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  • Giveaway: Rational Investing in Irrational Times by Larry Swedroe

    Update: Anonymous entries will not be accepted, simply because I can’t identify you as the winner. If you entered anonymously, please re-enter using your name or pseudonym.

    Back in October, I was lucky enough to win a copy of Larry Swedroe’s book, Rational Investing in Irrational Times. SVB at The Digerati Life was kind enough to let me select between Rational Investing and The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I chose Rational Investing because I read the Tightwad Gazette years ago and I need to learn more about investing than I do about frugality at this point. Unfortunately, it’s been more than six months and I haven’t touched the book. I have been super busy, and I don’t see that changing in the near future (maybe around the time Tyler turns three and doesn’t need a constant eye on him to make sure he’s safe).

    Since I hate that the book is just sitting idly on my bookcase, I’ve decided to give it away to one lucky randomly selected winner. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your best investing tip.

    For an extra chance to win, subscribe to my feed via RSS or email and leave a separate comment telling me you have done so (or that you’re already subscribed).

    And for a third chance to win, write about this giveaway on your own site, then leave me a separate comment with a link to your post. It’s important that you leave a separate comment for each type of entry because each comment constitutes one entry.

    The giveaway ends at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 25. I’ll use Random.org to generate a number that corresponds with the winning comment.

    The winner will be announced here on CFO. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; otherwise a new winner will be randomly selected.

    One entry per type per person. Sorry, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

    Good luck!


    1. Anonymous says:

      I’d love the giveway book. My investment tip: invest monthly,don’t give yourself a break no matter what!

    2. My best investing tip: Keep your investing costs low; it’s the only part of your return you have any control over!

    3. I’m now a RSS subscriber (I was planning to add your RSS feed anyway).

    4. My best investing tip? Figure out your allocation percentages. Buy mutual funds that fit it. DO NOT LOOK AT IT FOR ONE YEAR. Reallocate if necessary. Rinse and Repeat.

    5. My best investing tip: Start as early as you can. Compound Interest is a great tool for asset building.

    6. investing tip: index funds

    7. ktoth04 says:

      I am a big fan of dividend stocks, but my best tip is this: RESEARCH!

    8. ktoth04 says:

      I am also an RSS subscriber 🙂

    9. Ken Mott says:

      For retirement, just keep investing. Slow and steady wins the race. Although you can do fast and steady if you want 🙂

    10. Low cost, research, and worry. High diversification and returns. Answer: index funds!

    11. Just subscribed in Google Reader!


    12. My tip: Start as early as possible. The difference of only a few years is huge!

    13. Mike, Karin & Trevor Lombardi says:

      My best investment tip is don’t invest in ANYTHING based on ONE tip (like these)…read, discuss, research on your own before making a significant investment decision. I personally like some of the theories of Sound Mind Investing (www.soundmindinvesting.com)

    14. My tip: If you’re not investing for your retirement already, start today. Even one dollar is a step in the right direction.

    15. Bet on the fastest horse.

    16. I’m subscribed to your RSS feed.

    17. Hmm….so many good investing tips to give!

      I guess I’ll go with “start investing NOW” ….don’t hesitate with the little things and short term fluctuations. Getting started is the most important.

      As someone wise once said, “The best time to invest is……yesterday.” 🙂

    18. Alexander Rinehart says:

      If your “Why” is big enough, the “How to’s” figure themselves out

    19. My tip: Take advantage of at least the company match in your 401k. That is free money.

    20. I have subscribed to your RSS feed also.

    21. Anonymous says:

      “Bet on the fastest horse.”

      Even the fasted horse can break a leg and never finish the race.

    22. gkstratos says:

      My tip is to open an IRA as soon as you are 18 and are generating an income. Contribute the maximum amount allowed per year every year until retirement. You’ll be glad you did.
      gkstratos @yahoo.com

    23. Mary512 says:

      Have automatic withdrawls from your checking to savings. that way your saving without always having to plan it out every month. Set up a reasonable amount to be transferred to savings every month. Great giveaway, thanks!

    24. Mary512 says:
    25. Christine says:

      I don’t have any investing tips, that’s why I need this book!

    26. My tip: Don’t worry about drops in the market- as long as you are predominantly buying a price drop is a good thing!

    27. Me? I enter as many contests as I can.

      No I don’t recommend that to anyone.

      I made every wrong choice and am now scrambling to catch up.

      I also live as simply as possible!


    28. pintolinda says:

      I use stop losses that move up with my stock so I will never lose too much although I always hope to make some money.
      pintolinda (at) hotmail (dot) com

    29. The Digerati Life says:

      I love this! Recycling giveaway books is definitely in the spirit of frugality 🙂 . Maybe I can win this back?? LOL!


    30. The Digerati Life says:

      I forgot to add my tip:
      invest early! Let the power of compounding do its magic.

    31. Hmm, a lot of these people have overlapping tips. How are you going to pick a single best tip?

      In my opinion when it comes to investing:
      1. Start early (Time is the most powerful factor of compound interest)
      2. Live below your means* and contribute a significant amount of your income to your investments
      3. Demand more from your investments. If you’re young, you can afford to be aggressive and take risks.
      4. Be patient.

      * Saving is investing too: http://myblogyourmoney.com/2008/01/27/saving-is-investing/

    32. I have learned the best tip is to save a little bit of money from each paycheck!

    33. No Debt Plan says:

      My tip: never, ever stop investing. Down market? Invest. Up market? Invest.

    34. SF Money Musings says:

      my best investing tip: don’t be afraid to take risks and dabble in different investments (etf’s).

    35. My tip: don’t get emotionally attached to the present value of your investments!

    36. calgirl says:

      My best advise is to start young. Also teach your kids basic investing and finance principles so they are not leeches later.

    37. klp1965 says:

      save like your paying a bill BE CONSISTENT 🙂

    38. Well, I’ve just barely reached the age where I can legally invest, so this book may help me on my way… sorry I don’t have any tips!