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MIT, Wharton, Columbia, New York, and MIT. These are just a few of the top MBA in Finance programs around the country.
While I wasn’t interested in attending these programs, I did have interest in what the students were reading and/or the books recommended by their faculty.
While searching for the best books for MBA in Finance students, I found the below four reading lists.
Let’s get to the lists.
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Wharton Investment Management Fund Club
The list of suggested books for members of the Wharton Investment Management Fund Club, which consists of MBA students who manage $2,000,000 for the school are:
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
- Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
- The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett
- On Investing by John Neff
- One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch
- Value Investing by Bruce Greenwald
- Contrarian Investment Strategies by David Dreman
- The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom
- Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher
- Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre
- Market Wizards by Jack Schwager
Hedge Fund Investing
- Absolute Returns by Alexander Ineichen
- You Can Be A Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
- When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
- Bankruptcy Investing by Ben Branch and Hugh Ray
- Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
The Heilbrum Center for Graham & Dodd Investing Program | Best Books for MBA Finance Students
Columbia Business School, which includes famous alumni such as Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham, has a specific program for value investing. The below are the recommended books for students of the program.
- Security Analysis: The Classic 1934 Edition by Graham, B., and D. Dodd.
- Intelligent Investor Rev. ed. by Graham B.
- The Little Book That Beats the Market by Greenblatt, J
- You Can Be A Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Greenblatt J.
- Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett & Beyond Greenwald, Bruce
- Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor by Klarman, Seth.
- The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Marks, Howard
- The Little Book of Behavioral Investing by Montiers, James
- Distress Investing: Principles and Technique by Whitman, Martin.
- Value Investing: A Balanced Approach by Whitman, Martin.
- The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America by Buffett, Warren E.
- The Warren Buffett Way by Hagstrom, Robert.
- The Warren Buffett Portfolio by Hagstrom, Robert.
- Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist Reprint by Lowenstein, Roger.
- Benjamin Graham: The Memoirs of the Dean of Wall Street by Graham, Benjamin, et al.
- The Rediscovered Benjamin Graham by Graham, Benjamin, and Janet Lowe.
- Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons from the Dean of Wall Street by Lowe, Janet.
- What Works on Wall Street by O’Shaughnessy, James.
- How to Beat the Market with High-Performance Generic Stocks by Arbel, Avner.
- Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy by Greenwald, B., and Judd Kahn.
- The New Finance: The Case Against Efficient Markets by Haugen, Robert A.
- In the Shadows Of Wall Street: A Guide to Investing In Neglected Stocks by Strebel, Paul, and Steven Carvell.
- Wall Street on Sale: How to Beat the Market as a Value Investor by Vick, Timothy P.
New York University’s Global Value Investing Course Required Readings
The course is taught by James Rosenwald III. Rosenwald is co-founder and managing partner of Dalton Investments LLC.
Below are the books taken from the required readings section.
- Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Letters
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
- Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman,
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Best and Latest Advice Money Can Buy by Burton G. Malkiel
- The Craft of Investing by John Train
- Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay,
- Third Avenue Value Fund Letters
- You Can be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt,
MIT OpenCourseware Finance Reading List
While not an MBA in Finance program, the below is another list I found for finance students.
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Ninth Edition) by Burton G. Malkiel
- Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street by Peter L. Bernstein
- Investments, 8th Edition by Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane, Alan J. Marcus