Essential Reading

Essential Reading

Inspiration & practical investment ideas

Contrarian Investing: Buy and Sell When Others Won’t and Make Money Doing It by Anthony M. Gallea and William Patalon III
Going with the crowd every time is a great way to find yourself heading over a cliff. The Contrarian philosophy means moving against the grain, seeing signs that others miss... and taking all the profits while the mainstream goes bust. A great read for the well-rounded investor looking to add an extra dimension to their trading.

Fiscal Hangover: How to Profit From the New Global Economy by Keith Fitz-Gerald
With the collapse of investment banks, trillion-dollar bailouts... and decimated retirement portfolios, it’s never been more important to understand the “new rules” of making money. Read this, and discover exactly what it takes to make money in today’s upside-down world.

Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings by Michael A. Robinson
A literary journalism classic. Robinson was eerily prescient with this look at the American S&L crisis of the 1980s. Nearly 30 years before the word “bailout” entered our lexicon, this book set criminal heads rolling.

The Vega Factor by Dr. Kent Moors
The world is hurtling toward an oil environment defined by volatility. Moors takes an in-depth look at strategic risk, the death of traditional pricing, and how the current approach is a dead end. A must for energy investors.

The Intelligent Investor by Ben Graham
Absolutely essential. Ben Graham is the thinker behind value investing… and the man who taught Warren Buffett everything he knows. According to Buffett, this is “the best book on investing ever written.” With no subject left uncovered, this edition includes invaluable commentary by Jason Zweig.

Beating the Street by Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch’s Fidelity Magellan Fund made billions “beating the Street.” And his book is a must-read for those just getting started in the investing world. Written in plain language for the beginner, this book is a critical stop on your way to becoming a serious investor.

One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch continues to make waves with One Up on Wall Street. Here, the man steps inside the shoes of the everyday investor to break down the challenges we all face on our road to wealth. A financial reader’s favorite.

The Long and the Short of It – Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Are Not In the Industry by John Kay
Don’t let the pink cover fool you - this is no beach read. John Kay tells the reader how to survive and get ahead in the greedy, cynical, and downright hostile environment that Wall Street can be. Trade above all that with John Kay’s classic.

The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks
Warren Buffett, Chris Davis, Joel Greenblatt, and Seth Klarman have one thing in common – besides being extremely rich. They’ve all called this book a “must-read,” because it puts you inside the head of a person sailing the choppy seas of investing every day. This is wisdom.

Buffetology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques that Have Made Warren Buffett the World’s Most Famous Investor by Mary Buffet and David Clark
Anyone who wants know just how Warren Buffett works needs to read this book. This book grants the reader unrivalled access to the investing genius. It’s the next best thing to working with the Oracle of Omaha himself.

The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between by William J. Bernstein
An investor needs to be prepared for any eventuality – at all times. If this sounds like an impossible task, it is... Unless you arm yourself with William Bernstein’s manifesto. This is essential reading for those in Wall Street’s trenches and trading for themselves.

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt
The markets can intimidate the hardiest, most experienced traders. This book imparts the skills you need to trade with confidence – confidence you’ll gain as you seek out unconventional profit opportunities in places no one else is looking. A powerful weapon for your investment arsenal.

The Layman’s Guide to Trading Stocks by Dave Landry
“Ah, yeah, triple-witching, I forgot it’s Freaky Friday. Whatever, I’ve plotted the alpha and beta, so I’ve got a stalking horse bid in just in time for the dead cat bounce.” If you have no idea what that meant, you certainly will by the time you’re finished Dave Landry’s straight-talk guide to trading. Learn to talk the talk and walk the walk.

Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks On Your Own by Harry Domash
In this age where any blogger can hang out their shingle as an “analyst,” this book proves indispensable. Today’s markets mandate taking control of your own destiny – and that includes your sources of information.

Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher
There’s no shortage of financial instruments to trade. But some of the best profits come when you keep it simple with stocks. Philip Fisher’s book focuses on how to get the absolute most out of pure stock trading.

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy
With hindsight, it’s so easy to see why the Great Depression happened, the reasons behind the Great Collapse of 2008, the cause of every financial crisis since Tulip Mania. But John Cassidy’s look at the twisted “logic” of these calamities gives you the foresight to avoid the next one.

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly
This guide is now in its fifth edition, including what has changed – and what hasn’t – over the course of the “slow- covery.” Investors looking for the best way to identify the winners that can bring in a minimum of 3% per quarter need to pick this up.

Getting Started in Value Investing by Charles Mizrahi
Now you’ve absorbed Ben Graham’s profound wisdom in value investing. Now it’s time to replicate his successes. This is a book to get you started. Go and stand on the shoulders of giants.

Expectations Investing: Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns by Alfred Rappaport and Michael J. Mauboussin
Oftentimes, profits live in the space between value and price. This book shows you how to quickly identify these lucrative gaps, and move in for the kill. Read prices like a pro.

The Book of Investing Wisdom: Classic Writings by Great Stock Pickers and Legends of Wall Street, edited by Peter Krass
A virtual master class in investing, with the wisdom of diverse gurus like Charles Dow, George Soros, Mario Gabelli and more. Learn the secrets of incomparable geniuses.

Why Stocks Go Up (and Down) by William H. Pike
This fourth edition is a crash course in how to read the technical charts of stocks and bonds. Even better, Pike does plenty of mythbusting as he smashes common, dangerous misconceptions. For the well-informed investor.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis
A modern masterpiece of literary journalism. Lewis takes us back to the very beginning - the smallest decisions, the random chances, the immense personalities – that ultimately brought the world financial system to its knees. Inside the Doomsday Machine, indeed.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre
The life and times of the legendary Jesse Livermore; Livermore moved from the old-time “bucket shops” to the inner circles of Wall Street in his exciting life. He made, and lost, and made again a fortune along the way. This is his story, a roman à clef in which names have been changed to protect the guilty.

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