The Best Sources of Financial News & Commentary

The world today is chock-full of information, far more than any one person could possibly digest or hope to read. For this weeks blog post I decided to give a list of the news sources I use and find helpful, as well as inviting others to share their ideas. So, here goes.

Best Source Of Financial News

Today we have a plethora of information at our finger tips. It can be challenging to sort the legitimate sources from the junk at times. Below is a compilation of sources from both the original post and our community at large:

General Business News

  • Financial Times: The quintessential finance newspaper. Contains sections on everything from macro to geopolitics to M&A as well as lots of discussion / analysis. Most schools will provide a cheap / free subscription to this and many firms do as well. Very nicely laid out website and superb mobile app.
  • Wall Street Journal: US equivalent of the FT. Highly rated although perhaps harder to find a cheap / free subscription. Personally I'm not a fan of their website but the mobile app is great.
  • Reuters: Less focus on finance and more on global events which leads to a more balanced overview. Free online content.
  • Bloomberg
  • CNBC
  • Inc.com
  • Forbes

Finance Specific News Sources

  • Yahoo Finance
  • Zero Hedge: Many people dislike this source but some of their stuff is incredibly detailed and interesting. Just make sure to avoid the comments.... Follow on Twitter as well for additional, cynical global.
  • Dealbreaker: Focuses on some of the more entertaining issues of the day. Having a great time with the whole Herbalife saga currently. Some very detailed analysis courtesy of Matt Levine as well.
  • Dealbook: Classic M&A commentary, perhaps a little dry.Twitter / Mobile
  • @ConvertBond: Former Lehman trader, offers a lot of market discussion and breaking news as well as some funny stuff.
  • Zite: The best news aggregator I know of. Eddie and others have recommended this before and I highly suggest everyone downloads it. Takes some time to get set up but it gets better the more you use it.
  • User @GoHuskies suggests:

    Economist: gives you a full fledged explanation of all relevant events around a story, more so than just the highlights. Much more globally-oriented than most news sources.

And of course, no financial reading list would be complete without yours truly, Wall Street Oasis.

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Comments (87)

Mar 19, 2013

In addition to the. sites you listed I usually read the following as well:

Bloomberg
CNBC
yahoo finance
Inc.com
Forbes

All above have good market updates & articles, regardless of political view

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Mar 19, 2013

Thanks, I should add those to my Google Reader.

Wait...

Mar 19, 2013

Economist - gives you a full fledged explanation of all relevant events around a story, more so than just the highlights. Much more globally-oriented than most news sources

"I am not sure who this 'Anonymous' person is - one thing is for certain, they have been one hell of a prolific writer" - Anonymous

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Mar 19, 2013

You forgot to include WSO.

Mar 19, 2013

As someone who gets the WSJ six days a week, I stand by it. Also, the Energy Journal that comes out every weekday is great if you're into oil, gas etc. If you're a WSJ subscriber you can get access to the Energy Journal on the WSJ website. Plus they tend to link/cite to FT articles when relevant so I can get the best of both worlds.

Mar 19, 2013

@GSElevator: "Reading the Wallstreet Journal is a good refresher of what you should have read on Bloomberg yesterday" (Paraphrased)

Mar 19, 2013
overpaid_overworked:

@GSElevator: "Reading the Wallstreet Journal is a good refresher of what you should have read on Bloomberg yesterday" (Paraphrased)

Proabably referring to what you should have what you should have read on the bloomberg terminal more than bloomberg.com

Mar 19, 2013

my professor found us a student barron's subscription for $52 for 52 weeks and a WSJ student subscription for 100 for a whole year. Full subscription with all the electronic app perks too.

"Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait."
-Thomas Edison

Mar 19, 2013

Bloomberg>everything

Mar 19, 2013

wsj, the economist, and @NikkiMinaj for tech deals

pktkid10:

Bloomberg>everything

BB terminal or generic (free)? b/c the latter seems pretty skimpy

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Mar 19, 2013

Reuters is clearly the best for news. I'm talking about Thomson Reuters Eikon, not the website.

Mar 19, 2013

I'd say Barron's is great material, especially for ER

mxc:

Reuters is clearly the best for news. I'm talking about Thomson Reuters Eikon, not the website.

I had the whole Thomson Reuters Eikon / ONE / Banker thing set up on my laptop during at internship, and I must say that the amount of info at my fingertips was nuts. Along with CapIQ, it really made me not want to leave that internship lol.

Mar 19, 2013

Also I'm speaking as a trader here. Bloomberg is the best to access any information quickly though. But you won't trust Bloomberg headlines unless they're on Reuters too.

Mar 19, 2013

I love bloomberg and Paul krugman and seekingalpha. I read all of the above mentioned sites/blogs but these 3 are the ones I always go back to the most.

Mar 19, 2013

Anyone got an opinion on the Keiser Report by Max Keiser on RT?? Ive seen it a couple times, and while the guy seems pretty goofy, his commentary is pretty interesting to me. I'd be very interested to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions on it.

