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John C. Bogle

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

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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle is a guide to passive investing. It promotes the idea of investing in low-cost index funds to achieve long-term financial success.

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    Actively managed funds are expensive and consequently often underperform the market.

    Have you ever invested in the stock market? If so, you might have realized that evaluating the attractiveness of a stock is tricky business.

    That’s why many investors choose not to invest directly into stocks, but instead put their money in an actively managed fund. Here money is pooled from several investors and then invested into stocks by a specialized fund manager, who regularly evaluates and revises the stock portfolio according to the current situation.

    Unfortunately, that kind of investment is risky.

    Why?

    Because the costs of investing in such a fund are very high. As an investor, you’d pay the brokerage commissions, the fund manager’s fees and so forth. All those fees add up to a hefty chunk of your expected profits.

    If the funds perform extremely well, you might not mind those costs, but in the long run, actively managed funds are likely to yield you less profit than the overall stock market.

    How can that be?

    For one, speculating on stock prices is simply not a sustainable strategy. You might think that a fund can generate huge profits by, for example, buying stocks when they are undervalued and selling them later when they reach their true higher value, but in the long run this strategy can’t produce more earnings than what the underlying companies are earning, which is reflected in the overall development of the stock market.

    Add that pitfall to the high costs of the funds, and the result is that an actively managed fund will generate significantly less profit for you than a passive, low-cost index fund that merely mimics the performance of the overall market. In fact, if you had invested $10,000 in 1980, by 2005 you would walk away with 70 percent less if you invested in an active fund rather than an index fund, due to fees alone!

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    What is The Little Book of Common Sense Investing about?

    The Little Book of Common Sense Investing provides a detailed overview of two different investment options: actively managed funds and index funds. These blinks explain why it's better to your money in a low-cost index fund instead of making risky, high-cost investments in wheeling-and-dealing mutual funds.

    The Little Book of Common Sense Investing Review

    The Little Book of Common Sense Investing (2007) by John C. Bogle provides a straightforward approach to investing in the stock market. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its no-nonsense advice, it guides readers towards a low-cost, long-term investment strategy that is proven to outperform most professional investors.
    • Backed by extensive research and historical data, the book presents a compelling case for index fund investing as a simple, yet effective, way to build wealth over time.
    • The book's common-sense approach to investing sets it apart, making it a refreshing read that is both informative and highly practical.

    Best quote from The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

    The expectations market is about speculation. The real market is about investing.

    —John C. Bogle
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    Who should read The Little Book of Common Sense Investing?

    • Anyone who wants to invest their money better
    • Anyone who wants to learn more about how investing works

    About the Author

    John C. Bogle is the founder and now-retired CEO of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, an American investment management company. His other books include the bestselling classic Common Sense on Mutual Funds.

     

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    The author of The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is John C. Bogle.

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