Top 20 Stock Market Books Review – Updated 2017

The Liberated Stock Trader Top 20 Stock Market Books Review 2017

An essential way to improve your knowledge and therefore improve your success in the stock market is to always keep learning and expanding your mind. You will not be successful in the stock market without a considerable knowledge of strategies, concepts and an appreciation of risk management. Here you will find a selection of the most highly rated books available in the market, including a detailed review and ratings based on the content, practicality and readability of the books.

Not a lot has changed in 2017 so far. The classics are the classics and stock market knowledge is timeless.

1 – How to Make Money in Stocks – William O’Neil

Combining Technical & Fundamental Analysis, this best selling book gives you a good framework for building your own stock market investing approach.

Positives: Packed full of clear examples and a very structured approach.

Negatives: Promotes using as a tool. In reality you do not need to purchase this service as you can create your own stock screeners to achieve the same goal for free.

Score 92% – Content:5/5 – Applicability:5/5 – Readability:4/5 – Fundamentals:5/5 – Technical Analysis:5/5

2 – Trade Like A Stock Market Wizard – Mark Minervini

Minervini was featured in the Stock Market Wizards Series and this book is an excellent practical guide into the application of technical analysis and how to apply it in the real world.  Packed full of insights and strategies this is a modern book that simply must be on your book shelf.

Score 92% – Content:5/5 – Applicability:5/5 – Readability:4/5 – Fundamentals:5/5 – Technical Analysis:5/5


3 – Winning on Wall Street – Martin Zweig

A must have book for the serious investor, covering economic, fundamentals and technical analysis.Positives: Strong on logical systematic evaluation of the state of the business environment and its effect on the stock market.Negatives: Not enough charts. Some systems are hard to calculate manually and require a lot of effort to maintain.

Score 80% – Content:4/5 – Applicability:4/5 – Readability:5/5 – Fundamentals:4/5 – Technical Analysis:3/5


4 – Technical Analysis Explained Martin J. Pring

Another of the Bibles of Technical Analysis, and one of the best. Pring is a popular technical analyst and the depth of value of this book is unmistakable. Pre-requisite reading for any serious or professional technical analyst.Positives: With 600 pages of detailed Technical Analysis, the quality and quantity of the content can be overwhelming.Negatives: Combining this best of this book and covering some fundamental analysis would provide an improved and more efficient way to learn. See the Liberated Stock Trader Book for this combination.

Score 76% – Content:5/5 – Applicability:4/5 Readability:4/5 – Fundamentals:1/5 – Technical Analysis:5/5

5 – One Up On Wall Street – Peter Lynch

An excellent down to earth book, ideal for the beginner to show you how to apply your local knowledge to find winning companies.Positives: A very easy and entertaining read by one of Wall Streets great stock pickers.Negatives: Light on really actionable investing strategies, charts and technical analysis.

Score 76% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 5/5 – Fundamentals: 5/5 – Technical Analysis: 3/5


6 – Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market – Stephen T. McClellan

An insiders account of how Wall Street Financial Analysts really operate. This book deciphers the double talk and outright misleading way Stock Market Analysts cover the markets and how to really read there advice. I came away with the thought to never trust a Wall Street analyst and do my own research.Positives: A good addition to any bookshelf with insights into how companies manipulate earnings and how Wall Street Analysts sit in a microcosm of influence from the big company CEO’s.Negatives: Some of the book became a little tiresome to read, but was none the less interesting.

Score 75% – Content: 4/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 4/5 – Insight:4/5


7 – Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets – John J. Murphy

A very valuable contribution to the understanding of technical analysis of the financial markets, this book is a must have for the technical (Stock Charts & Indicators) trader.Positives: One of my favorite Technical Analysis reference books and published by the New York Institute of Finance, this book is well presented and easy to understand.Negatives: A mind blowing amount of information, however it does not back test the indicators to show if they are really useful in the practical world.

Score 72% – Content: 5/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 4/5 – Fundamentals: 1/5 – Technical Analysis: 5/5


8 – The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham

A classic book written by Graham, the father of Value Investing. Warren Buffet was also strongly influenced by Graham.Positives: A huge amount of valuable insight and knowledge. The revised version with comments from Jason Zweig brings the book up to date with new examples of how the book’s tenets still hold true.Negatives: With an overwhelming 623 pages and a very dry writing style you will need a lot of coffee to get you through.

