I’ve been catching up on some reading now that my university is done. I’ve been learning about investments and the stock market – something I knew very little about a few days ago.

I just finished reading these two books. They were very easy to understand and quite inspiring. I recommend them to anyone who is interested in learning more about investing. Start with the first, then read the second.

How I Made $2,000,000 in the stock market by Nicolas Darvas
How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times and Bad by William O’Neil

The reason I particularly like these books is that they go against the whole notion of listening to Wall Street analysts. Darvas’ book is mostly a story about how he made it rich on the market in the 50s and 60s. O’Neil is widely regarded as one of the best investors of the last century, and he’s the founder of www.investors.com. His book is extremely focussed on the math behind a stock’s rise. He encourages you to pay attention to charts, graphs and numbers and less on analysts, news and rumours.