For students interested in money management:
For those seriously interested in entering money management, they should take the CFA exam while in the MBA program.
CFA Society of Sacramento
The local chapter of the CFA Institute has speakers on a regular basis. Check out their calendar and attend these events to network.
Bernstein, Peter L., Capital Ideas Evolving, 2007.
Peter Bernstein, a well-regarded economic consultant, has written a wonderful history of modern finance theory -- both the ideas and the mean who created this revolution in financial markets.
Bogle, John, Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investors, 2000.
The founder of Vanguard provides a comprehensive analysis of the mutual fund industry.
Shiller, Robert, Irrational Exuberance, 2005.
A Yale economist discusses the market bubbles. The book walks readers through structural reasons for market bubbles, then ventures into "softer" analyses which professional economists less confident than Shiller would be scared to touch. It examines cultural factors behind market bubbles, such as hype-mongering news media, and psychological factors, such as herd behavior.
Siegel, Jeremy, Stocks for the Long Run, 2007.
A Wharton finance professor provides a comprehensive and highly readable history of the stock market that dramatically makes the case for long-term investing in stocks.
Bernstein, Peter, Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, 1998.
Peter Bernstein, a well-regarded economic consultant, has written a comprehensive history of man's efforts to understand risk and probability, beginning with early gamblers in ancient Greece, continuing through the 17th-century French mathematicians Pascal and Fermat and up to modern chaos theory.
Rolfe, John and Peter Troob, Monkey Business: Swinging through the Wall Street Jungle, 2001.
A must read for those who want to be investment bankers.
Stross, Randall, eBoys, 2001.
A must read for those who want to work in venture capital. Great stories about the evolution of eBay, Webvan, and other fabled startups of the late 1990s.
Lewis, Michael, Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street, 1990.
A humorous first-hand account of bond trading on Wall Street.
Bruck, Connie, The Predators' Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of The Junk Bond Raiders, 1989.
The rise and fall of Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, et al.
Lowenstein, Roger, When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management, 2000.
The rise and fall of a hedge fund that nearly toppled global financial markets.
Burrough, Bryan, Barbarian's at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, 1990.
The story of the hostile acquisition of RJR Nabisco by KKR.
Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room
A documentary that dissects the characters behind Enron. This film should be mandatory viewing for all MBA students.
The classic tale of greed and fear on Wall Street.
Barbarians at the Gate
The fictionalized story of the RJR acquisition.
A documentary that follows a wanna be startup.