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Kirk's Recommended Investment Books - Basic
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I use the ideas in these books to manage my "Core Portfolios" described in "Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter"

The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing by Paul Farrell.

Paul offers many great core portfolios that all should consider before they consider anyone’s newsletter. In Ch 25 Paul talks about having "two brains" where you put 90% in what I call "core" and 10% into a "Mad Money" portfolio or what I prefer to call "explore."
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Common Sense on Mutual Funds : New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor
by John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Low Cost Mutual Fund Family

Bogle has written a terrific book that makes its points over and over. Low cost funds, passive investment strategies, etc. His statistics, and we know they can always lie, are irrefutable that high cost, front-end load funds can never, as a group, match funds that use his proven strategies. There are always exceptions, but you think you are smart enough to pick those funds in advance??  Index funds give you a shot of at least matching the market, which as they say, ain't bad over time

Click to Order The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Riskby William J. Bernstein, David M. Darst

Teaches the reader straightforward method for earning exceptional returns and minimizing risk when investing. Explains how to manage a personal diversified account, how to assess how risk according to personal needs, and the fundamental relationship between risk and reward in financial markets. 

"Any reader who takes the time and effort to understand his approach to the crucial subject of asset allocation will surely be rewarded with enhanced long-term returns." - John C. Bogle

Wall Street Words : An Essential A to Z Guide for Today's Investor 
by David Logan Scott 

Synopsis:   Wall Street Words features nearly 4,000 terms including hundreds of new entries that accurately and clearly explain the language of the world of finance and investment. Contemporary case histories offer real-world applications of investment concepts, how to  manage money in today's market, and more.

Kirk's Recommended Investment Books - Advanced
 I use the ideas in these books to manage my "explore portfolio" described in "Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter"

Contrarian Investment Strategies - The Next Generation
Contrarian Investment Strategies - The Next Generation
Beat the Market by Going Against the Crowd 
by David N. Dreman: / Hardcover / Published 1998 / 464 pages 

Kirk's Review: One of my favorite investment books! 

All stock-market investors embrace the motto "Buy low, sell high." Few act accordingly. This book teaches you how. Your job is to execute!  Some great historical charts of returns inside

The Intelligent Investor
by Benjamin Graham;   Forward by John C. Bogle, Founder of The Vanguard Group

Graham's Intelligent Investor sets about educating the average person as to what makes an investment, what makes a speculation and how this knowledge can be applied to build wealth in the most risk-averse way possible.  A VALUE Investor's MUST HAVE book! 
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The Bond Book, Third Edition: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More
by Annette Thau - 3rd edition (October 27, 2010)
  • Buying individual bonds or bond funds
  • The ins and outs of open-end funds, closed-end funds, and exchangetraded funds (ETFs)
  • The new landscape for municipal bonds: the changed rating scales, the near demise of bond insurance, and Build America Bonds (BABs)
  • The safest bond funds
  • Junk bonds (and emerging market bonds)
  • Buying Treasuries without paying a commission
  • TIPS, Inflation-indexed Securities

Introduction to Management Accounting- (14th Edition) (Charles T. Horngren Series in Accounting) (Hardcover)

I used the text in College at UCB to learn about reading annual reports. I have the 4th edition and it is such a great book it is still used today in MBA programs, 30 years later...

The idea of the book and class at is to teach CEOs how to understand what their accounting departments and CFOs are telling them. I took the class because I felt it would help me become a good investor if I could understand annual reports.
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Books Recommended by Rande Spiegelman of "Ask Rande" at
Review by Rande Spiegelman (Now VP at Schwab) on March 7, 1999:
Read "Random Walk" first in that it's a nice layman's discussion of the Modern Portfolio Theory/Efficient Market Hypothesis principles. Capital Ideas goes behind the scenes to discuss the evolution of such thoughts and ideas and the men who created the MPT revolution. I believe Capital Ideas will be much more meaningful and enjoyable when the reader has a basic appreciation for MPT to begin with. It doesn't take graduate study in finance and investments or a math background -- Random Walk should provide the sufficient context. November 11, 1999: If someone asked, “which three books would you REALLY recommend for a beginning investor?” my “short list” would be (in order):
* A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton G. Malkiel,
* Wall Street Words, by David L. Scott
* The Money Game, by Adam Smith
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Completely Revised and Updated Edition
by Burton Malkiel; Revised and Updated edition (April 2003) 

Synopsis An unconventional guide to investing in Wall Street tells how to put together a broad portfolio of stocks through sidestepping the experts and how to rate the potential of a stock, bond, money market fund, or other investment. 

The Money Game 
by Adam Smith,  Paperback (September 1976) 

Synopsis:  Lord Keynes coined the endeavor of making money through investment as a “game.”  Mr. Smith (a pseudonym) explores and exposes the foibles of Wall Street in this entertaining work.

