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Investing Made Simple: Index Fund Investing and ETF Investing Explained in 100 Pages or Less [Paperback]

Mike Piper
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009
Find all of the following explained in plain-English with no technical jargon:
Asset Allocation: What does it mean, why is it so important, and how should you determine your own?
How to Pick Mutual Funds: Learn how to choose funds that are mathematically certain to outperform the majority of other mutual funds.
Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA vs. 401(k): What's the difference, and how should you choose between them?
Financial Advisors: Learn what to look for as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Frequent Investor Mistakes: Learn the most common mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
Calculate Your Retirement Needs: Learn how to calculate how much you'll need saved in order to retire.

Who Is This Book For?
Anyone who has questions about investing, but who doesn’t want to trudge through a 300-page textbook.

What This Book Is Not:
This book is not a great work of literary art.
This book is not going to make you an absolute expert on the topic, and
This book is not going to provide you with a way to get rich overnight.

What it will do (hopefully) is provide an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to the topic of prudent investing.

Product details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Subjects, LLC (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981454240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981454245
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Blobbi
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It does what it says on the cover. It covers in less than 100 pages simple investing advice. This advice, however, is available online on easily to find and free website so I am not sure it was money well spent for me. Should have invested it....dooh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, direct, on point - a great appetizer! 29 Sep 2009
By RLC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great introductory book for index fund investing, asset allocation, and the importance of ignoring the market "chatter" that constantly tempts the investor to "do something" (even if that "something" is more likely to hurt than help). At about 100 pages, the entire book can easily be read in one sitting, and provides a great introduction to the topic.

Perhaps the most helpful message of the book is that simple investing is easy and generally beats complex investing. More activity does not necessarily lead to better investing results, and laziness (aka patience) generally outperforms efforts to produce higher returns.

By presenting this discussion in a clear, straightforward and easily-understood manner, "Investing Made Simple" lives up to its title. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to implement - and with a good set of references for further ready, this book is a great launching point for someone interested in investing for themselves and with their own interests first and foremost. Thanks Mike!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Investing 4 Oct 2009
By Rick Stanley Francis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are new to investing and want a short introduction this is an excellent book for you. It defines the basics concepts: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, index funds, IRAs, 401Ks, and asset allocation. It gives you solid strategies that are proven to work in the long run: avoiding taxes and fees, buying diverse investments, using an asset allocation plan, and annual rebalancing. Finally, the book warns you against common pitfalls that are hazardous to your wealth: Chasing hot funds, selling at a market low, and buying at market peaks.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, to the point guide 25 Sep 2009
By Allan Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a good overview of the widely agreed upon principles of investing. At the end, he lists 20-25 books and blogs as "Helpful Resources". I would describe this book as a short summary of the common points on investing between all those other resources.

This book is great for its intended audience (beginning investors). If you already know the benefits of index funds and a good asset allocation, you probably won't get much out of it though.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Book 24 Sep 2009
By David Ning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a fitting title. Finally, an investing book that doesn't try to confuse everyone and explains, in a clear and concise manner, how we can all make our money work for us.

This is a short read, but I actually applaud the author for it because if you can get the point across in 100 pages or less, why make it any longer? You'd be happy you got the book, because all you can think of after the entertaining read is why the book didn't come out before you started investing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the new or experienced investor 5 Jan 2010
By M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received this book for Christmas, and I have to admit, at first I was somewhat hesitant of this book because of its length. During a long flight home however, I decided to give it a read and I couldn't have been happier with the decision. As a young professional, I recognize how important it is to get started early in investing to one day meet my financial goals. This book clearly lays out a game plan to do so, while helping to understand/weed out much of the hype you hear about certain stocks, certain fund managers, and TV finance "guru's". The book is a perfect length, and well worth an afternoon read. The author's website ([...]) is also filled with great investing tips, and goes into further depth about many of the books topics. Highly recommended!
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