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Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:35 am

Wiley is going to publish a book on the Jack Bogle legacy, coordinated by The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard. I’m assisting with a small part on what Jack Bogle has done for people. I’m going to characterize money as a means to an end. Money is stored energy to allow us the freedom to do whatever gives our lives the most meaning – whether that’s family, charity, golf, travel, etc. By my calculations, index funds alone will save investors $24 billion this year – that’s a lot of freedom.

I’d like to have 5-10 short stories from Bogleheads to include in the book. Each story would need to be between 200-300 words and we would need your name included. I’d need the right to edit any story though I’d do my best to run it by you and not mischaracterize things.

If you are willing, you can either post it on the forum or send me an email with the story at allan_roth@hotmail.com. If you post it, I’ll need a way to contact you. So I don’t miss it, please put the following in the subject line of any email to me – “What Jack Bogle has done for me”.

Thanks very much!

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Mel Lindauer » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:51 pm

Just want to confirm that this is legitimate. If you'd like to contribute, please contact Allan.
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby umfundi » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:45 am

May I nominate the story of "The house that Jack built"?

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:49 pm

I appreciate the two great responses. I'd love to have more on what Jack Bogle has done for you if willing. Either post or send to me at allan_roth@hotmail.com. Between 200 - 300 words.

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Rick Ferri » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:55 pm

Does this include advisers? My business would not exist if it were not for John Bogle.

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:16 pm

Rick Ferri wrote:Does this include advisers? My business would not exist if it were not for John Bogle.

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I'd be honored to have a submission from you, Rick! Thanks.
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby umfundi » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:17 pm

Rick Ferri wrote:Does this include advisers? My business would not exist if it were not for John Bogle.

Rick Ferri

I would support what Rick asks.

Why not include the entire panel from Bogleheads 11? I think it is important to note that not screwing your clients may be a viable business model. (Yes, I know. There is a nicer way to say that.)

Jack created Vanguard and his philosophy. People like Ferri, Schultheis, Bernstein, Benz, Roth, ... are helping people get there.

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:44 pm

umfundi wrote:
Why not include the entire panel from Bogleheads 11? I think it is important to note that not screwing your clients may be a viable business model. (Yes, I know. There is a nicer way to say that.)

Jack created Vanguard and his philosophy. People like Ferri, Schultheis, Bernstein, Benz, Roth, ... are helping people get there.

Keith


I'd love to include the entire panel! I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing to day with Jack Bogle!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Rick Ferri » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:18 am

Here's my story:

I remember the exact moment when John Bogle changed my life. I was sitting in parking lot of the local House of Horrors one October night in 1996. My children were screaming inside as headless goblins chased them around with chainless chainsaws. All the while, I was passed the time reading John Bogle’s first book, Bogle on Mutual Funds.

I picked up the book at the local Barnes and Noble, a place I frequented quite regularly. Why not read a book on index funds? I had read nearly every book on how to beat the stock market and nothing worked. Bogle’s book was offering an alternative. He spoke about being the market, not beating the market. It might make sense.

My occupation as a stockbroker at Smith Barney had become terribly unsatisfying. All of the promises I sold to my clients turned out to be a mistake. The product make a lot of money for the company and very little for investors. There as was a revolving door of products and no end to the lies.

I sat, listened to children screaming, and though I was reading a book on index fund investing.

Wait…what am I reading here? This Bogle guy isn’t just talking about index funds, he’s talking about the lies, dishonesty, and unethical standards that define Wall Street and in the mutual fund industry. He is describing my exact experience as a stockbroker! Wow! Bogle doesn’t even know me and he's inside my head.

Stop, I needed to read the book again, from the beginning, every word.

MY GOD! This Bogle guy is SO right! It’s the industry that’s the problem, not me. I want to structure clients’ portfolios in index funds but the industry won’t let me. I want to limit portfolio turnover but the industry won’t let me. I want to act as a fiduciary in the best interest of my clients but the industry won’t let me!

A chemical reaction took place in my brain. I couldn’t be a broker anymore. I had to do it another way - the Bogle way.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t quit the brokerage industry in 1996 because I would have to pay back thousands of dollars in signing bonuses plus a lot of other benefits. So, I suffered through another three years of lies, deceit, and absolute nonsense until my contract ended.

Finally, in July 1999, I broke free of Wall Street and started an investment advisory firm based on John Bogle’s principles. It was liberating - and challenging. I bet my career and all the money my wife and I had saved to start a firm that followed Bogle’s philosophy, but I knew it would work because he was right, and if we also did what was right, the business couldn’t lose!

It hasn't. Thank you John Bogle!

