1. Investing in Shares: The Definitive 101
When it comes to just starting out, investing in shares provides a unique insight into the processes and jargon used in the financial markets but breaks it down into an easy and digestible format. Unique to this book is a step-by-step guide on the best way to buy your first stock from the market. Find this book on Amazon.
2. Oxford Business and Management Dictionary
This book is a must have for anyone interested in business or finance. It provides an enormous amount checked and vetted definitions for any business word imaginable. While it is not specifically focused on finance or investing, it does cover the vast majority of terminology used in both. Find this book on Amazon.
3. The Economics Book
If you haven’t taken an economics course before, then the Economics book is for you. It takes all the major economic developments gives most topics a full page of coverage. It provides explanations of the basic concepts and historical stories which help reinforce the principles covered. Find this book on Amazon.
4. Wealth of Nations (Historical)
The wealth of nations by Adam Smith has revolutionised the way economics has developed. While it is a tough read due to the depth, complexity and language used it is a great source of insight into how modern economics has developed.
5. Capitalism and Freedom
Milton Friedman examined how government functioned and the potential implications to the freedom of ordinary citizens. It is widely accessible, even to those without a background in economics and provides a striking argument for competitive capitalism and the minimum of regulatory oversight. Find this book on Amazon.
6. Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
An extraordinary collection of stories about human behaviour and morality that provokes us to think about how we might all be weasels. It is based on a comic strip that was popular enough to merit a release of this book, and its satirical humour exposes the truth of humanity while providing a truly engaging story dynamic. Find this book on Amazon.
7. Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding
With headlines around the world as pessimistic as ever, Getting Better reminds us that in aggregate the world is a better place today in practically every measure than it was just 50 years ago. Poverty is falling, income is rising and the best news of all: the things we really need in life are cheap. Getting Better looks at civic duty, vaccinations, and water supply (to name but a few) to highlight the growing access around the world to these vital products, services and infrastructure. Find this book on Amazon.
8. Finance and the Good Society
Written by Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller, Finance and the Good Society examines finance from a positive point of view. Since the 2008 financial crisis, finance has been blamed for many of the problems that have happened since. Shiller described finance as a tool, and an asset that should be responsibly managed to ensure the good life for the next generation. It highlights how finance is the tool that can turn ideas into reality, and how concepts such as insurance have generally benefitted wider society. Find this book on Amazon.
9. The Globalisation Paradox
As an alternative to Shillers book above, this one takes a closer look at the potential problems in the current international financial system, from its institutions down to labour markets and trade. As well as giving us an understanding of where the cracks in the system are, this book goes some way in explaining potential solutions. Ultimately Rodrik argues for smart globalization, not full-on globalization. Find this book on Amazon.
10. The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets (Advanced)
Once you are more comfortable with the principles of finance this book can really help take your financial education to the next level. It takes a strong quantitative approach to finance, which will give you the right skillset to be able to utilise more complex trading approaches which in the end will improve your trading performance. Find this book on Amazon.