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Re: What books next?

I am halfway through reading The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment by Guy Spier. It is a fantastic and fascinating read about how a Gordon Gekko type who morphed into a Warren Buffett type of investor but more importantly a person. Leave al...
by Howard Donnelly
Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What books next?
Replies: 12
Views: 834

Re: AliBaba

Regarding IPOs, Warren Buffett had this to say: "The only time to buy these is on a day with no y in it."
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AliBaba
Replies: 82
Views: 4491

Re: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)

Excellent article. Thank you, Taylor.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
Replies: 10
Views: 2092

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

. Mohnish Pabrai is mentioned a lot in the book. I had earlier listened to an interview of him with Steve Forbes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaL2v1nVokw , and a presentation he made at Colombia Business School (I can not longer find the long, elaborate, and informative youtube video of the prese...
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

. FWIW – I also looked at the performance of his Aquamarine Fund. Here are the factor loads of the Fund, using monthly data from 1998 to 2013 (the full calendars years of the fund) Alpha = 0.06 Mkt = 0.85 Size = 0.16 Value = 0.60 Momentum = -0.15 Quality = 0.33 Analysis done using the global factor...
by Howard Donnelly
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

. I enjoyed the book, which I have now read. Its not so much about investing as it is about Guy Speir’s honest, pro-active journey of personal awareness and development. The book may not be for everyone, but I found it interesting, some parts resonated with me, and I learned some things which is al...
by Howard Donnelly
Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

In his book, here is what Guy had to say about Wall Street: "I saw up close the willingness to distort the truth in order to further one's own narrow self-interest - the tendency to treat clients as marks to be exploited, not served. At their worst, elite investment banks like Goldman Sachs and...
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

Doesn't it bother you that so many professional investors claim to be using a "Warren Buffett approach?" Buffett, as far as I know, has never taught or written or codified his approach, and has never suggested he had a methodology that could be used by anyone else but him. Of course his m...
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

With regard to his fund's performance, here is a quote from the Introduction: "As I write this, I've had a cumulative return of 463 percent since founding the Aquamarine Fund in 1997, versus 167 percent for the S&P 500 index. In other words, $1 million invested in the fund would now be wort...
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: "The Education of a Value Investor"

. I have not read the book, but have been interested in the investment approach and performance of both Guy Spier's Aquamarine Fund, and Monish Pabrai's funds. They both advocate a 'Buffet' approach, and its seems have tried to mimic the earlier Buffet partnership. They seem to like Buffet, and joi...
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

"The Education of a Value Investor"

There was a new book released this week entitled, "The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment," by Guy Spier. It looks interesting. Has anybody read it? If so, thoughts?
by Howard Donnelly
Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Education of a Value Investor"
Replies: 26
Views: 2519

Re: Finance is a Strange Industry

Great article. Thank you for posting it.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finance is a Strange Industry
Replies: 6
Views: 1024

Jack Bogle: Think of Social Security as an Investment

Here is a recent article about Jack Bogle: "His relentless assault on costs is why Bogle is considered one of the most important figures in investing history." "Social Security is a huge, fixed-income investment, worth somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000 in present cash value,&quo...
by Howard Donnelly
Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle: Think of Social Security as an Investment
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Qualities of a Successful Investor

What are the qualities of a successful investor? Here are a few that came to mind as I thought about this: Rationality, Intelligence, Courage, Discipline, and Common Sense. Can you think of others? How would you rank them in order of importance?
by Howard Donnelly
Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Qualities of a Successful Investor
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Markets defy experts

Great article! Thank you, Larry.
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:03 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Markets defy experts
Replies: 20
Views: 2420

Re: A Primer on John Templeton

Excellent article. Thanks for posting it. For those who are interested, Lauren Templeton and Scott Phillips wrote a very interesting book about John Templeton called, "Investing the Templeton Way." Here is a recent book review: http://msbusiness.com/blog/2014/08/22/book-biz-inspiring-instr...
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Primer on John Templeton
Replies: 28
Views: 2130

Re: Dave Budge: The Indexing of Everything

These two statements are all you need to read: [1]For the value manager, however, the inefficiencies created by indexing might be the biggest advantage to gaining long term alpha in many years....[2]And being an index junkie reduces the number of great opportunities in the market that exist. 1) Fal...
by Howard Donnelly
Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Budge: The Indexing of Everything
Replies: 9
Views: 1459

Dave Budge: The Indexing of Everything

Here is a recent article by Dave Budge:
http://davebudge.com/?p=236

I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
by Howard Donnelly
Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Budge: The Indexing of Everything
Replies: 9
Views: 1459

Re: Indexing in EM, and Templeton's Mobius

Very interesting. Thank you, Larry.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:39 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Indexing in EM, and Templeton's Mobius
Replies: 10
Views: 1004

Market Timing?

"The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell." - John Templeton

"Be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy." - Warren Buffett

Would you consider these approaches to be market timing?
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market Timing?
Replies: 20
Views: 1252

Re: Who or what inspired you and your investing approach?

