The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

November 6, 2019 - Comment

The classic guide to constructing a solid portfolio―without a financial advisor! “With relatively little effort, you can design and assemble an investment portfolio that, because of its wide diversification and minimal expenses, will prove superior to the most professionally managed accounts. Great intelligence and good luck are not required.” William Bernstein’s commonsense approach to portfolio

The classic guide to constructing a solid portfolio―without a financial advisor!

“With relatively little effort, you can design and assemble an investment portfolio that, because of its wide diversification and minimal expenses, will prove superior to the most professionally managed accounts. Great intelligence and good luck are not required.”

William Bernstein’s commonsense approach to portfolio construction has served investors well during the past turbulent decade―and it’s what made The Four Pillars of Investing an instant classic when it was first published nearly a decade ago.

This down-to-earth book lays out in easy-to-understand prose the four essential topics that every investor must master: the relationship of risk and reward, the history of the market, the psychology of the investor and the market, and the folly of taking financial advice from investment salespeople.

Bernstein pulls back the curtain to reveal what really goes on in today’s financial industry as he outlines a simple program for building wealth while controlling risk. Straightforward in its presentation and generous in its real-life examples, The Four Pillars of Investing presents a no-nonsense discussion of:

The art and science of mixing different asset classes into an effective blend The dangers of actively picking stocks, as opposed to investing in the whole market Behavioral finance and how state of mind can adversely affect decision making Reasons the mutual fund and brokerage industries, rather than your partners, are often your most direct competitors Strategies for managing all of your assets―savings, 401(k)s, home equity―as one portfolio

Investing is not a destination. It is a journey, and along the way are stockbrokers, journalists, and mutual fund companies whose interests are diametrically opposed to yours.

More relevant today than ever, The Four Pillars of Investing shows you how to determine your own financial direction and assemble an investment program with the sole goal of building long-term wealth for you and your family.

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Anonymous says:

Investing 101! As the title suggests, the author presents within this book four essential pillars of successful investing. Each section of the book is then dedicated to investigating and detailing each of these pillars and they are: 1) Theory 2) History 3) Psychology and 4) Business. The first section on theory, is one which the author calls “the most important part of the book”. In his words it “surveys the awesome body of theory and data relevant to everyday investing”. This section centers itself around…

Anonymous says:

A must read for any investor I have started devoting time to understanding personal finance and retirement over the past year. I’ve listened to multiple pod casts and read about six books on the subject. I avoided this book because it was written in 2002 and obviously, now, out of date (the 2010 update was a short, and rather useless, post-script). The investment strategies that I have gravitated to have been simplicity and indexed funds, especially Vanguard. I have not looked into whether or not this was one of the…

Anonymous says:

but this one is more detail and an overall better reference book This should be required reading at the high school or college level. It’s fair to say this book, along with “Boglehead’s Guide to Investing,” changed my life. If you have to pick one, pick “Boglehead’s”, but this one is more detail and an overall better reference book. Until i read these books, investing seemed too complicated for me, so I either neglected it or paid a “financial advisor” (ha ha) to manage my investments for me. Once i read this book and…

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