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:31 am

Thanks a million, Rick! Happy 2013!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby NOLA » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:40 am

I really enjoyed reading your post Rick. Would be fun to read more stories because it is always interesting to hear about personal experiences. Good luck with the book.
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby umfundi » Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:00 am

So, Rick,

I've been wanting to ask you this question for some time. Maybe now is the time.

(Disclosure: 2/3 of my net worth is managed by Portfolio Solutions.)

Do you get hate mail?

I mean, this is no longer an unknown or unsupported idea. Your company has nice digs, I see maybe two dozen people in the Christmas card, so you seem to be doing OK.

But, what you are doing is a threat to an entire industry. Doesn't that bother them?

Case in point: PS has me in a well-balanced 50/50 portfolio with tilts that are beyond my capacity to manage, for a total expense ratio of 0.18%. Plus a management fee of 0.25%.

My stepson (age about 40) is a fairly successful (so it seems) traditional investment advisor. He gets pretty angry at the mention of Jack Bogle's name. My wife "invests" in 529 accounts for her grandchildren, at accounts he set up. 3.5% load and a 1.6% ER. They're not even our state's 529, so we do not even get that tax deduction.

Needless to say, we do not discuss finances with him. But are you not a threatening counterexample to that traditional industry? Do they call you?

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Rick Ferri's Wall Street story !!

Postby Taylor Larimore » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:30 am

Bogleheads:

Allan Roth and Rick Ferri are two of our most valuable contributors.

Thank you and enjoy a well-deserved Happy Holiday!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Rick Ferri » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:38 am

Thanks, Taylor!

The best to you and yours also.

umfundi wrote:Do you get hate mail?


Most of the email I get from advisers is very positive. They applaud our strategy and wish they a similar one. In addition, several advisers call me each year with questions on practice management such as which custodian to use, which software to buy, how to implement portfolios, etc. I enjoy sharing my thoughts on the industry with them.

Occasionally I'll get an irate email - but only after publishing an article about the last bastion of gluttony in the investment industry - adviser fees. Technology has driven down every cost in the industry except adviser fees. They're seem stuck at 1%. And it really irks me when an adviser promotes ETF portfolios or DFA funds because they are "low-cost" alternatives to active management that "save client's money" only to stick it to them with their own 1% or higher fee. You can see why articles on adviser fees creates hate mail.

Back to the topic at hand - please help Allan by posting your John Bogle story below.

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby second-guesser » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:03 pm

John Bogle has helped alleviate the stress of investing. With his index fund innovation he created
a structure so that I never have to select individual stocks to buy. He taught me that investing
in actively managed mutual funds or paying an advisor costs me thousands of dollars during a lifetime
of investing and that investing on ones own is actually a simple process. One of his ideas I found
helpful is to invest half of ones funds in a total stock market index fund and the other half in at total
bond fund and forget about investing . I believe Ben Graham and Nobel Price winner Harry Markovitz
invested their own funds in the fifty - fifty split manner. ( I actually have recommended this approach
to my daughters who care little about investing. ) Mr. Bogle has taught me about investing through reading
his book Common Sense On Mutual Funds with rather simple but timeless advice. Whenever I read something
Mr. Bogle has written or see him interviewed I temporarily feel upbeat. Actually , stangely I think my
overall level of contentment is better due to John Bogle because he has helped me in an important part
of my life. It is rare for someone you do not personally know to have such an effect .

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:10 pm

Thanks Rick - I appreciate it. Taylor - you are too kind but thank you.

I've got to confess that I get a fair amount of hate mail - comes in email, voice-mail, and even snail mail. The most irate tends to be from the insurance side. Some people tell me I enjoy the hate mail but i don't. I understand that every communication is sincere and I understand that what I'm writing isn't good for their livelihoods. These people have families to feed and kids to send to college and I don't feel good if I'm hurting them. If I knew how to help consumers without hurting them, I would do it.

As Rick said, any contributions as to what Jack Bogle has done for you would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:12 pm

second-guesser wrote:John Bogle has helped alleviate the stress of investing...

S-G


This is great! Thanks so much!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Taylor Larimore » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:03 pm

Hi Allan:

I'm sorry about the hate mail. Unfortunately, it is the price honest leaders must frequently endure (Jesus was crusified).

This is how I met Jack Bogle:

In 1994 I was fortunate to read "Bogle on Mutual Funds." In the book, Jack's "Twelve Pillars of Wisdom," each backed-up with Mr. Bogle's reasoning and academic reasearch, was so logical that I drastically changed our complex 15 managed funds portfolio to a 7 fund portfolio that incorporated indexing and simplicity. It was gratifying to see almost immediately that our Bogle-designed portfolio was outperforming the funds we had discarded.