Click to order  Capital Ideas : The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street
by Peter L. Bernstein: Paperback Reprint edition 

Synopsis Reveals how a small group of scholars--Harry Markowitz, William Sharpe, Merton Miller, and others--laid the foundation for a revolution in commerce with theories they developed after the recession in 1974. A savvy appreciation of how a small band of disinterested academics has revolutionized the way Wall Street and its offshore counterparts manage the world's investment wealth. 

Click to Order  The Investor's Anthology : Original Ideas from the Industry's Greatest Minds 
by Charles D. Ellis (Editor), James R. Vertin (Editor)

Synopsis This book brings together a collection of great short writings from investment luminaries such as  Barton Biggs, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, and John Templeton, on all the topics for which they are known. Sprinkled with anecdotes and stories from each writer's experiences, The Investor's Anthology is both amusing and educational. . 

Consider Your Options: Get the Most from Your Equity Compensation 
by Kaye A. Thomas     $23.95   Paperback - 248 pages (January 14, 2000)

Review: #1, (Rande) Thomas does a great job of explaining the basics and offers some good ideas on various strategies. Easy to read and designed for the layman.  Anyone who has or knows someone who has compensatory stock options should get this book. 
Review #2  An excellent, thorough, and easy-to-read resource for anyone who has received stock compensation. 

Good graduate finance texts:

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management  by Frank K. Reilly & Keith C. Brown

Investments  by William F. Sharpe, Gordon J. Alexander, Jeffery V. Bailey, William C. Sharpe

Investments   Bodie, Kane, & Marcus (Irwin)

The last one is my personal favorite. All these texts assume prerequisite graduate-level corporate finance and advanced algebra/pre-calc, but there is much in there that doesn't necessarily require it. 

Books On Technical Analysis
Technical Analysis of Stock Trends
Technical Analysis of Stock Trends
By Robert Edwards, John Magee / Hardcover 

DanG's Review:This is the first and best book I ever read on charting way back in 1966. It was based on the original work of Richard W. Schabacker, who wrote "Technical Analysis and Stock Market Profits" back in the 30's. They both deal with trend lines and with detailed chart patterns (head and shoulders, double tops and bottoms, broadening tops, etc.) which may or may not interest you. First recomended by "DanG" on March15,1999
Kirk's note: Edwards and Magee is considered one of the bibles of technical analysis.

Point and Figure Charting: The Essential Application for Forecasting and Tracking Market Prices
2nd Edition by Thomas J. Dorsey

Review: In this book, Thomas J. Dorsey shows you, step-by-step, how to create, maintain, and interpret your own point and figure charts. He explains how you can use your findings to track and forecast market prices and develop an overall investment strategy. Perhaps most importantly, he helps you develop confidence in the market and in your own ability to take decisive action at the appropriate time, rather than reacting belatedly to rapidly changing market conditions
1st Edition (in case you can't wait for new release)

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets : A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications
by John J. Murphy

Ralph Acampora's Review:"One way to get started in technical analysis is to read a good book on the subject. One of my favorites is Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications by John J. Murphy. It's an easy read." Ralph J. Acampora, CMT, Managing Director, Prudential Securities Inc. 

Study Guide for Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets - This self-study manual with "Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets" is the best way to starting studying the technical analysis. This is, without doubt, the Bible! -Emilio Casati 

Technical Analysis Explained : The Successful Investor's Guide to Spotting Investment Trends and Turning Points
by Martin J. Pring
Review: The No. 1 guide on technical analysis has now been completely updated, revised, and reworked to integrate new developments in the financial markets over the last five years. It details the most current and sophisticated investment tools and techniques that help private investors and experienced professionals understand, interpret, and predict major market moves. What's more, the third edition focuses on new and emerging opportunities beyond the stock market by applying technical analysis techniques to international stock markets, gold, currencies, and commodities. 
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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
by Edwin Lefevre 

Review:  A thinly disguised biography of Jesse Livermore, a remarkable character who first started speculating in New England bucket shops at the turn of the century. Livermore, who was banned from these shady operations because of his winning ways, soon moved to Wall Street where he made and lost his fortune several times over. What makes this book so valuable are the observations that Lefèvre records about investing, speculating, and the nature of the market itself


First recommended by Art Cominio on April 16, 2000 on this Ask Rande Discussion Thread
Stock Trader's Almanac 2006 : 
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 by Jeffrey A. Hirsch (Editor), Yale Hirsch (Editor)


