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New To Investing? You Should Check Out These 10 Books to Get Good

profileJoel Koh

I began my investing journey by reading books.

Books allowed me to understand the ins-and-outs of the stock market easily and showed me the steps to choose the best stocks to invest in.

For those who are just starting out in the stock market, here’s a reading list for you.

As much as reading a book is a big commitment, I assure you, it’s worth the effort.

The books on this list are carefully curated to include books by investors and experts at the top of their game.

As much as reading Seedly articles will help you with your personal finance, books can take it one step further.


TL;DR: 10 Books For New Investors

New to investing? Need “Dummies Guide” for beginners? Here are some books you can check out:

  1. The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly
  2. The Little Book That Builds Wealth by Pat Dorsey
  3. Rich By Retirement: How Singaporeans Can Invest Smart and Retire Wealthy by Joshua Giersch
  4. The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor by Robert G. Hagstrom
  5. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher
  6. One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market by Peter Lynch
  7. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham
  8. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, Updated and Revised by John Bogle
  9. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

For your convenience, I will be including links to where you can get a physical copy of the book via online bookstores with Singapore delivery, get a digital copy or even borrow it for free with National Library Board.


1) The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly

I would recommend all beginner investors to start off with this book.

Source: NLB Singapore

If you don’t actually read any of the books on this list, please read this.

This book, with a little over 300 pages, covers the basics of why a company lists on a stock market in the first place, why stocks make great investments, steps to evaluate a stock, and most importantly when exactly to sell your shares.

It also contains lessons to learn from the investing masters, such as Warren Buffett, Philip Fisher, Peter Lynch, and a few more. 

I would say The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing would bring value to you, as it condenses the knowledge of an investing encyclopedia into eight easy to read sections. 

The author, Jason Kelly is a bestselling financial author and the CEO and founder of Ginkgo Bioworks; a synthetic biology company that is valued at an estimated US$4.2 billion.

Talk about multi-talented.

How to get it:

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2) The Little Book That Builds Wealth by Pat Dorsey

The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments is basically an insider’s introduction to fundamental analysis.

Source: NLB Singapore

The author Pat Dorsey, was the Director of Equity Research for Morningstar, a renowned global financial research firm.

Pat developed Morningstar’s economic moat ratings, as well as the methodology behind Morningstar’s framework for analyzing competitive advantage.

Reading the book will teach you how to find great publicly traded companies using the concept of Economic Moats.

In the book, Dorsey goes into great detail about economic moats and highlights why they are such excellent indicators of great long-term investments.

He then breaks down this proven approach and teaches you how to effectively apply it to your own investments.

How to get it:

3) Rich By Retirement: How Singaporeans Can Invest Smart and Retire Wealthy by Joshua Giersch

This book makes it on the list as it provides highly localised advice for investors.

Source: NLB Singapore

This book is easy to pick up and is quite an enjoyable read. I will recommend this book for investors who are looking to start investing in Singapore.

The book has sound financial advice about the importance of an emergency fund, what kind of insurance to get, and a straightforward method of crafting your portfolio for retirement.

The author Joshua Giersch also spent five years in Singapore working as an FX Options trader at ANZ Bank and Commerzbank.

He is also well known for the financial advice he on Harwarezone under the moniker Shiny Things

The book doesn’t have any earthshaking advice, but what advice is given is practical and sound.

More importantly, it takes into account the Singapore context, which makes it worth the price for that alone.

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