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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing | [John C. Bogle]

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

To learn how to make index investing work for you, there's no better mentor than legendary mutual-fund industry veteran John C. Bogle. Over the course of his long career, Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world's first index mutual-fund, has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard's clients build substantial wealth. Now, with The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, he wants to help you do the same.
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Publisher's Summary

Investing is all about common sense. Owning a diversified portfolio of stocks and holding it for the long term is a winner's game. Trying to beat the stock market is theoretically a zero-sum game (for every winner, there must be a loser), but after the substantial costs of investing are deducted, it becomes a loser's game. Common sense tells us, and history confirms, that the simplest and most efficient investment strategy is to buy and hold all of the nation's publicly held businesses at very low cost. The classic index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you your fair share of stock market returns.

To learn how to make index investing work for you, there's no better mentor than legendary mutual-fund industry veteran John C. Bogle. Over the course of his long career, Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world's first index mutual-fund, has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard's clients build substantial wealth. Now, with The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, he wants to help you do the same.

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Little Book of Common Sense Investing will show you how to incorporate this proven investment strategy into your portfolio. It will also change the very way you think about investing. Successful investing is not easy. (It requires discipline and patience.) But it is simple - for it's all about common sense.

©2007 John C. Bogle; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Bogle is rattling the status quo among the mutual-fund titans." (Fortune)
"John C. Bogle...has the mind of an economist and the personality of a preacher." (The Washington Post)

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    Jerry Thornton, CO, United States 02-02-08
    Jerry Thornton, CO, United States 02-02-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Repeats endlessly"

    While this book offers sound advice on index investing. It is endlessly repetitive. The crux of the material could be covered in 15-30 minutes.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sankar Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States 12-20-10
    Sankar Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States 12-20-10
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    "Invest in Index Fund.If you get that, don't waste$"

    Invest in index funds is the only message from the book. The authors mentions this over and over again in this book and quotes many successful investors backing that. If someone is not sold on index fund then I would recommend this book. Otherwise save the cost of buying this book and instead add it to your index fund.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Valencia, CA, USA 02-12-08
    Eric Valencia, CA, USA 02-12-08
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    "If you can't beat them, join them!"

    I've been investing for years, and my personal experiences is a testament to what this book details. For the long term investor, nothing beats the indexes!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Sunrise, FL, United States 05-23-12
    Luis Sunrise, FL, United States 05-23-12
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    "I am officially a Boglehead... :)"
    If you could sum up The Little Book of Common Sense Investing in three words, what would they be?

    Indexing is the way to go when investing is not your primary source of income


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Book of Common Sense Investing?

    Learning who John Bogle is...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a great book alltogether


    What did you learn from The Little Book of Common Sense Investing that you would use in your daily life?

    Don't try to beat the market, join the market, as suggetsed by the "simple rules of humble arithmetic"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Onoway, AB, Canada 03-05-12
    Jack Onoway, AB, Canada 03-05-12
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    "Very informative from the historical perspective"
    What did you love best about The Little Book of Common Sense Investing?

    understandable to a begginer


    What did you like best about this story?

    comprehensive on the entire subject


    Did Thom Pinto do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That the long term ,unemotional , diversified portfolio is the most effective way to be successful


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the time invested to get the information from the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas e. hartford, CT, USA 11-08-08
    Thomas e. hartford, CT, USA 11-08-08
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    "Repetitive but Very Good"

    Some of the other reviewers are right; the book could be summarized in 30 minutes. That said, I've listened to it three times and during these crazy economic times it is sort of reassuring. Yes, you can beat the market but, no, it isn't likely that you will. This book helps you understand why and it might also make you less hungry for outsized returns. A good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin jasper, IN, USA 02-17-08
    Kevin jasper, IN, USA 02-17-08
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    "Get something by Jim Cramer instead"

    Let me make this short and sweet for you. Buy index funds, Bogle is an investing genius. Those two statements sum up the entire book. When Bogle isn't telling you how great index funds are he is reading rave reviews about himself. Despite what a lot of successful investors say (Cramer, Buffet, Heebner) Bogle says the only thing you can do is batch the market and beating it is laughable. As far as investing books go pass on this one, there are much better around.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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