Can you express your investing philosophy as a limerick?

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blueoval9942 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 10:22 pm There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who told his advisor to [Inappropriate phrase removed by admin LadyGeek],
To save himself trouble,
He stashed away double,
And instead of worriesying, he slept.
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A Boglehead's indexing's neat,
A low-cost and passive feat,
We'll hold for the long haul,
Avoiding the market brawl,
And watch our wealth increase, so sweet!
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celia wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 11:26 pm One day I told my honey,
Now wWe have some extra money,
Instead of Should I buying more broth
OrLemme convert our stash to Roth?!”
Now things are looking sunny!
Another edit by me lol! :sharebeer
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This is also with Taylor Larimore's 99th birthday in mind. :beer

There was a wise man named Jack
Whose investing advice does not lack
Because Taylor Larimore plays it back
To keep little investors on track
against the Wall Street attack.
"Yes, investing is simple. But it is not easy, for it requires discipline, patience, steadfastness, and that most uncommon of all gifts, common sense." ~Jack Bogle
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It got a little long...but was fun to write.


I once was an idiot with all of my money,
spending more than I made to impress a honey.

Then luck shined upon me and showed me the way,
and I learned the lessons I follow today.

Life has its hacks, and if you read Bogle's books,
you'll learn investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks.

Like a man on a trail, sitting upon a horse,
I keep reminding myself, just stay the course.

Work hard for the start, investing sets you apart,
focus on what matters, with mind over heart.

A humble but full life is my way today,
with an indulgence or two along the way.

Some of it was luck, like a 20-year-old truck,
but in matters of money, the buck has to stop.

I'm in charge of my destiny, and that's all I can ask.
With all that I've learned, I'm equal to the task.

So while I watch others live each day in excess,
I'm enjoying each year of continued success.

Like a champion horse, I'm running apace,
when the final turn comes, I'll win the race.
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60/40 was always my mantra
Thru' thick and thin, it'll keep ya.
Then along came twenty-two,
Down went everything, boo!
Now I'll never afford that new Tesla.
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There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept tabs on his cash using buckets
Though 'twas mental accounting
His balance kept mounting
And with that told his boss to go muck it.
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Hickory dickory dock.
I used to keep my money in my sock.
But then I met Jack.
That guy was the whack!
And now I’m the richest dude on the block!
"What, me worry?"
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Bogleheads:

If you want your investments to grow
Invest in The Three-Fund Portfolio.


Best wishes.
Taylor
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There once was RM from the 'burbs
Who thought 'investing" only as verbs
But she was too meek
To ask Lady Geek
Her real question was about herbs

RM
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Taylor Larimore wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 2:54 pm Bogleheads:

If you want your investments to grow
Invest in The Three-Fund Portfolio.


Best wishes.
Taylor
Jack Bogle's Words of Wisdom: "There may be better investment strategies than owning just three broad-based index funds but the number of strategies that are worse is infinite."
Taylor,

It took almost five years for the concept to go from the head to the heart and from theory to practice. Now I couldn’t be happier with my portfolio.

Thanks Taylor!
"What, me worry?"
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buckeye7983 wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:54 pm Thanks, all you Boglehead poets!
You’ve got rhyming skills. I didn’t know it!
My Roth IRA
Was a cause for dismay
But your verses will now help me grow it!
:sharebeer
Glad your Roth IRA
Is not in decay
You're sounding well versed
Without being rehearsed
Seize the day, seize the day, come what may!
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Many of us failed to submit proper limericks technically, but I will not worry about it anymore since I will have said my piece according to my left-side of the brain. Besides, many here are very witty, funny, and even heart-felt; so my right-side of the brain is happy. (I have a hard time with emotions in general, so maybe it does not make sense).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_(poetry)#Form
Passive investing: not about making big bucks but making profits. Active investing: not about beating the market but meeting goals. Speculation: not about timing the market but taking profitable risks.
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He squirreled away money for years
While his wife shopped only at Sears
They appeared to be terribly frugal
All the while buying Apple and Google
An important key to investing is having a well-calibrated sense of your future regret.
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I want to grow old with some cash
So Vanguard became my main stash
There's a lot I don't know
But heck no to crypto
I have much less fear of a crash
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There once was a man who was no genius
But thought "stay the course" as a plan quite seamless
His portfolio did aspire
To let him retire
And now his vacation plans are spontaneous
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My portfolio is "seat of the pants;"
Filled with individual stocks perchance;
There's no rhyme or reason
To whatever's in season;
But merrily its growth doth enhance.
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It’s true that I started too late
And got taxed by the Empire State
But with help from Jack Bogle
I’ll soon be a mogul
And paying a lower tax rate*

* long term capital gains, that is
And with proper tax location, bonds in tax deferred
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There once was a girl who loved Quicken
Whose display she often did click in
With each capital gain
She would often explain
"I can't take a loss, I would sicken".


There once was a girl who loved Quicken
Whose display she often did click in
With each stock she would buy,
She would often decry,
"I can't trade in options, I'm chicken"
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There once was a Boglehead so wise,
He invested with nary a guise or sighs,
He bought low-cost index,
And let compounding fix,
His wealth grew, as markets did rise.

He avoided the stock picking craze,
And the hot fund managers' endless maze,
He stayed disciplined,
And his returns were tremendous,
His nest egg, a Boglehead's true praise.

