Money Masters of Our Time (John Train)

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This is a more modern update of the classic, Money Masters, written by the same author. This book compiles materials and interviews from 18 different investors/ traders. These include famous ones like Buffet, Soros, and relatively less well-known ones like Philip Carret and Ralph Wanger. The book draws upon rich resources including conversations Train had, materials published from funds, and … [Read more...]

100 Baggers: Stocks That Return 100-to-1 and How To Find Them (Chirstopher W. Mayer)

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Mayer is the founder of two investment newsletters and author of other books. This book is intended to be a spiritual successor to another book: 100 to 1 in the Stock Market authored by Thomas W. Phelps. This book is a summary of 100-baggers by other authors, investors and research. Mayer builds the case with some inspirational stories before presenting evidence, and some how-to. I felt that … [Read more...]

Wall Street Meat (Andy Kessler)

This is another book from Andy Kessler. This book details his journey into Wall Street up to the point when he started his own fund. On the timeline, the events would take place before the ones in the second book. It introduces some characters which he mentions in his second book such as Jack Grubman. This book is just as funny as the second book, but it is less in-depth. It has a different … [Read more...]

Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships (John J. Murphy)

3 facts about this book: 1. For technical and fundamental analysis This book covers the bond, currency, equity and commodities markets and shows the relationship between them over the decades. The author shows how both methods of analysis can benefit from being aware and understanding the interlinks of each market with the rest. 2. Plenty of charts There are many charts chronicling the … [Read more...]

Young Money: Inide the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Clash Recruits (Kevin Roose)

Kevin Roose, writer for New York magazine, has written a book chronicling the journey of a few fresh recruits into the banking industry. It records their struggles, thoughts and emotions about the industry, themselves and the people around them. Along the three-year journey in the book, Roose has also worked in other topics about the industry. The youths themselves come from varied … [Read more...]

Trading Naked: How to make money trading price patterns (Dr Foo Loon Sung)

This book was authored by Dr Foo, which according to the book is a private trader and trainer with many years in the financial industry. This book contains advice on trading according to his methodology. The author starts off with rationale for trading the methodology and philosophy before diving into the methods. The method Dr Foo uses is mainly candlestick charting. The first half of the book … [Read more...]

Building Your Real Estate Riches: Hard Truths about Singapore’s Commercial and Residential Markets (Ku Swee Yong)

This edition of the book was published in 2012, and as such, contains articles and research from the period pre-2012. The book details the writer's reports for his clients which includes inpact of policies, the supply and demand, and commercial and industrial properties. Each article is well backed up by statistics, numbers and clear tables. Interestingly, the author mentions that all the … [Read more...]

Millionaire Traders: How Everyday People are Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game (Kathy Lien and Boris Schlossberg)

Written by Lien and Schlossberg, both forex experts, this book is similar in execution to the Market Wizards series. Lien herself is an author of other forex books. As expected, the traders interviewed in this book are skewed towards forex traders. Each chapter focuses on an unknown trader and is an interview with each. There is a summary of each trader's key lessons for the readers. Just like … [Read more...]

Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything (John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper)

Endgame is written by Mauldin and Tepper, both financial writers who are involved in the markets. This book is their analysis and commentary of the global market situation as of 2011 and of the outlook from thence. Although published in 2011, I find the analysis insightful of the situation leading up to the crash and post the Great Financial Crisis as well, which could provide a good background … [Read more...]

Grow Rich Singapore Style (Alfred Chia)

This book of financial planning was written by Alfred Chia. Note that the image used above is similar to that of the book. Alfred Chia is the CEO of SingCapital, a financial consultancy for individuals.  The book covers a brief understanding of money, mental habits of building wealth, convincing readers that they have the ability to plan their financial destiny and how to go about doing it, and … [Read more...]

Market Sense and Nonsense (Jack D. Schwager)

This book was written by Schwager who is also the author of the Market Wizards series. This book is a standalone book. Topics involve (overturning) commonly held beliefs such as the efficient market hypothesis, ideas about risk measurement, performance evaluation of funds and correlation. The second half of the book concerns hedge funds with respect to the ideas discussed in the first half, … [Read more...]

Building Wealth Through REITs (Bobby Jayaraman)

This book was written by Bobby Jayaraman, himself a REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust) investor. I believe there is a newer edition with discussion on interest rates, but this review is not of that edition. This book explains REITs in the local context, including: introduction, a comparison with other investment assets, how to build a REIT portfolio and how to choose REITs. Bonus chapter of … [Read more...]

Millionaire Teacher (Andrew Hallam)

According to the in-book profile, Hallam is a school teacher at an American international school who managed to built a million-dollar portfolio, doing so while on a teacher's salary. He also has his webpage which he updates from time to time. This book covers basic investment knowledge such as the concept of compound interest, purchasing habits and the dangers of letting someone manage one's … [Read more...]

Beat The Forex Dealer (Agustin Silvani)

This book written by Silvani is about the pitfalls of trading in Forex and how to deal with those. This is not primarily a how-to book. The book covers an introduction to players in the Forex, how orders are processed and some operational information. The book itself was easy to understand and not too long or boring. The author has littered the book with many interesting anecdotes, both obscure … [Read more...]

No B.S. Guide to Property Investment (Property Soul)

This book was written under the pen name of Property Soul, who also has her own website. It covers guidelines to property investment and information pertinent to the local property market. Topics run the gamut from goal-setting to agent selection and buy and sell strategies. True to its name, this book really has no bullshit. Each chapter is succinct enough to cover the facts and nothing more. … [Read more...]

Growing Your Tree of Prosperity (Christopher Ng)

This book is about principles of building wealth as told from the author's, Christopher Ng, point of view. The book covers advice regarding changing one's mindset (in the backdrop of Singapore 2005), creating the $100,000 challenge, and how to continue onwards from that amount of assets. The book is written like an essay. The sections on the background of the book and changing one's mindset are … [Read more...]

Invest Lah! The Average Joe’s Guide To Investing (Ser Jing, Sudhan, Wei Lin)

This book, written by three young authors, is aimed at beginners in the local market.The book is focused on the fundamental aspect of investing. The book is divided into a few sections: 1. General introduction, 2. How to pick companies from a fundamental viewpoint, further divided into looking at a company's numbers, situation, and the investor's mindset, 3. Case studies from SGX, 4. The authors' … [Read more...]

Your First Million – Making it in Stocks (Dr Michael Leong)

Written by Dr Michael Leong, this book aims to set readers "rethinking" investment issues. The author himself has an interesting history all of his own, having left the medical field early in his life to join the corporate world, before embarking on entrepreneurism and then finally becoming a private investor. I am reviewing the second edition printed in 2012. The book covers some strategies, … [Read more...]

How I made $2,000,000 in the stock market (Nicolas Darvas)

Nicolas Darvas was a professional dancer who supposedly made much money. This book records his development from a neophyte in the stock market till he was able to keep his profits. What is amazing about his success is that it was achieved in spite of his distance from the market and news while travelling internationally, simultaneously holding a full time occupation in entertainment. The book is … [Read more...]

More Talk Money (Lorna Tan)

This is book is not really about investments; it focuses more on financial planning in a local context. The book comprises of articles pulled from The Straits Times, mostly from 2009 - 2011. Topics are very wide, divided into chapters. A wide range of topics are discussed, including Consumer protection, Investment planning, Children's education etc.This book would be good for anyone who wants to … [Read more...]