My top 10 stock market investment books

Posted by Stephen Sutherland on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 @ 01:01 PM

Stock market investment booksOver the next eight weeks I’m going to share with you forty of my all time favourite books. This first post of this series starts with five of my top 10 stock market investment books. I must confess that I’m addicted to reading and I’ve been fortunate to have read close to 700 books since developing the reading habit back in the late nineties. It would probably be an understatement to say that I love reading! 

Here’s a summary of this 8 part blog series:

Blogs 1 and 2 – Top 10 ‘Stock market investment’ books

Blogs 3 and 4: Top 10 ‘Investment psychology’ books

Blogs 5 and 6: Top 10 ‘Increasing income’ books

Blogs 7 and 8: Top 10 ‘Personal development’ books

I’ve also provided a link to each book on Amazon should you wish to purchase it. If you do decide to buy, I will not be compensated in any way. Enjoy!

Outstanding stock market investment books

1. How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times and Bad, Fourth Edition - [Paperback] – William J. O'Neil 

William J. O’Neil’s national bestseller, ‘How to Make Money in Stocks’, has shown over 2 million investors his secrets to building wealth. O’Neil’s CAN SLIM® Investing System a 7-step process has influenced generations of investors. I was impressed when I discovered that O'Neil's market timing system has not missed the start of every bull market in the last 50 years. If you like this one, also check out two other gems, ‘24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success’ and ‘The Successful Investor’, both written by O’Neil.

2. Baruch: My Own Story [Hardcover] – Bernard Baruch 

‘My Own Story’ is the memoirs of Bernard M. Baruch, which he published in 1957 at the age of 87, after a long career as a public servant following a couple decades of fortune-making on Wall Street. Baruch starts with histories of his parents and tales of his South Carolina childhood. It’s a great account of the life of one of the world's most famous investment speculators.

3. The Battle for Investment Survival [Paperback] – Gerald Loeb

Gerald M. Loeb worked on Wall Street as a stockbroker for forty years, beginning in the late 1920s. He was also a financial writer whose articles were published in Barron′s, Wall Street Today and Investor Magazine. A prolific writer throughout his career, Loeb also authored ‘Gerald Loeb′s Checklist for Buying Stocks’ and ‘Your Battle for Stock Market Profits.’ Loeb does not think that fundamental analysis makes any sense and is an outspoken advocate of perfecting the art of cutting your losses and timing your buy and sell decisions. 

4. How to Trade In Stocks [Paperback] – Jesse Livermore

This book teaches you the secrets of the most successful stock trader who ever lived. Written shortly before his death in 1940, ‘How to Trade Stock’s’ offers traders their first account of Livermore’s trading system. Written in a no-nonsense style, it interweaves fascinating autobiographical and historical details with step-by-step guidance on reading market and stock behaviours, analyzing leading sectors, market timing, money management and emotional control.

5. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market [Paperback] – Nicolas Darvas

Darvas is legendary, and with good reason. In just 18 months he turned $10,000 into over $2 million dollars. Darvas was world-famous dancer with no knowledge of the stock market, or of finance in general but still managed to make two million dollars in the stock market in just a year starting with just over six thousand pounds. This book gives a complete time line of exactly how he did it.

In the second of this 8 part blog series, we’ll look at the final five of my top 10 ‘Stock market investment’ books. As always, if you have any questions or thoughts on these books, please leave a comment below or connect with us @ISACO_ on Twitter.

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Topics: Essential reading, Investment strategy