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3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
At last, a book perfectly designed to deal with the common anxieties most people have about handling their financial investments-without taking up all of their time. In today's volatile market, jittery nerves are the normwhen it comes to saving and investing for the future. But with these keep-it-simple, easy-to-understand, and time-tested strategies that-best of all-take ...more
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Chad Warner
After I read The New Coffeehouse Investor, I wanted to learn more about lazy investing and lazy portfolios. I saw this book on the shelf at the library, and picked it up. I'm glad I did! It starts by comparing a few popular "lazy portfolios" (simple, low-maintenance index fund portfolios), including the Coffeehouse Portfolio, then moves on to explaining why you should build your own lazy portfolio.

The author includes quotes and advice from many big names like Scott Burns, Bill Schultheis, Willi
Adam Moore
Jul 05, 2013 Adam Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really great book. So much of this makes common sense. Basically get an index fund that track a broad index and stick with it for life. Asset allocation is more important then individual stocks. Include indexes of bonds and vary the amount of bonds in your portfolio by how much risk you are willing to accept. This book doesn't break new ground and the fact the author borrows from a lot of great other books may annoy some readers. However, if I planned on recommending one book for someone ...more
Anthony Xing
The entire content could be written in one page. Instead it just get quite repetitive.
Feb 22, 2008 Roland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew nothing about stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and all that other financial stuff before reading this book. Now I know a little more and have a better idea of how the market works. The most interesting part was that the market is entirely unpredictable, and that a monkey throwing darts can make stock picks that do better than those selected by the "pros." The book is repetative, but the author points out that that was his intention, and it worked. His overuse of certain quotes gets irritating ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Toby rated it really liked it
Humorous and well written, this book manages to make personal finance fun! Always tongue-in-cheek, it provides a really strong case for an all-index-fund portfolio by providing a lot of data, news and anecdotes about how index funds will outperform individual stock trading or load-fund portfolios. A must read for anyone who invests or enjoys managing their personal finances.
Aug 29, 2010 Adra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I got from this book is that investing the correct way is a long and very boring process. This guide breaks down the investing terminology so well that even the average joe can understand. Mr Farrell does a decent job at simplifying the process of investing.

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Jun 04, 2010 Bracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and informative for me, as a complete novice to investing. This book supported my feelings about investing and was instrumental in preventing me from making a bad investment.

I did feel, though that the author was trying too hard to be funny and that it could have been substantially less repetitious and get the point across.
It's hard to rate when I am such a money novice, but I am trying to learn, from the personal finance side to the micro/macro-alterna side.
Apr 30, 2013 Blanche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read on the subject. I've been investing my money in Vanguard since finishing the book in 2010.
Major Doug
Listened to this book: interesting passive investing strategies.
Feb 05, 2015 Kirill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole book could be written on a single page.
Dec 05, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
perfectly informative and basic for beginners.
Dec 22, 2015 S marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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