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I’m a history major and have a hard time understanding when people talk about finance or accounting. Any books that you guys can recommend that might help?

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Honestly, account for dummies makes it very clear. Cheap and easy. Enough to be dangerous

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Anyone can pick up the fundamentals of both pretty easily. It’s all relatively straightforward and simple math. If you like text books, pick a top school, find the syllabus for their intro to accounting / finance courses, and see what book they use. Then go to Amazon and buy that book but a few editions back for like $3. There are also many free, or cheap, resources to learn online. Check edX or something Get a foundational knowledge. Then see where you stand when these conversations are happening and what type of appetite you have to learn more

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Investopedia

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This is exactly why people go to business school.

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👌🤦‍♂️

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An easy thing you can do (in addition to other advice here) is sign up for Investopedia daily emails. I did that to help with basic vocabulary and awareness

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B school

CFA I will put you well ahead of most but will require some real time investment.

Level I before B School, Level II after. Apples and oranges, obviously, but CFA Level I covers much more pure finance/econ than all of B School; so I partied while the rest of my cohort struggled through accounting and corp finance 🍻 It may not make sense for OP. I’m pointing it out as an option.

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You can definitely learn more and faster by yourself versus going to b-school. But instead of the book, there a number of providers that offer online finance of accounting courses. Some are even free.

WSJ

Sure, if you want to quote random market statistics. WSJ is very watered down IMO and lacks substance.

Just watch a bunch of YouTube videos along with. Netflix

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