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Reading List

Here's my recommended book list for anyone interested in investing. Links to each book are provided. The books are listed in the order I read them in. At the end of the page is a list of books I do not recommend.

My "Must Reads"

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - by John C. Bogle

This is the first book I recommend to anyone who is dipping their toes into investing. John C. Bogle is the founder of The Vanguard Group and is credited with being the father of the index fund. Not surprisingly, this book seems to go on chapter after chapter telling you why index fund investing is the only reliable way to participate in "your fair share" of market returns. That being said, the information present is very valuable even though the read can be a bit repetitive and dry. Just push through it and you'll be rewarded for doing so.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - by Edwin Lefèvre

When I asked my uncle what books recommendations he had, this was the immediate first recommendation. From the Wikipedia article on the book, I learned that it is a novel based on the life of stock trader Jesse Livermore. In 2008 Alan Greenspan called the book "a font of investing wisdom" and noted that quotes from the book such as "bulls and bears make money; pigs get slaughtered" are now adages. Regardless if your interesting lie in being an investor or a trader, or both, I still highly recommend this book!

Predictably Irrational - by Dan Ariely

The second recommendation my uncle had was to study human nature. There are so many fascinating concepts in this book that are applied to many aspects of our lives, and not just the stock market. The concept of anchoring is the one that I have had the most issues with since my introduction to the stock market.

Adaptive Markets - by Andrew W. Lo

I don't recall where this recommendation came from, but it was a fascinating read that discusses the evolution of our financial systems and many of the economic theories used to describe it. The two most prominent are the efficient market hypothesis and the adaptive market hypothesis.

My "To Reads"

A Random Walk Down Wall Street - by Burton G. Malkiel

The Intelligent Investor - by Benjamin Graham

These books by Benjamin Graham come highly recommended from the oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet.

Security Analysis - by Benjamin Graham

My "Don't Recommends"

Rich Dad Poor Dad - by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This was the book that flipped the switch for me and made me realize I should have been investing my entire life, even when I thought I didn't have the money. Why then would I put this on my list of books that I don't recommend? It's more to get your attention. It's still a good book, and you can learn a lot from it, as long as you remember one thing: there was no rich dad. The book is an entire work of fiction. Just keep that in mind while you read it, but it is the book that opened my eyes to the world of investing that was hidden in plain sight my entire life. It is the book that kindled my financial education evangelism.