Score 72% – Content: 5/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 3/5 – Fundamental Analysis / Value Investing: 5/5 – Technical Analysis:2/5


9- Market Wizards – Interviews with Top Traders – Jack D. Schweiger

Packed with good interviews with successful stock market traders, this book is a worthwhile addition to your bookshelf. Do not expect solid strategies, but expect insights into how stock market institutional investors operate.Positives: Well selected interviews and easier read than its predecessor, this book is worth buying.Negatives: Low on specific strategies and rules to incorporate into your market approach, the interviewees would not want to give away anything truly useful in case they lose their edge.

Score 68% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability:5/5 – Fundamentals:3/5 – Technical Analysis:3/5


10 – Secrets for Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets – Stan Weinstein

Written in the 1980’s this classic investment book covers the Technical Analysis approach to the stock market in a very practical and usable way. A good read.Positives: The explanations of Bull and Bear Markets and the use of combining price breakout with volume increases to improve the chances of success are excellent.Negatives: The book is quite old and therefore a little dated. It doe not make use of more modern indicators or ways to leverage current technologies to achieve your goals.

Score 68% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 4/5 – Readability: 5/5 – Fundamentals: 2/5 – Technical Analysis: 5/5


11 – Getting Started In Options – Michael C. Thomsett

If you want to leverage your capital though the use of options, do nothing until you read this book. Probably one of the best books on options for beginners.Positives: Options are a difficult subject to learn never mind to master, this will make getting used to the basics a walk in the park.Negatives: Options are a tough topic and a lot of new tools have been developed since this book was written. After reading this book you will still not be equipped to be a successful options trader. However is does achieve what it sets out to do.

Score 68% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 4/5 – Readability: 3/5 – Fundamentals: 1/5 – Technical Analysis: 1/5


12 – The Bible of Options Strategies – Guy Cohen

This book takes you to the next level of understanding options.  Taking away the mystery and helping you realize that options can actually be used to create regular income and as a fantastic vehicle for limiting risk and knowing what your risk reward really is.  Great strategies and and thoroughly good read.  As it says on the cover, this is the definitive guide for practical trading strategies.

Score 65% – Content: 4/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability:3/5 – Insight:5/5


13 – Trader Vic – Methods of a Wall Street Master – Victor Sperandeo

An easy to read book with some useful insights. Written in 1991, when everyone and their dog made money in the biggest bull market of all time, I wonder how Vic would have fared in the 2000, or 2007 stock market busts.Positives: Good chapters on drawing trend-lines and the basics of economics.Negatives: Dated and lacking any really solid advice for trading in today’s market using the power of computers and technical analysis software.

Score 60% – Content: 4/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 3/5 – Fundamentals: 2/5 – Technical Analysis: 2/5


14 – Hedge Fund Market Wizards – How Winning Traders Win – Jack D. Schweiger

A mixture of interviews with top traders on topics as far reaching as trading Futures, Trading T-Bills, aggressive trading, stock selection and psychology. The books provides interesting insights into the minds of the traders interviewed and how they operate to achieve that profit. For an insight into the minds on Wall Street, this is a classic book.Positives: Focus is definitely on interviewing and insights into trading styles, which can make interesting reading and a break from too much number crunching and technical analysis books.Negatives: The people interviewed provide no real practical insight into specific trading systems or actions, yet is it still a good read.

Score 60% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 5/5 – Fundamentals: 2/5 Technical Analysis: 2/5


15 – Buy And Hedge – Jay Pestrichelli & Wayne Ferbert

Buy and Hedge gives you an important lesson in risk management.  I know, it sounds boring right.  Wrong.  If you do not have a solid grasp on the concepts in this book you will be severely hampering your chances of success.  Covering what they call the 5 iron rules of hedging this book re-iterates the importance of using Options and other strategies to know and limit your risk.

Score 60% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 2/5 – Readability:5/5 – Insight into subject:3/5


16 – How to Trade in Stocks – Jesse Livermore

An interesting book that gives us a glimpse into the mind of one of the worlds first super investors. Livermore made and lost his fortune several time over before his very tragic suicide. A good read, with some good advice, but other books in this list should be higher on your reading list.Positives: A good lesson on how money management and stock market analysis were used by Livermore, also some valuable lessons on how too much money can corrupt and break families.Negatives: The book promotes that it has the “Livermore Market Key” included from the original 1940 print, however this is old, out-dated and quite unusable in modern times.

