Best Finance Blogs

Blogs I read on a regular basis, tell me what I'm missing:

Abnormal Returns, Tadas Viskanta
Data aggregation

China Financial Markets, Michael Pettis
China/Asia, Economics
Author is a professor of economics at Peking University

China First Capital Blog, Peter Furman
China/Asia, Private Equity
Author is CEO of a boutique SME investment bank in China

Condor Options
Options and other derivatives

CXO Advisory Blogs (Partial pay-wall)
Technical Information
Quantitative analysis of ETFs, efficient market theorems, etc.

Daily Options Report
Options and other derivatives

Dealbreaker, Bess Levin
Data aggregation and Humor
If you don't read Dealbreaker, I don't want to know you.

Distressed Debt Investing Blog
Distressed Debt, Interviews

Epicurean Dealmaker
Anecdotes and Philosophy
Literate thoughts from an executive-level banker at a boutique-funny, insightful, sometimes rambling

Empirical Finance Research Blog (Partially behind a pay-wall)
Technical information
Tests and develops trading strategies based on historical data

Going Private (Defunct)
Private Equity and Anecdotes
No longer updated; formerly the blog of a VP at a MM PE firm. The author is now Marla Singer of Zerohedge and some of the stuff got a little wingnut towards the end.

Leveraged Sellout (Defunct)
Humor, Banking and PE
The gold standard.

Long or Short Capital (Semi-defunct)
Humor and Trading Ideas
"At Long or Short Capital LLC, we leverage our superior intellect and extensive investing experience to recommend explicit Long or Short positions and related abstract trades, which may or may not be possible with real world financial derivatives. We use science to improve the lives of the rich."

Naked Capitalism, Yves Smith
Data Aggregation, Editorials

Ultimi Barbarom
Markets and rationality, infrequently updated

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Dec 11, 2010 - 7:50pm

Much love for LSO and Epicurean Dealmaker. Seriously, I wish I could send that guy a gift or a puppy or something.

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Dec 11, 2010 - 7:51pm

Dude, do you really have time for another blog haha

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Dec 11, 2010 - 9:00pm

Awesome links guys, definitely gonna check some of these new (to me, at least) ones out. Thanks!

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Dec 13, 2010 - 2:22pm

Thanks for the suggestions, all, they're going on my iGoogle page.
A few more I forgot:
The Accounting Onion, Tom Selling
Accounting, Fair Value
Accounting professor's blog about IFRS/GAAP and accounting/FV/FMV issues.

The 10-Q Detective, David Phillips
Accounting, Filings, Research
Former research analyst points out interesting things from company filings. Unfortunately he's been getting a little political lately (I have other blogs for that) but he still finds some interesting stuff and his style has informed who I look for details in 10-Qs and Ks.

Footnoted, Michelle Leder
Filings, Research
Like 10-Q detective pulls interesting stuff from company filings, with a big emphasis on compensation info. Now owned by Morningstar.

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Dec 23, 2010 - 1:17am
Dec 23, 2010 - 1:36am

What Are You Reading? 5 Great Blogs For Finance Professionals (Originally Posted: 05/08/2014)

What do you read to keep up with financial news? The vast majority of applicants for finance jobs claim to have a 'passion' for finance-but this 'passion' can be pretty easily disproven if the applicant doesn't keep a close eye on the markets. With so much information out there, merely reading The Wall Street Journal or the Financial Times may no longer be enough to stay well informed.

Luckily, there is a multitude of great blogs and websites to keep you up to date on developments in the world of finance. The websites below discuss topics ranging from macro-market movements and specific trading strategies to geopolitical events and economic theory. Regardless of your specific interests in the markets, here are five great blogs to get you started.

Finance Focused

  • The Big Picture
    Written by Barry Ritholtz--a former trader turned asset manager--The Big Picture offers an expanse of commentary. Ritholtz does not limit his writing to the subjects of trading and investing, but chooses to delve further into topics including investor psychology, macro developments and even pop culture. Ritholtz's semi-daily lists of AM and PM reads provide great jumping off points for following the day's news.
  • Abnormal Returns
    Author and investor Tadas Viskanta provides 'fore-cast free' investment information on his blog Abnormal Returns. Viskanta's blog shares links to thought provoking, and informative articles for investors. The blogs focus on trading related news makes it a strong resource for those looking to improve their portfolio and trading outcomes.
  • The Reformed Broker
    If you are already exhausted from following links on the two blogs above, The Reformed Broker will add a bit more commentary to your financial reading. On his blog The Reformed Broker, investment advisor Joshua Brown adds interesting insights (and asks even better questions) about key market events.

For Fun

  • Marginal Revolution
    One of the most popular economics blogs on the Internet, Marginal Revolution is the brainchild of George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen. While it wont help you pick stocks or determine your optimal portfolio allocation, Marginal Revolution rarely fails to entertain while bringing behavioral economics into everyday situations.
  • ZeroHedge
    Banned from Bank of America and written by 'Tyler Durden,' ZeroHedge rose to notoriety for its sharp writing and critical style. ZeroHedge is the work of a variety of anonymous writers who share their views on political and economic issues in the US and abroad. Standard reading for bond market legend Bill Gross, the blog does not shy away from controversial issues and is no stranger to controversy.

Your Turn
Let the forum know what you focus on reading in the comment section below.

Dec 23, 2010 - 1:39am


Written by a MD

Great read. I thought I had an impressive vocabulary but I've had to break out the dictionary a few times while reading his blog. It's quite well written though I'll give him that.

