Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I spend a lot of time participating in the Bogleheads investment forum, and recently also contributing to the Bogleheads Wiki (a collection of articles on investing and other personal finance topics). So, what are Bogleheads? Here is a description straight from this page on the Bogleheads website:
Bogleheads, a term intended to honor Vanguard founder and investor advocate John Bogle, are investing enthusiasts who participate in the Bogleheads Forum. The forum's regular posters discuss financial news and theory, while also helping less experienced investors develop their portfolios. There are nearly 26,000 registered Bogleheads Forum users who normally make between 500 and 1,000 posts each day.

I have learned a lot from the Bogleheads investment forum. It is where I find out about some of the things I post about in this blog. I also enjoy helping investors in the forum, and contributing my thoughts to some of the discussions about investing theory and practice. It is the only investment forum I participate in.

Although I enjoy teaching others about investing through my blog as well as one on one, I have my own biases and preferences. If you want to get inputs from other knowledgeable investors, Bogleheads is a great place to do it. Most of my investment strategies and suggestions are consistent with the Bogleheads Investment Philosophy. I recommend that you read the linked article.

Since there are so many posts to the Bogleheads Forum, it can be overwhelming, especially if you aren't interested in reading a lot about investing. There is a forum index page that enables you to view just the posts in one of the sub-forums. The main sub-forums are:

If you have questions about your investments or personal finances, it's likely that you'll find a forum post by someone else who has similar questions in the Help with Personal Investments sub-forum. So, if you are shy about posting a question, you can scan the existing posts to see if someone else has asked the questions you want to ask. You can also search the forum for similar questions or any topic of interest.

You can read posts in the forum without becoming a member, but to post to the forum, you must become a member. It's free, so it's just a matter of registering, which only requires providing an email address, and  creating a Username and password.

Even if you don't want to participate in the forum, the Bogleheads Wiki is a valuable resource for learning about investing, financial planning, and retirement planning. If you don't want to read books, the Bogleheads Wiki is a great, free collection of articles on these topics.

You can always post questions to my blog (as a comment), or send questions to me via email, but if you want to get inputs from other like-minded investors, visit the Bogleheads forum.

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