How I triumphed over bone cancer and reshaped my investing strategy

In May of 2009, when I was 38 years old, I outran 13,000 competitors to win the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, an annual 5.6-kilometre race in Singapore.

As I broke the finish tape, I felt what many other runners would feel under the circumstances: short-term invincibility.

I had no idea that I had bone cancer…


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  1. Andrey

    says on January 13, 2013

    Fantastic article, Andrew!

    Thank you :)

    1. Andrew Hallam

      says on January 13, 2013

      Thank you Andrey,


  2. Joel

    says on January 14, 2013

    Hi Andrew,

    Congratulations on your recovery and good health. You are obviously an extremely tenacious and determined person.

    I read your book and I have followed this blog regularly for more than a year. My investment is entirely in index funds. Up to now, I was under the impression that you made your money from the index strategy you purport. This article suggests otherwise – that your strategy changed as dramatically as your diet during rehabilitation.

    I am a flag waver of index investing, but I think how you made the bulk of your money (pre-book sales) bears some significance. Would you be open to sharing that?

    1. Andrew Hallam

      says on January 14, 2013

      Hi Joel,

      Roughly have of my money was indexed and the rest were in the kind of individual stocks I spoke about picking in the final chapter of my book. I would have very similar levels of wealth today if I had fully indexed everything from the beginning instead of building a portfolio comprised of indexes and individual stocks. The biggest bang for my buck came from saving prolifically (some would say obsessively) and from rebalancing my money when the markets tanked or soared.

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