Best Stock Market Books for Every Level

The stock market is an incredibly overwhelming place. That is even to those who have been working with the market intimately for years. Beginners and experienced entrepreneurs and investors reach similar struggles whenever they dive into the market depths, and it can be hard to navigate back to the surface.

When I first jumped into the stock market, I felt myself floundering, barely treading the rough waters around me. Even today, I find that I still rely on the lessons I learn from my life preserver: the best stock market books around.

From asset allocation to managing risks, there is a lot to be learned about the stock market. Sure, spending years and lots of money on my own experimentation would guide me to these same lessons, but why would I skip out on the valuable information that is already out there?

The industry is teeming with experts, and many of them are ready to share their ideas, knowledge, and inspirations with willing minds. That is why plenty of stock market books have been written, covering a wide variety of topics within this massive industry. Some of them include:

  • History of the stock market
  • Crashes and what effects they had
  • Trading advice
  • How the market functions and fluctuates
  • Investor secrets to looking at the market

When considered more broadly, it’s clear that there is no limit to the number of topics that can be covered. All of those topics can provide something useful to you and I. Despite having thousands of books out there about the stock market, I still cannot possibly read them all.

Today, it would be ideal for us to rely on this list of the best stock market books as recommended by valuable members of the CEO Library community. These members have shared their talent through their recommendations.

Best Stock Market Books

Psychology of the Stock Market

Psychology of the Stock Market

For those interested in the stock markets ~G.C Selden's 1912 (yes 1912!!) The Psychology of the Stock Market. Human emotions and thought processes remain the same. Greed and fear. Even though my business is in fitness and wellness most of the books are pretty awful and I haven't been influenced by individuals in this sphere. i keep hearing younger trainers talking about bodybuilders and their online presence, videos, etc but that doesn't interest me. No I haven't watched Pumping Iron. There are some very good marketers to be sure such as Pat Rigsby and Ryan Lee who I have bought material from but no book per se has influenced this career.
David Sisk
Founder/David Sisk Fitness
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns

In his 2014 shareholder letter, Buffett recommended reading this book over listening to the advice of most financial advisers.
Warren Buffett
CEO/Berkshire Hathaway
Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader

Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader

I remember reading this shocking book and thinking, holy shit. This book will make you sick.
Charlie Munger
Vice Chairman/Berkshire Hathaway
The Intelligent Investor

The Intelligent Investor

To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insights, or inside information. What's needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework. This book precisely and clearly prescribes the proper framework. You must provide the emotional discipline.
Warren Buffett
CEO/Berkshire Hathaway
Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business

She’s talking about how business schools teach students, the best and brightest business students in America and the world, they teach them to manipulate the stock market, not to grow businesses. That’s why I dropped out of business school. They’re teaching kids to be financial engineers, which creates derivatives, and all these toxic things. Student loan debt and all this. But they don’t teach them how to grow a business. Today our stock market is propped up because CEOs are using debt to prop up the stock price and sell their options and exit. It screws the investors and the workers. That’s what they’re teaching at business school today.
Robert Kiyosaki
Best-selling Author
Bull!: A History of the Boom, 1982-1999

Bull!: A History of the Boom, 1982-1999

Maggie Mahar had the courage to take a look at what was behind all of this religious belief in markets. Clearly I do not understand how she was able to work as a journalist when she has the attitude and mindset of a truth-seeker. I spent some time looking at the difference between her book and Lowenstein's: not even possible to start comparing. One needs to be a trader to value her work.

Read this book now; wait a while then read it again.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Flaneur
One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

Read this if you want to learn more about the stock market.
Patrick Swalls
Founder/StarterStory
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Ruimin mentions this book in response to a question about long-term success. From Ruimin's point of view, the chief challenge is for leaders to maintain their entrepreneurial spirit, year after year. He admits it isn't easy:
Zhang Ruimin
CEO/Haier Group
In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington

In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington

As Secretary of the Treasury, Bob Rubin ranked with the best. This drama-packed account of his years on the job should be read by all who are interested in what happens when politics and economics intersect.
Warren Buffett
CEO/Berkshire-Hathaway
Why the Rich Are Getting Richer

Why the Rich Are Getting Richer

The reason why this is my favorite book is that it is an advanced version of Rich Dad Poor Dad which explains in further details how the rich are getting richer by understanding the tax system and real financial education. [...] When I chanced upon "Why the Rich Are Getting Richer", I finally understand why I have been running my own tax consulting practice for such a long time. The global tax system is set up to benefit the rich people because they are the ones who contribute to the growth of the economy by putting investments into the economy as well as creating job opportunities.
Jack H. M. Wong
Trainer & Author
The Blank Swan: The End of Probability

The Blank Swan: The End of Probability

I am relieved to finally find a book that deals with Black Swan Events in a new way. Ayache brings a reverse-probabilistic perspective: instead of considering that a price is the result of probabilistically derived expectation, he reverses the issues and investigates these artificial constructs as "probabilities" and "expectations" as secondary, derived, fictitious concepts that we bring about to explain prices, decisions, and other things.

