Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. The investment advice (putting the entire portfolio in fixed income) might be seriously out to lunch but the book’s key message of rethinking our spendthrift ways struck a chord with many of you.
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. You can fit David Bach’s message in two sentences but you felt that anyone who motivates his readers to clean up their financial lives deserves a spot on the list.
The Pension Puzzle by Bruce Cohen. I haven’t read this book, in fact, I hadn’t even heard about it until you mentioned it. The subtitle explains what the book is all about: a “complete guide to government benefits, RRSPs and employer plans”.
The Naked Investor by John Reynolds. In my review, I noted that the author delivers a scathing criticism of the investment industry in Canada for being more interested in lining its pockets at the expense of its fiduciary responsibility towards its clients.
Triumph of the Optimists by Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton is a definitive work on stock, bond and bill returns from 1900 to 2000 for sixteen countries around the world. The book is lavishly illustrated with graphs and is the product of laborious research. The only negative is the price of the tome, which at $112 is a tad too expensive. But I refer to this book all the time and one of these days, I am going to break down and spring for my own copy.
Winning the Loser’s Game by Charles Ellis. Mr. Ellis likens investing to a game of tennis — the winning player is the one who makes the fewest mistakes. The book shows you how to avoid those expensive mistakes.
The Future for Investors. Jeremy Siegel contends that investors are doomed to sub-par returns by consistently overpaying for growth — whether hot stocks or the fastest growing economies whereas history suggests that the companies in slow-growth or shrinking sectors have delivered the best returns for investors.
KPMG Tax Planning for You and Your Family. I’m surprised that a dry book on a rather dry subject made the cut but I suppose a spot must be reserved for a book on helping you with one of two sure things in life.