The 10 Best Investing Books

Last updated: 18 September 2021. You've reached our ranking of the 10 best investing books in 2021. We've also curated other collections of top investing titles which we know you'll love.

Investing is a massively complex subject which we could talk about for weeks, if not months. The authors of the books on this page have mastered the art of being selective - no book can possibly teach you everything there is to know about investing. They also communicate and education in an engaging and often entertaining way. ay. 

All investing books featured on this page are beginner friendly and don't assume much prior knowledge. With prices ranging from £5 - £30, stocking up on a few of the best investing books can deliver the same value as an expensive seminar for only a fraction of the cost. They can even be read for free with Amazon's Kindle Unlimited free trial.

Click on any title below to see the latest price from Amazon, you'll be shocked at how affordable the most popular titles are. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases which helps to support this site. This does not impact how I compile the list. Happy reading!

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Financial Times Guides: Investing by Glen Arnold

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Hot Off The Press! New investing titles for 2021

My pick of the best new titles or updated editions

Smart Money Method
Shares made simple
Unknown market wizards
Investing for growth

Classic investment books - the best of all time

These classic money titles were authored 10+ years ago and have sold over 1 million copies

The Essays of Warren Buffet Book
The Intelligent Investor
Harry Browne
One Up On Wall Street

The best investing books for beginners

The best places to start before you invest

Stock Market Investing for Beginners
Financial Times Guide to Investing
Think and Grow Rich
How to own the world

The best of the rest:

They didn't make my top 10, but they still have plenty to offer

The little book that beats the market
Rich Dad Poor Dad
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The Complete Guide to Property Investment

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My Top 10 Investing Books for 2021

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1. Investing (FT Guide) - Glen Arnold



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Synopsis:

"The Financial Times Guide to Investing is the definitive introduction to the art of successful stock market investing by debunking the myth that investing is only for the wealthy.

Bestselling author Glen Arnold covers the basics of what investors do and why companies need them, through to the practicalities of buying and selling shares and how to make the most from your money. Learn how to understand different types of investment vehicles, pick the right companies and understand their accounts so you can compile and manage a sophisticated portfolio.

The fourth edition of this investing classic has been thoroughly updated and will give you everything you need to choose your shares with skill and confidence."

Who this investing book is for:

A comprehensive guide for UK investors who are serious about immersing themselves in the financial markets in 2021.

If you're new to investing, I personally recommend this book as the best resource for understanding:

  • How the stock market works
  • How companies report their results
  • How shareholders fit in to this picture

Most investing books for beginners will focus on the experience of the individual; what do you need to buy, where do you buy it, and how long do you hold it for.

This title flips the equation by revealing the inner workings of the investments themselves. This knowledge will help empower you. As a confidence booster, you can't do better than to fully grasp the technicalities of shares themselves.

In 2020, this was the best selling investing book across all of the investment books featured on this page.



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Synopsis:

"The easy way to demystify the intimidating world of investing in the UK market.

Packed with tons of expert advice, Investing For Dummies UK 4th edition shows you step-by-step how to make sound, sensible investment choices whatever your budget.

All the major investment categories are covered for the smart beginner, while more advanced and alternative investments are presented for the more adventurous and experienced."

Who this investing book is for:

This book hasn't amassed a cult following but has an appreciative base of readers regardless.

Where Investing for Dummies excels is in the breadth of topics covered. This is a title which aims to tell you a little about a lot. 

As a result, you'll finish this book knowing more about buying shares, weighing up the pros and cons of pensions, as well as being acquainted with the UK tax system for investors.

I personally rate this title highly because (an earlier edition) was a regular reference point for me when I began investing a decade ago.



3. How to Own The World - Andrew Craig



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Synopsis:

"Discover the money secret understood by virtually every rich person in history. Turn hundreds into millions through the power of compound interest.

How to Own the World shows you that:

  • No one is better placed than you to make the most of your money.
  • You can do better than many finance professionals.
  • Making money from your money is easier than you think.
  • It's easier today than ever.
  • It's time to start now."

Who this investing book is for:

An opinionated and informative title by former US Congressman speech writer and fund manager Andrew Craig.

