Becoming a self-taught financial expert may not be as daunting of a task as it seems.Start by reading. “The Richest Man in Babylon” is a small, simple book that explains financial concepts. From there, the famous “For Dummies” series offers insight into everything from budgeting to mutual funds. Online sources like Investopedia and its tutorials detail a wealth of information on a variety of topics. Also, check out the local library and the websites of many mutual fund companies for more good information. Many experts discuss common financial topics on television and radio broadcasts, as well as podcasts. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Investing” goes into greater detail about investing and finance. Find stock research through publications like Value Line. And if you make it this far, subscribe to the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s to keep up with the latest news and trends. Tapping into a financial professional’s expertise can expand your knowledge. Take your financial advisor, your accountant or your banker out for coffee, and soak in what they have to say. Eventually, you may want to access the curriculum from the CFA Institute. Many of its programs are free. Above all, remember this: The financial services field is constantly changing, meaning the self-taught expert will always have room to grow.