With so many companies, terms, and trends to keep track of, the financial world can seem very daunting. To stay on top of what’s going on, you’re going to need all the help you can get. Thankfully, you don’t need a degree to make sense of the money market these days.
Just like websites that help you plan your financial future, there are tons of sites with a wealth of information about the marketplace. Let’s take a look at ten sites for the bookmarks bar or RSS reader of any financial enthusiast.
CNN is one of the biggest news networks in the world, and its finance-focused Money page is one of the easiest places to browse the latest headlines. As soon as you land on the page, you’ll find dozens of headlines about current financial events, along with a slider showing daily market performance.
If you want to browse specific topics, you can click on Business, Tech, Personal Finance, or another heading at the top of the page. For quick news on a variety of topics, CNNMoney is a great pit stop.
While CNN focuses on news headlines, Kiplinger is a great overall resource for personal finance advice and trends. You’ll find actionable content like financial New Year’s resolutions, the best generic products to buy at supermarkets, and financial advice for newlyweds.
If you’re new to the field, Kiplinger’s section on personal finance basics is just for you. For a bit of fun, you can also try out some quizzes that test your knowledge of credit scores, social security, and similar topics. Folks who want a practical focus on how current events affect their financial situation should definitely consult this one.
This UK-focused websites packs an absolutely huge amount of information on its front page. You’ll find dozens of articles on news, money trends, deals, and advice, not to mention videos. The categories at the top of the site, like Bills, Cars, and Holidays bring practical financial advice about everyday topics.
Those outside the UK might not find the news on this site as useful, but there’s plenty of other content you can dig into. Take a minute to glance over the homepage; chances are you’ll find something that catches your eye!
TheStreet focuses on news, especially news applicable to investing. You’ll find commentary on current events, investing recommendations, opinion pieces, and the basics of getting into the market by Jim Cramer, one of the co-founders of the site, and a host of other authors.
If you find yourself fancying more, TheStreet offers paid services for investors. These include in-depth analysis of current markets, stock recommendations, and advanced tactics. Learning from experts is always smart, so these plans are a great step if you want to go beyond the basics.
MarketWatch (formerly SmartMoney)
MarketWatch is a Wall Street Journal publication that caters to those who are deep in the daily markets. Right at the top of the page, you’ll find a ticker that lets you monitor key exchanges, recent stock changes, and the latest news.
If you sign up for a free account, you can customize the homepage by adding stocks to your watchlist. Even without an account, the site still offers plenty of investing news. Those who are brand-new to the field might find some of the content hard to digest, though.
Instead of building its own content, Seeking Alpha aggregates information from other financial sites. You’ll find trending articles from all over the web on the homepage, along with the most recent articles and the best-performing stocks from the last month.
If you’re interested in a specific topic, the headings at the top of the page let you find stories on dividends, markets, investing strategies, and more. There’s certainly value in a site that does all the work for you, so visit Seeking Alpha when you only want to see the most important news and hottest topics.
Another powerful resource for general financial news, Bloomberg offers a ton of information in an attractive, minimal format. On the homepage, you’ll find current market trends, along with top headlines and stories.
Bloomberg TV also lets you watch or listen in live or watch the best of the archives. Overall, Bloomberg is a well-balanced site with a great mix of content that anyone can enjoy and make use of.
Forbes is a household name in the business and finance world, and for good reason. No matter if you’re interested in investing, small business, or leadership, you’ll find something to read on Forbes. On the lighter side, you can check out videos or lists detailing the highest-paid athletes, richest people in the world, and more.
This is one of the few sites on the list that doesn’t only focus on finance. If you enjoy Forbes’ coverage of other topics, they’re an easy pick for your daily financial reading.
DealBook is part of the New York Times. It’s rich in insight about current events, and contains articles from many well-respected financial gurus. With sections like Mergers & Acquisitions and Hedge Funds, this site appeals more to those with some financial knowledge than those just starting out.
If you aren’t satisfied with just the facts and want expert interpretation of news and current events, DealBook should be on your radar.
MyMoney is a US government site built to help beginners learn about the basics of finance. The five principles of money the site teaches are Earn, Borrow, Save & Invest, Spend, and Protect.
You’ll also find guides to life events and how they affect your finances on this page, along with some tools and checklists to help you make important calculations. Those who understand the world of finance will probably find this site rudimentary, but it’s great for teaching children the basics or getting yourself up to speed if you’re a novice.
What Are Your Top Financial Reads?
These are ten great sites that anyone can use to keep up with financial markets, but there are certainly more. Adding just a few of these to your daily reading should help you understand what’s going on with the world’s markets much more. Once you’re proficient, supplement your new knowledge with awesome financial smartphone apps.
Don’t limit the learning to adults! Let your kids join in with websites that teach children money management skills.
Which financial sites do you read for the latest news and analysis? Share your favorite sites below and expand the list!
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Originally written by Saikat Basu on January 24, 2011.