A title aimed at beginners, yet with plenty to offer to financially literate readers, such as those from professional backgrounds. 

Other reviewers have drawn attention to the fact that by avoiding mentioning any investment platform by name, Andrew writes with a degree of impartiality that is often absent from many other investing titles which feel self-promotional.



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Synopsis:

"The best-selling index investing bible offers new information and is updated to reflect the latest market data The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market.

Bogle describes the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term."

Who this investing book is for:

This book is for investors looking for a simple and effective investing approach. John Bogle promotes a minimalist approach to investing, which came to define his ground-shaking impact on the industry.

In short, it's about using passive funds to reduce investing costs and build a basic investment portfolio which will do the distance over the long term.

John Bogle is the founder of Vanguard, the leading provider of index funds in the US.



5. The Smart Money Method - Stephen Clapham



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Synopsis:

"Finally, private investors can learn the stock-picking methods used by top industry professionals.

Steve Clapham is a retired hedge fund partner who now runs Behind the Balance Sheet and trains stock analysts at some of the world’s largest and most successful institutional investors".

"A TREASURE TROVE OF IDEAS AND INSIGHTS FOR SERIOUS INVESTORS"

~ Investors Chronicle

Who this investing book is for:

This new title is a bible for stock pickers. If you run a portfolio which includes individual stocks and shares, you'll want to hear what Stephen has to say. 

Look forward to insights on how to:

  • Identify shady accounting and avoid dying companies
  • Value any business to find bargain shares
  • Decide when to buy and sell
  • Monitor and manage your portfolio for the best results
  • Navigate the consequences of COVID-19


6. Unknown Market Wizards - Jack D. Schwager



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Synopsis:

"The Market Wizards are back! Unknown Market Wizards continues in the three-decade tradition of the hugely popular Market Wizards series, interviewing exceptionally successful traders to learn how they achieved their extraordinary performance results.

The twist in Unknown Market Wizards is that the featured traders are individuals trading their own accounts. They are unknown to the investment world. Despite their anonymity, these traders have achieved performance records that rival, if not surpass, the best professional managers."

Who this investing book is for:

A book incredible enough to intrigue any investor - beginner or experienced.

Some of the stories include:

  • A trader who turned an initial account of $2,500 into $50 million.
  • A trader who achieved an average annual return of 337% over a 13-year period. 
  • A trader who made tens of millions using a unique approach that employed neither fundamental nor technical analysis.
  • A former advertising executive who used classical chart analysis to achieve a 58% average annual return over a 27-year trading span.

Click through to find out why this book has over 189 five star reviews on Amazon.



7. Investing Demystified - Lars Kroijer



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Synopsis:

"The easy way to demystify the intimidating world of investing in the UK market.

Packed with tons of expert advice, Investing For Dummies UK 4th edition shows you step-by-step how to make sound, sensible investment choices whatever your budget.

All the major investment categories are covered for the smart beginner, while more advanced and alternative investments are presented for the more adventurous and experienced.."

Who this investing book is for:

This book offers a compelling reason why even investors with an adventurous risk appetite should buy risk-free assets such as government bonds. 

This message has been slightly undermined by the further fall in interest rates on bonds since the book was published in 2017, however the overall principles still work.

Investing Demystified also devotes a good portion of the text to debunking myths about investing which won't go away. 

And just who is Lars Kroijer? You can let him personally explain over on his YouTube channel

 

 



8. Shares Made Simple - Rodney Hobson



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Synopsis:

"For the past ten years, Shares Made Simple has been the top choice of readers who want to know more about the stock market. Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, the book continues to tear away the mystique and jargon that surrounds the stock market.

Written by highly respected financial journalist Rodney Hobson, it takes you step by step through the most basic concepts of stock market investing, carefully explaining issues such as: - what shares are and how they are bought and sold - why share prices go up and down - why some companies' shares look cheap while others appear to be expensive - the hidden traps for the unwary.

This fully revised and updated third edition of this bestselling book sets out to create a level playing field between the stock market professionals and the small investor. No one needs to suffer pitiful bank interest rates when there is real money to be made in sharing the nation's wealth."

