Reading list Investment books year 2018

9 investment & business books to read in 2018

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Reading a book is like living a different life.

A life where you experience more than what you can expect in your normal life; a life where you learn from the mistakes & successes of others and a life where you can take your learning to the next level.

And reading becomes all more essential when you are handling a sensitive topic like personal finance and investment.

Reading helps you explore and build upon the  concepts which, if practiced correctly, can propel your financial life to an altogether new level, just like it happened for me.

I have been reading about personal finance, investment strategies and business right after I graduated from the B-School (that has been 7 years now). Still, I feel as if I have just scratched the surface and there is so much more to learn and understand.

With this objective in mind, my reading list for the year 2018 includes books on value investing, personal finance and business.

My objective is to further dive into the area of value investing, a topic I am extremely passionate about.

As and when I will complete any of the book mentioned below, I will share a detailed review on this blog. Do stay tuned.


Here’s my list for the year 2018:-

1. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein

making of a capitalistLike any other personal finance student, I am a big fan of Warren Buffet and his principles related to money, investment and wealth. I have read a lot on Warren Buffet and this year is particularly focused on studying the investment style of the ‘Oracle of Omaha’.

With an open access to Buffet’s families, friends and colleagues, the author of this book has made an attempt to understand Warren Buffet’s thought process when he is on the process to identify undervalued socks.

With this book on the top of my reading list, I expect to learn how to put Warren Buffett’s investment principles to practice.

Check the book here on Amazon.


2. Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond by Bruce Greenwald

value investingBenjamin Grahim and Warren Buffett together would have made a deadly combination (in fact they did, Buffett says that his investment style is a direct result of Graham’s philosophy).

I discovered this books while I was searching for advanced reading material on Warren Buffett.

While I have read Graham’s book on value investing, I am expecting this particular book to illustrate how Buffett applied Graham’s teachings over the span of his investing career.

Check the book here on Amazon.


3. The Warren Buffet Portfolio by Robert Hagstorm

BuffettPortfolioI got what you are thinking by now. Will I move beyond Warren Buffett?

Well, the theory that you will read in book number 1 and 2 makes little sense unless you perform the practical; that’s why it’s time to go through the case studies first. This book will plug in that gap.

Check the book here on Amazon.



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4. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip Fisher

commons tocks un common profitsExtending the principles of value investing, this book is an old classic that was recommended to me by a friend.

This book talks about growth stocks and value investing and the parameters one should judge the stocks on. I have high hopes from this book since there are some very good reviews written by the readers on Amazon.

Check the book here on Amazon.



5. You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel GreenBlatt

stock market geniusOn the cover page of the book, there is claim by the author – “uncover the secret hiding places of stock market profits”.

I have completed half of this book by the time I am writing this blog and I find the claim made by the author as fairly true. The author presents so much valuable information which a normal investor would overlook in a day to day scenario.

This books focuses on certain market scenarios (like spinoffs, mergers, acquisitions, leverage buyouts etc.) which, if figured out correctly, can rain gold for an investor.

I will write a detailed review of the book as soon as I am done. [Update: Read my detailed book review of ‘You can be a Stock Market Genius’.]

Check the book here on Amazon.


6. Stocks to Riches: Insights on Investor Behaviour by Parag Parikh

Stocks to richesI selected this book for 2 reasons, one: this is by an Indian author and for an Indian audience, and two: this focuses on retail investor who invests in small amounts.

What I could understand after reading the reviews is that this book is more from the perspective of identifying the human psychology and how that affects the movement in stock markets. Let’s wait how much this book stands to the expectations I have from it.

Check the book here on Amazon.


7. Where Are the Customers Yachts by Fred Schwed

customer yachtsThe story behind the name of this book captured my interest.

Apparently, a visitor to New York saw the yachts of the bankers and brokers and questioned where the customer yachts were? The Answer: no where.

The logic is that while the bankers and brokers become super rich at the expense of their customers/clients, the customer could never afford a yacht, and many a times go broke, thanks to the advice offered by the bankers & brokers.

I am sure this book will have lot of contrarian views on the world of investing.

Check the book here on Amazon.


8. The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany Mclean

smartest guy in the roomThe last 2 books on my reading list have less to do with investing and more to do with exploring few situations where things turned out in the wrong direction. This one is on Enron.

Enron story is the darling of all B-School finance profs, a perfect example of human greed going wrong.

I remember studying a Harvard case on Enron in one of the finance subjects at NMIMS. I am a fan of financial & accounting scandals, be it Enron, Satyam, Harshad Mehta, Charles Ponzi, Madoff or any other.

I feel awe at the smartness of the people who manipulated and mocked the system, and what possible wonders they could have done had they channelized their energy in the right direction.

This book is one of the best sellers on Enron story, hence in my reading list of 2018.

Check the book here on Amazon.


9. Barbarians At The Gate by Bryan Burrough

barbarians at the gateI got to learn about the corporate takeover at RJR Nabisco during my B-School days.

Like book no 8, it has nothing to do with investment strategies but is more to do with understanding what games are played in the board rooms.

This book has 4.5 stars rating on Amazon and I am sure this book will definitely open a Pandora’s box when it comes to greed, excesses and egotism of the corporate world.

Check the book here at Amazon.



So these are the 9 book on investment and business that I am planning to complete in the year 2018. If you have ready any of these books, do leave a review in the comments below and help the fellow readers.

Separately, I will also write detailed book review as and when I complete any from this list.

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Tushar Jain

Tushar Jain

Tushar Jain is a personal finance enthusiast who loves to talk about money, savings, investments and spending. He blogs about financial wisdom and income growth habits at this blog Contact him to say Hi.

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