Recommended Reading


Written in 1949 by value god Benjamin Graham, this book is the holy bible of Warren Buffett. “Chapters 8 and 20 have been the bedrock of my investing activities for more than 60 years,” he says. “I suggest that all investors read those chapters and reread them every time the market has been especially strong or weak.”

I came across this book in mid 2014 after a fellow friend attended noble Koon Yew Yin’s charity seminar in KL. This book by Glen Arnold is one of the books that he highly recommended for people who are serious about Value Investing. To be frank, it is not a book with plenty of graphics or pictures but instead contained a lot of facts and rules. Glen Arnold shared the ideologies behind world’s greatest value investor like Peter Lynch, John Neff, Benjamin Graham, Philip Fisher, and of course Warren Buffett. It is a pretty thick book (close to 400 pages) and sometimes the explanation tend to be a bit long winded but it nevertheless is a great book to pick up the different essence and investment styles of the gurus and adapt them to your own style. A 5-star book I would say for people who are looking seriously to sharpen your saw for value investing.
 
This book was recommended to me by a friend in Singapore. It is written by Adam Khoo, one of Singapore’s youngest self-made millionaires and Conrad Alvin Lim, a former bankrupt who traded himself out of bankruptcy and consistently makes US$5,000-US$7,000 a month trading in the US stock markets. This book isn’t about US Market, most of the techniques are applicable to all the markets in fact. It is quite a good book for the beginner to understand the basics of investing. It contained good introduction to fundamental analysis, technical analysis and options trading. I find that some of the ideas Khoo provides in his book are not always good choices. However, at the end of the day, it boils down to individual investment style and risk appetite.

Written by Bruce Greenwald who is one of the leading authorities on value investing. Bruce is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Director of Research at FirstEagle Funds. Some of the savviest people on Wall Street have taken his Columbia Business School executive education course on the subject. Now this dynamic and popular teacher, with some colleagues, reveals the fundamental principles of value investing, the one investment technique that has proven itself consistently over time. After covering general techniques of value investing, the book proceeds to illustrate their applications through profiles of Warren Buffett, Michael Price, Mario Gabellio, and other successful value investors. A number of case studies highlight the techniques in practice. If you are the type of person keen on learning by example, this is definitely the book for you.
 
This is another book by Glen Arnold. In this book, Glen shows you how to cut through financial jargon and focus on the essentials of trading. You’ll discover how to make the right investing decisions and successfully manage your portfolio. Whether you have a couple of hundred pounds to invest, or several hundred thousand, this book will help you get the most out of your investments.

In Get Started in Shares you’ll learn:

  • How the stock market works
  • The best way to buy and sell shares and what it will actually cost you
  • Where to get the best financial information
  • Which companies you should, and shouldn’t, invest in
  • Simple techniques to avoid dangers and steer clear of hidden traps
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    Back to the basic, this is the best beginner’s guide to how the Financial Market works. From bestselling author Glen Arnold, this is a jargon-busting book that describes how financial markets work, where they are located and how they impact on everyday life. It assumes no specialised prior knowledge of finance theory and provides an authoritative and comprehensive run-down of the workings of the modern financial system.

    The 5th Edition was published in early 2014. This book was first published some 30 years ago but it has been an evergreen subject of study due to the fact that it contained the most significant bits on Technical Analysis. Tens of thousands of individual and professional investors have used the guidance in this book to grow their wealth by understanding, interpreting, and forecasting significant moves in both individual stocks and entire markets. In its 5th edition, the book keeps up with time as it had added brand new chapters that analyze and explain secular trends with unique technical indicators that measure investor confidence, as well as an introduction to Pring’s new Special K indicator. Also, it covered the exchange-traded fund (ETF) for international markets, sectors, and commodities. If you are into chart and technical analysis, this is the book for you.
     
    Another great intro book into the Technical Analysis. I have not read or own this book before but just got it here as it was highly recommended by forum members in a local stock trading forum.
     
    This book shows you how to be profitable trade within the first month of your trading. This book filled with real-life examples and intended for use by both short- and long-term traders, it explores each aspect of successful trading.

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