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

Joel Koh
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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

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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,; or how to get a digital copy; or even borrow it for free on the National Library Board Overdrive digital collection as an eBook.


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

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

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing
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.

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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.

The Little Book That Builds Wealth
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.

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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.

Rich by Retirement : How Singaporeans Can Invest Smart and Retire Wealthy
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.

4) The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor by Robert G. Hagstrom

As the title suggests, The Warren Buffett Way looks at investing through the lens of Warren Buffett, considered one of the best investors of the 21st century who made billions from value investing

The Warren Buffett Way
Source: NLB Singapore

The book is an in-depth look at Warren Buffett’s hugely successful career and how he turned US$100 into the multi-billion dollar business empire it is today.

You will find insight into Buffett’s investment theories and strategies, and which type of companies he favours and which he avoids.

The book also examines nine of Buffett’s stock purchases, including case studies of companies like The Coca-Cola Company, American Express Company, IBM and H.J. Heinz Company (now merged with Kraft Foods to form Kraft Heinz Company).

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5) Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher

Warren Buffett considers Philip Fisher as one of his mentors.

Buffett was once quoted as saying that his investing style was 85% influenced by Benjamin Graham (more on him later) and 15% influenced by Fisher.

The “scuttlebutt” investment technique was made famous through this book. This technique involves gathering information from our day-to-day experiences. An example of scuttlebutt is visiting a shopping mall owned by a retail real estate investment trust (REIT) to see the traffic flow and how vibrant the shopping centre is. 

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
Source: NLB Singapore

Fisher’s book also has a 15-point checklist that investors can use. 

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6) One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market by Peter Lynch

Author cum investor, Peter Lynch, ran the Fidelity Magellan Fund between 1977 and 1990.

During those 13 years, the fund posted an annual average return of 29%. It beat the S&P 500, an index tracking 500 large corporations in the US, in 11 out of 13 years.

One Up On Wall Street helped craft my investment thesis of picking simple and great businesses.

One Up on Wall Street How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money In the Market
Source: NLB Singapore

Lynch famously categorises stocks into six buckets: slow growers, stalwarts, fast growers, cyclicals, turnarounds and asset plays. Each category has its own distinct set of characteristics.

The book also provides an investing checklist that investors can use before buying stocks. 

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7) The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham

This investing classic was written by another of Warren Buffett’s mentors, Benjamin Graham, who is often said to be the father of value investing.

The Intelligent Investor espouses many important investing concepts. Two such theories are the introduction of Mr Market and the margin of safety

The Intelligent Investor, Revised Edition
Source: NLB Singapore

This book is a bit on the cheem side, so I would recommend beginners to start reading this book only once they have the basic knowledge of stock market investing.

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8) The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, Updated and Revised by John Bogle

Common sense is not that common.

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is written by John Bogle, the founder and CEO of Vanguard when he was alive.

For context, the Vanguard Group currently has US$5.3 trillion in assets under management.

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, Updated and Revised
Source: NLB Singapore

Suffice to say, he knows quite a bit about investing as he is credited with creating index investing, which allowed investors to buy funds that track the broader market.

The book is a deep dive on the Bogle investment philosophy, which revolves around trading broad low-fee index fund such as a U.S. exchange-traded fund like the S&P500.

The book is split up into 18 bite-sized chapters of 10 to 20 pages each, explaining the rationale behind the philosophy that people should be investing in low-cost index funds.

The book does an excellent job of explaining the rationale behind a seemingly simple strategy that just works.

If you are interested to learn about a successful real-world investment philosophy that is written in an easy to read in a way that the average person can understand, get this book.

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9) Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Fooled by Randomness is an interesting read about the role of luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk and decision making in life and the world of trading.

Fooled by randomness
Source: NLB Singapore

In other words, the book is about luck and the examination of the major ideas related to this topic with regards to investment, education and the role of chance in people’s lives.

For example, part of the argument the author presents is that when we look back at things in hindsight, we tend to view it as less random then they really were.

Understanding that the world is not consistent and is prone to sudden unexpected change is a hard concept to swallow — but once mastered it gives the reader great clarity about the world.

The author Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a scholar and mathematical statistician whose work is centred on the problems surrounding randomness, probability and uncertainty.

Before that, he also worked as an options trader and risk analyst.

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10) Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

When it comes to investing, one thing we often overlook is the psychological aspect of investing. More specifically, how humans make decisions which is something that any investor should care deeply about.

The book Thinking, Fast and Slow is written by Daniel Kahneman who won a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. He is renowned for his work about the psychology of judgment, decision making and more importantly, behavioural economics.

The book summarises most of his research and is a New York Times Bestseller, with over 1.5 million copies sold.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Source: NLB Singapore

One of the ideas he puts across is this.

All of us – whether you’re Ray Dalio or an average retail investor – tend to overestimate our own investing abilities. At the same time, we are very capable of pointing out the weaknesses of others.

Acknowledges and accepting this simple insight alone could drastically improve your investment performance.

What the book demonstrates is that when it comes to investing, your brain might not always take your side.

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About Joel Koh
History student turned writer at Seedly. Before you ask, not a teacher. My time as a history student has equipped me with the skills to evaluate the impact societal development has on financial and nonfinancial events.
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