As a value investor most of your time is spent reading about companies and reading how investors that came before you accomplished the feat of outperforming the index. What follows is a selection of books for investors with all levels of experience. This list has been compiled based on suggestion from the London Value Investing Meetup members and the CityFALCON team.

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Books

Beginners:


Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing – A Book of Practical Counsel

(Amazon rating – 4.6/5)

This version although slighter longer at 640 pages is well worth the time to read and reread. Each chapter from the 1976 edition is sandwiched with a chapter from J. Zweig giving the classical book a modern feel. Highly recommended.

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Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Classic Edition: Beat the Market by Going Against the Crowd

(Amazon rating – 4.8/5)

David Dremen is a value investor billionaire. Although the book can be difficult to read through at times he really drills in the importance of a low P/E, basket approach to stock investing.

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Choose Stocks Wisely: A Formula That Produced Amazing Returns

(Amazon rating – 5/5)

A book that helps beginners understand the balance sheet and how to use the balance sheet to find value stocks. Written in a simple language that does not detract from the underlying importance of the message: balance sheets matter and are there to help the investor chose stocks wisely.

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The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments

(Amazon rating – 3.5/5)

Very simple and gives an overview to the main investment strategies.

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Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond (Wiley Finance)

(Amazon rating – 3.6/5)

Similar to Manual of Ideas (above), but can get a tiny bit more academic in parts.

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The Dhandho Investor: The Low Risk Value Method to High Returns

(Amazon rating – 4.6/5)

Mohnish offers a clear strategy for investing in a self-help and motivating language. Helps investors distinguish between an uncertain investment and a risky investment; these two are not the same. He also demonstrates how to choose stocks from a discounted cash flow perspective.

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The Little Book That Still Beats the Market (Little Books. Big Profits)

(Amazon rating – 4.2/5)

Joel’s book helps investors think about what truly matters in value investing. A very short and simple book but worth its weight in gold.

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One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market (A Fireside book)

(Amazon rating – 4.4/5)

Peter Lynch shows in a jovial language how he made 30% annualised returns over 13 years. Superb book and also highly recommended.

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Market Wizards

(Amazon rating – 4.4/5)

This book is a collection of interviews of professional traders, raising the curtain over trading. The book won’t give any theoretical knowledge about some particular strategy, as the traders themselves keep to different ones, but it will give undying tips for beginners and reveal what mistakes to avoid.

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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

(Amazon rating – 5/5)

A classic story of the securities trader Jesse Livermore from his very start, and a timeless guide into trading and speculation.

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The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knock-out Formula for Finding Great Investments (Little Books. Big Profits)

(Amazon rating – 4.6/5)

An easy to understand examples of how to choose the stocks to invest in.

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The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition

(Amazon rating – 5/5)

For a starter, this could be a bit hard book, but it is highly informative book. This book has classified Berkshire Hathaway’s annual letter into various key concepts and areas.

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The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor (Columbia Business School Publishing)

(Amazon rating – 4.7/5)

Howard Mark write amazing memos, which can be found here.

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Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage

(Amazon rating – 3.8/5)

  A quite simple guide for understanding financial statements from Warren Buffett’s succccessful perspective.

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The Interpretation of Financial Statements

(Amazon rating – 4.3/5)

Best Graham’s guide to interpreting and understanding financial statements

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Intermediates:


You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits

(Amazon rating – 4.6/5)

I know that Joel wrote this book for the weekend investor but later in life when he went on to teach MBA classes he soon understood that this book is actually quite advanced for beginners. However, it is written in a real easy to understand language so I was not sure where to place it.

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COMPETITION DEMYSTIFIED: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy

(Amazon rating – 5/5)

A fantastic book. It simplifies Michael Porter’s Competitive Strategy and Competitive Advantage. The book shows how microeconomics matter its role in business and stock selection.

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The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing: Morningstar’s Guide to Building Wealth and Winning in the Market

(Amazon rating – 4.8/5)

Mr. Dorsey from Morningstar shows investors everything that matters to investing, from discounted cash flows to economic moats.

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Deep Value Investing: Finding bargain shares with big potential

(Amazon rating – 4.2/5)

Another investment book that uses the balance sheet to find value stocks. Very short and quick to read. Possibly a little bit more advanced than Paul Allen’s (above).

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Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations (Wiley Finance)

(Amazon rating – 4.8/5)

This book is only 240 pages but the amount of information and stats therein is amazing, making it feel like a bigger book. Highly recommended for real deep value investors.

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At the Margin of Safety: Going Beyond Financial Myth-making to Find Real Investment Value

(Amazon rating – 3.8/5)

It is very hard to find this book now. But if you succeed to do that, you won’t regret. The book discloses all the peculiarities of Value Investing. From the mistakes investors usually make and the Value Investing philosophy to the extremely useful advice for all size investors.

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Advanced:


Financial Shenanigans, Third Edition: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports, Third Edition

(Amazon rating – 4.7/5)

I did not want to put this under advanced because it could deter people from attempting to read it, but it can be challenging to understand for investors with only intermediate experience. I believe this book is one of the most important books on the list because it helps investors detect frauds and as a consequence not lose money, priceless…

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Creative Cash Flow Reporting and Analysis: Uncovering Sustainable Financial Performance

(Amazon rating – 4.6/5)

A very difficult book to read that takes on the difficult task of uncovering management’s manipulations of financial statements. It is well worth persevering with this book until the end. You would need some accounting background to get the most from this book, but if you do not have this, the first 3 chapters alone are worth the price of the book.

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More More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places (Columbia Business School Publishing)

(Amazon rating – 4.6/5)

This book brings more psychology and philosophy to finance. Operating these disciplines, Michael Mauboussin explains the market from other angles. As the book is a collection of essays, it jumps from topic to topic in every next chapter, so it may be quite difficult to read it in one go, and as the author said himself, it is good to reread it for better comprehension.

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Security Analysis: Sixth Edition, Foreword by Warren Buffett (Security Analysis Prior Editions)

(Amazon rating – 3.8/5)

Security Analysis is bible of investing in my view, but it is not easy to read and comprehend.

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Khan Academy: Stocks and Bonds

Khan Academy provides free courses in Finance and Capital Markets, where you can find a great deal of videos that graphically and in simple words explain all ins and outs of the subject. I recommend you to start with Stocks and Bonds as it will give you the most necessary information.

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Investing Edge

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StockViews Campus

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Ten Golden Rules of Equity Investing

Seven Deadly Sins of multi-asset investing

These are short animated series of no longer than 30 seconds which will give you advice about investing in easy to understand and funny format.

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How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

Very useful video especially for the beginners. Ray Dalio describes Economy as a system of structures like a machine.

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Articles

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The best dozen pages ever written on value investing.

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How to Invest

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing

Times may change, but investors tend to make the same mistakes. Here are 7 main mistakes investors make with good examples.

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Investopedia

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