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Live It Up without Outliving Your Money:
10 Steps to a Perfect Retirement Portfolio
 
by Paul Merriman

Paul Merriman’s new book is a comprehensive road map to a financially secure retirement. He shows you how to determine how much money you’ll need to retire when you want, in the way that you want; how to establish how much your investment portfolio needs to be worth when you retire, and he shows you the kinds of investments that will give you the returns you need to reach your goals. Then he explains how to choose the right distribution plan to provide both the income you need in retirement and the peace of mind that you won’t run out of money. Using many charts and graphs, he makes complex subjects easy to understand, and his passion and enthusiasm are motivating and inspiring.

Financial Reckoning Day:Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century  by Bill Bonner & Addison Wiggin
Our current economic picture mirrors that of Japan’s decade-old "soft depression" --  caused by an aging population and a structural reaction to a record-breaking financial boom. Irreverent and eye-opening, this "big picture" investment book shows that investing has more to do with old rules, metaphors, and experience.
The Successful Investor:  What 80 Million People Need to Know to Invest Profitably and Avoid Big Losses  by William J. O'Neil
Investor's Business Daily  publisher William J. O'Neil tells investors how they can make money and, more important, avoid losses in both up and down markets. Showing how mistakes made in the recent market collapse were amazingly similar to those made in previous down cycles, O'Neil reveals simple steps investors can follow to avoid costly mistakes.
Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999: What drove the Breakneck Market -- and What Every Investor Needs to Know About Financial Cycles  by Maggie Mahar
A thorough and accessible history of the explosive 1982-1999 bull market that is illuminating as well as sobering from the current  market perspective. Filled with colorful portraits of many of the central figures of the boom years.
Advanced Swing Trading : Strategies to Predict, Identify, and Trade Future Market Swings  by John Crane
Deals with Action/Reaction theory by combining price levels, timing methods, and confirmation patterns that strengthen the predictability of future market moves. Packed with proven strategies from a respected veteran, real-world examples and clear-cut charts. Provides an in-depth overview of the art of swing trading. This comprehensive book offers you the step-by-step guidance that will allow you to apply powerful swing trading techniques to any portfolio – without making it a full-time job – and gives today’s investors fresh new methods needed to consistently improve their bottom line.
Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron  by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
This debacle was encouraged a by the outside directors on the Enron Board. Only they could have stopped it. As the book makes clear, they never asked the most basic questions any director should ask and they will probably never be held accountable for their malfeasance. If justice prevails, at least Lay, Skilling and Fastow will ultimately do hard time and forfeit their enormous illegal gains. This book should be required reading for every corporate director.

