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.
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The Bogleheads® follow a small number of simple investment principles that have been shown over time to produce risk-adjusted returns far greater than those achieved by the average investor. Many of these ideas are distilled from Nobel prize-winning financial economics research on topics like Modern Portfolio Theory and the Capital Asset Pricing Model. But they are very easy to understand and to implement, and they work.
In fact, the basis of all of these principles is the idea that successful investing is not a complicated process, and can be accomplished by anyone with a small amount of effort. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1991 - The S&P MidCap 400 index was launched on this date. The S&P MidCap 400 provides investors with a benchmark for U.S. mid-sized companies. Source: S&P MidCap 400 index, factsheet
- 1977 - The Trans-Alaska pipeline began flowing oil on June 20, 1977. Source:Pipeline history
- 1720 - The price of South Sea stock peaked at £1050 on June 24, 1720. The stock would collapse at the beginning of September, with the stock falling to £190. Source: Jonathan Barron Baskin, Paul J. Miranti, Jr., A History of Corporate Finance, Cambridge University Press, pp.112 - 113.
- 1910 - The Postal Savings System was established by an Act of Congress. The system paid two percent interest per year. The legislation aimed to get money out of hiding, attract the savings of immigrants accustomed to saving at Post Offices in their native countries, provide safe depositories for people who had lost confidence in banks, and furnish more convenient depositories for working people. Initially, the minimum deposit was $1, and the balance in an account could not exceed $500, excluding interest. The system ended officially on July 1, 1967. Source: Postal Savings System, The United States Postal Service.
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