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7 Best Books To Read To Get Into Investing

Investing is a complicated subject, understanding it can take a lifetime. If you want to start that journey, then here are the 7 books you should read.

#1 The Intelligent Asset Allocator by William J. Bernstein

Asset allocation and diversification are some of the core concepts to begin investing. This book breaks them down and explains them with easy to understand and real-life examples. Some of the lessons may seem counter-intuitive to the new investor - such as the example of adding a small allocation of stocks to 100% bond portfolio can actually simultaneously *reduce *the risk while boosting returns - and are all backed up with real data and mathematics.

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Contributor: Brian Belley from CrowdWise 

#2 Principles by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, the founder who started and grew Bridgewater Associates to be one of the largest and most successful hedge funds in history, documented his Life and Work Principles in this book. His belief is that if you are armed with a solid foundation of Principles, you can apply those to any situation that the world throws at you to lead you towards long term success. Many famous investors, entrepreneurs, and others use this book as a reference for setting their own investment and life principles.

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Contributor: Brian Belley from CrowdWise 

#3 Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Everyone deals with uncertainty, especially when investing. This book presents many amazing examples and thought experiments that will have you questioning how you approach not only your investments, but all aspects of your life, such as your career, health, relationships, and more. Some of the key takeaways include: risk asymmetry, the barbell investment strategy, psychology, and portfolio management.

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#4 The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

The Intelligent Investor is the classic text that Warren Buffett once referred to as the best book about investing ever written. For a paperback, it's a bit long (i.e., over 600 pages), but it clearly explains Benjamin Graham's philosophy on value investing. That philosophy emphasizes the minimization of occasional market losses that might occur over the long term (e.g., during 'market corrections'), which requires investors to use emotional discipline, in-depth research, and an analytical mindset to make sound investments in securities that are bargains relative to their current asset values.

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Contributor: Timothy Wiedman from Doane College 

#5 The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren E. Buffett

If you want to invest and grow your portfolio, there are few wiser people to listen to than Warren Buffet. This book contains many letters which Buffet wrote to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway over the years, serving as an informal education for them and for all readers about business and investing.

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Contributor: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

#6 Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This book by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter promotes the need to be educated about financial issues, encourages financial independence, discusses the great potential of investments, and reviews how to open up your own business. By comparing two men in Kiyosaki’s life, the book shows that the key to success is not just book smarts but also street smarts.

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Contributor: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

#7 How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street by Allan S. Roth

Golden Rules Any Investor Can Learn is a great read for beginners. Not only does he demystify investing's most intimidating terms and concepts, he also simplifies them to the point that his then eight-year-old son was able to build his own portfolio. If that doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will. 

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Contributor: Shelby Ring from Technology Associates 

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