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Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School

Book Description

The incredible story of how a schoolteacher built a million-dollar portfolio, and how you can too

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors and avoiding the get-rich-quicker products concocted by an ever widening, self-serving industry.

Using low cost index funds, coupled with a philosophy in line with the one that made Warren Buffett a multi-billionaire, Hallam guides readers to understand how the stock and bond markets really work, arming you with a psychological advantage for when markets fall.

  • Shows why young investors should hope for stock market crashes if they want to get rich

  • Explains how you can spend just 60 minutes a year on your investments, never open a financial paper, avoid investment news, and still leave most professional investors in the dust

  • Promotes a unique new investment methodology that combines low cost index funds and a Warren Buffett-esque investment philosophy

Millionaire Teacher explains how any middle-income individual can learn can learn the ABCs of personal finance and become a multi-millionaire, from a schoolteacher who has been there and done that.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Foreword
  8. Introduction
  9. RULE 1: Spend Like You Want to Grow Rich
    1. The Hippocratic Rule of Wealth
    2. Can You See the Road When You're Driving?
    3. One of the Savviest Guys I Ever Met—And His View on Buying Cars
    4. Careful Home Purchases
    5. Millionaire Handouts
    6. How Did I Become a Millionaire?
    7. Looking to the Future
    8. Notes
  10. RULE 2: Use the Greatest Investment Ally You Have
    1. Compound Interest—The World's Most Powerful Financial Concept
    2. The Bohemian Millionaire—The Best of Historical-Based Fiction
    3. Gifting Money to Yourself
    4. When You Definitely Shouldn't Invest
    5. How and Why Stocks Rise in Value
    6. Notes
  11. RULE 3: Small Percentages Pack Big Punches
    1. With Training, the Average Fifth Grader Can Take on Wall Street
    2. Financial Experts Backing the Irrefutable
    3. What Causes Experts to Shake Their Heads
    4. When the Best Funds Turn Malignant
    5. Reality Check
    6. Who's Arguing against Indexes?
    7. Notes
  12. RULE 4: Conquer the Enemy in the Mirror
    1. When a 10 Percent Gain Isn't a 10 Percent Gain
    2. It's Not Timing the Market that Matters; It's Time in the Market
    3. On Stocks . . . What You Really Should Have Learned in School
    4. Internet Madness and the Damage It Caused
    5. Taking Advantage of Fear and Greed
    6. Opportunities after Chaos
    7. Notes
  13. RULE 5: Build Mountains of Money with a Responsible Portfolio
    1. What Are Bonds?
    2. Profiting from Panic—Stock Market Crash 2008–2009
    3. Having a Foreign Affair
    4. Introducing the Couch Potato Portfolio
    5. Combinations of Stocks and Bonds Can Have Powerful Returns
    6. Notes
  14. RULE 6: Sample a “Round-the-World” Ticket to Indexing
    1. Indexing in the United States—An American Father of Triplets
    2. Indexing In Canada—A Landscaper Wins by Pruning Costs
    3. Indexing in Singapore—A Couple Builds a Tiger's Portfolio in the Lion City
    4. Indexing in Australia—Winning with an American Weapon
    5. The Next Step
    6. Notes
  15. RULE 7: Peek Inside A Pilferer's Playbook
    1. How Will Most Financial Advisers Fight You?
    2. The Totem Pole View
    3. Is Government Action Required?
    4. Notes
  16. RULE 8: Avoid Seduction
    1. Confession Time
    2. The dumbest investment I ever made
    3. Investment Newsletters and Their Track Records
    4. High-Yielding Bonds Called “Junk”
    5. Fast-Growing Markets Can Make Bad Investments
    6. Gold Isn't an Investment
    7. What You Need to Know about Investment Magazines
    8. Hedge Funds—The Rich Stealing from the Rich
    9. Notes
  17. RULE 9: The 10% Stock-Picking Solution . . . If You Really Can't Help Yourself
    1. Using Warren Buffett
    2. Commit to the Stocks You Buy
    3. Stocks With Staying Power
    4. Selling Stocks
    5. Notes
  18. The Nine Rules of Wealth Checklist
  19. Index