Got a finance geek on your gift list? Here are some of my favourites among the books I read and reviewed over the past year.

  • Winning the Loser’s Game by Charles Ellis. A classic now in its fifth edition, this book offers timeless strategies for successful investing by one of Wall Street’s legends. My review is available here.
  • The Elements of Investing by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis. Two authors who have penned enduring classics have teamed together to boil down investing to its basics. You can breeze through the book in a couple of hours but the lessons in it will take years to learn. My review of the book is available here.
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis. As one commenter pointed out Mr. Lewis could make a book about his first communion engaging. Here he has such rich material to work with: a handful of money managers who foresaw the mortgage meltdown and made a bundle betting on it. My review of the book is available here.
  • Rob Carrick’s Guide to What’s Good, Bad and Downright Awful in Canadian Investments Today. Popular Globe and Mail personal finance columnist offers a lot of ideas for investors of all stripes, from beginners to pros, from picking an adviser to avoiding principal-protected notes. Read my full review here.
  • Debt-Free Forever by Gail Vaz-Oxlade. A no-nonsense, tell-it-as-it-is guide that shows Canadians how to dig themselves out of debt and stay there. My review is available here.
  • Pensionize Your Nest Egg by Moshe Milevsky and Alexandra Macqueen urges readers to convert a portion of their nest egg into a guaranteed income that lasts a life time. Read my review here.
  • The RESP Book by Mike Holman (Read my review). A short guide to the ins and outs of saving for a child’s education in a Registered Education Savings Plan.
  • 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Retirement by Rein Selles, Jim Yin and Patricia French. An impressive book with the kind of straight talk about planning for a retirement that you don’t get from traditional sources. My review is available here.
  • The MoneySense Guide to Retiring Wealthy. A concise, 130-page guide to saving for retirement in every decade of one’s life. From the editors of MoneySense magazine.

It is heartening to see the breadth of can-con on offer this year but if it’s classics that you are looking for, you might be interested in checking out some of my old posts: My Top Ten Money Books, Reader’s Favourite Books or on old Christmas Gift Ideas post. You can’t go wrong with any of the books in My Recommended Reading list either.

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  2. Nice interesting list! I like that you have a review for most of them. Thank you!

  3. Thanks a lot for including my book in your list!

    Definitely a good book list.

  4. Good looking list. But hey–what’s this? A Moneysense blogger recommending a book by another Moneysense guy? This looks a lot like conflict of interest, CC.

  5. @Attie: The Guide is a pretty good book which is why it made the list. If you feel my MoneySense affiliation tainted my opinion, please do ignore it from this list. It’s my policy to disclose all conflicts of interest but the affiliation is not exactly a secret, so I didn’t state it here. I’ll be sure to make it explicit in future posts.

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