The Personal Finance Book Roundup

At last week’s National Business Book Awards, Stampede! The Rise of the West and Canada’s New Power Elite, by Gordon Pitts, deservedly took top prize. Still, tales of boom times seem oddly out of sync with modern times. What you really need are books to help you boost your net worth. We present some of the finest.

Investing for Canadians for Dummies by Tony Martin and Eric Tyson
Guys who don’t know the difference between a stock and a bond should start with this terrific overview of all investing options, including equities, bonds, real estate and owning a small business. Get Rich Slowly Factor, scale of 1-10: 6.2

Tax-Free Savings Accounts by Gordon Pape
The title’s dry, but the premise is not: Canada’s premier mutual fund analyst, Gordon Pape, shows you how the new TSFA could mean tax-free gains on $5,000 a year for more than 30 years. GRSF: 7.6

Stocks for the Long Run by Jeremy J. Siegel
Crunching financial data from the past century, Siegel shows how investing in stocks over the long term is by far the most rewarding — and least risky — approach. The book offers an unparalleled historical understanding of the markets. GRSF: 8.4

One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch is second only to Warren Buffett in investor esteem: As a fund manager for Fidelity Investments he beat the S&P 500 Index for 11 of 13 years. In this short and entertaining book, he shares his best investment secrets. GRSF: 9.5

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