The Idiot Millionaire by Derek Foster – Review and Giveaway

idiotmillionaireDerek Foster is back again with his fifth book – The Idiot Millionaire (link).  This book follows a common theme about investing,with the focus on “idiot proof” stocks rather than exclusively dividend achiever type stocks.  To Mr. Foster, idiot proof stocks are those that have global brand recognition and have a distinct competitive advantage.

For those of you who follow Derek Foster, you may know of the most recent “controversy” surrounding him where he sold all of his long term positions just before the market bottom in 2009.  As he’s been asked about this many times over the past couple years, he dedicated a section in the book to explain what happened, and what he did after he sold.  It turns out that he didn’t make out so bad (more on this in the next post).

Who is Derek Foster?

Derek Foster is known as Canada’s Youngest Retiree when he retired at the young age of 34. How did he do this? Through starting young and sticking with his investment plan of buying strong dividend paying stocks. He feels very strongly about his strategy and rightly so as he has achieved great success. His first book Stop Working: Here’s How You Can is a Canadian Best Seller.

Foster currently lives off and supports his family through dividend distributions, book sales, and a rental property (sold). Note that he retired before publishing his first book. You can read more about him in my book review of Stop Working: Here’s How You Can.

About the Book

As previously mentioned, this book focuses on stocks that have a long term competitive advantage by pointing out and explaining the authors favorite stocks in each sector.  The chapter outline includes:

  1. Why you should invest in idiot proof stocks
  2. Bank Stocks and other Financial Companies
  3. Pipeline Stocks
  4. Tobacco Stocks
  5. Food and Drink Stocks
  6. Consumer Stocks
  7. Hygiene Stocks
  8. Oil Stocks
  9. Entertainment Stocks
  10. Transportation Stocks
  11. Business to Business Stocks
  12. Education Stocks
  13. Buying Bargain Stocks
  14. Where to Look for Idiot Proof Stocks
  15. Taxes and an update on the authors portfolio

While this book did give me some ideas on stocks to add to my watch list, Derek’s first book is still my favorite.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a little more experienced now with investing and that I’ve read about a lot of the same concepts before.  I would say this book is geared for someone just starting out in their investing journey and looking for ideas on which companies to look into.

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FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.
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9 years ago

if everyone in the whole world did this…could we all “retire”?

9 years ago

i 2 invest in cos and live off the income am disabled get pension i own this house so they work well for me
10 years ago

I agree. Derek’s first book is also my favorite. I’ll be picking up this book mostly to learn how he fared in the 2009 bottom and his decisions to sell. I think the biggest “controversy” around Foster is how he can claim to be retired while cranking out investment books which give him more income to invest. Regardless, I love reading his books.


10 years ago

Confidence in yourself. You must have a plan and comfortability, veer too much away is not good. Ultimately, in and out before herd…..are you smarter than the buyer when selling and smarter than the seller when buying.

10 years ago

Good title…considering the author is a massive idiot himself. After Derek completely contradicted his entire investing philosophy in 2009, why would anyone listen to a single word that he has to say?

10 years ago

interesting, yet simple. genius!

10 years ago

This morning I heard Derek saying: “People brush their teeth every morning”. It actually gave me an idea about his “idiot proof stocks”. I was getting more and more interested about dividend paying stocks, but needed just basic knowledge from person who actually started from scratch and successfully built his fortune without high-paying job. Would be really nice to read this book.

10 years ago

Yay, free book!
Sounds interesting.

Rob VH
10 years ago

I enjoyed Mr. Foster’s first book “Stop Working”. It was a light read, made some good points, laid out a simple and actionable plan, and provided inspiration from a young Canadian who achieved early financial independence.

“The Lazy Investor” was redundant, in my opinion. “Money For Nothing” is a good addition to his overall strategy and I’ll probably end up buying “The Idiot Millionaire” for a friend even if I win one here. The books are inexpensive and are easy to digest for people who, unlike myself, don’t read a lot of financial books or forums.

10 years ago

I’ve read lots about him but never anything by him, would love to read this.