Fi­nan­cial primers

Wor­ried about money? Un­sure about in­vest­ment? Here are some books that might help, says Anna Temkin in The Times.

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The Fi­nan­cial Well­be­ing Book by Chris Budd (2016). This sen­si­bly writ­ten guide by a savvy fi­nan­cial ad­viser cov­ers all the main as­pects of per­sonal fi­nance and of­fers a much-needed “dose of op­ti­mism” for mil­len­ni­als.

Freako­nomics by Steven D. Le­vitt and Stephen J. Dub­ner (2005). A cult clas­sic which re­mains “a bril­liant way to get you hooked on eco­nom­ics”.

Prop­erty Un­cov­ered by Louisa Fletcher (2014). A prac­ti­cal guide to the prop­erty world, with tips on deal­ing with es­tate agents and so­lic­i­tors, and a use­ful over­view of dos and don’ts.

The Money Mas­ters by John Train (2000 edi­tion). This clas­sic work looks in de­tail at ten fa­mous US in­vestors, giv­ing an in­sight to their dif­fer­ent ap­proaches. Jar­gon-free and fas­ci­nat­ing.

Think­ing Fast & Slow by Daniel Kah­ne­man (2012). A best­selling guide to be­havioural eco­nom­ics, which teaches you why peo­ple end up mak­ing ir­ra­tional de­ci­sions.

Your Money or Your Life by Alvin Hall (2006). The TV per­sonal-fi­nance guru cov­ers a broad range of top­ics, from in­sur­ance to pen­sions, in one easy read.

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