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Finance Investing Books

Our top favorite books on finance, financial modeling, banking, and investing

Must Read

  • The Intelligent Investor – Ben Graham
  • Security Analysis – Ben Graham

Financial Modeling

  • Mastering Financial Modeling in Microsoft Excel – Alastair Day
  • Financial Modeling in Practice: A Concise Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Levels – Michael Rees
  • Best Practices for Equity Research Analysis – James Valentine
  • Financial Analysis and Modeling using Excel and VBA – Chandan Sengupta

See our full list of best financial modeling books.


Investment Banking

  • Investment Banking – Pearl, Rosenbaum
  • The Accidental Investment Banker – Knee
  • Investment Banks, Hedge Funds and Private Equity – Stowell
  • The Business of Investment Banking – Liaw
  • Doing Deals: Investment Banks At Work – Eccles, Crane
  • Monkey Business – Rolfe, Troob
  • Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs came to rule the world – William Cohen
  • Barbarians at the Gate – Burrough, Helyar

Learn more about investment banking.


Investing books

  • More More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places – Michael Mauboussin
  • The Alchemy of Finance – George Soros
  • The Most Important Thing – Marks
  • Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond – Greenwald and others
  • One up on Wall Street – Lynch
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits – Fisher
  • Random Walk down Wall Street – Malkiel
  • Margin of Safety – Seth Klarman
  • Fooling Some of the People All of the Time – Einhorn
  • Liar’s Poker – Lewis
  • Too Big to Fail – Sorkin


Behavioural Finance

  • Predictably Irrational – Ariely
  • Fooled by Randomness – Taleb
  • The Great Crash 1929 – Galbraith
  • The Crowd – Le Bon
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Kahneman
  • Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises – Kindleberger

See our behavioral finance course to learn more!


Hedge Fund books

  • More Money than God – Mallaby
  • Inside the House of Money – Drobny
  • The Alpha Masters – Ahuja
  • The Greatest Trade Ever – Zuckerman
  • Hedgehogging – Biggs
  • All about Hedge Funds – Jaeger
  • When Genius Failed – Lowenstein
  • Money Mavericks- Kroijer


Quantitative Finance

  • The Quants – Patterson
  • Options, Futures and Derivatives – Hull
  • The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance – Joshi
  • Standard Deviations – Smith
  • How I Became a Quant – Lindsey, Schachter
  • Financial Engineering: The Evolution of a Profession – Beder, Marshall
  • Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines, and Wired Markets – Leinweber
  • The Complete Guide to Capital Markets for Quantitative Professionals – Kuznetsov


Trading books

  • The Complete TurtleTrader – Michael Covel
  • Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom – Van Tharp
  • Technical Analysis of Stock Trends – Robert Edwards
  • Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques – Steve Nison
  • Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets – John Murphy



  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz
  • Zero to One – Peter Theil
  • The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
  • Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  • Start with Why – Simon Sinek
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton Christensen


Leadership books

  • Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins
  • The Charisma Myth – Olivia Cabane
  • A More Beautiful Question: the Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas – Warren Burger
  • Crucial Conversations – Joseph Grenny
  • Save Your Drama For Your Mama – Charlie Sheppard
  • Winning – Jack Welch


More finance resources

We hope this list of finance books as been helpful for advancing your career. Additional resources you may find valuable include:

  • List of financial modeling books
  • List of Excel books
  • Interactive career map
  • Interview guides
  • All CFI resources

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