Hey, everyone! If you missed Part I of this “Summer Books” series you can check it out here. Today I continue to share some of the books I have read, loved, and highly recommend within the realm of Investing, Personal Finance, and Personal Development.
I was going to move into personal development books today but realized there are a few books within the Investing and Finance realm that I still want to add (that means you’ll all be getting a part III 😉 ). So here we go:
You Can be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
“Something out of the ordinary course of business is taking place that creates an investment opportunity. The list of corporate events that can result in big profits for you runs the gamut—spinoffs, mergers, restructuring, rights offerings, bankruptcies, liquidations, asset sales, distributions.”
I found out about this book for the first time during the summer of 2014 and was shocked I hadn’t heard about it before. I consider this book to be a fun read with a ton of incredible information about the characteristics that could make a company a successful investment. The author’s theory is that there are recognizable “patterns” when it comes to the types of companies that turn out to be profitable investments and he takes his time to explain each ‘pattern’ or characteristic with some real-life examples. The quote above gives you an idea of what he talks about throughout the book.
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle
“Don’t look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack!”
John Bogle is another one of my virtual investing mentors (together with Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch). I found this book while browsing the library for investing books a few years ago (yes. I sometimes do this in my spare time. don’t judge me lol). The book is a quick read yet very informative and highly educational. The author focuses mostly on the power of Index Funds and how you don’t have to spend time and energy trying to find successful individual stocks. He spells out what to look for in an index fund to make sure you pick the right one(s).
Most of you know I am a fan of individual stocks and I only have stocks in my portfolio at the present time. HOWEVER, I still considered this book to be a gem and is one I will read again when I finally decide to add some index funds to my portfolio which is something I plan to do in the near future.
The Intelligent Investor By Benjamin Graham
“People who invest make money for themselves; people who speculate make money for their brokers.”
– Benjamin Graham
This book is a CLASSIC and probably the “founding father” of all investing books out there. In case you didn’t know; my beloved Warren Buffett was a student of Mr. Graham at Columbia business school ‘back in the days’. You can only imagine the quality of this book if Warren Buffett was learning stuff from this guy. The book is phenomenal. However, I must warn you that it is quite lengthy (about ~500 pages, small font) and has some ‘heavy’ language at times but it is worth a read. Even if you make it a mission to just read this one book over the course of 6 months it is well worth it. Make sure you have a pen and highlighters handy! You’re welcome 🙂
Warren Buffett and The Interpretation of Financial Statements by Mary Buffett and David Clark
I couldn’t find any quotes for this book because it is a bit more on the technical side. Note that this book was NOT written by Warren Buffett but by his daughter in law. What I liked the most about this book is that it is short and to the point and breaks down exactly how Warren Buffett analyzes financial statements. For those who fear the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows part of investing research – this book breaks it down and tells you what to focus on (actually, what Buffett focuses on!).
Stock Market Investing Mini-Lessons for Beginners by Mabel A. Nunez
“I aim to dispel any misconceptions around stock investing and show that you don’t need to work in Wall Street, have a PhD in Finance, or wear an expensive suit to participate in the stock market. Pretty much anyone who makes a conscious and committed decision to learn this subject can do so and benefit from it”.
-Mabel A. Nunez
Last but not least – this book by yours truly. I published this book back in 2016 and it has turned out to be one of my biggest accomplishments to date. Back in the days when I wanted to learn how to invest, I would pick up books at Barnes and Noble or the library that claimed to be for “beginners”. I would take these books home and be completely lost and confused with all the finance lingo, and complicated language – what type of beginners were they talking about?!. When I finally learned to invest and became fairly good at it (in my opinion although I continue to learn every day!) I decided to write a book that breaks down investing to its simplest term. It covers pretty much all the basics and allows you to feel more comfortable and confident with the stock market. I continue to get emails and messages from people in the U.S and all over that have read the book and loved it. I am forever grateful.
This wraps up the ‘Investing’ portion of my book list. Next week I’ll go into personal development books. I’ll find a way to tie it to investing. Wish me luck :). Stay TUNED! Have an amazing day <3.
Cheers to profits,
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