing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 16 2016
By Rolland A. Krueger - Published on
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It covered all the areas that I was interested in and did it in a very understandable manner.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular Feb. 7 2010
By Maryland Gentleman - Published on
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This is the ONLY book ANY of us needs on investing. If we have over $1000 welcome to Vanguard... if you have less than that and want to invest, well then he has the page in there with EFT's you can buy them from tdameritrade for $10 and just buy and hold.

Now all you have to do is figure out how much you want to invest in stocks and bonds, many quizes online to help you with that. Just google "asset alocation" then go out and enjoy life, because this is one area of life that really is simple.

Its all a matter of finding low fees and growing with the market (period) doesn't matter if you are type A or B, Tall or short male or female, this should be one of the easiest area of your life. ( I am suggesting that investing is easy, I am not suggesting that the market will do well, of course nobody knows that, but if the stock market does well, with his approach, you will do well without the extra fees most people endure).
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, direct, on point - a great appetizer! Sept. 29 2009
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Great introductory book for index fund investing, asset allocation, and the importance of ignoring the market "chatter" that constantly tempts the investor to "do something" (even if that "something" is more likely to hurt than help). At about 100 pages, the entire book can easily be read in one sitting, and provides a great introduction to the topic.

Perhaps the most helpful message of the book is that simple investing is easy and generally beats complex investing. More activity does not necessarily lead to better investing results, and laziness (aka patience) generally outperforms efforts to produce higher returns.

By presenting this discussion in a clear, straightforward and easily-understood manner, "Investing Made Simple" lives up to its title. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to implement - and with a good set of references for further ready, this book is a great launching point for someone interested in investing for themselves and with their own interests first and foremost. Thanks Mike!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in Investing and don't know where to start? THIS BOOK FOR YOU Jan. 21 2012
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The Perfect book for that someone who has an interest in learning about investing. Over the last couple years I am continually asked about investing by friends, family and coworkers, as I always have an investing book on my desk at work or coffee table at home. I have YET to successfully pass on enough or right information that someone actually pick's it up enough interest to learn more. I have tried several ways from sharing my Investing Policy Statement, recommended books, web sites..ect. I think I have finally found the perfect book to pass on that beginner or to that someone who wants to be a DIY investor.