John Bogle

John Bogle is the founder and former Chairman of Vanguard Inc., an author, and investor advocate.

We provide access to John Bogle’s published books, his postings on the Bogleheads forum, along with in memoriam posts upon his death.

We also provide access to John Bogle’s articles and speeches. In addition we provide a sampling of John Bogle’s public video appearances, as well as a number of podcasts of John Bogle’s speeches.

John Bogle was a prolific author of books, beginning with his 1993 publication of Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor, followed by his classic 1999 Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor.

Later books, such as The Battle For the Soul of Capitalism and Stay the Course examined the mutual fund industry, corporate ethics and the history of Vanguard, Inc.


Bogle on Mutual Funds, McGraw-Hill, 1993

Common Sense on Mutual Funds, John Wiley& Sons, 1999

John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years, McGraw-Hill, 2000

Character Counts, McGraw-Hill, 2002

The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism, Yale University Press, 2005

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, John Wiley & Sons 2007

Enough, John Wiley & Sons, 2008

Common Sense on Mutual Funds (updated), John Wiley & Sons, 2009

Don’t Count on it, John Wiley & Sons, 2010

The Clash of the Cultures, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Stay the Course, John Wiley & Sons, 2018

John Bogle died on January 16, 2019. The following topics on the Bogleheads® Forum reflect both member and public sentiment regarding Mr. Bogle and his legacy. See our wiki page, John Bogle, for a biography.

John Bogle has died at age 89Jan. 16, 2019
The Worth Of A Man: A Tribute To John C. BogleJan. 16, 2019
Jack Bogle’s Obituary From The FamilyJan. 17, 2019
Tributes to Jack BogleJan. 17, 2019
John C. Bogle (1929 -2019)

As a convenience to readers we provide access to John Bogle’s articles and speeches.

The tables below provides links to downloads of John Bogle’s speeches. The Bogle Financial Markets Research Center, which housed the speeches, is no longer available on the Vanguard site. However, the links to most of the speeches are provided by the Bogle eBlog.

Jan/Feb 2014The Arithmetic of "All-in" Investment ExpensesThe Financial Analysts Journal (via Bogle eBlog)
Spring 2011The Clash of the CulturesThe Journal of Portfolio Management (via Bogle eBlog)
2009Markets in CrisisThe Financial Analysts Journal (via Bogle eBlog)
2009The Fiduciary Principle: No Man Can Serve Two MastersThe Journal of Portfolio Management (via Bogle eBlog)
2009The End of Soft Dollars?The Financial Analysts Journal (via Bogle eBlog)
Fall 2008Bringing Mutuality to Mutual FundsSSRN
Winter 2008A Question So Important That it Should Be Hard to Think About Anything ElseThe Journal of Portfolio Management (via Bogle eBlog)
2008Black Monday and Black SwansThe Financial Analysts Journal(via Bogle eBlog)
2005The Relentless Rules of Humble ArithmeticThe Financial Analysts Journal (via Bogle eBlog)
2005The Mutual Fund Industry 60 Years Later: Better or Worse?The Financial Analysts Journal (via Bogle eBlog)
1-Dec-05The Executive Compensation System is BrokenSSRN
15-Oct-05The Uncanny Ability to Recognize the ObviousSSRN
18-Feb-03Don't Count on it: The Perils of NumeracySSRN

Seven John Bogle scholarly articles are only available with registration, or by purchase:

2016Journal of Portfolio ManagementJournal of Portfolio Management
2016Financial Analysts JournalFinancial Analysts Journal
2016Journal of Portfolio ManagementJournal of Portfolio Management
2015Journal of Portfolio ManagementJournal of Portfolio Management
2014Journal of Portfolio ManagementJournal of Portfolio Management
2014Journal of Portfolio ManagementJournal of Portfolio Management
2013Journal of Portfolio ManagementJournal of Portfolio Management


The table below provides accessible links to John Bogle’s editorials and letters to the press.

May 19, 2014Letter to EditorEconomist
Jun 06, 2013Letter to EditorWall Street Journal
Aug 27, 2010On Mutual Funds, Cheaper is BetterWall Street Journal
May 18, 2009A Crisis of Ethic ProportionsWall Street Journal
Mar 06, 2007Letter to EditorWall Street Journal
Feb 27, 2007Vanguard: Saga of HerosPepperdine University
Feb 08, 2007Value StrategiesWall Street Journal
Nov 28, 2006Letter to EditorWall Street Journal
Jun 27, 2006Turn on a Paradigm?Wall Street Journal
Apr 12, 2006Mutual Funds and TaxesWall Street Journal
Apr 06, 2006Executive Compensation and Related Party DisclosureSEC
Jan 27, 2006Don't Look for Me at Davos . . .Wall Street Journal
Oct 03, 2005The Amazing Disappearance of the Individual StockholderWall Street Journal
Nov 18, 2004The Spitzer EffectWall Street Journal
Jul 08, 2004Fair Shake or Shakedown?Wall Street Journal
Sep 19, 2003Specialist ManWall Street Journal
Jul 08, 2003The Emperor's New Mutual FundsWall Street Journal
Nov 21, 2002Remaking the Market: Reality BitesWall Street Journal
Jun 20, 2000How Mutual Funds Lost Their WayWall Street Journal
Nov 14, 2003Not-So Mutual FundsWall Street Journal
Aug 23, 1999The Wall Street CasinoNew York Times

Original sources

The Bogle eBlog: Speeches, Podcasts , and Op-eds
John Bogle author page (SSRN)
The Bogle eBlog: Academic Articles

We provide a selection of substantive John Bogle video interviews as a supplement to his career as author and investor advocate.

The Consuelo Mack interview was originally aired on November 15, 2012. The address at the National Press Club took place on March 21, 2001.

Investment Lessons of a Lifetime: January 18, 2019. Time duration: 46:31. John Bogle interviewed by Consuelo Mack.
Simple Investing with John Bogle: January 17, 2019. Time duration: 51:13. John Bogle interviewed by Motley Fool.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio: May 8, 2018. Time duration 1:01:39. John Bogle interviewed by Andrew Lo.
A Conversation with John Bogle: November 28, 2017. Time duration: 58:46. John Bogle interviewed by Rana Foroohar.

John Bogle Founder: June 18, 2016. Time duration: 1:09:43. John Bogle interviewed by Rebecca Katz.
Jack Bogle on Investing: April 21, 2015. Time duration: 1:08:02. John Bogle interviewed by the Aspen Institute.

Saga of Heros: June 24, 2012. Time duration: 1:06:54. John Bogle speech: Saga of Heroes.
At the National Press Club: July 8, 2011. Time duration: 57:35. John Bogle at the National Press Club.

The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism: July 1, 2009. Time duration: 55:18. Interview at Massachusetts School of Law.
Mutual Fund Scandals: February 13, 2004. Time duration: 27:51. John Bogle, Jason Zweig & Sarah Bartlett.

John Bogle Inteview: July 24, 2017. Time duration: 49:50. John Bogle interviewed by David Miller
An Evening with John Bogle: January 18, 2019. Time duration: 55:04. John Bogle interviewed by Pam Krueger

A number of John Bogle’s speeches at various venues were captured by the use of podcasts. The table below provides access to these podcasts (the downloads require Windows Media Player).

Google spreadsheet link: John Bogle Podcasts