Permanent Portfolio – Back to Basics
February 6, 2010
Investing should be dead simple. Dead simple investing means sticking to the basics. This post I’m going back to the basics to help new followers of the Permanent Portfolio get a solid understanding of how the strategy works.
First, I recommend you listen to all of Harry Browne’s investment radio shows. Yes, there are a few dozen of them and it may take some time. But, if you are deciding on this investment strategy for your life savings isn’t it worth it to know all you can about it? I would hope so. I’d also hope you’d think the same thing for any strategy you choose to follow. These shows answer perhaps 99% of any basic question you may have and many you probably never even considered. The shows are an easy to understand course on investing and economics all in one package and you will learn a great deal by listening to them — promise:
Radio Show Archives
Along with the shows above, I also recommend you download the e-book version of Harry Browne’s last investing book Fail-Safe Investing. The e-book is about $10 and is a concise work of Browne’s 40+ years of investment experience and advice. This book is a short read and very easy to understand. It encapsulates Harry Browne’s very simple asset allocation strategy which actually is derived from a very sophisticated understanding of economics. His approach offers a level of diversification and safety not seen in any asset allocation approach I’ve ever run across (and I’ve seen a bunch of them):
Fail-Safe Investing e-Book
If you want a physical book, then you can pick one up below. It is the same as the e-book mostly. However, the e-book is more up to date. In the e-book he recommends using an index fund for your stock exposure and avoiding all active funds as may have been mentioned in the hard copy version which was published in 1998 along with his earlier books:
Fail-Safe Investing Hardcopy Book
Next up you have Browne’s 16 Golden Rules of Financial Safety. If you follow these rules religiously, along with the Permanent Portfolio allocation, you will have a tough time losing your life savings:
16 Golden Rules of Financial Safety
Still want more? You may want to read these articles that I wrote which talk about some more core concepts.
The Permanent Portfolio Allocation
Permanent Portfolio FAQs
Permanent Portfolio Historical Returns
Between Browne’s radio shows, books and the extra information I wrote you’ll have a thorough understanding of this approach to investing so you can make an educated decision if it is right for you.
If that’s still not enough then you can read articles with the “permanent portfolio” tag on this site:
Permanent Portfolio Tagged Articles
Between the radio shows, Browne’s books and the FAQs you will know just about all there is to be known about implementing the Permanent Portfolio strategy. These basics will provide a solid foundation to grow and protect your money.