Investment Finance
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing
The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
Hardcover      ISBN: 1119404509

The best-selling investing "bible" offers new information, new insights, and new perspectives

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of investing: low-cost index funds. Bogle describes the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term: buy and hold, at very low cost, a mutual fund that tracks a broad stock market Index such as the S&P 500.

While the stock market has tumbled and then soared since the first edition of Little Book of Common Sense was published in April 2007, Bogle's investment principles have endured and served investors well. This tenth anniversary edition includes updated data and new information but maintains the same long-term perspective as in its predecessor.

Bogle has also added two new chapters designed to provide further guidance to investors: one on asset allocation, the other on retirement investing.

A portfolio focused on index funds is the only investment that effectively guarantees your fair share of stock market returns. This strategy is favored by Warren Buffett, who said this about Bogle: "If a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors, the hands-down choice should be Jack Bogle. For decades, Jack has urged investors to invest in ultra-low-cost index funds. . . . Today, however, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he helped millions of investors realize far better returns on their savings than they otherwise would have earned. He is a hero to them and to me."

Bogle shows you how to make index investing work for you and help you achieve your financial goals, and finds support from some of the world's best financial minds: not only Warren Buffett, but Benjamin Graham, Paul Samuelson, Burton Malkiel, Yale's David Swensen, Cliff Asness of AQR, and many others.

This new edition of The Little Book of Common Sense Investing offers you the same solid strategy as its predecessor for building your financial future.

  • Build a broadly diversified, low-cost portfolio without the risks of individual stocks, manager selection, or sector rotation.
  • Forget the fads and marketing hype, and focus on what works in the real world.
  • Understand that stock returns are generated by three sources (dividend yield, earnings growth, and change in market valuation) in order to establish rational expectations for stock returns over the coming decade.
  • Recognize that in the long run, business reality trumps market expectations.
  • Learn how to harness the magic of compounding returns while avoiding the tyranny of compounding costs.

While index investing allows you to sit back and let the market do the work for you, too many investors trade frantically, turning a winner's game into a loser's game. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is a solid guidebook to your financial future.

Quest for Alpha (Bloomberg)
Quest for Alpha (Bloomberg)
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470926546
The final word on passive vs. active investing

The debate on active investing-stock picking and market timing-versus passive investing-markets are highly efficient and almost impossible to outperform-has raged for decades. Which side is right? In The Quest for Alpha: The Holy Grail of Investing, author Larry E. Swedroe puts an end to the debate, proving once and for all that active investing is likely to prove futile as the associated expenses-costs, fees, and time spent analyzing individual stocks and the overall market-are likely to exceed any benefits gained. The book

  • Presents research, data, and quotations that reveal it's extremely difficult to outperform the market
  • Explains why investors should focus on asset allocation, fund construction, costs, tax efficiency, and the building of a globally diversified portfolio that minimizes, if not eliminates, the taking of idiosyncratic, uncompensated risks
  • Other titles by Swedroe: The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You'll Ever Need and The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan

Investors are on a never-ending search for a money manager who will deliver returns above the appropriate risk-adjusted benchmark, aka the "Holy Grail of Investing." The Quest for Alpha demonstrates that it's a loser's game-while it's possible to win, it's so unlikely that you shouldn't try.

Don't Count on It!: Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism,
Don't Count on It!
Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, "mutual" Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, and Heroes
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 047064396x
Praise for Don't Count On It

"This collection of Jack Bogle's writings couldn't be more timely. The clarity of his thinking--and his insistence on the relevance of ethical standards--are totally relevant as we strive to rebuild a broken financial system. For too many years, his strong voice has been lost amid the cacophony of competing self-interests, misdirected complexity, and unbounded greed. Read, learn, and support Jack's mission to reform the industry that has been his life's work."
--PAUL VOLCKER, Chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987)

"Jack Bogle has given investors throughout the world more wisdom and plain financial 'horse sense' than any person in the history of markets. This compendium of his best writings, particularly his post-crisis guidance, is absolutely essential reading for investors and those who care about the future of our society."
--ARTHUR LEVITT, former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

"Jack Bogle is one of the most lucid men in finance."
--NASSIM N.TALEB, PhD, author of The Black Swan

"Jack Bogle is one of the financial wise men whose experience spans the post-World War II years. This book, encompassing his insights on financial behavior, pitfalls, and remedies, with a special focus on mutual funds, is an essential read. We can only benefit from his observations."
--HENRY KAUFMAN, President, Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc.

