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Investing is all about common sense. Owning a diversified portfolio of stocks and holding it for the long term is a winner's game. Trying to beat the stock market is theoretically a zero-sum game for every winner, there must be a loser , but after the substantial costs of investing are deducted, it becomes a loser's game. Common sense tells us--and history confirms--that the simplest and most efficient investment strategy is to buy and hold all of the nation's publicly held businesses at very low cost.
The classic index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you with your fair share of stock market returns. To learn how to make index investing work for you, there's no better mentor than legendary mutual fund industry veteran John C. Over the course of his long career, Bogle--founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world's first index mutual fund--has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard's clients build substantial wealth.
Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Little Book of Common Sense Investing will show you how to incorporate this proven investment strategy into your portfolio. It will also change the very way you think about investing. Successful investing is not easy. It requires discipline and patience. But it is simple. For it's all about common sense. With The Little Book of Common Sense Investing as your guide, you'll discover how to make investing a winner's game: Why business reality--dividend yields and earnings growth--is more important than market expectations How to overcome the powerful impact of investment costs, taxes, and inflation How the magic of compounding returns is overwhelmed by the tyranny of compounding costs What expert investors and brilliant academics--from Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham to Paul Samuelson and Burton Malkiel--have to say about index investing And much more You'll also find warnings about investment fads and fashions, including the recent stampede into exchange traded funds and the rise of indexing gimmickry.
The real formula for investment success is to own the entire market, while significantly minimizing the costs of financial intermediation. That's what index investing is all about. And that's what this book is all about. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
While I agree with Bogle's thoughts in this book and probably because I agree too much with him I would like to read a book that promotes active investments, just so I can draw the conclusions myself. Any recommendation of this kind of books? Rule 1 investing is good book that promotes active investments although I agree with Bogle. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 15, Keegan rated it really liked it Shelves: investing. What did I think? I'll get back to you in about 30 years. View all 5 comments. Apr 30, Michael rated it really liked it. While it was indeed a little book, it was much longer than it needed to be.
The whole book can be summed up in one sentence: Buy and hold a low cost index fund. You're welcome, you've essentially just read the book. View all 3 comments. Dec 14, C rated it really liked it Shelves: finance , non-fiction. After hearing so many references to John Bogle and his followers, the Bogleheads, I decided I had to read this book.
The author, John Bogle , invented the index fund and founded Vanguard. I really liked this book; it's one of the better investing books I've read. It contains just the right amount of empirical evidence in the form of statistics, graphs, and charts to be convincing, but not eye-glazingly boring. To back up his assertions, he points to "the relentless rules of humble arithmetic. In case you find yourself questioning Bogle, the end of each chapter contains a "Don't Take My Word For It" where well-known investors agree with Bogle on the chapter's topic.
Bogle's main point is that the best most efficient investment strategy is to buy and hold all publicly traded US businesses at a low cost. He recommends this very simple approach as a superior alternative to the incredibly complex array of specific investment options available today. He describes this as Bogle's Corollary: "Don't look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack! But where costs are concerned, time is your enemy. Stick with the total stock market.
The broadest possible diversification eliminates all risk except market risk 2. View all 8 comments. The whole book can be summarized in one sentence: index ETFs are better than mutual funds because they track the whole or a good chunk of the market and have very low costs. The whole book. Apr 03, Diego Leal rated it liked it. One sentence summary: Invest in index funds. View 1 comment.
Oct 12, Soheil rated it did not like it. In all my ventures into the books on stock market, I had never come across a book as useless as this one. The author keeps telling you that from the first page to the last that you should follow his advise on chucking mutual stocks and become passive nobody that only invests on index funds and sits for the next 10 years to earn an average profit.
To support his statement while claiming that he invented the index funds he uses arguments such as tax, agent fees, half quotes from famous people, s In all my ventures into the books on stock market, I had never come across a book as useless as this one. To support his statement while claiming that he invented the index funds he uses arguments such as tax, agent fees, half quotes from famous people, stupid examples on why this worked you may be able to find many more on why this did not work!
