A curated list of essential finance books to build expertise in personal finance and Investing

Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits. Photograph: StepStone Group

One of the great investors of the 20th Century, Philip Fisher was a pioneer in Growth Investing and wrote this masterpiece to showcase his tools.  His book teaches an investing philosophy for investors by outlining how to analyse stocks and understand the market.  It includes essential  basics such as when to buy, when to sell, dividend hunting and how to find growth stocks.  It includes his famous ‘scuttlebutt method’ to research information about a company and the best investments.

Best for: Common Stocks & Uncommon profits is best for investors seeking an introduction to fundamental analysis of companies by learning how to read and understand  financial statements.  Full of insights and practical suggestions, a thorough understanding of a company can be obtained using the techniques in this book.

Richer, Wiser, Happier. Photograph: Stepstone group

This must read investment book features interviews and discussion with great investors that will keep you on the right track and mindset when it comes to investing.  It covers 8 of the best investors from our time and the key concepts they have applied in their lives to beat the market.  The investors the book author interviews include Mohnish Pabrai, Sir John Templeton, Howard Marks, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Joel Greenblatt, Nick Sleep, Tom Gayner & Charlie Munger.

Rather than an investing manual it seeks to show the successful habits, mindsets and routines to put in place in your investment career covering wide ranging concepts such as health, nutrition, exercise & mental health.

Best for: Learning to be a better investor & a better human, showing how to put the odds in your favour in the markets and in life

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel. Photograph: Stepstone Group

The Psychology of Money focuses on developing financial soft skills that are crucial when it comes to investing and money.  The author believes financial success is not a hard science but rather a soft skill – where how you behave is more important than what you know.

Some of the soft skills of investing covered include the ability to survive volatility in stock market prices, learning not to chase gains, understanding how to tailor your investments to your individual needs, recognising your circle of competence, preparing mentally for black swan events and developing the ability to resist the human bias towards pessimism.

Best for: Learning human psychology and its relation to money.  The Psychology of Money will help you develop psychological soft skills to improve your ability to beat the stock market.