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What did I think? Ill get back to you in about 30 years. ...more


After hearing so many references to John Bogle and his followers, the Bogleheads, I decided I had to read this book. The author, John Bogle, invented the index fund and founded Vanguard.

I really liked this book; its one of the better investing books Ive read. It contains just the right amount of empirical evidence in the form of statistics, graphs, and charts to be convincing, but not eye-glazingly boring. To back up his assertions, he points to the relentless rules of humble arithmetic. Bog



While it was indeed a little book, it was much longer than it needed to be. The whole book can be summed up in one sentence: Buy and hold a low cost index fund. Youre welcome, youve essentially just read the book. ...more


I regret buying this book so much - I should have invested the $19.99 instead. The whole book can be summarized in one sentence: index ETFs are better than mutual funds because they track the whole (or a good chunk of the) market and have very low costs. There. The whole book.


One sentence summary: Invest in index funds.


In all my ventures into the books on stock market, I had never come across a book as useless as this one. The author keeps telling you that from the first page to the last that you should follow his advise on chucking mutual stocks and become passive nobody that only invests on index funds and sits for the next 10 years to earn an average profit. To support his statement (while claiming that he invented the index funds) he uses arguments such as tax, agent fees, half quotes from famous people, s ...more


Bogle deserves a million stars for starting Vanguard and bringing us the concept of low-cost index funds. Ill even go one better and agree with the fundamental premise of this book, that almost everyone should have broad-based indexing as the foundation of their investment plans.

This book is essentially a dismantling of vast swaths of the financial industry, especially the mutual fund. Step by step, and through the relentless application of real-world performance numbers and statistics, Bogle s



I get it. Invest in index funds that are low cost, broadly diverse, and hold hold hold.

Great idea, but much of the book is spent smacking you over the head with the idea.


The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan. Stick to the good plan.

Index funds are those good plans that will save you from failing in the dreams of a perfect plan.



(4.0) Big long sell on low-expense ratio broad index funds. Logic makes sense and if I werent already a convert, would definitely take seriously. Its so interesting that so many investors do not.

- things that cost investors in actively managed mutual funds:
— expense ratio
— turnover (fees cut into profits and cap gains lead to premature taxation)
— higher taxes
— [something about consuming nearly all dividend gains?]
— transaction/load/redemption fees
— investor emotion: buying funds when market up



This book is based on The Intelligent Investor, John C. Bogle did a good job explaining investment options with pros and cons. This would be a great book to start since this book was written for normal people, not financial specialists. This comes with a cost of nothing extraordinary if you are looking for something more than basic information about stocks and bonds you should pick another book.


Im posting the last of my 2017 reads here this month without reviews, so that theyll count towards this years Goodreads Reading Challenge. Full review coming in early 2018. ...more


A simple short book for any beginner who wants to invest in stocks and dont know how/where to start. The main message is clear, logical, and simple:
Invest ONLY in index funds. They are the most cost effective.
And do NOT invest in actively-managed mutual funds because on the long run they are not efficient.

I would recommend the book for anyone who wants to start investing but doesnt want the headaches and the more technical stuff.



The book reiterated the same point from start to finish. What could have been a much smaller book, was stretched to the very limits. While there were a scant number of ideas presented, with the entire focus pretty much being on ETFs, there was well presented data to explain why the solitary conclusion had been drawn for a range of scenarios.


I’ll let you know what I really think in about 30+ years!


This is surprisingly a good book.

I thought it was going to be extremely basic beginners guide and only scratch the surface of the investment world.

This book does not really talk about the investment world, it just talks about index funds within the stock market. I feel like they should have chosen a better title. It is all about proving that index funds are the best (profitable while being safe) bet for investing, with hard factual evidence. Get rid of all your money managers, consultants, fin



Simple analysis showing why investing in low-cost index funds should be the main approach to follow as an investor. A littler bit repetitive in the first chapters but some very interesting points towards the end about ETFs and (brief) asset allocation. Definitely makes a convincing point, sharing a handful of opinions given by experts in the field that agree and (some) also adopt it in their own portfolios. Not an extensive guide as it could have compared this passive strategy to invest in the m ...more


What can I even say. We do live in a society and need to save money, and the general concept to invest in index funds rather than playing the stock market seems sound. However, this book presents an individual solution to a systemic problem and doesnt seem to seriously consider that there are any inherent flaws in this capitalist system that leads people to have to invest money to be able to retire in the first place. Like, he keeps on talking about how Main Street can make investing work for i ...more


This book can be summarized as:

Point 1: Index funds are better than ETFs, mutual funds, individual stocks, etc. Here are 7 chapters using statistical and historical data to prove it. Dont believe me? Heres a chapter cap from another source that agrees with me.

Point 2: Money managers have their own best interest in mind, and have fees. Avoid them and do your own managing. Here are 7 chapters using statistical and historical data to prove it. Dont believe me? Heres a chapter cap from another s



Excellent book on the topic, very analytical, data-driven, based on numbers not arguments, referring to experts, simple still in-depth, well researched, tracking history while forecasting future, taking many factors into account including taxes and management costs, including deep comparisons of core message with alternatives of investment, logical, and very well explained. The sole minus point is that it is very repetitive, reiterating on the same point from different angles. A must-read on inv ...more


Definitely a lot of sound advice to be found in the book. However I found the author’s line of reasoning inconsistent - in some cases drawing from statistics and historical outcomes, in some just saying “I doubt it would work” without doing much analysis (e.g. when talking about whether to invest in US or globally and when talking about factor models). Also, it is clear the book is intended for the widest possible audience, resulting in it being extremely repetitive and at times too simplistic.


“The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.”

This should be the first investment book that everyone reads. I think it paints a pretty good picture of how an individual should be investing - all the while re-iterating that his way is not the only way. I really enjoyed Bogles writing style. Whatever he presented were backed by just enough facts so as to not get boring.

Start early, create a good plan and stay the course!



Continuing my binge of investing related non-fiction The Little Book... is technically short, but relatively dense with information - basically the most straightforward and thorough explanation for why Passive Index funds are the best bet for long term stock investors.

Coupled with A Random Walk Down Wall Street this Bogle provides both challenge and reassurance for Stock Investors and in my opinion is a must read for those on the topic.


This book provides a basic guide to investing for the long term.

Some of the points made, such as have diverse investments, that past performance can be misleading and minimise costs, were interesting, but overall this book was a bit simplistic and it was very repetitive.



Interesting book with investment advice that initially seemed non-intuitive. But Bogle makes many compelling arguments to support his claim of investing in low cost index funds.
Definitely worth reading!


Worth mentioning that index funds generally require a $3000 initial investment. As is often the case (buying a house, for example), you need to be in good shape (have $3000 to spare) to get in on the good stuff. ...more


Right books for intermediate and not for beginners. Deals with wide range of factors in investing. How emotions can lead to profit and loss. Importance of index funds and much more. How hiring a stockbroker is a bad decision.
Only downfall is repetition of same points over and over again.


John Bogle is a legend not only in the investment world, but also the personal finance world. He recently passed so many have lauded praise on him and it is all true. He changed the investment world more than perhaps any other person of the last 30 years. I have been wanting to read this book for many years and recently picked up a copy. Given his recent passing I thought it was a good time to read.

Let me start by saying that I do this (investing and personal finance) for a living. This review



Good book about traditional index fund investing. Over audiobook, it is a bit hard because there are many percentage returns listed that are hard to keep track of without looking at it.

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