Mar 19, 2013

FT is far and away the best. Bloomberg.com is really damn good for a freely available professional news source. If you're in the US you have to read the WSJ because all the old guard swears by it, it's still the default daily. The Economist is excellent broad insight, awareness, and generally funny smug Anglo-libertarian commentary.

Mar 19, 2013

I find FT Alphaville to be an excellent source of expert, in-depth analysis of both niche and popular financial stories.

"#1: I want a Times New Roman in the streets but a Wingdings in the sheets."

Mar 19, 2013

I'd avoid any mainstream press. Read the best blogs and follow those guys on twitter. You'll get news and info faster and way less biased. Very compehensive list here, find what interests you:

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2012/12/24/enter-...

Mar 19, 2013
HedgeHog:

I'd avoid any mainstream press. Read the best blogs and follow those guys on twitter. You'll get news and info faster and way less biased. Very compehensive list here, find what interests you:

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2012/12/24/enter-...
I love you for this, thank you sir.

Mar 20, 2013
HedgeHog:

I'd avoid any mainstream press. Read the best blogs and follow those guys on twitter. You'll get news and info faster and way less biased. Very compehensive list here, find what interests you:

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2012/12/24/enter-...

This is pretty good. Thanks

Mar 20, 2013

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Mar 19, 2013

my zite homepage is so fit to what i want to read it's scary

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Mar 19, 2013

FT Alphaville is pretty interesting.

Mar 19, 2013

Dan primack's emails every morning are good as well

Mar 20, 2013

Bloomberg
Counterparties
Debtwire
CS Investing
Distressed Debt Investing

Mar 19, 2013

The Street is pretty reliable IMO

Mar 20, 2013

What's a good source for news on Asian markets - specifically HK/China?

Mar 20, 2013
highhater:

What's a good source for news on Asian markets - specifically HK/China?

http://www.mpettis.com/

Mar 20, 2013

abnormalreturns. com
daily compilation of some insightful blog posts, more focused on long term investing and commentary, not so much news

Mar 20, 2013

TechCrunch

Mar 20, 2013

FT ( highly recommend Martin Wolf's blog)
Between the Hedge

It is basic to worship news sources like FT and WSJ, but what makes you learn are some good blogs

Mar 20, 2013

the daily dirtnap is also pretty good!

Mar 20, 2013

Investors Business Daily. I get their paper every day and access to their website investors.com They are big on growth stocks. However the paper is condensed into 2 sections and is very educational. They discuss political topics and also have inspiring stories each day as well as how to develop in your career. Great paper. Breaks down to about $1 a day.

Mar 20, 2013

Why Zitte isn't available on computers. It sucks

Mar 20, 2013

What are some bloggers that you guys follow? Both online or twitter

Mar 21, 2013

marketsnacks (dot) com

Mar 22, 2013

Awesome stuff gents

Mar 28, 2013

Great summary! Had not even heard of some of those.

Jun 14, 2013

What is that news website that is like a mini-bloomberg? It lists all the recent news on one clean page, with live updating. I have seen it on here before but now I cant find it.

Many Thanks

Jun 28, 2013

Any opinions on Business Insider?

CS

May 2, 2016

Does anybody have any suggestions for sites for business and political news from Europe (France, Italy, German) in English?

May 2, 2016

Bloomberg and Yahoo app, WSJ app, WSJ in hardcopy only read the money and investing section. probably going to add Economist for weekend reads

May 2, 2016

Drudge, FT, WSJ

May 2, 2016

Drudge / CNN / Fox / Al Jazeera USA

Edit (since I got shit on for this):
-Drudge because everyone in politics reads it, and if they all read it there's a reason
-CNN for the liberal take on news (can't quite handle MSNBC)
-Fox for the conservative take on things
-Al Jazeera (or Reuters) to cut through the bullshit

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May 2, 2016

Drudge, WSJ, Bloomberg, Zerohedge, The Onion

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

May 2, 2016

I starting using Bloomberg a couple of years ago and had to stop early this year because they've gotten so liberal. I mean for an outlet that made its name on reporting business news, they sure hate business.

May 2, 2016

@CorpFinanceGuy: With regards to Bloomberg/Businessweek, I agree that they are pathetically liberal, but I work in private banking and our clients read almost exclusively WSJ and Bloomberg. So unfortunately I have to suffer through it because you never know when a client might call in to ask about a Bloomberg article. At least they have Matt Levine now so that makes it a little better.

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I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

May 2, 2016

WSJ, NYT, Business insider, Elite daily, Forbes, Zero hedge, Seeking alpha, II's alpha

May 2, 2016

Sorry if this offends anyone, but RT is really good, at least for the fact that it gives a different perspective to Murica.

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May 2, 2016

Dealbreaker, zerohedge, Seeking alpha morning coffee

May 2, 2016

Daily: Local newspapers, WSJ (app, web), Bloomberg (newsletter, web), CFA Institute (daily brief), QZ (daily brief)

Weekly: Businessweek

Bi-weekly: Project Syndicate

May 2, 2016

WSJ and Economist for business/markets/economics news and analysis.

