Top-Rated, Best-Selling, and Must-Read Books About Investing and Trading

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. ~ Vera Nazarian

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ~ P.J. O’Rourke

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. ~ Haruki Murakami

Odds On

The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor

by Matt Hall

Odds On

Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor isn't just another investment advice book. It's a memoir, a manifesto, and a guide to the way investing should be. Odds On describes author Matt Hall's role in an ongoing revolution in the investment world: the shift from a traditional sales-driven, active-management model to a model that draws on academic evidence to better serve the real interests of investors.

Matt's story begins with his first exposure to Wall Street, where he becomes disillusioned with the traditional investing model due to its inability to truly help clients. He stumbles into the emerging evidence-based investing world, and learns how to help investors reach their goals through methods that reflect the limits of our abilities to predict which investments will deliver the highest returns. Click here for more information about this book.

"This is not a book...it's a gift to every investor who has ever wondered if there is a better way!" ~ Carl Richards, The New York Times "Sketch Guy" and author of 'The Behavior Gap'.

"I picked up "Odds On" and couldn't put it down. Matt Hall is a great storyteller, and his discoveries about how to build real wealth in the overwhelming world of finance make common sense. The sports world has been changing rapidly due to better information, and now I know the same revolution has been taking place in the investment arena." ~ Jeff Luhnow, General Manager, Houston Astros.

Black Edge

Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street

by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Black Edge

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The story of the billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, the rise and fall of his hedge fund, SAC Capital, and the largest insider trading investigation in history—for readers of The Big Short, Den of Thieves, and Dark Money.

The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance—and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs. Click here for more information about this book.

“Excellent.” ~ The Economist 

“If you liked James B. Stewart’s Den of Thieves, Sheelah Kolhatkar’s thrilling Black Edge should be next on your reading list.” ~ The Wall Street Journal

“A richly reported, entertaining tale about the cat-and-mouse game between the government and Cohen.” ~ Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times Book Review

Security Analysis

Sixth Edition, Foreword by Warren Buffett (Security Analysis Prior Editions)

by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

Security Analysis

 

First published in 1934, Security Analysis is one of the most influential financial books ever written. Selling more than one million copies through five editions, it has provided generations of investors with the timeless value investing philosophy and techniques of Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd.

As relevant today as when they first appeared nearly 75 years ago, the teachings of Benjamin Graham, “the father of value investing,” have withstood the test of time across a wide diversity of market conditions, countries, and asset classes. Click here for more information about this book.

“Benjamin Graham is the father of investment analysts everywhere, originally sparking the debate for a credential to professionalize the industry which led to the CFA Charter. He transformed the practice of financial analysis from trade to science, starting with his groundbreaking book, Security Analysis, first published in 1934. This edition, with new commentary by some of today’s finest investors, belongs on every investment professional’s shelf.”  ~ Jeffrey J. Diermeier, CFA, president and CEO, CFA Institute

The Intelligent Investor

The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)

by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

The Intelligent Investor

This classic text is annotated to update Graham's timeless wisdom for today's market conditions...

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies -- has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949. Click here for more information about this book.

"By far the best book on investing ever written.” ~ Warren Buffett

“If you read just one book on investing during your lifetime, make it this one.” ~ Fortune

“The wider Mr. Graham’s gospel spreads, the more fairly the market will deal with its public.” ~ Barron's

A Man for All Markets

From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market

by Edward O. Thorp

A Man for All Markets

 

The incredible true story of the card-counting mathematics professor who taught the world how to beat the dealer and, as the first of the great quantitative investors, ushered in a revolution on Wall Street.

A child of the Great Depression, legendary mathematician Edward O. Thorp invented card counting, proving the seemingly impossible: that you could beat the dealer at the blackjack table. As a result, he launched a gambling renaissance. His remarkable success—and mathematically unassailable method—caused such an uproar that casinos altered the rules of the game to thwart him and the legions he inspired. They barred him from their premises, even put his life in jeopardy. Nonetheless, gambling was forever changed. Click here for more information about this book.

“In A Man for All Markets, [Thorp] delightfully recounts his progress (if that is the word) from college teacher to gambler to hedge-fund manager. Along the way we learn important lessons about the functioning of markets and the logic of investment.” ~ The Wall Street Journal

“[Thorp] gives a biological summation (think Richard Feynman’s Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!) of his quest to prove the aphorism ‘the house always wins’ is flawed. . . . Illuminating for the mathematically inclined, and cautionary for would-be gamblers and day traders.” ~ Library Journal

“[A Man for All Markets is] the kind of thing any would-be investor, to say nothing of casino cowboy, ought to read. Thorp’s in-the-trenches account of gaming the system(s) is a pleasure—and instructive, too.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

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