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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical "common sense" promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy-and-hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game.  

Investing can be simple, but it's certainly not simplistic. Over the course of 20 years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing brings that communication to you with comprehensive guidance to the investment prowess on display at Bogleheads.org. You'll learn how to craft your own investment strategy using the Bogle-proven methods that have worked for thousands of investors.

©2014 Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf (P)2019 Gildan Media

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  • 05-22-20

Reads you charts,why no PDF supplement?

Love the information however, the book reads reads you a lot of charts. Why is there not a PDF supplement? Not good as an audible book without PDF. Get the hard copy. It is hard to grasp all the numbers by listening.

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  • 09-06-20

I Didn't like this book

This book was essentially a big commercial on buying Vanguards ETFs and how to not invest in single stocks.

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Good info need PDF

A lot of good info in this book, highly recommend! However, and an audio book it should have a PDF for all the charts that are in the book. hard to follow and understand the chart when you are only hearing it. If this book had pdf I would give 5 stars.

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Enjoyed this investing book on Audible

Wonderful content and great orator. I recommend this book for any beginner or seasoned investor.

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Wish I’d read this ages ago!!!

This book makes all the sense in the world and holds easy to understand advice all should abide by as much as possible. Thank you Jack and all the generous Bogleheads helping out.

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Great way to start learning

I’m currently undergoing my MBA program and found this through my investment studies. Great foundation for understanding the basics of low cost index fund investing. It lays things out simply and follows an understandable walk through the ideas of live below your means and invest in the market averages. Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn the fundamentals of a investment portfolio.

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An excellent primer on personal finance

And excellent primer on personal finance. Well presented, thoughtfully laid out, and straightforward. An easy read.

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Honest and Practical

An excellent, thorough, honest, and practical approach to investing and retirement planning. This should be a must read for those embarking on (or who soon will be) this journey.

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A must for your financial library

This is a must read and keeper for your financial literacy and library. Especially if you want to take full responsibility for your financial life. History constantly shows us that we can't allow others to look out for our best interest, especially when it comes to money.

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I have to be honest it was very hard to finish the book, however with that being said it was very informational and educational at the same time. It’s very monotone and if you are used to an “educational read” then it’s great but it can be very hard to get through if your not used to reading. I can definitely see myself going back and using the information. All in all it was good.

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  • 06-07-21

The message is clear and remains valid today.

Bear in mind that this was written early in the 2000's so discussions on market trends etc do not take into account the 2008 crash and the market volatility of the late 2010's, the rock bottom + negative interest rates and the Covid crash.
Thus the discussions over economic indicators are now substantially out of date. This is particularly important in the Bond & Fixed income chapters. The reader needs to update the views on Bonds. They are still important in diversification and in Mean-Variace portfolio allocation for risk smoothing but not to the same degree as back in 2005.
As regards Income, Bonds are no longer a steady income generating asset. Allocation strategy now needs to look at alternatives to bonds if the investor requires an income generating portfolio. The bottom line is that passive investors now need to accept an increase in risk or lower income expectations.
The reader needs to make suitable adjustments therefore in asset allocation. The blended funds and Retirement funds therefore represent an edge over single bond index fund matching for Fixed income allocation. Without a sturdy knowledge of the bond markets, economic trends, interest yield curves and the impact of inflation, trying to guess the right mix and allocation of bond index funds in your portfolio can lead to expensive mistakes. The blended funds leaves that to the provider's sophisticated quantitative algorithms at a lower fee than active Bond funds.

Nevertheless, the overall message remains valid.
Passive investing in low cost index funds or Blended diversified funds of index funds including Equity & Bonds remains the best long term investment strategy for the average retail investor.
Active funds which had a good performance run in the past still represent expensive speculation. Some will make gains in excess of the index funds (the market) but more will lose by a greater drawdown than the market. Therefore basic statistics shows that the odds are always against the investor trying to beat the market.
Long term consistent sucess in individual equity investments can only come from a thorough a detailed Value investment strategy. This requires a constant amount of detailed analysis of stocks and the market. An approach that requires a basic understanding of security analysis & valuations and risk assessment. The average retail investor has neither the time, expertise or appetite for such analysis and therefore their activity becomes nothing more than a speculative gamble.
The house always wins.

Sage advise therefore is to just invest in the market.
This still requires every investor to have long term confidence in the stock market and to accept some degree of volatility on the journey but historical evidence since the inception of stocks and financial Securties & sophisticated exchange markets back in the late 18thCentuary displays a continuous growth in the market in parallel with global economic growth.
For this trend to fail in the future one would have to assume that either capitalism is dead or the world is coming to an abrupt end.

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  • 01-08-21

Amazing read!!!! Knowledge is power✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿🎉✊

I'd soooooooooo much haha from this one single but powerful book. Its definitely a must read and have.📚

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  • 05-26-21

A practical guide to good money habits.

I would highly recommend this book. A great read with lots of helpful suggestions and sound advice.

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  • 02-03-20

great investing book. best I've read.

detailed and very useful wide ranging information. not selling something. they write to allow you to succeed and not for there own profit. refreshing.