Liar’s Poker

Written on February 12, 2012. Written by .

Liar’s Poker tells the story of Salomon Brothers during its heyday as Wall Street’s leading bond firm in the 1980s. The author was a new-hire who became extremely successful during his first two years, but nevertheless decided to quit. During his short period of employment at Salomon Brothers, he saw a lot of crazy things […]

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The Complete Guide to Capital Markets for Quantitative Professionals

Written on January 2, 2012. Written by .

This is not a book about options pricing and risk analysis as the title may indicate. It is more like an orientation manual for software developers entering a financial firm. It starts out with a great introduction to the important aspects of the financial markets, including the history of the Federal Reserve, how a stock […]

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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

Written on December 14, 2011. Written by .

Definitely one of the classics, and a commonly recommended book for new investors, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits will show you what it takes to be a successful growth investor. The theme of the book is the “scuttlebutt method”, which is all about doing extensive research beyond the financial statements, primarily by talking to investors, […]

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The Big Short

Written on November 30, 2011. Written by .

This is the amazing story of the individuals who predicted the mortgage crisis and made a ton of money off of it. They were very interesting characters and they went through some surprising challenges. It is just shocking how inefficient the markets can be sometimes. The story makes it clear that independent thinking is still […]

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The Federal Reserve System: Purposes & Functions

Written on November 30, 2011. Written by .

Written by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, this is the official book for explaining the FED to the public. It does a fairly good job of explaining what the FED does and how it does it, with the exception of all the interesting stuff that happened since the mortgage crisis. It’s […]

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The Age of Turbulence

Written on November 30, 2011. Written by .

Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan gives his perspective on the economy in this semi-biographical work. It is interesting to follow his thought processes through some the economic situations that he navigated, and to a large degree directly influenced. I was curious to see whether he would admit to any major errors in judgement, but […]

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The Intelligent Investor

Written on November 30, 2011. Written by .

The Intelligent Investor is one of the most popular investing books for good reason. It advocates a time-tested strategy known as value investing. The idea behind value investing is to determine how much a company is worth and buy it only if it is selling at a significant discount. In essence, the book teaches you […]

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Secrets of The Street

Written on July 9, 2011. Written by .

This is a collection of true anecdotal stories from Wall Street that the author knew about. The point of the book is that pretty much all of the big winners in the stock market are the inside traders or people who are in special positions. It really portrays the stock market as a way for […]

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Rich Dad Poor Dad

Written on July 9, 2011. Written by .

Though it was short on specifics, I found this to be a quick and enjoyable read. The author gives a lot of cute anecdotes from his childhood pertaining to learning how to become wealthy. He stresses repeatedly lessons like not settling for a secure job, making money work for you, acquiring income generating assets, and […]

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The Case Against the Fed

Written on July 9, 2011. Written by .

I wanted to get a better picture of whether there actually were problems with the Fed after seeing the conspiracy videos on the subject. The conspiracy videos really just set a tone that makes you feel like something horrible is going on without actually giving you a lot of solid evidence. It is a sort […]

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