Ever wanted to strip down all that complicated, financial mumbo-jumbo from newspapers, blogs and books into something palatable? Consider reading Naked Economics, by Charles Wheelan. It's a fantastic book - written with a sense of humor for those of us who weren't born with an innate understanding of stock markets and bond ratings. As Wheelan puts it, Naked Economics is "not economics for dummies, it is economics for smart people who have never studied economics (or have only a vague recollection of doing so)." While it's not a book on how to invest or what to do with your money, it will get you closer to understanding the basics of how various financial institutions interact and get you up-to-speed on the most widely used economic terms without making you feel stupid.