3 books Consuelo Mack suggests for a beginner investor



Beginning investing can seem daunting, even for business undergraduates and grad school students. Consuelo Mack, host of Wealth Track, suggests three books as must-read for beginners and beyond.


The Elements of Investing by Burton G. Malkiel

A timeless, easy-to-read guide on life-long investment principles that can help any investor succeed


The Elements of Investing has a single-minded goal: to teach the principles of investing in the same pared-to-bone manner that Professor William Strunk Jr. once taught composition to students at Harvard, using his classic little book, The Elements of Style. With great daring, Ellis and Malkiel imagined their own Little Red Schoolhouse course in investing for every investor around the world-and then penned this book.


A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

Today’s stock market is not for the faint of heart. At a time of frightening volatility, what is the average investor to do?



The answer: turn to Burton G. Malkiel’s advice in his reassuring, authoritative, gimmick-free, and perennially best-selling guide to investing. Long established as the first book to purchase before starting a portfolio or 401(k), A Random Walk Down Wall Street now features new material on “tax-loss harvesting,” the crown jewel of tax management; the current bitcoin bubble; and automated investment advisers; as well as a brand-new chapter on factor investing and risk parity. And as always, Malkiel’s core insights—on stocks and bonds, as well as real estate investment trusts, home ownership, and tangible assets like gold and collectibles— along with the book’s classic life-cycle guide to investing, will help restore confidence and composure to anyone seeking a calm route through today’s financial markets.


Winning the Loser's Game by Charles D. Ellis

"Winning the Loser's Game is considered by many to be a classic analysis of investing." ­­Financial Planning

The premise of the bestselling Winning the Loser's Game­­that individual investors can achieve far greater success working with financial markets than against them­­has grown increasingly popular in today's hard-to-predict markets. The latest edition of this concise yet comprehensive classic offers updated strategies to leverage the power of time and compounding, protect against down cycles, and more.