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.

Books

  • 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.

Forums

Blogs

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.

Podcasts

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