Dollars and Sense | Money Architect, Russell Sawatsky

Dollars and Sense

by Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler

Dan Ariely is a psychologist and behavioural economics scholar; Jeff Kreisler is a lawyer turned comedian. Together they have written an engaging book filled with humorous anecdotes about the impact our emotions and irrational thoughts have on the way we use our money. Well worth reading.

Common Sense Investing | Money Architect, Russell Sawatsky

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

by John Bogle

John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, a now giant investment fund company, popularized the low-cost index mutual fund in the United States. Many issuers now offer a variety of index mutual funds and ETFs in Canada and the US but Bogle is the man who made it possible. This book, although based in the US context, makes the case for index investing in a persuasive manner that is universally applicable, and judging by the way in which index investing is growing, his case has been won.

The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton | Money Architect, Russell Sawatsky

The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns

by David Chilton

I read the original back in the 1990s, which presented personal finance in a novelized format. The sequel updates the original and exchanges the novelization approach for a casual living room chat style of writing. Either book, or both of them, will help the personal finance novice get off to a good start.

The Geometry of Wealth | Money Architect, Russell Sawatsky

The Geometry of Wealth

by Brian Portnoy

Portnoy, an investment professional and educator, has written an excellent book to help readers reorient our relationship with money. Worth the price of the book alone is his wise insight into the difference between being rich and being wealthy.

Your Money, Your Brain | Money Architect, Russell Sawatsky

Your Money and Your Brain

by Jason Zweig

Zweig is the personal finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal. This book investigates the emerging science of neuroeconomics. The human brain did not develop in our current context, and as a result we tend to not behave in ways that make sense for us financially. A fascinating read.