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Twenty benefits from the three-fund total market index portfolio. 

The Bogleheads’ Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio describes the most popular portfolio on the Bogleheads forum. This all-indexed portfolio contains more than 15,000 worldwide securities, in just three easily-managed funds, and has outperformed the vast majority of both professional and amateur investors. 

If you are a new investor or an experienced investor who wants to simplify and improve your portfolio, The Bogleheads’ Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio is a short, easy-to-listen-to guide to show you how.

©2018 Taylor Larimore (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A glorified blog post

Buy 3 index funds.
20% Bond Market, 30% International Market, 50% Total US Stock Market
Vanguard is the greatest stock brokerage that has ever existed.
People who post on bogleheads.org liked this advice.

There, I saved you a credit.

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  • JH
  • 07-26-18

Content is fine, adaption to audio is terrible

The content is like a long form blog post series. The narration is clear, but the adaption from print to audiobook format is the worst I've ever heard. Prepare to listen to a lot of web addresses spelled out letter by letter and citations detailed to the page number.

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great info but would rather have read it

Great information that I'm excited to implement in my accounts, I definitely recommend this book but in paperback or ebook, I think it would be better read than listened to. There are a lot of data tables and websites that would be more helpful if viewed. Also the "bogleheads speak out" reviews scattered throughout the book got annoying to listen to after a while.

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A good summary of everything on the forums

Requires a PDF supplemental for all the date and tables referenced. Overall, solid quick read, but nothing very compelling or special.

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go for it

getting killed by financial planner. would have been si much further ahead. the future is the 3 or 4 fund portfolio!

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Buy the book, not the audiobook

The narrator did well considering the material that he was given. It's good stuff for such a small book, but hyperlinks and tables of percentages are not meant to be read aloud. I didn't get tired of the narrator's voice, but I did get tired of all the numbers and percentages that I couldn't see laid out nice and pretty on a page.

The data is important to the points being made, but it really clutters the audio. Also there are lots of interruptions of people saying variations of, "I tried it and it worked!" Yep. By the 37th or so repetition, I think I got it. Maybe the repetition was for gamblers with thick skulls.

Good advice though. I'm going to look into my 401k distribution and see what I can do, and if I reach a point where I can set money aside to invest, I'll save up for this kind of simple distribution.

Simple on the surface, at least. Total market index funds purchase thousands of sticks behind the scenes. I looked this up this morning: Fidelity's FSKAX has almost 3.9k stocks under it's belt and its 10yr performance is in lock step with Vanguard's VTSAX, which has 4k stocks under it's belt.

TIL these things. Good book. Not meant for audio though.

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Too much numbers. Need Simplicity n Update

A bit wordy. Too many numbers n statistics that don’t really relate to current situation. A few is ok but it was like reading a spreadsheet.

3 fund index portfolio is good, but I think it fails to recognize the modern tools n categories in 2021. (Eg: Crytpo assets - update pls , Agriculture, Commodities…) the asset base is so much more diversified and complex to navigate nowadays.

To be simplified into 3 index funds is like saying doctors only need to learn anatomy, chemistry and biology.

There has to be a simpler way to explain it but overly simplified.

Thanks anyway.

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How Did This Audiobook Get Approved For Publishing

John Bogle? Amazing.
Taylor Larimore? Amazing.
Vanguard and the three-fund portfolio strategy? Amazing.

An audiobook that consists mainly of a narrator spelling out website URLs and reciting data from a table that is impossible to decipher? Mind-numbingly stupid.

Why didn't you dummies just include a PDF and say "see page 7" when it was required?

It's very obvious to me that no one but the narrator listened to this before it went out the door. Embarrassing in every sense of the word. I asked for a refund and highly recommend you do as well.

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Good advice but could have been shorter

The advice is good but this could have been much shorter. Spent a lot of time repeating the same thing.

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Easy start to understanding your moves to retirement

Now that you have finished this. Go and download Simple path to wealth. Then you will be set.

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  • Ricardo Maragna
  • 04-21-21

Lots of assertion, little justification

Lots of feel good quotes and anecdotal stories. Very little hard evidence or theoretical justification to support the assertions being made. Nevertheless the advice on constructing a simplified ETF portfolio is going to be appropriate for the majority of investors.