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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Sankar
  • Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States
  • 12-20-10

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.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • e. hartford, CT, USA
  • 11-08-08

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Valencia, CA, USA
  • 02-12-08

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!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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great listen

being new to investing I found this book to be very informative. definitely worth listening to

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  • Luis
  • Sunrise, FL, United States
  • 05-23-12

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

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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Excellent foundation

The guidance and introduction to securities is absolutely on point, I wish I'd known these simple principles years ago. If you only buy one book on investing, this should be it.

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Very clear cut and not as dry as other beginning i

Very clear cut and not as dry as other beginning investment books. Some repetition in content, mostly to drive home the importance of index investment. Would recommend to anyone starting out.

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  • AC
  • 07-09-17

Important and eye-opening, if a tad repetitive

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TL;DR This book is excellent and one of the most important books on investing you'll ever listen to. However, I often found myself completely swayed by an argument only to have Bogle continue to argue his case WAY beyond the point he had already convinced me. Still, this book is a treasure.<br/><br/>John C. Bogle, a name I had never heard of until recently, has become a personal hero of mine. What he has brought to investing for us (Vanguard and the index fund) is something to be celebrated and something we should all raise a glass to Mr. Bogle for. (Thank you!)<br/><br/>And in this book, Bogle explains how index fund investing works and why its the only sort of investing you need to worry about. Not only is it superior to actively managed investing in almost every conceivable scenario, it's EASIER and CHEAPER, too. It's a win-win-win. And the book basically spends its entire duration explaining this and arguing the case for it.<br/><br/>My only complaint is that the case is argued maybe a little too thoroughly. I was usually convinced long before Bogle was done telling me why I should be. Don't get me wrong, this is not necessarily a bad thing (hence the reason this complaint has no effect on the 5-star rating I'm giving this book). It's great to see the actual data Bogle uses to prove his case. I just think he goes just a little too far sometimes. "OK, I got it. I'm with you. OK you can stop now. All right, got it. Thanks!"<br/><br/>But really, that's kind of a nice problem to have: the book proves its case too thoroughly. How often can you say that about a book?<br/><br/>Bottom line: this book ought to be mandatory reading for anybody getting into or interested in investing and anybody saving for retirement (which should basically be everybody, if that's not you, you might want to listen to this book anyway; you might change your mind).

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  • Nikola Petkov
  • 10-11-17

Extremely happy with it

Novice investor here. I found the book very concise and informative at any point. Well explained and easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-17

Simplicity trumps complexity!

The nitty gritty of numbers and analysis regarding active and passive investing. Terrific insight with a lot of substance to support it. A must read for any investor!