Crucial financial reading with a bookish week ahead

A feature of lockdown has been an increase in activities such as cooking, learning another language, fitness regimes and, notably, reading. That covers a wide range of materials from novels to social media posts. It also includes a lot about financial markets, how they work and how to become involved in them.

Today is the start of Read an eBook week, and with World Book Day coming on Thursday, what better time to dive into financial reading?

Anyone seeking a reliable view will find plenty of options, some of which are more controversial than others, and some that are written by highly knowledgeable authors whose views are worth heeding.

A good place to start if you’re looking for some kind of explanation as to why markets sometimes behave irrationally is The Black Swan, which was written in 2007 by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and looks at the impact of rare events.

For detail on how markets work, it’s worth taking a look at the 1973 book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Gordon Malkiel, or The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns, which was first published in 2007 and was written by John C. Bogle, the founder of the investment giant Vanguard Group.

Periodicals such as Money Week and Investors Chronicle are also solid sources of tips, while podcasts from heavyweight organisations such as Morningstar and Financial Times offer additional insight into current market trends.

However, even armed with knowledge drawn from a variety of sources, investors should seek independent advice in Chester from an established source such as ourselves at Hartey Wealth Management.


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