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The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    It depends on How Long

    All of my children read this at the same time with me. We now have a more common vocabulary. As a long time investor and reader on the subject it put many things in one place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

    A must read for investors

    The Four Pillars of Investing is one of the many books I have been reading about investing in the stock market. Of all the books I have read (most by Chicago, Wharton, Harvard professors), this was the most enjoyable and accessible way of obtaining the expertise to appropriately invest and manage my retirement money. William Bernstein researched and beautifully presented the history of investing, the psychology of investing, the history of the stockmarket (including data from the best and brightest), and the best mix of assets. Readers can use this book to produce a winning portolio of stocks and bonds that will reward them with a safe and secure retirement. I loved this book. As a financial planning student studying for the certified financial planning exam, I found his book to be a wonderful explanation of everything I really wanted to be able to convey to my clients about investing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    contrarian investing

    This was a breath of fresh air for me in finacial writing, admittedly a dry subject. Bernstein changed my basic philosophy of owning individual stocks, to a more broad based-index type fund family. The returns are better and the expense ratio is much lower. You will beat the vast majority of market analsysts with a few simple rule. Highly recommended. Now that you arekeeping it simple you can go out and enjoy life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Every investor should read this!

    William Bernstein¿s new book The Four Pillars of Investing, has been eagerly anticipated by readers of his first book ¿ The Intelligent Asset Allocator. I think that readers of The Four Pillars will be just as happy as they were with the first book. Bernstein, together with a number of financial writers including Larry Swedroe and John Bogle have written passionately about the merits of disregarding most of the preachings of the financial media and marketers and instead urge readers to take a sensible, rather than emotional, approach to investing. In an easily readable style understandable by most anyone, The Four Pillars is an outstanding overview of basic concepts of risk in projecting portfolio returns and in explaining why so many investors spend so much money for worthless investing advice and management. The Four Pillars does a particularly good job of explaining the axiomatic principle that anticipated returns are related to the risk of an investment. I¿ve found that Bernstein¿s greatest strength is that he is able to explain the mathematical and statistical underpinnings of investment theory in a way that most readers can understand. His writing is not overly technical and the book was a joy to read. Bernstein¿s discussion on the underlying reasons that actively managed mutual funds, stock picking and market timing only generate high costs and poor performance is excellent and quite convincing. I thought the book did a particularly good job of describing the mental factors involved in a long term investing strategy. The book was written after the technology crash and the events of 9/11 and draws on these events to explain the type of mental anguish which investors must anticipate over the course of a long term plan. Unlike many investment writers who simply advocate investment in equities because they historically have done better over the long term, Bernstein takes pains to advocate a diversified portfolio tailored to the investor¿s level of risk tolerance so that an investor can stay the course through thick and thin. For people who believe that they have a unique ability to actively trade their way to market beating returns - read this book and it will change your life.

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