Financial Books to help you on your journey

Continue on your road to better money management with these financial bibles.

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Whether you're dealing with millions of dollars in stocks or are looking to maximise your minimum-wage salary, you need to work at improving your financial expertise. You've taken the first step to working towards your financial future by signing up to this challenge, but if you want to stay ahead of the game you should to continue to learn from the best.

The books below are the bread and butter of every successful investor, CEO, business owner and, yes— millionaire. No matter where you are with your finances, these books can help you while you work towards your financial goals.

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The historical heavyweights

The tenets of wealth-building and financial management are timeless, and as such financial books written 150 years ago may still be relevant today. Take a look at some of the old books the world's billionaire's swear by:

'The Theory of Investment Value' by John Burr Williams

'The Theory of Investment Value' by John Burr Williams from Amazon US site

Published in 1938, this book was written as a PH.D. thesis at Harvard and soon became one of the quintessential works on how to determine investment value. Williams used existing theories and his own work in investments to devise the 'Dividend Discount Model' which determines value based on future business projections.

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'The Richest Man In Babylon' by George S. Clason

'The Richest Man In Babylon' by George S. Clason from Booktopia

This book sets out key pieces of financial advice using a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. The characters in the book learn central principles of financial wisdom which can be applied to any person in any type of financial situation today. Set in ancient times and written in the 1920s, the book sets out timeless financial truths that are a must for everyone to read.

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'The Millionaire Next Door' by Thomas J. Stanley (PH.D.) and William D. Danko (PH.D)

'The Millionaire Next Door' by Thomas J. Stanley (PH.D.) and William D. Danko (PH.D) from Booktopia

What do you get when you invade the homes of millionaires and interview them about their lives? Stanley and Danko believed you would find the secret to wealth creation, and they may have actually done it. The book details the common denominators among the millionaire interviewees and how they solve the investing equation and earn their money.

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"The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham" from Booktopia

This book is another that has stood the test of time. First published in 1949 by Benjamin Graham, the book outlines the underlying principles and strategies of investing. Graham explains the complicated stock market through the allegory of Mr. Market, and how investors should not bow to the whim of the difficult and irrational behaviour of this man. The book has undergone several revisions and has been described by Warren Buffet as "by far the best book on investing ever written".

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"Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits' by Philip Fisher" from The Book Depository

Fisher started his career in 1928 when he dropped out of the prestigious and newly created Stanford Graduate School of Business to found his own money management company in 1931. He became well-known to the public after publishing his first book in 1958, which laid out his strategies for growth investing and finding which companies to invest in. He continued to run his successful company until retiring at age 91. Warren Buffett is among one of his many followers.

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'The Science of Getting Rich' by Wallace D. Wattles

'The Science of Getting Rich' by Wallace D. Wattles from The Book Depository

This book was first published in 1920 and remains a bestseller around the world. Wattles has divided the work into 17 manageable and easy-to-follow chapters based on what he calls the 'certain way of thinking'. Investors, business moguls and everyday people have used this book for over a century to learn how to overcome mental barriers, and why creation is the hidden key to wealth attraction.

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Finance for the average person

The term 'average' is not used here in a negative way. Not all of us are savvy investors who are looking to make billion dollar deals. Some just want to know how to work with what they've got, build their wealth on their own terms and be able to make intelligent and informed-financial decisions. This is what these books are for.

'Rich Dad Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki

'Rich Dad Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki from Amazon US site

This book uses stories from Kiyosaki's life to outline the differences in thinking between the rich and poor. He uses the idea of a 'rich dad' and 'poor dad' who both give him life advice in the early stages of his adolescence, and he then examines the differences in these approaches. The book stresses the importance of owning high value assets that produce cash flow rather than being an employee.

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'The 4-Hour Workweek' by Timothy Ferriss

'The 4-Hour Workweek' by Timothy Ferriss from The Book Depository

Frustrated by working 14-hour days at his sports nutrition supplement company, Ferriss took a three week trip to Europe where he developed the idea of a four hour work week. By checking emails once a day and outsourcing smaller tasks to overseas virtual assistants he was able to generate income, run businesses and move towards 'lifestyle development'. He has subsequently launched an entrepreneurship blog and written several other books which cover business mentalities and other financial topics.

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Investment strategy

If you're looking at moving into investments, or are already involved and want to up your game, these investment strategy books are worth looking at. Read by top investors and CEOs, these books examine markets, value and the process of finding wealth.

'Stocks for the Long Run' by Jeremy Siegel

'Stocks for the Long Run' by Jeremy Siegel from Amazon US site

First published in 1994, this book has been described as the 'go-to' book for anyone looking to get into investing, and also to find out why everyone should be investing. The book takes a long-term look at financial markets and explains everything from the history of the stock market to how to build wealth through investments.

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'Strategic Value Investing' by Stephen Horan

'Strategic Value Investing' by Stephen Horan from Booktopia

This book is intended to be a guide for the 'good value investor'. By reading this book you will learn how to distinguish between various values in the investment game and how to identify promising investment opportunities before anyone else. This book has been praised by business moguls and investors alike.

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'The Essays of Warren Buffett' edited by Lawrence A. Cunningham

'The Essays of Warren Buffett' edited by Lawrence A. Cunningham from The Book Depository

This author hardly needs an introduction, but here's one anyway Warren Buffet is arguably the world's most successful investor. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people, officially taking out the title in 2008. He is known for his dedication to his financial philosophies and his frugal tendencies despite his wealth. Buffett wrote several essays around the topic 'lessons for corporate America', which, collected together in this book, reveal his significant principles and the ongoing logic of his business decisions and investments. The book was first published in 1997 and has since remained a bestseller, currently on its fourth edition.

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Guides for wealth

These books deal with wealth-accumulation and management in specific areas, such as property investment, business strategy and general financial literacy. These are great reads for people who are looking to kick-start their journey to better finances, those who want to learn the different options there are for money management, and most importantly, strategies to get rich.

'Real Estate Finance & Investment Manual' by Jack Cummings

'Real Estate Finance & Investment Manual' by Jack Cummings from Amazon US site

This book has been hailed by many top property investors as a 'finance bible', and could've also ended up in our historical heavyweight section, having been a popular read since 1977. Cummings draws on his wealth of real estate and property experience to create definitive financial strategies for professional and first-time investors.

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'Making Money Made Simple' by Noel Whittaker

'Making Money Made Simple' by Noel Whittaker from Booktopia

Noel Whittaker has written over 20 books on wealth and financial management, but this remains his best seller. Voted in the top 100 of the Most influential Books of the 20th Century, this book has taught millions of people the essentials of money, investment, borrowing money and personal finance.

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'I Will Teach you to be Rich' by Ramit Sethi

'I Will Teach you to be Rich' by Ramit Sethi from The Book Depository

This book is a great option for people who are just getting started on their finance journey, or are in flexible financial circumstances. It's an entertaining read and will teach you some bold tips about money management and wealth accumulation. You'll also get some fun self-deprecating advice from the author, including 'negotiate like an Indian'.

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