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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  1,852 ratings  ·  138 reviews
In this slightly irreverent guide to investing, the authors offer practical and straightforward advice for everyone regardless of age or capital. Their user-friendly suggestions mean you can worry less and profit more from the investments you make.
Paperback, 307 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2006)
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Chad Warner
May 20, 2012 Chad Warner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: investors
Shelves: finance, non-fiction
A Boglehead is an investor who follows the philosophy of Vanguard founder John Bogle. This book contains simple, honest, and wise financial advice based on that philosophy. Contrary to active investing, with its market timing and performance chasing, the Bogleheads espouse passive investing, and base their strategy on Efficient Market Theory (EMT) and Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). I’ve considered myself a Boglehead since 2008, when I stumbled upon the Bogleheads forum and moved my money into Va ...more
Kit Pang
Great last paragraph in the introduction from the authors (Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf):

"We have no hidden agendas. We aren't financial planners or money manager looking for clients. We don't have a high-powered, get-rich-quick weekend seminar to sell you. We are all well over 70 years of age, financially secure and haven't missed a meal yet. Our primary mission is to simply to support Jack Bogle's mission by teaching others how to get the best long-term return on their in
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Trevor
Nov 30, 2008 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginning Investors
Recommended to Trevor by: Financial Blogs
This book is perfect for anyone who wants/needs to learn the basics of investing. This book isn't about getting rich quick or beating the market every year. It's about the fundamentals of setting long-term goals and then allocating your financial resources in the simplest way possible to achieve those goals. It covers the basics of everything from investment options and asset allocation to tax implications and how much insurance you should have. It's written in such a way that it's totally acces ...more
Mac
I'm a bit embarrassed at reading an investment book, but I'm also a bit proud too. This topic was previously completely foreign to me. After speaking with many friends who are do-it-yourself investors who have cut out the middle-men (i.e.: financial "advisors") I realized I had to learn about this topic. This book pulled back the curtain on the financial advisor business plan and outlined how regular people can take control of their own finances very easily. The book's financial advice centers a ...more
Jay
This was definitely the best book I've ever read on investing. While in some cases the topics were at too basic of a level, that's the advantage of the book overall: everything is explained simply yet comprehensively. I could see very clearly all of the mistakes I've made over the years!

One of the main premises of the book is this: being average is perfect. In other words, if you simply invested in index funds, and allocated your funds in a tax-efficient way, you'll come out ahead of pretty muc
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Caroline
Just a great all-around introduction to investing. I went into this book knowing the basics about stocks and bonds and came out of it feeling much more prepared to take control of my financial future.

The book contains a great overview of different types of investments that I didn't know about (like REITs and ETFs), information on asset allocation and risk, as well as brief introductions into things like saving for college and what to do with a financial windfall. The general investing ethos of
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Amanda
I have to admit that I only read about half this book because I am not at a place in my life where I can start investing. That being said, I did like what I read, and I hope to refer back to this book when the time comes that I'm ready to open that IRA.
Barry Blonde
This is the second book I've read in the series by the same author's involving Boglehead's and their philosophy of investing. I'm so glad I found this group of un-selfish and knowledgeable individuals who really speak frankly and knowledgeably about the in and outs of investing your money. If you need free, in-depth, investment planning guidance, look no further.
Tom
Reading The Millionaire Next Door was my first step to building a responsible financial lifestyle; The Bogleheads Guide to Investing took me to the next level. Both of their books have their flaws, but they do a great job at showing the bigger picture. This review will be focussed on the last book, yet I recommend you to read The Millionaire Next Door before you read The Bogleheads Guide to Investing.

What did I like about Bogleheads Guide to Investing?
The book is accessible for the layman, and c
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Erik Dewey
A good introduction to investing. The authors are biased towards index funds, but they take great pains to explain why and frankly I agree with them.

It offers some excellent advise on what mix of investments to have, how to purchase them, and what to do with them once you have.

Nothing earth shattering or new, but well written and easy to understand.
Renaudb
Good introduction to investing. I first heard about this book after visiting reddit's personal finance subreddit. I had just started working full time and was looking for a way to invest my savings. This provided a great introduction of every thing from asset allocation to taxes to estate planning.

However, it lacked some depths on some of the topics I felt should have been at the core of this book, such as asset allocation, and spent some time covering topics that are not really investing relat
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David
Sometimes one needs to be reminded of the basics. I was that someone and this strangely-titled book was my reminder.

If I'd not read very positive reviews about it on some financial forums, I would never have picked up this book. The title and cover would have acted like reading repellant. But I did. So I gave it a shot. I'm very glad I did. Turns out the weird title is just a reference to Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard. The authors of this book are followers of his sound investing philosop
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Danielle
John Bogle is the founder of Vanguard, the investment firm that is owned by it's investors and known for low-cost index funds. The Bogleheads are a group of individuals that subscribe to Bogle's investment strategy: putting the majority of your money in various index funds and letting it sit there undisturbed (except to redistribute), and using your age as a basic predictor of how many stocks vs bonds you should own. It's a fairly conservative strategy that is all about letting your money grow o ...more
Christina
I originally read this book sometime in 2006-2007, but I did a another quick review/read for our investment group and I found it to still be a solid, concise, basic manual for investing.

