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While lockdown measures are still largely in place, make the most of your free time by working through our recommended reading list of finance books.

We’ve picked our top 10 finance books on investing, banking, financial modeling, accounting, valuation, and more.

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

This is a must read for anyone interested in breaking into finance and/or understanding the stock market. Benjamin Graham, also known as the ‘father of value investing’, sheds light on how to invest safely and successfully.

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Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset by Aswath Damodaran

An essential textbook for anyone looking to understand valuation in detail. Damodaran equips the reader with the tools and techniques needed to choose the right model for any given asset valuation situation, making this the perfect read for those keen on pursuing a career in finance.

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Analyst and Associate Guide by Mary Moore and Alastair Matchett

Learn core financial accounting, modelling, valuation, M&A and LBO skills from Wall Street instructor, Mary Moore, and Financial Edge founder and ex-J.P. Morgan banker, Alastair Matchett. Perfect for new and veteran professionals alike. Find out why this is our bestselling investment banking guide for financial analysts and associates.

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FT Guide to Using the Financial Pages (The FT Guides) by Romesh Vaitilingam

This guide will help you to interpret and unpick the financial pages of news media, making markets and fiscal data much more accessible.

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Practice & Prepare Pack by Financial Edge Training

Put your knowledge into practice with this finance revision handbook. Includes 331 questions split across 16 fundamental corporate finance topics, from financial accounting to merger analysis. Perfect for anyone preparing for an interview and looking to put their practical finance skills to the test.

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Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Dubbed as the ‘ultimate business thriller’, this is a fantastic read for anyone looking to get an insight into 1980’s Wall Street. Burrough and Heylar transport the reader back in time to the largest corporate takeover in American history, the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. While the story is old, the content remains largely relevant, making this a compelling book for aspiring analysts alike.

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A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Gordon Malkiel

Written by the Princeton economist, Burton Gordon Malkiel, this investing guide introduces the reader to the ‘random walk hypothesis’. This theory suggests stocks move randomly and therefore cannot be predicted. Malkiel uses this to argue in favour of index investing, a strategy explored throughout the book.

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Financial Statement Analysis Under IFRS by Kenneth Lee and Deborah Taylor

All analysts are expected to be able to analyze financial statements. This is the perfect resource for anyone looking to understand this skill in detail, alongside key IFRS changes.

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Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms by John Downes and Jordan Elliot Goodman

With more than 5,000 terms related to financial markets, banking, and corporate finance, this is an essential read for anyone looking to break into these industries.

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Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd

Also written by economist, Benjamin Graham, alongside American educator, David L. Dodd, this book serves as a guide to value investing strategies and techniques. Warren Buffet describes it as ‘a road map for investing’.

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