With more books than ever around money and investing, there are no shortage of opportunities to learn, be inspired and grow.
But with so many finance books out there, which ones should be on your reading list for 2024? To help you choose, these are the top money books hand-picked by the MoneyWeek team.
Here are the top money books of 2024 we think everyone should read.
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8 Money Books to read in 2024
Book: Psychology of Money
Author: Morgan Housel
Recommended by: Kalpana Fitzpatrick, digital editor
Appeared on Steven Bartlett's Diary of a CEO podcast - this Sunday Times Bestseller delves into the importance of your behaviour with money.
Kalpana says: "How we manage our money has a lot to do with how we behave, and the stories in here are eye-openers and full of life lessons.
I found it inspirational, thought-provoking and a great read - it doesn't feel like you're reading about finance at all. It’s not your everyday money book telling you how to manage your money, but it is one you'll want to dip into everyday."
Author: Edwin Lefevre
Recommended by: Andrew VanSickle, editor
The 2019 reprint of this fiction takes you through a character's journey of trading, to ending up on Wall Street and the lessons that came with it.
Andrew says: “A fictionalised account of the life of Wall Street trader Jesse Livermore, this book is an investment classic. It has been reprinted several times since it was first published in 1923 as it is a gripping exploration of pre-World War 2 Wall Street, making and losing large fortunes, and human nature.”
Author: Burton G. Malkiel
Recommended by: Matthew Partridge, shares editor
The fifth edition of this book is great for those from many walks of life, from investing beginners to those thinking about retirement.
Matthew says: “There are a huge number of books about investment out there. However, if I had to recommend one to complete beginners wanting to get a broad overview about finance and investing, I recommend A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel.
“While I don’t agree with its conclusion that it's not possible to beat the market, it’s certainly true that many investors, especially those with smaller amounts of money, or who lack time to scrutinise their portfolio would be better off with simple low-cost index funds that track the market.”
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Book: The Future of Geography: How Power and Politics in Space Will Change Our World (Released April 2023)
Author: Tim Marshall
Recommended by: Chris Carter, wealth editor
A book by one of the UK's most well-known geopolitics writers, Tim Marshall. awarded number one on Sunday Times Bestseller and Waterstones paperback of the year 2023.
Chris says: “In this third book of a trilogy exploring the relationship between geography and politics, Tim Marshall looks at how countries will seek to exploit the resources of space, through mining and competing satellite systems, for example, and how that has the potential to bring about conflict in the future.
The Future of Geography is a hugely engaging and enjoyable book and a must-read for anyone who is thinking about investing in the space sector.”
Book: Invest Now
Author: Kalpana Fitzpatrick
Recommended by: Vaishali Varu, staff writer
A simple guide to investing, which busts common money and investing myths, and explains why you're money sitting idle is losing its value.
Vaishali says: “This is a great read if you’re interested in how to invest, and I would say it’s not limited for beginners. The book explains investing in a simplified way, and it’s also a good option if you prefer to dip in and out of the book for useful tips or information.
My favourite aspect of the book is how it doesn’t just tell you where to put your money, for example in funds or shares, but it recommends which investment platforms to consider too.”
Author: Gillian Tett
Recommended by: Marc Shoffman, contributing editor, MoneyWeek
Set back in the late 90s, this book gives an insight into complex finance through an investigative take.
Marc says: "A pretty old one but still feels current today- Fool's Gold. A brilliant narrative by the Financial Times' Gillian Tett that illustrates how greed and the creation of complex products caused the 2008 financial crisis, the impact of which still reverberates.”
Author: Claer Barrett
Recommended by: Ruth Emery, contributing editor
Find out what your 'financial personality' is in this book, and let that navigate how you budget and set financial goals.
Ruth says: "I often recommend this book to friends. As the title alludes, we are taught very little about money in school, and it's tricky navigating the grown-up world of credit cards, mortgages, pensions and so on.
From explaining exactly what shares are to thinking about your own financial independence - and lots of Claer's personal anecdotes inbetween - this is an essential and enlightening book for anyone wanting to feel more confident about their money."
Book: Back from the Brink
Author: Alistair Darling
Recommended by: John Fitzsimons, contributor
Written by an award-winning author, this book delves into one of the biggest financial crises in the 21st century. The Guardian quotes, "one heck of a good read."
John says: "Great insight into the financial crash and the political side of stepping in to bail out the banks, and particularly timely after he passed away recently."
Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University and she has experience working with the likes of Leicester Mercury, Inews and The Week. She also comes from a marketing background, where she has done copywriting and content creation for businesses.
Currently writing about all things personal finance, Vaishali is passionate about finding the best deals around, whether it's the best credit cards or the cheapest personal loans, as well as sharing top money hacks to help people save and better manage their money.
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