The Evidence-Based Investor

Learn how to invest in 15 minutes

Posted by Robin Powell on May 10, 2017

It’s nearly a year since Index Fund Advisers in California launched Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors — a 72-minute online documentary about evidence-based investing.

It was produced and presented by me and featured Mark Hebner, IFA’s founder, on whose book of the same name the film is based.

I notice Mark has had some gentle ribbing on social media for dubbing this film Index Funds The Movie. I must admit, it’s not the sort of movie you’d want to settle down to with a box of popcorn on a Saturday night. I’m therefore pleased to announce that there is now an abridged version, coming in at around 16 minutes, which is free to view. I hope you enjoy it — and please share it if you do.

If you’d prefer to watch the full-length version, and you’re based in the US, there are several different options, including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Outside of the US, your best bet is to watch it via Vimeo On Demand, or on iTunes in the UK. In each of these cases, there is a small fee to pay.

Incidentally, this particular film is intended primarily for a US audience. My next big project is a 35/ 40-minute documentary aimed at UK investors, production of which is due to start shortly.

I am, however, keen to spread the evidence-based investing message all around the world, and would be very interested in talking to advisers, product providers and other organisations interested in commissioning documentaries for different markets — particularly Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Hong Kong and Singapore.

We already produce content in Dutch and in German, and we’ve also had enquiries about producing videos in French and Italian. Ultimately, any such content has to be commercially viable, so again, if you can come up with an idea that works financially, we’d be interested in talking to you.

Watch the abridged version of the IFA documentary here:

Index Funds The Movie: Abridged version

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Robin Powell

A journalist and broadcaster, Robin Powell is a campaigner for positive change in the investing industry. He runs a communications company for the evidence-based investing sector called Regis Media.

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