I have received many requests for a list of useful financial books and I finally got around to making a page. You can access it here or from the link in the “Resources” section.

Check your local library for these books first but I found that I refer to many of these books often enough that they would make a nice addition to your bookshelf. With less than three weeks left for Christmas, you can also consider these books for someone in your gift list. In the interests of full disclosure, I get a referral fee for books purchased through Amazon.ca.

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  1. Canadian Capitalist

    Stingy: I’ve read both books by Lynch and both books by Graham (Ok, I tried reading Security Analysis 🙂 ). I’ll check out the other book you suggested.

  2. I’d throw the Naked Investor in there too. I wouldn’t call it an owner, one withdrawal from the library did it for me, but it is a good read to temper enthusiasm with caution.

  3. The book that started me on personal finance (in 1993) was _The Money Companion (How to Manage Your Money and Achieve Financial Freedom)_ by Elaine Wyatt. Don’t know if it’s still published…

    I also like two books written by Kurt Rosentreter: _Tax Smart Investing_ and _Rosentreter’s Rules_. His latest book was released in March 2005, called _Wealthbuilding_, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  4. I would add the Intelligent Investor by Graham, and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Fisher, and Irrational Exuberance by Shiller, and last and most important, everything by Roger Lowenstein. He is hands down the best business writer going; “Origins of the Crash” “When Genius Failed” and “Buffet: Making of an American Capitalist”. Cheers!

  5. Hi one of my favourite investing books is
    Winning the Loser’s Game (Hardcover)
    by Charles D. Ellis. It advocates passive investing through index funds and ETF’s. His premise is that active investing is a loser’s game since an individual investor can’t compete with the resources and knowledge of professional investors. Passive investing minimizes the chance of errors which is often the best strategy for small investors.