This, of course, is just the beginning, so one has to be understanding about the speculative aspect of the effort --so view this as a gutsy look at the "end of probability" and how we will need to envision the world once we get rid of this artificial, antiquated tool. I am also glad to see that those of us trained in the trading of options can have views original enough to influence the philosophy of probability and the philosophical understanding of contingency.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Flaneur
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

I am currently reading The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. I was introduced to the author, Scott Galloway during his appearance on the aforementioned Recode Decode podcast, specifically episode released on September 14. His opinion and thoughts on the big 4 (Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google) lead me to research him. I put a hold on his book from my local library and waited a few weeks. A great thing about this book is its recency, for example, it includes Amazon’s recent acquisition of WholeFoods. So far, it has covered, in entertaining detail, Amazon and Apple. The author writes with great knowledge, mixed with the right amount of wit. The author argues that Apple is sex, Google is God, Facebook is love and Amazon is our gut. By aligning with these roles in our lives, they have become wildly successful. I hope to hear an expansion of his positions he discussed on the podcast, and hope to apply some of strategies into my own startup.
Craig Pearce
Co-Founder/Kid Genius
The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

I don't know how many times I read that book when I was broke but, of course, the sidewalk, slow, and fast lane, I borrowed that for the SSF method that I talk about sidewalk, slow, and fast lane for lead generation. He talks about it from a financial perspective, so almost completely, entirely unrelated but that book was very, very life changing for me. So, two of those books, by far, the best books that from a level of changing my life at the right time.
Scott Oldford
Founder/LeadCraft
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

How do you explain Warren Buffett? Everyone knows that in a deep and liquid capital market like that of the US, it is just about impossible to beat the stock market averages over anything more than the short term. But Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past 50 years, making him one of the world’s richest people. Alice Schroeder’s massive authorised biography, The Snowball, provides some clues about how he’s done it.
Richard Lambert
Director-General/Confederation of British Industry
How Nature Works: The Science of Self-organized Criticality

How Nature Works: The Science of Self-organized Criticality

This book is a great attempt at finding some universality based on systems in a "critical" state, with departures from such state taking place in a manner that follows power laws.

The sandpile is a great baby model for that. Some people are critical of Bak's approach, some even suggesting that we may not get power laws in these "sandpile" effects, but something less scalable in the tails. The point is :so what? The man has vision. I looked at the reviews of this book. Clearly a few narrow-minded scientists do not seem to like it (many did not like Per Bak's ego).

But the book is remarkably intuitive and the presentation is so clear that he takes you by the hand. It is even entertaining. If you are looking to find flaws in his argument his pedagogy allows it (it is immediately obvious to us who dabble with simulations of these processes that you need an infinite sandpile to get a pure power law). Another problem. I have been ordering the book on Amazon for ages.

Copernicus books does not respond to emails. I got my copy at the NYU library. Bak passed away 2 years ago and nobody seems to be pushing for his interest and that of us his readers (for used books to sell for 99 implies some demand). This convinces me NEVER to publish with Springer.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Flaneur
No Bull: My Life In and Out of Markets

No Bull: My Life In and Out of Markets

As a speculator I learned to take the best from books and ideas without arguments (many readers seem to be training to be shallow critics)--good insights are hard to come by. One does not find these in the writings of a journalist. There are some things personal to the author that might be uninteresting to some, but I take the package. The man is one of the greatest traders in history. There are a few jewels in there.

The man did it. I'd rather listen to him than read better written but hollow prose from some journalist-writer.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Flaneur
WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us

WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us

An important examination on how technology can shape a better future by one of the smartest thinkers on the subject.

Eric Ries
Founder/Long-Term Stock Exchange
Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required

Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required

This book wants you to be rich: in money, in time, and in life. You have come to the right place. Kristy and Bryce take you through the process step by step, with actionable things that you can do no matter what your age, location, background, or education.
J L Collins
Author
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

"Collins briefed Amazon executives on his seminal management book before its publication. Companies must confront the brutal facts of their business, find out what they are uniquely good at, and master their fly wheel, in which each part of the business reinforces and accelerates the other parts," Stone writes.
Jeff Bezos
CEO/Amazon
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Several friends, who know I both love to sleep and am intrigued with how sleep works, recommended that I read Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. It was excellent. While my self-assessment of my sleep habits are very positive, I learned a few things. More importantly, I now have a much better understanding of the “Why” surrounding sleep, especially around sleep’s importance to a healthy and long life.
Brad Feld
Co-Founder/Foundry Group

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