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Summary

This book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various things - mostly about money and investing - she was not yet quite ready to hear. 

Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we've created, understanding it is critical. 

"But Dad," she once said, "I know money is important. I just don't want to spend my life thinking about it." This was eye-opening. I love this stuff. But most people have better things to do with their precious time. Bridges to build, diseases to cure, treaties to negotiate, mountains to climb, technologies to create, children to teach, businesses to run. 

Unfortunately, benign neglect of things financial leaves you open to the charlatans of the financial world. The people who make investing endlessly complex, because if it can be made complex it becomes more profitable for them, more expensive for us, and we are forced into their waiting arms. 

Here's an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective. 

The simple approach I created for her and present now to you is not only easy to understand and implement, it is more powerful than any other. 

Together we'll explore: 

  • Debt: why you must avoid it and what to do if you have it 
  • The importance of having f-you money 
  • How to think about money, and the unique way understanding this is key to building your wealth 
  • Where traditional investing advice goes wrong and what actually works 
  • What the stock market really is and how it really works 
  • Why the stock market always goes up and why most people still lose money investing in it 
  • How to invest in a raging bull or bear market 
  • Specific investments to implement these strategies 
  • The Wealth Building and Wealth Preservation phases of your investing life and why they are not always tied to your age 
  • How your asset allocation is tied to those phases and how to choose it 
  • How to simplify the sometimes confusing world of 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA, and Roth accounts 
  • TRFs (target retirement funds), HSAs (health savings accounts), and RMDs (required minimum distributions) 
  • What investment firm to use and why the one I recommend is so far superior to the competition 
  • Why you should be very cautious when engaging an investment advisor and whether you need to at all 
  • Why and how you can be conned, and how to avoid becoming prey 
  • The truth behind Social Security 
  • A case study on how this all can be implemented in real life 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2016 JL Collins (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"In the dark, bewildering, trap-infested jungle of misinformation and opaque riddles that is the world of investment, JL Collins is the fatherly wizard on the side of the path, offering a simple map, warm words of encouragement and the tools to forge your way through with confidence. You'll never find a wiser advisor with a bigger heart." (Malachi Rempen, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, and self-described ruffian)

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Great book

Excellent book for anyone interested in reaching financial independence. A bit too focused in USA, but understandably so

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  • AC
  • 17-08-17

I'm only half way through and wow!

Where does The Simple Path to Wealth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10, it's straight forward, no nonsense self-promotional rubbish. He cuts to the chase, really well.

What other book might you compare The Simple Path to Wealth to, and why?

Killing Sacred Cows, just to get you thinking differently.

Have you listened to any of JL Collins and Peter Adeney ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The introduction, then the ones that followed. Consistently easy to digest the material.

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Listen & apply the advice = end up rich!

I found JL Collins through www.mrmoneymustache.com. I love both of these bloggers. So it was only natural that I bought The Simple Path to wealth. Jim's life & financial advice just makes sense. I'll be advising my children to follow it and any friends & family I think could benefit.
Follow his advice and end up rich. It's simple!

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  • AC
  • 09-07-17

Lives up to its title . . . and then some

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Oh how I wish: (a) this book had existed back when I was just graduating from college, (b) somebody had given this book to me, and (c) I had listened to every word in it.

This is one of those "If I knew then what I know now" books. The lessons in here are priceless. Everybody should read this book and heed the advice in it.

The best part is you don't have to be all that interested in finance or 401(k)'s or any of that stuff. In fact, if you really dislike such things, this is probably the perfect book for you. JL Collins takes these complicated and boring financial matters and does two nice things for you: (1) throws out all the crap you don't need to know, and (2) explains what you do need to know in layman's terms that anybody can understand. So not only is the wisdom in this book chockfull of solid gold nuggets on a need-to-know basis, but the delivery is crystal clear and simple to follow in practice.

Speaking of the delivery, OMGoodness does JL Collins have a superb voice for the audiobook format. He reminds me of David McCullough. He has the kind of deep grandfatherly "gather 'round the campfire for a story" voice. It's fabulous.

In summary, this book is worth every penny. Along with a handful of other "quake books" that changed my life for the better, this one is getting added to that list (right alongside John C. Bogle's "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing"). I can't recommend this book enough. Get it for yourself. Listen to it. Make your kids listen to it. Your siblings. Your friends. Your parents. The lessons in it are too valuable not to share with everybody you know.

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  • Chris Hogan
  • 08-04-18

Great Book!! Get a physical copy though.

I loved almost all of the financial advice given in this book. I will now go and buy a physical copy of it to reference for years to come. I wasn’t a big fan of the audio version though, for a few reasons.

1. The information needs to be readily available for reference. I need to highlight things and be able to go back and forth in the book. 2. There are a LOT of numbers be cited. Percentages and dollar amounts that don’t register as well when being read to you. You need to see them to be able to process them better. 3. Most audio books are listened to while doing other tasks - driving, exercising, etc. I feel like this book needs your full attention. Your finances and future wealth should warrant more than just background noise with a good story. You need to take notes, look up things, etc. Overall, fantastic book!!! But get a physical copy, you will get more from it.

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  • Joshua
  • 30-06-17

Fantastic!

I've read six or seven early financial independence books recently and this one is the best. I like the author's down-to-earth style and overall presentation. A great listen!

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  • Nice Joy
  • 22-11-17

I have listened to a lot of audio books but this

This one is different. I have listened to this book over and over again. First step before you do any financial decisions is to read this book. The hours you spend listioning this book is your MOST PAID HOURS IN YOUR LIFE. Thank you JLC for your contribution.

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  • J2014
  • 30-03-18

Simplest and Best Book on Personal Finance

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Personal Finance is often so over complicated. This is the first book I've encountered that simplifies the subject. It is easily digestible and makes a ton of sense. I wish I would have followed the principles in my twenties. Now in my early thirties, I am going to start implementing it. If you want to get out of debt and start living the life you've always wanted then pick up this book. This is the only book on personal finance I can recommend. Save 50% of your income, live below your means, invest in low cost index funds, and avoid debt. Sounds pretty easy right?

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  • Ramon Luna
  • 25-03-18

it can all be so simple

the path to wealth is so simple, and this book illustrates that. you won't find any fancy tricks here. most of this stuff you may already know. it comes down to execution and if you can't get it from this book, your cause is lost.

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  • DonnieAles
  • 08-03-18

Fantastic

Great read and highly recommended. His stories and examples are easy to follow and spot on.

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  • Javier
  • 17-07-17

Practical details with no confusion

I liked the fact that he lays it all out with facts to back his insight. He also gives great steps to follow if you choose. Never thought of investing as simple until now. Thanks JL.

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  • lisam5305
  • 19-07-18

Wow...I wish I had this book a long time ago

This is everything I wish my Dad had taught me about money. The author did a terrific job narrating, and I really appreciate the PDF that accompanied the purchase. I plan to listen to this many more times.

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  • Napoleon
  • 17-07-18

Good Stuff.

VTSAX. VTSAX VTSAX. That's the way to go towards financial freedom. One of my favorite authors.