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Recently, I wrote about the best sites to improve your overall financial situation 8 Websites to Help You Plan Your Financial Future 8 Websites to Help You Plan Your Financial Future Personal financial planning is a vital aspect of modern living and you need to understand it. These websites will help you improve your bank balance or wipe out your overdraft. Read More . But once you have your cash-flow on an even keel, you learn all the tricks of the trade 5 Websites Where You Can Learn To Invest Money 5 Websites Where You Can Learn To Invest Money Learning to invest can be intimidating, but these five websites help make it easy with clear explanations and useful advice. Read More , and your investment accounts 10 YouTube Channels To Learn How To Invest Money 10 YouTube Channels To Learn How To Invest Money Read More start to look nice and healthy, it is essential to keep them that way. Therefore, one method of staying ahead of financial trends – including crypto-currencies What You Need to Know Before Investing in Cryptocurrencies What You Need to Know Before Investing in Cryptocurrencies Read More – is to read financial news.

Gone are the days when reading financial news was akin to having your toenails pulled out without an anaesthetic. These days, financial news websites are bright, well-laid out, with content that is interesting and easy to read. Even the previously dry and staid Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal Adds eBooks To Their Bestsellers List [News] The Wall Street Journal Adds eBooks To Their Bestsellers List [News] The Wall Street Journal announced last Friday that it would begin including eBooks as part of its best selling booklists. As eBooks begin to outsell many of the hardback and paperback editions of books, it... Read More , and Financial Times The Financial Times Pulls Its iOS App From iTunes Store [News] The Financial Times Pulls Its iOS App From iTunes Store [News] Although Apple attracts a huge market with its computer hardware, portable devices and software, some magazine publishers and content providers are indifferent to paying the company over 30% of their revenue generated from their magazine... Read More have had a makeover to appeal to the younger crowd. Let’s take a look.

CNN Money

I don’t care for CNN in general – they tend to totally go over the top when it comes to disasters, shootings, and what have you. But their money page is actually quite the exception. It is easy to read, and I have quite often found myself coming back time and again to check on the headlines.

CNN Money also sometimes covers interesting amusing stories such as No, pot farmers don’t get high all day long. And did you know that you can get an insurance discount of up to 15% if you wear a fitness tracker? These are the advantages of keeping up with finance news. I am definitely keeping my Fitbit Kickstart Your Summer Fitness & Weight Loss With FitBit Kickstart Your Summer Fitness & Weight Loss With FitBit With summer approaching, many of us are starting to think a little more seriously about our weight. In particular, it's that time of year when people worry about how they'll look in those summer outfits.... Read More on now.

Bloomberg

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The thing that will strike you about Bloomberg Business, when you visit it for the first time, is how much blue it has. In fact, you will be attacked on all fronts by the color blue. But it is remarkably well designed with eye-catching headlines and images, as well as the obligatory stock exchange prices at the top. Plus it asks that all-important question : Why Is U.S. Whiskey So Popular Right Now? As a Scot, I definitely had to click that link to find out.

CNBC

When I visited CNBC’s financial news page, I was struck by a growing trend. Finance pages have a lot of color splashes everywhere. Whether it’s the spiky graphs, the stock quotes, or the overall site design, these sites are far from boring to look at. Even if you have no idea how to separate a DAX from a FTSE while it’s buddies with a CAC, you still feel extremely intelligent reading the page. (“yeah dad, just reading that the DAX and the FTSE are both up. What, the CAC? Yeah that too, over 5,000 points!”).

The front page is separated into text news headlines and embedded videos. Plus, CNBC seems to have a bit of a robot fetish at the moment.

Financial Times

The venerable British institution, which is the Financial Times, has not escaped the digital revolution. Gone are the days when the only people caught reading the FT were men in suits and bowler hats, going to work at the bank. It’s now online, but unlike many other media sites, the Financial Times has chosen to hide behind a paywall. You can either register and have 3 articles a week free of charge. Or you can choose a paid subscription plan, which works out at roughly $8 a week if you pay annually, and only want the online version.

