[Original Review] I absolutely loved this book and fully plan on reading the rest of the Kidd series soon. I thought character development was superb.[Original Review] I absolutely loved this book and fully plan on reading the rest of the Kidd series soon. I thought character development was superb. I definitely recommend it for anyone who doesn't mind a story that is fairly technology-centered.
[Amendment] After reading this book the second time (reading through the series in order now), I'm not so sure what I loved so much about it. It is good, and I am reading the rest of the series, but it is actually not even as good as the first two in the series....more
The main gist of this book is "buy index stocks." I appreciate the angle the author takes, and he provides some very good reasons to support his pushThe main gist of this book is "buy index stocks." I appreciate the angle the author takes, and he provides some very good reasons to support his push for them.
Here is some insight I was hoping for but didn't get though: 1. Portfolio options for those that use some of the other very major online brokers (E*Trade for me for example) 2. How to determine which of the smart portfolios is right for me (personally cannot afford to do the SuperSmart Portfolio because of the minimum balance requirements) 3. Should I just dump my current portfolio and go straight into it or should I make the change gradually (major tax implications and very per-person situational but I wish there was some discussion on it)
These lead to some of my other questions that were left unanswered. I think I now have more questions than I had before with not many more answers. To be fair, I have more questions partly because the book encouraged me to think more about it all. For example:
What type of investor is the ETF portfolio better for? I currently have a fairly decent amount of money in the market, but I'd like to continuously grow that over time. Does that make the ETF portfolio a bad option for me? Should I use Vanguard.com to bypass the transaction fees for Vanguard funds? What percentage of my overall transaction go straight to fees before it's considered too much? I know the lower the better, but the book didn't explain what to look out for and how best to minimize the fees for the portfolios recommended.
All in all I liked the book a lot. I just wish it could have driven down into the details a little more on how best to implement the portfolios over time and which ones are best for what type of investors. The book was well written, which made it a very fast read.
I also appreciate all the source information the author references, so it's clear he's not just supplying his own opinion but something backed by many experts....more
Fantastic and intelligent read! It is amazing to see deep into the personality that was Steve Jobs and the personal and business motivations and stratFantastic and intelligent read! It is amazing to see deep into the personality that was Steve Jobs and the personal and business motivations and strategies behind what drove him and Apple to success.
This is a very well-written biography that does well to capture and hold interest (at least for a technology fanboy like myself). I'll admit that I am very thankful for the dictionary built into the iPad as my limited vocabulary sputtered with Isaacson's lexical genius. I feel smarter from having read this book...after feeling I had such little grasp of the English language whilst deciphering it.
I am definitely thinking about reading more of Isaacson's biographical works......more