"It was not an easy sell. The joke at first was that only finance professors invested in Vanguard's original index fund. But what a triumph it has been. And what a focused and passionate drive it took: it is a zero-sum game and only costs are certain. Thank you, Jack."
--JEREMY GRANTHAM, Cofounder and Chairman, GMO

"On finance, Jack Bogle thinks unconventionally. So, this sound rebel turns out to be right most of the time. Meanwhile, many of us sometimes engage in self-deception. So, this book will set us straight. And in the last few pages, Jack writes, and I agree, that Peter Bernstein was a giant. So is Jack Bogle."
--JEAN-MARIE EVEILLARD, Senior Adviser, First Eagle Investment Management

Insights into investing and leadership from the founder of The Vanguard Group

Throughout his legendary career, John Bogle-founder of the Vanguard mutual fund group and creator of the first index mutual fund-has helped investors build wealth the right way, while, at the same time, leading a tireless campaign to restore common sense to the investment world.

A collection of essays based on speeches delivered to professional groups and college students in recent years, in Don't Count on It is organized around eight themes

  • Illusion versus reality in investing
  • Indexing to market returns
  • Failures of capitalism
  • The flawed structure of the mutual fund industry
  • The spirit of entrepreneurship
  • What is enough in business, and in life
  • Advice to America's future leaders
  • The unforgettable characters who have shaped his career

Widely acclaimed for his role as the conscience of the mutual fund industry and a relentless advocate for individual investors, in Don't Count on It, Bogle continues to inspire, while pushing the mutual fund industry to measure up to their promise.



The Investment Answer: Learn to Manage Your Money & Protect Your Financial Future
The Investment Answer
Learn to Manage Your Money & Protect Your Financial Future
Hardcover      ISBN: 1455503304

What if there were a way to cut through all the financial mumbo-jumbo? Wouldn't it be great if someone could really explain to us-in plain and simple English-the basics we must know about investing in order to insure our financial freedom?

At last, here's good news.

Jargon-free and written for all investors-experienced, beginner, and everyone in between-The Investment Answer distills the process into just five decisions-five straightforward choices that can lead to safe and sound ways to manage your money.
When Wall Street veteran Gordon Murray told his good friend and financial advisor, Dan Goldie, that he had only six months to live, Dan responded, "Do you want to write that book you've always wanted to do?" The result is this eminently valuable primer which can be read and understood in one sitting, and has advice that benefits you, not Wall Street and the rest of the traditional financial services industry.
The Investment Answer asks readers to make five basic but key decisions to stack the investment odds in their favor. The advice is simple, easy-to-follow, and effective, and can lead to a more profitable portfolio for every investor. Specifically:
Should I invest on my own or seek help from an investment professional?
How should I allocate my investments among stocks, bonds, and cash?
Which specific asset classes within these broad categories should I include in my portfolio?
Should I take an actively managed approach to investing, or follow a passive alternative?
When should I sell assets and when should I buy more?

In a world of fast-talking traders who believe that they can game the system and a market characterized by instability, this extraordinary and timely book offers guidance every investor should have.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
A Random Walk Down Wall Street
The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
Paperback      ISBN: 0393340740

Especially in the wake of the financial meltdown, readers will hunger for Burton G. Malkiel s reassuring, authoritative, gimmick-free, and perennially best-selling guide to investing. With 1.5 million copies sold, A Random Walk Down Wall Street has long been established as the first book to purchase when starting a portfolio. In addition to covering the full range of investment opportunities, the book features new material on the Great Recession and the global credit crisis as well as an increased focus on the long-term potential of emerging markets. With a new supplement that tackles the increasingly complex world of derivatives, along with the book s classic life-cycle guide to investing, A Random Walk Down Wall Street remains the best investment guide money can buy."

Computerized Trading: Maximizing Day Trading and Overnight Profits
Computerized Trading
Maximizing Day Trading and Overnight Profits
Hardcover      ISBN: 0735200777

Complete with explanatory charts, diagrams, and checklists, a detailed discussion of the use of computerized trading systems draws on the expertise of twenty expert traders, and gives step-by-step advice on strategies and reliable data to both beginning and experienced investors.

The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World's Top Hedge Funds
The Alpha Masters
Unlocking the Genius of the World's Top Hedge Funds
Hardcover      ISBN: 1118065522
The ultimate behind-the-curtain look at the hedge fund industry, unlocking the most valuable stories, secrets, and lessons directly from those who have played the game best.

Written by Maneet Ahuja, the hedge fund industry insider, The Alpha Masters brings the secretive world of hedge funds into the light of day for the first time. As the authority that the biggest names in the business, including John Paulson, David Tepper, and Bill Ackman, go to before breaking major news, Ahuja has access to the innermost workings of the hedge fund industry. For the first time, in Alpha Masters, Ahuja provides both institutional and savvy private investors with tangible, analytical insight into the psychology of the trade, the strategies and investment criteria serious money managers use to determine and evaluate their positions, and special guidance on how the reader can replicate this success themselves.

