Holiday Gift Ideas For Financial Professionals ~ market folly

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Gift Ideas For Financial Professionals

Each year we like to highlight relevant gift ideas for investors, traders, and professionals in the financial industry. If you or someone you know loves the markets, then here's some great picks that will arrive in time for the holidays:


Hedge Fund Wisdom ~ $199: Give someone (or yourself) a 1-year subscription to's premium newsletter that examines hedge fund portfolios in-depth.

Wall Street Journal ~ 75% Discount: Save a ton on a subscription to Wall Street's prominent news source.

Barron's ~ 60% Off: More savings on another widely-read financial publication (plus 4 weeks free).

Useful Gadgets

Amazon Kindle with Wi-Fi ~ $139: The new Kindle's e-ink technology doesn't strain your eyes like a monitor & is great for reading e-books. Not to mention, you can even read SEC filings on it! Carry this one device around instead of a ton of books. There is also a Wi-Fi & Free 3G version for $189.

13" Apple Macbook Air: The brand new Macbook Air is their thinnest computer yet & is great for when you're traveling. It also comes in an ultra-portable portable 11-inch model.

Apple iPad: Another great device for on-the-go use with tons of great investing & market-related apps.

Toshiba Portege 13-Inch Laptop ~ $799.99: Another portable option for those who like the Windows operating system.

Apple iPod Touch 32 GB ~ $269.99: Smaller, useful media device for music, movies, & wi-fi web browsing.


If you don't like portable e-readers, you can always go the physical book route as well. Some great market reads we highly recommend:

Top Hedge Fund Investors by Cathleen Rittereiser ~ $35.62: A great book detailing stories, strategies, and advice from top managers.

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden Story of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera ~ $17.50: A very comprehensive look at the crisis from a different angle; highly recommended.

The Art of Short Selling by Kathryn Staley ~ $43.66: Probably THE book authority on short selling as it has been recommended by Third Point's Dan Loeb as well as hedge fund Blue Ridge Capital.

Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street's Bluff by Christine Richard ~ $18.45: The title says it all.

Fooling Some of the People All of the Time by David Einhorn ~ $11.21: A new paperback version of the hedge fund manager's popular book with an epilogue containing new story information and an intro by Joel Greenblatt.

The Greatest Trade Ever by Gregory Zuckerman ~ $17.16: A fantastic book detailing how John Paulson predicted the housing crisis and profited from shorting subprime.

You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt ~ $10.20: Baupost Group's Seth Klarman actively recommends this book as it details catalyst-based investing such as mergers, spin-offs, and risk arbitrage to exploit market inefficiencies.

For more great book ideas, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of books recommended by hedge fund managers.


Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (DVD) ~ $15.99: The next installment of Gordon Gekko set to be released on DVD for the holidays. You can also pick up the Blu-Ray version here.

Wall Street (DVD) ~ $7.49: "Greed ... is good." The original movie that people still quote to this day. It is also available on Blu-Ray.

That wraps up our holiday gift guide for those who love financial markets. Happy Holidays everyone!

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