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  • The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns, 10th Anniversary Edition
  • By: John C. Bogle
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (327 ratings)

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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

By: John C. Bogle
Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
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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 The Little Book of Common Sense Investing 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: "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.

©2017 John C. Bogle (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Little book with one simple message

The whole book can be summarised in one sentence: “invest in low cost Index Funds”.

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Best book on stock market investing

This audiobook has changed my perspective in life and investment. Calculate fees is dollars and not in percent. Simple and Good plan is best plan. The more manager involved, the more risk and complexity. I can see myself getting maximum gain with minimum risk on long term. Thanks

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Content not suitable for an audiobook

The book is too long and overly verbose. The essence of it could've been told in a single chapter.

Reading is very monotonous and makes not a very exciting subject deadly boring.

Get a text version of you can.

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Nice book

not for beginners u better have some knowledge of stocks and investment expressions before listening still a very good book

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Great listen - gets repetitive

if I hear the term "index funds" once more I think I'll lose my mind.
Great listen and definitely some great takeaways nonetheless!
I feel the book could have been summed up in about 1/3 of the time though.

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Truly deserving of its title, perfectly sensible

One of the greatest financial minds of our time gives an incredible insight into the financial sector and how to survive a chaotic market throughout life

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The Best Book

Read this book if you never had a grand dad in your life to teach you about what do with your money.
Mix this with "Unshakeable" & "Barefoot Investor" and you will do just fine in life.

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Simple

Great book, simple concepts although not easy to follow unless you educate yourself. If you do you could retire 10yrs earlier

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Great book

Everyone must read if they want to invest in share market
worth reading and really enjoy

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interesting and helpful

good book to learn more about the thinking behind investment choices and strategy as well as potential pitfalls. very helpful

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