Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor

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John C. Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, is both a dynamic leader in the mutual fund industry and its most outspoken critic. Best known for his crusade against unfair treatment of mutual fund clients, Bogle has built a $100 billion mutual fund company on principles of candor, fairness, and low cost. Bogle on Mutual Funds is his straightforward assessment of the industry he knows so well, written for the investor who wants a true and unflinching portrayal. Bogle not only explains the ...
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Overview

John C. Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, is both a dynamic leader in the mutual fund industry and its most outspoken critic. Best known for his crusade against unfair treatment of mutual fund clients, Bogle has built a $100 billion mutual fund company on principles of candor, fairness, and low cost. Bogle on Mutual Funds is his straightforward assessment of the industry he knows so well, written for the investor who wants a true and unflinching portrayal. Bogle not only explains the basic principles of canny mutual fund investing, but also explores its subtle nuances and exposes the hype and fads that often lure investors into making unwise decisions. Rather than a quick route to "wealth without risk," this conscientious guide offers strategies for developing a diversified portfolio that will weather the market's short-term variations. With painstaking care, Bogle warns the reader of the major pitfalls common to mutual fund investing. This is the book to read if you are serious about mutual funds. Encouraging investors to take into account their investment attitudes, their position in the "life cycle" of an investment program, and the behavior of the securities markets over the long run, Bogle on Mutual Funds provides a solid framework for establishing a long-term investment portfolio, one based on sensible selections from among the thousands of stock funds, bonds funds, and money market funds available in this burgeoning industry. Every intelligent investor should read what Jack Bogle has to say about mutual funds.

Move over, Peter Lynch! Now the founder and CEO of a $100 million mutual fund company presents personal and expert financial advice and sets the benchmark for all how-to-invest books. Anyone who is serious about mutual funds can apply Bogle's dynamic investment principles to establish a winning, long-term investment portfolio.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this awesome overview of investment company products and services, Bogle, founder and CEO of the $110-billion Vanguard group of funds, demonstrates that ``the abundance of information available about mutual funds is . . . overwhelming.'' Among the minute details included, Bogle tells not only how to improve your backhand, as it were, but how to get the best grass or clay for the tennis court. Fund categories past and present--index, international, income, growth, industry-specialized electronic, health, long- and short-term bond U.S., corporate, ``junk'', along with sales charges pro and con Vanguard has none, high-low expense ratios, management track records and tax considerations--all are dissected to the ultimate percentile in relation to investor objectives and an inconstant economic climate. There is certainly something here for everyone, but in the aggregate the author reaches beyond the needs and possibly the comprehension of readers not engaged in the investment business. 70,000 first printing; first serial to Money; Fortune Book Club main selecton. Oct.
Library Journal
Bogle, chairman and CEO of the $110 billion Vanguard Group of mutual funds, thoroughly discusses the risks and rewards of investing in mutual funds. He explains how to select among the four basic categories of funds: common stock, bond, money market, and balanced. He argues convincingly that a passively managed ``index fund'' costs less and is more reliable than a fund managed by someone making weighted bets on individual securities, sectors, and the economy. This message is similar to that found in Burton Malkiel's classic The Random Walk Down Wall Street LJ 6/1/90. Bogle, long the mutual fund industry's loudest critic, denounces its misleading advertising, mediocre performance, and selfishness. Sprinkled throughout the text are ``caveat emptor'' boxes that warn readers of the hidden pitfalls of mutual fund investing. Strongly recommended for public library collections.-- Robert Kruthoffer, Lane P.L., Hamilton, Ohio
Booknews
A candid, straightforward assessment of the mutual fund industry authored by the founder of The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies--a heavy hitter in the mutual fund business. Bogle explains the basic principles and subtle nuances of mutual fund investing while exposing the hype and fads that often lure investors into unwise decisions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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"Bogle  is rattling the status quo among the mutual fund  titans." — Fortune
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Meet the Author

John Bogle (Valley Forge, PA) is founder and former chief executive of The Vanguard Group, the world's largest no-load mutual fund company, with more than $500 billion in assets owned by 12 million shareholders. In 1999, Fortune named Mr. Bogle one of the four financial giants of the 20th century, and Princeton University, his alma mater, awarded him its coveted Woodrow Wilson Award. His first book, Bogle on Mutual Funds, has sold over a quarter-million copies in hardcover and paperback.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Building Blocks.The Rewards of Investing.The Risks of Investing.Mutual Funds.Part II: How to Select a Common Stock Mutual Fun.How to Select a Bond Mutual Fund.How to Select a Money Market Fund.How to Select a Balanced Mutual Fund.Where to Get Mutual Fund Information.Part III: New Perspectives on Three Key Issues.Index Funds.Mutual Fund Costs.Taxes and Mutual Funds.Part IV: Practical Application of Investment Principles.The Allocation of Investment Assets.Mutual Fund Model Portfolios.A Mandate for Fund Shareholders
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