Score 56% – Content: 2/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 4/5 – Fundamentals: 3/5 – Technical Analysis: 1/5


17 – The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street – John R. Talbott

Talbott’s 86 biggest lies on Wall Street is a good book and an easy read. Some of the “lies” are difficult to agree with, but on the whole a good insight into the views of Wall Street and Government.Positives: Although Talbott tells you what all the lies are, his version of the truths are also debatable. A firm view against the use of technical analysis to analyse stocks and market shows he is no expert in this area. However these flaws in his reasoning are balanced with good and compelling arguments against many of the preconceptions we have today regarding governments, corporations, venture capital and economics”.Negatives: Some interesting arguments, especially if you have a left wing conspiracy theory bent. Talbott holds some views that do not make sense. Also, I am sure some of the lies he has made up just for effect.

Score 55% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 1/5 – Readability:4/5 – Insight into subject:3/5


18 – The Winning Investment Habits of Warren Buffet and George Soros – Mark Tier

A good book if you enjoy some insights into the two most successful investors of all time, but lacks any serious investing strategy or practical examples. More a book about the people and catch phrases.Positives: Nice quotes and comparison between the two great men.Negatives: A let down in terms of real practical investing wisdom.

Score 48% – Content: 2/5 – Applicability: 2/5 – Readability: 5/5 – Fundamentals: 3/5 – Technical Analysis: 1/5


19 – The New Market Wizards – Conversations with America’s Top Traders –  Jack D. Schweiger

With very diverse interviews this time, the book would appeal to investment firm insiders but I feel this will have less value to the independent investor who focuses on the stock market.Positives: Interesting insights on Options Trading, Foreign Exchange (FOREX) and Automated Trading this book provides insights outside the realms of the stock market.Negatives: A rather weak trading psychology section at the end leaves one wondering what the point was.

Score 48% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 2/5 – Readability: 3/5 – Fundamentals: 2/5 – Technical Analysis: 2/5


20 – Technical Analysis of Stock Trends – Robert D. Edwards & John Magee

This is not a book you read cover to cover, it is more a reference manual. A book with a lot of detailed content on technical analysis, but delivered in a badly presented package, with hard to read charts and a typeface to make your eyes water.Positives: Strength of sheer content is the benefit of this book.Negatives: Make sure you have 20 20 vision and a pack of headache pills to read this book.

Score 44% – Content: 3/5 – Applicability: 3/5 – Readability: 1/5 – Fundamentals: 1/5 – Technical Analysis: 3/5


Bonus Book – Liberated Stock Trader, A Complete Stock Market Education – Barry D. Moore

Designed as a complete education the book covers everything you need to know to get started in investing in stocks. fundamental analysis, technical analysis, stock screening, risk management and psychology are all covered.

What makes it different is that there are 16 hours of instructor lead video included, which turns this training from a book to a full stock market seminar training.

Premium stock market education is expensive, this training course is extremely cost effective. Well rounded education for those who want to take the stock market seriously.

Score – 90% or 4.5 Stars on

How We Rated the Top 20 Stock Market Books

Purely Stock Market Strategy books covering specifics of fundamental analysis, technical analysis are rated like this:

  • Depth of Content: How deep does the book go into the subject matter.
  • Applicability: How applicable is the material to helping to improve your investing success
  • Readability: Is the book easy to comprehend or difficult to read
  • Fundamentals: How well does the book cover things like the Balance Sheet, Fundamental Analysis or value investing
  • Technical Analysis: How well does the book cover the topics of charts, indicators and price action.

Books that are not specifically about making money in the stock market but rather providing background to the financial industry, Wall Street or power and politics, are rated like this:

  • Depth of Content: How much actual stock market content is contained within
  • Applicability: How applicable is the material to helping to improve your investing success
  • Readability: Is the book a good read, entertaining
  • Insight into subject: Does the book provide a real insight into the subject matter, is it thought provoking

For the ratings the percentage of stars gained is calculated to ascertain the overall percentage rating.

Happy reading.


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