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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 6 edition (July 9 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071813659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071813655
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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"[A] classic investing book." Money Magazine 20130412

About the Author

Charles D. Ellis (Greenwich, CT) served for 28 years as managing partner for Greenwich Associates, the global leader in strategy consulting to professional financial service firms. He has consulted with the world’s leading investment managers and securities firms. Primarily in the United states, but also in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The author of 12 books and more than 200 articles on investing, Ellis has taught investment courses at the Harvard Business School and the Yale School of Management.


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I'm not an expert, however this book is full of fluff... a bunch of poorly used sayings with very little substance... the writing reminds me of what a kid would do when told they have to submit a 1000 work essay ... space out the letters, double space and make the sentences as wordy as possible... seriously .. this is the state of investing? "protecting ourselves from ourselves" ... Charles, quite trying to make sound sophisticated, use simple understandable words and shorten your book to its core meaning or about 50 pages... "gifts made or not made" what the hell does that mean ... ???
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Presents an interesting contrarian view about asset allocation that is neutral to age that changed my investment plan.
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Its the go to for investment policy
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One of the best books ever written on the investment management industry
Timeless content
I've been in the industry for 30 years and have now read all 6 versions of this book over and over ! Truly fantastic
Congratulations to Charles !
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb46e399c) out of 5 stars You can't win if you don't play July 14 2013
By Eric Sedensky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although I feel a bit as though this book states the obvious and does so repetitively, I still rank it as above average. That's because I think a little sobriety and common sense can go a long way in today's investment world, and this book has a lot of potential to be helpful to investors just starting out or who still have a long timeline before retirement. The title suggests that the author is going to give readers a guide for how to "beat" the market, but indeed, that is the anti-thesis of this book. In fact, the author admits that investing is a loser's game and there is no way to beat the market. His strategy is simply, you can't beat `em, so you should join `em. And how should you do that? With index funds. The plain white toast of the investment world is this book's simple strategy for winning the loser's game, and the author trots out lots of heavyweight facts and figures in chapter after chapter, with the bottom line of: you could have done this, and it might have made you rich, or it might not have, but if you had indexed, you'd be doing okay.

Nothing new, nothing exciting, but easy enough to implement and compelling enough to want to. In the world of investing, the new offense may well be a sound defense, and this book will certainly convince most intelligent investors of that fact. I've been indexing for years and I know I'm better off than most investors in my age group. At the very least, I haven't stayed up at night regretting or fretting about investment decisions, and I don't worry (yet) about running out of money, so I can't argue with the author's premise. This book is well written, well organized, well thought out, and I'll say it again, compelling. Some readers may balk at a whole book about an idea as simple as "buy index funds", but maybe that's what it takes to convince you. And while it's true that you can't lose the game if you don't play, you can't win either, and in the end, it's better to have a safe if somewhat slow strategy than no strategy at all.

I recommend this book to anyone who invests in their future. It can't hurt you as an investor, and it might help make you a better (if slightly stodgy) one.

Note: The publisher provided me with a gratis copy of the book for purposes of this review.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb47410c0) out of 5 stars Best Investment Book I've read Sept. 6 2013
By Builder One - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Ellis' credentials were what brought me to buying this book. But his logic and math were what convinced me about indexing. There have been many articles in the WSJ and Fortune recently about big money managers saying indexing is the best way to invest in the market. After reading this book, i understand why. I changed all my accounts to low cost index funds when i was done and won't look at them again for years.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4746360) out of 5 stars Excellent guidance Jan. 13 2014
By John Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is easy to read and understand and contains excellent, basic investment guidance. I suggest that people in their 20's and 30's should read and implement the investing practices contained in this book.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4746390) out of 5 stars Ellis served on the board of Vanguard so he should know that although Vanguard is indeed a provider of an excellent stable of ex Jan. 19 2015
By X-NDSN Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book could be reduced to a pamphlet entitled you're all wrong if you invest in anything but index funds. This is the message repeated in almost ever chapter over and over again. Now here is what I found so unbelievable reading this book. Mr. Ellis served on the board of Vanguard so he should know that although Vanguard is indeed a provider of an excellent stable of extremely low cost index funds Vanguard also has several of the best low cost actively managed mutual funds which have beaten their corresponding indexes over the past 30 years. Don't take my word for it check out the performance of any of the funds managed for Vanguard by the Primecap Management team. Primecap (VPMCX), Primecap Core (VPCCX), or Capital Opportunity (VHCOX) or Health Care (XGHCX). William Bernstein's "The Four Pillars of Investing or Larry Swedroe's " The only guide You'll Ever Need for the RIGHT FINANCIAL PLAN" are both superior books covering this same topic. Save your money and buy one of these books instead
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb474639c) out of 5 stars Hoary, overblown humble-bragging May 14 2015
By Rich Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The contents of this book could have been summed up in one page, or perhaps even one sentence: invest in a weighted portfolio of index funds. Ok, we get it. And we get that Ellis is on the board of Vanguard, so he stands to personally benefit financially a great deal from that advice.

But do we have to endure his endless humble-bragging? His intonations of Choate, Greenwich, ad nauseum? And he did not merely graduate from HBS in 1956- no, he graduated from "THE Harvard Business School." Maybe he needed to clarify because there are two of them- I don't know.

But for a true vomit-inducing round of humble bragging, look no further than the Preface: "A large English oak table dominating the inside left corner of the Morning Room on the ground floor of Boodles, the oldest of the social clubs established more than a century ago in or near St. Jame's in London, is one of the places in which parts of this book were written. Other locations include hotels rooms in- and airplanes flying between- Johannesburg, San Francisco, Chicago, Nairobi, Princeton, Bermuda, Vail, Boston, New York City, and Atlanta; and of course, at home in Greenwich."

Gag.

For extolling the benefits of indexing for the common man, he's hardly a "champion of the people" if you ask me.


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