9 Best books for young investors
Best Overall: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing
Most experts, including the Investopedia Financial Review Board, agree that John C. Bogle’s
best-selling financial guide is akin to an investing bible. No matter your age, this book is a must-read
before you start investing. First published in 2007, this 2017 edition includes two new chapters on
asset allocation and retirement investing options.
“The Little Book of Common Sense Investing” provides a framework for building a low-risk portfolio
and teaches you how to make the smartest investment decisions. Bogle also explains the
importance of index funds and advises readers to ignore investing fads and focus instead on
constructing a broad and diversified portfolio.
Best for Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market
Most experts, including the Investopedia Financial Review
Young investors who do not have experience with the stock market will learn the ins and outs of the
market with this guide. Matthew R. Kratter breaks down the types of stocks and how they work, while
explaining how to analyze stocks to find ones that should perform well in the short-term and
One key area this book addresses is the mistakes beginning investors often make and how to avoid
them. “A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market” also dives into investing strategies and the
methodologies that are ideal for new, aspiring investors, making this a great first read among
Best for Financial Basics: Broke Millennial
“Broke Millennial,” as recommended by members of the Investopedia Financial Review Board as
one of the top picks for young investors, addresses what many other investing guides fail to
acknowledge: understanding personal finance and addressing your spending habits are crucial if you
want to become an effective investor.
Erin Lowry explains how to take control of your finances, even if you don’t make much money, and
how to begin investing. Young investors will learn tips for how to stretch their paychecks and how to
get started on building a retirement fund at an early age. Unlike many traditional financial guides, this
book is written by a millennial for millennials in simple terms that novice investors will grasp quickly.
Best for Rental Property Investing: The Book on Rental Property Investing
Young investors might immediately think of the stock market when building an investment portfolio,
but it is not the only place you can invest your money. Rental property investing can help diversify
and grow money, if you know what you’re doing. This book covers the entire process of buying and
renting properties, while offering advice on choosing the right property, deciding between selling and
renting, and flipping houses.
The author, Brandon Turner, provides a complete framework for growing wealth with real estate
investing. “The Book on Rental Property Investing” explores the basics of the financial impact of
being a landlord, and it touches on common landlord challenges and how to overcome them.