Who this investing book is for:

Now in its 3rd edition, Shares Made Simple by Rodney Hobson is the paperback guide to investing in the stock market.

A relief for those put-off by americanised references to 'stocks' and '401(k)s', Shares Made Simple is a beginners guide perfect for the UK investor thinking of making a foray into the stock market. 

This isn't a detailed stock-picking guide, or a portfolio management textbook. It's easy to read, accessible, and explains the basics in a brilliant way. 



9. The Naked Trader - Robbie Burns



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Synopsis:

"The most entertaining book on how to trade shares is back! Ever thought about investing in shares but got frustrated by all the gobbledygook? Bored by all the jargon? Then The Naked Trader is for you!

This is the book on stock market investing that you can actually enjoy, written in plain English, packed with real-life trading examples and full of candid advice that you just can't get anywhere else. It's the ideal friend for anyone who wants to make money in the markets.

In this completely updated and expanded 5th edition, Robbie Burns (aka the Naked Trader) gives you the lowdown on what you need to make money from today's markets without having to sit at a screen all day or swallow a financial dictionary. This brand-new edition contains even more of what made it so popular. "

Who this investing book is for:

This book is the perfect inspiration (and guide) for UK investors who fancy themselves as stock-pickers. 

Robbie Burns is a day trader who never touched the city. Now he's back in a new edition of his best selling paperback to explain how you might try your hand at actively trading.

Irreverent and witty throughout, the book even features 'The Naked Trader Quiz' as a fun test of your comprehension towards the end of the title. 



10. The Money Diet - Martin Lewis



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Synopsis:

"What we all need is detailed, no-nonsense Money Saving advice about organising credit cards, finding the cheapest deals for utilities, getting the best mortgage deals and how to haggle with every shopkeeper - in other words, how to make sure we're not wasting money.

Now with 100 extra Money Saving pages, in this edition of the bestselling The Money Diet, Martin Lewis shows you how to be canny with your finances, and provides clear-cut advice on how to pay bills, ways to cut spending, which banks to use and how to choose the best deals on an even greater range of products."

Who this investing book is for:

As I highlight in my guide on how to Retire at 50, the amount of wealth you can accumulate will be capped by your ability to cut back on spending.

This is why I've included this excellent title from legendary money-saver Martin Lewis in this investing books list. 

This book serves as an excellent companion to the rest of the titles above. Most of all, it will help you increase the sums of money that you have available to invest in the first place! 

Martin Lewis found widespread fame in the UK by founding MoneySavingExpert.com. A site which stood up to the unscrupulous practices of banks and lenders, help find savers great deals, and encouraged us all to get more for our money. 

 



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The Financial Expert™ Best Investing Book Challenge


Best investing books

I challenge you to read one brilliant book per month and see if it revolutionises your investing style!


The Financial Expert™ Best Investing Book Challenge is a well-loved feature of this website.

This is a personal development challenge that you can start at any point of the year.

Don't wait for New Years Day! Don't deprive yourself of the benefits of this powerful habit change.

The rules of the challenge are simple:

I challenge you to read one investing book per month for the next year, and find your new favourite!

The purpose of the challenge is to crack open your own perspective on the stock market.

When we begin as investors, we tend to soak up lots of new information and we're hungry for more. But I have found that personally I began to 'close up' to new ideas, and became a creature of habit and superstition.

The Best Investing Book Challenge was originally a challenge I set myself to expose myself to new investing thoughts and strategies.

I loved some things I read, and really challenged other parts. But either way, I found that this engagement with the titles was stimulating a level of critical thinking which hadn't experienced since I began investing a decade ago. 

Some guidance

  • I found it helpful to stock up on books for the next few months, so that when a new month rolls around, my next book was my bed-side table asking to be opened!
  • Pick a variety of styles. This will keep the challenge fresh and increase the diversity of opinion. 
  • Pick at least one book that you don't think you would enjoy, this book might be the one that surprises you the most!
  • If you're time-starved, audio books are absolutely fine!

Where to begin?

