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The Fine 15

Bob Seawright has put together a really nice list of must read financial sites.   I’m posting this mainly because he put my name on the list.  Just kidding.  I actually really like the way he’s broken this down.  So much of my day is spent reading and using time wisely.  We have to aggregate all of this content in a manner that doesn’t waste excessive time.  So I really like having a few go-to sites.  I personally use an RSS reader and try to clear it once a day.  It’s all about organization.  Anyhow, here’s his excellent list:

  • The Monoliths. There are lots of (probably too many) huge and would-be comprehensive sites focusing on the financial world.  My favorites are AdvisorOne, which is geared toward retail advisors and other professionals and The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, which is more focused on the markets.
  • 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 must-reads from traditional journalistic sources.
  • 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 terrific. Tom Brakke is the best investment analyst I know and his blog (in three parts) is terrific.  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.  Ed Yardeni’s Dr. Ed’s Blog is fabulous for investment strategy.

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