There are few people with access to the inner chambers of the hedge fund industry, and as a result it remains practically uncharted financial territory. Alpha Masters changes all that, shedding light on star fund managers and how exactly they consistently outperform the market. The book:

  • Contains easy-to-follow chapters that are broken down by strategy--Long/Short, Event Arbitrage, Value, Macro, Distressed, Quantitative, Commodities, Activist, pure Short, Fund of Funds.
  • Includes insights from the biggest names in the trading game, including Ray Dalio, Marc Lasry, Jim Chanos, Sonia Gardner, Pierre Lagrange, and Tim Wong.
  • Features contributions from industry icon Mohamed El-Erian

Many of the subjects profiled in this groundbreaking new book have never spoken so candidly about their field, providing extremely provocative, newsworthy analysis of today's investing landscape.

World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents
World Right Side Up
Investing Across Six Continents
Hardcover      ISBN: 1118171403
Invaluable insights into finding diverse investment opportunities in the emergent global economy

From Brazilian farmlands to Colombian gold fields, from Chinese shopping malls to Indian hotels, from South African wine country to the boom/bust souks of Dubai, this around-the-world investing field trip explores the nooks and crannies for hidden investment opportunities. World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents is packed with ideas to power your portfolio in the years ahead while teaching you a little fascinating history along the way. Fact is, the world's markets have changed in a big way. For the first time since before the Industrial Revolution, the emerging markets now contribute as much to the global economy as their more well-developed peers. Far from being an anomaly, this state of affairs is more in line with the bulk of human experience. For centuries, China and India were the world's largest economies. And so the world is turning...right side up.

This change creates a wealth of opportunities for investors, in both the emerging markets and developed markets. World Right Side Up is your guide on how to take full advantage of this shift.

  • Provides an entertaining view of various regions visited by the author, including South America, Asia, Africa, North America, and the Middle East
  • Explores specific investment ideas and themes, including opportunities in agriculture, water, energy, infrastructure and much more
  • Includes five key takeaways from each region, an invaluable feature, offering resources to consult for more information and guidance

While some people fear the changes happening now, the reality is that for the forward-thinking investor, these sizable new markets will create extraordinary new opportunities.

Outperform: Inside the Investment Strategy of Billion Dollar Endowments
Outperform
Inside the Investment Strategy of Billion Dollar Endowments
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470442131

How individual investors can benefit from today's academic endowment investing strategies

Inside Billion-Dollar Endowments is an approachable, pragmatic guide for individual investors who want to use the proven investment strategies of large academic endowments. It provides a unique look into the world of endowment investing through extensive interviews with the CIOs of several dozen endowments, as well as other related endowment fund managers. Divided into three informative parts, the book provides specific practices and tools for replicating the investment decisions of top endowments, including asset allocation, fund evaluation, and alternative investment access, and highlights key differences between individual investors and institutional investors that must be taken into account when duplicating the strategies of top endowments. Inside Billion-Dollar Endowments not only describes why academic endowments consistently beat the market, but also translates these concepts into prescriptive advice for the individual investor.

John Baschab (Dallas, TX) was a cofounder of Impact Innovations Group, a $100 million business services company. Jon Piot (Dallas, TX) is a partner at Redpoint Capital Group, a private equity investment group. He was a cofounder and CEO of Impact Innovations Group.

The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes and How to Avoid Them: Getting Investing Right
The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes and How to Avoid Them
Getting Investing Right
Hardcover      ISBN: 1118929004
Identify mistakes standing in the way of investment success

With so much at stake in investing and wealth management, investors cannot afford to keep repeating actions that could have serious negative consequences for their financial goals. The Five Mistakes Every Investor Makes and How to Avoid Them focuses on what investors do wrong so often so they can set themselves on the right path to success. In this comprehensive reference, readers learn to navigate the ever-changing variables and market dilemmas that often make investing a risky and daunting endeavor. Well-known and respected author Peter Mallouk shares useful investment techniques, discusses the importance of disciplined investment management, and pinpoints common, avoidable mistakes made by professional and everyday investors alike.

Designed to provide a workable, sensible framework for investors, The Five Mistakes Every Investor Makes and How to Avoid Them encourages investors to refrain from certain negative actions, such as fighting the market, misunderstanding performance, and letting one's biases and emotions get in the way of investing success.

  • Details the major mistakes made by professional and everyday investors
  • Highlights the strategies and mindset necessary for navigating ever-changing variables and market dilemmas
  • Includes useful investment techniques and discusses the importance of discipline in investment management

A reliable resource for investors who want to make more informed choices, this book steers readers away from past investment errors and guides them in the right direction.