My list of the 10 best investing books above is as good as any place to start, as I have consciously included a mix of different writing and investing styles to ensure that it caters to a wide audience.

Good luck!



Even the best investing books offer a single perspective


Investing books offer only one perspective

"Truth is what you see. Opinions are what you hear. Facts are what you know."

Matshona Dhliwayo

Investing books come in two flavours; those that offer information and those that offer an opinion. Both are valuable - but we need to be able to tell them apart.

The definitive Financial Times comprehensive guide is an information-led book, while John Bogles' The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is an opinion piece.

The FT is factually describing how the stock market works, while John is attempting to persuade you that his investing strategy is superior to others.

Employ your critical thinking skills as you discover new investing titles. Think: "Is this book trying to inform, or persuade?"

This thought process is important because insights gained from books will form part of your financial education.

There are many different investing strategies and styles employed by investors all over the world, each with a different group of supporters.

Unhelpfully, some of these strategies directly conflict with others. It's not possible for everyone to be correct.

Alongside investing courses, financial advisers and your own investing experience, books will play a big part in helping you understand how the investing world works.

If you slip into a money mindset where you treat the opinions of the best investing book authors as fact, then your investing knowledge will become a function of which books you happened to pick up.

You won't necessarily be moving forwards towards an objective truth, instead you'll simply move towards the ideology of the author you happened to read.



Investing books to avoid


Best investment books

"Using the tricks contained in this book, I took my investment portfolio from $10k to $1m in 46 weeks!"

Very legitimate testimonial

I deliberately avoided a whole sub-genre of investing books when picking my 10 favourite titles above.

I gave a very wide berth to sensational get-rich-quick investing books.

You might know the type.

They will usually

  • Focus on a single asset class
  • Include a novelty factor
  • Feature eye-catching claims about quitting your 9-5 job

I won't refer to any titles by name as I don't want to provide free publicity. But I consider any of the following words in a book title to be red flags:

        Millionaire, Gold Mine, Rich, Secret Techniques

You'll find some of these books in local shops, but its on the web where they dominate.

You'll often find them being marketed or handed out for free as part of expensive video courses, investment training programmes and investment scams.

As you get lost in the soothing imagery of palm trees, sports cards and villas, it's easy to forget that the 'millionaire secret' might actually be about using your Stocks and Shares ISA allowance. 

In fact, almost everything in the marketing for get-rich-quick investing books is a world away from the real principles of investing such as:

  • Understanding risk,
  • Investing cautiously, and
  • Diversifying your portfolio

Is this surprising? Not really. These concepts don't feature because they get in the way of the real message that the marketers are trying to sell - that buying this book is going to change your life for the better. 

Selling the dream of a work-free future is far more lucrative than trying to charge £59 for a detailed guide to pension accounts. 

And this is why I don't even consider these to be investing books. Their authors don't care about investing excellence, they just want to make a quick buck from people's hope for a better life. 

To help you filter the wheat from the chaff in this sub-genre, I've created a separate guide to the best get rich quick books



Selecting the best UK investing books for beginners


Best investing books for beginners UK

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Alvin Toffler

This curated book guide is home to the best investing books for beginners in the UK. 

But how do you choose the best investment books (UK) for your own private collection? I recommend:

  • Pick a title which excites you
  • Look for easy-to-read language which keeps the topic very accessible
  • Choose books with more breadth and less depth

You have your whole life ahead of you to read stock market books to fill in the gaps. There's little pressure on this first book to teach you everything you need to know. 

Indeed, the real objective is to find an investing book for beginners which will grab your attention and get you hooked.

The best investing for beginners book should be informative, but leave you hungry for more. 

Why do I emphasise the part about leaving you wanting more? Surely the best books on stocks and shares for beginners would cover everything you need to know?

Not exactly...

Like any technical topic, investing is best approached steadily and gently.

At the beginning, you don't even know how much you don't know.

By approaching topics at a high level, you can orient yourself and understand where you want to focus your attention. 

You will want to approach topics in layers, starting with the core principles, moving through the major asset classes and finally learning about how to place your first trade. 

The titles on this page represent the very best investing books on the stock market, in other words they're only the tip of the iceberg. 

