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Fail-Safe Investing: Lifelong Financial Security in 30 Minutes

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,066 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Do you worry that you're not paying enough attention to your investments? Do you feel left out when you hear about the clever things other investors seem to be doing? Relax. You don't have to become an investment genius to protect your savings. Distilling the wisdom of his thirty years' experience into lessons that can be applied in thirty minutes, Harry Browne shows you w ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 10th 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1999)
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Jun 14, 2008 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Well, anyone really!
Recommended to Ann by: My mom;)
Shelves: non-fiction
So, obviously it took me longer than half an hour to get through this, but that's my own doing - not the book's fault ;>

I found this book very interesting and insightful. It's not really an "ABC" book to financing or anything, and I do think it's probably good to have some idea of economics and financial terms before reading. That said, the book's really pretty easy to follow and understand, and Browne does a good job of explaining concepts in various ways so you'll understand.

Mainly this bo
Took me longer than 30 minutes, but maybe 30 minutes refers to absolutely-focused-zero-distraction reading of the 'rules' (the first half of the book). Many of the investing 'rules' Browne lays out are common sense (and for ones that might not be, his clear explanations make them nearly seem so), but of course, many forget common sense when it comes to investing. A good book to read for conservative investing, i.e. protecting your hard-earned money and keeping slow and steady growth through near ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Eliot rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
17 bite-sized, simple, prudent and basic investment and personal finance rules.
Perfect for sharing with my young kids (with a few of my annotations) and compliments more advanced finance/investment philosophy from folks like Kiyosaki, Graham and Buffett.
He makes some worthy points and does so in the simplest possible terms. His approach is probably viable, but I found his rules to be basic and repetitive. Most useful are his rules about building wealth based on a career and about ignoring gurus and salesmen.
Very basic and repetitive. Some good philosophical approaches to investing, but very little useful information for me. It also feels a bit dated with no mention of ETFs or discount brokerage firms.

(Took me a bit over 2 hours to read.)
A must read for anyone that is trying to achieve financial security in a volatile and fundamentally unsound economy. Amazing, down-to-earth advice and a very easy-to-read style. Can't say enough about how good this book is.
Decent book, a little dated for the Personal MBA IMHO. I think it is a little conservative for a younger person as well. I think the balance of the portfolio assets should change as the person ages..
Seems reasonably solid. The author does let his libertarian streak shine through in a few chapters though - ugh.
Jack Ely
Wish I had read this book and followed the advice when it was first published. I might be retired by now.
Short book, yet still very repetitive. It is almost like he made a pamphlet into a book. Good info though.
Matthew Macclary
Definitely one of the best investment books ever.
A true gem for investors.
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