Books For Stock Traders:
Day Trading is not investing!
Rather than going to a "Day Trading School", I'd advise reading one or more of the books from the list below like Abell's. IF you like what you read, then read the next two books used for one of the day trading schools. After reading these books, if you are still interested, then create a "pretend" trading account using Quicken or MS Money and practice what you have learned trading for six months to see how you do. If you have to cheat or lose your phantom stake, then don't quit your day job! This way, you might lose all your pretend money, but still have some fun! 
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Market Wizards : Interviews With Top Traders 
By Jack D. Schwager 
Reviews: -Martin W. Zweig,  "One of the most fascinating books ever written about Wall Street." 
Leon: "AWESOME inspiration and a true treasure trove of information and tips. I take it everywhere I go, and re-read it as often as possible. I've read almost every book or article on the markets ever written since Bachelier's 1900 paper on random-walk theory, but this remains my personal favorite. 
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How to Move from One Winning Position to the Next
by Howard Abell: / Hardcover / Now 30% off / 256 pages 
Synopsis: In this insightful book, master trader and advisor Howard Abell divulges his secrets for a successful trading strategy that takes into account both the real-time characteristics of dynamic markets and the psychology of its participants. His method teaches you how to keep your gains as well as make them. 
Click to Order How to Get Started in Electronic Day Trading :
Everything You Need to Know to Play Wall Street's Hottest Game 
by David Nassar (Afterword) : / Hardcover / Now 30% off / 224 pages 
Very good book to teach methods and pitfalls of day trading. Author is careful to warn readers that day trading is not a get rich quick scheme but a skill that can be learned. Day Trading is not investing!
Click to order The Electronic Day Trader 
by Marc Friedfertig (Preface), George West (Preface) : 
Hardcover / Now 30% off / 208 pages 
The authors offer strategies that can help you become successful at this fast game of speculation and timing. The Electronic Day Trader is based upon the author's primer, Electronic Day Trading, used as a tutorial in their seminars.

Stock Trader's Almanac 2006 : 
 by Jeffrey A. Hirsch (Editor), Yale Hirsch (Editor)     34% off!
Stock Trader's Almanac 2005: Now 60% off!
 by Jeffrey A. Hirsch (Editor), Yale Hirsch (Editor)

The key to successful financial research is the ability to access and manipulate accurate data. Dont Sell Stocks on Monday, Volume III and its cutting edge, completely Internet-based trading system—that can organize and evaluate any market data, with all parameters set by the researcher—introduce a new way of doing just that. The Hirsch name is known for time tested and successful research and analysis, and Dont Sell Stocks on Monday, Volume III will share valuable Hirsch theories and strategies with investors.



Books with a Bearish Perspective

Deflation: Strategies for Building Wealth in the Coming Wave of Deflation
A. Gary Shilling

Long Waves also called
"Kondratiev cycle"
Brian JL Berry

Stock Cycles : Why Stocks Won't Beat Money Markets over the Next Twenty Years
Michael A. Alexander

Irrational Exuberance
Robert Shiller


Books by Lita Epstein

Streetwise Retirement Planning
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Complete Idiot's Guide to Tax Breaks and Deductions
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Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security
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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Federal Reserve 


The Motley Fools
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The Motley Fool's Rule Breakers, Rule Makers : The Foolish Guide to Picking Stocks 
By David Gardner & Tom Gardner 

Review: Invest in the stock of one company that goes all the way from rule breaker to rule maker, and you get rich.  The brothers Fool explain their strategy and what to look for to find the next Walmart and avoid Boston Chicken.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide: How the Fools Beat Wall Street's Wise Men and How You Can Too
By David Gardner & Tom Gardner 

Review: Gardners tell you in a very simple and understandable way what the stock market is all about (it is more simple than you think) and how you can beat it. The book shows you how to pick good compnies, and have fun doing so


Jim Jorgensen
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It's Never Too Late to Get Rich : The Secrets of Building a Nest Egg at Any Age 
By Jim Jorgensen  /  Our Price: $8.80

Synopsis: The author of The Graying of America presents eight simple, effective ideas for starting a nest egg at any age and any income level, in addition to tips on mutual funds, avoiding debt, and saving on taxes.  Simple and easy to follow for all levels.

Money Lessons for a Lifetime : Stories, Observations, and Tips on Living a Prosperous Life 
By Jim Jorgensen  /  Our Price: $13.27
Synopsis: A commonsense approach to financial planning and include such topics as mutual fund ratings, dividends, compounding, and asset allocation. Among Jorgensen's three dozen lessons are also straightforward explanations of life insurance, social security, and IRAs.  Recommended for those who are looking for sound yet simple, basic financial advice.

