19 books to help you understand and successfully invest in bear markets as recession fears linger, according to top Wall Street stock-pickers

  • The S&P 500 has slumped over 14% this year as investors fret about a potential recession.
  • We asked experts for the essential reading that’s helped them to better understand bear markets.
  • Here are 19 books to help investors navigate a stock market downturn.

It’s been a tough year to make money in the stock market.

Equities have suffered a broad and deep sell-off in 2022, with investors panicking about a potential recession, rising interest rates, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Growth stocks have led the downturn, with the Nasdaq down 22% this year through Friday. Some retail and even professional investors are experiencing their first prolonged bear market after two years of record-breaking outperformance from major indices and the extended bull run in the decade after the 2008 financial crisis. 

Insider asked a number of veteran Wall Street strategists which books have helped them better understand bear markets, recessions, and stock market crashes.

They shared 19 top picks, ranging from Michael Lewis’s “The Big Short,” which was adapted into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Christian Bale and Brad Pitt, to “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator,” a 1923 novel written by the journalist Edwin Lefèvre.

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