If you can get your company to pay this for you as a business expense, it is a great publication to stay on top of financial news.  And it has editions for the UK, US, and various other international locations.

Google Finance

I would be remiss if I didn’t at least make a passing mention towards Google Finance. In the aesthetics department, Google Finance is nothing to write home about. There is an abundance of white everywhere. I don’t usually complain when it comes to minimalist zen designs of websites, but Google takes it to a whole new level. Apart from a tiny squiggly graph, how about some graphics, Google? Something to brighten the page up?

Apart from news aggregated from all over the web, you are also given a portfolio tracker, and the information you enter will be stored in your Google account. You can also screen stocks and view domestic trends.

Wall Street Journal

Finally, before we get our US readers penning emails of complaint about me being biased by including the Financial Times, I would like to even things out by including the US version of the FT – the Wall Street Journal.  Like the FT, the Wall Street Journal is also behind a paywall, but unlike the FT, the Wall Street Journal does not offer a free option. Yep, not even one lousy article a month. Boo.

Payment starts at $12 for 12 weeks, if you only want the digital edition. However, it has been known that some WSJ articles are fully viewable if you access them via Google News. However, that is very hit-and-miss, and the WSJ normally are quite fast at plugging the hole when they find out.  But sometimes you get lucky, sometimes not. You can just do what I do – look at the headlines. It doesn’t cost anything to read the headlines.

Your websites?

So fellow financial nerds, what do you read to keep on top of your stock portfolio? Drop the names of your preferred publications in the comments below. Or leave your username and password for the FT and WSJ (that was a joke. But you could if you wanted to…..)

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  1. Mark
    November 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I am surprised you guys did not mention vestywaves.com!

  2. Carl Cohen
    August 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I was a financial adviser for over 45 years. I find these types of articles very entertaining; but the people who read them really think that they can gain an edge in their investments by reading them. FOOLS!

    There is only one analyst who is any good out there, S h e p w a v e.

  3. gerald3
    August 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Kiko is right. Look at the whitewash list of Hillary's worst offenses they keep posting.

  4. Philip Kushmaro
    August 10, 2016 at 6:26 am

    CityFALCON.com Personalised Financial News Feed Powered by Machine Learning & Crowd-Curation Leveraging 100+ financial publications and Twitter, to increase your trading and investment returns.

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  5. Jeff
    July 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Exactly.... the change to Yahoo Finance is the worst product change in history. Much worse than New Coke!

  6. notta lackey
    July 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Yahoo Finance used to be the best and easiest to use financial website. Then, although it wasn't broke, they fixed it. Yuk.

  7. Roland Palmer
    August 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    An easy way to get past the paywall on WSJ is to click the headline, then on the article page, copy the headline, paste it into your browser, and it should show up as the first search result. Click on that link, and you should be able to read the whole article for free. This also works with the New York Times & any other news site with a paywall, as far as I know. Not sure if it works with FT.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Yup, can vouch for this with NYT. Doesn't work with FT though.

    • Jon Sudlow
      November 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Why thanks Mr Palmer!

  8. Anomaly
    April 22, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Two sites I use constantly are Finviz, http://finviz.com/futures.ashx and MarketWatch, http://www.marketwatch.com/default.aspx?siteid=mktw

    • Dan Price
      April 22, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Marketwatch is a great site. Never really used Finviz, but thanks for the tip!

    • Jerry Mercola
      March 4, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you for the marketwatch default link. I do not like their new main page but great to find the old version. I hope they keep it

      • Kiko
        August 10, 2016 at 11:45 am

        Market watch is extremely biased. It might as well be Clinton Watch!

  9. Hildy J
    April 22, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Google Finance may be spare but it is the most information dense of these sites. Note that if you enter portfolios it will also give you the opportunity to pull news specific to the stocks in the portfolio. Also note that Google doesn't require you to give them your brokerage information - you can enter whatever you want.

    One other site to mention is Yahoo Finance (finance.yahoo.com). It's similar to Google but with more color (and less information) on the home page.

    • Dan Price
      April 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Google Finance is a fantastic resource, but some people love their flashy graphics :) . I'm a Google-ite, so it's my first go-to for finance news...

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