What's your favorite finance related book?

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The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham
16% (206 votes)
The Theory of Investment Value - John Burr Williams
0% (3 votes)
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits - Philip Fisher
1% (14 votes)
The Foundations of Finance - Eugene Fama
0% (4 votes)
One Up On Wall Street - Peter Lynch
3% (37 votes)
Damodaran on Valuation - Prof. Damoradan -
3% (33 votes)
Stocks for the Long Run - Jeremy Siegel
0% (3 votes)
Irrational Exuberance - Robert Shiller
1% (16 votes)
Technical Analysis of the Futures Market - John Murphy
0% (4 votes)
Continuous-Time Finance - Robert C. Merton
0% (3 votes)
Common Sense on Mutual Funds - John Bogle
0% (2 votes)
The Essays of Warren Buffett - Warren Buffett
2% (29 votes)
The Strategic Bond Investor - Anthony Crescenzi
0% (1 vote)
The Gorilla Game - Geoffrey Moore
0% (1 vote)
A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel
2% (29 votes)
The Money Game - Adam Smith
0% (4 votes)
The Black Swan - Nassim Taleb
4% (51 votes)
The Alchemy of Finance - George Soros
1% (16 votes)
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - Edwin Lefevre
2% (22 votes)
The Art of Short Selling - Kathryn Staley
0% (4 votes)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Charles Mackay
0% (3 votes)
Monkey Business - John Rolfe / Peter Troob
7% (91 votes)
The Big Short - Michael Lewis
6% (74 votes)
Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis
12% (159 votes)
Market Wizards - Jack D. Schwager
3% (38 votes)
When Genius Failed - Roger Lowenstein
2% (27 votes)
The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason
1% (8 votes)
The Wolf of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort
2% (29 votes)
Against the Gods - Peter Bernstein
1% (7 votes)
A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel
1% (19 votes)
Barbarians at the Gate - Bryan Burrough / John Helyar
8% (100 votes)
Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, M&A - Rosenbaum / Pearl / Harris
8% (105 votes)
More Money Than God - Sebastian Mallaby
5% (61 votes)
The most important thing - Howard marks
2% (31 votes)
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World - Niall Ferguson
3% (40 votes)
Total votes: 1274

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Nov 15, 2014

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World - Niall Ferguson.

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Nov 16, 2014

Agree on More Money Than God. Just finished it. Very under-appreciated book. Will probably become required reading for HF-types in the future.

Loved Boomerang by Michael Lewis as well.

Nov 16, 2014

+1 on More Money Than God - great for those interested in HFs. Loved King of Capital, a history of Blackstone and a description of lots of its (good and bad) deals. Really liked Fooling Some of the People All of the Time (Einhorn's account of a long-term public short and all the drama associated with it). Liked The Accidental Investment Banker. Wolf of Wall Street 1 was nuts, 2 was good but not as good.

Anybody read Damn It Feels Good to be a Banker? Thoughts?

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Nov 16, 2014

A new one but a great one: The most important thing by Howard marks

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Nov 17, 2014

My vote was for Against the Gods. First picked it up when I was browsing through my father's library and the cover art caught my eye. I was still in junior high school at the time. I re-read the book again when I was older.

The book has its faults, but I think Bernstein does a good job of taking complex ideas and weaving them into an accessible, entertaining piece of writing.

Nov 17, 2014

One of my all time favorites

Nov 17, 2014

Security Analysis has got to be on this list. It's Graham's magnum opus!

Nov 17, 2014

The Little Book That Still Beats The Market

Nov 17, 2014

agreed

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Nov 17, 2014

the buyside by turney Duff

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Nov 17, 2014

Ok, how many of you rookies voted for "Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, M&A - Rosenbaum / Pearl / Harris" just so that you could list it on your resume?!

Monkey Business FTW...However, I read it shortly before getting into banking and I refuse to read it until I'm out of banking for fear of breaking down into a ball of tears after realizing how accurate it was/is.

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Nov 17, 2014
notthehospitalER:

Anybody read Damn It Feels Good to be a Banker? Thoughts?

I have. It was a good intro into what IB and ST are, especially for people who are just starting to think about their career paths (freshmen, sophomores), and it was entertaining. I read it in a day. A lot of the music and pop culture references are terribly out-dated, which just made it funnier.

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Nov 18, 2014

Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman

Nov 18, 2014
thebrofessor:

A new one but a great one: The most important thing by Howard marks

Amen

Nov 18, 2014

The Buffett bio by Roger Lowenstein. That book really changed my life/direction - I was 13 or 14 at the time and read it in a couple of days. For me that was the 'innoculation' of value investing that some talk about.

More recently, Competition Demystified by Bruce Greenwald has made me think more systematically about how to look at an industry and focusing on what drives competitive advantage (if any exists). Less of a wild goose chase now.

Nov 18, 2014

You Can Be A Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt

Nov 19, 2014

I picked Alchemy of Finance but Market Wizards and Reminiscences of a Stock Operator are up there too.

Nov 20, 2014

Security Analysis, so much info still relevant today. A much more expanded version of Intelligent Investor that dives much more deeply into how to value a business. Intelligent Investor was good, but Security Analysis puts it on roids. Re-reading it as I did a horrible job the first time around.

Nov 20, 2014

Reposted

Nov 20, 2014

KoC

Nov 21, 2014

I keep trying to read it but it's SO DRY.... Margin of Safety definitely up there with the best.

Nov 25, 2014

Snowball should be on this list (Buffet's biography). Long but very interesting, couldn't stop reading it. They'll probably make it into a movie someday.

Nov 26, 2014

In terms of investing books:
The Intelligent Investor
Security Analysis
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius
Distressed Debt Investing
(I'm leaving out Margin of Safety because I found it largely regurgitates The Intelligent Investor.)

In terms of books about finance:
Barbarians at the Gate
Too Big to Fail

(Big step down)

Liar's Poker
Confidence Game
Fooling Some of the People All of the Time
The Vulture Investors (essential reading for distressed/deep-value investors)

Nov 29, 2014

William O'Neil "How to Make Money in Stocks" should be on list

Nov 29, 2014

A Random Walk Down Wall Street is listed twice. Also agree that the Joel Greenblatt book is up there on my list.

Dec 2, 2014

By far the two best investing books not listed are You Can Be a Stock market Genius, and Margin of Safety.

Dec 2, 2014
Extelleron:

Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman

By far the best. That man is a value investing genius.

Dec 4, 2014

Hard to pick but More Money Than God is easily one of the best books I have ever read, period. Very subjective, but it's incredibly easy to read, well-researched, informative, and full of great stories. Highly recommended.

The Big Short is a close second, as it's one of the most interesting things I've ever read.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Dec 16, 2014

damn, it feels good to be a banker

Dec 16, 2014

No love for The Investment Answer? Super short, written by a dying financier and his friend, and is basically the "don't do dumb shit" primer for investor wannabes.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Jan 16, 2015
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