This book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various things - mostly about money and investing - she was not yet quite ready to hear.
Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we've created, understanding it is critical.
"But Dad," she once said, "I know money is important. I just don't want to spend my life thinking about it." This was eye-opening. I love this stuff. But most people have better things to do with their precious time. Bridges to build, diseases to cure, treaties to negotiate, mountains to climb, technologies to create, children to teach, businesses to run.
Unfortunately, benign neglect of things financial leaves you open to the charlatans of the financial world. The people who make investing endlessly complex, because if it can be made complex it becomes more profitable for them, more expensive for us, and we are forced into their waiting arms.
Here's an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective.
The simple approach I created for her and present now to you is not only easy to understand and implement, it is more powerful than any other.
Together we'll explore:
Debt: why you must avoid it and what to do if you have it
The importance of having f-you money
How to think about money, and the unique way understanding this is key to building your wealth
Where traditional investing advice goes wrong and what actually works
What the stock market really is and how it really works
Why the stock market always goes up and why most people still lose money investing in it
How to invest in a raging bull or bear market
Specific investments to implement these strategies
The Wealth Building and Wealth Preservation phases of your investing life and why they are not always tied to your age
How your asset allocation is tied to those phases and how to choose it
How to simplify the sometimes confusing world of 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA, and Roth accounts
TRFs (target retirement funds), HSAs (health savings accounts), and RMDs (required minimum distributions)
What investment firm to use and why the one I recommend is so far superior to the competition
Why you should be very cautious when engaging an investment advisor and whether you need to at all
Why and how you can be conned, and how to avoid becoming prey
Why I don't recommend dollar cost averaging
What financial independence looks like and how to have your money support you
What the Four Percent Rule is and how to use it to safely spend your wealth
The truth behind Social Security
A case study on how this all can be implemented in real life
If You Only Buy 1 Investing Book
This book is fun to read and had actual instructions on improving your life through investing. It’s the only one you need to get started.
Yes he likes Vanguard and you should too
It may seem like a advertisement for Vanguard but in reality it’s just as it states: a Simple path to wealth. If you don’t like Vanguard then you can overspend and waste your money as it is yours to do what you wish. J.L likes vanguard for the simple fact it has low fees and it’s not a “make the share holders happy” kind of company. He’s right to say John Bogle gave us a gift. Now the ordinary person can invest and not get swindled. Anyone I’ve meet always says “I should get a financial advisor” and it’s all rubbish. Sorry your FA wants to line their pockets with you hard earned money. It’s a great book.
I want my money back.
Should’ve check the date before purchasing… in today’s society especially with “fedcoin” talk amongst us, inflation, digital age, and the US dollar depreciating by the second.
This book wasn’t for me smh.