These Personal Finance Books Are All The Same

Definitely true that a lot of the personal finance books are the same, but then again parents teach about as much about personal finance to their kids as they teach about sex, so it is no wonder that there is a lot of basic material out there. For some good books on how to manage money, once you have some, check out my “Books on Investing” page, or pick up a copy of the SmallIvy Book of Investing.

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What is a 401k? An IRA? Why should you open an emergency fund? What’s the difference between a ROTH and a traditional IRA? How much will your credit card debt cost you over time? Is it better to pay down loans or invest? What are the different types of student loans? How does compound interest work? What is the Rule of 72?

As longtime readers know, on Saturdays I usually do a review of a book that I’ve read – sharing the lessons inside and trying to give you an idea of the target audience so you can decide whether you should pick it up, skip it, take it from the library, or give it to a friend/family member.

To be honest I’ve spent too much time lately focused on the Personal Finance book genre.  It was after reading this latest book, and finding so little new information in it…

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The Small Investor Book Club Reviews Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing

 Last month I started The Small Investor Book Club, where we would read a book together and offer our thoughts in a later post.  Hopefully a few readers out there joined me in reading our first book, The Compound Effect.  I know that I got a lot out of the book and hope that others did as well.  You can read my review of the book here and add your own comments.
For our second book I’d like us to read The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing.  I’ve always been a big fan of Jeffery Bogle, founder of Vanguard funds.

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing

The description for the book is as follows:

The irreverent guide to investing, Boglehead style

“The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical “common sense” promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy and hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game.

Investing can be simple, but it’s certainly not simplistic. Over the course of twenty years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing brings that communication to you with comprehensive guidance to the investment prowess on display at You’ll learn how to craft your own investment strategy using the Bogle-proven methods that have worked for thousands of investors, and how to:

  • Choose a sound financial lifestyle and diversify your portfolio
  • Start early, invest regularly, and know what you’re buying
  • Preserve your buying power, keeping costs and taxes low
  • Throw out the “good” advice promoted by Wall Street that leads to investment failure

Financial markets are essentially closed systems in which one’s gain garners another’s loss. Investors looking for a roadmap to successfully navigating these choppy waters long-term will find expert guidance, sound advice, and a little irreverent humor in The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing.”

Please buy a copy of The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investingand read it during the month of July and August.  In early August we’ll get back together and share our thoughts.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not meant to give financial planning or tax advice.  It gives general information on investment strategy, picking stocks, and generally managing money to build wealth. It is not a solicitation to buy or sell stocks or any security. Financial planning advice should be sought from a certified financial planner, which the author is not. Tax advice should be sought from a CPA.  All investments involve risk and the reader as urged to consider risks carefully and seek the advice of experts if needed before investing.

You’re The Master Of Your Destiny!

Read a great post today from Jacked Finance on the attitude you need to become financially independent.  Check it out!

Jacked Finance

As I continue my journey to Financial Independence, I am noticing two very different characteristics amongst the people that I interact with when talking about FI.

When I talk about Financial Independence with individuals, some people immediately give up on ever reaching FI, as if there is a magical barrier trapping them in their current situation. On the other hand, some people I talk to totally embrace FI and are truly committed to reaching it.

What is the difference between these two types of people?

The first type of person seems to concede to failure before even attempting a task. This predisposition of giving up on a task before you even start the task is caused by “limiting beliefs“.

The second type of person is very different. This type of person has taken control over their lives and believes in their personal ability succeed. This person is…

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