Dec 23, 2010 - 1:40am

While we are on the subject, is the favored news source among my software dev friends.

"I saw Warren Buffett last week and he said, 'John, I like to invest in companies with business models so simple, even an idiot could run them." - John Stumpf
Dec 23, 2010 - 1:57am

blackthorne: alphavile. If any of you boys read this reg.. & can speak intelligently on what they cover, I guarantee you'll get offers. Brilliant stuff

+1 for Alphaville. Nice blend of humour sometimes too, the comments are usually gold.
Dec 23, 2010 - 1:47am

Pragmatic Capitalism, run by Cullen Roche, is where it's at. One of the few guys over the past half decade who has understood exactly what's going on. He's explained the realities of QE, what happened with the government debt debate (Hint: The USA doesn't run out of money), why interest rates are low and why the bond vigilantes never came to drive up interest rates despite record deficits (Think about it for a second, why does the USA need to borrow the currency its a monopoly supplier of, to spend? The answer is it doesn't!). He also explains what has been happening in Europe, why Japanese interest rates never seem to rise despite the highest debt in the world and terrible fundamentals (Hint: The monetary systems of Japan, USA, and the UK are NOT the same as that of Greece and Spain) etc etc.

Not your thing? Well, if you want nonsense and bullshit go read Zerohedge and listen to Peter Thiel.

Dec 23, 2010 - 1:53am

I want to know what @"BlackHat" and @"Simple As..." are reading

Buy fear, sell cheer
Dec 23, 2010 - 1:54am

A favorite not mentioned is Benedict Evans blog - fantastic reading if you are tech focused

Reformed Broker will always be my favorite for being both relevant and funny

House of Debt - Atif Mian and Amir Sufi put out pieces of their research from upcoming book
Market Folly - good links on HF manager related topics
Stratechery - Ben Thompson site - good for tech related articles

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Dec 23, 2010 - 1:58am

interesting list, I was not expecting blogs but I've subscribed to 3 of those to give them a try. here's my weekly reading regimen

1. daily WSJ: headlines, marketplace, money & investing, CFO journal, grand central, wealth adviser
2. local business journal (daily)
3. bloomberg first word (daily, up at 5:30 most days and can't listen to surveillance at work, so this is the best I can do) on iphone
4. John Mauldin: thoughts from frontline & outside the box. he's decidedly more bearish than I ever will be but it's always good to read someone with a different viewpoint, and he's quite smart
5. John Hussman: same as Mauldin, only a bit more arrogant.
6. internal fixed income commentary (daily, weekly & monthly). my BB has a great FI team so I get about all I can stand from them
7. updates on companies I own & follow
8. economic updates: ad hoc, from my firm's economist

as for ad hoc stuff that's less often:

1. everything by Howard Marks
2. GMO white papers
3. Tweedy Browne commentary
4. Bill Gross commentary
5. Chris Davis commentary
6. Byron Wein commentary

I also occasionally read stuff from BCG, HBS, and John Mihaljevic, all good stuff.

Dec 23, 2010 - 2:01am

@TheProfessor Change WSJ for FT from that list and you have got more or less what I read.

I also read VOXEU (the best economists often write here about their current research) and Nada es Gratis, a spanish-speaking economics blog, I definitely recommend it if you speak spanish.

Dec 23, 2010 - 2:04am

Your must-read finance blogs (Originally Posted: 11/08/2011)

I know a similar thread has been done before, but I want to start a fresh thread on this.

There's tons of blogs out there, but I read the following on almost a daily basis.

Big Picture: Barry Ritholtz's blog is excellent; it provides a good synopsis of what's going in the markets, and its macro analysis is pretty solid.

Abnormal Returns: mostly just a link to a bunch of articles and blogs. It divides them by topic, and it's a very convenient way to read stuff that may interest you.

Seeking alpha: I have my issues with this site. Way too many writers, and many of the posts are superficial in its analysis. Nonetheless, I like reading it for long-short equity analysis and etf strategy.

Pragmatic capitalism: Cullen Roche is very underrated. He's an unconventional thinker who provides excellent analysis of monetary policy, china, and the sovereign debt crisis.

Felix Salmon: Huge fan. His writing covers a wide variety of finance/business topics. Salmon understands the issues quite well and manages to distill them in an accessible way.

Dec 23, 2010 - 2:14am

Favorite Finance and Econ Blogs (Originally Posted: 12/18/2010)

After the post about igoogle pages I decided to revamp mine since I havent really organized it ever. I added the various newspapers and magazine I read on a daily/weekly basis, however I would like to add some solid blogs to the page, anyone have some good suggestions? I generally like thought out econ blogs the best, im starting in on S&T in June so any trader related finance blogs are good too. Thanks for any suggestions!

Dec 23, 2010 - 2:23am

Best Finance Blogs (Rolfe Winkler, etc) (Originally Posted: 03/24/2011)

Greetings all,

I'm currently looking for a new finance blog. I used to follow Rolfe Winkler daily at and previously at for great info, articles, and analysis.

Since he stopped blogging last year to move to WSJ, I've been looking for a good replacement. Any ideas?

Dec 23, 2010 - 2:32am

Good Investing Blogs (Originally Posted: 10/31/2008)

Just curious if anyone has any good blogs that they follow - I like to hear different perspectives on the economy/investing.


Dec 23, 2010 - 2:33am

I am actally thinking about starting an investment blog myself. Perhaps finding some fellow WSO members to write? I've got the name/domain/details worked out, just working on content. Blogs are suprisingly a good source of passive income if you have enough readers.

let me know if you are anyone else would be interested.

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