In 1999, when I learned that Mr. Bogle was going to be the Keynote Speaker at a Money Show in Orlando, Florida, my wife Pat and I made the decision to go and hear the speech and hopefully meet him personally. We drove to Orlando and spent the first night in the Convention Hotel.

Next morning after breakfast, Pat and I were walking down the hallway towards the auditorium when I saw a tall gentleman in a light sweater talking to two elderly ladies. I instantly recognized Jack from pictures I had seen. He had been on the cover of the February 1991 issue of Financial World magazine (which I still have). We had expected John Bogle, chairman of a giant mutual fund company, to be surrounded by guards and staff -- not two old ladies seeking advice.

Pat and I listened to the conversation. We were too star-struck to say anything. We followed Jack and the ladies into the auditorium where he almost immediately went to the polium to speak before a crowd of several thousand. This is a portion of his exact words recorded by a member of the press:

"I count that you'll have the opportunity to attend roughly 130 different seminars, masterminded by more than 100 speakers. It looks to me as if the great proponderance of them will offer you their secrets for success in the new millennium. Many speakers will offer you tempting solutions involving at best complexity and at worst financial legerdemain and witchcraft.

. . Many speakers will offer you tempting solutions involving at best complexity and at worst financial legerdemain and witchcraft," Bogle said.

"I must confess that, no offense intended to the presenters, I wince when I see so many subjects that seem to offer easy roads for you to build your capital: `Wealth Creation and Preservation: Increasing Yields to 15-20 Percent.' `The Possible Trillion Dollar Opportunity of the Internet,' `Finding Future Wealth in Diamond Mines,' `High-Profit, Low-Risk Strategies' . . .

"I assume from the titles that these speakers will offer you the secrets of success. Let me offer mine: The one great secret of investment success is that there is no secret . . . Investment success, it turns out, lies in simplicity as basic as the virtues of thrift, independence of thought, financial discipline, realistic expectations and common sense."


I doubt if Mr. Bogle will be invited back to many more Money Shows. :wink:

In 2002, I learned that Mr. Bogle was to be Keynote speaker at a Miami Herald sponsored Financial Convention in Miami. Mel and I took a chance and invited Jack to a Florida seafood dinner prepared by Pat in our condominium. To our surprise, he accepted. We took a chance and invited everyone on the Morningstar Boglehead Forum to be our guests. 21 Bogleheads showed up for what became "a magical night." Our dinner that evening became the first Boglehead Reunion and a friendship with Jack and his wife that has changed our lives like so many others.

There is no one in the mutual fund industry with a greater combination of practical experience, perseverance, inventive genious, literary ability, kindness, modesty, desire to help others and impecible character.

Best wishes and Happy Holiday!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:26 pm

Hi Taylor. I so appreciate this. I've come to accept the hate mail and would also say I'd realize I was doing something wrong if it stopped. Happy Holidays and best wishes to you and Pat for a wonderful 2013!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Stickman » Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:33 am

Allan, I'm glad to hear of your project! Here's my story...

An old saying that has been very true for me is: “When you are ready, a teacher will appear.” Jack Bogle has been the third, and most influential, of three that I’ll mention. The first was in 1978 when Andrew Tobias wrote his popular best seller with a chapter in it titled: A Penny Saved Is Two Pennies Earned. This brilliant observation gave me a solid rationale for building a strong habit of automatic investments from every paycheck.

Ten years later, I met author Vicki Robin who transformed the way I thought about “financial independence”. While my mind associated this phrase with wealth, Vicki described a life of freedom—where she could wake up every morning and volunteer for organizations she supported. Further, she viewed jobs as trading “life energy” for money. And this gave me a healthy framework for spending decisions.

I stumbled upon the Bogleheads’ forum. Wow. Who were these people that were being so helpful, so generous with their time and knowledge, and often anonymously? Inspired by their generosity I decided to create bite-size educational videos to help others accumulate wealth and achieve financial independence. Creating these videos led me to the simple elegance of Jack Bogle’s thinking. He writes so compellingly; so clearly. I knew I was on the right track.

By the time he wrote the book Enough, I was convinced that Jack is as noble and unselfish as he appeared—the very model of ethics and integrity. For me, he is also a role model of “giving back”—investing his energy into spreading his common sense wisdom out through countless interviews, presentations and books. I now understand why the Bogleheads’ website has so many generous individuals more than willing to help others and share this wisdom.

Despite Bogle’s tireless efforts, and this gem of a website, these common sense investing principles are not common knowledge. I’ve decided to do whatever I can to help spread financial literacy. To date I have had nearly 100,000 views of these videos on YouTube, the Boglehead wiki, and my website http://www.FinancingLife.org. I’m encouraged by the start and am working on more. Thank you to Jack, and all other teachers who are so generous and wise.

