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Best Books on Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

J. Steve Miller
The list author says: "Books on this topic range from wildly speculative to well-researched and reasoned. Many fall somewhere between the two extremes, mixing fact with fantasy, wisdom with folly. In my opinion, the following books provide researched, thoughtful advice."
The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)
The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)
"If you want to invest in individual stocks or just understand the markets, this is your place to start. Graham mentored Warren Buffett, who still considers this the best book ever written on investing in stocks. Get this version, with the commentary by Jason Zweig (personal finance editor, The Wall Street Journal), which brings Graham's teaching up to date."
The Random Walk Guide To Investing
The Random Walk Guide To Investing
"Malkiel is smart (teaches at Princeton) and has done his homework. But he puts this book in layman's terms, advising a conservative approach to investing. Since few win at timing the market and picking individual stocks, go for mutual funds. Since few fund managers can pick the best stocks, go for low cost index funds."
Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor
Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor
"John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, one of the largest and most trusted mutual fund companies, lays out in orderly fashion how to understand and invest in mutual funds. He has a way of helping us see through all the sensationalist nonsense to offer a sensible approach to investing."
Enjoy Your Money!: How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and Give It
Enjoy Your Money!: How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and Give It
"Yes, this is the shameless plug for my own book. Why write another investing/personal finance book? As one college student put it, "I've read a lot on investing, but I wish I'd read yours first." The reason? I took a lot of research, documented it, and put it in an accessible, story form. Reading it could save you from a multitude of investing screw-ups."
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
"It's one thing to read sound investing principles, quite another to read about the world's greatest investor and try to get into his mind. For me, the early chapters - following him through elementary school and college - enlightened me as to why he's so successful. His mind, personality, and passions work in perfect sync for investing."
Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor
Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor
"Buffett's wisdom is invaluable; his wit makes his wisdom accessible and memorable. When I hear "great" economists predicting the future of interest rates or insider tips on stocks that "assuredly" will go up, I remember a joke or story from Buffett that puts it all in perspective. Great collection!"
Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery
Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery
"The syndicated personal finance columnist for the Chicago Tribune gives the practical nitty gritty of investing toward retirement. Sure, she'll tell you the difference between an index fund and a managed fund, but she'll also help you understand your company's retirement program and figure out just how much money you'll need at retirement."
Your Money and Your Brain: How the New Science of Neuroeconomics Can Help Make You Rich
Your Money and Your Brain: How the New Science of Neuroeconomics Can Help Make You Rich
"Successful investing involves more than understanding stocks and bonds and real estate. It involves understanding the often irrational emotions that make it almost irresistable to, e.g., buy high (when everyone else is buying) and sell low. Understanding these emotions is critical to sound financial decisions. Zweig shows the way with sound research and a captivating, journalistic style."