I read Michael Lewis’s latest book Flashboys and recommend it.  The book provides insight into the increasing instability of U.S. equity markets.  The core theme is banks/brokerages have sold out the investing public (and fund companies) by selling preferred access to high frequency trading firms, allowing the market to be gamed and profited from with no risk taken.

If you already despise and mistrust the investment industry/banks/brokerages, don’t read it. It will send you into a rage.