Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been more and more interested in finance and investing. That is mainly because we’re on a brink of a financial crisis and everyone is looking into different ways to earn more money or keep their current savings in check.
At the beginning of this year, Bitcoin hit a record price and so the buzz on cryptocurrency began again. The announcement that the world’s richest man – Elon Musk has bought bitcoins for 1.5 billion and that he plans for Tesla to adopt it as a currency, increased the crypto craze even more.
So if you are a person that is interested in finance and investing but lacks knowledge or you want to know more about blockchain and crypto, but you have no idea where to start from, then this article is for you. Below, I will be recommending some top reads that will help you gain knowledge on both of these topics so that you’re better prepared for the future and so you can know more than your friends and family do when the topic comes up on the dinner table.
Books on investing
1.“The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America” by Warren Buffett and Lawrence Cunningham
This book is a timeless classic, written by the undisputed king of investments – Warren Buffet. In it, he shares his letters to shareholders and showcases his philosophy when it comes to investing. It is defiantly a good read for anyone that wants to look into the mind of the great investors.
2.“Rich Dad ,Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
This book is a lot more interesting than most other financial books since it is more of a story than just a straight-up guide on finance. In it, Kiyosaki talks about the lessons he learned from his two “fathers” and how they have shaped his views on money.
3.“Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing – A Book of Practical Counsel” by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, and Warren Buffet. A book published in 1949, but still relevant to this day. A great read for making long-term investments, learning the most vital parts of the financial game, and learning lessons that have stood the test of time.
4.“A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing” by Burton G. Malkiel
It is often said that this is the guide you should read before making your portfolio. It explores a variety of financial topics from investments, to taxes, the current rise of bitcoin, as well as real estate investment, homeownership, and commodities such as gold and silver. This is an all-around book on how to manage risk, understand it and use your money in a smart and safe way. A must-read for anyone interested in the stock market.
5.“The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness” – Morgan Housel
This book takes a different view on money and investing. Instead of looking at it from a mathematical and statistical viewpoint, this book aims to target the psychology behind investments, earning and losing money, and how all of that affects the stock market and our personal decisions while doing so in a story-telling environment.
Books on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies
1.”The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them” By Antony Lewis
A very good read on everything related to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The author gives a summary of the history behind the development of these technologies, insight into all things Bitcoin, as well as some other popular currencies such as Ethereum. If you aren’t certain you understand how blockchain works, then this book will give you the much-needed explanation you need.
2.“Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World” By Don Tapscott & Alex Tapscott
This book will give you insight into how blockchain technology can re-shape our future by making enormous changes in all sectors of public life – from banks, money, and investing to law, politics, and even healthcare. It is easy to understand read, very well researched, and incredibly informative. A must for anyone interested in where the world might be going in the next decade.
3.” Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond” by Chris Burniske
This is a must-read for anyone that wants to invest in cryptocurrencies but is feeling uncertain and like they’re lacking the necessary knowledge. In this read, you will find out more about Bitcoin, Litecoin, and other types of currencies, what their future holds, and how to navigate your investments, for you to be able to secure your future.
4.“Blockchain: The Insights You Need” from Harvard Business Review
This is a great read from HBR and it is there to explain to the reader, how blockchain technology can change business, government and create the biggest revolution after the internet. The authors aimed to prepare the audience for the future, helps them understand how exactly the status quo can be revolutionized and what we need to prepare for, to welcome the future with open arms.
5.“The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order” by Paul Vigna
Here the main focus of the writer is to talk about not so much blockchain, but about cryptocurrencies and how they are going to change the financial system. It is meant to serve you through the change from paper money to cyber money and to allow you to be prepared for what’s the come in the future.
Hope you enjoy the recommendations in this list and happy reading.