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:15 pm

Anyone know how to reach Stephen Barksdale, a physician in Ft. Worth, TX ? He made a great contribution to the book and we now need his permission to use it. Can someone please email me at allan_roth@hotmail.com if they have a contact for him?

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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Mill » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:31 pm

Allan Roth wrote:Anyone know how to reach Stephen Barksdale, a physician in Ft. Worth, TX ? He made a great contribution to the book and we now need his permission to use it. Can someone please email me at allan_roth@hotmail.com if they have a contact for him?

Thanks.


Here is my guess... https://plus.google.com/118048336087311 ... l=us&hl=en
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Blues » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Mill wrote:
Allan Roth wrote:Anyone know how to reach Stephen Barksdale, a physician in Ft. Worth, TX ? He made a great contribution to the book and we now need his permission to use it. Can someone please email me at allan_roth@hotmail.com if they have a contact for him?

Thanks.


Here is my guess... https://plus.google.com/118048336087311 ... l=us&hl=en


I sent Allan the same link but then suspected that that would be too simple and he'd have checked it already, so I called.
I was told he left that location a year ago and there was no forwarding info she could provide. I left it at that and rang off.

Apologies, Allan for sending the email before checking the link was worthwhile.
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Mill » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:56 pm

Blues wrote:
Mill wrote:
Allan Roth wrote:Anyone know how to reach Stephen Barksdale, a physician in Ft. Worth, TX ? He made a great contribution to the book and we now need his permission to use it. Can someone please email me at allan_roth@hotmail.com if they have a contact for him?

Thanks.


Here is my guess... https://plus.google.com/118048336087311 ... l=us&hl=en


I sent Allan the same link but then suspected that that would be too simple and he'd have checked it already, so I called.
I was told he left that location a year ago and there was no forwarding info she could provide. I left it at that and rang off.

Apologies, Allan for sending the email before checking the link was worthwhile.


Looks like he might have moved here...
http://www.checkbook.org/sitemap/top-do ... sychiatry/

Dr. Stephen Webb Barksdale
2103 Adams Dr
Arlington, TX 76011
817-299-8070 [Map]


and a possible different phone number if no luck on the first link...

http://www.healthgrades.com/physician/d ... ces_anchor
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby xxd091 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:52 pm

Can I add my two pennysworth. Perhaps Jack Bogles influence spreads further than we know .I was a veterinarian in UK with a busy practice and not enough time to look after money . A long term trusted financial adviser to the practice went to the dark side and though I was not hurt - my senior partners were. My first financial lesson- if I did not look after my money no one else would.I started to read financial sections of quality papers and financial magazines. I started to invest myself in Private Pension Plans with generous tax breaks run by Insurance companies. Mutual funds were the vehicle these companies used. I discovered that these companies had such high levels of expenses that 40 percent tax breaks on contributions to the pension fund were totally devoured in costs-unbelievable-second lesson! I moved my money to Investment Trusts -low cost and steady. I was
confident but lonely-with no real instructor-was I on a sensible track to the sunny uplands or over a cliff? Then I came across the book -Bogle on Mutual Funds. It is difficult now looking back after all these years to quantify what a Road to Damascus moment that was! No longer alone-a man that talked and explained so clearly about fiduciary responsibility,investing and index funds. Third and best lesson! Of course all my investment trusts were expensive closet index trackers- I discovered the Bogleheads Forum-read the rest of Jacks books and Larrys,Ricks,Bernsteins etc. Vanguard is now in the UK-costs are falling fast etc. Jacks message has gone global!
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Re: Requesting your help for a book on Jack Bogle's legacy

Postby Allan Roth » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:50 pm

Mill wrote:
Blues wrote:
Mill wrote:
Allan Roth wrote:Anyone know how to reach Stephen Barksdale, a physician in Ft. Worth, TX ? He made a great contribution to the book and we now need his permission to use it. Can someone please email me at allan_roth@hotmail.com if they have a contact for him?

Thanks.


Here is my guess... https://plus.google.com/118048336087311 ... l=us&hl=en


I sent Allan the same link but then suspected that that would be too simple and he'd have checked it already, so I called.
I was told he left that location a year ago and there was no forwarding info she could provide. I left it at that and rang off.

Apologies, Allan for sending the email before checking the link was worthwhile.


Looks like he might have moved here...
http://www.checkbook.org/sitemap/top-do ... sychiatry/

Dr. Stephen Webb Barksdale
2103 Adams Dr
Arlington, TX 76011
817-299-8070 [Map]


and a possible different phone number if no luck on the first link...

http://www.healthgrades.com/physician/d ... ces_anchor


Thanks but I had tried these numbers. Thanks for trying!
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