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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 25 Aug 2009
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This review is from: The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing (Paperback)
Very enjoyable read, very informative and engaging. Gives a good overview of tracker funds and investment. Unfortunately quite a chunk is devoted to US specific financial information, so may not be completely relevant to an international audience. But overall, really good buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased, Informed Financial Advice in Easy-to-Understand Form, 12 Oct 2006
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Most people don't have time to read dozens of books about personal finance and investing. Even if people did have that much time, they would seldom be able to integrate what different authors had to say into a consistent approach.

For several decades, people have been asking me what one book they could read to be more successful with their personal finances. Until now, I've been reluctant to pick any one book. Instead, I would usually provide a list of 6-8.

Having read The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, I can now safely recommend one book for the first time: This one!

Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBouef have five important advantages over other personal finance authors:

1. They are experienced investors.
2. They are well read on the subject of personal finance.
3. They've been answering questions for years from those who want to know what to do on Morningstar Vanguard forum and its related site, diehards.org
4. They are an expert writing team rather than a writer or celebrity trying to be supported by experts.
5. They aren't trying to sell you anything except their book which makes their advice more independent than usual.

The book's range is impressive. Part I looks at the essential elements of successful investing and includes looking at your financial lifestyle, how to start investing young and regularly, different types of financial instruments, inflation-protected bonds, investing minimums, avoiding complications that lose you money, asset allocation, reducing costs, minimizing and deferring taxes, diversification, market timing, money for college, employing a windfall and whether to retain a financial advisor.

Part II looks at how to track your progress and rebalance assets, staying immune from daily "news" about investing, being in control of your emotions, building up enough money for retirement, asset protection through insurance and estate planning.

The book tackles head on a lot of the bad advice you get about investing, while also being realistic about how much time and effort most of us want to put into financial planning. The tone is friendly, the advice is good and the warnings are appropriate.

What more can you expect from the only personal finance book you'll ever need?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Insight, 20 Sep 2010
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With the use of simple and easy to comprehend tables and explanations, this book brings to life the mega-important need to understand money and how it grows. A must read
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