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Good books for beginner investors?

Posted by Cheryl Costa  September 15, 2008 09:32 AM

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I'm 26 years old, I bought a condo last year, I have a 6 month emergency fund saved and now I've been getting more and more interested in stocks. I've followed the market very closely for the last 6 months and in the last month or so I've been investing in a few stocks here and there with my extra money. I was curious if you had any books that you would recommend, not only for beginners but also for people that are starting to feel more comfortable researching and buying stocks.

For reading that is not too analytical, I like the "Little Book" Series. The best books in this series include:

The Little Book of Value Investing by Christopher Brown
The Little Book That Builds Wealth by Pat Dorsey
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle
The Little Book That Saves Your Assets by David Darst

To learn more about how to pick specific stocks, you should check out the series of books by Morningstar. Book 1 is "How to Get Started in Stocks" and it is pretty informative. Book 2 is "Diversifying Your Fund Portfolio" and is about Mutual Funds.

If you want to kick it up a notch in complexity, I truly love "The Four Pillars of Investing - Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio" by William Bernstein. Other investing classics would include "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham and "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" by Burton Malkiel.

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