The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns

eBook - 2007
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Investing is all about common sense. Owning a diversified portfolio of stocks and holding it for the long term is a winnerђ́ةs game. Trying to beat the stock market is theoretically a zero-sum game (for every winner, there must be a loser), but after the substantial costs of investing are deducted, it becomes a loserђ́ةs game. Common sense tells usђ́ؤand history confirmsђ́ؤthat the simplest and most efficient investment strategy is to buy and hold all of the nationђ́ةs publicly held businesses at very low cost. The classic index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you with your fair share of stock market returns.To learn how to make index investing work for you, thereђ́ةs no better mentor than legendary mutual fund industry veteran John C. Bogle. Over the course of his long career, Bogleђ́ؤfounder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the worldђ́ةs first index mutual fundђ́ؤhas relied primarily on...
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9780470139271
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 16, 2015

Bogle is one of the originators of the Index Fund or ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) through his company Vanguard Mutual Funds. In Canada, the MERs for mutual funds are outrageous (some are upwards of 2.5%), so Index investing makes even more sense here. As with all things, the 'financial industry' has noted the exodus from mutual funds to ETFs, so there are now literally thousands of ETFs to choose from, and again, some ETF fees are creeping closer to 2%. The key is to choose low cost ETFs ( .25% or less), that are broadly diversified. You may only need four funds; XSP (S and P 500 in the US-.18% MER), XIU (Canada TSX - .25% MER), ZDM (the rest of the world market - .52% MER), and XBB (Bonds - .25% MER). Forget inverse yield ETFs, Leveraged ETFs and other specialized sector ETFs because they don't give you enough diversification. Set your percentages (60% growth, 40% safe stuff), rebalance twice per year, and rest easy.
Bogle shows how simple is best, and that no one can possibly beat humble math when it comes to long term returns.

Jun 22, 2015

In this book John Bogle compares passive index funds with actively managed mutual funds and shows how indexing is a better choice over actively managed mutual funds. He describes how actively managed mutual funds charge high fees and how much these fees matter.

May 13, 2015

I've thought of myself as a pretty good amateur mutual fund investor but this changed my perspective in a major way. I've always had some of my investments in index funds but now I have the vast majority of my equities in index funds. I'm not as convinced when it comes to bonds but there is a strong case for index funds with them, too.

Jan 27, 2015

I truly enjoyed this book. It's written with the neophyte in mind and full of useful nuggets of information.


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