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Bestselling author and financial blogger, Dan Solin, provides real do-it-yourself investors the means to create a dynamic-and safe- portfolio that mimics those constructed for some of the major institutional and trust investors in the country. Readers can maintain complete control over their money-and not sacrifice precious points to an advisor or broker.

Using a strategy that minimizes volatility and maximizes returns, Solin makes investing according to the principles of the ...

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Overview

Bestselling author and financial blogger, Dan Solin, provides real do-it-yourself investors the means to create a dynamic-and safe- portfolio that mimics those constructed for some of the major institutional and trust investors in the country. Readers can maintain complete control over their money-and not sacrifice precious points to an advisor or broker.

Using a strategy that minimizes volatility and maximizes returns, Solin makes investing according to the principles of the most sophisticated financial models accessible to individuals in a way that has never been possible before.

As readers have come to expect from Solin, implementing this plan is as simple as one, two, three: open an account with a discount broker; determine the appropriate asset allocation using the simple questionnaire in the book or online; input pre-determined ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and the allocations for the level of the investor's individual risk profile.

This is the only book that provides the information and practical guidance that readers need to achieve the very best results with the minimum risk,on their own.

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Daniel Solin's bestsellers have titles (The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read; The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever) that carry superlative declarations, but this respected financial expert backs up those claims with detailed, down-to-earth advice. In his latest affirmation, he teaches worried investors how to develop a strategy that minimizes volatility and maximizes returns. Drawing on sophistical, proven principles, he applies them to the reader's individual risk profile, which can be identified by taking a simple questionnaire in the book or online. A prudent, powerful book of guidance.

InfoDad.com
"The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own… is intelligent, straightforward, and very close to common wisdom."
CBSMoneyWatch.com
"Acclaimed and prolific investment author, Dan Solin, has written another terrific book that offers the reader timeless advice on building a portfolio. The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own concentrates on constructing a portfolio of low cost funds with a bent toward small cap and value stocks. Based on the Fama-French 3 Factor model, this type of portfolio construction can give you higher returns as compensation for taking more risk."
John Wasik for Reuter’s
Five Best Money Books of 2011: "Building on his other 'Smartest' money books, Solin lays out sensible ways of constructing safe portfolios that are customized to where you are in life. As with his other advice, Solin favors low-cost, passive portfolios that are diversified and tempered for risk."
Allen Roth for CBSMoneyWatch.com

"Acclaimed and prolific investment author, Dan Solin, has written another terrific book that offers the reader timeless advice on building a portfolio. The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own concentrates on constructing a portfolio of low cost funds with a bent toward small cap and value stocks. Based on the Fama-French 3 Factor model, this type of portfolio construction can give you higher returns as compensation for taking more risk."
Reuter's
Five Best Money Books of 2011: "Building on his other 'Smartest' money books, Solin lays out sensible ways of constructing safe portfolios that are customized to where you are in life. As with his other advice, Solin favors low-cost, passive portfolios that are diversified and tempered for risk."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537066
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel R. Solin is a senior vice president of Index Funds Advisors (ifa.com). He is the bestselling author of the The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read, and The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read. Solin is a financial blogger for the Huffington Post, USNews.com, and AOL's DailyFinance. Visit his website at www.smartestinvestmentbook.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Lesson from Einstein xi

Part 1 The Wrong Way

1 A Battle for Your Brain 3

2 In Bizarro World, These Traits Would Be Valued 7

3 Investing Without Eddie O'Neal 12

4 Join a Wise Crowd 15

5 Trading Against Goldman Sachs 18

6 What You Can Really Learn from Dr. Doom 20

7 The Myth of the Lost Decade 23

8 The Myth of the Excellent Company 26

9 The Myth of Holding Individual Stocks 29

10 The Myth of Holding Individual Bonds 32

11 The Myth of Skill 34

12 A Potpourri of Other Myths 37

13 The Cost of Believing Investing Myths 44

Part 2 The Smartest Way

14 Superior Returns Are Within Your Grasp 49

15 The Right Focus 52

16 Taxes and Costs: Stealth Enemies 57

17 Rebalancing: Sense and Nonsense 60

Part 3 The Smartest Portfolios

18 The Four Smartest Portfolios: An Overview 65

19 Fama and French Are SuperSmart 68

20 The SuperSmart Portfolio: Designed to Produce Higher Returns 76

21 The SuperSmart Portfolio: Chapter and Verse 79

22 SuperSmart Portfolio Returns 84

Part 4 Smartest Alternative Portfolios

23 The Smartest Target Date Portfolio 91

24 The Smartest ETF Portfolio 96

25 The Smartest Index Fund Portfolio 103

26 The Bottom Line 107

Part 5 Going It Alone or Getting Advice

27 Asking the Wrong Question 117

28 Fooling the Fans, but Not the Players 123

29 An Unlikely Source of Returns 127

30 Don't Confuse Knowledge with Success 130

31 The Dimensional Difference 133

32 The Takeaway 136

33 Says Who? 139

Glossary 171

Appendix A Constructing the SuperSmart Portfolio 179

Appendix B Raw Data Used to Produce Risks and Returns 181

Appendix C Fidelity and T. Rowe Price Fund Options for the Smartest Index Fund Portfolio 187

Acknowledgments 195

Publisher's Note 197

Index 199

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