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Our Favorite Recs From 2020

by Q.ai Team

If you’ve been following our Investing Reimagined newsletter each week, you know that we’ve been offering up some seriously coveted investing intel, including a “rec of the week.”

Our aim is to help you build diversified portfolios and execute winning strategies—all while actually understanding the language, properly reading the charts, keeping in-the-know of industry insights and making informed investment decisions. 

By subscribing to Investing Reimagined, you’ll learn how to breathe investing and spew financial jargon like it’s your native tongue. So, if you were to sit down for a beer with Warren Buffett, you could hold an intelligent, educated conversation—or, at the very least, basic but legit banter.

Beyond each week’s biggest headlines and some important investing lessons, we also share our top recommendations of books, podcasts, videos, essays and infographics to give you a greater grasp on all things investing. To recap, here are our favorite recs of 2020. (And, don’t worry, you can always check out Investing Reimagined to revisit all our past newsletters!)

Princeton’s P/E Ratio Video

Our first top rec of the week helps make sense of one metric you should absolutely remember: price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. In this four-minute video, Princeton breaks things down in a way that makes it seem simpler than it even is. Knowing this ratio can help prevent you from making poor investment decisions from here on out. 

Financial TimesMoney Clinic Podcast

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Investing is synonymous to sustainable investing. ESG investors seek and prioritize positive returns and long-term impact on society and the environment. But ESG investing isn’t always so straightforward. In the Financial Times’ Money Clinic podcast, episode “How to Get Started in ESG Investing,” Claer Barrett dives into the challenges of building an ethical investment portfolio. Editor-at-large, Gillian Tett, and money columnist and head of personal finance at Interactive Investor, Moira O’Neill, chime in with tips, as well.

The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

The Devil’s Financial Dictionary is a book about investing that’s written by investors for investors. Author, Jason Zweig, has a way with words. With brutal honesty and sarcasm, he drills in his points, so you’ll actually learn a thing or two about investing. But don’t just take our word for it; Robert J. Shiller, finance professor at Yale and Nobel laureate in economics, considers the book “the most amusing presentation of principles of finance [he has] ever seen.”

Invest Like the Best Podcast ft. Jesse Livermore

The economy and the stock market are two totally different entities, but there’s no doubt it immensely influences one another. Whether it flows together or in opposite directions depends on a number of factors, including the Federal Reserve’s influence on spending power. Learn all about this in this Invest Like the Best podcast episode that features legendary trader, Jesse Livermore.

NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz Podcast ft. Alexa von Tobel

This episode of NPR’s How I Built This features Alexa von Tobel, the founder of personal finance company LearnVest. If you need a reason to start investing, von Tobel will give you one—and then some. She explains Americans’ widespread struggle with growing wealth, paying off debt and saving for retirement. This podcast will light a fire under anyone to get started saving for their financial futures.

Fortunly’s “Investment Banking, Explained” Video

Curious to learn more about what investment banking actually is? How much investment bankers earn? The storied history of investment banking? Fortunly’s video is a great place to start. The video details the history of the profession, how it got its reputation and what the future holds for investment bankers.

Visual Capitalist’s Warren Buffett Infographic

Our final rec is the second part of Visual Capitalist’s five-part series. This infographic dives into the mind of Warren Buffett, also known as the “Oracle of Omaha.” While the formula and his investment criteria explained in this infographic seem simple-ish on paper, it’s actually incredibly nuanced in practice. But getting a deeper look into Buffett’s brain can help you form your own framework for investing and adapt some of the same principles.