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Economics is another matter. If you're not planning to become an economist the courses are there to provide a big picture perspective on how the agglomeration of

I agree wholeheartedly with Kenny. Economics should be 'cultural reading': you don't need it, but it makes you more hip. I read micro/macro on my own for the actuarial exams using Hal Varian's Intermediate Micro book+workbook as well as a very forgettable macro book; none of the material has helped with investing. A little macro may help you understand the economy better. Whether this helps or hurts (cf. Peter Lynch's view) is up to your point of view.
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