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Bob Seawright’s Recommended Reading List

Bob Seawright is a great thinker and I respect his opinions. If you don’t read his site (see here) you should.  So when he puts out a recommended reading list I pay attention. The following are some of his favorites.  With the exception of one person on this list, I totally agree with his recommendations:

    • The Monoliths. There are lots of (probably too many) huge and would-be comprehensive sites covering the financial world.  My favorites are AdvisorOne, which is geared toward retail advisors and other professionals as well as The Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch and the Financial Times, which are more broadly focused.


    • The Aggregators. Having reliable sources to sift through everything and point me to what I need to read is absolutely crucial to my day.  For my money, the best are Tadas Viskanta’s Abnormal Returns and Real Clear Markets.  Tadas focuses on the blogosphere and is especially good at finding terrific stuff I wouldn’t otherwise have seen, often from new and off-the-beaten-path voices.  Real Clear does some of that while providing more must-reads from traditional journalistic sources. A number of other excellent bloggers provide some of this as well (Barry Ritholtz, Lauren Foster, Michael Kitces and Josh Brown are prominent examples, but they will be cited elsewhere).


    • The Commentariate: Lots of people comment a lot on the markets and our industry. In my view, three stand out above the crowd: Barry Ritholtz’s The Big Picture, Josh Brown’s The Reformed Broker and Cullen Roche’s Pragmatic Capitalism.  Each is prolific as well as insightful and each has a powerful and unique voice.  If you don’t read them every day already, what are you waiting for?


    • The SpecialistsDoug Short‘s market analysis and charts are invaluable.  For eclectic, data-based takes on politics and finance, Political Calculations is a must-read. Michael Kitces is the best financial planner I know and his blog is great. Tom Brakke is the best investment analyst I know and his blog (in three parts) is wonderful. David Merkel is really, really good, too. For retirement planning, Wade Pfau’s Retirement Researcher Blog is unbeatable. Rick Ferri is my go-to on indexing.  Mark Buchanan’s The Physics of Finance is a brilliant look at economics and finance through the lens of physics.  James Osborne is a newer voice I really appreciate. Ed Yardeni’s Dr. Ed’s Blog is fabulous for investment strategy. Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street is always fantastic and regularly speaks to some of my particular interests, including behavioral and cognitive finance. I really like The Psy-Fi Blog too, for similar reasons. The Enterprising Investor, from the CFA Institute’s Lauren Foster, is consistently helpful. And I try to read everything Morgan Houselwrites.


    • The Conscience. For my money, Jason Zweig of The Wall Street Journal is the conscience of our industry. If you don’t read everything he puts out, including his weekly column, The Intelligent Investor, you’re missing something really important.


  • The Platform.  I should particularly note StockTwits, which is my “home base” for dealing with the markets and seeing who’s who and what’s what.



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