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A colorful booklet of 104 comics from “Richer Faster Poorer,” a comic strip about human nature when it comes to money—about folks who try to get richer faster and end up poorer. The get-rich-fast characters take a course in common sense investing taught by Will Hope, a commonsensical, get-rich-slowly professor, aided by a cat who shows more common sense while napping than A colorful booklet of 104 comics from “Richer Faster Poorer,” a comic strip about human nature when it comes to money—about folks who try to get richer faster and end up poorer. The get-rich-fast characters take a course in common sense investing taught by Will Hope, a commonsensical, get-rich-slowly professor, aided by a cat who shows more common sense while napping than most humans wide awake. The comics touch on the topics of personal finance and investing, but in the end, it’s a comic meant to be fun and prompt a laugh or two—or a broad, knowing smile. In humor there is truth—observe Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, and others. And in this way humor can add to a learning experience. Common Sense Investing is based on the philosophy of mutual fund investing legend, John C. Bogle. Reduced to a sentence it might be: buy broadly diversified mutual funds at the lowest possible cost, and then hold on to them. Today, it is broadly accepted wisdom. Bogle is known for showing how this common sense goes against human nature. Instead of “you get what you pay for,” it’s “we investors as a group get precisely what we don’t pay for. So if we pay nothing, we get everything.”—alluding to the devastation from small fees over a long period. With a background barrage of financial noise about daily market conditions, our human nature is: “Don’t just stand there. Do something!” Bogle shows us that common sense investing requires exactly the opposite: “Don’t do something, just stand there!”—alluding to the need to avoid speculating and to invest for the long-term. Or: "Stay the course.” Cartoonist B.J. Dewey adds some fun to learning the investing basics.


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A colorful booklet of 104 comics from “Richer Faster Poorer,” a comic strip about human nature when it comes to money—about folks who try to get richer faster and end up poorer. The get-rich-fast characters take a course in common sense investing taught by Will Hope, a commonsensical, get-rich-slowly professor, aided by a cat who shows more common sense while napping than A colorful booklet of 104 comics from “Richer Faster Poorer,” a comic strip about human nature when it comes to money—about folks who try to get richer faster and end up poorer. The get-rich-fast characters take a course in common sense investing taught by Will Hope, a commonsensical, get-rich-slowly professor, aided by a cat who shows more common sense while napping than most humans wide awake. The comics touch on the topics of personal finance and investing, but in the end, it’s a comic meant to be fun and prompt a laugh or two—or a broad, knowing smile. In humor there is truth—observe Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, and others. And in this way humor can add to a learning experience. Common Sense Investing is based on the philosophy of mutual fund investing legend, John C. Bogle. Reduced to a sentence it might be: buy broadly diversified mutual funds at the lowest possible cost, and then hold on to them. Today, it is broadly accepted wisdom. Bogle is known for showing how this common sense goes against human nature. Instead of “you get what you pay for,” it’s “we investors as a group get precisely what we don’t pay for. So if we pay nothing, we get everything.”—alluding to the devastation from small fees over a long period. With a background barrage of financial noise about daily market conditions, our human nature is: “Don’t just stand there. Do something!” Bogle shows us that common sense investing requires exactly the opposite: “Don’t do something, just stand there!”—alluding to the need to avoid speculating and to invest for the long-term. Or: "Stay the course.” Cartoonist B.J. Dewey adds some fun to learning the investing basics.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Read Ng

    This book was provided to me at no cost for my honest review. An extremely quick and fun read. It makes me chuckle because the funniest situations are all based on reality. I do know many of the characters in these comic strips and so do you (you might even be one or many at the same time). This was a light hearted approach to getting anyone concerned about money to think about doing more than complain about why they don't have more. I was not the target audience since I practice living below my This book was provided to me at no cost for my honest review. An extremely quick and fun read. It makes me chuckle because the funniest situations are all based on reality. I do know many of the characters in these comic strips and so do you (you might even be one or many at the same time). This was a light hearted approach to getting anyone concerned about money to think about doing more than complain about why they don't have more. I was not the target audience since I practice living below my means, but I will be passing it onto the younger and inexperienced investors I know. I am all for encouraging others to save AND INVEST towards their future. It's the father in me. Have a GoodReads and while you are at it, invest both your mind and finances into your future. Look out for yourself, since you can't always depend on someone else to look out for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Myers

    B.J. Dewey's comics find wry and witty humor in a place where most don't expect it - the world of investment and finance. The artwork is skilled and creative, and the dialogue is accessible and believable. Each character resonates with anyone who has experienced the business world. Dewey weaves good sense and truth into funny vignettes!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Mertens

    I won this book in a Goodreads contest. It gives a lot of sound financial principles in the story and is told in a comic book fashion. It was easy to understand the characters but the subject is still a little dry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    What an unusual way but fun way to glean good information on Investing. I would recommend to anyone looking to begin investing their funds.

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