1. The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason
This book was published in 1926 and as far as I can tell, it had been the primary popular book on personal finance.
Usually, I’m not into parables. But this is often an excellent book. It’s the sole parable that I’ve read that creates the message of the book even more powerful.
What it comes right down to is this: Rich people are rich because they save their money, don’t get in debt, and don’t spend their money foolishly.
Clason recommends saving lots of 10% of your income (I believe you ought to save 50% — more thereon later). He calls saving “paying yourself first.” That’s a crucial mindset.
You only get rich by paying yourself. Don’t foolishly spend all of your money on belongings you don’t need. once you do this, you pay others, not yourself.
Everyone should read The Richest Man In Babylon — the sooner the higher.
2. Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
What I enjoyed most about this book is that it teaches you to rework your relationship with money. this may change your life.
Money is some things you trade your life energy for. believe it. you're employed to earn money.
But you spend some time to figure. That’s why Robin and Dominguez spend the primary part of this book to form us aware that more isn't better.
More money is particularly not better if you've got to place your own well-being on the road. It’s never worthwhile. Just ask the family of the bankers who committed suicide during any recession.
If you would like to measure a healthy and wealthy life, you want to detach yourself from money. rather than striving for more, recover at managing your money.
Save it. And don’t waste it on stuff you don’t need. Your Money Or Your Life starts out strategically and gets more practical towards the top.
3. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (with commentary by Jason Zweig)
I bought my first stocks once I was 20 years old. At the time, the finance sector was doing great, and that I thought it might be good to take a position in ING, the main Dutch bank.
Oh yeah, I should mention that this was in 2007, right before the financial crisis. I invested €1500 in ING and €500 in AEGON, a Dutch asset management firm.
It was about half my savings at the time — tons of cash for a student. And a couple of months later, when Lehman Brothers collapsed, my stock portfolio was worth only a couple of hundred euros in total.
Man, I used to be so annoyed. I can’t even tell you ways livid I used to be. But looking back, I understand that losing money may be a part of investing.
And fortunately, I didn’t sell and waited until the stocks recovered. That took eight years, though.
I decided to not invest in individual stocks anymore. and therefore the Intelligent Investor is one of the foremost important books that helped to understand investing in stocks isn't on behalf of me.
4. the small Book of Sense Investing by Jack Bogle
The reason I ended investing in individual stocks is Jack Bogle. This man may be a true hero.
He founded Vanguard and created index funds. Unlike everyone else in finance, he’s not worth billions. Why? He created financial products for the people.
Vanguard may be a unique company. Why? It’s the sole company in finance that has an equivalent interest as you. once you invest in their funds, they win, and you win.
But every firm, banker, broker, or advisor in finance, has different interests. Namely, their own. And sure, this is often a black and white view. There are many unbiased financial advisors too.
But why do you have to give them your money if you'll invest your money by yourself? rather than buying individual stocks, Jack Bogle demonstrated that it’s far better to shop for all the stocks during a certain index, industry, group, or maybe country.
History has shown us that indexing outperforms the bulk of mutual funds. Plus, the fees of index funds are lower because they don’t have managers or expensive offices.