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Old 11-04-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Favourite investing/wealth/finance books?

Hi there, I'm new to the forum and am wondering what everyone's favourite books are. I picked up 2 today and have the Bogleheads' Guide to Investing on hold at a store. The 2 I just bought are:

Sleep-Easy Investing: Your Stress-Free Guide to Financial Success, by Gordon Paper

How to Pay Less and Keep More for Yourself: The Essential Consumer Guide to Canadian Banking and Investing, by Rob Carrick
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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Most people here (including myself) will tell you The Four Pillars of Investing (Bernstein) is a must read.
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There is a recommended reading list here: FIRE Recommended Reading List

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Old 11-04-2008, 08:42 PM   #4
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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Planning Your Financial Future *

The Wealthy Barber *

Richest man in Babylon *

The Millionaire Next Door *

The Intelligent Asset Allocator

Frank Armstrong's Investment Strategies

Consumer Reports Money Book *

Rich Dad Poor Dad *

The Richest Man in Babylon

Bogle on Mutual Funds

The Millionaire Next Door

The 4 Pillars of Investing

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Wealth of Experience: Real Investors on what Works and What Doesn't

Index Mutual Funds: How to Simplify Your Life and Beat the Pros
The Coffeehouse Investor

the Armchair Millionaire.

All About Asset Allocation - Rick Ferri, CFA
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All About Index Funds - Rick Ferri, CFA
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The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism - John C Bogle
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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing - Michael LeBoeuf, Mel Lindauer & Taylor Larimore
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The ETF Book : All You Need to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds - Rick Ferri
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Character Counts - John C Bogle
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The Coffeehouse Investor - Bill Schultheis
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Common Sense on Mutual Funds - John C Bogle
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The Four Pillars of Investing - William Bernstein, Ph.D. M.D.
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The Great Mutual Fund Trap - Greg Baer & Gary Gensler
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Index Your Way to Investment Success - Walter R. Good and Roy W. Hermansen
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The Informed Investor - by Frank, III Armstrong
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The Intelligent Investor Rev Ed. - Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig
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The Intelligent Portfolio - Christopher Jones
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Investment Guide - Paul Keck
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Investors Guide by American Association of Individual Investor's - AMII
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The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing - Paul Farrell
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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John C. Bogle
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The Millionaire in You - Michael LeBoeuf, PhD
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Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds - Christine Benz
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The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy - Larry E. Swedroe and Joseph H. Hempen
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The Only Proven Road to Investment Success - Chandan Sengupta
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The Probability of Fortune - Moshe Arye Milevsky
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Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad - Richard A. Ferri
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton G. Malkiel
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The Random Walk Guide to Investing - Burton G. Malkiel
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Rational Investing in Irrational Times - Larry E. Swedroe
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Serious Money - Richard A. Ferri
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Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People - Jane Bryant Quinn
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The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read - Daniel Solin
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Straight Talk on Investing - Jack Brennan
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Take on the Street" - Authur Levitt
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The Successful Investor Today - Larry E. Swedroe
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The Unbeatable Market - Ron Ross, Ph.D
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Unconventional Success - David F. Swensen
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Wealth of Experience: Real Investors on What Works and What Doesn't - Andrew S. Clarke, and Jack Brennan
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Where Are the Customers' Yachts - Fred Schwed, Peter Arno, and Jason Zweig
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Winning With Index Mutual Funds - Jerry Tweddell and Jack Pierce
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Wise Investing Made Simple - Larry E. Swedroe
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Yes, You Can Supercharge Your Portfolio - Ben Stein, Phil DeMuth
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You've Lost It, Now What? - Jonathan Clements
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Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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Wow -- thanks everyone. Someone earlier today recommended the Four Pillars, but the bookstores across the city were sold out. I'll have to put one on order. As for the rest of the recommendations, looks like there's no shortage of good stuff out there.

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You should find and read any basic book about behavioral finance. I will see if I can dig up a title, but the field is the study of why our primitive monkey brains push us to do really, really dumb things with money and investing. If you at least know about the common traps most people fall into, you have a better chance of avoiding them.
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Wow -- thanks everyone. Someone earlier today recommended the Four Pillars, but the bookstores across the city were sold out. I'll have to put one on order. As for the rest of the recommendations, looks like there's no shortage of good stuff out there.

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Try the library.
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A lot of these books can be gotten from the library. Start with those and only purchase what you feel you need to own. LBYM (Live beneath your means) is a mantra that encourages personal monetary conservation. Taxes pay for libraries and the books are free for the asking. Save money and home clutter.
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You should find and read any basic book about behavioral finance. I will see if I can dig up a title, but the field is the study of why our primitive monkey brains push us to do really, really dumb things with money and investing. If you at least know about the common traps most people fall into, you have a better chance of avoiding them.
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Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes And How To Correct Them: Lessons From The New Science Of Behavioral Economics
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:36 AM   #10
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Bingo! That is exactly the title which was escaping me.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:50 PM   #11
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To the OP:

I think the Bogleheads book is probably the best all-in-one common-sense investing book I've ever read. If you read it and get a handle on what it says, then follow through with a plan, I think you'll do fine.

Follow that up with Bogle's Little Book of Common Sense Investing to really drive the lesson home.

I found the Four Pillars to be a good book, but it confused the asset allocation issue for me somewhat substantially. I wish I had read the Bogleheads and Bogle books first.

For an emotional/spiritual perspective on money and what it means in our lives, I really like Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Roberts. Just don't take the investing advice it gives.

And use the library. If they don't have the book you want, use interlibrary loan to get it.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:03 PM   #12
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Great -- thanks for the advice. My husband and I tend to read sporadically, so I'm not sure the library is the best option for us on these. Spending $100 on books may save us thousands of dollars in unwise investments, so I think that's probably a good ROI!
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You can get great a deal by buying them used at Half.com / Books that is where I get mine.
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The Millionaire Next Door, is my personal favorite! It's on the nightstand, next to my Bible, and book of Common Prayer...all well worn and used for inspiration.
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I saw that one at the bookstore. I'll have to get through the Bogleheads' Guide first!
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