New Investment Books Recommended By Ezra Crangle (1 of 3)

Selection of stock and investment booksOne of the main advantages of having a blog is the people you know. Among others, I have had the pleasure of meeting value investing.

Release Date: September 9, 2014

2. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant (Expanded Edition)

Book on business strategy which provides us with a new method on competitive advantage called "blue ocean strategy" which tells us that instead of dedicating ourselves to compete in the "red sea" - sea where all the competition swims -, a nuevo mar (blue), in which the company proposes innovation in value propositions in order to make the competition irrelevant. That is to say; expand the market through innovation without worrying about competition. It exhibits examples of companies such as Cirque du Soleil, NetJets, Ralph Lauren, among others.

Release date: February 3, 2015 (still missing but we have to save money)

3. Unmasking Financial Psychopaths: Inside the Minds of Investors in the Twenty-First Century

The author teaches us that psychology has erroneously named the financiers "financial psychopaths" (something like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho), and that they are not really psychopaths but their behavior is like that due to the pressure and eternal change of the professional environment in which they move.

Release Date: August 7, 2014

4. Basic Economics (Fifth Edition)

One of the best economics books for beginners is back in a new edition. Written by the economist Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics it teaches us the principles of economics in an uncomplicated way, through common sense, without graphs or mathematical equations.

Release date: December 2 of 2014

5. The Kaiser: Dermot Desmond, Ireland’s Secret Billionaire

Many of us probably don't know Dermot Desmond (Paco maybe yes since he studied in Ireland… hopefully he confirms us), however Desmond is one of the 3 billionaires in Ireland. This book is about how he came to be one of those 3; from investments like NBC, London City Airport, Celtic Football Club and several more. Also surrounded by both political and business scandals associated with Prime Minister Charlie Haughey are tales of the life of this unorthodox investor.

Release Date: Sep 11, 2014 (Unforgettable Date)

6. Morality, Competition , and the Firm: The Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics

As Warren Buffett puts it: "We seek to invest in companies run by honest people." This book, which is a collection of essays, tells us about the moral obligations that economic agents have towards themselves and towards society. The author demonstrates a similarity between "market failures" and business ethics.

Release Date: September 1, 2014

7. Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Lawrence A. Cunningham returns with a new play on Buffett.

Some believe that Berkshire Hathaway will not survive after Warren's death, but Lawrence will not and in this book he demonstrates how the corporate culture of the companies that are part of it holding they will ensure the prosperity of Berkshire for a long time, as well as the history and successes of each company that is part of it, and the work of the leaders to achieve its success.

Release Date: October 21, 2014

8. The Agility Advantage: How to Identify and Act on Opportunities in a Fast-Changing World

This book deals with how companies must be prepared not to lose their competitive advantage in the constant change of the market. They must be prepared agilely and quickly to be effective in these changes. We will see examples of companies like Apple, Amazon and Google which will teach you what to invest in, what to change and what to abandon.

We will learn:

  • To see through the eyes of consumers;
  • Finding new opportunities for growth and innovation to build new forms of value for consumers;
  • Anticipate future movements of competition, consumer needs and technology.

Release Date: September 22, 2014

9. Separating Fools from Their Money: A History of American Financial Scandals (Second Edition)

We will see financial scandals from Enron, the Dot Com Bubble, the 2008 financial crisis, princes of the Ponzi Scheme, etc. Greed, arrogance, connections with the mass media and political interests are only part of these scandals.

Release date: December 31 of 2014

10. Hiding in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis—and Why It Could Happen Again

El status quo tells us that the 2008 financial crisis was caused by the greed of investors on Wall St. and insufficient regulation of the financial system, when in reality the crisis was caused by the mortgage policies of the US government.

Release date: January 6 of 2015

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