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Millionaire Teacher, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Adopt the investment strategy that turned a school teacher into a millionaire

Millionaire Teacher shows you how to achieve financial independence through smart investing — without being a financial wizard. Author Andrew Hallam was a high school English teacher. He became a debt-free millionaire by following a few simple rules. In this book, he teaches you the financial fundamentals you need to follow in his tracks. You can spend just an hour per year on your investments, never think about the stock market's direction — and still beat most professional investors. It's not about get-rich-quick schemes or trendy investment products peddled by an ever-widening, self-serving industry; it's about your money and your future. This new second edition features updated discussion on passive investing, studies on dollar cost averaging versus lump sum investing, and a detailed segment on RoboAdvisors for Americans, Canadians, Australians, Singaporeans and British investors.

Financial literacy is rarely taught in schools. Were you shortchanged by your education system? This book is your solution, teaching you the ABCs of finance to help you build wealth.

  • Gain the financial literacy to make smart investment decisions
  • Learn why you should invest in index funds
  • Find out how to find the right kind of financial advisor
  • Avoid scams and flash-in-the-pan trends

Millionaire Teacher shows how to build a strong financial future today.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. RULE 1 Spend Like You Want to Grow Rich
    1. The Hippocratic Rule of Wealth
    2. Can You See the Road When You’re Driving?
    3. One of the Savviest Guys I Ever Met—And His View on Buying Cars
    4. Careful Home Purchases
    5. Millionaire Handouts
    6. How Did I Become a Millionaire?
    7. Looking to the Future
  4. RULE 2 Use the Greatest Investment Ally You Have
    1. Compound Interest—The World’s Most Powerful Financial Concept
    2. The Bohemian Millionaire—The Best of Historical-Based Fiction
    3. Gifting Money to Yourself
    4. When You Definitely Shouldn’t Invest
    5. How and Why Stocks Rise in Value
  5. RULE 3 Small Fees Pack Big Punches
    1. With Training, the Average Fifth Grader Can Take on Wall Street
    2. Financial Experts Backing the Irrefutable
    3. What Causes Experts to Shake Their Heads
    4. When the Best Funds Turn Malignant
    5. Reality Check
    6. When Best Mutual Fund Lists Can Strip You Naked
    7. What’s Under the Hood of an Index Fund?
    8. Captain America Calls for Government Action
    9. Who’s Arguing against Indexes?
  6. RULE 4 Conquer the Enemy in the Mirror
    1. When a 10 Percent Gain Isn’t a 10 Percent Gain
    2. Are Index Fund Investors Smarter?
    3. It’s Not Timing the Market That Matters; It’s Time in the Market
    4. On Stocks . . . What You Really Should Have Learned in School
    5. Internet Madness and the Damage It Caused
    6. Taking Advantage of Fear and Greed
    7. Young People Should Salivate When Stocks Sputter
    8. Opportunities after Chaos
  7. RULE 5 Build Mountains of Money with a Responsible Portfolio
    1. What Are Bonds?
    2. Profiting from Panic—Stock Market Crash, 2008–2009
    3. Having a Foreign Affair
    4. Introducing the Couch Potato Portfolio
    5. Combinations of Stocks and Bonds Can Have Powerful Returns
  8. RULE 6 Sample a “Round-the-World” Ticket to Indexing
    1. What’s the Difference between an Index Fund and an ETF?
    2. Indexing in the United States—An American Father of Triplets
    3. Indexing in Canada
    4. A Canadian Couch Potato Strips Down Costs
    5. Indexing in Great Britain
    6. Indexing in Australia—Winning with an American Weapon
    7. Indexing in Singapore
    8. The Next Step
  9. RULE 7 No, You Don’t Have to Invest on Your Own
    1. Are You Wired Like a Buddha?
    2. How Does the Average Index Investor Underperform the Index?
    3. Intelligent Investing for Americans
    4. Intelligent Investing Firms for Canadians
    5. Intelligent Investing Firms for British Investors
    6. Intelligent Investing Firms for Australians
    7. Intelligent Investment Firms in Singapore
    8. Don’t Ask about Another Lover
  10. RULE 8 Peek inside a Pilferer’s Playbook
    1. How Will Most Financial Advisers Fight You?
    2. The Totem Pole View
    3. Is Government Action Required?
  11. RULE 9 Avoid Seduction
    1. Confession Time
    2. Investment Newsletters and Their Track Records
    3. High-Yielding Bonds Called “Junk”
    4. Fast-Growing Markets Can Make Bad Investments
    5. Gold Isn’t an Investment
    6. What You Need to Know about Investment Magazines
    7. Hedge Funds—The Rich Stealing from the Rich
    8. Don’t Buy a Currency-Hedged Stock Market ETF
    9. Beware of the Smart Beta Promise
    10. Don’t Jump Heavily into Small-Cap Stocks
  12. Conclusion
  13. About the Author
  14. Index
  15. EULA