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April 06, 2008 – Comments (5)

Hi my name is Deej and I am an investment book addict.  I read everything that I can about investing and everything that is even remotely related to it.  I subscribe to Barron's, Smart Money, and Fortune.  To prove how lame I have become, I actually have a Borders' credit card ;).  I know, I need help, but reading as much as I can has helped me to become a much better investor.  I am always looking for books to add to my collection and I am seeking nominations from the intelligent CAPS community.  Here is a list of the best books that I have read recently and the ones that are on deck:

Just read: 

Biography of the Dollar - Craig Karmin (very basic, but very interesting...a quick read)

The Coming Economic Collapse - Stephen Leeb (a little sensationalist, but excellent and it contains some amazing predictions about the housing collapse, falling dollar, and rising price of oil that came true)

The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Grahm (great book, especially the version with the excellent commentary from Jason Zweig)

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius - Joel Greenblatt (a little over the top, but amazing nonetheless)

When Genius Failed - Roger Lowenstein (a very timely book for today, about the fall of Long Term Capital Management.  Lowenstein is a great author)

The Little Book of Value Investing - Browne (well done, a quick read)

The Dhando Investor - Pabrai (didn't like it) 


On the shelf and ready to go: 

The Trillion Dollar Meltdown - Charles R. Morris (just published book on the credit crunch)

The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit from It - Turk & Rubino

The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures - Richard Duncan 

The Little Book that Builds Wealth - Pat Dorsey

Basic Economics, a Common Sense Guide to the Economy - Thomas Sowell

Your Next Great Stock - Jack Hough (I love his Smart Money column)

Beyond Oil - Kenneth S. Deffeyes

There's a million more, but these are the ones that I am considering reading next.


Books that I plan on buying soon:

The World is Your Oyster. A Guide to Finding Great Investments Around the Globe - Jeff Opdyke

While America Aged:  How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, and Loom as the Next Financial Crisis - Roger Lowenstein (out on May 1st)

Hot Commodities - Jim Rogers

Profit from the Peak - Chris Nelde (out April 18th)


Has anyone out there read any of the books that I have on deck or that I plan to purchase soon?  I'd love to hear our thoughts on them.  I even still have the receipts (I deduct them) so I can return them if the majority of you think that a particular book stinks ;).  I think that I am going to start on Basic Economics, a Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell next.  It's thick, but despite the title it looks very interesting and like it will be a quick, easy read.  Has anyone read it?  I have become extremely interested in the macro side of things and the big picture lately, particularly economics.  I plan on picking up something on Social Security and Medicare in the near future.  That's why I'm attracted to While America Aged, besides Lowenstein is a great author.

Anyhow, gotta run.  Let's hear those suggestions.  Thanks.


5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 06, 2008 at 10:20 PM, Evlampius (< 20) wrote:

I had an unbelivably fortunable circumstances to have a round of drinks with Patrick Dorsey. Very intelligent guy I enjoyed his company alot and his book is on its way to my house from amazon.  

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#2) On April 06, 2008 at 10:21 PM, Evlampius (< 20) wrote:


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#3) On April 07, 2008 at 12:16 AM, Tastylunch (28.56) wrote:

These aren't necessarily my favorites as you've already those, but I did enjoy

How to make money in stocks: A Winning system in good times or bad - William O'neil

I found this one to be highly interesting. Probably my favorite of its type eventhough I don't really use momentum investing techs for the most part.  Al ittle heavy on trying to sell you the IBD service but it's very entertaining with lots of actually useful data to evaluate ( a rarity from what I can tell in investment books). 

Hot Stock Market Strategies: 5 Secret Investment Tools That Work in a Bull or Bear Market
- Jake Bernstein

had some interesting ancedotes including some random factoids that are curious (e.g. GE closes higher on mondays 81% {don't remember actual %} of the time).Not  necessarily super useful but I like to know how daytraders, seasonal traders, market timers and such think especially if if it can give me a hint as to when I should be trying taking advantage of their behaviours if applicable. :-) 

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#4) On April 07, 2008 at 5:48 AM, TMFDeej (97.65) wrote:

Wow, that's pretty cool Evlampius.  I haven't met anyone famous in a long while, though I did see 50 Cent shilling for Pontiac at their exhibit at the press days of the New York auto show.  I didn't ask him what investment ideas he likes though.  I knew I forgot something.  Drats.


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#5) On April 07, 2008 at 5:50 AM, TMFDeej (97.65) wrote:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tastylunch.  I've never heard of either of your suggestions.  I'll definitely check them out.  I actually add the books that I am interested in to my "wish list" over at Barnes and to keep track of them.  Otherwise I'd never remember which ones I want...there are so many.  Barnes and Noble's web site is much better than Borders, which is really just a different front end for Amazon.


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