I've always been a huge John Bogle and Vanguard fan and I love the tenets of his philosophy- low cost, index funds, held for the very long term. This book will show you how this approach will pay off in the long run, while educating you on types of investments, asset allocations, tax do's/don'ts, college investm
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Todd N
This is a standard investment book extolling the virtues of indexing, smart allocation, and regular rebalancing. Additional topics like estate planning and insurance are tacked on the end for good measure.

Having already read Four Pillars of Investing and Random Walk Down Wall Street, there wasn't much new in this book. But it is a good overview, and like most investment books I wish I had read it fifteen years ago.

I think that I would recommend this book over the others mentioned to someone who
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Noah Sanchez
An EXCELLENT book on the strategies of investing that follows the philosophy of John Bogle. Includes sections (to name a few) on preparing a sound basis to be in a position to invest, insurance, taxes, diversification, allocation, college savings, advisers, and passing on assets to loved ones.

This is an easy to read book, set out in logical sections that make for easy reference from time to time. Definitely a book to own and refer to time and time again.
Bernadette
I am a big fan of Vanguard investment products - they are low-cost, accessible and appeal to the novice investors among us. So it makes sense that this book, written by a group of John Bogle (Vanguard founder)'s disciples, Bogleheads, would follow the same approach. I've never found a finance book so engaging and enjoyable to read. Lots of very useful information expressed in easy to understand chapters. I was especially keen on the stocks, bonds, and taxes sections because these are areas that ...more
LJ
This book changed my life. Or at least, I hope it will change my future retirement life. Sadly, this book also taught me how to research the fees and the loads on my current investments that are eating away at my future retirement. Do I wish I had read this 10 years ago? Absolutely. But I wouldn't have because investing is so boring. This book can be very gorpy in describing exactly what you need to do to make the most of the money you save for retirement but I am certain even the parts I was a ...more
David Yen
Excellent overview of everything you need to know about saving and investing, with plenty of additional resources to poke at if one is curious for more. Well categorized and written. Some of the information is out dated (understandably, since it was written in 2005 and tax codes change at the drop of a hat) but with the internet there are plenty of resources to get up to date information.
Mike
I really enjoy anything related to Jack Bogle and he didn't even write this book. People calling themselves Bogleheads meaning they adhere to his principles of investing and life decisions did. And while I'm leary of crowd mentality or holding anyone up to infallibility or asking what would so and so do, Bogle's principles are easy to admire.

He started Vanguard, it is owned by its funds meaning by its investors. He is an insider in an industry he has altered drastically. The little people like h
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Camille
All of the financial planners locally seemed shady and had ridiculously high fees so I felt compelled to learn about finance. Having read this book I can't help but look up counter arguments against index investing or reversion to the mean investing, but the more I read contrarian advice, the more inclined I am to follow most of the advice outlined in the book. This book doesn't just go through different retirement investment strategies, it talks about all the emotions we associate with money an ...more
Gary
Good beginning Asset Allocation book. Direct, specific and to the point of various asset classes pros/cons etc. Also recommendations on sample portfolios. Basically, keep costs low, allocate between equities and bonds both US and International and this accounts for most performance. Also has good recommendations on other resources and books.
Tim Chang
This was a solid book about investing, covering all the basics of the topic. It doesn't go too in-depth, but it's a good starting point for anyone interesting in sound investing practices. It has references to other resources for more in-depth information for people who are interested in getting more information about other areas.
Elliot
This book covers a lot of ground, from some very basic things that I would hope everyone would know (but most people probably don't) to some pretty advanced areas. I certainly learned some things and will be able to better invest my savings in the future, although the biggest points were things that I had already been doing anyway. All in all it's a very informative book, particularly for those who don't already have a high level of financial literacy.
Veronica
A very basic book targets for beginner in investing. Especially suitable for Americans. Talked about the importance of saving, the difference of investing options, and further explained why we should focus on index funds. Other chapters are good for reading Asset Allocations and rebalancing your portfolio.

Bozena
Good investment books like this always encourage me to save more. I love the Bogleheads forum and Money Magazine also. Great advice. I am also lucky that my parents and my brother taught me about saving and investing early in life. I hope to pass this knowledge on to my children also.
Andy
This is the 2014 second edition of the indispensable Bogleheads' Guide to Investing. It's been very capably updated to reflect current conditions while retaining the common sense rules and philosophies of the Boglehead core. Whether you're just starting out in investing or refreshing your path this book is a must read.
Sean Murphy
Another incredible mindset-shifting book. The author goes through why amateur investors cannot successfully pick stocks or time the market over the long term on a risk adjusted basis. The only way to reliably beat the market is to invest in a low-cost index fund.
Cathy
I'm completely new to investing, but I found this book accessible, a quick read, and easy to understand. I also appreciate that the authors stated their biases/loyalties to Vanguard products and services outright. Ideas are repeated throughout as other reviewers have mentioned, but as a newbie I was grateful to have the reminders drilled in at regular intervals. I do feel more knowledgeable and more comfortable with the idea of investing my money and now have a rough concept of how I'd like to d ...more
Inclusioner
A really bad batch of advice, except for the conventional nostrums about saving money.

But investing in the stock market over the last decade in low cost index funds, as the authors recommend, would have netted you exactly nothing.

On the other hand, informed stock pickers who invested in companies like Apple, would have gotten rich.

The authors claim that over the long term, investing in index funds beats every other stock market strategy. Statistically, that's true, but "the long term" can be as
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