Suze Orman
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The Road to Wealth: 
A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money--Everything You Need to Know in Good and Bad Times
by Suze Orman 
Our Price: $20.97 You Save: $8.98 (30%) 
Hardcover: 624 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books; ISBN: 1573221813; (July 23, 2001) . 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying by Suze Orman Our Price: $11.16 You Save: $2.79 (20%) Paperback: 338 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 8.01 x 5.13 Publisher: Three Rivers Press; ISBN: 0609801864; 1st edition (December 15, 2000) 
The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance by Suze Orman List Price: $24.95 Our Price: $17.47 You Save: $7.48 (30%) Hardcover: 370 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.31 x 9.32 x 6.36 Publisher: Riverhead Books; ISBN: 1573221252; (March 8, 1999) 



Ergonomics and RSIs:
I believe this will drive voice recognition and the need for faster processors in the near future.
Repetitive Strain Injury : A Computer User's Guide ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
 Emil Pascarelli, Deborah Quilter / Paperback / Published 1994

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 Deborah Quilter, Robert E. Markison / Paperback / Published 1998

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 Sandra Peddie, et al / Hardcover / Published 1997

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FUN Books
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The Dancing Wu Li Masters
by Gary Zukav (Introduction), David Finkelstein  (1980) PaperbackAudio Cassette
Review  One of my favorite physics books for those with little background in physics. "The Bible" for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background. Like a Wu Li Master who would teach us wonder for the falling petal before speaking of gravity, Zukav  writes in beautifully clear language--with no mathematical equations--opening our minds to  the exciting new theories that are beginning to embrace the ultimate nature of our universe...Quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond.
The God Part of the Brain 
By Mathew Alper / Paperback / Published Dec 1998 ~   Price: $11.95 

Review  Mr. Alper has written an extremely readable comprehensive analysis of the physiological basis of religiosity. This work is comparable to Freud's "Future of an Illusion" in its contribution to the continuing maturation of the human mind. I am using "The God Part of the Brain" in a "Sociology of Religion" course at New Jersey City University with remarkable results.

Monica's Story
by Andrew Morton:   Only $14.97 Hardcover - 288 pages - 1st Us Ed edition  (March 1999) 
Review Monica was compelled to answer the grand jury's questions, but it was to Andrew Morton that she unfolded the whole story of her experiences before, during, and after the White House scandal. The result is a candid, intimate biography of a young woman whose life holds some surprising secrets-- whose public image is very different from the private truths revealed in these pages..
The Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading 
by Andy Borowitz  List Price: $20.00 Our Price: $14.00   Hardcover - 112 pages (May 16, 2000) 
When Getting Rich Quick Just Isn't Fast Enough!  Many day trading books on the market today contain dubious advice, but never before has there been a book guaranteed to contain 100 percent dubious advice--until now. Inside you'll find:  The rock-solid, scientific principles of day trading explained in language so clear and concise it's almost  insulting.  A glossary of key economic terms for the day trader, like "mousepad" and "click" 
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by Joshua Piven (Preface), David Borgenicht (Preface)
* How to Escape from Quicksand * How to Break Down a Door * How to Ram a Car * How to Escape from a Sinking Car * How to Fend Off a Shark * How to Escape from a Mountain Lion * How to Deal with a Charging Bull * How to Win a Sword Fight * How to Escape from Killer Bees * How to Jump from a Moving Car * How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car * How to Perform a Tracheotomy * How to Identify a Bomb * How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab * How to Treat a Bullet or Knife Wound * How to Land a Plane * How to Survive if your Parachute Fails to Open 

BOOKS ON TAPE (great for Commuting!)

Against the Gods : The Remarkable Story of Risk ~ Usually ships in 24 hours

 Peter L. Bernstein / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1997Our Price: $16.80 ~ You Save: $7.20 (30%)  Read more about this title...
Die Broke : A Radical 4-Part Personal Finance Plan to Restore Your Confidence Increase Your Net Worth and Afford the Lifestyle of Your Dreams ~ Usually ships in 24 hours

 Stephen M. Pollan, Mark Levine / Audio Cassette icon/ Published 1998Our Price: $12.60 ~ You Save: $5.40 (30%)  Read more about this title...
First in His Class : A Biography of Bill Clinton
David Maraniss, Jeff Riggenbach (Narrator) / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1996

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High Output/Audio Cassettes (Product Code:C-10029)
Dr. Andrew S. Grove (Intel CEO) / icon/ Published 1991

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 Geoffrey A. Moore / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1998

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 Andrew S. Grove / Audio Cassette icon Published 1996

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 Roger Morris / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1996

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Misc Books:

Inside the Tornado : Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley's Cutting Edge ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
 Geoffrey A. Moore / Hardcover / Published 1995

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Don't Die Broke! : A Guide to Secure Retirement

Melvin Jay. Swartz / Published 1978
One on One With Andy Grove : How to Manage Your Boss, Yourself and Your Co-Workers
Andrew Grove / Published 1988
One-On-One With Andy Grove : How to Manage Your Boss, Yourself, and Your Co-Workers

Andrew S. Grove / Published 1987


Misc Paperback Books:

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 Andrew S. Grove / Paperback / Published 1995

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Geoffrey A. Moore / Paperback / Published 1998

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