There is a ton of great literature pertaining to personal finance and investing.  I won't even try to list all of them here. Below you will find a list of books and websites that I have read or visit frequently. These resources will provide a good jumping off point as you expand your financial literacy.

I find that studying individuals who have done great things in the past helps to provide motivation and inspiration. So, you will also find some titles below that I believe highlight some of the most successful people of our time and in history. They may not deal directly with finance, but they are people who have done amazing things. If nothing else, they prove that we can all accomplish great things no matter where we started.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

Personal Finance

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad, Poor Dad provides a great look into how rich people make money work for them while everyone else is busy working for money.  Robert Kiyosaki discusses the differences between assets and liabilities and how we must work to acquire income generating assets.  His discussion on financial literacy is easy to follow and will help you make sense of the relationship between income, assets and liabilities.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

Stanley and Danko provide seven important lessons about managing your money that they discovered over 20 years of research.  The surprising part, these lessons are not Earth shattering revelations. The information they provide makes great sense and you will be surprised at how simple they appear.  Yet many people, young and old, don't abide by these good habits.


The New Buffettology by Mary Buffett and David Clark

If you want to become the best you should learn from the best. Warren Buffett has generated an extremely large fortune using a contrarian investment strategy. Mary Buffett and David Clark explore investments made by Buffett to understand why he selected a certain investment and then provide advice and formulas for other investors to follow in his footsteps.

All About Stock Market Strategies by David Brown and Kassandra Bentley

When you are just starting out in the world of investing you may feel overwhelmed with all the new concepts and words.  This book does a good job of keeping the material easy to understand and uses examples to drive home points.

By the end of this book you will have a good foundation for the most popular trading strategies, including growth and value investing as well as some technical analysis. You will understand how to identify and evaluate investments for in each different strategy and how to formulate your investment plan. A good read for anybody with an interest in the markets.


Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by ​Duncan Clark

This may have been one of the most exciting books I read in January 2017. Reading how a man, now worth billions, was rejected from Harvard, the police force and even KFC proves that anything is possible. From providing tours of his home town to foreigners as a child, to teaching English and finally leading Alibaba to a $25 billion IPO in 2014, Jack Ma's story is always exciting and engaging.

The story of Jack Ma's failures and eventual success is inspiring and Duncan Clark's writing style is entertaining to the point that putting down this book was not an easy task.

Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonad's by Ray Kroc with Robert Anderson

How old is too old to start a fast-food empire? If you are Ray Kroc, the answer is you are never too old.  After working with the McDonad's restaurant for a few years, at nearly 60 years old Ray purchased the company and the rest, as they say, is history.

I love this book for the straightforward approach Ray Kroc used to reflect on his life. His failures aren't disguised or sugar-coated.  He also goes into great detail about the work it took to make McDonald's what it is today.  If you need a little kick of inspiration to get moving on an idea or a reason to keep moving forward after a set back, this book will provide just that inspiration.



Investopedia provides a plethora of information on almost all topics relating to finance. The site is free to use and the information is presented in an easy to understand manner.  Many articles contain helpful videos to explain difficult topics.

Reddit Personal Finance

I'm sure most of you already know/use Reddit.  But if you haven't ventured over to r/personalfinance you are missing out on a great resource. The people here are helpful and you have the opportunity to get involved in the conversations and share your thoughts.