Finance Books I’ve Read Pre-2012

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As it is the Christmas holiday season and I am off work for 2 weeks, I thought I reflect on books I have read in the past and how those books have helped me in my finances.

Below is the list of books that I have read from 1997 to 2011.

1. Li Ka-shing: Hong Kong’s Elusive Billionaire
2. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
3. The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition
4. One Up On Wall Street : How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market
5. Elliott Wave Principle: Key To Market Behavior
6. The Electronic Day Trader
7. A Beginner’s Guide to Day Trading Online
8. The Disciplined Trader
9. Third World America
10. Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age (Finish Rich Book Series)

As you can see from the list above in a 14 year period, I have only read about 10 finance/trading books, however the list doesn’t include some video courses I have taken. Although reading each of these books helped me with my finances in the short term and I might have been worse off if I didn’t read the books and acquired some knowledge. In retrospect, the only thing I can say is that even though I read those books from front to back once, it is not enough.

What I mean by not enough is that you should also be taking notes and review them every few months. If you don’t review your notes, you will end up making the same mistakes again or completely forget what you have read. That was what happened to me when life took over.

Some reasons why you forget everything are:

-work is too busy
-personal issues
-got lazy
-lose focus
-stifled ambition

From the list of reasons above, the main reason for me not keeping up with my financial / trading education was work too busy and lost my focus.

In 2012, I re-focused and prioritized my financial education and started reading like a mad man. I will be posting the list of books I’ve read in 2012, which is more than what I have read in the past decade or so.

by Das Brain

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