Earn More (sleep Better): The Index Fund Solution

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Simon and Schuster, 1999 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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You can make more money than most fund managers, and with more peace of mind, according to Richard E. Evans and Burton G. Malkiel. Just follow the "Five Giant Steps to Wealth" in this book for the most reliable way to invest for college, retirement, and other goals.

Index funds make investing easy because they save you from having to guess which stocks or conventional mutual funds will go up next year. You just buy one fund and you own all the stocks (or bonds) in that group of securities. When you invest this way, you will come out ahead of the majority of fund managers in that group, and you'll always do as well as the market average (minus very low expenses).

You will earn more and sleep better.

If you don't invest on your own, you may not think of yourself as an investor. But if you have a 401 (k) or similar plan at work, you could have a lot of money invested in mutual funds. This book explains in plain language why index mutual funds are a better way to invest tax-deferred or taxable money -- better than individual stocks and bonds, better than conventional mutual funds.

If you're saving for college or for the purchase of a house, Earn More (Sleep Better) will tell you exactly what to do: how to set a goal, how much to put aside to reach that goal, and how to choose a combination of index funds for dependable, long-term returns.

If you think of yourself as an active investor, you know a lot about stocks and bonds. You may even own an index fund. But there are some things you might not know: for example, why index funds are likely to continue to outperform the average mutual fund, in both bull and bear markets; how to combine different kinds of index funds (there are manymore than just the familiar S&P 500 index funds) to build a powerful portfolio; and the single decision that may determine up to 92 percent of your investment results.

This book explains it all.


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About the author (1999)

Richard E. Evans was a senior vice president at three of the world's largest advertising agencies and a managing director for Ogilvy & Mather in Europe. He has marketed a wide variety of financial products and services for more than twenty years. He currently heads his own consulting firm in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where he lives.

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