In his classic book The Elements of Style, Professor William Strunk Jr. whittled down the art of powerful writing to a few basic rules. Forty years later, E.B. White initiated a revision, and thus The Elements of Style became known as Strunk & White. Following this same format, authors Charles Ellis and Burton Malkiel, two of the investment world's greatest thinkers, have combined their talents to produce The Elements of Investing-a short, straight-talking audio book about investing and saving that will put you on a path towards a lifetime of financial success.
The Elements of Investing lays to rest the popular shibboleths that undergird the hyperactive trading of the average investor. In it, Malkiel and Ellis skillfully focus their message to address the essentials and offer a set of simple, but powerful thoughts on how to avoid Mr. Market and his loser's game, and instead enjoy the winner's game approach to investing.
All the investment rules and principles you need to know are here-with clear advice on how to follow them. In just a few hours of listening time, you will learn all you need to know to be truly successful in investing. Divided into five essential elements of investing this little audio book packs a big message that can help secure your financial future all the way through retirement. Topics touched upon include:
Diversifying broadly over different types of securities with low-cost total market index funds and different asset types-and why this is important
Focusing on the long term instead of following market fluctuations that are likely to lead to costly investing mistakes
Using employer-sponsored plans to supercharge your savings and minimize your taxes
And much, much more.
A disciplined approach to investing, complemented by understanding is all you need to enjoy success. This practical guide explains what you really need to know and puts you on the right course for long-term success through all kinds of markets.
About the Author
Charles D. Ellis is a consultant to large public and private institutional investors. He has taught investing at both Harvard and Yale and is the author of more than fifteen books, including the bestselling Winning the Loser's Game.
Burton G. Malkiel is the Chemical Bank Chairman's Emeritus Professor of Economics at Princeton University and the author of the bestselling A Random Walk Down Wall Street.
Table of Contents
It All Starts with Saving.
First Do No Harm.
Start Saving Early: Time Is Money.
The Amazing Rule of 72.
Small Savings Tips.
Big Ways to Save.
Let the Government Help You Save.
Own Your Home.
How Do I Catch Up?
Nobody Knows More Than the Market.
The Index Fund Solution.
Don't Some Beat the Market?
Index Funds Have Big Advantages.
Diversify Across Asset Classes.
Diversify Across Markets.
Diversify Over Time.
IV. Avoid Blunders.
Beware of Mr. Market.
The Penalty of Timing.
V. Keep It Simple.
Review of Basic Rules.
Asset Allocation Ranges.
Investing in Retirement.
A Super Simple Summary.
Appendix: Save on Taxes Legally.
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).
Tax-Advantaged Saving for Education.
About the Authors.