Learning about investing is a marathon, not a sprint - therefore pick books as a beginner which you think you'll enjoy. There's no need to bore yourself to death, fall out of favour with investing literature and dive too early into the market. 

It's also important to keep your expectations in a reasonable range when predicting what an investing book can do for you. Will a great book explain what to invest in now? Well, the limitations of the format mean that books will never contain 'live' commentary on the stock market. 

While they may not point out the best companies to invest in, or tell you which fund is the best, they'll explain what tools you can use to make these judgements yourself. This is a far more powerful toolkit. 

 



The top investing authors currently featured on this site


Glen Arnold - Top Investment Book Author

"Congratulations to Glen [Pictured] and all of the other 2021 authors who earned a spot in the top 10 list or other investing book shortlists."

Simon Oates - Founder Financial-Expert.co.uk

The following authors have at least one money or finance book featured on this page:

The top ten

  1. Glen Arnold - Investing: The Definitive Companion to Investment and the Financial Markets
  2. Tony Levene - Investing for Dummies
  3. Andrew Craig - How to Own the World
  4. John Bogle - The Little Book of Common Sense Investing
  5. Stephen Clapham - The Smart Money Method
  6. Jack D. Schwager - Unknown Market Wizards
  7. Lars Kroijer - Investing Demystified
  8. Rodney Hobson - Shares Made Simple
  9. Robbie Burns - The Naked Trader
  10. Martin Lewis - The Money Diet

The investment book shortlists

The following authors have at least one title featured as a thumbnail in the initial booklists for beginners etc.

  • Terry Smith - Investing for Growth
  • Lawrence A Cunningham - The Essays of Warren Buffett
  • Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor
  • Craig Rowland & J. M Lawson - The Permanent Portfolio
  • Peter Lynch - One up on Wall Street
  • William K. Bradford - Stock Market Investing
  • Joel Greenblatt - The Little Book that Beats the Market
  • Robert T Kiyosaki - Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Jonathan Hobbs - Stop Saving Start Investing



Other great finance authors worth checking out


Amateur & novice investors are a perfect match for investing books
"Novice and amateur investors alike will be thrilled and captivated by the volume of high quality investment titles published each year."
Simon Oates - Founder Financial-Expert.co.uk

We didn't have enough space on this page to showcase all of the investment books we love.

The intrinsic value of an approachable first read is priceless if it will set you off in a sensible direction. Imagine the impact on your net worth of being able to build a diversified portfolio of shares, REITs and bonds. Imagine the difference in your quality of life through having a retirement fund that is comfortable rather than 'just enough'.

If you're a new investor, here are the other authors of bestsellers that we encourage you to research further. We've also named one of their most famous (or most relevant) titles against each author name. 

The top ten

  • Burton Malkiel - A Random Walk Down Wall Street
  • Philip A. Fisher - Common stocks & uncommon profits
  • J. L Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth
  • Nassim Taleb - Black Swan
  • Adam Smith - The Money Game
  • James Montier - The Little Book of Behavioural Investing
  • Mark Simpson - Excellent Investing
  • Alice Ross - Investing to Save The Planet
  • Justyn Walsh - Investing with Keynes
  • Morgan Housel - The Psychology of Money
  • Laura Whateley - Money: A Users Guide
  • Rob Moore - Money
  • David Stevenson - Investing in Shares for Dummies


Why are UK investing books taking the world by storm?


Best investing books for beginners UK
Statistics from UK book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan show that the print book market in the UK grew 2.1% in value and 0.3% in volume in 2018. In total, 190.9m books were sold last year, for £1.63bn
The Guardian on the UK Publishing Market

The UK is home to one of the world's financial centres - London.

Why is London a financial capital?

London has become the hub of much of the worlds finance due to several factors:

Thanks to the number of institutions based there, London benefits from a networking effect. The more financial institutions based in the City, the easier and more convenient it is to conduct business there. This further encourages more organisations to open an office there, in a virtuous circle.

London has a fortuitous time-zone (being roughly halfway between the Americas and Asia). This means that a business based in the UK can catch-up with Hong Kong before it closes each day, and see the US markets after they open. 

