Twenty-Six Best Investing Books

Weekend time does not need to be downtime. For curious, new, experienced, and long-time investors, it can be an opportunity to take stock, learn, and plan.

Here are what I think are the best books on investing:

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, John C. Bogle

Bogle’s book argues that the stock market is a no-win game, in part because fund managers and brokers are on the take. Having said that, Bogle argues that the no-win game is one that can be turned around to the advantage of an investor by (spoiler alert!) investing in index funds — a way to “buy and hold all of the nation’s publicly held businesses at very low cost.”

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Warren Buffett

If you could read some of the thoughts of the man who is often described as the most successful investor in the world, why wouldn’t you? You can in this compilation of the Oracle of Omaha’s essays on topics ranging from corporate governance, accounting and valuation, taxes, finance, investing, and alternatives to common shares.

Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kyosaki

The book is a memoir in which Kyosaki talks about his two “fathers:” his own Dad; and his best friend’s “rich” dad. The subtitle tells you a bit more: “What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not.”

How to Buy Stocks, Louis Engel

If you need to know it to get started in buying stocks, it’s in Engel’s book How to Buy Stocks. He explains investments of all types and gives an overview of financial markets generally.

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Philip A. Fisher

Fisher’s Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits has been described as an alternative approach to value investing from that taught by Benjamin Graham in The Intelligent Investor (coming up on this list).

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