Here are some of my favourite reference and investment books. These are all great reads for any investor looking to broaden their knowledge.
The Ninja Recommends
Crushing Debt, is the bestselling book by David Trahair, who is also the author of the national bestseller Enough Bull. Trahair asks the hard questions, such as are the Canadian banks as strong as people think they are? Is the Canadian Government fiscally sound? How much debt do Canadians really have? Trahair’s message in Crushing Debt is simple – debt is everyone’s problem. He suggests throughout the book that Canadians get their consumer debts paid off as soon as they can.
Lowell Miller has over thirty years experience as an investor and portfolio manager. The Single Best Investment is about creating wealth with dividend growth. In fact Mr. Miller is dead set against bonds, and his research on stocks and the markets is extensive. Single best investments are companies that are financially strong, offer a good dividend yield, raise their dividends, and have good management. Sound familiar? This is a must read for any dividend investor.
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This eBook on dividend investing has been written for newbie investors. It is easy to understand and fun to read! Instead of blindly opening a brokerage account and chasing the next Apple stock, I suggest being realistic. You can start by reading this book. In this Ebook you will learn just how easy it is to build your own dividend portfolio without taking on too much risk. The goal here is not to make you rich quickly. It is to help you understand how to make money with dividend investing.
The Dividend Toolkit is a 200 page PDF Stock Analysis Guide for individual investors, which describes an extremely efficient method to analyze dividend stocks, as well as how to build and manage a dividend portfolio. The book also comes with information on what you need to know about MLPs, REITs, and asset allocation. The Dividend Toolkit also comes with a professional valuation spreadsheet, for metrics such as The Dividend Discount Model. You can calculate the fair value to pay for any stock. A must have for the serious dividend investor! More Info »
Andrew Hallam has published his new book “Millionaire Teacher, the Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School.” If you’re not familiar with Andrew’s writing he is indeed a Millionaire teacher residing in Singapore, and is a true inspiration to not only his students, but also to other investors. He has also given investment seminars, appeared in various financial magazines, and has been nominated for national publishing awards for his writing. You can read my interview with Andrew on his new book:
Dan Bortolotti, has published his Guide to The Perfect Portfolio with MoneySense Magazine. This is an exceptional and informative read for any investor, on the beginning of their journey, or anyone who needs to get back on track. The Couch Potato strategy isn’t just for beginners, since pension funds and institutional investors also use passive indexing. If your a long time reader of the Canadian Couch Potato, you will likely recognize much of the material compiled into this book. The Perfect Portfolio is readily available in retail chain such as Chapters and Shoppers Drug Mart, or you can order online »
This ETF eBook is a quick how-to guide for passive investing. By showing the advantages of passive investing through ETFs, including returns that are far above the average with only a very small time investment, the author makes a convincing argument that is aimed at the average investor. Stop buying mutual funds and donating your money to the financial industry today, and start keeping your investment returns with ETF Investing: Low Maintenance & Stellar Returns.
Investing Must Reads
Getting Started in Technical Analysis, is simply one of the best books on the subject. I’ve had this gem on my bookcase for years. It’s an easy read, yet packed with all the details and applicable examples. Not only does Schwager cover the technical component, he also gives the reader prudent and thoughtful advice on how to implement technical analysis, and walks the reader through various examples.
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The Technical Analysis of Stock Trends was first published in 1948, by Robert Edwards and John Magee. This book was the definitive source on Technical Analysis, and remains so to this day. This is not a coffee-table read, however, as it is written in the academic style. But the detail and glossary is worth gold. This book is an excellent resource for the serious technical analyst.
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