Don't Count on It!

Don't Count on It!

Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, "mutual" Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, and Heroes

Book - 2011
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2011.
ISBN: 9780470643969
047064396X
Characteristics: xxxii, 603 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Do not count on it
Summary: "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."-- Provided by publisher.

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Feb 19, 2017

If you're a John Bogle fan, as I am, then this wide ranging 600 page opus is for you. As the originator of the Vanguard Index fund, Mr. Bogle lays out a detailed and thoroughly researched volume as to why the mutual fund industry is completely stacked against the small retail investor, and why broad based, low cost, buy and hold index investing is mathematically the only hope that small investors have.

Page by page, chapter by chapter, Mr. Bogle builds a case, brick by brick, about the short falls of capitalism, retail investing, and of the financial services industry to meet the expectations of retail investors. There is no arguing with the simplicity of humble math and this book logically proves that convincingly.

This extremely detailed and data heavy book is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but I for one, thoroughly enjoyed the immense amount of well thought out material that was presented.

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