Rick Ferri, a guest of today’s episode, is a well-known person in the investment industry for years. He is a retired US Marine and fighter pilot. He worked as a broker and portfolio manager in an investment company and got the CFA title. Currently, he works mainly as a consultant in the area of cheap index investing. Rick is also the author of numerous books for investors and the host of the Bogleheads podcast, which is for anyone looking for a smart approach to investing and personal finance.

In this episode, we talk about the philosophy of index investing proposed by Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard. You will learn about the reasons why Rick proposes to invest through cheap index funds and ETFs. Rick also explains how to approach building a portfolio step by step. I ask my guest, among other things, what will happen when everyone starts to invest passively.

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Wes Gray after serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps earned an MBA and a PhD in the finance from the University of Chicago where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama. He worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. He then found Alpha Architect — a research-intensive asset management firm with a focus on high-conviction value and momentum factor exposures. In this interview, we talk about why it’s so important to have a process, trust it, be patient and to have a long-term investment perspective. Wes explains that no strategy works all the time and that pain is always a part of successful investing.

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Meb Faber is a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Cambria Investment Management. His speciality is quant investing. Meb is the host of The Meb Faber Show podcast and has authored numerous white papers and books. He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and has been featured in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

In this episode, we talk why you need an investment plan, why the systematic approach is helping to have a better decision-making process, how to behave in the period of a market crash, is dividend investing a right approach for most of us, and many other topics. Only practical knowledge, no-nonsense theory.
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