I'm striving for financial literacy and education. I've been really frustrated with most of the literature that's out there surrounding retirement, income taxes, and investment.
Most of it seems like an oversimplification or restating of the obvious. From what I've seen, it's mostly traditional advice I would get from my parents or friends/relatives.
If I spoke with a financial advisor or planner, the underlying tone would be an attempt to sell or pitch to financial products that the advisor's respective bank has to offer.
Are there some helpful or "must have" books for these different topics? Something that introduces the vocabulary and treats the reader like an intelligent individual?
Having read some of the topic threads on this site, the confidence using finance specific vocabulary expressed by those asking and responding to questions is pretty strong. Some very heady research and foot work has been done by these individuals to achieve that type of comfort level with "the language of finance". If that's the case, are there some pdfs or books I could pick up to get me up to speed?
I come from a computer science background, so from my stand point this is similar to being a non-CS person on the side lines of a conversation with a bunch of hardcore, pipe-hitting, CS nerds.
Thanks in advance!