He diversified with care and thought,
And international markets he sought,
He kept expenses low,
And his portfolio grew,
His future secure, he had naught to be fraught.

So if you want to invest like a pro,
Just follow the Boglehead's flow,
Stay the course, be patient,
And your wealth will be abundant,
A conservative strategy, you'll know.


- ChatGPT
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With my Roth, I took the backdoor
It led me past Shelob into Mordor
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When fella's whose nickname is Vulcan
home country went suddenly Balkan,
he came to US,
and save in excess
if he could then sure as heck y'all can.
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Buy and hold
Is what I've been told
So when you're old
You have money to fold
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Hi all, first time posting here, but I can never refuse a good limerick contest. Also wanted to say thank you to everyone for this forum which has been very helpful for me. Here goes:

I don't trust big tech or EVs,
so all VTI just ain't for me
I put some in bonds
and some 'cross the pond
and tilt hard with AVUV

(not to ignite a tilting debate haha)

Cheers! :sharebeer
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I'm no Boglehead sycophant;
An index fund I just can't;
My dividends you see
grow inevitably;
So excuse this good natured rant.
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A successful investment endeavor;
Has resulted in substantial treasure;
But RMD's and Roth conversions
Has caused MAGI growth diversions;
So I'm married to IRMAA forever.
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Save money, but where to park it
Did I think I could put-wit the market
Oh heck no, to an index fund I go
Just try to ignore the guy with the rocket
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GRP wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:18 am I bet at least half of these were written by ChatGPT. :D
Haha
Global stocks, US bonds, and time.
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So I am told
money used to be gold
Tangible stocks and gold for me
enables me to sleep care-free
Treasuries I do not hold
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With investments I like to dabble;
I'm heavily overweight Apple;
It just doesn't matter;
I'm mad as a hatter;
If it flops, I'll go pray in chapel.
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Why I index...

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I know I know nothing
And (likely) neither do you
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VTDad wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:20 am Hi all, first time posting here, but I can never refuse a good limerick contest. Also wanted to say thank you to everyone for this forum which has been very helpful for me. Here goes:

I don't trust big tech or EVs,
so all VTI just ain't for me
I put some in bonds
and some 'cross the pond
and tilt hard with AVUV

(not to ignite a tilting debate haha)

Cheers! :sharebeer
Welcome to (posting on) Bogleheads. Fabulous first post!
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I never try to time the market. :|
BUT the one time I did I hit my target!!! :shock:
BUT market timing doesn't work. :?
BUT when it did, I went berserk!!!! :D :moneybag :greedy
BUT I'll never try to time the market... :wink:

Edit to note that "I" refers to investors who know the dangers of market timing, BUT struggle to ignore its siren call.
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Vanguard has incompetent service
and their website is onerous
So transfer to Fidelity
And nab yourself a bonus
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There once was a man in a funk
Who thought market timing was bunk
He did dollar cost average
And paid off his mortgage
His finances was then a slam dunk


*no ChatGBT models were harmed during the production of this limerick.
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GRP wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:18 am I bet at least half of these were written by ChatGPT. :D
Challenge accepted! Here was the query: Can you write a limerick describing Jack Bogle's approach to investing?

ChatGPT:

Sure, here's a Limerick describing Jack Bogle's approach to investing:

Jack Bogle's approach was sound,
Index funds were his financial ground,
He said keep it simple
And avoid the pimple
Of stock picking, that's where one is bound
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How about some sonnets?

With eyes on market trends that ebb and flow,
Meb Faber doth a model now devise,
To follow where the winds of fortune go,
And profit from the path that they advise.

With ETF selection as his guiding light,
He chooses those that trend in upward sway,
And in the market's fluctuations, might
Profit by tracking them without delay.

And as the 200 day moving average,
Provides a clear and steady guide, he'll use
This metric to confirm the path he'll favor
And make decisions with a steady muse.

He doth not seek to predict the future's course,
But rather takes the path that it doth lay,
And in its twists and turns doth find the source
Of wealth that comes with wisdom's surest way.

So let us all with Faber's model see
The path to profit, clear and plain to be.



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There once was a man from Montclair
Who had thoughts of the dollars we'd spare
If we just bought the index
Fund managers he did vex
Jack left them a sore derriere.
Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy. --John C. Bogle
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Into stocks we mostly do stuff it.
A few T bills for when we must rough it.
Then ignore the noise,
and hold fast with poise,
for we trust in the oracle Buffett.
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Plenty, early, and often
Soon you will jump to your coffin
But before you do
Forget not to accrue
Ample funds for the landing to soften
65% Total Stock Market | 30% Consumer Staples | 5% Short Term Reserves
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I feel like we are just helping AI chatbots learn more human behavior with this post.
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You invested in diverse markets;
Funds grew and exceeded your targets;
When the reaper has knocked,
You must not be shocked
To learn your coffin has no pockets.
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JazzTime wrote: Sat Jan 28, 2023 4:32 pm You invested in diverse markets;
Funds grew and exceeded your targets;
When the reaper has knocked,
You must not be shocked
To learn your coffin has no pockets.
Reminded me of when my DF told me not to count on getting any inheritance because he did arrange for pockets to be added in his coffin. So I made sure I saved for my retirement.
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There once was a man from Montclair
who clamored fees should be fair
to be the richest, don't lust
yet invest you must
can do by just standing there
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