No one should jump into investing, at least without some sort of idea what he or she is facing. There are some excellent books on finance; listed here are only five of the best books on the art of investing.
The Intelligent Investor (A Book of Practical Council) by Benjamin Graham.
The model on investing—first published in 1949—makes no promises of instant riches, but it contains lasting wisdom that is critical to sound money management. The book does not focus on profits, but minimization of losses. Warren Buffet considers the intelligent Investor as “by far, the best book on investing ever written.”
One Up on Wall Street (How to Use What You Already Know To Make Money in the Market) by Peter Lynch.
America’s top money manager shows how investors can be their own experts. With Lynch’s advice, you can select winning stocks as well as any Wall Street business professional. Lynch demonstrates how the layperson can take advantage of opportunities by ordinary observation—at work, shopping centers and places you go to every day.
The Essays of Warren Buffett (Lessons for Corporate America) by Warren Buffet.
If you are going to learn something, why not learn from the best? Warren Buffet, the wizard of investing, has become a true business icon. He may not comment on his own investments, but he is generous with the principles behind his actions.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits & Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics) by Philip A. Fisher.
One of the most powerful business minds of our time wrote this 1958 classic. Its timeless advice was true fifty years ago, and is still true today. With additions by Fisher’s son Ken, an experienced executive in his own right, this book stresses a thorough examination of the business of investing.
Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd.
This book started it all—value investing. Written in 1934—not long after the great market crash of 1929—this classic establishes the makings of ethical investment strategy: honesty and scrutiny. Graham and Dodd’s book has become the blueprint for the successful investor. It should be on every bookshelf—if not on every desk—in America.