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Reading that is Fundamental and Profitable for 2011



The New Year is here. It’s a time for reflection on how to better ourselves, and who wouldn’t want to better their financial situation? Here is a Forbes List of 15 Books that will make you rich, compiled by Chris Barth.

The tidal wave of financial advice books on the market can be overwhelming. How can you separate the good, the bad and the just plain ugly? That’s where welcome in. We’ve gone through the top books on investing to develop a  list of good reads for investors of all types. Whether you’re a value investor looking to refine your tactics, a buy-and-hold Boglehead looking to beef up on the basics or a parent looking to start your kid down the right path, there’s something on our list for you.

With these books on your bookshelf, you and yours will be better prepared to boost your bank accounts while minimizing risk. The advice of some of the world’s most successful investors, along with the stories of others who have followed in their footsteps, will get you on the right track to big returns in 2011.


1. The Great Reflation: How Investors Can Profit From the New World of Money

By J. Anthony Boeckh; John Wiley & Sons, 2010, $34.95.

The Great Reflation looks at the lasting effects of the recent housing and creditbubbles, and gives advice on how to capitalize in today’s shifting financial world.


2. Common Sense on Mutual Funds, 10th Anniversary Edition

By John Bogle; John Wiley & Sons, originally published 1999, $29.95.

Common Sense on Mutual Funds is a critical look at the complex world of mutual funds,through the eyes of one of the masters, Vanguard founder and godfather of index investing John Bogle.


3. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

By Warren Buffett; The Cunningham Group, originally published 2001, $32.50.

This collection of letters written by Warren Buffett to shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway lays out the legendary investor’s ideas on business, law, and (of course) making money in the market.


4. Profiting from the World’s Economic Crisis: Finding Investment Opportunities by Tracking Global Market Trends

By Bud Conrad; John Wiley & Sons, 2010, $27.95.

Analyzing the uncertain–and ever-changing–financial world of 2010, Bud Conrad uses government action and global market trends to predict the long-term direction of the U.S. economy.


5. Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits

By Philip Fisher; John Wiley & Sons, originally published 1958, $21.95.

This book  outlines the philosophies held by Philip Fisher, an influential and oft-quoted investor. Warren Buffett said that this book “enables one to make intelligent investment commitments.”


6. The Intelligent Investor

By Ben Graham; Harper Paperback, originally published 1949, $21.99.

Many regard this book as one of the best books ever written about investing. In it the esteemed Ben Graham lays out his case for value investing.


7. The Little Book That Still Beats The Market

By Joel Greenblatt; John Wiley & Sons, originally published 2005, $19.95.

Originally published in 2005, this updated book discusses strategies for buying into good businesses at bargain prices. It is already considered by many to be a classic investing book.


8. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

By Edwin Lefevr; John Wiley & Sons, originally published 1923, $21.95.

The oldest book on our list, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator tells the story of a trader who made his way from small brokerages in New England to the big time on Wall Street. Despite being almost 90 years old, the book remains relevant to modern investors.


9. A Random Walk Down Wall Street

By Burton Malkiel; W.W. Norton & Company, originally published 1973, $29.95.

Malkiel’s book applies the mathematical idea of “random walk” to the stock market. He concludes that most investors are best served by passively investing rather than trying to outperform the market.


10. Competitive Strategy

By Michael Porter; Free Press, originally published 1998, $40.

Competitive Strategy is a business-oriented book that discusses how companies rise to the top in intra-industry competition via strategic positioning and  innovation. As the aphorism goes, the better you are at business, the better you are at investing–this book will help you in both.


11. The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World’s Greatest Investors You’ve Never Heard Of and What You Can Learn From Them

By Matthew Schifrin; John Wiley & Sons, 2010, $29.95.

Forbes Investing Editor Matt Schifrin writes about everyday people, from retired disc jockeys to truck drivers, who have outstanding investment records and, in some cases, made millions. Their life stories and investment strategies are explored.


12. Market Wizards: Interviews With Top Traders

By Jack D. Schwager; Harper Business, originally published 1989, $17.

In Market Wizards Jack Schwager sits down and talks with top traders who have seen great returns on the market floor. Their insights cover stocks,futures, currencies and even the psychology of trading.


13. The Age of Deleveraging: Investment Strategies for a Decade of Slow Growth and Deflation

By A. Gary Shilling; John Wiley & Sons, 2010, $39.95.

A. Gary Shilling predicts deflation and slow growth in the coming years.Accordingly, he picks out industries that will thrive and sectors that will bust; his insight is necessary for anyone interested in asset allocation and exchange-traded funds.


14. Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

By Nassim Taleb; W.W. Norton & Co., originally published 2001, $17.50.

Nassim Taleb,best known for his 2007 book The Black Swan, wrote Fooled By Randomnessto underline the omnipresence of random events and the frequency with which we try to explain chance using logic. It’s a sobering look at investing, and good counterbalance to the get-rich-quick mentality.


15. The Billion Dollar Mistake: Learning the Art of Investing Through the Missteps of Legendary Investors

By Stephen Weiss; John Wiley & Sons, 2010, $29.95.

Sometimes it’s  easiest to learn from the errors of others. Stephen Weiss tells the story of eleven mistakes that ended up costing a billion dollars or more–mistakes we’d all prefer not to replicate.


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