Required Reading: 20 Books to Boost Your Financial Literacy

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Here in the offices of Black Enterprise, it’s hard to manufacture excitement about April’s federal designation as Financial Literacy Month. Promoting financial education and good fiscal fitness, after all, is at the very core of what BE has done for nearly 40 years. Financial literacy is literally our business. But in honor of the national awareness efforts, I asked my colleagues to help me recommend a collection of books that have helped them become more financially savvy. What we’ve managed to compile here is a list of 20 books that offer valuable and timely lessons on all things related to money.  My own recent favorites include, The Random Walk Guide to Investing: Ten Rules for Financial Success by Burton G. Malkiel (W. W. Norton & Company, $16). Malkiel authored the famous 1974 investing bible, A Random Walk Down Wall Street. In this book, he distills and updates his earlier guidance for today’s beginning investors.

Here in the offices of Black Enterprise, it’s hard to manufacture excitement about April’s federal…