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Beginner's Guide to Investing

The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying. Suze Orman describes the steps you can take to take you to financial independence.

Automatic Wealth for Grads... and Anyone Else Just Starting Out by Michael Masterson describes a complete program for recent college graduates and any else just starting to achieve financial independence.

If You're Clueless About the Stock Market and Want to Know More by Seth Godin.  Good way to learn about the stock market, especially if you are an investor and not interested in day trading.

Irrational Exuberance: Second Edition by Robert J. Shiller. An evaluation of market volatility and market excesses that can destabilize the economy and disrupt the stock market. In this edition he also examines the inflated real estate prices and its potential to harm markets and economies.

One Up On Wall Street : How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market.  Peter Lynch, a highly successful mutual fund manager, teaches you to use what you know and see everyday to be a successful investor.

Stock Investing for Dummies by Paul Mladjenovic.  Another good book to get you familiar with investing in the stock market.

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Second Edition. Professor Lawrence Cunningham selects and arranges Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters. Excellent tool to understand how the "world's best investor" thinks.

The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt.  In about 2 hours you can read one of the best books on how to beat the market.  In fact, this book is one of the foundation blocks to our portfolio recommendations.  A must read.

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly combines friendly guidance and sound financial expertise, giving readers a solid foundation on which to build a profitable portfolio. The guide includes important tips from Wall Street masters Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and others.

The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments (Little Books. Big Profits) by Pat Dorsey. Applies Michael Porter's Business Strategy Theories to Investing.

The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham, the father of Value Investing. Warren Buffett studied under Mr. Graham and he became a very successful investor. An important read for every investor.

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt. Joel provides a fresh view on finding undervalued investing opportunities.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual by Gary L. Gastineau. The manual on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).

The Stock Market

The Stock Market Course by George A. Fontanills  An easy to read book on the basics of the stock market.  The Stock Market Course, Workbook is also available.  Highly recommended.

Stock Market Logic: A Sophisticated Approach to Profits on Wall Street (Dearborn Financial Publishing) by Norman Fosback. A valuable book on many stock market indicators and how to assess the health of the market.

Home Buying

The New Complete Book of Home Buying is a good place to start when buying a home. 

Career Development

Don't Blow the Interview : How to Prepare, What to Expect, and How to React helps you get ready for that all important interview.  Good luck.

Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role discusses how to begin that new job or position so you will be a success.  It covers the non-technical aspects of career success and is especially helpful as you become an executive.


Barron's A weekly news paper for investors that contains some of the best analysis on companies, markets and the economy.

Financial Times. The latest UK and international business, finance, economic and political news, comment and analysis with a global perspective.

The Wall Street Journal [1-year subscription] This daily newspaper seeks to inform the educated reader about pressing economic, business, finance and world events.

Investor Gizmos and Gadgets

Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device An interesting and new way to read on the go. I actually like it. Read books, periodicals, articles, and magazines on the go.


Fundamental Investing

Active Value Investing: Making Money in Range-Bound Markets (Wiley Finance) by Vitaliy Katsenelson. The core of Katsenelson's strategy is to break down into three key pieces what you need to look at when analyzing a company: Quality, Valuation, and Growth (QVG).

Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business and Market Cycles by Joe Ellis is an excellent book on how to predict macro moves of the market.

Analysing and Interpreting the Yield Curve (Wiley Finance) by Moorad Choudhry does a good job explaining how to trade and invest using the yield curve. Investors interested in the bond market will find this book helpful.

Economic Growth by David Weil. An easy to read book that presents the key factors to understand global economies. It is expensive and is used as a text book for college students, but it is worth the money.

Financial Institutions, Markets, and Money by David S. Kidwell, David W. Blackwell, David A. Whidbee and Richard L Peterson. The best book I can find on financial institutions including how they work and analyzing their statements.

Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation by Stephan Penman.  Focuses on the output of financial statements to understand how to use them to value companies.  While expensive, this text book is an excellent reference for any investor and will pay for itself very quickly.

The Financial Times Guide to Investing by Glen Arnold, introduces you to the complex art of investing, and how to invest successfully, whether you are actively involved in investing or just thinking about it.

How To Make Money In Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad, 3rd Edition by William J. O'Neil is an excellent book on how to pick winning stocks.  Mr. O'Neil is the founder of Investors Business Daily a national financial newspaper read by many professional traders and investors.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Taleb. Examines the influence of highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact.

The Entrepreneurial Investor: The Art, Science, and Business of Value Investing by Paul Orfalea. An easy and fun read on value investing.

The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities, 2nd Edition by Bernard Baumohl. A great source of economic indicators and how to use them.

The Super Analysts by Andrew Leeming. An expensive book but well worth it. Describes how the best investors have succeeded giving you a non-academic perspective.

Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond by Bruce C. N. Greenwald, Judd Kahn, Paul D. Sonkin, Michael van Biema Value investing in the manner initially defined by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd rests on three key characteristics of financial markets.

Sector Investing, 1996 by Sam Stovell discusses how to use sector rotation in your investing endeavors. Another expensive book, but worthwhile for those interested in using sector rotation strategies to improve the performance of their portfolios.

Standard & Poor's Guide to Sector Investing 1995 by Sam Stovell introduces the concept of sector rotation and how to use it to achieve higher performance in the stock market. While expensive, it is an important read for anyone interested in the theory and application of sector rotation.

Trading Secrets: 20 Hard and Fast Rules to Help You Beat the Stock Market (Financial Times Series) Presents investing rules that work, including one from Hans at Trading Online Markets.

Unexpected Returns: Understanding Secular Stock Market Cycles by Ed Easterling.  One of the best, easy-to-read, study of stock market cycles of which I know.

When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change by Mohamed El-Erian a former co-CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO.  This is an intelligent account of the credit crisis: why it happened and how to survive it. Winner of the 2008 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs business book of the year award.

Investing Discipline

Its When You Sell That Counts
by Donald Cassidy. Selling your stock can be one of the more difficult decision you make. Just remember you never make any money until you sell.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Provides a framework to help to remove the reason for the bad choices we make, so we make better decisions.

The Disciplined Trader: Developing Winning Attitudes by Mark Douglas.  Controlling ones attitudes and emotions are crucial if you are to be a successful trader.  An important read for all investors and traders.

Stock Options

Options As a Strategic Investment (4th Edition Study Guide) by Lawrence G. McMill is a thorough study of options. It is an excellent reference book and provides all the detail you would need to understand options.

Options Made Easy: Your Guide to Profitable Trading (2nd Edition) by Guy Cohen is an easier read that helps investors understand options.

Technical Analysis

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns (Wiley Trading) by Thomas N. Bulkowski is the only definitive study of chart patterns that includes statistical analysis of the success and failure of over 50 chart patterns.  It is a must have reference for every trader.

Stan Weinstein's Secrets For Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets is one of the best books on "reading the market".  It is easy to read and an excellent description of how traders and investors use technical analysis.

Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians by Charles D. Kirkpatrick and Julie R. Dahlquist. Superb job explaining technical analysis for those new to technical analysis as well experienced practitioners.