Who are the Bogleheads?

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Bogleheads

Forum, Wiki, Blog, Local Chapters and Affiliates

The Bogleheads community

The Bogleheads community encompasses the forum, the wiki, and an investment blog. Affiliate sites include a presence on Facebook, Reddit and Twitter; a regular series of podcasts and The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy.  The Bogle Center has established the Bogleheads YouTube channel, and sponsors the U.S. Bogleheads Conferences, the Bogleheads Virtual Life Stage meetings, and the weekly Twitter Spaces discussions.

We have  published three investment books: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing; The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning; and  The Bogleheads’ Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio. 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 24-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 92 local chapters; 81 inside the US and 11 outside the US — Bahrain, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. New chapters are being added on a regular basis. A number of our local chapters have published meeting presentations on YouTube.

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 market returns.

Forums

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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 100,000 registered members who have made more than four million posts. The forum averages about 2,000,000 visits per month from members and guests, and those visitors read more than 22,000,000 pages each month. On an average day, forum members make between 1,500 and 2,000 posts. At any one time, there are between 700 and 900 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.

In addition to our forum, we have close ties with our two “sister forums” of like-minded investors;  you are welcome to visit Canada’s  Financial Wisdom Forum and Spain’s  Bogleheads® España.

Wiki

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 1,000 articles.

Our goal is to create a growing knowledge base of financial subjects that furthers the education and empowerment of retail investors.

Blog

Financial Page is dedicated to providing bogleheads.org. and its members access to the blogging medium. We also attempt to consolidate information about such activities as local chapters, podcasts, and contests for our readers.

Bogleheads.org administrators

The team that operates our sites and keeps them running are our site administrators, Alex Frakt, Larry Auton, and LadyGeek. Our interview with LadyGeek explains what this entails.

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Our guides, interviews and contests

Our published books, our blog interviews, and the two annual contest entertainments.

Interviews

Financial Page occasionally interviews forum members on various topics. Here is a handy reference for our interviews.

The Bogleheads Guides

The Bogleheads have collaborated to write two investment texts exemplifying our investing philosophy. In addition, Taylor Larimore has written a third text explaining the Three-Fund Portfolio.

Bogleheads Contests

Bogleheads participate in two annual contests, both designed as entertainments. The contests are The Boglehead Contest, and the Boglehead Hedge Fund Contest.

Additional information about the site

On the Forum, members discuss financial news and theory. The forum is moderated and notable for its civil discourse, so it is helpful to be familiar with Forum Policies. In addition to investments and personal investments, the forum also has sub-forums devoted to personal finance and personal consumer issues. Our growing world-wide membership has also prompted us to add our non-US investors forums.

Anyone can read the forum, it is a free site. To post, one must register. Registration is also free.

Seeking portfolio advice – US investors

The members also welcome less experienced investors who have questions about investing or who need help to develop their portfolios. We are not registered financial advisors or planners, but we do have a lot of collective wisdom to share. Many financial questions do not have a right or wrong answer, but rather a range of options. It is up to you to weigh the pros and cons in light of your specific situation.

The wiki page Asking portfolio questions contains a template that you can use to copy and paste into your own “Asking portfolio questions” topic.

Seeking portfolio advice: Non-US and non-resident investors

Non-US and non-resident investors can get an introduction to investing in these wiki pages:

Non-US and non resident individuals can use our wiki page, My portfolio: seeking advice for a template to copy and paste your investing questions.

The Wiki is a comprehensive investing and personal finance reference that was built and is maintained by members of the Bogleheads® community. You can find our most recent pages at New Pages. Many newcomers find that a good way to begin is by reading these Wiki articles:

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For US investors:

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For non-US investors:

Searching the wiki

There are three ways to find wiki articles:

In addition, you may find our outlines to be of assistance. The table below provides our outlines in alphabetical order.

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Academics ETFs and mutual funds Non-US domiciles State 529 plans
Asset classes Financial planning Personal retirement plans Stocks
Bonds IndexingReference material Tax considerations for investors
Employer provided retirement plans Investing Retirement planning Tax law changes

Contributing to the wiki

Anyone can read the wiki. If you would like to edit it, you must first join the Bogleheads forum. Once you’ve joined, send a private message requesting access, and you can then become an editor. Information on editing the wiki is available on the left sidebar of every wiki page. Suggestions are welcome by posting in Suggestions for the Wiki.

The very serviceable index of forum posts page has a remarkable history. The page dates from July 27, 2001 when the Bogleheads community was centered on the Morningstar Diehards forum. The Morningstar forum had limited search capabilities and a poor set-up for a large active community. Alex Frakt and Larry Auton created an independent site, Diehards.org. (now Bogleheads.org.) which provided an updated search and post index page that made reading and navigating the Morningstar forum simple

In 2007, Morningstar’s lax moderation and poor forum design resulted in the establishment of a new phpBB forum. This forum was soon transferred to Diehards.org, and with a divided audience, the post index page provided updated post information for both the new forum and the Morningstar forum.

As the new Bogleheads Forum became the preferred site, the post index page dropped coverage of the Morningstar forum.

Bogleheads.org

Bogleheads.org. is operated by its founders, Alex Frakt and Larry Auton.

Milestones

From its initial founding in 2001, bogleheads.org. has recorded steady growth in both membership participation and expansion of its sites. Key developments in its history are listed below.

2000 – 2010

  • 2001 –  On July 27, 2001, Alex Frakt and Larry Auton launch an index and search site designed to more efficiently track the Morningstar Diehards forum. The site, diehards.org., is independent and has no official ties with Morningstar.
  • 2007 – The lax moderation and technical obsolescence pervading Morningstar’s forums inspires the start-up of a new phpBB forum on February 19, 2007.  A week after its founding, Alex and Larry agree to host and operate the new forum within diehards.org.
  • 2008 –  At the request of a small group of enterprising forum members, Alex and Larry agree to host a new wiki at diehards.org. The  Bogleheads® wiki  debuts on May 13, 2008.
  • 2008 –  On May 31, 2008  Alex and Larry switch default domain names from diehards.org to the more natural bogleheads.org.

2011 – 2020

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2021 –

  • 2021 – On January 1, 2021 the Forum passes 100,000 registered members.
  • 2021– On February 9, 2021, Larry Auton moves the bogleheads.org server to Hostwinds.
  • 2021– August 9, 2021, The John C. Bogle Center establishes the Bogleheads Youtube channel, which provides access to Bogleheads conference videos, Bogleheads on Investing podcast audios, and Bogleheads Local Chapter videos. See the forum topic, Bogleheads now on YouTube for the announcement of the site.