Wall StreetIf you can understand how the crazier things happen on Wall Street, you may avoid some investing pitfalls. These two books offer insight into that arena -- and they could just as easily be filed under how to raise problem children. Fred Schwed's
EconomicsUnderstanding where we are in the business cycle -- expansion, plateau, contracting, bottoming -- is crucial to understanding where the markets will be in 6-18 months. My favorite introductory econ book is Todd G. Buchholz'
TechnicalsYou learn technical analysis not by reading about it, but by looking at thousands of charts over the course of many years. That makes recommending any books on TA challenging. I picked the following because they either illuminated a particular segment of TA or were extremely accessible to the nontechnician.
Short SellingSurprisingly, there haven't been too many books on shorting -- or even on the art of selling. One I like is Sy Harding's
FundamentalsGiven my inclination towards quantitative, trend, sentiment and macro economics, I am admittedly an outsider on pure fundamentals. But I have found these books to be valuable additions to my knowledge base.