Books: recommendations and reviews

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Start-up books

There is no general consensus on what are the best first books, but this short list is very popular.

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2014 If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly - William Bernstein (Free download) Taylor's Gems
2014 The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore, Michael LeBeouf, Mel Lindauer Bogleheads' Guide To Investing Taylor's Gems
2017 The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (10th Anniversary Edition) - John C. Bogle Taylor's Gems
2009 The Investor's Manifesto - William Bernstein (The 2012 edition is available in paperback) Taylor's Gems
2010 All About Asset Allocation - Rick Ferri All About Asset Allocation Taylor's Gems
2005 The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2011 The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias Only Investment Guide

Suggested first reads for general financial education:

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2011 How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street: Golden Rules Any Investor Can Learn - Allan Roth Taylor's Gems
2006 Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People - Jane Bryant Quinn, Simon and Schuster


Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2017 Winning the Loser's Game, Seventh Edition: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing - Charles Ellis
2003 Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits - Philip Fisher
2006 The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing - Benjamin Graham with introduction by Warren Buffett and new commentary by Jason Zweig Taylor's Gems
2017 One Up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market - Peter Lynch
2016 A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel Taylor's Gems
2005 Where are the Customer's Yachts?: Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street - Fred Schwed Jr. Taylor's Gems
2016 Irrational Exuberance - Robert Shiller
2014 Stocks for the Long Run - Jeremy Siegel

General financial planning

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2006 Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People - Jane Bryant Quinn
2009 Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy - Jane Bryant Quinn
2011 The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias Only Investment Guide

General investment

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2003 The Informed Investor: A Hype-free Guide to Construct a Sound Financial Portfolio - Frank Armstrong Taylor's Gems
2010 The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio - William Bernstein Taylor's Gems
2000 The Intelligent Asset Allocator:How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk - William Bernstein Intelligent Asset Allocator
2000 The Bond Bible - Marilyn Cohen
2006 The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing: A Book for Procrastinators, the Financially Challenged, and Everyone Who Worries About Dealing with Their Money - Paul Farrell Taylor's Gems
2003 Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad - Rick Ferri Taylor's Gems
2007 The ETF Book: All You Need to Know About Exchange-Traded Funds - Rick Ferri Taylor's Gems
2006 All About Index Funds: The Easy Way to Get Started - Rick Ferri Taylor's Gems
2012 The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne's Long-Term Investment Strategy- Craig Rowland, J.M. Lawson Permanent Portfolio
2005 The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street and Get On With Your Life - Bill Schultheis Taylor's Gems
2006 The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read: The Simple, Stress-Free Way to Reach Your Investment Goals - Daniel Solin Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read Taylor's Gems
2007 Wise Investing Made Simple - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2006 The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy You'll Ever Need - Larry Swedroe and Joseph Hempen Taylor's Gems
2005 Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment - David Swensen Taylor's Gems
2002 Rational Investing in Irrational Times - Larry Swedroe Taylor's Gems
2013 Common Sense Investing: Ten Simple Rules to Finance Your Dreams- Rick Van Ness Common Sense Investing Taylor's Gems
2009 The Little Book of Safe Money: How to Conquer Killer Markets, Con Artists, and Yourself - Jason Zweig Taylor's Gems


Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2009 The Bogleheads' Guide To Retirement Planning - Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Rick Ferri, & Laura Dogu, editors Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning Taylor's Gems
2006 Retirement Income Redesigned: Master Plans for Distribution - Harold Evensky, Deena Katz, editors Retirement Income Redesigned
2001 J.K. Lasser's Your Winning Retirement Plan - Henry Hebeler
2004 Asset Dedication - Stephen Huxley & J. Brent Burns Asset Dedication
2008 Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money! - Paul Merriman Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money
2001 Retirement Bible - Lynn O'Shaughnessy
2009 Unveiling The Retirement Myth - Jim C. Otar Jim Otar’s Unveiling the Retirement Myth, Steve Thorpe (forum member) Otar's book: "Unveiling the Retirement Myth"
2016 How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide - Jane Bryant Quinn Make your retirement money last, Larry Swedroe Make your retirement money last
2009 The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire? - Terry Savage The New Savage Number
2007 Your Complete Retirement Planning Road Map - Ed Slott Your Complete Retirement Planning Road Map
2006 Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably - Ben Stein, Phil DeMuth
2006 Mind over Money: Your Path to Wealth and Happiness - Eric Tyson
2004 How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get From Your Financial Advisor - Ernie Zelinski

Behavioral finance

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2009 Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions - Dan Ariely
2010 Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics - Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich
1998 Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter Bernstein
2011 Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" Is Out!
2001 When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management - Roger Lowenstein
2007 The Black Swan - Nicholas Taleb Black Swan; Nicholas Taleb
2005 Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and the Markets - Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb
2016 Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics - Richard H. Thaler
2009 Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness - Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sunstein
2008 Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig Taylor's Gems

401(k) plan

Publication Date Book Review Discussion
2009 Cut Your 401(k) Plan Expenses AND Keep More of YOUR Money: Simple steps to cut plan costs, save money, and make monitoring your plan stress free

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