by Louis Hyman A historical perspective on how the use of debt has changed over the centuries and decades, most recently becoming a fast-moving tradable commodity.
I expected this book to be just a values-based smackdown of how sucky we’ve all become, but luckily it was not, and instead it taught me some new things about the debt and financial industry.
World/Politics/History: by Matt Ridley – a bit of a mind-blowing summary of the evolution of trade and human prosperity, from primates to i Phones.
They aren’t all personal finance titles, but the goal of this reading list is to build a rounded portfolio of knowledge for living a balanced and interesting life.
If you want to read any of these books, don’t just run out and buy them on Amazon.
by Burton Malkiel – a great explanation of why index investing rules, written by a very wise professor/investor guy who has personally researched and debunked most of the common “wisdom” that exists about stock trading today.
– by William J Bernstein – examines the effects of mixing stocks, bonds, and other assets into your portfolio in different proportions.