The book that changed my investing approach was, The Millionaire in You, by Michael LeBoeuf. That book led me to Jack Bogle's books, and the Bogleheads Forum. Thank you, Michael.
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who or what inspired you and your investing approach?
Replies: 93
Views: 4423

Re: Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meetings

I was in NYC for a trade show in December 1987 and attended the Templeton Funds annual meeting at the Vista Hotel in the WTC. I had owned Templeton World fund since I began investing. As I recall, it was in a modest sized ball room and I was able to sit a few rows from the front. Sir John spoke abo...
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meetings
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meetings

I recently watched a documentary about John Templeton called, "Contrarian." I thought it was very interesting. Has anyone on the forum actually attended a Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meeting while John Templeton was still involved? I'm curious about the general atmosphere at the meet...
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meetings
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: stocks about to plunge

Great article. Thanks, Larry.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: stocks about to plunge
Replies: 39
Views: 7899

Re: Personal Development Books

How about books on personal achievement? Here are three of those that have helped me:
1. Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.
2. Maximum Achievement, by Brian Tracy.
3. Self-Made in America, by John McCormack
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Re: Personal Development Books

Here's my problem with Richard Carlson's "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff." The full title is, "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff." Terminal illness, death of a loved one, divorce... how can things like that be included in, "and it's all Small Stuff?" A ...
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Re: Personal Development Books

Here's my problem with Richard Carlson's "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff." The full title is, "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff." Terminal illness, death of a loved one, divorce... how can things like that be included in, "and it's all Small Stuff?"
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Re: Personal Development Books

Thank you again for the suggestions. I'll read several of the books that have been recommended.
How about books by Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, etc.? Any comments on those, favorable or unfavorable?
by Howard Donnelly
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Re: Personal Development Books

Thank you for the suggestions.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Re: Personal Development Books

VictoriaF wrote:Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.

Victoria

Thank you, Victoria.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Personal Development Books

Can you recommend any good personal development books? A book, or books, that made you a better person?

Here are three that have helped me:
1. Enough, by Jack Bogle.
2. Worldwide Laws of Life, by John Templeton.
3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Development Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2963

Re: Personal Life subforum?

Can someone present a specific example of a post that would be allowed in this proposed new forum that is not allowed in the existing forums? All of the above is too vague for me to understand what we're actually debating. How about something like: Who is your favorite personal development author/s...
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Personal Life subforum?
Replies: 97
Views: 5090

Re: It’s Twilight for Managed Mutual Funds

Great article. Thank you for posting it.
by Howard Donnelly
Tue May 20, 2014 10:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: It’s Twilight for Managed Mutual Funds
Replies: 23
Views: 2510

Re: Among Heroes and Villains

Terrific article. Thank you, Rick.

Speaking of the movie Boiler Room, have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? If so, what did you think of it?
by Howard Donnelly
Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Among Heroes and Villains
Replies: 10
Views: 1999

Re: 31 yr old w/ $500k @ EdwardJones

Taylor,

That is an incredible list of wise investing quotes. Thank you for posting it.

Best,
Howard
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:35 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 31 yr old w/ $500k @ EdwardJones
Replies: 52
Views: 9574

Re: Foolish In Love And Money

Great article. Thank you, Rick.
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Foolish In Love And Money
Replies: 11
Views: 2346

Re: I'm 18 and very eager to start investing in stocks. Advi

Read The Millionaire in You, by Michael LeBoeuf. It is a great book for young investors.
by Howard Donnelly
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I'm 18 and very eager to start investing in stocks. Advice?
Replies: 42
Views: 3036

Re: Warren Buffett's Investment Advice

Here is another interesting quote from the article: "What immediately caught my eye is Buffett's instruction that his wife back up the truck and invest in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock-index upon his death. That's not a huge surprise, though. Buffett is a longtime fan of Jack Bogle, found...
by Howard Donnelly
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:03 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Warren Buffett's Investment Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Warren Buffett's 5 Key Investing Don'ts

"Don't put your money into bitcoins for the long run." - Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett's 5 Key Investing Don'ts
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101460659
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Warren Buffett's 5 Key Investing Don'ts
Replies: 3
Views: 1616

Warren Buffett's Investment Advice

"In his most recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter, the ever-folksy Warren Buffett sounds more like a personal finance guru than a financial mastermind, focusing on buy-and-hold investing and advocating indexing strategies." Will Warren Buffett's investment advice work for you? http...
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Warren Buffett's Investment Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: "Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett -- A Gem

Great book, Larry.
And Taylor, thank you for posting these quotes.
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:17 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett -- A Gem
Replies: 17
Views: 2344

Re: Nice blurb about Taylor

Thanks, Mel. I was glad to see this.
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Nice blurb about the Bogleheads and Taylor
Replies: 7
Views: 1113

Re: Buffett widens lead in $1 million hedge fund bet

Excellent. Thanks for posting this.
by Howard Donnelly
Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buffett widens lead in $1 million hedge fund bet
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Jack Bogle's advice for a rocky market...

New Jack Bogle commentary:

Jack Bogle's advice for a rocky market: Follow Ben Franklin


Jack Bogle's Advice
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:21 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle's advice for a rocky market...
Replies: 7
Views: 3148

Jack Bogle: Forget EM Drops

Jack Bogle was on CNBC yesterday:

Jack Bogle: Forget EM drops, US companies drive stocks
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101376867
by Howard Donnelly
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle: Forget EM Drops
Replies: 8
Views: 2309

Re: TAYLOR'S UPCOMING 90th BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday, Taylor! And thank you, Mel, for letting us know.
by Howard Donnelly
Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor's 90th Birthday
Replies: 272
Views: 22701

Re: Warren Buffett is a Boglehead

I liked the article. Thank you for posting it.
by Howard Donnelly
Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:52 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Warren Buffett is a Boglehead
Replies: 48
Views: 3340

Re: john templeton

Here is the trailer for Contrarian:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWnOXDXppho
by Howard Donnelly
Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: john templeton
Replies: 7
Views: 1092
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