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The Elements of Investing. Easy Lessons for Every Investor. Updated Edition

  • ID: 2329483
  • Book
  • February 2013
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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"These noted authors have distilled all you need to know about investing into a very small package. The best time to read this book is when you turn eighteen (or maybe thirteen) and every year thereafter."

Harry Markowitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics 1990

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Jonathan Clements, author of The Little Book of Main Street Money

"No one knows more about investing than Charley Ellis and Burt Malkiel, and no one has written a better investment guide. These are the best basic rules of investing by two of the world′s greatest financial thinkers."

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Preface to Updated Edition xi

Foreword xvii

Introduction xxiii

It All Starts with Saving 1

I. Save 3

First Do No Harm 6

Start Saving Early: Time Is Money 7

The Amazing Rule of 72 9

Savvy Savings 14

Small Savings Tips 18

Big Ways to Save 20

Let the Government Help You Save 22

Own Your Home 24

How Do I Catch Up? 25

II. Index 29

Nobody Knows More Than the Market 31

The Index Fund Solution 34

Don t Some Beat the Market? 38

Index Bonds 43

Index Internationally 44

Index Funds Have Big Advantages 44

One Warning 46

Confession 49

III. Diversify 51

Diversify Across Asset Classes 54

Diversify Across Markets 58

Diversify Over Time 60

Rebalance 65

IV. Avoid Blunders 73

Overconfidence 76

Beware of Mr. Market 79

The Penalty of Timing 84

More Mistakes 85

Minimize Costs 87

V. Keep It Simple 93

Review of Basic Rules 95

Asset Allocation 105

Asset Allocation Ranges 107

Investing in Retirement 112

Getting Specific 114

VI. Timeless Lessons for Troubled Times 125

Volatility and Dollar–Cost Averaging 128

Diversification Is Still a Time–Honored

Strategy to Reduce Risk 131

Rebalancing 133

Diversification and Rebalancing Together 136

Index at Least the Core of Your Portfolio 137

Fine–Tuning a Bond Diversification Strategy 142

A Final Thought 148

A Super Simple Summary: KISS

Investing 151

Appendix: Save on Taxes Legally 153

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) 154

Roth IRAs 156

Pension Plans 158

Tax–Advantaged Saving for Education 161

Recommended Reading 165

Acknowledgments 167

About the Authors 169

Index 171

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Burton G. Malkiel
Charles D. Ellis
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