How to enjoy reading the news?

Current undergrad that enjoys every part of my finance but reading the news. Maybe it's because so much of financial news is noise/spam but I just can't find myself super interested in consistently interested in following the news. How do I start enjoying doing this? I currently read the FT if that helps.

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Aug 7, 2022 - 2:11pm
liquidiot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think we're oversaturated with news media so now the key is not to just "watch the news" by flipping on FOX/CNN for 3 hours a day like our parent did, but seek out news that's most relevant to you. As a banker you should be following news segments like:

  • News pertaining to the broader industry your group covers, and 1-2 verticals in that industry that particularly interest YOU. For example you may cover TMT but have a particular interest in cybersecurity and fintech. WSJ for the overall industry coverage and perhaps a specialized provider for the vertical your interested in, like TechCrunch or Axios.
  • News pertaining to Broader Politics / Economy: No this doesn't mean wasting your time reading stupid NYT Op-Eds on why one candidate is beating another candidate in one particular district over another, but more so things that may affect your industry. This includes relevant regulations (ex: Biden's executive order increasing anti-trust enforcement might have some significant impact on the tech conglomerates or the Senate deciding to pass legislation to better fund the green energy transition). You should keep abreast on the Fed's activity because it's directly relevant - and you should also have a bird's eye view on the state of geopolitical tensions. This section you can get away with mostly summaries and headlines, except for legislation that once again, may directly impact your job.

Overall, consuming news isn't meant to feel like a homework assignment. These are sources of information that are meant to be useful to you, whether it makes you more aware of the current state of society or more knowledgeable on an area that you work in. And if you get into offline talk with an older boss, you don't want to sound dumb or oblivious to the world around you. Typically I spend about 20 minutes in the morning each day over coffee flipping through WSJ, a specialized industry news site, and some of the more relevant news/industry blasts my firm sends out from the research/cap markets departments. That's it. I don't "watch the news" because it's nothing more than a digest…that I can do on my own thanks to the internet. The only newsletter I have come to my email is the Bloomberg Close, as it's the only stock market trend specific thing I read.

News is curated content, make it fun. Good luck.

Edit: Realize you're still in undergrad, which makes sense. News is a little boring to follow when it's not top of mind. Habits above still apply and you'll be a great point for interviews if you start now

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Aug 7, 2022 - 2:24pm

Thanks! I'm currently interning in banking but am planning to move into research. Does that change anything?

Aug 7, 2022 - 11:45pm
equityanarchist, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have the WSJ and Bloomberg headline notifications turned on so I'm caught up through out the day just based on main "events". I have the weekend edition delivered for sat/sun fun reading. You most likely have a free subscription for WSJ as a student, check the library website. Pick "for you" topics of stuff you relate to/ semi interested in and you can even play them like an audio book. Used to do the top stories by audio while cycling. That'll keep you fresh on current news and can lessen the density of overall news. I have the top indices in a widget on my home screen too.

Not sure if that all helps but its what I do for my news. That plus all the fun degenerates on fintwit will have most of the top stories.

Aug 8, 2022 - 4:43am
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I usually start off my day by listening to the FT podcast on my way to work. It gives you a 10-minute overview of the most relevant financial and world events. Then if any particular piece caught my attention, I will go online and read the full article.

I also really enjoy Marc Filippino's voice (the host) so that also helps hahaha.

Aug 8, 2022 - 10:15am
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