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Investing Made Simple

Book6FrontCoverTiltedScaledI’ve got a big announcement for today:

My new book, Investing Made Simple: Investing in Index Funds Explained in 100 Pages or Less is now available on Amazon.

(For new readers: I write a series of books that’s intended to be something akin to CliffsNotes for financial topics. This is the latest in the series.)

Who This Book is For:

Anyone who has questions about investing, but who doesn’t want to trudge through a 300-page textbook.

What You Will Learn:

  • Asset Allocation: What does it mean, why is it so important, and how should you determine your own?
  • How to Pick Mutual Funds: Learn how to choose funds that are mathematically certain to outperform the majority of other mutual funds.
  • Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA vs. 401(k): What’s the difference, and how should you choose between them?
  • Financial Advisors: Learn what to look for as well as pitfalls to avoid.
  • Frequent Investor Mistakes: Learn the most common mistakes investors make and what you can do to avoid them.
  • Calculate Your Retirement Needs: Learn how to calculate how much you’ll need saved in order to retire.

What the Book is Not:

  • This book is not a great work of literary art.
  • This book is not going to make you an absolute expert on the topic, and
  • This book is not going to provide you with a way to get rich overnight.

What it will do (hopefully) is provide an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to the topic of prudent investing. πŸ™‚

New to Investing? See My Related Book:


Investing Made Simple: Investing in Index Funds Explained in 100 Pages or Less

Topics Covered in the Book:
  • Asset Allocation: Why it's so important, and how to determine your own,
  • How to to pick winning mutual funds,
  • Roth IRA vs. traditional IRA vs. 401(k),
  • Click here to see the full list.

A Testimonial:

"A wonderful book that tells its readers, with simple logical explanations, our Boglehead Philosophy for successful investing." - Taylor Larimore, author of The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing


  1. Thanks for making this available. Linking to facebook and will tip it as well.

  2. Just took a peek and it looks like a nice concise primer. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Best of luck with it, Mike.


  4. Mike, congratulations on the new book!

  5. You, your blog and books are indeed a blessing.


  6. Great Mike! I’m excited to read it. Once it’s available on I’ll but it as well. Congrats on your publishing accomplishments.

  7. Mike,

    Congrats! I had the honor of reviewing your last book, and just would like to know before I buy the new book what makes it different than the last one? More details, Less details? Different topics?

  8. Thanks everybody for the encouraging words and for all the ways you’re getting the word out. πŸ™‚

    My Journey: Great question. I had intended to cover that once it actually becomes available for sale, but I might as well go over it here too.

    In terms of recommended strategies, the two books are very similar. Hopefully this is no surprise–I’m still a big fan of index funds and buying & holding.

    The biggest differences are in terms of the method of covering the material. Obviously, Oblivious Investing‘s most defining characteristic is that it’s in narrative format. This new book isn’t.

    Also, Investing Made Simple is much more about the “nitty gritty”–how to determine your asset allocation, the differences between types of retirement accounts, etc.

    The truth is that, for most people, I probably wouldn’t recommend buying both. Rather, I’d buy/read whichever one appeals to you most. If the idea of a narrative sounds good, go with Oblivious Investing; if not, go with Investing Made Simple.


  9. Niklas Smith says

    Dear Mike,
    Thanks very much for offering the new book! I’ve already bought Oblivious Investing (it should be arriving in the UK any time now), but I’ll be reading Investing Made Simple anyway…

  10. Niklas, thanks for buying my prior book! I hope you enjoy them both. πŸ™‚

    (I’m afraid to ask how much it cost for shipping to the UK…)

  11. Any chance this will be available in Kindle (or other e-book) format after it’s officially released?

  12. Hi QueenTess.

    Hmm…hadn’t thought about that yet. Kindle format seems unlikely unless I get a lot of other people asking about it. (At the moment, I don’t know how to do it.)

    Are any formats readable on Kindle except for the explicit Kindle file type? If there’s something that’s readable on Kindle that would also serve as something I could offer investors outside the U.S., that could be a possibility.

  13. @QueenTess
    For the kindle, just use the amazon supplied pdf converter application, and amazon will convert and send it to your kindle device for free.

    You will have to initiate this process from your amazon online kindle account. Hope that helps.
    Awesome. what did we do to deserve such a nice treat from you πŸ™‚

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