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FAVES AND MUST-READS FROM CURRENT WALL STREET PROS

Insight into what drives stock prices. Reflexivity, mind…blown.

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Thorp is the OG of gambling… and investing. This book is exactly as described – how to beat the dealer in Blackjack 21. If you’re interested in more of his background, check out A Man for all Markets (also on this page).

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This is one of Gladwell’s first, but still one of his best. Explores how we make decisions, instinct’s role, and many other self-enlightening topics.

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A book like no other, one of Taleb’s first is his best.

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The book that started Michael Lewis’s career. If you work on Wall Street, you better have read this.

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There’s a reason this book sells for thousands of dollars – actionable stock trading ideas written by a very successful fund manager. It is not in publication anymore but you can find the PDF online.

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If you want a crash course on all things investing, start with this classic. Very relevant, very informative. This is THEE book on investing, and the guy that taught Buffett wrote it.

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Jesse Livermore’s story is legendary. Trading stocks and losing it all, then making it all back, and doing it all over again and again. This is the book on “reading the tape.”

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The story of Long Term Capital Management – the HF created to end all HF’s…which blew up in extraordinary fashion. Great book to follow Liar’s Poker.

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Great book to start with if you want to be entertained while learning how Investment Banks work. @GSElevator is the author and he did not disappoint.

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Lot of (if not all) ideas from Margin of Safety, but easier to digest for those less interested in the details. Similarly, full of actionable ideas.

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Inside story behind Steve Cohen’s run-in with the SEC. Eye-opening look into how money is (or was) made and how hedge funds work. Great entertaining read, even though it’s non-fiction.

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Ed Thorp might as well be known as the Godfather of Hedge Funds. Oh, and he wrote the book on beating the dealer in Blackjack…literally. Ed Thorp – ledge.

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Mastering the Market Cycle

One of, if not the only book to make sense of Keynes’s famous words – “The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.” 

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The Man Who Solved The Market

One of the few (or only) biographies of Jim Simons – founder of perhaps the most successful hedge fund ever – Renaissance Technologies.

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Online Resources

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Professor Damodaran’s website is the way to learn about valuation. The modern day value investing professor has shared a wealth of information – from free online classes, to enlightening articles, to downloadable DCF spreadsheets.

Compute and learn about WACC here….but the website seems to be down. Stay tuned.

Books To Prepare You For Wall Street

PULL AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION WITH THESE SELF-IMPROVEMENT CLASSICS

Great book to get your butt in gear, maybe the best. Highlights shortfalls in productivity/efficiency, and removing procrastination.

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Hard to describe this one, but there are great tips for any ambitions. It might start slow for some but really picks up and finishes strong. Relatable advice for everyone from the procrastinator to the entrepreneur to the company man/woman.

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This is THE book for entrepreneurs, and anyone who needs some motivation to get rich. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why “ownership isn’t the important thing, it’s the only thing.”

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This title is no exaggeration. An absolute classic that everyone should read before interacting with any human being.

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Great perspective if you have millionaire ambitions. The book provides enlightening and very counter-intuitive facts which displace false media-driven millionaire connotations. It will help you realize what matters and what doesn’t in building wealth.

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Great time saver – the middle of the book is the good stuff, blow through the beginning and end.

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Written by one of our own, this is a 70 page cheat sheet to 5 self-improvement classics (all recommended here). Instead of buying it, you can download a PDF or tablet-friendly copy by clicking the blue button up top.

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The only novel here and it’s a long one. You’ll hope it never ends once you start. Objectivity, ambition, perspective, integrity – favorite book of left and right wingers, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.

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