London also benefits from a robust legal and justice system, which gives companies comfort and assurance that assets held in the UK will be safe and secure. This contrasts with some governments which have a track record for appropriating assets. The independence of the UK's judiciary helps to underpin this framework. 

This isn't to say that the UK is free from corruption, it's worth pointing out that the relative stability of the UK's legal system actually makes it attractive to money launderers (read more: Money laundering books). 

 

What does London excel at?

As of 2021, London remains the city with the largest volume of transactions for the following financial markets:

This scale means that a total of 1.1m workers (3.3% of the working population) have a job in finance.

For books about key financial industries, you can visit the following pages which will share insights into these different financial sectors:

A natural consequence of this high volume of financial transactions is that the UK also employs a lot of accountants to help record, monitor and analyse the activity. Auditors work to observe the output of accountants and provide assurance that financial figures are materially correct.

From industry veterans to authors

After gaining these valuable experiences, many investors, fund managers and bankers want to later write about their experiences or share advice with younger finance professionals or investors.

It's therefore no surprise that large publishing houses such as Wiley and Pearson publish over 100 finance titles each year. 

This incredible diversity means that an avid investing book reader such as me (and many of you) will find that there are almost too many investing books and too little time to read them!



Financial planning for your future with the best investing books


Best investing books for planning
"Long term thinking and planning enhances short term decision making. Make sure you have a plan of your life in your hand, and that includes the financial plan and your mission."
Manoj Arora

In my view of the financial world, there are two types of investors: 

  1. Short term speculators, aiming to generate a quick buck to supplement their income
  2. Long term investors, aiming to grow their wealth to achieve life goals. 

The types of investing books read by each group are almost entirely distinct. 

While the first will be interested in quantitative analysis books and books about cryptocurrency, the needs of the long term investor will be far broader. 

A long term investor doesn't just want to understand how an investment works, but the entire process and science behind crafting the perfect investment portfolio

Planning for your future with the best investing books

The best financial planning books tackle this in a logical order. 

First they will explain risk tolerance and time horizon to prompt investors to consider whether equities and property are appropriate for them. 

Next, the best portfolio management books will explain the science of diversification, and how securities should be expertly combined to reduce the overall risk of an investors holdings. This is a technical area which can give an investor a real edge when trying to have their cake and eat it. 

Ultimately investors need to work backwards from their objective, be it to retire early (See the best financial independence books) or to plan for a comfortable retirement (see best retirement planning books). 

Along the way, smart investors will always keep an eye on tax. Paying unnecessary tax is akin to making a poor investment. If you can keep hold of more of you money, it's common sense to do so. The best books about paying less tax will help investors understand the tax rules and use these to their advantage in a legal fashion.

Finally, as we reach the end of our life, our thoughts turn to our legacy and how we can pass on as much of our wealth as possible to the next generations. The best estate planning and inheritance tax books are an invaluable guide at this stage. The headline rate of inheritance tax is 40% in the UK, which will naturally cripple any large estate as it is passed onto children, charities or other friends and family. 

 



Managing your finances with popular titles in less than one week


Best investing books for planning
"Look everywhere you can to cut a little bit from your expenses. It will all add up to a meaningful sum."
Suze Orman

Before you can invest, you must first save. 

Saving money is the bedrock of any successful investor. In fact, I would go as far as saying that the most crucial driver of successful investing is NOT whether they can pick the right fund to invest in, nor whether they can lean into risky asset classes. Instead, it's how much of their income they can save. 

The best books about saving money don't take this skill for granted. Their authors expect you to be human, and to make financial mistakes from time to time. They're designed to give you the skills to get it right more times than you get it wrong. That's all you can ask for!

The traditional route to go is budgeting & money management books, which teach a framework for ensuring that you'll end each month with more money than you started. 

Saving success is a spectrum. The first target is to spend less than you earn, resulting in an ability to pay down debts. The best books about getting out of debt will suggest many helpful ways to save the pennies and target your repayment against different debts in the most profitable way. 

