A hedge fund friend, now comfortably esconced in Colorado, asked for some market/econ related reading suggestions. One thing led to another, and thus a list was born:
Taleeb Nassim’s “Fooled by Randomness” was a fast read, if you like mathematical theory. — although it could have very easily been a 3000 word magazine article.
For more heavy lifting on the subject, try James Gleick’s Chaos. (Its utterly fascinating, but its not lite reading — its enjoyable work).
As long as we are recognizing that the market is subject to the rules of chaos, its important to note that it is also a dynamic, nonlinear system. An excellent exposition of how these systems work in non market environment is Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. A very easy and enjoyable summer beach book.
Let’s move on to the MacroEconomics arena. Two books I really liked alot were: New ideas from Dead Economists, from Harvard Prof and economic adviser in the first George H.W. Bush administration. A broad historical survey of economic theories through the years. Very interesting to see the evolution of Econ thinking. (It turns out that Economists have been getting wrong for centuries).
by Robert Prechter. Very, very interesting view. This book is one of the most fascinating and challenging books I’ve ever read.
A more general market read is “Stock Market Rules” — its an almost fun book. Its lite; You can pick it up, read 10 pages, then put it down. I didn’t agree with everything in it, but it was interesting nonetheless.
It might be a bit late to be reading Sy Harding’s Riding the Bear, but the guy nailed the top as well as anyone. There are plenty of instructive rules in this one to help you prep for the next top.
Finally, I just started “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene. Its really about ye olde rulesof court, when the Lords and Ladies all jockeyed for position and favor around the King. Very provocative, yet surprisingly applicable to the stock market. Its a different and interesting read . . .
Many of these are available from Amazon used for 20% of the original list price.