Goldman Sachs’ Favorite Books List

Goldman Sachs put together a list of the best books and it is impressive and long – unfortunately it is hard to sift through since it just has the title and the author without any information on the book so we are helping you out by filing in that info. If you want to find the full list go here we also list it below at the bottom along with descriptions. Note: we do not endorse the short term trading strategies (well we really do not officially endorse anything) but to keep the list complete we have included all descriptions of books below. Because this is lengthy we will be breaking them up by section so stay tuned for more!- which brings to Industry Background and Flavor – there are some real classics in here and a few lesser known names and many of the books only cost a few pennies from Amazon and even with shipping will cost you less than $5 TOTAL, a bunch only cost a penny plus a few dollars shipping – so make sure to check them out!!

Also see Bill Gates: 5 Books To Read This Summer Also see Written About, By or For Money Managers and Traders -> here Also see Goldman Sachs’ Recommended Reading List – Industry Background and Flavor Part I Goldman Sachs’ Recommended Reading List – Industry Background and Flavor Part II

Goldman Sachs reading list sections

Written About, By or For Money Managers and Traders
Industry Background and Flavor Broad Industry History

Analytical and Reference


  • Wall Street Journal (daily, Monday through Friday)
  • Barron’s (weekly publication)
General IMD FICC & Equities Options/Derivatives

Goldman Sachs’ Favorite Books List – FICC & Equities

The Bond Book, Third Edition: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More by Annette Thau

Everything on Treasuries, munis, bond funds, and more!

The bond buyer’s answer book—updated for the new economy

“As in the first two editions, this third edition of The Bond Book continues to be the ideal reference for the individual investor. It has all the necessary details, well explained and illustrated without excessive mathematics. In addition to providing this essential content, it is extremely well written.”

—James B. Cloonan, Chairman, American Association of Individual Investors

“Annette Thau makes the bond market interesting, approachable, and clear. As much as investors will continue to depend on fixed-income securities during their retirement years, they’ll need an insightful guide that ensures they’re appropriately educated and served. The Bond Book does just that.”

—Jeff Tjornejoh, Research Director, U.S. and Canada, Lipper, Thomson Reuters

“Not only a practical and easy-to-understand guide for the novice, but also a comprehensive reference for professionals. Annette Thau provides the steps to climb to the top of the bond investment ladder. The Bond Book should be a permanent fixture in any investment library!”

—Thomas J. Herzfeld, President, Thomas Herzfeld Advisors, Inc.

“If the financial crisis of recent years has taught us anything, it’s buyer beware. Fact is, bonds can be just as risky as stocks. That’s why Annette Thau’s new edition of The Bond Book is essential reading for investors who want to know exactly what’s in their portfolios. It also serves as an excellent guide for those of us who are getting older and need to diversify into fixed income.”

—Jean Gruss, Southwest Florida Editor, Gulf Coast Business Review, and former Managing Editor, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report

About the Book

The financial crisis of 2008 caused major disruptions to every sector of the bond market and left even the savviest investors confused about the safety of their investments. To serve these investors and anyone looking to explore opportunities in fixed-income investing, former bond analyst Annette Thau builds on the features and authority that made the first two editions bestsellers in the thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded third edition of The Bond Book.

This is a one-stop resource for both seasoned bond investors looking for the latest information on the fixed-income market and equities investors planning to diversify their holdings. Writing in plain English, Thau presents cutting-edge strategies for making the best bond-investing decisions, while explaining how to assess risks and opportunities. She also includes up-to-date listings of online resources with bond prices and other information. Look to this all-in-one guide for information on such critical topics as:

  • Buying individual bonds or bond funds
  • The ins and outs of open-end funds, closed-end funds, and exchangetraded funds (ETFs)
  • The new landscape for municipal bonds: the changed rating scales, the near demise of bond insurance, and Build America Bonds (BABs)
  • The safest bond funds
  • Junk bonds (and emerging market bonds)
  • Buying Treasuries without paying a commission

From how bonds work to how to buy and sell them to what to expect from them, The Bond Book, third edition, is a must-read for individual investors and financial advisers who want to enhance the fixed-income allocation of their portfolios.

The Most Powerful Bank: Inside Germany’s Bundesbank by David Marsh

The author of The Germans provides an insider’s look into “the bank that rules Europe,” including the social history and the impact of the bank on the American economy. 17,500 first printing. First serial, International Economy. Tour.


From Library Journal

The story of a harmless joke played on a Bundesbank director by the Financial Times , for which Marsh ( The Germans , LJ 9/15/90) was a correspondent, opens this thorough and well-written history of the Bank in Germany. Created by the United States and Britain after World War II, the Bundesbank has grown into a major world financial power. Though it is compelling as a history alone, the value of this book is amplified by Marsh’s discussions of European unity and the future of the European Monetary Unit and its impact on banking globally. The book is extensively footnoted, with a bibliography of mostly German titles. Recommended for all economics and international business collections.

– Lisa K. Miller, American Graduate Sch. of International Management Lib., Glendale, Ariz.

Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A savvy audit of the Bundesbank, which, the author observes, “has replaced the Wehrmacht as Germany’s best-known and most feared institution.” Marsh (chief European correspondent for London’s Financial Times; The Germans, 1990) offers an accessible, often absorbing, appraisal of the Federal Republic’s Frankfurt-based central bank, whose “anti-inflationary rectitude” has made it a power to be reckoned with in global finance. After a chatty briefing on those now running the show, the author provides a detailed rundown on the Bundesbank’s predecessors, most notably the Reichsbank that was put out of business in 1945. Allied forces created a transitional replacement in what was then West Germany; in 1957, Bonn established the Bundesbank as a politically independent entity that, at least in theory, isn’t accountable to other agencies of federal or state government. Given its role as guardian of the deutsche mark, its statutory right to set interest rates, and Germany’s post-WW II emergence as an economic colossus, the Bundesbank wields unrivaled influence over domestic policy. In turn, the strength of the D-mark has given the FRB-like institution worldwide clout. But although invariably effective, the Bundesbank is by no means infallible, and Marsh leaves little doubt that great demands will be placed on its capacities in the period immediately ahead–in particular, he cites

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