What's Next?

I hope that this little book gets you off to a good start! But there's always plenty more to learn. If you'd like to continue reading about investing and personal finance, check out some of these references.


  • The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, John C. Bogle. Founder of Vanguard and inventor and popularizer of the index fund, Jack Bogle is something akin to a financial saint. This book discusses why indexing investing is such a powerful strategy.
  • The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf. “Bogleheads” are fans of the passive buy-and-hold indexing approach advocated by Jack Bogle. They've got a lively and informative forum. Engineering Your Finances and its author owe an enormous debt to the Bogleheads community and philosophy!
  • The Four Pillars of Investing, William J. Bernstein. Briefly, these four pillars are: relating risk and reward, understanding the history of the market, getting a grip on your own psychology, and ignoring investment salespeople. Bernstein covers these in a bit more depth.
  • The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley. A collection of profiles of self-made millionaires. They're probably not what you imagine. I found this book terribly inspirational, since it made the whole notion of investing and earning money seem so much more approachable.
  • The Simple Path to Wealth, JL Collins. From the author of the Stock Series of posts, this book is a perfect next step from personal finance into investing.
  • Your Money Or Your Life, Vicki Robin. The original book that ignited the financial independence movement.
  • An Introduction to Stock & Options for the Tech Entrepreneur of Startup Employee, David Weekly. An absolutely terrific guide to the more complex financial instruments involved in working at (or founding) startups.



There are a bunch of blogs devoted to financial independence out there. If you're interested in exploring that, these are a few of the most popular.

I've found these to be especially information-dense:

This set skews a bit more toward inspiration than information; I find that to be extremely valuable, too, but you may feel differently.


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