These are recommended books that I have personally read. These are also affiliate links and, therefore, I make money from the purchase if you choose to buy them (at no increased cost to you).
The books that make the list are books I think it would be beneficial for you to purchase and read them. Remember, it is important to have a basic and fundamental knowledge of personal finance. Then you get your CME (Continuing medical education) by keeping up with blogs and forums written on the subject!
Fantastic Investment Books Regardless of Your Profession
The Millionaire Next Door and The Next Millionaire Next Door
If you want to know the behaviors and characteristics that describe most millionaires this book is for you. It’ll help you figure out what got them there and how you can do it, too, regardless of the level of your income. Super helpful in sorting it all out. The updated version is written by the original author’s daughter.
Boglehead’s Guide to Investing This book is where it all started for me. This is where I learned of all the wasted years that I didn’t put money away, what taught me about compounding interest, and (maybe most importantly) introduced me to Vanguard and index fund investing. Completely changed my perspective, and it’ll change yours, too, if you haven’t read it. Phenomenal book and first one I recommend to anyone medical or not.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street
If you want the comprehensive argument on why passively managed low cost index funds are the best way to invest, this is the book for you. It is a big book, but is very thorough. It lays down the major arguments against speculation, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, factor-based investing, and much more. If you aren’t convinced that low-cost passively managed index funds is the right thing for you, then you should read this book. It’ll be a good, but random walk down wall street.
The Automatic Millionaire
If you want to learn the basics behind how to set yourself up for success, then this book on how to create the “set it and forget it” kind of method to financial success is for you. It explains a lot of the social behavior behind personal finance and how to get your worst enemy (you) out of the way. Well worth the read.
The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need An interesting book that serves partly as a book of definitions (want to know what the difference between a treasury bond and a junk bond is?) and also as a guide towards how to make frugal (buying in bulk) and investment choices. If I am being honest, I’d recommend the other books in this section ahead of this one, but it is still good enough to make the list.
Medical Field Specific Books:
The following books are either written for physicians as a target audience and/or are written by physicians.
The White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing I read this in my last year of residency. I also buy it for my residents who express interest in the topic. Cannot remember if it was recommended to me or not, but I highly recommend it to you. It is physician specific, but can be applied to any high-income earner who came out of an advanced degree (or college) with significant debt. Doctor’s have a specific and unique financial situation, and this book does a wonderful job walking you through how to handle it!
The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between
This book was written by William J. Bernstein – a retired neurologist turned financial advisor. While I don’t love his advice on annuities and TIPS, the rest of this book is pure gold. It really helps solidify investing and why it doesn’t need to be complicated. It also introduces the ideas of who you can trust in the financial industry from an inside source (hint: you can’t trust most). Certainly worth the read.
Cory S. Fawcett, a retired surgeon, has written a three book series for physicians. I’ve read the first two books in the series, which I found to be very helpful. I’ve even written a review on one of them (The Doctor’s Guide to Eliminating Debt) and found the second book to be quite helpful, which is called The Doctor’s Guide to Starting Your Practice Right. Both books are quick reads, and worth your time.
Philosophical/Perspective Books on Money
How to Think About Money This may be my second favorite financial book I’ve read because this site spends so much time talking about intentional spending as a way to a moderately frugal life. I’ve reviewed this book here. Simply put, it’ll change your perspective on what makes you happy, how good you are at determining what makes you happy, and how money may (or may not) be connected to that happiness. Simply put, this book is a game changer for perspective on your money. Read it.
More Books to Come…
As I read more quality books, I’ll add them here to the appropriate section. If I read a book that’s no good (there are a lot of books that aren’t that helpful), I’ll keep it to myself.