Want to Start Investing in Stocks? Top 10 Books for Beginners



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Although many best-sellers on investing have been written by American authors, the basic principles are relevant to any stock market including the UK.

Here’s a look at the top 10 stock investing books:


How to Trade In Stocks by Jesse Livermore

The top-selling book is written in an autobiographical style and at the same time, gives valuable insights, guidance and tips on how to interpret market behaviours and dynamics.


Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham

This excellent treatise on stock investing was written by Professor Benjamin Graham in 1934. The in-depth book trains you to analyse and understand any investment.


How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times and Bad by William J O’Neil

William O’Neil shares his secrets to building wealth from the stock market. His book explains how to understand market timing and also gives his popular 7-step secret to stock market success.


One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch

Written by Peter Lynch, one of the most famous mutual fund managers in the world, this book is a must-read for beginning investors looking to make money from the stock market.


The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Warren Buffet is a self-made millionaire who made his money from investing and stocks. ‘Essays by Warren Buffet’ is complied by Professor Lawrence Cunningham and contains invaluable investor strategies, tips and insights on stock market behaviour.


The Battle For Investment Survival: How To Make Profits by Gerald Loeb

Gerald Loeb gives his insider insights on how to minimise your losses. He is not a believer in fundamental analysis and advocates timing of buy and sell decisions.


How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas

Nicolas Darvas made 2 million dollars from investing only £6000 in the stock market even though he was not even an investor to begin with (he is an internationally known dancer). He shares the story of how he did it.


Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Phillips Fisher

This book emphasises on investing in small but select portfolio of companies that have the potential to generate excellent returns.


Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter

Michael Porter, a Harvard Business School Graduate, explains cost leadership and product demand as a means to wise investment.


The Money Game by Adam Smith

An oldie but a goodie. This fast-paced and entertaining book explains mutual funds, fundamental and technical analysis and is unapologetic about the rules of the money game.


Reading well-written books on investing can help you understand how stock market investment works. What have you found to be a valuable read? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.





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