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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More Money Than God

Written on July 9, 2011. Written by .

More Money Than God tells the fascinating story of hedge funds from their development through the recent economic crisis. The reader gets a sense of the personalities of the big players and even a glimpse at some of their trading strategies. Parts of the book can be a bit dry as high-level narratives generally are. […]

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Freakonomics

Written on July 4, 2011. Written by .

This book started out pretty good, but ended up losing steam after the introduction. It is basically a collection of psychological/sociological insights that were gained by means of the quantitative analytical tools of economics. It talks about several random examples, which are fairly interesting, but the presentation seems drawn out and occasionally boring. It discusses […]

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Determining Value

Written on July 3, 2011. Written by .

This is a review for chapters 1-7 of the book. Determining Value starts out by emphasizing that the Dividend Discount Model is the only fundamental method for valuing equities and all other valuation methods must boil down to it. This sets a clear framework for the rest of the book to build from. Unfortunately, it […]

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Stocks Bonds Options Futures

Written on July 3, 2011. Written by .

Stocks Bonds Options Futures explains the basics of investment instruments clearly and thoroughly. It is written at just the right level for those with no finance background, but who are serious about learning the subject of investing. It has a light, non-technical tone, making it very easy to read. It doesn’t focus on investing strategies, […]

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