The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own: A Do-It-Yourself Breakthrough Strategy

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Acclaimed and bestselling author Dan Solin shows you how to create a SuperSmart Portfolio that follows the same strategies used by the most sophisticated investment advisers in the world—but previously unavailable to most do-it-yourself investors. Providing the specific information and guidance lacking in most investment guides, Solin leaves nothing to chance in this accessible and thoughtful guide that will put you in control of your investment future.

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Overview

Acclaimed and bestselling author Dan Solin shows you how to create a SuperSmart Portfolio that follows the same strategies used by the most sophisticated investment advisers in the world—but previously unavailable to most do-it-yourself investors. Providing the specific information and guidance lacking in most investment guides, Solin leaves nothing to chance in this accessible and thoughtful guide that will put you in control of your investment future.

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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."
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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." — John Wasik for Reuter’s

"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." — Allen Roth for CBSMoneyWatch.com

"The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own… is intelligent, straightforward, and very close to common wisdom." — InfoDad.com

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: 9780399537790
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 111,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel R. Solin is the internationally bestselling author of the Smartest series of personal finance books, including The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read. A tireless advocate for investors, Solin is a financial advice columnist for Huffington Post and a contributor to Yahoo Finance. He is a senior vice president of Index Funds Advisors.

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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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