The Daily Caller and National Review for politics.

Also read a few publications from my college occasionally on Facebook or twitter (college newspaper, magazine, etc.)

May 2, 2016

CFAi financial brief, Bloomberg, and RBN (I work in energy industry).

May 2, 2016

Al Jazeera and Reuters are my personal favorites. I like WSJ for finance news too, and sometimes RT news for what's going on in Russia/Ukraine, and CCTV for anything Chinese related. CNN/BBC are overrated imho

May 2, 2016

I like the NYT all the way.
And then comes Bloomberg, The Economist, WSJ, and The Guardian.

May 2, 2016

dealbook, FT, WSJ, Seeking alpha

May 2, 2016

Bloomberg on TV at work, then mostly WSJ and Business Insider via app/Google search. I watch ABC World News almost every evening too.

Best Response
May 2, 2016

News sources: FT, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Barron's, WSJ
Magazines: Economist
Blogs: Zerohedge (good to take with a grain of salt, but gives you an extreme/non-mainstream perspective to balance everything else out. Oh, and best to tune out the overt anti-semitism); Capital Economics, FT Alphaville

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May 2, 2016

Thanks a lot, here's a banana!

May 2, 2016

BBC, finviz, project syndicate. The economist.

Front page of bloomberg is trash. If you have a terminal that info is gold. BBC is great globally. Economist is a must.

May 2, 2016

International Financing Review (owned by Reuters) is the BEST source for staying up to date with what's going on in the markets, new deals, financing conditions, etc. It's entirely aimed at the professional reader, so you get a lot of technical depth without the writer taking an opinion. Bonus is that the majority of content is free too.

http://www.ifre.com

Matt Levine on Bloomberg is also great. His linkwraps cover the majority of headlines and he's one of the few financial bloggers who actually knows what they're talking about (former GS derivatives salesman, and practiced M&A law at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz).

http://www.bloombergview.com/contributors/matt-levine

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May 2, 2016

Oooohhh, thanks for this.

May 2, 2016

Coursera, EdX...if you're looking for free MOOCs

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May 2, 2016

Global Markets:

Fed-Watch
http://economistsview.typepad.com/timduy/

Mish Global Macro
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.sg/

Macro Man
http://macro-man.blogspot.sg/

FT Alphaville - Excellent commentaries & insights all round
http://ftalphaville.ft.com/

Contrarians

Hussman - Sort of Permabear; though still highly insightful
http://www.hussmanfunds.com/weeklyMarketComment.html

Michael Pettis - on China
http://blog.mpettis.com/

May 2, 2016

New daily Economist app, Espresso, if you're a subscriber, is quite good. Quick reads released every morning, not too much in terms on content, but not a bad daily brief.

May 2, 2016

New daily Economist app, Espresso, if you're a subscriber, is quite good. Quick reads released every morning, not too much in terms on content, but not a bad daily brief.

May 2, 2016

My method is to look for financial forums or blogs that keep me informed on trends of investments. I like WSO, Kiplinger, GetRichSlowly, as well as others.

May 2, 2016

I also recommend Martin Armstrong's personal site, provided you can look past his political rants. His work his based on a holistic analysis of capital flows and is relatively unique. Not a lot of people analyzer markets that way. Personally I've found his forecasting to be dramatically more accurate than any mainstream source.

He's one of the best forecasters in the business but I also wouldn't mention him by name in any conversations, as he is extremely unpopular with senior BB leadership and government officials.

May 2, 2016

This topic has been covered before. Do a search.

You forgot Twitter--has some of the best financial analysis around

May 2, 2016

The Financial Times would be another good one to add to your list.

May 2, 2016

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May 2, 2016

Dealbreaker and PEhub is all I need.

May 2, 2016

Thanks for getting back to me, and so soon! Dealbreaker seems like a great site, and that thread has some great sources as well.

I overlooked Twitter, the news comes to you, pretty great deal.

Thanks all

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May 2, 2016

The Economist probably has the best long-form features and news articles about politics, world news, and the economy.

WSJ always a good querky, interesting article on A1 below the fold that covers something other people aren't talking about.

Also Reddit.

May 2, 2016

SourceFed.com definitely, they got a little webisode thing going on at their YouTube channel, they do five, 3 minute stories daily in the form of video. It's not serious or anything though.

example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqfiWY3AJY8

BTW, (cross promotion), post on Corporate Lending anyone? http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/tomorrow-env...

May 2, 2016

The Onion is pretty good...

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Dirk Dirkenson:

Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

May 2, 2016
Louboutins and Leverage:

The Onion is pretty good...

xoxo

Heard Krugman went bankrupt...

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May 2, 2016

I like business insider. Good combination of news, opinion, and interesting articles (like Wall Street's hottest offspring or the abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans)

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