The irreverent guide to investing, Boglehead style
The Boglehead's Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical "common sense" promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy and hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game.
Investing can be simple, but it's certainly not simplistic. Over the course of twenty years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing brings that communication to you with comprehensive guidance to the investment prowess on display at Bogleheads.org. You'll learn how to craft your own investment strategy using the Bogle-proven methods that have worked for thousands of investors, and how to:
- Choose a sound financial lifestyle and diversify your portfolio
- Start early, invest regularly, and know what you're buying
- Preserve your buying power, keeping costs and taxes low
- Throw out the "good" advice promoted by Wall Street that leads to investment failure
Financial markets are essentially closed systems in which one's gain garners another's loss. Investors looking for a roadmap to successfully navigating these choppy waters long-term will find expert guidance, sound advice, and a little irreverent humor in The Boglehead's Guide to Investing.
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About the Author
MEL LINDAUER, CFS, WMS, was dubbed “The Prince of the Bogleheads” by Jack Bogle. A Forbes.com columnist, he’s one of the leaders of the Bogleheads community.
TAYLOR LARIMORE, CCL, has been dubbed by Money magazine as “the Dean of the Vanguard Diehards” and John (Jack) Bogle himself calls Taylor “The King of the Bogleheads.”
MICHAEL LEBOEUF, PHD, is an internationally published author, business consultant, and professor emeritus who taught Management at The University of New Orleans.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD BY JOHN C. BOGLE xv
PART I ESSENTIALS OF SUCCESSFUL INVESTING
CHOOSE A SOUND FINANCIAL LIFESTYLE 3
START EARLY AND INVEST REGULARLY 13
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING: PART ONE 25
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING: PART TWO 39
PRESERVE YOUR BUYING POWER WITH INFLATION-PROTECTED BONDS 49
HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO SAVE? 63
KEEP IT SIMPLE 75
ASSET ALLOCATION 89
COSTS MATTER 109
TAXES: PART ONE 119
TAXES: PART TWO 131
PERFORMANCE CHASING AND MARKET TIMING ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR WEALTH 153
SAVVY WAYS TO INVEST FOR COLLEGE 169
HOW TO MANAGE A WINDFALL SUCCESSFULLY 179
DO YOU NEED AN ADVISOR? 187
PART II FOLLOW-THROUGH STRATEGIES TO KEEP YOU ON TARGET
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS AND REBALANCE WHEN NECESSARY 199
TUNE OUT THE “NOISE” 211
MASTERING YOUR INVESTMENTS MEANS MASTERING YOUR EMOTIONS 223
MAKING YOUR MONEY LAST LONGER THAN YOU DO 235
PROTECT YOUR ASSETS BY BEING WELL-INSURED 243
PASSING IT ON WHEN YOU PASS ON 257
YOU CAN DO IT 265
APPENDIX I: GLOSSARY OF FINANCIAL TERMS 273
APPENDIX II: BOOKS WE RECOMMEND 279
APPENDIX III: FINANCIAL WEBSITES WE RECOMMEND 283
APPENDIX IV: VANGUARD ASSET ALLOCATION QUESTIONNAIRE AND PIE CHARTS 287
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 293
What People are Saying About This
"Generically, the Bogleheads are folks who admire John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard mutual fund company . . . So, why did they write this book? Probably for a little ego boost. Also, perhaps, to share a lifetime of accumulated knowledge, to help other people achieve their financial goals, and to leave the world a slightly better place. Are these guys nuts,or what? Anyway, they did a good job. This is definitely a book for beginning investors, but the facts are solid, the advice almost impossible to argue with . . . . If you're looking for a financial book you can trust, we can't think of a better candidate than this, except possibly for one of the books by the Master (i.e., John Bogle) himself. If you want to get started investing, if you need a new investment plan, or if you'd like to validate an existing plan, we suggest that you sit down, read this book, and trust what you read. How rare is that?"
—Roy Weitz, FundAlarm.com (December 2005)
"The chief Boglehead is Taylor Larimore, 81, a former official at the Small Business Administration . . . He and a few other Vanguard fans started the Diehards forum in 1998. Now Larimore and two other longtime Diehards—Mel Lindauer, 67, a retired owner of a graphic arts business, and Michael LeBoeuf, 63, a former management professor—have written The Bogleheads Guide to Investing . . . . The book’s main themes should come as no surprise. In his own writing, Bogle emphasizes diversification, low costs, and index funds; here, his followers try to make those notions graspable for beginners . . . . Also, unlike most investing authors, the Bogleheads offer advice on topics from taxes to insurance to estate planning ."
—Penelope Wang, MoneyMagazine (January 2006).
"The new "Bogleheads Guide to Investing!" Gotcha! A must-read!"
—Paul Farrell, Marketwatch.com
"If you master the concepts laid out in this book, you'll do very well."
"'The Bogleheads' Guide' is both a textbook for beginners and a refresher course for old hands. It blends elements of financial-planning primers like 'The Wealthy Barber' with tips on why it pays to be cheap, a la 'The Millionaire Next Door.' ... The Bogleheads march readers smartly through the basics of how much they need to save for retirement, how to allocate their assets and when to rebalance their portfolios. The authors steer through the minefield of taxes and warn neophytes to master portfolio-gutting emotions including greed and fear."
—James Pressley, Bloomberg.com
“If you are looking for a simplified and methodical do-it-yourself guide that will enable you to manage your investment portfolio, this is the book to turn to.”
—The Economic Times
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