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Character Counts by [John C. Bogle]

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How John Bogle Built Vanguard and Transformed the Investment World­­In His Own Words

Vanguard has introduced generations of independent investors to the wealth-building might of the U.S. stock market. But it owes its existence to the visionary genius and dogged tenacity of one man­­John C. Bogle, one of the last of a breed of principled and unbending financial legends.

Over the years, Bogle's prescient and fiery speeches to the burgeoning Vanguard staff have also become legend. Character Counts collects those speeches in one volume. More than just an insider's portrait of the reasons behind Vanguard's remarkable success, however, it is a fascinating oral history of the too-long-in-coming empowerment of America's independent investor­­and the take-no-prisoners attitude of the man who dedicated his life to making it happen.

What 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."­­Financial Times

"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

Vanguard has grown to become the world's largest no-load mutual fund organization and by far the world's lowest-cost provider of financial services to independent investors. But far more than its unprecedented size and remarkable rate of growth, it is Vanguard's concern for the rights of the independent investor that mark it as the most truly progressive company in the mutual fund industry . . .

And its founder Jack Bogle as the industry's greatest visionary.

Character Counts presents Bogle at his most straightforward and unvarnished, through the words and ideas of forty-two actual speeches­­complete with newlywritten commentary­­that he has given to Vanguard crew members since Vanguard's founding in 1974. At times fierce and funny, calculated and compassionate, Bogle's words represent an entertaining and insightful chronicle of Vanguard, the mutual fund industry, and the late-twentieth century financial markets.

This remarkable book provides a uniquely candid window into the opinions, ideas, and human values of the man Fortune called "one of the four key financial figures of the twentieth century." Step inside as Jack Bogle holds court on:

  • The Vanguard Experiment­­Learn how Vanguard­­formed to benefit investors, not managers­­changed the fund industry.
  • Persistence­­Bogle discusses how his strongest quality in establishing Vanguard­­stubborn persistence­­has been the key to building a company that can stay the course.
  • Principles­­ He eschews contemporary buzzwords to emphasize corporate character, stewardship, and service to human beings­­and demands that his company never lose its soul.
  • Organizing for Success­­Driving home the mission of the firm, Bogle brings the crew aboard HMS Vanguard with inspiring calls to join in the battle for competitive success
  • The Legacy­­Bogle hammers home the importance of fair dealing, value, performance, and integrity.

John Bogle has been called the conscience of the mutual fund industry, but that tells only half the tale. Character Counts recounts the real-life struggles John Bogle endured in launching his crusade and seeing it through and the deeplyheld principles that he strove to instill in all who worked with him. At times both humorous and serious­­like the man himself­­this engaging and enlightening collection will be an indispensable addition to the library of every investment historian and Bogle aficionado.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The founder of Vanguard Group's new book makes you wish everyone in business would read it--and heed it..." -- Robert Barker, BusinessWeek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00XB2LJRC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (April 15, 2002)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 15, 2002
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4871 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
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John C. Bogle (Bryn Mawr, PA) is Founder of The Vanguard Group, Inc., and President of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center. He created Vanguard in 1974 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 1996 and Senior Chairman until 2000. He had been associated with a predecessor company since 1951, immediately following his graduation from Princeton University, magna cum laude in Economics. The Vanguard Group is one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Vanguard comprises more than 100 mutual funds with current assets totaling about $742 billion. Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the largest fund in the group, was founded by Mr. Bogle in 1975. In 2004, TIME magazine named Mr. Bogle as one of the world's 100 most powerful and influential people, and Institutional Investor presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999, FORTUNE designated him as one of the investment industry's four "Giants of the 20th Century." In the same year, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton University for distinguished achievement in the nation's service."

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