Investing at the stock market is a superior form of gambling. If you want to maximize your chances of being successful you need quite a lot of knowledge. It is extremely fun though. Whenever I got into a new activity I spent entire days, sometimes weeks, reading continuously. This is the essence of a life that revolves around knowledge. This is how you take complete understanding of what you want to achieve and become independent to the whims of others. Do you want to put yourself into a pole position for becoming rich through the stock market? Below are the books/articles that I consider absolutely essential. After reading them you will excel at this and will be able to concentrate on the methods that you like most (ETFs, buyout funds, derivatives – options, futures contracts, forward contracts, swaps, credit derivatives or mortage-backed securities, etc). Don’t just read one of them, READ ALL OF THEM! The people that are at the top have read the best books and whenever something new will be worth reading, they’ll check it out as well.