Welcome to the Bogleheads Community! The Bogleheads are every-day citizens with an interest in investing and personal finance. The members not only discuss their own financial issues, but enthusiastically provide help to others.
The Bogleheads Community encompasses the forum, the wiki, two investment books (The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing and The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning), a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy. Taken together, we’re attempting to reach out and provide education, assistance and relevant information to investors of all experience levels in as many ways as possible.
This 18-year journey started in 1998 on the Morningstar.com Vanguard Diehards forum. In February of 2007, we decided to start our own commercial-free forum in order to control our own destiny. Since then, the growth of the forum and the Bogleheads Community has been phenomenal.
We currently have 56 Local Chapters in the US and three foreign Local Chapters — one in Paris, one in Taiwan, and one in the United Arab Emirates. New Chapters are being added on a regular basis.
Starting in 2000, we’ve held national Conferences in major cities around the country. We currently meet in Philadelphia in the autumn of each year.
The Bogleheads site is operated by volunteers who contribute time and talent at no charge. We do accept donations to help defray operating costs.
We’re glad that you stopped by. Hopefully you’ll join us in our mission to make sure investors get their fair share of the market returns.
The open non-commercial nature of our moderated forums provide participants with a broad range of guidance free from influence by the financial industry.
While the majority of our members are based in the United States, the forums increasingly attract members from around the world.
We now have more than 50,000 registered members who have made more than two million posts. The forum averages about 1,500,000 visits per month from members and guests, and those visitors read more than 16,500,000 pages each month. On an average day, forum members make between 1,000 and 1,500 posts. At any one time, there are between 500 and 700 people online viewing the forum.
Bogleheads.org includes among its membership a number of authors of mainstream investment books. Many of these authors will gladly answer participants’ questions regarding their works.
The Bogleheads® wiki has become a virtual library of helpful information on just about any subject related to investing and the Bogleheads. It is a collaborative enterprise by members of the Bogleheads community. The wiki contains more than 900 articles.
Our goal is to create a growing knowledge base of financial subjects that furthers the education and empowerment of retail investors.
Our Facebook page is managed by a small group of volunteers. The page captures John Bogle’s video appearances and other links to information consistent with our investment philosophy. Our site’s most popular age group is a youthful audience (ages 25 – 44).
The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy
The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy, a non-profit organization set up to help support the forum as one of its stated objectives, was approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity on February 6, 2012. The approval was retroactive to Nov. 22, 2010, the date of the organization’s incorporation as a non-profit Texas Corporation.
In one of its first actions, the Center trademarked the name “Bogleheads”, and it is now a Registered Service Mark of The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy.
The Bogleheads’ Guides
The Bogleheads have collaborated to write two investment texts exemplifying our investing philosophy.
The Bogleheads Guide to Investing (second edition) was written by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBoeuf, long-time Bogleheads.org forum members who continue to be active on the forum today. First published in a hardback edition on January 3, 2006; the publication date for the second edition is August 18, 2014.