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My Top 10 Must Reads:

There are a number of blog authors who have taken the time to read and review various investing and finance books over the years and done a wonderful job of doing so. In my progression towards a DIY investor I read a lot of these at different times and I won’t bore readers with more analysis on them that might come across as repetitive.

Instead I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach and list for readers the Top 10 investing books that I feel offer a good balance for building a solid foundation of investing whether you choose to pursue a growth, value, index or alternative strategy.

I’m not encouraging each investor to run out to the bookstore and buy these books today. Instead use your local public library, used book stores or yard sales to find these at a much lower price (or free) and keep them on a bookshelf as a reference for times when you might want to review something you’ve read in them before.

I strongly recommend making notes while you read of important points or lessons you find useful and this list provides something for any readers whether you are a beginner or advanced investor.

I would encourage readers to list their own individual favourites as this post will be archived in the New Investor Index on the site.

  1. Security Analysis: The Classic 1951 Edition
    by: Benjamin Graham
  2. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing
    by: Benjamin Graham
  3. The Templeton Touch
    by: William Proctor
  4. Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation
    by: David Dreman
  5. What Works on Wall Street
    by: James O’Shaughnessy
  6. Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor
    by: John Bogle
  7. Beating the Street
    by: Peter Lynch
  8. Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor
    by: John Bogle
  9. The Investment Zoo: Taming the Bulls and the Bears
    by: Stephen Jarislowsky
  10. The Four Pillars of Investing: Lesson for Building a Winning Portfolio
    by: William Berstein

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