The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get on with Your Life
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The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get on with Your Life

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In 1998, after thirteen years of providing investment advice for Smith Barney, Bill Schultheis wrote a simple book for people who felt overwhelmed by the stock market. He had discovered that when you simplify your investment decisions, you end up getting better returns. As a bonus, you gain more time for family, friends, and other pursuits.
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ebook, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Portfolio (first published 2009)
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Jay
I must be getting more boring, as I'm reading investing books!

This one is a simple book on investing, though a bit verbose on subjects not related to the topic. His primary thesis is to keep it simple by investing in index funds - that if you can keep pace with market averages (S&P, etc.), you'll do better than trying to "beat" the market. And you'll do best to learn about cutting your costs for investing (management fees, taxes).

There was also a nice little worksheet, with formulas, on how...more
Richard
This is a conversational book that covers the basics of asset allocation and investment strategy for retirement. The book is filled with many anecdotes that so help to clarify and emphasis central themes. Unfortunately for a book focused on basics it seems inconsistent in the assumptions about the financial literacy of the reader. You'll need additional material to cover terminology if this is your first introduction to investing.
Alison
I liked this one, and the advice was sound and delivered well. But I just couldn't get past the author's writing style, with the frequent line breaks and repetition. It seems like it would help the information to sink in better, and keeps the tone casual which is nice. But it just didn't work for me, which is the only reason I bumped one star.
Steve
Very conversational. Lots of stories. Focuses on three key points:

1. Asset allocation (Don't put all your eggs in one basket)
2. Approximate the stock market average (There is no such things as a free lunch)
3. Saving (Save for a rainy day)
Sam
A very short read that can drastically change how you invest for your retirement. And the best part is that the solution is simple, cheap, low maintenance, easy-to-understand, and financially sound.
Mattb
Good introduction to investing, but begins to repeat himself halfway through the book.
John Bails
Great book. It's going on my reference shelf for ready availability.
Beatnik
pretty good and basic start guide to setting up a bright retirement.
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