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The Best Investment Books for Learning to Invest

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Investment is a subject that is interesting to people from different backgrounds. Some wish the study the subject from an academic or professional point of view while others hope the use the knowledge to increase their personal fortunes. This is certainly a fascinating topic and there has been a lot written on the subject.  Here are some of the best investment books you will find today.

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing –2010 Edition (2009) by Jason Kelly

This book is a practical guide to investing money in the stock market. There is no need for any previous knowledge on the subject as everything is written in simple terms. This book has managed to impress professional stock investors who see it as containing sound advice and facts. By the time the reader has finished this book that should have a good idea of what they are up against if they want to invest in the stock market. Some people claim that it is the only book you ever need.

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (2003) by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

This book has been around for a few years now and it still wins a lot of praise for providing a clear and practical guide to investment. This is a good introductory book on the subject and readers should have a much better understanding of the subject by the last chapter. The authors provide their own insights on investing and time has shown that their ideas are valid.

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need (2005) by Andrew Tobias

This book is aimed at the complete beginner to investment and provides all the information they will need to get started. All the main ideas on the subject are examined but only to the level that the average investor will need – there is no attempt to overwhelm the reader. This book provides a great foundation on the topic and the reader can later build upon this.

Investments – 8th Edition (2008) by Zvi Bodie, Zvi Bodie, and Alan J. Marcus

This book is often used in universities for people who are studying investment as an academic subject. Despite the fact that it is aimed at students it is still readable and should be of use to anyone who wants to know more about this topic. There are over a thousand pages in this textbook and all of the main ideas are covered. This book would be useful as a general reference resource as well an academic text.

Investment Science by David G. Luenberger (1997)

This book is not really aimed at the complete novice to investment but it is a highly worthwhile book for those who want to go a bit deeper into the subject. It goes deeply into subjects such as portfolio optimization and derivatives.  Many explanations are backed up by mathematical calculations but there is also an effort made to explain things in simple terms. Those people who are serious about understanding the subject of investment will likely benefit greatly from this book.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of (2002) by David Gardner, Tom Gardner, and Selena Maranjian

This guide is aimed at teenagers but it is packed with useful information about investment. Even those people who are outside this age-range can benefit greatly from this book. The purpose of the book is to show young people how they can begin investing in their future right away. This head start should mean that they avoid mistakes most people make as adults and start building their investments. This book is not only easy to read but it is also a lot of fun – recommended for everyone.

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