7 Personal Finance Books You Need to Read

by Jason Unger

If you’re looking to expand your understanding of personal finance, there are a number of great books worth reading.

While many investing and money management books focus on get-rich-quick schemes or trying to beat the market, the following 7 books offer sound financial advice.

The Total Money MakeoverThe Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing: A Book for Procrastinators, the Financially Challenged, and Everyone Who Worries About Dealing With Their MoneyThe Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing: A Book for Procrastinators, the Financially Challenged, and Everyone Who Worries About Dealing With Their Money by Paul B. Farrell

In today’s volatile market, jittery nerves are the norm when it comes to investing. But with these keep-it-simple, easy-to-understand, proven strategies thatbest of alltake very little time or energy to maintain, readers can relax. Dr. Farrell has distilled the most successful plansfrom the Couch Potato to the Coffee House to the No-Brainer approachso that even inexperienced investors can chart their financial future with confidence.

The Automatic MillionaireThe Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

The Automatic Millionaire starts with the powerful story of an average American couple–he’s a low-level manager, she?s a beautician–whose joint income never exceeds $55,000 a year, yet who somehow manage to own two homes debt-free, put two kids through college, and retire at 55 with more than $1 million in savings.

The Bogleheads' Guide to InvestingThe Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBoeuf

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing is a slightly irreverent, straightforward guide to investing for everyone. The book offers sound, practical advice, no matter what your age or net worth. Bottomline, become a Boglehead and prosper!

The Millionaire Next DoorThe Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko


Who are the rich in this country?
What do they do?
Where do they shop?
What do they drive?
How do they invest?
Where did their ancestors come from?
How did they get rich?
Can I ever become one of them?

Get the answers in The Millionaire Next Door, the never-before-told story about wealth in America. You’ll be surprised at what you find out….

A Random Walk Down Wall StreetA Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel

Updated with a new chapter that draws on behavioral finance, the field that studies the psychology of investment decisions, here is the best-selling, authoritative, and gimmick-free guide to investing. Burton G. Malkiel evaluates the full range of investment opportunities from stocks, bonds, and money markets to real estate investment trusts and insurance, home ownership, and tangible assets such as gold and collectibles.

The Intelligent InvestorThe Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

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