Welcome to the Wall Street Oasis Reading List for Trading. Please email [email protected] if you think we should add in additional publications to our Recommended Reading.

Easy ReadsTechnical ReadsCareer Jump-Start
Liar's PokerCome Into My Trading RoomTechnical Interview Guide
Market WizardsNew Trading SystemsBehavioral Interview Guide
The Big ShortTechnical AnalysisA Look Behind the Wall
Internship Guide
Trading Guide

Easy Reads:

Liar's Poker

by Ethan M. Rasiel

Liar's Poker is a fantastic book for getting an inside view into S&T. Whether you're reading it for the first time or the five hundredth, you will still be entertained. Michael Lewis's first book is a must-read for any prospective Wall Streeter.

D M (WSO User):

I regret having not picked up this book earlier. It definitely gave me a better view of what life is like in S&T. Probably the first book any WS-wannabe should pick up.


So memorable and alive . . . one of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era.

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Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders

by Jack Schwager

Market Wizards is the first of three books published by Schwager, and many consider it the best. It includes interviews with 17 top traders and how they have been successful. This is a must read for anyone interested in joining a trading desk or just wanting to get a grasp on how the markets work.

Barry Ritholtz (CEO, FusionIQ):

Simply stated, this is THE book for anyone who wants to learn about trading or investing -- It is simply a must read.

Martin W. Zweig (Market Forecaster):

One of the most fascinating books ever written about Wall Street.

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

by Michael Lewis

Another book by famed finance author Michael Lewis, The Big Short is Michael Lewis' hindsight breakdown of the 2007/2008 economic crisis.

barboon (WSO User):

Great F*cking book, I read it twice. Yes anyone can start a fund but not everyone can run a fund.

Michiko Kakutani (The New York Times):

No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Mr. Lewis....[he] does a nimble job of using his subjects' stories to explicate the greed, idiocies and hypocrisies of a system notably lacking in grown-up supervision....Writing in faintly Tom Wolfe-ian prose, Mr. Lewis does a colorful job of introducing the lay reader to the Darwinian world of the bond market.

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Technical Reads:

Come Into My Trading Room: A Complete Guide to Trading

by Alexander Elder

This book is a great guide for novices, intermediate, and even advanced investors. It offers a wealth of ideas, from what markets to trade in to your trading strategy. Alexander Elder has, simply put, created a how-to guide for entering into and performing well in the markets.

Helen Quenet (<span class='keyword_link'><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/amazon>Amazon</a></span> Review):

This is a book written by a mature trader and trader educator, who has seen and done it all and can now give the most balanced, practical and honest description of learning to trade you will find anywhere. I highly recommend it to new traders and improvers alike.

Winslow Howland:

I have been investing for about 45 years and this is the best advice that I have ever come across.

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New Trading Systems and Methods (Wiley Trading)

by Perry Kaufman

Re-written by a leading futures expert with experience in both research and trading, this is the updated version of the best-selling guide. You will have a more complete analysis and more methods to look over with this book.

Ray Burkholder (<span class='keyword_link'><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/amazon>Amazon</a></span> Review):

I'll give it two thumbs up as it provides excellent details on the spectrum of technical analysis and provides references for the times you wish to flesh out the details.

Laszlo Walko (<span class='keyword_link'><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/amazon>Amazon</a></span> Review):

Similar to many traders who own Perry Kaufman's 3rd edition of New Trading Systems and Methods, I ignored the publication of the 4th edition. Well, such oversight was my loss. Even a quick perusal of the work reveals a wealth of new ideas, techniques, and concepts. Kaufman offers ample inspiration for exploring trading problems in a new light.

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Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians, Second Edition

by Charles Kirkpatrick II

A fantastic, updated textbook, this is a must-have for any financial markets technician.

John Bollinger (President, Bollinger Capital):

The authors deftly straddle the divide between the artistic and the rigorous aspects of technical analysis. The publication of this text is an important financial-market event and the authors are to be congratulated.

Phil Roth (Chief Technical Market Analyst, Miller Tabak &amp; Co.):

I've been reading technical analysis works for forty years. This is the first book on the subject worthy of being called both comprehensive and disciplined. It will be a great asset to both practitioners and serious students alike.

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Career Jump-Start

Technical Interview Guide

by Wall Street Oasis

This 80+ page guide, produced by WSO and written for WSO's users, is a compilation of the most common technical questions encountered in Wall Street interviews.

WSO User banker88:

Just got the new technical guide. By far much better than vault. Very detailed (80+ pages) with charts, graphs, etc. I'll be reading this at least once this summer in prepping for fall interviews.

<span class='keyword_link'><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs>Goldman Sachs</a></span> S&amp;T VP:

The new Wall Street Oasis Technical Guide provides questions and easy to understand answers for all the questions I typically ask when interviewing a candidate. The additional questions expand the guide, and the new charts are an added bonus for easily remembering the crucial concepts. If a student really knows all the questions in this guide, they are sure to nail the technical section of their interview.

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Behavioral Interview Guide

by Wall Street Oasis

This 56 page guide, produced by WSO and written for WSO's users, is a compilation of over 100+ of the most common behavioral / fit questions encountered in Wall Street interviews with detailed advice and examples.

<span class='keyword_link'><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/credit-suisse>Credit Suisse</a></span> M&amp;A Analyst:

All I can say is I wish I had the Wall Street Oasis Behavioral Guide before I went into my banking interviews. I was well prepared for some of the fit questions that came my way, but others challenged me. With the extensive number of questions in this guide and the sample answers, I would have felt prepared to handle almost anything.

MIT Sloan MBA Student:

I didn't read Wall Street Oasis Technical and Behavioral Interview guides until after my first year in my MBA program, and frankly they contained everything I had spent the last year learning to get a job on the Street. I highly recommend them to anyone preparing for an interview, finance or other. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than an MBA (not to mention faster and more to the point).

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A Look Behind the Wall - An Overview of Six Wall Street Career Paths

by Wall Street Oasis

WallStreetOasis.com has collaborated with its most knowledgeable users to provide one of the most detailed, entertaining and insightful publications to hit Wall Street in years.

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Internship Guide

by Wall Street Oasis

This is a complete guide to getting through your summer internship in finance or consulting. Whether you're wondering what to wear, how to do your work, or how to manage your money, this 30-page guide has it all. Following this guide will make getting through the summer as painless as possible, so that you can have the exciting, rewarding experience you deserve.

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The Guide to Trading Stocks and Options

by Wall Street Oasis

The Guide to Trading Stocks and Options will provide you much more than the strategies needed to take advantage of bullish and bearish trends. You will learn how to combine the necessary elements of strategy selection and market timing in the context of risk management, due diligence and exit strategies to form a complete system of trading.

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