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4 Great Books For Learning About Investing

Are you looking for a great book to help you get a better understanding about investing? Navigating the investing landscape can be a lot like driving without a map. You can end up getting lost without a clue as to how to get back on the right track. Investing books are great resources to help you on your financial journeys. We are big advocates for self-educating yourself through non-fiction books. People who read one or two non-fiction books per month are likely to be more informed and more educated throughout their life. If you want to start investing or even just start contributing to an IRA or 401(k), you need some basic investing knowledge, and investing books are a great resource. Listed below are my four favorite books on investing.

The Intelligent Investor

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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham is my favorite investing book of all time. Warren Buffett himself calls it “the greatest book on investing ever written.” This book teaches you how to value any asset (stocks, bonds, real estate, businesses). The Intelligent Investor’s main premise is value investing. Graham teaches that financial markets are inefficient and investors can take advantage of this inefficiency by buying assets that are out of favor. Graham introduces a character known as “Mr. Market.” Mr. Market makes you an offer everyday and you have to decide whether or not to accept Mr. Market’s offer price. He stresses the importance of ignoring day-to-day fluctuations and only selling when your asking price is met. The book does tend to be a bit technical. It’s not an exciting read, but the principles taught are timeless.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide: How The Fool’s Beat Wall Street’s Wise Men and How You Can Too

The Motley Fool is one of my favorite websites for investing information and the Motley Fool Investment Guide is one of my favorite books. It is written by David and Tom Gardener, the founders of the Motley Fool. The book teaches investing from a fun perspective and is easy to understand. The Motley Fool Investment Guide teaches all of the basic principles of investing and how to build a successful investment strategy. The Gardeners do a great job of breaking down financial terminology and investment options. This is a great read for the self directed investor. Also, check out The Motley Fool Investment Guide For Teens. I have found that the book contains a lot of useful information that the average investor could benefit from.

One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

The bestseller One Up On Wall Street was written by Peter Lynch.  Peter Lynch is the famed Fidelity mutual fund manager and noted philanthropist that made a fortune for his clients with the Fidelity Magellan Fund. Lynch advises investors to use their knowledge and personal experiences to find investment opportunities. Lynch’s theory is “invest in what you know.” One Up On Wall Street is built on the concept that the average investor can outperform the market. The average investor has an advantage over the market, because they can spot undervalued opportunities in their daily life. Many of Lynch’s best investment ideas were found outside of Wall Street.  It is an excellent book and is a very easy read.

The Dhandho Investor: The Low Risk Value Method To High Returns

The Dhandho Investor was written by Mohnish Pabrai. Dhando means “endeavors that create wealth.” Pabrai, a Warren Buffett disciple, is famous for once spending over $650,000 to have lunch with Warren Buffet. The Dhando Investor chronicles the principles that foreign investors follow to build businesses and generate wealth. Pabrai describes how the same principles used to become successful in the hotel/motel industry can be used in investing. Pabrai stresses the importance of investing heavily in your best ideas. His motto is “Heads, I win! Tails, I don’t lose that much!” This is a newer book and an interesting read. The book is under 200 pages so you can read the whole book in one night.

Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books on investing?

Mark Riddix
Mark Riddix is the founder and president of an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers and is the author of the book, "Your Financial Playbook."

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