Author: Elephant Eater

Financial Elephant Around the Web: The White Coat Investor

Today is a very exciting day for the Elephant Eaters.  We started this blog last May with three big objectives.   We wanted to share what we have done well, mistakes we have made, and what we continue to learn to help others to use their finances to create a better way of life. We wanted to […]

DIY Investing Resource #3: The Intelligent Asset Allocator

We have previously featured JLCollin’s “Stock Series” and John Bogle’s “Little Book of Common Sense Investing” to introduce the concepts of low-cost, passive index investing.  Our third resource to help DIY investors get started is William Bernstein’s The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk.     Bernstein is a […]

Can Anyone Retire Early?

This past week I had a conversation with some college kids I work with and another with my cousin’s son who is preparing to enter college.  In both cases, issues related to personal finance came up.  We normally try to keep our blog anonymous, but on both of these occasions, I decided to just say screw it […]

DIY Investing: How Simple is Too Simple?

Recently, I have presented two resources for DIY investors, Jim Collins “Stock Series” and John Bogle’s “The Little Book of Common Sense Investing.”  Together they will allow you to build foundational knowledge of passive index investing.  Let’s review the basic concepts.  Both authors state that investing should be simple.  AGREED!  Both say that you should focus on […]


In a recent post  I reviewed JL Collins’ “Stock Series” and wrote: “I will make the bold statement at this point to say that if my own parents had given me the advice that Jim gave his daughter and we had followed it, we would already have comfortably achieved financial independence and be retired by now.” […]

DIY Investing Resource #2: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

In my opinion, if you want to understand stock market investing and especially investing using mutual funds, then John Bogle’s The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns is the one book that you must read. This short, concise book has high information density with […]

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