The writing is awful. The author's futile at humor fail to create the slightest of smiles. He keeps repeating phrases such as the "relentless rules of humble arithmetic" as many as what feels like a million times there is even a chapter with that name. I have only one recommendation to anyone reading this. Stay well away from this book.
Your time has more value Dec 02, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: shelf , economics. This is a funny little book. While the idea doesn't exactly feature all throughout this piece of good advice, it does underscore the obvious idiocies and point to a classy, simple solution. Kinda like the causes for the Revolution. So, what, we need to overthrow the stock market? The actual idea is prett This is a funny little book. The actual idea is pretty damn simple and backed up with massive proof in the massive pudding.
Second-guessing, day trading, money managers, almost everything else performs worse. It's pretty simple. Don't pay for middlemen, diversify for yourself, and have it rock out with compound interest. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is just a lot of repeating the same good idea, always pushing for the value of ETFs, and it highlights how the system OUGHT to work, without interference or bad actors.
All good, as far as that goes. So, if we live in a perfect world, this is just about perfect. Honestly, the book could have been even shorter but what is here is still good. I've seen most of these ideas many times before, even so. Jan 30, David rated it liked it. I get it. Invest in index funds that are low cost, broadly diverse, and hold hold hold. Great idea, but much of the book is spent smacking you over the head with the idea.
Bogle deserves a million stars for starting Vanguard and bringing us the concept of low-cost index funds. I'll even go one better and agree with the fundamental premise of this book, that almost everyone should have broad-based indexing as the foundation of their investment plans. This book is essentially a dismantling of vast swaths of the financial industry, especially the mutual fund. Step by step, and through the relentless application of real-world performance numbers and statistics, Bogle s Bogle deserves a million stars for starting Vanguard and bringing us the concept of low-cost index funds.
Step by step, and through the relentless application of real-world performance numbers and statistics, Bogle shows investing for what is it is - a zero sum game where people who don't index, take money from each other while also paying the entire industry that is in place to chase mythical outperformance via mutual funds. The result? Rather than try to find a needle in a haystack, why not just buy the haystack he's full of colloquialisms and folksy charm?
My biggest issue with the book is that it pokes a stick at the largest turd in the industry mutual funds and then says, "indexing is a heck of a lot better than this. He quotes Buffett several times without mentioning that his market-crushing performance is still in full effect and investors are still being rewarded by it or that stock picking services like the Motley Fool have a great track record of consistently outperforming market averages on most of their real-money portfolios.
Clearly, there are some ways to invest that do beat the market - I just wish that Bogle had spent a little time getting into what it takes to be successful in those other areas. I think there's a way of doing that without diminishing the awesome power of the main thesis. View all 4 comments. Feb 29, Joseph Wengerd rated it it was amazing. Index funds are those good plans that will save you from failing in the dreams of a perfect plan.
Jul 24, ScienceOfSuccess rated it really liked it Shelves: waiting. Bogle did a good job explaining investment options with pros and cons. This would be a great book to start since this book was written for normal people, not financial specialists. This comes with a cost of nothing extraordinary if you are looking for something more than basic information about stocks and bonds you should pick another book.
Shelves: on-kindle. Logic makes sense and if I weren't already a convert, would definitely take seriously. It's so interesting that so many investors do not. To be a know-something investor requires a considerable amount of time; time which most cannot spare. Add to it every single month and never sell it - is the best advice to give people. Adding to it every month is key. It will go up over time.
Be patient and just add to it in a regular systematized way. Ending up wealthy really is that easy. Click the link we sent to , or click here to sign in. Subscribe Sign in. Share this post. Bogle Investing Book Notes Chris Franco. VTSAX performance in the last 10 years. Create your profile. Only paid subscribers can comment on this post Subscribe. Already a paid subscriber? Sign in. Check your email For your security, we need to re-authenticate you.
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns is a and book on index investing, by John C. Bogle, the founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Group. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his. In this latest entry in the Little Book series, Bogle's gentle prose contains idiot-proof advice for investors at all levels. He punctures the myth of the.