Before you invest in anything more complicated than a savings account, you need to educate yourself with the best personal finance books to standard where you feel comfortable that you understand all of your options. 

It's about investing in yourself

 



Learning the basic principles of investing through books


Best investing books for planning

"You've waited your whole life to invest. Taking a few more weeks or months to educate yourself before finally risking your money is essential."

Financial Expert

With investing being such a vast topic, many beginners to investing will struggle finding the right place to start.

In this section, we'll consider which investing books are great first books, and which books will guide you further into investing infosphere on from that point onwards. 

Your first investing book

If you're a complete newbie and haven't read an investing book before, then I recommend a guide written squarely at beginners. 

You'll appreciate that authors writing for beginners won't stuff their texts full of acronyms, or jumble financial concepts together. They'll approach topics in order, and allow you to slowly build up a working knowledge of all the concepts without feeling overwhelmed. 

It may sometimes feel like you're being taken through the topic at a snails pace, and for passionate or excited investors-to-be, this can be frustrating. However, I think it's really worth taking the time to ensure your grasp of finance principles is very strong before jumping into the market.

Follow-on investing books

Besides cash, the most popular asset classes are equities, bonds and property. 

Because you already have a grounding in the basics, it follows that your next books should explore each of these investments. They will help build familiarity with the characteristics, terminology and mechanics behind each of these investments. 

The best stocks and shares books will introduce you to the most dominant form of investment for retail investors - equities. 

The best bond investing books will explain what is the most efficient way to generate the maximum yield from this terribly important asset class. 

The best property investment books are be written with either buy-to-let investors or property developers in mind. They'll point out what you should be looking for when searching for properties, and how to enter and exit property investments at the lowest cost. 



Exploring exotic options with specialist investing titles


Best investing books for exotic investments
"We use options and more exotic derivatives sparingly. We try to catch new trends early and – in later stages – we try to catch trend reversals. Therefore, we tend to stabilize rather than destabilize the market. We are not doing this as a public service. It is our style of making money."
George Soros

Exotic investments are the domain of sophisticated investors.

You are a sophisticated investor if you have had personal experience investing in high-risk assets, such as unlisted equity or private debt instruments, or if you've developed  a good working knowledge through exposure in your professional capacity, such as through a directorship or partnership position.

Some investments will screen potential investors and only accept investors who meet this high bar. Others will allow retail investors to invest, provided they pass self-certification and risk questionnaires. 

Examples of book categories you might wish to explore to learn more about exotic investments include:

Each of these asset classes are traded on different markets to stocks and shares, through different intermediaries and they also carry different risks and rewards.

Exotic investments tend to carry a high risk, high return profile. They are generally less liquid - investors may be 'locked-in' to their investments for long periods. It follows that they are therefore only suitable for people who can commit to an investment for 5 - 10 years. 

Investing books about these specialist assets are considered essential before investing, due to the high risks involved.



Business & economics - understanding the machinery of money


Investing books about broader topics
"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance."
Murray Rothbard

Behind the dividends that appear on your stockbroker statement, the share price gains you record on your tax return, is industry. A thriving world of real business which at times can seem entirely disconnected from the process of investing.

The best value investing books will arm you with the tools to critically examine and value companies to help you pick shares which represent a bargain.

Business books can break apart this seeming mess of departments, policies, behaviours and strategies, into an intelligible framework.

Unless you have the luxury of a consultant job which grants you access to tens of board-rooms each year,  then the best business books are probably the best way to learn more about how great businesses and terrible businesses are run.

Behind every successful business is usually a ground-breaking entrepreneur. It's fascinating to study the lives and philosophies of wealthy and successful entrepreneurs. Reading the best entrepreneurship books can help you understand how we too can take the right decisions to lead us to greater wealth.

Were you to zoom out further, you may wonder about the laws and rules which seem to govern how markets operate, how prices are set, and why countries and governments act the way they do. The best economics books can explain the principles of the economic universe.

As an investor, all of these dimensions; business, entrepreneurship, and economics are worth understanding.

These are ultimately the forces which determine whether your investments make money or not. I wouldn't like to be fully invested without having at least an outline understanding of how business works.