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One of the most common suggestions on this site during a job search is to continue to educate yourself. Everyone seeking to advance is engouraged to read. I want to know what people are reading on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. What newspapers, magazines, journals, books do you recommend?

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  • WSOusername's picture

    Got like 30 pgs left in "currency wars" and im like 40 into "how to win friends and influence ppl". as far as staying current, im all on-line and tv. I despise newspapers because I dont know how to fold them properly and shit. I always feel like I'm reading a map with them

    GBS

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    Kassad's picture

    GoldmanBallSachs wrote:
    Got like 30 pgs left in "currency wars" and im like 40 into "how to win friends and influence ppl". as far as staying current, im all on-line and tv. I despise newspapers because I dont know how to fold them properly and shit. I always feel like I'm reading a map with them

    I shared your sentiment, then taught myself to do it. The 5 minute investment is one worth making.

    I find that few things beat reading the WSJ at the beginning of the day (before 8AM, latest). After that, information sources on the job tend to keep you up to date (Bloomberg, Reuters). For intra-day updates, industry-specific websites do the job well (Seeking Alpha, DealBook, etc.).

    Equities are for chumps.

  • bonks's picture

    I have "How to Win Friends" in my Amazon cart!

    Others I have going on right now:
    Aldous Huxley - "Island"
    Uri - "Getting to Yes"
    "Money-Driven Medicine"
    "Healthcare USA"
    Graham & Dodd - "Security Analysis"

    I steal my neighbor's copy of the WSJ (it's okay he never reads it), but usually check online at Bloomberg, FT, Kaiser Health News, Dealbook, and Al Jazeera.

    Hoping to start trading medical stocks/purchasing hospital bonds soon. Which, combined with being an analyst in CO, justifies my selections.

    GBS - How do you like Currency Wars?

    Nothing short of everything will really do.

  • That_Aston's picture

    Options Made Easy and The Way of the Turtle

    Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.

  • anon56's picture

    Here is what I have been reading this summer, it is mainly value investing focused:

    Trade Like Warren Buffet - Altucher
    The Bond King - Timothy Meddleton
    The Panic of 1907 - Carr & Bruner
    The Essays of Warren Buffet
    The Alchemy of Finance - Soros
    Security Analysis (already been mentioned, but specifically chapters 8 and 11)
    Margin of Safety - Seth Klarman
    Contrarian Value Investing Approaches - Dremen
    Principles - Ray Dalio
    The Intelligent Investor - Graham
    Julian Robertson: A tiger in the land of the bulls and the bears - Strachman
    Reminiscences of a stock operator - LeFevre

  • Fredbird's picture

    Not really reading books, but skimming to a plethora of mostly daily news pages such as FT, Bloomberg, WSJ, Dealbreaker, Dealbook, ZeroHedge, Barron's, Wilmott, Economist, random crap friends post on facebook, and whatever email alerts I get on academic research concerning the areas of my interest. And of course sports stuff - I mean, 'cmon, you have to.

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    GetOnTop's picture

    anon56 wrote:
    Margin of Safety - Seth Klarman

    Heard this is a must read for value investing, and came across the following pdf version (if you guys haven't heard of it, this book is out of print and routinely sells for around $1000 used): http://www.my10000dollars.com/MS.pdf

    I'd normally feel bad posting the link, but it's out of print and I'm sure the author is doing just fine for himself. Mods of course delete if this violates the terms and conditions of WSO.

  • Relinquis's picture

    The FT and the Economist are far superior to the WSJ if you're new to finance and want to understand what's going on. The WSJ is far too right wing and overtly political. As a newbie you might have a difficult time wading through the political BS to get a sense of what's going on with markets / companies. (others might have a different opinion).

    Also focus on understanding the basics of finance if you don't have that background yet. You can waste a lot of time on the melodrama of the news cycle or idolising rich investors / financiers without actually learning how to read a balance sheet/cash flow statement, or understanding what bankers actually do on a day to day basis.

  • gh15's picture

    Distressed debt analysis - Stephen Moyer
    **Fantastic book. Not hard to read at all if you understand basic corporate finance and accounting. Halfway into this. Sort of bummed I can't finish it soon because of my SA stint.

    Investment banking - Rosenbaum & Pearl
    **Started this recently just by reading certain sections. Informative so far.

  • ScoobyDoobie's picture

    Reading:
    WSJ
    The God Delusion- Richard Dawkins
    Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life- Larry Winget
    Where Ever you go, there you are- John Kabat Zinn
    Loaded- Robert Sabbag

    Currently in Queue
    The Ice Man: The Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer- Philip Carlo
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test- Tom Wolfe
    Smugglers Blues- Jay Brown
    Mr. Nice- Howard Marks

    Third prize is you're fired. You can get all A's and still flunk life.