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Buying Stocks or Bonds is ‘Gambling’: John Bogle

Buying Stocks or Bonds is ‘Gambling’: John Bogle
Published: Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 | 2:38 PM ET

Nobody should buy a stock and nobody should buy a bond, said John Bogle, founder and former CEO of The Vanguard Group.


“You’re betting on prices — you’re betting on buying them from those who don’t know how much they’re worth and selling them to somebody who thinks they’re worth more,” Bogle told CNBC.

“That’s speculation and it’s short term. It’s influenced and driven by supply and demand, and not by the worth of those companies whose value lies underneath that stock price.”

Bogle suggested investors learn about diversification, saying the risk in any individual stock or bond is “staggering.”

In the meantime, Bogle said it is fine for the banks to repay the TARP money, but the TARP has not lived up to its purpose: repurchasing troubled assets.

“What the banks got was money to add to their capital,” he said. “People can disagree the extent to which they’ve actually used it to increase lending. But one thing’s clear — there aren’t repurchases of these troubled toxic assets.”