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Books and Magazines

It would be very easy to get lost in the maze of financial information that’s out there. Where exactly do you start? We’ve chosen our favourite books and magazines on a range of topics in order to help you make sense of it all and here they are …


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Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 steps to get you back on track in 2010 by David Bach (2009, Broadway Books)

Lists the key steps you can follow to organise your finances after the dreaded GFC. We also love David Bach’s book Smart Women Finish Rich. Look out for them.

The Wealthy Barber:  Everyone’s Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent by David Chilton (1997, Crown Publishing Group)

One of the biggest-selling financial-planning books ever, it’s in storybook format and is easy to read.  It’s corny, but the messages are clear and have a big impact.

Making Money: The Keys to Financial Success by Paul Clitheroe (2009, Penguin)

An easy-to-read book about finances by Australia’s Paul Clitheroe. First written in 1995, this edition includes an ‘Introduction to Tough Times,’ the only change to the last edition in 2007. Why? Because as Paul says, this book has always contained the key common-sense rules about money, and they don’t ever really change.

Five Years to Financial Freedom by Morris Kaplan (2006, Hardie Grant Books)

This book will teach you how to liberate yourself from the stress of living from paycheck to paycheck…

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape (2007, Pluto Press Australia)

A great guide for those new to investing written by stockbroker and Herald Sun columnist Scott Pape. It’s fun, offers lots of no-nonsense tips and will definitely get you thinking about your next financial moves…


Shopping for Shares by Tracey Edwards (2006, Wrightbooks)

A good, basic book about shares. It’s easy to read and written by an Australian woman who has successfully invested herself.

Top Stocks by Martin Roth (published annually, Wrightbooks)

An excellent book if you’ve decided investing in shares is for you. Summarises the most important criteria for his top 100 Australian listed companies.

Responsible Investment

How Good are You? by Julian Lee (2008, William Heinemann, Random House)

With a great chapter on responsible investing entitled ‘How do I know I am not financing an evil empire?‘ this book has timely advice on clean living in a dirty world.

The Ethical Investor by Anne-Marie Spagnolo (2007, Penguin Books)

An excellent introduction to ethical investment. The Ethical Investor delves into the history of responsible investment, helps you create your own ethical profile and looks at the practical aspects of becoming a responsible investor.


Don’t Sign Anything! How to protect yourself from the tricks and traps of real estate by Neil Jenman (2002, Rowley Publications)

An excellent book to read if you’re thinking about buying or selling property – it’ll open your eyes!

How to Create an Income for Life by Margaret Lomas (2007, Wrightbooks)

Great if you’re interested in investing in property – very thorough. Margaret Lomas has also written a number of other books about investing in property but this is a good one to start with.

Property is a girl’s best friend by (2009, Wrightbooks)

Excellent read written by a group of Australian property investors – covers everything from budgeting to cash flow and gearing to property management.

Streets Ahead – How to Make Money from Residential Property by Monique Wakelin & Richard Wakelin (2007, Wilkinson Publishing)

Monique Wakelin and Richard Wakelin have a different take on investing in residential property to Margaret Lomas – probably a good idea to read both.



Monthly, published by ACP magazines. An easy-to-read mag about investing, great for beginners.

Smart Investor

Monthly, published by Fairfax (AFR stands for Australian Financial Review). For keen investors – a step up from Money magazine.

and finally (you guessed it!) …

Find a financial adviser

Check out the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s website MoneySmart – it has loads of great information about obtaining personal financial advice and finding a qualified financial adviser. Experts often suggest you find an adviser who charges by the hour instead of receiving a commission.

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9 Sep 2009 at 10:49 pm

I really liked Scott Pape’s book for place to start for a beginner.

5 Dec 2010 at 10:16 am

Scott Pape’s have a fantastic website

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