Double-Digit Growth: How Great Companies Achieve It -- No Matter What  by Michael Treacy
Treacy's main point is simple -- it really is possible to grow your business by 10 percent or more, year after year, in good times and bad, without cheating. Great companies already know how to do it, and the rest of us can learn their strategies and do the same thing. Using case studies from industry leaders such as Dell Computer, Home Depot, and GE, he shows the five steps that are imperative to ensure growth. Treacy believes that any business can grow at a consistent double-digit rate, and managers and investors now have the tools to achieve that lofty goal and maintain corporate success.
The Random Walk Guide to Investing: Ten Rules for Financial Success  by Burton G. Malkiel
For over thirty years, Burton G. Malkiel's informative, irreverent, and gimmick-free books have helped investors understand the market and use it to their best advantage. With this concise new guide, Malkiel takes the mystery out of the money game by distilling his reliable plan into ten easy-to-follow rules. Beginning with the basics, Malkiel carefully and with no small measure of humor lays out his plan, including such rules as "#3: Stiff the Tax Collector" and "#8: The Market Is Smarter than You Are." This guide is essential for anyone starting a portfolio, rebuilding after the dot-com crash, or simply looking for reassurance in the puzzling world of personal finance.
Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude  by Mark Douglas
Maximizing the trader’s state of mind is the key to successful results. Conflicts, contradictions and paradoxes in thinking can spell disaster for even a highly motivated, astute and well grounded trader. Mark Douglas, a trader, personal trading coach, and industry consultant since 1982, sends the message that "thinking strategy" will profoundly influence a trader’s success rate. Douglas addresses five very specific issues to give traders the insight and understanding about themselves that will make them consistent winners in the market. Above all, he shows you that the problem is not with the system that you're trading, but the problem lies within yourself, and your own thoughts and beliefs about how the market operates, and what your role is in the marketplace.
The Successful Investor Today: 14 Simple Truths You Must Know When You Invest  by Larry E. Swedroe
Learn how to build, write, implement, and manage your own investment plan. This book will help you become a better and more informed investor, and it will help you achieve your financial goals by gradually increasing your wealth. Apart from offering an up-to-date winning strategy, the author presents an efficient and proven way to avoid the most common and costly mistakes investors continue to make.
All About Market Timing  by Leslie N. Masonson
Shell-shocked investors have lost patience with the traditional buy-and-hold approach to investing. All About Market Timing  arms investors with simple, easy-to-use timing techniques that they can use to enter rising markets, exit (or go short) falling markets, and make consistent profits in both market environments while protecting against catastrophic losses. Compelling arguments demonstrate the superiority of basic timing over buy-and-hold, while step-by-step instructions show how uncomplicated timing can be. Specific investment vehicles are recommended that fit well into most timing strategies. Investors who want to time the market using their own strategies are provided with information on available software and Web sites.
Investor Therapy: A Psychologist and Investing Guru Tells You How to Out-Psych Wall Street  by Dr. Richard A. Geist
Dr. Geist shows that investing success means both having and using solid information and expertly understanding, monitoring, and managing your emotions. This is the first book directed at professional and individual investors alike, illustrating how they can use emotions to become more effective at meeting the ever-increasing challenges of today’s investing environment. Conventional wisdom says “park your emotions at the door when making investing decisions.” Dr. Geist brings a new, important perspective to show that the conventional wisdom is not only wrong but harmful to your financial well-being. Success lies in understanding your emotional reactions to the market and its participants and integrating an emotional understanding of yourself into your investing strategies. The successful investor is, above all, a human investor, not a “perfect” machine-like investor.
Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers, and the Making of Modern America  by Charles R. Geisst
An in-depth look at the most notable merger and acquisition deals of the twentieth century -- and the role Wall Street played in each of them. Beginning with J.P. Morgan’s acquisition of Carnegie Steel in 1901 to form U.S. Steel, renowned business historian and bestselling author Charles Geisst traces the deals that have had the most dramatic impact on the worlds of both finance and industry over the past century. Decade by decade, you’ll be introduced to the personalities behind each event, as industries are built, dismantled, and reorganized by "professionals" driven mainly by the profits extracted from the deals themselves more than by the long-term effects.
Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders  by Jack D. Schwager
Finding a successful mentor can be the best way of learning a complex skill like trading. Who better to learn from than exceptional traders? Indispensable reading for novices, yet replete with trading lessons, insights and knowledge for traders at every level, Schwager's Market Wizards  serves as one of the most insightful looks into the thought processes of top traders. The book runs the gamut of trading styles, from floor scalpers to multi-year position traders; from a trader who started with one-lots, to speculators trading values in the billions. Each interview includes a biographical sketch and ends up being a de facto, if abbreviated, trading tutorial. Schwager prompts these trading legends to share their beginnings in the business, their trading rules, their philosophies, best and worst trades, and market perspectives. From these conversations, you'll learn a variety of successful approaches to the markets, and learn how to avoid these traders' mistakes.
Come Into My Trading Room: A Complete Guide to Trading  by Alexander Elder
Learn to manage your money and time, as well as your strategy, so that you can enter the markets with confidence and exit with profits. This essential book educates the novice and gives more power to the professional through expert advice, proven trading methods, and something entirely unique – a visit to Dr. Elder’s own trading room. You get to follow him through several actual trades, whose entries and exits illustrate many of the key concepts of this book. Dr Elder's background as a psychiatrist provides valuable insights into understanding the human element of market behavior, and individual trader psychology. Dr Elder shares his own, successful trading strategy in a clear, concise, and easy to understand style.
Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing  by Kenneth M. Morris
This handy fact-filled book initiates you into the mysteries of the financial pages -- buying stocks, bonds, mutual funds, futures and options, spotting trends and evaluating companies. For those who are curious but intimidated by everyday financial jargon, this guide offers a literate, forthright and lively alternative. This visually appealing, user-friendly guide initiates the reader into the world of money and the financial markets. Written in plain, everyday language, it explains how financial products and service companies work, who the players are, and how to evaluate investment performance. Photos, illustrations and charts.
Tomorrow's Gold: Asia's Age of Discovery  by Marc Faber
A renowned investment advisor, Faber sets out to find tomorrow's gold -- the outperforming asset classes of the future. Far from being a sensational reading of the runes, this book delves deep into the past, to chart how investor trends developed and assess how new patterns might emerge. What Faber puts together here is nothing short of what should be required reading for every investor who got caught up in the 90's bull market only to be disheartened, confused, and bewildered by the aftermath. This is a great intellectual piece on the history of markets, economies, manias, currencies, and the behavior of man through it all.
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life  by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A professional trader and mathematics professor, Taleb examines what randomness means in business and in life and why human beings are so prone to mistake dumb luck for consummate skill. This eccentric and highly personal exploration of the nature of randomness meanders from the court of Croesus and trading rooms in New York and London to Russian roulette, Monte Carlo engines, and the philosophy of Karl Popper. Part of what makes this book so good is Taleb's ability to make seemingly arcane mathematical concepts entirely relevant in evaluating and understanding everything from the stock market to the success of millionaires. Here's an articulate, wise, and humorous meditation on the nature of success and failure that anyone who wants a little more of the former would do well to consider.

The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession  by Peter L. Bernstein
A fascinating account of the role of gold throughout history, the book begins with the physical properties of the metal which help explain its attraction to cultures around the world. Bernstein traces the evolution of the precious metal from the time of Croesus through the abandonment of the Bretton Woods system. Bernstein is a great storyteller. His accounts of mythological, ancient, and recent history ooze with odd and entertaining details that bring each successive tale of obsession to life. If not for his skill, the sheer volume of events collected here -- presented more anecdotally than systematically -- would be overwhelming. In the end, though, it is Bernstein's fascination with the power of gold to entangle and entrap its possessors, and its ultimate ability to change the course of entire eras and civilizations, that makes his book as fascinating as it is informative and entertaining.

 

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