Hebner is on a mission to change the way the world invests—by replacing speculation with education. With that in mind, this little gem packs hard data, visually attractive charts and graphs with more than 60 original oil paintings, nearly 40 unique portraits, and more than 120 color graphics, many portraying 83 years of historic stock market data. This colorful and graphically pleasing, 5"x7" compact, 318-page book is a quick, intelligent read and arguably the most artistic book ever written on investing.
"Hebner gives us good advice presented in a very appealing manner. Index Funds remains one of the most valuable investment guides available."
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Four color 415 pages (8.5 x 11"), hardcover edition with dust jacket. Ninety-four original paintings and 250 color graphics. It is the most colorful and graphically pleasing book ever written on this often dry subject. Destined to become the first coffee table book on investing.
"Mark Hebner's magnificent book presents solid financial theory and practice wrapped in an elegant package."
- Harry Markowitz Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Economics, “Father of Modern Portfolio Theory," Professor of Economics at University of California at San Diego, author of Portfolio Selection: Efficient Diversification of Investments as well as numerous other books, articles and papers.
"...a valuable reference; and it benefits from your many perspicacious commentaries.
- Paul A. Samuelson, Nobel Laureate in Economics, M.I.T. Professor of Economics.
"...an incredibly handsome and wise book. We must be near a "tipping point" of passive over active. Perhaps your book will mark the moment. Congratulations!"
- John C. Bogle, Founder and Past CEO of The Vanguard Group 11/3/05
"...it clearly gives good advice which is presented in a very appealing manner. Congratulations on a very nice piece of work."
- Burton G. Malkiel, Professor of Economics, Princeton University, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Completely Revised and Updated Eighth Edition
"I have personally read hundreds of books on finance, the stock market, and economic and financial history (I read about 20 books a year on the subjects). Of course, there are many fascinating well-written books, but I can honestly say you really only need to read two or three books to get started studying the science of finance (Capital Ideas) and applying some of the principles to your own benefit (The Intelligent Asset Allocator or Mark Hebner's Index Funds[: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors]- New!)"
- John P. Scordo, Esq. research-finance.com
"It is really beautiful [and] really well done. I plan to use it as a reference guide."
- David Booth, CEO, CIO and Co-Chairman, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc.
"Mark Hebner's book deserves a place on every coffee table in America." -Larry Swedroe More from Larry Swedroe and his books.
"The more I study and learn about your approach, the more I grow to appreciate its elegance...This book explains the merits of passive 'index investing,' and why trying to choose hot stocks is a fool's errand."
-Matt Krantz, USA Today 5/17/05, 5/20/05, 7/13/05, 10/2/05
The financial services industry has a dark secret, one that costs global investors about $2.5 trillion per year (about 10% of the $25 trillion global equity market.) This secret quietly drains the investment portfolios and retirement accounts of almost every investor. In 1900 French mathematician, Louis Bachelier, unsuspectingly revealed this disturbing fact to the world. Since then, hundreds of academic studies have supported Bachelier's findings. Unfortunately, investors pay little attention to academics and Nobel laureates. The dark secret is that managers don't beat markets. The fact is, markets outperform managers by a substantial margin over long periods of time. This book offers overwhelming proof of this, and shows investors how to obtain their optimal rate of return by matching their risk capacity to an appropriate risk exposure. A globally diversified portfolio of index funds is the optimal way to accomplish this. Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors is the treatment of choice for wayward investors. Most investors continue to embrace an active investing strategy, despite the extensive academic research demonstrating its futility.Speculating on the next winning stock, fund manager, investment style or market timing are all akin to gambling. Below market returns in investment portfolios and pension accounts are the result of investors gambling with their hard earned money. This 12-Step Program will put active investors on the road to recovery. Each step is designed to bring investors closer to embracing a prudent and sound strategy of buying, holding, and rebalancing an index portfolio.
Mark T. Hebner is the president of Index Fund Advisors in Irvine, California. His flagship Web site, ifa.com, is considered the leading Internet source of information on index funds. Hebner has been founder, president and CEO of three companies, one of which became a publicly held corporation. Hebner, a successful businessman, has spent the past six years developing this book and its companion Web site, ifa.com. Like many other investors, his conversion to the index funds investment philosophy began when he came to the realization that his own investment portfolio was not performing anywhere near the market averages. As he sees it, his own active investing strategy cost Hebner a whopping $30 million. Since his discovery, he has worked tirelessly to educate the investing public on the advantages of investing in index funds. He led a team of over 60 writers, artists, graphic designers, mathematicians, statisticians, and researchers to build the Internet's most comprehensive Web site on index funds. They then turned their attention to creating this book. It is the most colorful and graphically pleasing book ever written on this often dry subject. Forty-four original oil paintings, created by Lala Ragimov, fifty original water color portraits by Aftab Alam, and more than 250 color graphics by Jackson Lin present nearly 80 years of current and historic stock market data. This book is the culmination of hundreds of years of academic research, and with it Hebner hopes to cure the investing public of their active investing behaviors. Because of the beautiful art work and creative graphics it is destined to become the first coffee table book on investing.
Reviews from Amazon.com.
From a reformed pusher , November 9, 2005
|Reviewer:||Petri R. (Finland)|
Can't Beat'em ...So Join'em , November 3, 2005
|Reviewer:||R. Grey (Denver, CO)|
This is the last investment book that you need to buy. This is the primer for index fund investing. You can cancel your subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Money magazine, and Morningstar. The hunt for the Holy Grail of investing is over. Individual investors will understand why their mutual funds and stocks never produce the "advertised" returns. More importantly, they will understand what they need to do to capture the predicatable performance of the financial markets, and sleep at night.
Finally a rigorous and honest investment guide, April 21, 2006
Reviewer: Benjamin L. Brinkerhoff (San Diego)
I'm an economist and statistician and have been looking for an honest and ethical guide to investing for some time. This book offers a thorough review of 75 years of rigourous academic research on the topic investing. He proves through numbers and evidence the wisdom and peace of mind that can come through a passive investing methodology where risks are properly accounted.
This book will teach you the necessities of investing in a non-pretentious way and educate you so you can avoid wall streets marketing campigns and greedy commissions and fees.
I recommend this book to any new investor and any seasoned investor unfortunate to be stuck with a full brokerage firm. You will not be dissapointed.
A must ! , October 17, 2005
|Reviewer:||Bogdan Sabac (Princeton NJ USA)|
The Atheistic Investor, August 12, 2006
|Reviewer:||Dustin C. Stiefel (Dallas, TX)|
After 12 years in the industry as a "financial advisor",
I set out to discover what I really believed. I started my
search as an "Atheistic Investor" as if I believed
in none of the mainstream theories. After finishing Mark's
book I saw the light. I realized I had been living a lie
for the past decade convincing clients that I, combined with
the right fund manager, could beat the markets. I now realize
the true efficiencies of the market and have completely transformed
my business and practice. This book and it's clear principles
are a must read for everyone in our industry.
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