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John Bogle
(1929 - 2019)
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Welcome to the Bogleheads® wiki, a collaborative undertaking by members of the Bogleheads Community. This wiki is a reference resource for investors. Bogleheads emphasize starting early, living below one's means, regular saving, broad diversification, and sticking to one's investment plan.

If all this seems a bit overwhelming, relax and don't panic. A good place to begin is getting started (or getting started for non-US investors). Returning visitors may be interested in our new pages.

Getting started

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Today's featured article

A three-fund portfolio is a portfolio which does not slice and dice, but uses only basic asset classes — usually a domestic stock "total market" index fund, an international stock "total market" index fund and a bond "total market" index fund. It is often recommended for and by Bogleheads attracted by "the majesty of simplicity" (Bogle's phrase), and for those who want finer control and better tax-efficiency than they would get in an all-in-one fund like a target retirement fund.

There is no magic in the number three; the phrase is shorthand for a style of portfolio construction that emphasizes simplicity, and is related to lazy portfolios. (more...)

This week in financial history

May 16:

  • 1949 - The Tokyo Stock Exchange, closed during the second world war, reopened on May 16, 1949. Source:FAQ Nikkei Stock Averages
  • 1972 - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange establishes the International Monetary Market, a futures market in seven foreign currencies. May 16 marks the worlds first day of trading in foreign-currency futures. Source:Innovate to Advance: 40 years of Foreign Exchange Futures, Open/Markets

May 17:

  • 1792 - In New York city, twenty-four brokers met under a buttonwood tree at what is now 68 Wall Street and subscribed to a brokers' agreement. This was the first organized stock market in New York. Source: Factbook

May 18:

  • 2006 - The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, a composite of single-family home price indices for the nine U.S. Census divisions, was launched on May 18, 2006. Source: S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, fact sheet

May 22:

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