Character Counts [Hardback]
The Creation and Building of Vanguard Groupby John C. Bogle
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Description of Character CountsJohn Bogle, the founder and former Chairman of Vanguard, is one of Irwin's best selling authors, and one of the titans of the investing industry. His Bogle on Mutual Funds, published in September of 1993, sold more than 100,000 units in its first 18 weeks, and has gone on to sell more than a quarter of a million copies. He returned to McGraw-Hill with Bogle on Investing, which included two dozen of Bogle's most celebrated speeches of the last four decades. This, the third in our Bogle library, is a collection of his most memorable speeches given to the "crew" of Vanguard. It tells how Bogle built Vanguard and transformed the investing world---in his own words. It also distills the principles upon which the company stands, as well as the key milestones of the company. Started in 1974, Vanguard has emerged as one of the world's most important financial institutions, managing more than half a trillion dollars in assets. The story of Vanguard, in many ways, is the story of the industry itself. When Vanguard started, the entire industry was a 38 billion dollar industry. Today it is a 7 trillion dollar industry!
Bogle's speeches are exceptionally well done, and include Bogle's thoughts on topics that go beyond the world of investing. The purpose of the speeches are four-fold: to "Inculcate," "Communicate," "Elevate" and "Celebrate" the values and achievements of the company. Sample speeches include: - Creative Destruction - Press on Regardless - The Road Less Traveled By - Let the Wisdom of the Past Illuminate our Future - Patience, Persistence and Courage - The Power of an Idea - Growth Has It's Season - The More Glorious the Triumph - A Pause in the Markets, Praise for the Crew - The Individual and the Institution - If You Build It, They Will Come Bogle is one of the great financial figures in history, having been named by Fortune as one of the "four giants of finance" of the twentieth century. In addition to the speeches, the book includes a new introduction, additional commentary, as well as Bogle's thoughts on how the events of the September 11th tragedy affected Vanguard and its employees. The book will be must reading for all "Bogle-heads" and Vanguard enthusiasts.
Press and Industry ReviewsWhat they're saying about John Bogle . . .
'I date my success as an investor from the day I met Jack Bogle and learned about index mutual funds.'
Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek columnist, author, Making the Most of Your Money
'(Bogle is) the investment genius who defied conventional wisdom and proved his critics wrong.'
William E. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury
'Jack Bogle is one of the great pioneer/visionaries of the investment business.'
Byron R. Wien, Chief U.S. Investment Strategist, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
'(Bogle is) a solid advisor in the world of charlatans, false prophets, and hysterics.'
'Jack Bogle (is) the Molotov cocktail-throwing founder of Vanguard Group.'
Robert Barker, BusinessWeek Online
'John C. Bogle (has) the mind of an economist and the personality of a preacher.'
The Washington Post
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About John C. BogleJohn C. Bogle is the founder and Senior Chairman of The Vanguard Group, the world's largest no-load mutual fund company in the world, with over ten million shareholders and more than half a trillion dollars in assets. He has studied mutual funds in depth since 1949, when he began his research for his Princeton thesis. In 1997 he was named as one of seven of the world's twentieth century "Creator-Leaders" in Leadership in Financial Services by Steven I. Davis. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR). In 1999, he was named one of the four key financial figures of the 20th century by Fortune Magazine, and was also awarded the coveted Woodrow Wilson Award by Princeton University (Bogle's alma mater). Bogle's three books have sold more than 400,000 copies in hardcover and paperback, and both books continue to sell well to this day. Bogle's groundbreaking work has been praised by such publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.
Contents of Character CountsThe Vanguard Experiment
Learn how Vanguard - formed to benefit investors, not managers - changed the fund industry.
Bogle discusses how his strongest quality in establishing Vanguard - stubborn persistence - has been the key to building a company that can stay the course.
He eschews contemporary buzzwords to emphasize corporate character, stewardship, and service to human beings - and demands that his company never lose its soul
Organizing for Success
Driving home the mission of the firm, Bogle brings the crew aboard HMS Vanguard with inspiring calls to join in the battle for competitive success
Bogle hammers home the importance of fair dealing, value, performance, and integrity.