Investment Banking books to read
If you are interested in a career in Investment Banking and Finance, chances are good that you possess an energetic, detail mind, think fast on your feet, can tolerate stressful situations well and are a social creature by nature. Trading securities, raising capital and managing mergers and acquisitions is not for everyone. The hours are long, the stakes are high but the rewards can be great. No matter if you are already entrenched into this field starting out as a financial analyst or still a college student researching the career before jumping in, there are plenty of books on the subject that are good reads.
There are books that will entice and advance your ambition, explain basic methodologies and some that will explain past mistakes. Some well-written books explain specialties of investment bankers, or touch upon latest trends and fads. It is no secret that a combination of luck, skill and risk are involved in the big picture of investing. The newest books are not necessarily the best; Warren Buffet, acclaimed by many as the most successful investor of the 20th century, swears by the 1949 tome, The Intelligent Investor by Ben Graham, as the best investing book ever written; Since Warren Buffet is also one of the wealthiest men in the world and according to Time Magazine in 2012, one of the most influential; you will find the book as number one on this list, written for both defensive and enterprising strategies of investment banking.
There are books available on almost every wrong investment and mistakes made by corporations and wall street over the decades. Individual interests will guide people to read about global financial management firms Lazard Freres and Company and Goldman Sachs, or to read about last days and failures of Bear Sterns or R. J. R. Nabisco. This reading list will not be so specific.
This list is not in chronological order of publishing, alphabetic order by title or author, or any kind of organised rating system; it merely integrates; basic understanding, starter guides, historical accounts of past crises and some tongue-in-cheek humour among valuable information that a good investment banker would benefit from by reading.
Our Top 10 (All Clickable Links):
- The Intelligent Investor, Ben Graham.
Also highly recommended reading to those interested in, curious about or studying the field of Investment Banking: daily newspapers the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.